Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I was beginning to gather things together to make dinner last night when I glanced out the kitchen window and saw this. . .I could hear laughter and squeals and rustling leaves, and I could not help but think how wonderful it is that my boys have built in friends. . .
In case you cannot tell, this is Tim Tebow attempting to tackle Drew Brees.
And, now Timmy T has the ball. . .
We have two trees that sit about 20 feet apart, and they are usually the end zones. Sometimes they are on the same team ~ quarterback and receiver. Sometimes they are on opposing teams, and they take turns trying to get around each other and to the end zone tree to score a touchdown before being tackled! Either way, they have so much fun!
He is wishing that he was old enough to join in. . .Or, maybe he is wishing that his partner (Eriky D) was old enough to play on his team. . .Or, maybe he is just thinking about what he needs to do next. . .
Monday, January 25, 2010
We love to feed the birds this special little treat! Here are our supplies. . .
And, here are sweet hands preparing bird gifts. . .
And, here is the finished products ready to hang on the tree outside our kitchen window. . .
And, here is a CRAZY child outside, in winter, wearing short sleeves, and no coat. . .
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
"Can you make my hair look like Elvis'?"
And, this is what my little man looked like after Ann got through with him. . .
Check out the sideburns. . .
Okay, now the story gets better!!! JCT was next in line, and he asked if he could have hair like James Brown!! Ann said that she didn't think she could do that because James Brown had longer hair than JCT's. But, he persisted, "Can you make my hair look like James Brown's hair when he was a kid?" She laughed and agreed. And, this is what JCT looked like when we left the salon. . .
A close up of those beautiful curls. . .And, then we had another Elvis. . .And, this little man. . .He was okay with just looking like himself!!!!Cute!
But, I have to say it was quite funny walking out of the salon with four little boys ultra-worried about the wind messing up their hair as we walked to the van. And, of course we had to go by Daddy's office to show Daddy and Uncle Sean. They need a good laugh in the middle of a stressful day, you know?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
In the stage of life that I am in, peace moments are few and far between. And, because life feels chaotic most days, I crave the peace like never before. I yearn for it. I work for it. I attempt to schedule nap times to make room for it. I conjure up the mood with candles, coffee, calm music, a good book, a soft warm throw, and a fire in the fireplace. And, many of the moments that I try to "make peace," end up with a crying baby who woke up early from a nap, a four year old who needs help with something, or a two year old who just had another "accident." Thus, what was meant for peace actually becomes frustration.
Sometime in December Erik and I were on a date, and we stopped at Barnes and Noble to get Starbucks. While I was waiting on my latte, I saw a quote on a mug that resonated with me, and I took a pencil and the back of a receipt and wrote it down. And, this is what it said. . .
Lijah was just flat cute. . .And, I was excited that we all had another excuse to wear the boots we bought at Christmas! Here are mine! I love them!The boys threw sticks on the pond to see how frozen it was. The sticks just lay there, so we decided to get down by the pond and hit the ice with sticks and see if we could break it. We couldn't!!! The boys loved it. Later when I tucked Joshua in, he told me that throwing sticks on the pond was his favorite part of the day!!! :-) I was surprised his favorite part wasn't pelting me over and over with snowballs!!!! He seemed to get a kick out of that!!! :-)
I love this picture because you can almost see the snowflakes individually. . .
And, I made a discovery on this day. I noticed for the first time that snowflakes are, in fact, beautiful. They look just like they do in pictures and on t-shirts. But, you really have to take time to seek them out and look for them in order to see their beauty. Snow falls in clumps ~ lots of snowflakes grouped together. So, you have to stare into a clump and look hard to see an individual and amazingly beautiful snowflake.
Isn't life like that? If we look at the entire day or even at an hour a time, life seems chaotic and busy. But, if we live life moment by moment we see the beauty of the moment, or for me, we see the peace of the moment ~ because it is there. Yes, it is there ~ if I will relax and stop trying so hard to "make peace" and rather live it in the everyday moments. In case that is confusing or doesn't make sense, here is an example. . .
God whispered this to me one day the week before last. I took the boys outside while it was still snowing so that they could catch snowflakes on their tongues. It was not quiet, or warm, or free from wild activity. I didn't have a cup of warm creamy coffee in my hand ~ nor was there soft music playing in the background. There was no throw to wrap myself in nor a book to read nor a comfy chair to sit in, for that matter. On the contrary, there was a lot of squealing and giggling and loud talking. There were four little ones to watch closely. There was ice on the brick walkway out back, and a one year old who easily loses his balance. There were gloves not yet on cold fingers, and impatient little boys ready to play. There was dancing and singing and yelling and all matter of fun. But, somehow in the midst of it all there was peace. And, God whispered to my hard head that this is what He has been trying to teach me! I didn't have to go seeking after peace. It has been here all along! Peace, Himself, lives inside me! Even though my life looks at first glance like a clump of chaos, if I look closely, if I abide in Him, then I am able to see my life through His eyes and I am able to live out His peace. And, that is as precious and as breathtaking as a single beautiful snowflake!!!!
And, as wonderful as external "peace" is ~ a hot cup of coffee, a quiet house, and a good book, internal peace ~ the peace that comes from knowing the Prince of Peace, is far greater!!!!!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Joshua was most excited about his football gloves. I'm sure there is a better name for them, but I do not know it, so football gloves will have to do!!!Lijah got an awesome new "motorcycle" all his own!!!JCT, oh, JCT, words cannot describe how excited he was about his dragon chair. And, 2 weeks later, he is still just as excited about it!!! He named it Elvis. Doesn't he look good sitting in it??Erik Daniel wasn't too interested in his presents. He was more interested in the balls on the tree. "Bahh. Bahhh." I think he took every one of our balls, within his reach, off the tree!!Joshua made some gifts for all of us and wrapped them in boxes he stole from our recycling bin outside!!! Isn't he clever??My gift was the heart picture. The t-rex picture was for JCT, and the "Teckses" Longhorn picture was for Elijah, I think. And, that other little circle picture, yeah, I can't remember what that was or who it was for ~ it's the thought that counts, right?Okay, now for the big finale. . . We took them out and opened the garage, and guess what was behind Door Number One. . .They destroyed their first gator by getting sand in the motor. So, after 2 years, we bought them some more riding vehicles!!! They were tickled!!They had races. . .They drove around the yard like it was a little town. They drove for hours and hours until their batteries were nearly exhausted ~ not to mention their parents!!! They took turns giving each other rides! Erik Daniel, who remained a pedestrian much of the day, even tagged along for some of the fun every now and then! Now, some might find this next photo alarming. . . But, he actually did quite well for a 2 year old!!! It was a fun day!!! It was definitely one of those days where Erik and I smiled and thought about how fleeting time is, and how we won't have enough of these Christmases where the boys are young and wide-eyed. . . Happy memories!