Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Sometimes when she gets a painting started and then pushes it aside to discard, I sneak it away and begin to add my own paint to it. It's my way of sharing in some of her creative flow. One example is pictured below (top). She painted the red, yellow, and blue circle in the middle and added some radiating lines and some other shapes. When she was done and had pushed it aside, I added more color in the same style that she had started. It's our very first mother-daughter painting. It happens to be BJ's favorite.
BJ's aunt made me a beautiful bouquet for Mother's Day from her own garden. I can only imagine what her yard must look like this time of year. We need to make the hour drive to see it and pay her a visit sometime soon. Sometimes I wish I had a yard large enough for gardening, but then I think of all the other responsibilities I have right now. My garden would quickly turn into a weed bed. At least I can enjoy a small portion of Aunt Faye's garden right in my home.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Some time ago, BJ started collecting photos of churches around town (and from others on their travels). This is the beginning of his photo collection. I made time today to get them printed and picked out some frames for them. We are putting together a photo collage on one of our big empty walls in our bonus room. I also found some wrought iron crosses to add to the collage. I can't wait to see how it turns out. This was all BJ's idea and I really love it. If you have any photos of unique churches, please feel free to email them to me. I'd love to add them to BJ's collection.
And for another post, I'll put together some photos of Lily's paintings. While I was picking out frames today, I went ahead and purchased some frames for her watercolor masterpieces. They will be absolutely beautiful in the kid area of the bonus room.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Wednesday of this week Schaeffer has an appointment to see a speech pathologist to possibly find out why he isn't babbling with more sounds and why he hasn't said any words yet. Still no mama, dada, baba, or bye-bye. Our pediatrician, Dr. Feld, wanted to play it safe and get him evaluated. I'm glad he takes a more proactive, cautious approach instead of playing the "wait-and-see" game. Nothing is more stressful for a mom than to wait and see. My heart tells me that Schaeffer might just be a late talker since his sister keeps our house full of noise and constant chatter. He is right on target with other developmental milestones, and he is not showing any sensitivities to noise, lights, textures, movement, and so on like Lily did at this age.
As suggested by Dr. Feld, we've already begun sign language with a few words to help promote better communication. We use sign for the words more, finished/all done, Mommy, Daddy, eat, drink and bath. Schaeffer has seemed to pick up on the sign for more even though it looks like he is just clapping his hands. It's neat to see him picking up on sign language as a meaningful way of communicating. Lily used the sign for more all the time. In fact, she would use it for almost anything that she wanted. One day when she was a little over a year old, we were all in the car together. Suddenly she became very frustrated and started yelling out at us. We looked back at her in her car seat and she was frantically signing more. Unfortunately it was our duty to figure out what she wanted more of. But at least she could communicate her needs at such a young age without all the crying, grunting, and screaming that usually comes out the mouths of frustrated 1-year-olds.
Regardless of the outcome at Wednesday's appointment, Schaeffer is our sweet little boy. I could not love him any more or any less. I just want the best start in life for him and whatever that might mean for all of us.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
2 oz espresso or strong coffee (Okay, if you have kids you'll definitely want to bump up the caffeine factor and go ahead and do 3-4 oz espresso or strong coffee).
3 oz low fat milk
1 oz half-and-half (Or, if you are like me and trying to squeeze back into pre-preg jeans, you may want to consider skipping the half-and-half and going all low fat milk. Why add the additional guilt, right?)
2 cups standard-size ice cubes
1 oz chocolate syrup or cocoa powder (If you go the guilt-free route suggested above, you won't feel so guilty about adding a bit more chocolate here. The payoff is magnifique!)
Mix all ingredients in a blender for 25 seconds or until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes two 8-oz servings...or one 16-oz "Mother of Two Turbo Boost."
Calories (with chocolate syrup): 90; Fat: 2 g; Carbs: 15 g; Protein: 2 g. (Not bad, ey?)
Friday, May 2, 2008
As soon as Lily woke up this morning, I showed her the construction out her bedroom window. She immediately wanted her clothes on to go outside to check it out. It was a very windy day today, so Lily insisted on wearing her winter coat most of the day. I was sweating well before noon so I'm not sure how she could stand it.
As soon as the construction was done, Lily jumped on the swing and hardly took any breaks. I think that girl could swing for hours and hours. And when a few of her friends stopped by she allowed them to swing, but only on the blue one because the red one was hers and she was not giving it up. I hope her enthusiasm for the swingset remains for many years, and I hope Schaeffer grows to love it as well. He really enjoyed the baby swing that I attached to the swingset later in the day.
I can only imagine the hours we will spend this summer outside playing on the Rainbow.
(The path behind the swingset is our neighborhood walking trail that's right behind our house. What a great park setting for the new swingset.)
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I'm so proud of my friend Lori. I knew her when she was a hard-working college student. I had just become a stay at home wife (no kids). We ran the roads all the time. Meeting for lunch a couple of times per week, going to the pool, shopping, hiking and going to concerts. Now we are both more "grown up." I have two children and she has a regular job and a soon-to-be fiance. Now we can barely find the time to get together once per month as we are both juggling more responsibilities.
I have watched Lori grow up over the past few years. She graduated with an engineering degree from The University of Tennessee while working full-time as a successful real estate agent. Just about 2 years ago she started a new real estate company with a business partner. She owns rental properties and manages them. And soon she will be taking on the responsibilties and joys of being a wife, step mom and new mom one day.
I love Lori and I'm so proud of her. I don't have a sister of my own, and she's an only child. I guess I sort of see her as my baby sister. Best of luck, Lori! I'm thinking about you and praying for you on this special weekend.