Friday, January 27, 2012

Riding Lessons

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Do these make you all warm and gooey inside? Or is that just me?
<3

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kherington's Second Birthday

Birthday morning...

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Another day we invited the neighbors over for fruit pizza and ice cream. Their gifts were handmade pictures colored for Kherington, and she treasures them!

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We had a Cupcake Birthday Party following Hadley's Baptism...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Outta' the Mouths of Babes


At the grocery store the other day I accidently tooted. I moved the cart quickly, hoping people would assume it was the cart, or at least one of my babies. Until my “baby” called me out...

K: “Mama! uh-oh! Funny! Funny! Poop.”

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Despite embarrassing me, I am amazed at Kherington’s rapidly accumulating knowledge. I often tell her that she is smart.
We have been practicing meeting and talking to new people:

M: “What is your name?

K: “Kerry-tin. Smart.” (nodding head)

M: “Yes, you are smart. How old are you?”

K: “tree!”

M: “No, honey, Harper is three. You are two.”

K: “Oh! Okay.”

M: “So how old are you?”

K: (pause) “dos!”

Smart, indeed.

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At the dinner table:

M: “Will you eat some of your strawberries?”

K: “SURE! Ummy! Ummy pawperries.”

M: “How about some broccoli?”

K: “Mama! No, Mama! Ummy, no.” (while emphatically shaking her head) “Hondo eat?” (nodding yes)

Good try, kid.

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Yesterday she discovered a microscopic cut on her knee that was scabbed over and a little red. I cleaned it and gave her a Dora band-aid. But being overly dramatic, she made sure anyone in a 100 mile radius knew about it.

K: “boo-boo hurts! Kiss, please.”

Everyone kindly obliged.

Last night I was in the bathroom. Kherington charged in and saw me using a panty liner.

K: “Mama, band-aid! Boo-boo?”

Um…..

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On another note, sweet Hadley is so laid-back, chill and cheerful. I am always saying “Happy, happy, happy Hadley!” while she smiles and coos at me.

At Kherington’s two year well check at the doctor:

Dr.: “What is your baby sister’s name?

K: “sister.”

M: “no, KherBear, what is sister’s name?”

K: “Haduh.” (pause. Nodding head) “Her happy.”

Truth.



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I guess we all have adjectives attached to our names now.
I just told Kherington she couldn't have a cookie before dinner, so I really hope mine isn’t “Mommy, mean!”

What would your adjective be?

What would you like it to be?
It isn’t too late to try and change it.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Two Years

Kherington Grace, you turn 2 today!

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Big Sister, at two years old:

You are an angel!

You weigh 31 pounds and are in the 90th percentile or higher for height, weight, and head size

Your favorite foods are pizza, eggs, blueberries, cupcakes, and chocolate

You can't even go from one room to the next without an armload of baby dolls, monkeys, blankets, snacks, drinks, fake food, stuffed animals, toys, crayons, books, etc.

You speak a few 3 or 4 word sentences

You like to sort, stack, and organize (yet when you finish with a project everything is still spread all over the house!)

You enjoy climbing.  When you get on top of something you say "Ta-Da!" I didn't teach you that.

You love to play dress-up in Mommy's closet, emerging with huge shoes on the wrong feet and about 20 bikini tops & bottoms around your neck

You adore Dora The Explorer and especially her monkey, Boots

You always want to be outside

You love all animals, helping to feed our pets and wanting to ride the horses

You have a huge vocabulary, but some of your most often used words include Mama, baby, no, milk, monkey, sister, t.v., outside, crackers, Hondo, Dora, and please

You enjoy coloring, painting, and other crafts... as long as you don't get glue on your hands!

You have some OCD tendencies

Your first friend is the 6 year old neighbor, Tessa

You enjoy puzzles and books and a little too much television

You still adore music... singing, dancing, and playing instruments... especially Tai-Pan's drum set

Your favorite song is "This Little Light of Mine"

You like playing "catch," "airplane," and "Simon Says"

Your favorite color is purple

You aren't quite ready to potty train- you have had one success, but otherwise you will sit on the potty for an HOUR and hold it out of stubborness

You like counting, especially in spanish

You and Daddy have a bedtime bit, where you both say "Night-night. Sweet Dreams. Love you!" Then you give him a kiss through each slat in your crib. It is precious.

You give the sweetest kisses, hugs, and snuggles

You are a great big sister

You heard us say "I love you very much" so often that you started just saying "Much!" And we adore it.

You love tea parties!

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 You are loved! Happy birthday!

Friday, January 20, 2012

From My Front Porch...

Kherington's first ride...

{forgive the camera phone quality and my finger in the video!}


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I think we've got ourselves a cowgirl!
{or two}

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Words I Wish I'd Written

An article by Glennon Melton called Don't Carpe Diem has been all over the place.  Parents everywhere are reading and emphatically nodding their heads, "yes! that is my life! sometimes parenting sucks!"

She talks about people telling her to carpe diem and enjoy EVERY moment of parenthood, then she admits that she doesn't. I respect her honesty and I get where she is coming from, but I don't really agree with the first half of her article. I concur that parenting is hard and exhausting sometimes, but I think that means we are doing it right.

Maybe I'm still new at it, but I continue to cherish the crappy moments.  And maybe fertility issues and miscarriages have made me more appreciative of what I've been given, even when the babies are crying, puking, pooping, biting, not sleeping, throwing tantrums, coloring the couch with sharpies, and doing their best to embarrass me in public.

And I believe that God calls us to cherish every day and to learn to be more perfect, like Him.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

But the second half of her article? Well, this is pure gold...

"There are two different types of time. Chronos time is what we live in. It's regular time, it's one minute at a time, it's staring down the clock till bedtime time, it's ten excruciating minutes in the Target line time, it's four screaming minutes in time out time, it's two hours till daddy gets home time. Chronos is the hard, slow passing time we parents often live in.

Then there's Kairos time. Kairos is God's time. It's time outside of time. It's metaphysical time. It's those magical moments in which time stands still. I have a few of those moments each day. And I cherish them.

Like when I actually stop what I'm doing and really look at Tish. I notice how perfectly smooth and brownish her skin is. I notice the perfect curves of her teeny elf mouth and her asianish brown eyes, and I breathe in her soft Tishy smell. In these moments, I see that her mouth is moving but I can't hear her because all I can think is -- This is the first time I've really seen Tish all day, and my God -- she is so beautiful. Kairos.

Like when I'm stuck in chronos time in the grocery line and I'm haggard and annoyed and angry at the slow check-out clerk. And then I look at my cart and I'm transported out of chronos. And suddenly I notice the piles and piles of healthy food I'll feed my children to grow their bodies and minds and I remember that most of the world's mamas would kill for this opportunity. This chance to stand in a grocery line with enough money to pay. And I just stare at my cart. At the abundance. The bounty. Thank you, God. Kairos.

Or when I curl up in my cozy bed with Theo asleep at my feet and Craig asleep by my side and I listen to them both breathing. And for a moment, I think- how did a girl like me get so lucky? To go to bed each night surrounded by this breath, this love, this peace, this warmth? Kairos.

These kairos moments leave as fast as they come- but I mark them. I say the word kairos in my head each time I leave chronos. And at the end of the day, I don't remember exactly what my kairos moments were, but I remember I had them. And that makes the pain of the daily parenting climb worth it.

If I had a couple Kairos moments during the day, I call it a success."


God Bless those Kairos moments. They make up a lifetime. 

But for me, I will continue to embrace the hard parenting moments, too. 

I will Carpe Diem over and over again.

De Colores, ya'll.

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hadley's Baptism


Hadley was baptised January 15, 2012 at Hope Arise United Methodist Church.  She wore our family heirloom gown that many have worn before her.

So many that care about Hadley came to witness her Christening, including her God family from Florida, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and Kherington's God family.

This Child of God is deeply loved!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Shutter Shortage


Remember how my {fantastic, amazing, expensive, close-to-my-heart, like another child} camera died on Christmas Eve?  Well it is still at the factory for repairs and I feel bereft without it. They just keep saying 2-6 weeks. six weeks?!!

Even my {crappy} back-up is on the blink.  Rather than spend more money on rentals I think I'll have to cough up the dough for a better back-up. I can't be without a camera. I have clients scheduled and even more importantly, really cute kids that are growing quickly! {birthday parties, baptisms, milestones, adorable naps on the couch with the dog, oh my!}

So in the meantime, enjoy a month-old photo of our cute {but terribly mean} cat...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Young Love

I recently went back to my hometown to visit with two of my best friends from high school. We caught up over a cold beer, watched babies play, and firmly decided that the "good old days" weren't nearly as good as these...

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Cowen and Kherington sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

3 Months

Hadley June is three months old today!

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Beautiful girl, at 3 months:

You just started sleeping in the crib in your room

You weigh approximately 12.5 pounds

You are about 23.5 inches long

You are always happy and smiling, especially at Big Sister

You sleep about 8 hours at a strech

You bat at your toys and love mirrors

You like to sit up in your bumbo and watch the world

You have almost outgrown size 1 diapers

You go to work with Mommy

You blow bubbles and suck on your fingers and lips
You like sitting wedged between Daddy and the arm rest in his recliner

You are a delight!

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And of course these photos would not be possible without my assistants...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

From My Front Porch...

I'm Hadley and I hang out wherever Mama puts me.

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I'm Kherington and I think sisters are FUN! vroom! vroom!*

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*No babies were harmed in the making of this post.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

An Honorable Name


I just posted both of these photos recently.  But I don't care, they make me smile.

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Chelsea Elizabeth with my Great Grandma Elizabeth in 1982.

Hadley June with her Great Grandma June in 2011.

{Are they wearing the same glasses?!}

Beautiful women we are named after, sweet girl! Lucky us!

Monday, January 2, 2012

On Love

The following opinions are solely my own. I don't speak for anyone else.


This post is inspired by facebook. And youtube.

And church.

And it is about gays and lesbians.

There is a lot of talk out there right now about gay & lesbian rights, especially in the church.

I have gay and lesbian friends.

I am a Christian.

I don’t see the problem here.

Christ taught us to love one another. And love is love.

There are, however, many conflicts within my religion about the acceptance of the LGBT community and specifically, gay marriage.

Personally, I feel there are many people who twist the Bible to say what they want it to say. They use the word of God to point fingers and say “you are wrong and I am right.” These manipulations of the Christian faith simply don’t work for me.

So in the same way that some Christians say that the Bible states that homosexuality is wrong (but turn a blind eye to the fact that it also says divorce, greed, jealousy and even eating shellfish are sins) - I have chosen to take the core messages of God’s word - to love your neighbor, to practice patience, to give of yourself, to honor Him, to spread goodness, to share the beauty in His words and the sacrifices that He made for mankind - and use these things as the basis for what we will teach our children. God is good. God loves us. We are all His children.

I’m not writing this post to point fingers at anyone (there’s been enough of that already). I certainly don’t write these words to invite criticism or to create a heated debate on interpretations of the Christian religion.

It simply comes down to this:

We are all sinners. And God loves us anyway.

So with that said, I hope my church will welcome gays with open arms. Our job is to love one another and tell each other about Christ. We are not here to judge others or decide what is right and wrong. All we need to do is love. Just love.

I know the disputes will be around for a long time. There is a disparity in the Methodist Church over gay clergy. The near future will bring the gay marriage issue. We welcome gay church members to our flock… but sensitive issues remain. Can two gays chaperone a youth trip in which adults and youth sleep in the same room? Separate rooms? How much affection is it “appropriate” for them to show at church? Shouldn’t they be treated exactly the same? I think so. But then it doesn’t make me uncomfortable to see lovers of the same sex. I think far too often people hide behind jokes or criticism or the Bible simply because they don’t want to admit their own discomfort. Being honest about being uncomfortable is okay, being sanctimonious is not.

I have always considered myself pretty conservative, but I also support gay marriage. I truly believe that any two people who love one another enough to commit their lives to each other should certainly be allowed the right to do so. Marriage is sacred. It will always be sacred and allowing two men or two women to experience that union - to profess a lifelong commitment to love, honor, cherish before God –that detracts nothing from the holiness of marriage. It doesn’t threaten the sanctity of my marriage in the least. I want my gay friends to have the happiness that I have, with all of the perks and rights that come along with it.

There are far too many people who don't treat marriage with the sanctity it deserves, but their sexuality has nothing to do with it.

To be completely honest, I have only recently come to peace with gay marriage in a church. I always believed they should be allowed legal marriages and commitments… but a Christian marriage in the church was hard for me to swallow. Perhaps it was my conservative side, and I don’t know exactly when it changed. But I now believe that any marriage commitment for a relationship built on faith and made before God is a reason to celebrate.

Love is always a reason to celebrate.

When Kherington and I pray we ask the Lord to guide our lives and help us to be good people. When she says “amen” at the end of her bedtime prayers, I hope that above all else, I am able to teach her and her little sister that God is love and love comes in many forms.

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