Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas? Or . . . We Survived.

Merry Christmas! I'm sitting down at the end of a long day and felt like documenting it. Mostly for my own sake, but you can hear about it too if you'd like. A little pathetic, a little funny . . . maybe mostly pathetic. Pathetically funny. But we survived. And, I think the kids still had a fairly fun day!

4:30 AM -- Adam wakes up. The norovirus has struck. Ava and I had it over the weekend, so it was just a matter of time . . . if you live around here, you know about this plague, and you know that this means that at 4:30 AM I was aware that I was on my own this Christmas. Adam was done for at least the next 24 hours. Although, at the time, he said something funny like, "I feel a lot better! Maybe that was just it!" Ha.

5:00ish or so -- We head downstairs. Adam gets sick about 27 more times and watches a weird space movie I don't understand, so I fall back to sleep in an amazingly uncomfortable position on the couch.

Later, I wake up with my neck stuck at a 45 degree angle, Adam drifts in and out of consciousness, and then the kids wake up and have suddenly developed a green goopy cold. The plot thickens -- goopily and oozily.

Present time! Really, I truly was trying to keep my spirits up, and was doing pretty well. We had a fun time opening presents -- I think even Adam was okay for a little bit as he groaned and sighed pathetically on the couch. Maybe not that okay.

Notice Sam's nose? I bet you're glad I pointed that out.

Ava got a Cinderella dress from Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Lee, and then wore it all day long! :) There's something so almost cheesy and yet so fun and sweet about little girls and Disney princess dresses. She loved it.

Tough guy. They also gave Sam a Strider bike. While he did have fun with his other gifts, this was by far his favorite. He would play with something else for a bit and then suddenly stop and say, "Bii-ii!" (bike -- a two syllable word), as if he realized -- why am I doing this when I could be riding my BIKE! He rode it up and down the hallway about 287 times today. :)

More awesome presents from Grandma and Grandpa Lockwood! Sam's gift theme ended up being things that go! Trucks, trains, cars -- he made a lot of really great vrooming noises today.

After all the fun of gifts and playtime, it was time for lunch. Because Ava and I were so sick this weekend, I did absolutely no Christmas baking or goodie-making. Maybe it's not a big deal, but it did seem a little sad. We also didn't go out and get groceries for a Christmas meal until yesterday, and even then, we kept it very simple. Adam was planning on doing the cooking since I hadn't been feeling well.  But then he was sick and there was no point in anyone making any sort of big meal. Anyway . . . all this to say . . . I fed my children hot dogs, pretzels, and canned pineapple for Christmas lunch. Pitiful. And then I cried a little. Really, I did. Pitiful.

After lunch and a little more playtime, it was time for nap time! Sam went to bed, but I let Ava stay up so that we could play with all of her "big girl" presents. It was so very fun and lifted my spirits right up again. 

She got the sweetest stamp set from G&G Lockwood AND an Ed Emberly Thumbprint Drawing Book. Did you have those books when you were a kid? They are just brilliant. Cute and fun and just delightful for young kids. Emberly also has some great regular drawing books -- we'll be getting one eventually.

Simply make a thumb or finger print and then make it into something. Animals, people, all sorts of fun! Here, she made a spider, a bunny, and a princess with long curly hair. The books are fun because they give really simple step-by-step instructions for each little figure. She was so excited to be able to figure all of these out on her own. She made tons of little prints, and eventually wanted to use my prints because she figured out that they would be bigger and a little easier to draw in. :)

After that, little Cinderella wanted to play her new games from Gma Debbie & Gpa Lee. Hi-Ho Cherrio and Pretty Pretty Princess. Doesn't she just look too grown up with those clip-on earrings on? I love my Ava girl.

Next? Disaster. Sam started waking up from his nap, but I had just made a cup of my new tea and wanted to sit and enjoy it for a few minutes. It was a gift from Adam -- an old favorite I hadn't been able to find anywhere for years that Adam ordered for me!

Sooo . . . I let Sam hang out and talk to himself in his crib for about 5-10 minutes. When I put him down for his nap, he was still in his pajamas. It was just one of those days where getting him dressed wasn't important, you know? 

Anyway -- Sam and footie jammies. It's complicated. Sam must be in footie jammies at night. AND those footie jammies must be safety-pinned through the zipper at the top. Can you guess why? Oddly, during the day, when he is napping in his clothes, we don't have this problem, even though it should technically be just as easy to strip out of those clothes as it is to unzip a zipper. 

So here's what happened.

Sam wakes up. Realizes he's still in footie jammies. Immediately checks the zipper. "Mwahahaha!! NO saftey pin!" Removes footie jammies. Removes poopy diaper.

I enjoy my 10 minutes of tea. Silly.

When I opened the door to his room, I could smell the disaster before I saw it. And there was my stark naked boy, looking guilty, and there was his poo-slimed crib. Crib slats, crib rails, crib sheet, and his poor beloved Mr. Bear . . . ick.

It gets worse.

I carried him at arm's length to the bathroom and started the shower to rinse him off before giving him a bath. In my rush, I grabbed my own shampoo to start washing the poo off his hands. I got them all lathered up, and then he rubbed both soapy hands into his eyes.

Baby torture. 

He stood there screaming, "Eye!! Eye!! Eye!! Eeeeye!!", while I tried desperately to pour water over his face to wash out the soap. He hates having water on his face. He coughed and spluttered and looked at me with soapy, terror-filled eyes. The screams intensified. "Eye!! Eye!! Nooooo!!!"

Eventually, it washed out. And he might need therapy.

After all that fun, I got to go work on the poo-encased crib.    yippee . . . 

The rest of the day is kind of a blur now. They played some more. I made a dinner equally as dismal as our lunch. Adam slept a little, hung out a little, groaned a bit, slept some more, and is sleeping still. 

Merry Christmas! 

It is almost funny now, isn't it? :)

P.S. Here's the one small and somewhat uninteresting video I took today. But still cute because kids are always cute, right?

Monday, September 3, 2012

18 Months

Happy Labor Day! But, more importantly, Happy 18th Monthday to Sammy Sam! 

We drove up to Nana & Papa's house for the day to hang out. As you can see, Sam and Mr. Bear are still the best of buds.

 The kiddies got to swim in the pool today! It was very exciting. 

It was a fun day for the kids. A nice, relaxing day, & a bit rainy, too! It was so nice to have a slightly cooler day. We are very ready for fall. Or maybe we should just skip to winter . . . Anyway, let's talk a little more about my favorite little dude. 

Last year on Sept. 3rd, Sam was just trying out real food for the first time!

And now he's turned into this handsome little guy. It really does seem crazy how fast they grow up. Sniff . . . 

Samuel William at 18 Months
Defining Words:

Favorite Things: 
Mr. Bear

Likes to: 
Climb atop high things and grunt victoriously
Copy Ava
Steal Ava's Blankie (Poor Boo!)
Dance like a crazy foo'
Play Hide and Seek
Hug Daddy 15 times every day before he can leave for lessons :)
Figure out how things work


Cute while sleeping . . .
See? CUTE.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Ava and Sam actually played together doing this for a long time -- maybe almost an hour! I didn't put our stroller away the other day and it turned into all kinds of fun. First, Sam climbed on it, then Ava thought it looked like the coolest thing ever, so she joined him. And then it became . . . a boat! 

They would get in and rock it -- riding the waves! (It's a three-wheeled jogger, so it was very tippy going back and forth on that front wheel.) Then they would jump out and get in the "water" to swim. I love when they find a shared activity that they can have fun doing together. I don't think Sam totally gets what's going on, but he was laughing and having tons of fun doing what Ava was doing. Cuties!

I thought the goggles were a nice touch. :) Drooly boy! He's working on three more teeth. And he just drools for fun sometimes, I think . . . haha.

But you have to look out!! Gator infested waters! Yikes.

Ava got Sam's alligators and put them there. But, actually, she said they're nice alligators, so I guess we're safe. :)

P.S. Sarah, Chris, & Adelyn -- Sam says thank you for his new gator. He thinks it's funny that it squeaks!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

{Share the Love: Adoption Fundraiser}

Hi Friends!
Just wanted to let you all know that the {Share the Love: Adoption Fundraiser} is going on now! All day yesterday, Liz Messer  at I'd Rather Be Elspeth, posted all of the different packages that you can enter to win. Each package has its own post, so if you go to her site you can see detailed info on all of them! The super cape I made is in the Boy Package, and the art smock is in the Girl Package. There are many other packages, too! Here's a little look at all of them, but really, you must go over to her site and see them. The fundraiser will last until August 26th.

Click on the text below each photo to go directly to her site and see detailed info & photos of everything included in each package!

There are so many amazing things to choose from! Please join with me in supporting the Messer family. You can enter to win any of the above packages for just $5 per entry. You can make multiple entries for the same package or spread out your entries if you wish. For example, if you really wanted to win the cute Girl Package, you could enter once for $5, five times for $25, etc. Basically, you can enter as many times as you want to for any or all of the packages!

A little more about the Messers, if you haven't heard their story
Their daughter, Micah, was born in 2009 at 29 weeks by emergency c-section. Very shocked new parents, Joe and Liz, had a hard road watching her struggle through her early weeks in the NICU, but God protected her in those early days. Now she has grown into this beautiful, healthy girl!
Because of where the c-section was performed, doctors were unsure about whether Joe and Liz would be able to have many children, so they already knew at that time that they wanted to adopt someday. A little over a year ago, they lost their tiny baby son, Liam James, in Liz's second pregnancy due to uterine rupture. 
I can't help but sit here and cry as I write this -- such suffering in the life of my dear friend is hard to bear. But, I am so thankful for them and their heart for adoption. It is such a blessing to that they will soon be able to provide a home for a little baby in desperate need of loving parents like Liz and Joe -- and a sweet big sister like Micah!

I would love for you to go over to Liz's blog and check out the fundraiser. Any amount of help will go a long way toward their goal. Pray for them, too, as they continue to heal from the loss of little Liam, and as they look hopefully ahead to their adoption!

Monday, August 13, 2012


Today . . . Ava made some "rockmen" -- complete with green grassy locks. Aren't they lovely? At first she told me she was making snowmen, but then she thought for a second and said, 
"No, Mommy. They're rockmen!" 

 I think they're cute. :)

Later on, we painted her toenails for the first time ever! We actually had to go out and buy some nail polish because I didn't have one single bottle. Are you shocked?? Well, maybe you're not. I actually don't mind painting my nails, but I probably haven't done it more than about . . . once in the entire 6+ years we've been married. Anyway, she had such fun choosing a polish color at the store, and Sam had fun riding around in the stroller and waving at everyone he could see! He loves seeing new people. :) Anyway, Ava and I landed on bubblegum pink with glass slipper for a sweet, shimmery topcoat. She said, "It's just like Cinderella's toes!"

What I didn't document in photos today: 
- My less-than-patient demeanor while trying to make lunch for my two screaming children. 
- Sam throwing an entire bowl of applesauce on the floor which then splattered all over the carpet and about 5 feet up the walls. Great.
- Ava being disciplined for being mean to Sam and making the poor little guy cry.
- Sam pushing Ava and pulling her hair in retaliation . . . 
- and later, me reveling in the joy that is naptime.

Just wanted to keep things real. :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Missing Friends

One of my best friends, Megan, moved away a little over a week ago. If you know me, you know I can be a little quieter (ha) than most, so sometimes I feel like it can take me a long time to really make a close friend. Which, in some ways, I don't mind, but it does make me just that little bit more sad when someone moves away. I miss you, Megan! We are quite different, but I feel we became kindred spirits. :) I think she is my only friend who loves children's literature as much (or more!) as I do. And I just love all the conversations we've had about such things and so many others. 

It still seems funny that they are really gone, but I hope and pray for their family to thrive their new city, Evanston, IL. They moved to pastor a church there, and I pray that their ministry will be truly blessed.  I miss them all -- the whole family! But, I know we will see each other again.

Their son, Drew, is Ava's friend. Really, he was her first friend. Drew is just about 8 months older than Ava, so he's been in her life since she was born! They've had so many fun times at church and weekly playgroup and really are just sweet little friends. I had all these cute pictures of them, so I just had to post them. Memories, you know. :)

At Drew's 1st birthday in 2009. With Sophie, too!

Playing at Ava's 1st Birthday.

Ava, Drew, & Henry playing with balloons at Ava's 2nd birthday party.


A day in April . . . digging in the dirt and other exciting activities. 

These last ones were all taken on their last day in CO. The kids had fun playing all day while we finished packing up the house!

Ava and Drew were pretending that Sam was a monster trying to catch them. Lots of running and screeching in the back yard! I must say, Sam did an excellent job of growling and chasing them. He's a pro.

But they all got together for a picture for me. Cuties!

Their parting words?
Drew: "Next time you come, let's play swords!"
Ava: "Okay! Swords of truth!" 
^^ (ha! I have no idea where that came from.)
Ava: "I love you, Drew."
Drew: "I love you, too."

Scott, Megan, Anna, Sophie, & Drew . . . can't wait to see you in December! Praying for you.