Friday, May 4, 2012

What?! I have a blog?

Yes, it has been over a year since I blogged about anything. Just as I wrote the title to this blog post, Selah woke up from her nap and I thought, "this is exactly why I haven't blogged!" On my last blog post I had just found out I was pregnant with Selah (I didn't say it on there because I was still, well, adjusting to the news) and Nathan had just turned 1. Now, we have a house full of business and joy...Lily is 4, Nathan is 2 and beautiful Selah girl is a big 7 months old. (steve is even feeding her carrots in the kitchen as I write, while Lily is Selah's own personal cheerleader..."good job Selah! aren't those good carrots?"...) This past year has been one of adventure, trials, new things beginning and old things ending....it's really been quite a roller coaster, and I am pretty sure we are still on the ride :) In June we made the decision that I would stay home with the kids full time. With 3 kids under 4, I couldn't quite wrap my head around the idea of being at work full-time. I know lots of women do it everyday, but the thought of it ripped my heart out and we decided we would do what we had to in order to make it work. And so, I began the hardest job ever, as many of you have experienced. Selah was born September 18 and has pretty much been the easiest and happiest baby that has ever existed. Talk about a blessing. What would I have done if she was a fussy, needy baby?! Loved her just the same, but no one would have wanted to be around me...ever :) On March 25 (our 6th anniversary!) we had our last church service at Crosspoint. After 19 years as a church, the elders and church body came to the conclusion that it was time to be done. That last service was full of memories, sadness, peace, and knowledge that the Lord is in full control of our lives and our daily happenings. He is our provider, comforter and KING...and I am learning to submit to that more than ever. Now we are on the job hunt and enjoying our (hopefully) short-lived time of having TWO parents at home full-time. We aren't sure where God will take us on this journey for a job, but we are thankful for His provision and ever mindful that He is always at work within us. Today I read a great blog post (that you can read here ) It reminded me that my time as a mom is now, in the present. We have lots of hard days. Lots of days that seem unproductive and meaningless. But, to my kids they aren't meaningless! They are an opportunity to learn, to grow and to be loved, and to love, one another. So, I'm going to work on that. Being present and loving fully. Maybe I will blog more too...maybe.
Aren't they cute?!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

not very good at this anymore...

Apparently I forgot how to post on this blog, because I know it has been forever! I think it is because I always feel obligated to put some pictures on each post, but I am really bad ( about as bad as posting) at loading the pictures from my camera to the computer. I know it seems like a simple task, but somehow it becomes really hard to do consistently! Anyways, I have gotten past that for now and figured I would just share some things that are going on in our life...

--Nathan turned ONE!! We had a party for him on superbowl Sunday (which I felt was appropriate since I was in labor during the superbowl last year) and he turned one on February 8.
--Nathan spent his first birthday covered in a rash from head to toe. Apparently he is allergic to Amoxicillan. He is currently on his third antibiotic for an ear infection that won't go away. It's been a long month of sickness for poor Nate.
--Lily is officially potty trained!!!!!!!!! We embarked on that adventure at the beginning of my Christmas break and she did great. It took about 2 weeks to feel fairly confident in her being potty trained. but overall, it was a good experience for all of us. We are now happy to just be buying one set of diapers!
--We got to take a trip to Disneyland with my parents right before I went back to work after Christmas break. We had a blast and Lily, especially, really enjoyed herself. Her favorite rides were Dumbo (with Grandpa!) and It's a Small World.
--Nathan is walking! (and trying real hard to run!!) He started walking around 11 months and hasn't looked back. He is a man on the go and definitely helps us get our daily exercise in. He is always trying to keep up with his sister, which recently involves climbing things and dancing.
--Steve just got back from Jr High Winter Camp at Hume Lake and next weekend will take the High School-ers up there as well. He is taking his biggest group of students in a while and God is doing some really cool stuff through the youth ministry at Crosspoint.

That's all I can think of for now...and Nathan and I finished the muffin we were sharing (he stole most of it) and he isn't really into just sitting in his high chair watching me type =)

Friday, December 24, 2010

sweet lily

Here are a couple of videos to show our little Lily's artistic side:
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Avila Valley Barn

Today we got to spend some time all together as a family. We went up to Avila Valley Barn to feed animals, eat roasted corn, take some pictures and pick out a pumpkin! Our kids are awesome and we had a great time...





Monday, September 6, 2010

wow..2 months, really!?

Ok, so it has almost been 2 months since my last post. And that wasn't even a real post, I just put pictures of my adorable kiddos up =) Being a mom of 2 is tiring, and busy, and wonderful...but busy!! I decided I won't even try to catch up from all the things that I have missed, but I'll just start fresh (to ease the pressure!). So here are a few things that we have been up to:

Our summer was great! I loved loved loved being home with the kids again and I enjoyed every single moment! We had high school and junior high camp for church. We went to "Family Camp" at Lake San Antonio and had Nathan's first camping experience.

Our wonderful friends, Sarah and Omar De La Torre, came to visit us for 2 weeks from Mexico. It was so great to see them and for them to get to know Lily & Nathan.

We went to Palm Desert for vacation with Steve's brother Marc, his wife Tanisha and their little man Travis. We had so much fun roasting in the 100 degree weather, swimming in the pool, visiting the zoo and feeding giraffes.

I started back to work about a month ago and Steve went down to part time so that he could stay home a little more with the kids! It has been a bit of a transition, and I definitely miss being home, but we are getting into the swing of things...and I know that Lily and Nate love being able to play with their daddy more!

Lily is going to be 2 1/2 this month and is a precious joy! She loves Dora & Diego, the park, her friends, drawing, dancing, being silly, talking about everything and just having fun in every way that she can.

Nathan is 7 months old in 2 days and is getting so big so quick! He is crawling and pulling himself up to stand. We can already tell that he is going to be much more daring that Lily--he has taken several nose-dives already! At his doctors appointment a few weeks ago he weighed in at 19 pounds!! He loves food, clapping and climbing on his sister =)




Friday, July 16, 2010

one lucky mama

Man I have some cute kids!



Thursday, April 15, 2010

my first project!

Steve got me a sewing maching for my birthday.
I love it!
I've been wanting to channel my inner creativity and am usually most inspired to make cute little stuff for Lily. It's way more inspiring than making something for myself. That seems backwards =) Life as a mom, I suppose...Anyways, so I found this tutorial for a cute ruffley skirt made out of a tshirt at Sew Much Ado And it turned out adorable! It is a little rough around the edges, as it was my first project, but Lily loves it, and it fits her...so what more can I ask for!!



Oh, and Lily let me put her hair in a ponytail again! I love it...I just can't get enough!!