Monday, November 24, 2008

I am thankful for Smiles and Giggles...

It is amazing the change a friendly smile can have, they are infectious. After I have seen a smile I can't help but replicate it by passing on the cheerful gesture.
I love to laugh! Especially the type of laughter that makes tears come. It is a glorious and energizing feeling to laugh at and with those you love.

I love this little guy

I love to watch Jack and Ben, that have a wonderful bond and I love them both dearly.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Today I'm Thankful For...

Opportunities to serve others. I really get a kick out of helping other people. Service seems like the perfect antidote for the moaning Myrtle that resides within me. When I become self indulgent and start complaining about my problems a red flag pops into my mind and yells "SERVE!" After I have done something for someone I feel 100 times better and can't help but smile, it can become addicting. The best thing about serving others is the fact that I really begin to love the people I serve, they begin to become my family.

I am so thankful for the people in my life that time after time serve me it is your example that reminds me to be better and think of others needs.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Jack is 18 months old...

Dear Jack,

you are my pride and joy! It has been 18 months since I was laying on a hospital bed impatiently waiting for you to come into this world. You have grown tremendously in weight and in intellect. You are known for you wobbliness and flexible limbs and some even call you "gumby."

Yesterday you did the sweetest thing: we were cooking together (making peanut butter cookies) and you were having a blast pouring the sugar in and mixing it with the electric mixer. Suddenly you stooped and turned to me, reached up and kissed me and sweetly said "i ove ou" my world stood still for a moment, these are the moments that define my world.

Your vocabulary is exploding! You love the book "In The Beginning" your favourite thing is to point out the sun, moon, flowers, trees, snake, fish and birds. Today in the bath you were interested in your anatomical features and I told you that certain areas are "private parts" and then you giggled and said while pointing "ivat part?"

You love Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder. You enjoy throwing your body around in circles as you listen to Bob the Builder's theme tune. Every time a train comes by our house your eyes explode with excitement and you run to the red camping chair, climb it and point to the train yelling "cho cho...cho cho."

When you are tired your thumb immediately shoots in your mouth and the other hand holds you belly button and if I am around you will try to touch my belly button; I'm not sure how we are going to break this habit.

Recently, your Daddy has been really busy with school and you have missed him. the last few days you have woken up from your nap or seen an item of dad's clothing and asked "where's dad?" I have told you that he is at work or school. Each time you would look at me with total disbelief and run into our bedroom in search for daddy. You looked under the covers, in the pillow cases, in the closet and under the bed. After realizing that I was right you were persistent on laying on dad's side of the bed while we read books together. You really love your Dad!

You have a habit of accidentally on purpose dropping water either on the floor or on your highchair tray. Food time is often your favorite time and can also be a very messy event. You are just like me with your love of fruit- you eat tons of it! You love cereal, yogurt, toast, raisins and lots of cheese.

Your favorite friend is Reid. You guys have a love/hate relationship. You play beautifully sometimes and other times you scream and shriek at each other. Often your disagreements are caused by an inability to share- You are not very good at this but we are working on it.

You love to sing songs and are learning to count. When I ask you "how old are you?" you put one finger up and say "two" or "four." You LOVE playing hide and seek with daddy. He always makes you jump and giggle. You love to climb on our backs and ride us like horses, you even ride without holding on- dare devil!

I love you so much Jack. Please forgive my imperfections for I have many. Being your mother is a privilege. I can't believe how fast you are growing. You are so precious.

I love you with my whole heart,

Mum x x

P.S I love your smile, it's so cheeky!
9 Days...

Today I am thankful for Jack's nap time. I dearly love my son but he can be a handful and frequently he exhausts me physically and emotionally, so days like today I savor the few hours of being alone as he quietly sleeps. Nap time is my time. I fill this precious time with homework, work, eating lunch and occasionally I just sit and enjoy being encompassed by silence. I know Jack will one day stop taking naps, that will be a sad day and until then I will relish these quiet hours.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

10 Days to go...

Today I am thankful for exercise. There is no better antidote for an unhappy and sluggish disposition than a healthy dose of exercise. Exercise fuels my body will energy and vitality, there is something magnificent about a racing heart within my ribcage. Each time I work my heart it gets stronger and healthier. I believe that as stewards of the beautiful body given to us by God, it is our responsibility to take great care of it and in my opinion exercise plays a vital role in that. I am thankful for the energy, self confidence, motivation and life that exercise feeds my body.

Get out and EXERCISE!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thanksgiving, Just 11 days away

I got this idea from a dear friend. Each day until thanksgiving I want to express my Thanks for a specific thing in my life.

Day I: Today I am thankful for computers and the Internet. I know it seems silly but seriously what would I do without them. Because of computer technology I can have an instant conversation with friends and family members from all over the world. I can research any topic, share photos, explore different areas using google earth (I love google earth), I can create things using software, I can buy things, sell things the list is endless. I do believe that there is a lot of junk on the computer and the Internet but as will all things there is a lot of great things offered.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Guy Fawkes Party!

In England we always Remember the 5th of November because the 5th is the day Guy Fawkes almost got blown up. Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of Roman Catholic Restorationists who planned on blowing the house of Parliament up and all the inhabitants (the king and members of Parliament) as a rebellion fueled by the discrimination they endured. Fawkes was discovered before he could successfully proceed with the gun fire plot. Fawkes died several months later.

In England we remember Guy Fawkes on "Bonfire night" the 5th of November. Back home bonfire night held memories of eating candy floss (cotton candy) and toffee apples, ridding on fair rides, playing silly games, making patterns in the air with sparklers and watching a stuffed man burn on top an enormous bonfire. Yes, of course there were fire works but on a side note English fireworks are completely and utterly pathetic compared to American 4th of July extravaganza's.

Here in America people think this tradition is odd and somewhat strange, especially Ben I think he jokingly called it satanic. We had no sparklers, no bonfire, no fireworks and no candy floss. However there were silly game and apples dipped in toffee.

We bobbed for apples, which was highly entertaining and disgusting. We played a killer game of charades in which the gentlemen won by way too much. The night ended with a classic game of rock band (compliments by our dear friends the Fowers). All in all it was a great evening with friends and a chance for me to reminisce and remember the traditional quirks, that I love so dearly, of England.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden..."

These words of Christ are at the surface of my mind today. Its been one of those days. The sort of day when Jack moans, cries, screams, throws and hits. The sort of day that makes my heart yearn for relief. As I experience these difficult days I become more frustrated because my imperfections are exposed. I wish I was better. I know I can be better but I continue to fall short and allow myself to become impatient and irritated.

I am reminded of what my visiting teaching companion said as she so beautiful taught a lesson; she said that the time young children are in the home is such a tiny part of our mortal life and an even tinier part of our eternal existence. As I think of this, the desire to love unconditionally grows stronger. I have to remind myself that Jack doesn't really understand what he is doing, he is just exercising his freedom and when I retaliate it just feeds his desire of Independence. Instead I should channel his energy into goodness.

Even though today has left a not in my stomach and I just feel like crying, I know that without days like this I wouldn't appreciate the sweet joy of good days and the exquisite happiness found in those rare exceptional days. I know God lives and will listen to my prayers as I plead with him to make me a better, more loving and patient mother. I know that God wants me to better and that he will help me achieve greatness. I don't know where I would be without the glorious knowledge that God LIVES!

Oh, I am slowly learning to appreciate the millions of selfless acts demonstrated by my own mother- Thank-you Mum!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Some recent PHOTOS

It's US

Jack before and after the traumatic haircut

At Home Depot making a leaf presser

Jack post licking mixing bowl

Jack loving leaves

Ben and I

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Our little spook: The polite Lion that gently roars

Jack's Halloween was filled with new experiences, wide eyes, candy, friends, lots of walking and little sleep.

Thanks to Ben's mom Jack had an awesome Halloween costume, he was a ferocious lion. OK, he wasn't very ferocious but he defiantly fitted into the category of "super cute."

We took Jack to trick or treating at Ben's work "Novell" it was such a blast watching Jack carefully select the candy of his choice over and over. Jack was in awe and somewhat confused with all the kids and adults dressed up in costume. He took great pride in holding his little ghostly pouch which held his precious candy. If he liked the person offering the candy he would say good bye with a perfectly soft roar. After walking around, what seemed like a bazillion booths we eagerly awaited the raffle drawing. Drum roll please...................Jack won! Ben and I have never won anything but Jack he was born a winner, his super luck won him an awesome play dough set.

After nipping home for have dinner to try to add goodness into our bodies in hope to counteract the abundance of candy consumed Jack again transformed into a lion. Off we went trick or treating with some friends. It was adorable to watch the kids walk around, climb up stairs and tap on doors with eager eyes and hungry bellies.

The night ended at our dear friends the Fowers, for their annual Halloween party. We ate food, chatted, played games and rocked out on Nintendo Wii Rock Band. Lets just say I am amazing at the drums and Ben was born to be a rock singer scoring a mighty 99%. Wow, I married talent!

We were all pretty exhausted by the end of the night especially our little lion and as a result we all slept like babies.
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