Wednesday, June 30, 2010

5 Years!

In just two days Nathan and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. We've been told that the first 5 years are the hardest, I hope thats true! Like any marriage we have had our ups and our downs, but we have had made a lot of really great memories!

I was looking through our wedding pictures this morning, and I wanted to share a few:

Here is my dad walking me and baby Angelinna down the isle

This was one of my favorite pics, right after the kiss
"As these grains of sand will never again be separated, so shall be this marriage"
mine is sage green, Nathan's is emerald green and the pastor has white to represent God

We included Angel's dedication as a part of the ceremony, creating a special bond as a family

Best Man : Randy (Nathan's Dad)
Groomsmen: Adam, Aaron, Luke and John
Maid of Honor : Kristin (my best friend)
Bridesmaids: Chantal, Danielle, Jamie, Niki

I just love this picture :D

and this picture of our first dance is my most favorite of all, it has a place on the living room wall
so with that trip down memory lane, I want to say thank you to all of our friends and family for helping us grow as a family in the light of God.

Friday, June 25, 2010

A day at the park

I am quickly growing to love this summer. Both of the kids are finally at the stage that they can play at the park without me holding their hands all the way through every obstacle. They have come to appreciate the time we spend at the park and get the most play for their time each time we go.
We are fortunate that there are several beautiful parks in this town, and the city put brand new equipment in each of them. Usually the kids want to go to "castle park" which is wooden park at the grade school I went to growing up. The parents of the students volunteered to build it, with lots of twisty turney stairs thourgh a maze to the top where you can slide down, or balance beam arcoss, it was fun for me then, and fun for them now. But this time Ayden asked if we could go to a new park, so we packed up some snacks and went to Herrith Soft Ball Park.
It amazes me to watch Angel navigate her way around the equipment. Last year there is now way she could have done this on her own, and now she makes her way up the stairs and to the slides, a little slowly, but on her own. When she sees her brother fly across something, she wants to try it, but if the step is too big for her to do on her own, she will go back to the safe stairs and play on the slide.
I just know it won't be long until she is flying around with him.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Rice and Sun Therapy

The weather this summer has been less than desirable. We have had crazy rain storms for weeks and the temp hasn't even gotten over 80 yet...and its the middle of June! So when the sun does shine some light in the afternoon, we run outside and soak it up.

On the back patio we have a sand/water table, which can be very very messy. So on an afternoon when we don't have a lot of time (or energy) for clean up, I pull out the rice box.

I first learned about the rice box several years ago when Angel's occupational therapist used one for fine motor skills. They are very easy to create:

Get a rubbermaid box that has a closeable lid

Get several bags of dry rice (not the instant rice, the bags on the lower shelves). This box has about 5 bags of rice, it could use more but my kids tend to get pretty messy if there is too much.

Go to the dollar store and get kitchen utensils and cups that have slots and holes for sifting, as well as solid spoons and cups. I took some of the paper cups and cut different size holes in the bottom to act as a funnel of sorts.

Also pick up small plastic animals or objects that can burried and discovered in the rice. Our box has several plastic lizards and some plastic fish (that were also from the dollar store)

The great thing about the rice, is that it won't get messy all over their clothes, hands, hair, diaper and every where else that sand finds itself. I usually use ours outside, but you can use it inside on a rainy day. Dry rice will vaccum up very easily or sweep up even easier.

There is something theraputic about moving your hands around in rice. Even I can't keep myself from playing along with them!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Rain

This morning I woke up early to the sound of a chattering squirrel and a squawking bird outside my window fighting over the bird seed in the hanging feeder. Normally I am not a morning person not. But this morning I woke up and listened to the quiet house, the kids were actually still in bed! Of course my dog Grace was right up when she heard me rustle around. I took her outside and just felt good in the warm rainy air. So I decided that we would take this opportunity to take a walk in the rain.

I love walking in a summer rain, I feel like I am so close to nature and God. We took some quiet residential streets so that I could hear the sounds of the rain and the birds. I have to say, that even tho it was only a short, brisk walk ; I feel like God was telling me to just take a moment from the busy and crazy life and appreciate Him. And I did. I thought about how beautiful the morning is and what a shame it is that I would rather pull the blanket over my head then get up with the kids. I thought about how many more trips to the park we should take this summer, with a picnic lunch. I thought about how beautiful my children are and what a gift they are to me.

So many thoughts passed through my mind when I normally just push them aside because I have more sewing to do and I gotta get Angel to school and therapy and I have meetings to attend and I have chores to do. So when we came up our driveway and I let Grace off the leash to shake out her wet coat, I said a little prayer: "God, when it rains in the summer, help me to wake up early and take a walk with you. Thank you for the beauty in my life."

I hope that next time it rains, dog or not, go take a walk and listen to His nature. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Schools Out!

Well, it has finally come, the first day of summer vacation. And to celebrate we are laying around in pj's all day. The biscuits are in the oven for some biscuits and gravy as a late brunch.

I can't believe that Angel is actually moving into a new school. Kindergarden. Its scarry for any mom to send their child off to school, but for me its a whole new ball game. Angel has been at Whitman Elementary for three years as a half day student in the developmental pre school program. I love her teacher Carrie and assistants Tinly and Lori. I will miss them all so much. I admit I was a little teary eyed when we left yesterday with the final armload of craft projects and paperwork.

With the progress Angel has made in 3 years, I know that she will do even better as she continues through school.

God will be with her every step of the way. I know it, but I am still a little bit scared. I guess that's just motherhood.


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