Sunday, December 24, 2006

Happy Birthday!

When Reia was a little over 2 and I was newly pregnant with Reese we had a fabulous snow that kept everyone home. As we walked over to my friend Holly's house, it was naturally very cold. I was trying to get there as soon as possible and looked behind to see Reia lagging a bit.

"Reia honey, come on a little faster."
"But Mommy, I still wittle."

And indeed she was. I felt bad and picked her up so we could get to our destination sooner. I look back at that brief conversation and wish I could freeze her sweet little two year old self when it was just her and me during the day. It has gone by all too quickly.

Today she turned five. She is so independent. She can make her own lunch if need be, dress herself, work the Tivo and computer, and is becoming a very good little reader. I can't believe how much she has grown. Because she was born on Christmas eve I always think about how Mary felt on Jesus' birthday every year. A year older, a year closer to making the ultimate sacrifice for me...and Reia.

It makes me thank God that I have had the joy of being her mother for the past five years, and thankful that God doesn't let us in on what is ahead. That I have to trust Him to be her father and care for her in every way I can think of and many I can't.

So, Happy Birthday sweet girl. May God bless you and keep you His.

Reia at her 3rd Birthday party. When I brought Reese home she seemed so big, but now that I look back...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

For Amy (AKA Boomam's Holiday Tour)

My friend Amy and I used to start talking about when to start thinking about decorating for Christmas in about, oh say, July. We would take our pilgrimages to Hobby Lobby and scope out the newest treats for our homes and walk down to one another's house every time something was added to the Christmas spectacular that was our home.

Since we moved I don't get to call her to come and check out how this or that new wreath and ribbon. Or what a good deal I got on this box of beautiful ornaments. So, even though I should be doing this for Boomama's Holiday Tour (I can't get the button to work anyway), I am putting my holiday pics up for Amy. Miss ya!!!

This is the new tree in our front room. I know the pic is blurry (I seem to be having digital camera "issues" lately.) We just put Martha's "shatter proof" ornaments on this year. What Ms. Stewart means by shatter proof is PLASTIC. They are covered in glitter and quite lovely. You will notice the row sitting in the window sill. That would be from Mini-T. Which is why we have shatter proof.

The rest of the pics are in a very random order thanks to blogger not being that user friendly on moving them around.

I originally wanted to collect snowmen cookie jars. But they take up a lot of space in storage. So I have one and it looks just lovely on my hutch/bar area. Don't you think?

This is our regular ole tree. The ornaments were dispersed nicely at the beginning. But Mini-T has been rearranging them from day one. Please excuse any bare spots.

This wreath was my splurge this year. Well, sort of. I waited for Hob Lob to have 1/2 off wreaths and voila! A 36 in pre-lit wreath. Looks nice even though we're missing a mantle.

This is the staircase. I have always wanted lighted garland up the staircase, and now I have it. The stockings are hung by the staircase with care in hopes that Santa won't notice we don't have a mantle this year. You'll also see our nativity there. We have several. I just love them and would like one for every room of the house some day. You will also notice all of the lovely gold bows my MIL made for me at Thanksgiving this year. She's a peach I tell ya.

I guess that's about it. We have a tree in Reia's room this year too, but it's pretty old and will be tossed this year. I'm really like trees, but I think T is limiting me to 3. Oh well.

Ya'll have a very Merry Christmas. May He bring you much peace and joy in 2007.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Have Yourself a Blurry Little Christmas

This was the first picture we took in a series of about a hundred. It's the only one where both of the girls are sitting, smiling, and looking at the camera at the same time. It's also the only one completely out of focus. (Auto focus my...).

Just one more reminder that the season is not about them. Or me, or T. It's about Him. Now if I could just get Him to sit in front of my tree and smile...=)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

It's an ADVENTure All Right

So, I decided to actually use the little advent calendar this year. Each little box has a date on one side and a picture on the other. When you turn a particular date around the little box holds a piece or two of candy. Once all of the boxes are turned a lovely picture is completed.

Anyhoo, When I got out of the shower yesterday this is what I found. A mess, a whole lot of missing candy, and a missing toddler. I just love having a two year old with great manual dexterity around. (Those boxes were hard to open.)

The Control of the Kiss

Mini-T has a bed time ritual.

Every night (or nap time) as I am closing the door she calls me. "Mama?"

And so I walk back to her bed and she kisses me. Sweet little precious two year old kisses. I get up to walk away again.


I walk back again and give her kisses to her hearts content. We follow this procedure about four times until she finally says, "Hugs." and then "Ni-Night." At which point I leave and all is well until about 6:30 the next morning.

Just so we all know, I can't be the one to end it. It has to be her or she won't really go to sleep. Also, if she doesn't want to go to bed, she withholds the sweet kisses.

Today for example, she didn't want to take her nap. Mini-me had a friend over and Mini-T was not about to miss out without a fight. So as I am laying her down and about to walk out she says "Mama?" (Good for me I think she's gonna just give up.)
I walk over and lean down to kiss her and she looks at me and says, "Not mommy kisses, Reia kisses."

Glad to know where I stand. My girls will both have control issues. At least they come by it honestly.