Archive | November, 2012

Very Forgetful But Grateful

29 Nov

It is so easy to get caught up in my everyday and take the things I have for granted. Each day I wake up in a warm bed, I have food to eat, electricity, cozy socks, new shoes and a charged cell phone. Some of those things seem minor, right? They are, but when I find myself without any of them I start to notice pretty quickly. It is easy to expect the things we have always had to be there day after day, but I guess there is no guarantee in that. Over Thanksgiving I started to make mental notes of the small blessings in life and how all those small things add up in a huge way.

I remember, at church one Sunday, the preacher asked what would you have tomorrow based on what you thanked God for today? That’s a pretty eye-opening question. The ugly realization on many days is that I would have nothing. I get so caught up in the day to day and I find myself forgetting to give thanks and truly enjoy what I have in front of me. Life is good, we have a healthy baby, wonderful family and a place to call home. Things are constantly changing and we never know what is just around the corner. I am thankful for the here and now and all the goodness that I have done nothing to deserve.

“Mine, mommy!”

20 Nov

Lila’s first sentence.

My thought, “uh-oh.”

Hello 6:55a.m., it’s good to see you.

14 Nov

Daylight savings time has always been a little treat for me, well, the one in the fall when we gain an extra hour of sleep. This year though it wasn’t so fun. I guess I had always heard parents say they hated this time of year because it wreaked havoc on their children’s sleep schedules. Well, I didn’t think much about it…because I didn’t have kids. I guess Lila has us pretty spoiled because for the most part she has a solid sleep schedule. She goes down around 8 each night and sleeps until around 7 or a bit after each morning. That is, until daylight savings time. Lila’s internal clock said rise and shine at 5:45. I had a perky, playful, full of energy toddler on my hands and I could barely hold my eyes open. Each night I was going to bed thinking, “ok, she will definitely sleep later this time.” Nope, each morning she was up and at em’ before sunrise. By the end of the day I was whipped. I finally wised up just a bit and got myself in bed a little earlier knowing we would be up with the roosters.

For the last week we have been making baby steps. I noticed she was tacking on 10-15 minutes of sleep each morning and we were slowing inching our way back toward 7am. This morning we made it to 6:55am. I never thought I would be so excited to look at the clock and it not even be 7am yet. If you know me though, you know I love my sleep. Now that I have written this I may have just jinxed the whole thing but I am hoping for the best.

Life Lately…In Pictures

6 Nov

Halloween Fun

1 Nov

Halloween has always been one of my most favorite holidays but getting to experience it with Lila has bumped it up even further on the list. It was incredible to watch her little face as she was taking it all in. She quickly picked up on the fact that if she held out her bucket and said hi that people would give her treats. The first place we went was a trunk or treat and after the first few deposits she had it down. After we finished she wanted to started fishing through all the candy and emptying out her bucket. She went straight for the suckers and didn’t hesitate to stick them in her mouth…wrapper and all:) I asked her if she wanted to go to get more candy and she shook her head excitedly up and down.

We went back to our neighborhood and went out to the main street and started going door t to door. I started out letting her walk but as her basket became heavier and heavier her pace began to slow. If I hadn’t picked her up to carry her we would still be out there. I offered to carry her bucket for her but she wasn’t having that. She didn’t want to take a chance on not getting it back.

Our last stop was our neighbor’s house and since we live on a dead end we were his only trick or treaters. Lila racked up because he gave her almost the entire bag he had purchased for the night! I guess you could really say Josh and I racked up because there is no way we are letting her eat all that;) I asked her if she had fun and the expression on her face was priceless. I told her I had so much fun too and I am already excited about next year.

Givin daddy high five on an awesome Halloween!

Pocahontas needed a story before bed.

Two happy Halloween girls:)