Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is a busy book I made for Calvin, the inside has a Velcro road & car storage, matching cars, a lift the flap page & removable street signs that snap back on. It was a lot of work and last minute I decided to add the batting, and I had to rip out my seams more times than I care to mention, but it's done. This one is going in his Easter Basket.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Yesterday I looked around after I put Calvin down for his nap and oh my stars was our house a mess. I'm not joking it was a MESS! I had dishes waiting to be washed, a full dishwasher with clean dishes waiting to be put away, a stack of things to be filed, tons of advertisements cluttering our desk, my table looked like my sewing things exploded, I still hadn't finished the laundry I started on Monday and the kitchen floor needed to yet again be swept and mopped. Part of me felt like I was failing as a stay at home mom, because this is my job. So I stepped back and took it all in and I had to smile because what did I see? Another bucket filled with treasures, seriously I did. And I was thankful God opened my eyes to see the blessing of a mess, a busy family trying to enjoy each other and the talents he has given us. Wow my bucket is overflowing with sweet treasures from above. (And yes I did tidy up a bit but this time I decided to clean while listening to Rita Springer, I never thought cleaning could be a worshipful experience till now.)
So go ahead enjoy the bucket God has given you today, even if it does look a bit messy.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I'm hoping to sell these things once I get a few more things made. I can't wait to show you the little slippers I finish next. I love being creative! This is what I finished:
Hooded Towels. Calvin was outgrowing his baby towels and we've already fallen in love with these. He's so cozy wrapped up in these, he fusses when it's time to get dressed. I haven't decided if I'll sells these, unless anyone wants one. I personally wanted to have these. I have one more that isn't pictured, so I think Calvin's set on new towels that actually cover him now.
So how about you, what are you working on right now? I encourage you to find a creative outlet at least once a month, once you start you'll love it.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Honestly I love toddlers; there is so much development that takes place during this season of life. It’s amazing to see these little babies bloom into talkative, inquisitive children.
But oh is it hard. Right now we are smack in the middle of a very important stage of shepherding our son, and he is testing his limits. Last week was rough; I struggled with loving my child when he was driving me nuts. Marvin was working long days so he wasn’t home to help share this burden. It took every ounce of me sometimes to keep up with disciplining him. I was just tired of his outburst of hitting, and tired of him pushing his limits but I knew if I caved the implications would be far worse. All of our hard work would be undone.
Once Marvin was home for a few days Calvin continued to press the limits and it seemed like his behavior worsened, probably because Marvin was sick and couldn’t play with him. I finally lost it at dinner one night when Calvin was throwing food off his high chair and swinging at me again. Marvin looked at me and said we can’t let this happen, we need to discipline him. I burst into tears. I know Marvin meant well, but after the week I had that was the last thing I needed to hear, I felt like I had been failing all week long. I was just thankful Marvin handled it, it was a precious gift that this mama needed.
Before I became a parent I was well read in various discipline techniques and saw how they worked in a classroom setting. (Remember that Master’s in Early Childhood Special Ed that I never really used.) It wasn’t until becoming a parent that my eyes were opened to the importance of not only disciplining but working with God to help shape my child’s heart. I highly recommend the book Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. I was awakened to the idea that discipline is not only so that my child would learn to obey and behave it’s about the heart. Because isn’t that where it all starts, a sinful heart. Lately I’ve been praying for wisdom for knowing how to help mold that disobedient heart? I’ve only gotten one answer; it’s not without Christ as my guide. I want Calvin to be a little boy who respects others, obeys authority but ultimately I want his heart to reflect God.
So there you have it, that’s what we’ve been up to. By the grace of God we’ll get through this stage and we all will have been molded and stretched in the process. May our family glorify the Most High even during tantrums.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
This is why Marvin worked some insane hours last week! They started out with a concrete floor and in 1 week transformed it into this:
Of course Calvin had fun seeing everything else, he loved that there was water in one of the golf holes for one of the other main gardens. He could have played here forever, unfortunately there was a line pushing us along.
Friday, March 06, 2009
I figured out how to entertain Calvin for a while, draw a bunch of clocks in a coloring book. He has spent hours looking through this book and is always thrilled when he sees a clock.
He helped me out in the kitchen the other day while I was cooking dinner. He lined up all the bottles then put the lids on them.
Wearing his John Deer Hat. It's a little big, but does the trick.
If the zoo isn't exciting enough, it's also full of treasures that Calvin insists on picking up.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Monday-Chicken Quesadillas, Corn, Bananas
Tuesday-Manicotti, Butter Breadsticks, Mixed Veggies & Salad
Wednesday-NEW RECIPE Country Crock Pot Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Mixed Veggies
Thursday- Cheese Enchiladas, Rice, Tomato Wedges
Friday-Hamburgers, French fries, Glazed Carrots & French Silk Pie
Saturday-Leftovers for lunch & Dinner with my mother-in-law!!!
Sunday- HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMAN'S DAY Tuna Burgers, Spicy Oven Fries, Salad
Sunday, March 01, 2009
I always love new months because that means finding new recipes for the month! I've found some great ones and can't wait to try them out.
I did pretty well sticking to our budget this past month. This past week I spent $47.11 and for the month I spent $202.63, I'm only over by $2.36, so I'm pretty pleased. I thought I'd be way over this week because I knew I needed to buy Pepsi, a staple item for Marvin. I didn't know how it would or could work into our budget, but we made it work, thanks to a coupon from the Dillons mailer. It's neat to see how we are provided for, even with silly things like Pepsi. I hope to make it through March under budget but we shall see....