Our little family

Our little family

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall days = busy days

Life has been busy and fun all at the same time lately. Daddy and I have kept up our running and now have started running 5K races several weekends a month. Daddy's best time is 21 minutes so far and mine is 29 minutes. I hope to keep getting better and I know Daddy will get even faster.

We are also working with Nammy on Saturdays at the football concession stand for extra money. Last year we used this extra money for vacation. Who knows what this next year will bring.

Tatum you are learning about Job in your Sunday school class. You are soaking it all up and telling us everything each week. At school you have learned the letters A,E,I,O,U and T. So far you can write all of these as well and you recognize your numbers up to five. You have learned several more versus and songs. Your memorization skills amaze me.

Every time you see or do something and realize you were wrong you say "Oop, silly me!" I love it you are really learning to control your anger and be patient. You even know how to use the word patient in the right context. I over heard you telling Titus he had to be patient for something he wanted right then. We still have moments of back talking and crankiness but you are maturing and getting so much better about this. You are learning to stop and think about things before you speak them. You like to sing "1,2,3 like a bird I sing"

Titus, you are growing and changing everyday. You are still struggling with going #2 in the potty but that is okay you are getting there. I know that you will not have this problem forever and I'm trying to be very patient. You are going through the stage where sharing is hard. If you put a toy down and someone else gets it you still think it's yours. We are working on this and you'll get there.

Today was Tatum's first field trip! Katie watched Titus for me so I could go. Thank you very much Katie. Siblings are not allowed on field trips. I was just as excited as Tatum to go on the field trip. I am so thankful to be a stay at home so I could attend and see this first in her life.

Seeing the trucks for the first time.

Watching the fireman put all the gear on.
Inside the truck
Tatum playing with her friend Gabby
What a fun and sweet moment with my sweet baby girl.
As we were leaving the firemen passed out sacks with coloring books on fire safety and fun plastic hats. She didn't understand that this is backwards. She didn't care she was thrilled to have it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Our lives as of today

Me: "Okay it's time to lay down little man." Titus: "giggle giggle, Me not little man." Me: "Oh who are you"? Titus: "Me Titus" still giggling.

Titus has been doing much better with going #2. He is very proud of himself when he does it and we are still putting stickers on his chart. He still has accidents here and there but I think he is making progress.

I am amazed at all the things he is picking up on. The song "Shake it for me girl" came on the radio and I turned it up to sing along and make him laugh. He started yelling Momma and wanted me to turn it down. When I did he sang "Shake it me dirl, Shake it me dirl". Maybe not the best song but it was pretty cute he wanted to sing for me.

On our way home from the county fair he started singing "Oh my darling, oh my darling" in his cute little voice. I asked if that was what he was singing? He said yes, so proudly. I was shocked where had he picked this up from? I asked where he learned it and he said Derick! Dan and I started cracking up. We should have know. That is definitely and Uncle Derick type song.

Tatum is learning so much in school. She already knows the pledge of Allegiance, She sings "This is the day", she knows the sounds and recognizes the letters I, U, E and O. The numbers 1,2,3,4

The first week of school Tatum came home telling me there once was an adventurer named bill who wanted to measure a hill, he had an itch, fell in a ditch and is probably lying there still. Poor Bill.

I love picking her up and hearing all about her school day. It's so fun to hear about who she played with and what she learned.

We watch little cousin Kinsley on Mondays. Tatum is such a big help and loves playing and talking to her while I make bottles or get things ready for her. Today while we were playing with Kinsley she said "Momma, we love our Kinsley time don't we?"  She is big time into babies and loves playing with her baby dolls.

I am a bit of a worrier or maybe a lot of a worrier. ( I apologize kids for this now, but it drives me to pray hard for you constantly and give you daily over to God) My biggest fears in life are losing my husband or one of my kids. Last week a cousin passed away in a tragic accident so that has just brought these fears to the front of my mind lately. He was a son, husband, father, and brother. My heart aches for his family. At the same time I have been praying constantly over my own family that God will keep them safe and out of harms way. It has reminded me once again how fragile life really is and that we are not promised tomorrow.

Dan's grandpa Jim suffered a stroke last week. They have since found tumors in his body. Just the week before he was helping Phil work on his house. You never know when illness may strike. He is currently in the hospital awaiting more tests to come. I pray that the doctors can help him and the Lord's will be done. I pray for the family and the fears everyone has.

Yesterday was grandparents day and I am truly thankful for the grandparents I have been blessed with and the grandparents my children have been blessed to have. I am thankful they are here and well. I am thankful they all serve and love our Lord.

My heart is heavy for my other family members at the same time during all this. They don't all know or serve the Lord. I know we never think our time may be up but that is just it. We don't know the day, time or hour. These family members have been on my mind constantly lately. They know the truth and were raised in church. I think they believe they have time. I worry they don't. There has been so much unexpected sickness and death this year that I fear we don't have time and there is an urgency to tell them about Christ and there is no time.

I do not understand not having a fear of God. He gives and he takes away. Everywhere we look he is evident. I see his work everyday when I look at my kids and family. I refuse to take them for granted. I know I do more often then I should but I seem to be reminded daily how precious they truly are.

God has been working a lot on my personal life as well lately. I know we will be accountable for all our idol speech and actions. I hate the thought of this because I know all my speech and actions have not been glorifying. I will never be perfect and I will always mess up but I am so thankful he is still working on me. I have been helping at the Apples of Gold program at church and it reminds me each week how short I fall. Lord help me to see the teachable moments with my children. I want them to see You in me. I know I am their first example of you. They are watching every move I make. Lord keep molding and making me into what you want me to be so that one day in my kids early years on through old age they will want to serve and be like you.

Even if your kids are grown they are still looking at you for an example. You will always be there biggest influence. I still look to my parents as examples as well as my in laws. Are they perfect, no, but there is no doubt in my mind that they love the Lord with all their hearts, their families, friends and church.

I am sorry this is not an all happy post but it's raw and real. It is what's in and on my heart at this time. I am praying for you all and I hope that you (me included) remember to live each day as if it may be your last.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Random thoughts

I have lots of thoughts floating around in my head. To start with I have no idea what is going on with Titus. He was going #1 and #2 in the potty and then got constipated. He said it hurt to use the potty and has been scared. That was a couple of weeks ago. Now we are back to square one with going #2 in the potty. What am I doing wrong? Why is he pooing in his pants after going in the potty for a couple months? The potty chart is back up and we are doing treats and sitting in the bathroom a lot. He has #1 down great! Thank goodness!

Katie and I have started crafting and doing little fun things for a booth at the Mayes County fair this weekend and at the church craft show. Go check out our face book page. It's called Sugar and Spice. I hope it goes over well. I'm nervous and hope things sale.

These next few months look crazy busy and I'm a little overwhelmed just at the thought but excited at the same time because it's my favorite time of the year. We are going to be running more races. We ran this weekend. It was my best time yet. Maybe one day I can run it in under 30 minutes.

I love this weather it feels awesome after the heat wave we have had and this is coming from a girl that loves summer and warm weather. I can't believe I am actually thinking this way.

Thankful for the family time this weekend and the safe trip to and from Dallas with Katie. Thank you for the great trip. I had a blast shopping for our new venture with you!