Friday, April 30, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Olive Oil

One of the many reasons why I love my husband is that he does the little things that are so big to me.

Today I go to grab the olive oil while I'm making dinner and remember that the bottle we have by the oven needs to be re-filled. I have a moment where I feel deflated and defeated because I remember that the BIG Costco jug of olive oil is in the garage (our pantry) downstairs and I am tired, watching two kids and not in the mood to run down and up again just for two tablespoons of oil. Ugh!

Then, like a beautiful gift wrapped in shiny paper I look at the bottle next to the oven and I literally almost cry.

My wonderful husband who knows how much I hate to re-fill the olive oil bottle had filled it to the brim (probably the night before) without saying a word to me. This sweet little gesture, this seemingly inconsequential act of kindness has put the wind back in my sails and made me fall in love with him all over again.

Thank you my Ry for the big and the small.

Friday, April 16, 2010


James is TALKING! This kid decided about a month ago that he would give sentences a whirl and since then he has been on a tear. I love hearing James talk, I love hearing what's on his mind but most of all I love hearing his little version of English, I call it Jamesease . Here are some of my favorites lately.

1) Anything with an -er ending becomes -ees. Example: Water = Watees, Otter = Ottees. Greatest example ever from our trip to the zoo. "Otees swim in da watees." Seriously, can you handle that cuteness?!

2) Instead of yummy I started telling him awhile back that things are delicious. James decided this was his new favorite word to describe food so everyday I hear "Deyicious milk. Mmm toast, deyicious." and yesterday he licked my hand (yeah the licking is a whole other story all together) and I heard "Deyicious Mommy." He's a little gross but I still love that kiddo!

3) Every night before bed Ryan reads James the "Animal book" which is basically an animal encyclopedia with lots of color pictures of animals. So from time to time Ryan isn't home to put James to bed and I have to do it instead, which means I have to do animal book time too. So last night I'm reading the animal book with James (which means flipping through the pages and pointing out the animals we know and talking about them) and he points to a picture of a mommy mouse with a bunch of baby mice and he says in the cutest voice ever "Ohhhhh, baby mouse!" Ok I will have to get this on video so you can get the full effect but it was flippin' hilarious!

4) Avocado (Which he loves and eats straight for some strange reason even though he won't touch mac-n-cheese, crazy kid!) is pronounced "Avacadi" in Jamesease.

5) Everything is "sea-e" which is Jamesease for silly. Mommy is silly, baby is silly, Daddy is most definitely silly and I'm guessing tomorrow his toast will both be deyicious and sea-e.

6) "Fick-a da road." So there was some construction going on below our house last week and a ton of road paving vehicles (steam rollers, dump trucks, cement mixers - the works!) were down there paving and rolling the road flat. So Ryan thought it would be fun to take James down to see all the trucks up close and personal as well as the police car that was parked nearby. When the guys came back home all James could tell me was that the _____(insert cool truck name here) was "fick-a da road". Now every time we see a cement mixer or a dump truck I hear "dump cuck (truck) ficka-da road" because of course they must all be fixing the road, right?

Ok that's all I got for now. I know there are a ton more James quotes that would have you on the floor but it's late and this Mama is tired. Nigh, nigh.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Boo Boy

I am in love with this face.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Joy and Peace

I love it when I am reading my bible and the Lord just gives me a verse, a verse that I wasn't looking for but that speaks to me as soon as I lay eyes on it.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
in BELIEVING, so that by the power of the
Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." Romans 15:13

The back story on why this verse means so much to me today is far too weighty to explain right now but let's just say it's been a rough couple of weeks. Outside of the day to day difficulties I've been wading through some sin in my life and laying low at the foot of the cross asking Jesus to forgive me and soften my heart. As always, he is faithful to those who love him so we're getting through it but it isn't always easy.

Anyhow, for the past couple days it has felt like a new day. Jesus has lifted the burden of my sin off of my shoulders and gladly taken it upon himself and I am truly filled with JOY and PEACE. I have so much hope today in Jesus and his saving Grace. I want this verse to forever be written on my heart to remind me that the ONLY true joy I can ever experience comes first from the Lord, from knowing my Jesus.

"The one thing I ask of the Lord
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple." Psalm 27:4

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easter 2010 and then some.

Too tired to write so here are a few shots from our past week and a half(ish).


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lighten up!

It's come to my attention that I need to LIGHTEN UP!!

I have been way too serious and contemplative recently and today I need a break from myself and my thoughts. Soooo, Will's in bed for his morning nap and James and I are going to have a picnic on the floor, watch "Cars Moomie" (Cars Movie) eat buttered toast, milk and a huge stack of chocolate cookies. Heck we might even stay in our PJs and have a movie marathon all day.

Have a good day and please LIGHTEN UP along with me. Here's a photo to help get you started with a smile.