May 2010 in Review

4th – I took Lydia to Target to get her a new pair of summer shoes. Well, she knew exactly which shoes she wanted. And she wanted them on her feet NOW. She took off her brown shoes and put them on the shelf (several times, since I would take them off the shelf) The girl was determined to leave those brown shoes at the store and put the pretty white with colored flowers sandals on her feet for the ride home.

6th – John’s preschool planted flowers in Styrofoam cups for mother’s day. He got in the car and said, “Flower mommy!” “Wow! Bud that’s pretty.” To which he responded, “My flower. It’s mes” And Lydia’s sitting next to him grunting and yelling, “Mine! My Flower!” Miss Carla tried to get John to understand that he planted it for mommy… but alas, my mother’s day gift was claimed by both of my children.

7th – John sits with Aaron’s guitar strumming away singing, “I love pancakes. I love cookies. I love Lyddie.”

12th – Took the kids to the library to see Curious George 2. Had a great time as my kids held their stuffed Georges tight!

8th – Katrina came over for Birth Mother’s Day and John held out his hand toward her (picture Vanna White) and said, “What name is this?”

13th – John was done with dinner and getting down from the table showed us the fork and said, “trash.” and showed us the bowl and said, “sink.” After getting him to say, “May I be excused please?” We told him to put both the fork and bowl in the sink. As he walked towards the trash I said, “Sink! Sink! Sink! John!” With a whine and slumped shoulders he stood there. Lydia then said, “No! Sink!” hehehehe.

15th – Aaron had a conversation with Lydia:

Aaron: Lydia, I don’t want you to get married until you’re about 24 years old.

Lydia: Daaaaaddy!!!! (With surprised looked on her face.)

Aaron: But, I want you to go to a year of Bible School. And I’ll even pay for it.

Lydia: Eyebrows shoot up. “Alright.”

Aaron: I want you to find a godly man there that you can marry who loves God and will treat you well. Will you do that for daddy?

Lydia: Shakes head.

Aaron: Please, Lyddie, please find a godly man there to marry.

Lydia: Shakes head.

Aaron: Puppdog face, “Just cause I’m your daddy won’t you do that for me.”

Lydia: Shakes head.

16th – Lydia turned two!

– Aaron saw the $$$ add up when Lydia opened her present, which was shoes, and saw how happy she was over them. It suddenly hit him how expensive a teenage girl was going to be!

– While on the phone with a friend and trying to spell out a word I said, “P as in… um… uh… P as in poop?” She laughed and responded, “You definitely have a toddler!”

18th – Bought Lydia some big-girl underwear so that she could start potty training! — No more diapers here we come! (Hopefully!)

19th – Today we started potty training. We had received a little potty, so I took it out of the box and put it together. When it was finished, Lydia said, “poo-poo” pointing to the potty. I said “yes.” So, she sat down, tooted, stood up, put the lid down, did a little twirl, said, “poo-poo” “yes.” put the lid up, sat down, tooted, stood up, put the lid down, did a little twirl. She repeated this sequence at least 4 times.

– Just found John in the laundry room (with my laundry-room flip-flops on). I asked him, “What are you doing in here?” And he said, “I want to help.” I just about cried.

20th – Visited Wheeler Farm with John’s preschool class and John had a blast!

21st – I see something in Lyddie’s potty so I praise her and do a little dance and give her a piece of candy. When I returned to the potty to clean it out, I realized, that it was just grapes in the potty… not poop.

24th – My children got dressed in winter coats and played in the snow! Yes, snow, in our yard, that fell from the sky, at the end of May.

26th – At John’s t-ball game Aaron bribed John, “If you sit and play with your teammates we’ll get some ice cream.” A minute later we hear from another little boy, “Mommy! He said he gets ice cream!” Not even a minute later come the sounds of the ice cream truck… and off prance all of John’s teammates. Oops. Coach Eddie turned around, “Hey where’s my team?!” “Ice cream truck.”

28th – Went over to the Richards’ house tonight and they have a dog. At one point John started chasing the dog with David, but the dog circled around and got behind him and the squeals of delight turned into squeals of terror and back to squeals of delight once John was behind the dog again.

31st – I was pushing the kids in the swings and every time John saw a bird he would “jump” off the swing and chase the bird away.


Lydia is Two Years Old

Today Lydia turns two. I can’t believe my baby is growing up.

Her favorite book is B is for Bear.

She loves to jump. She will jump across the room to you instead of walk.

Her favorite show is Sesame Street, which she asks for by saying, “Elmo! Abby!”

She says, “Night, night Mommy love you.”

She loves flowers and coloring.

She loves to dance. She is a mover and a shaker!

She LOVES shoes. I have a feeling she’s a shoe-aholic in the making.

Her hero is her older brother, who she loves to copy and mimic in whatever way she can.

She loves hats.

And she is the puppydog lip master.

She is a drama queen and a flirt.

She loves her daddy but plays hard-to-get with morning good-bye kisses.

She likes to stick her feet through the crib and through the slots on her bed.

She must sleep with at least 3 stuffed animals, a blanket, milk, and a pillow (or a stuffed animal acting as a pillow.)

She is precious.

She is fearfully and wonderfully made and an amazing gift.

Lord, please help me to be a good, godly, womanly, example, to this little girl. Help me to be the type of woman that I want her to be. Help me to raise her to love you and have a passion for word and your ministry. If she is to marry, provide an incredible, godly man who will love you and cherish her. Be with her. Protect her. Thank you for loving her even more than I do.

The Little Chap who Follows Me!

I found this poem in a magazine “Above Rubies” a while back, saved it, and just came across it again. I love it.

The Little Chap who Follows Me!

A careful man I want to be’

A little fellow follows me.

I do not dare to go astray

For fear he’ll go the self-same way.

I cannont once escape his eyes,

Whate’er he sees me do, he tries.

Like me he says he’s going to be;

The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I’m so very fine,

Believes in every word of mine.

The base in me he must not see;

The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go

Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,

I’m building for the years to be’

The little chap who follows me.

Author Unknown

I hope the unknown author won’t mind my following liberties.

The Little Sweetie who Follows Me!

A careful woman I want to be;

A little sweetie  follows me.

I do not dare to go astray

For fear she’ll go the self-same way.

I cannot once escape her eyes,

Whate’er she sees me do, she tries.

Like me she says she’s going to be;

The little sweetie who follows me.

She thinks that I’m so very fine,

Believes in every word of mine.

The base in me she must not see;

The little sweetie who follows me.

I must remember as I go

Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,

I’m building for the years to be;

The little sweetie who follows me.

Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set

I LOVE my Denise Interchangeable Needle Set. After Christmas I used my Christmas money and some of my “allowance” to buy this set. I was so tired of wanting to do a project “in the round” but not being able to find the right size needle, or the right length. So, I invested the $50ish in the set. And then I took a hiatus from knitting. (I think I get burned out from Christmas projects.)

Anyhow, I chose this set for many reasons.

1. I don’t like knitting with metal. So the Boye set was out.

2. I LOVE my wooden needles but a wooden set was at least $75.

3. The Denise set had the most needle sizes and circular lengths.

4. The Denise had excellent reviews.

So, I found a local shop and plopped down the money. I started on a blanket for my sister-in-law, which I have since undone and set aside for an indeterminate length of time. Anyhow, I was using the connection chords and one broke. Disappointed, I called their customer service. They returned my call the next day and within the week my replacement was to my house. She explained that the plastic can be weakened by a bubble in manufacturing and they have no way for checking for that previous to selling. But they were so friendly, quick, and efficient that I didn’t really mind that it happened.

So here I am 4 months later, finally picking it up again to start a new project. And I have loved using it from beginning to end. The project called for straight needles, circular needles, and a holder. I was able to use solely my Denise set with this project, which is amazing. Everything at my fingertips with complete ease. On top of all that I love how smooth the needles were: not too sticky and not too slippery. At this point in time, I’d be pretty happy to not use regular needles again… although I’m sure I will.

If you’re contemplating buying interchangeable needles, I highly recommend the Denise. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.