jesus. husband. babies

jesus. husband. babies

Friday, December 31, 2010

It will only get better..

You know when you are having a really bad day and you think "it can only get better" well I also think that about my great days too.

I am not this "glass half empty" kinda gal. Today is great and tomorrow will be greater yet.

As I type this it is 12 hours until next year and in the background I hear my husband playing Madden on xbox and watching Arrested Development on his laptop and my babe is in the other room talking to his stuffed animals (he will eventually go to sleep but not before a heart to heart with his monkeys).
Life is good. My husband is on vacation and my babe is sleepy, Life is great.

I think back on this year and even the rough times bring a smile to me. The rough times worked out-they ALWAYS work out. Maybe not how I want but the Heavens know that it works out in the best way.
This past year I have spend many hours giving God ideas on how he needs to make things work. I have told him the income that would work best for us and the job that would work best for us. I have even told Him the house and friends that would be ideal and guess what? He took NONE of my ideas. Seems kinda selfish right? Sometimes it does seem that way but in the end I realize God chose the best way for us.

I realize it when I get Tenn in the morning and he smiles at me with his sleepy eyes, when Tenn can't sleep because his teeth ache or when I fall asleep listening to Daniel laugh at whatever he is watching on the laptop in bed next to me. It is during those sweet times that I know God has done great things for us.
And I am confident that next year will only be better because God told me so. My God is for me and my family and even if we don't get what we think would be the best I know that God sees the beginning from the end and THAT is how I know it will only get better from here.

So here is the wrap up for 2010 (I figured I should put up Christmas pictures before 2011).

I had to put this first because my niece Daivia is just THAT cute!

I finished Christmas shopping in heels and it felt GREAT!

 My son is adorable when he paints. I love it. He focuses so hard. And 2 minutes later he is over it.

 Dai woke up from her nap about 2 hours early and she sat on Daniels lap like this for 5 minutes, just staring. So Daniel asked "want to go back to bed" and her response "yaaaaaa". So sweet!

Decorating Christmas cookies at Mimi and Papas. I ate way way too many!

I accidentally gave Tenn a cookies with food coloring instead of frosting. Oops.

Dai loves her food!

Christmas at Mimi and Papas!

I need to work on making my neck look...slimmer.

Tenn and cousins Ticiana and Daivia.

Tenn is overwhelmed by his gifts! Tough life!

Now to Christmas at Grandmas:

I see where Tenn learned to smile......

love. love. love.

I adore him hugging my legs....unless I am trying to get something done :)

And that is all for 2010. It has been an amazing year full of change and the favor of God.
This next year will be full of pictures of Tenn experiencing his TERRIFIC 2's.

It is a life full of surprises, disappointment, love, laughter, tears and joy. What a wonderful life.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The mama gene

I am pretty sure that the day I pushed out my babe (or should I say "the day my midwife (who is also my mother) vacuumed out my boy") I received an extra helping of the "Mama Gene". You know, the one that instantly makes you love EVERY baby and think that every newborn is the most beautiful thing ever. It is also known to make you think that pregnant women are the most beautiful people and the thought of delivery doesn't make you queasy anymore but it makes you smile thinking of how amazing your body is and how great God is for making us able to perfectly grow a baby inside of us.
Ok, well I got that gene but there seems to be a defect with mine because I am realizing it is about a million times more potent then the normal "mama gene".

If you are a pregnant lady around me I WILL strike up conversation with you.
If you are a pregnant lady around me I WILL ask you a million questions (usually very personal).
If you are a pregnant lady around me I WILL get teary when talking to you about delivery.
If you are a pregnant lady around me I WILL remind you that us moms will give you a million words of advice that "worked for my baby" but you need to remember that your baby is different then every other baby that has ever been born so don't take the "worked for my baby" advice too seriously-or you will feel like a failure when it doesn't work for you.

Yes, I am that woman who accosts other women with kids in the clothes section at Target. And frankly I LOVE it. I love talking to woman who are pregnant with their first baby and reassuring them that birth isn't horrible (even though the only stories that stick in your mind are the 72 hours of hard labor stories) and telling them that when they put that crying babe in your chest and you whisper "I love you" to them that they will look at you with their big blind eyes and settle down because they have been falling in love with your voice from the beginning of time.
I love passing on the same words of wisdom that by fav friend Annie gave me before I became a mama. That during the nights when your babe won't stay asleep longer then 30 minutes and you are exhausted and want to toss them into their crib remember that someday very very soon your heart will think back on those nights when your baby needed YOU and you will yearn for just one more night of it.
So in memory of my days with baby Tenn here are a few pictures:

Halloween night!

hummm... Tenn getting pushed around by cousin Tic. She is preparing for cousin/sister domination.

I had to blow it up! Bad quality but GREAT face!

So on to a new topic: We had our Ugly Sweater Sunday at church and I have to say I LOVE my church. Daniel and I bought old woman sweatshirts the night before and I threw together an ugly outfit for my boy. More people thought his outfit was cute then understood I was going for ugly. Bummer.

He woke up in a great mood. Ready for Ugly Sweater Sunday!

Cheese ball. I love this "just woke up smile"

Oh that face and hair. SO CUTE!

So this is him in his ugly sweater, Ok, so not super bad but the fast that there is a turtle neck under it reminds me of Christmas Vacation. My sister did point out that she bought that sweater for Tenn-so I quickly had to lie and say it was the turtleneck that made it ugly.... truth is- it is a little bit of both :)

I said "smile pretty!" Funny Erica.

I put lipstick on my teeth on purpose.... But that joke failed.

 Family photo 2010. My sweater is NOT flattering. And Tenn has quite the smile/growl face!
                                  I made my husband pose for this. Can you tell it was forced?

And with that we begin the week countdown to Christmas!