Everyday Happenings Of A Wife And Mother

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Celebrate and Enjoy

Well hello there.
Here i am again updating...and i am a few weeks behind.  I am behind on all of the technology trinkets and gadgets.  I don't have an iphone.  I still have a regular sprint phone that can text and make calls...i cannot get on the internet whenever i want.  Which is probably a good thing for me, i would be tempted to be on it all the time...and waste precious moments with my boys.
Today for example, turned out to be just an "enjoyment" day.  The day is beautiful, chilly, but beautiful.  I was able to get a few pictures of the boys...which i can never seem to get enough. :)

James enjoying the weather!

Sweet Brothers

Enjoying the day outside together

Yesterday, Adam turned 11 months!  11 months ago, my mind was everywhere - getting all prepared for his arrival.  The moments i remember the most about being pregnant with Adam was - after i put james down for his nap, i would go into our bedroom and sit in the rocking chair by the window.  I had everything around me that i needed - my ipod, a snack, my handy water bottle, my bible, and the sunshine.  Those moments were so peaceful and prepared me so much more than any mothering class or book ever could.  Feeling his sweet little kicks.  Feeling him move when i would let him listen to music.  Even feeling him sleep as i read to him.  I am so thankful for those sweet moments with my baby.  It is so amazing what all little ones remember and can actually hear when they are in the womb.  I would always sing "you are my sunshine" to him while i rocked in that rocking chair.  Do you know, that has been the only song (since he was born) to really soothe him when he is crying?  So amazing.
And that is what Adam has been to our little family - a ray of "sunshine" in our lives.
I'm so thankful for this little bundle...who always wants to eat! :)

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated my birthday.  After becoming a mommy, your birthdays tend to disappear a little bit.  Though my birthday started out like every other day - taking the boys to get our weekly groceries, it was wonderful.  The night before, Ryan took me to the Chris Tomlin concert.  It was so good!  It was refreshing and oh so nice to have alone time with Ryan.  Friday night, my mom took me out for dinner and shopping.  I am usually not a big shopper, but it was so nice.  I felt very spoiled.  Saturday, after church, we went out to Mcalisters with the family for dinner.  Sunday, we enjoyed the weather as a family and Ryan cooked an amazing meal for me.  I felt very celebrated and very thankful.  To be able to look back on my previous birthdays and just stand in amazement of how much God has blessed me!
Lots of wonderful things have happened on my birthday over the years.
Ryan proposed to me on my 21st birthday
We found out James' sex around my birthday
And last year on my birthday, i was given a 4D ultrasound of Adam...and preparing for him.
Those may not seem like much, but i feel so satisfied.
That is my dare for you today - celebrate your life!  It doesn't have to be your birthday to enjoy yourself, your family, or your life.  Think back on your life and find the little things that you want to celebrate.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Birthdays, Visits, Family, and Crafts

Wow.  It has been a whirlwind since i last posted.  Have you ever felt one week things are slow, hum drum...kind of like nothing is going on?  And then the next week everything somehow is all in that same week?  I had one of those last week.
On saturday, we (Ryan's family) threw Mamaw Burkart a surprise birthday party.  That woman is such a special lady.  So strong, courageous, and always faithful.  The love that she has for life is shown through her family...all a reflection of her love.  She has been my "kentucky" mamaw since i was married into the family.  It is such a blessing to still feel like i have a grandmother here on this earth.
I helped out with the party on top of making a video for her of pictures and also other videos from family members saying how much they love her in their own unique way.  It was a hoot!
The party was very lovely...just like her.
My cousin-in-law, Krystal, helped out and gave a magic touch. We were able to get it all done in time.

My friend Rebecca, lent me her diy chalkboard that was really cute!

The centerpieces were old salsa, pasta sauce, and baby food jars that i had kept.  Tied some straw, burlap, and ribbon to make it cute. (the B stands for Billie or for Burkart)

The pieces of wood is actually from our Christmas tree this past year.  it gave it a nice touch. :)

It was a good time celebrating mamaw.  I know she just loved being surrounded by her family.

The Family

The girls...plus James. haha!

On top of the party, Ryan's dad made a surprise visit from Vermont.  He stayed with us while he was in town.  The boys loved it!  We already miss our Pawpaw, but so glad he came!

We also started a new home group through church called Pathways.  Tonight we really start to get into it.  I've already learned a lot just by reading the devotional that came along with it.  When things seem out of control or when you feel as though there is "no point" or "no hope"...we need to STOP, Be STILL, and SEEK Him.  It is a hard thing to do...it's so hard for me to do and not get wrapped up in emotions.  I am excited to see what God is going to do in our lives as individuals and as a church. :)

I think crafting has become a little reprieve for me lately.  It is something that i love doing because there is a start and a finish.  It is relaxing to me.
Here are a few things that i and Ryan have been working on:

We had extra wood and paint from last year and made this little front porch beauty.

I am a Carolina girl - this seemed appropriate. :) I found some old wood in the garage and painted it. Going to try to transform our downstairs bathroom into a little beachy theme.  I have seashells from the beach that may spruce it up a bit.

All this stuff i had randomly around the house and thought it would look better on the mantle.

The valance i had before was black.  i love color...so that is why i chose this..to bring more color into the kitchen.

A while back, i had accidentally dropped my wedding rings into the toilet.  I am so nervous about losing my rings especially around the kitchen sink.  I made this - a little frame from hobby lobby, scrapbook paper, and a push pin to hold my rings.  I hung it near the kitchen sink so i can take them off when i do the dishes.  

I hope everyone is doing wonderful and having a great week...enjoy the beautiful weather!!!