We watched a movie about the history of American Airlines - Eva liked it because it was lots of shots of planes flying through the air and she likes to look at planes. We also saw how clouds are made (that's why the 2nd photo is all foggy).
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
This week we got the same notice saying that our area's water would be off again today from 7 am - 7 pm. I meant to make another stockpile but completely forgot about it until late last night. I was already in bed and Ryan and I rationalized that we didn't end up using it last weekend so we probably didn't need to do it for today. WRONG. Arggghhh! We've been out of water all morning. We have plenty of bottled water for drinking purposes but other than that we're out of luck. Hand washing? Nope. (Germ-X). Flushing toilets? Sorry. Washing dishes? I wish. Shower? Don't stand too near to me.
All of this has made me seriously rethink my desire to go back in time and be a wife and mother out on the prairie. Last summer I wrote this post about a night without electricity. To think of life with electricity and without running water seems insane. I'm also beginning to think I would not do well in a natural disaster situation. And yet so many people all of the world have no electricity or running water in their lives?!?!?! This situation makes me so thankful for what we have (we made sure to PRAISE GOD for our access to clean water every day this morning at breakfast) and it also strengthens my desire to care about clean water access world wide and to be generous to help more people in the countries that are so desperately poor. Water is an amazing blessing!!!
PS I have links on the side of my blog to Amazima Ministries and World Vision. Both of these are awesome ministries that we support and that have ways to help provide clean water to families and children around the world. Feel free to click on either of them to read about what they are doing and ways that you can help.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
It is so amazing to see this tiny human developing and learning so many new skills all the time. She is so fun to play with and I can tell that she is understanding more of what I say and more about life every day. Her sense of humor is developing, her vocabulary is growing, she's way close to being an independent walker. So many great things to celebrate!!!!
But at the same time it's such a bittersweet transition away from her being a baby. Each day she looks more like a toddler and less like an infant. She still wants to give me hugs and kisses, but only for a moment before she's off on her next adventure. Gone are the days of snuggling on the couch for long periods of time. Gone (or packed away) are all of the teeny tiny outfits that seemed so huge on her just under a year ago. Some days I wish that I could get a time machine and go back to the days of having a brand new baby. Then on nights when Eva doesn't sleep well and I'm up with her every few hours I remember why God made the newborn season of life so short. If it went on forever mother's would eventually loose their minds.
I'm trying really hard to focus on the excitement of planning and celebrating her first birthday instead of the sadness of no longer having an infant. I have her party dress picked out and I made her a crafty Happy Birthday hat. Although we aren't doing a huge party-of-the-year celebration, we are having family over and there will be pink cupcakes, pink balloons, pink birthday banners, and a cute little birthday girl!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
1. My parents wanted to set me up for technology success at college so that managed to find someone with an old hand me down computer that I could take. I didn't mind that it was old, I was happy to have my own computer. Too bad when I got to the dorms and tried to set it up we realized that it was so old that it wasn't compatible with modern internet :(
2. Speaking of computers, it wasn't that long ago that most students didn't have a personal desktop, let alone a laptop, to take to school with them. The dorm I lived in had a build in shelf that attached to the desks that wasn't designed to fit with a computer. We literally had to unscrew the shelf to make room for a computer.
3. One of the things that I remember my mom reminding me to do at college was to balance my checkbook frequently. As in, an actual checkbook where I recorded the checks that I wrote. Checks! Most places don't even take a check anymore. I guess that debit cards and online banking really changed life for college students.
4. Like most college students, I didn't have much money. I remember that my roommate and I would fill up huge UNT water bottles with milk and orange juice from the cafeteria so that we didn't have to buy any. We did buy our own cereal so that we didn't have to allow time to walk down to the cafeteria in the morning so that we could sleep in as long as possible.
5. I took 12 hours of class my first semester. And I didn't work. That means that I only had 12 hours out of an entire week that I had to be somewhere! And yet I remember feeling really busy. What was I doing?
6. I'm pretty sure that I studied a lot. I actually ended up graduating with a 4.0. Yet shockingly, I failed my first ever college test. I had never failed a test before and don't think I ever failed one after. I was horrified. It was for a professor who's name (and questionable wardrobe) I still remember. Ryan had this professor also (years after me) and we still joke about our memories of him.
7. College is a great time to meet people - like your suite mates! Our suite mate was a bit crazy and we could always hear her spitting in the shower. We didn't hang out with her much.
8. Since we weren't hanging out with our suite mate, we needed to call other friends. Good thing we had a land line phone! I remember my roommate being excited to purchase her own landline - with an answering machine - with her graduation money. How many current freshman are purchasing a landline for their dorm room? Not many I bet.
9. One person that I always called from college was my mom. I missed my mom so much when I moved out. I'll be honest, I cried when it was that final moment to hug my parents goodbye after moving in. My roommate was my best friend and I was so excited for college, but there was something sad about that moment when you realize that you're on your own.
10. I recall having a specific conversation with some friends about how I wanted to finish college as fast as possible to move on with my life. My plan was to graduate in 3 years. 5 years later, I was so happy that I actually spend a little bit of extra time in college. College is such a unique time in life, there is no need to rush it. Make friends, learn new things, and enjoy it!
Hope all of the new freshman have great move in experiences and an awesome freshman year! Call your mom often.
Friday, August 17, 2012
My next idea was to turn it into an awesome play kitchen! I love the one shown here from Nap Time Journal where she just added items found in a local thrift store and around the house. I figured I could do this cheaply and easily plus Eva already has some mixing bowls and measuring cups to play kitchen with.
My other idea was to turn it into a dollhouse. I like how this blog (not written in English) used contact paper to make each room unique and I actually have old dollhouse furniture that my mom has saved to pass down to Eva.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
My mama did what when she was a baby?
And lastly, here are a few photos that Ryan and I had taken a week ago. We had a photographer for our Bara Senior Celebration and we got to strike a few poses. Too bad we're both so shy in front of the camera :) Elisa is a very creative photographer and her photos of the event are fantastic - including the ones she took of each of Bara's high school graduates. She did a great job of making everybody feel comfortable and totally captured the vibe of the evening. I would highly recommend her and am hoping to book one of her mini sessions for Eva.
I love this handsome man.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Our first activity was pulling silky scarfs out of an old Kleenex box. Eva is an expert at pulling tissues out of the kleenex box so I figured she would enjoy this game. I found a suggestion for this online that involved using fabric squares but I didn't have those and scarfs were just as fun.
Below are a few other creative things Eva and I have done lately. Part of my college degree is in early childhood education so I'm super excited to teach Eva all about everything! Plus it's way more fun for me to come up with new things to do than to play with the same toys every day. (Sometimes you need a break from stacking blocks and singing Fisher Price songs). Keep in mind that Eva's attention span is very short so instead of doing these activities for a long period of time we repeat them over a few days. And I'm always right there to supervise anything that has small pieces :) For cooler blogs, better photos, and more activities check out my Pinterest Board.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
You've been a blessing in my arms for 11 whole months now! Where did my tiny baby go? I'm not sure, but I love you even more now. In the photo above you are wearing one of my favorite bows that you got for a baby shower gift, and it's now really too small for your head.
Monday, August 6, 2012
If you've ever walked down the "child safety" aisle at a baby mega store it can be pretty overwhelming. So many choices. Which products are necessary? Which ones are taking advantage of a mother's desire to keep her baby safe? Can I not just bubble wrap my child for the rest of her life so that nothing bad will ever happen? Kidding. Overall my goal in baby proofing was to take a few steps to avoid putting her in harm while creating lots of space in our home where I knew that she could explore without me having to constantly redirect her. I think it is best to have an environment where she can gradually become more independent while staying safe (independent as in being a few feet away from me playing with blocks, not independent like playing in the oven).
I've decided that there is only so much worrying and planning I can do. For the rest I have to pray for wisdom and learn to let go. Of course, there is always the Red Neck play pen to fall back on when needed.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
THANK YOU LORD for times like this!!!