Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014...

Easter weekend was fun!  Alex flew home on Friday and made hotel/dinner reservations for just the two of us.  An overnight date night!!  My favorite.

Alex is traveling a lot lately and even though it's not easy on any of us, I'm so very proud of him.  He works extremely hard to provide for our family. He works extremely hard pastoring our church. And above both of those things, he works extremely hard to make me and the girls a priority. What he does isn't easy. I admire and love him so much.

Our niece, Victoria stayed with the girls and did a great job caring for our babies.  She babysat a lot for us to pay for her spring break trip and the girls LOVED spending time with her. So we've asked her to be our summertime babysitter and the girls couldn't be more excited. Sydney is so much like makes me smile.

We were home around noon on Saturday.  I ran a few last minute errands and worked at the church for a bit. By the time I arrived home, it was time to take Amelia to play baseball.

She asked Alex if he would take her to the "baseball court" after his trip to Des Moines.

We obviously need to work on our baseball lingo.

So off to the baseball court we went.

She could actually hit the ball. I was surprised!

Sydney was over snacks and did a great job cheering for her sister!

They loved running the bases.

We came home and the girls dyed Easter eggs with their Daddy while I did some baking for Easter Sunday.  Dyeing eggs is always messy.  Amelia went to church with a green hand on Sunday.  And Sydney just wanted to crush the eggs with her bare hands. Daddy's nerves were shot trying to keep them clean. I was reminded why I do the crafts with the girls. HA!  It was funny to watch!

 They sure had fun though!

They colored this little Easter story kit and after that, it was time to call it a night! 

I didn't take one picture of the girls with my good camera.  They're all with my phone. Sundays are always crazy for us. 

This is Sydney "smiling pretty." HAHA!

This is Mama wrangling Sydney for a picture. 

Me and my girls.

Great message and time of worship with my church family!

Amelia and Sydney with their cousin, Kandace.

Kandace is one of her best friends. :)

Sydney with her friends, Nathaniel and Shelby. I love these babies!

Me and my love.

They had the Easter story in children's church and decorated Easter cookies!

We headed to Daddygrand's and Nana's after church.  

We had a yummy meal and the kids had their annual Egg hunt.  Nana always fills the eggs with money. 

I laugh looking at these pictures.  Alex dressed the girls after church and put Amelia's shirt on Sydney and Sydney's shirt on Amelia.  They stayed like that all afternoon.  

She was proud of herself. 

Thanks, Nana!!

We celebrated Anna's birthday too!

It was Sunday evening before the girls were able to go through their baskets.

Sydney's favorite was the bubble gum tape. I love her sleepy eyes in this picture.

New books!

I've had these little purses put away since last August! It's a miracle I remembered where they were hidden.

Bubble tape excitement!

And she really liked her giant Easter egg cookie.

Ya know, I was reading the Easter story to Amelia a few days ago and started crying. She's always very concerned when she sees tears.  She asks me "why do you have on your crying face, Mama?" It's hard to explain to a four year old why you're crying tears of joy or because you're just so thankful for something. She associates crying with sadness. But that's all I could tell her...because I'm so thankful for my salvation through Jesus. I'm so thankful for what He did for me.

There is absolutely nothing good about me or in me. I'm a rebellious sinner. I remember sharing my testimony one time and when I was finished, one of the ladies said, "I would have never guessed you had done all you've done or that you were even capable of that." I had to laugh because I know if anyone sees any good in me at all, it's only because of God's amazing grace. We all have a different story but we all need the same thing. We're all sinners in need of a Savior.

Honestly, I hope I'm never able to read the Easter story or sing about what He did for me without getting emotional. I'm thankful for the victory I have in Jesus because of His victory over death. My God is not dead. He is risen!! And because of Him, I have eternal life. 

"The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. “He is not here, for He has risen..." Matthew 28:5-6

Love to all,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Life Lately...

Thursday was the day my daughter became a vegetarian. 

I needed to run by the grocery store after ballet on Thursday morning.  This is the first time Amelia really took notice of the meat section.  I was waiting for the butcher to hand me my order when I looked over at her - she had a disgusted look on her face.  

And then came the question.  

Amelia: "Did that used to be an animal?"

Mama: "Yes."

Amelia: "Like what...what was it was a pig?

Mama: "No, it's a chicken."

Amelia: "Oh gross...ewww...gross...ewww."

Amelia: "Would you want me to go shoot a pig and make you pig soup!??"

Mama: (laughing hysterically) "No, no I wouldn't."

Amelia: "Well don't ever tell me what those animals are again then!"

My girls still nap every single day. 

And there's something so sweet about watching them sleep.  They still seem like babies to me when sleeping.

I received a surprise package on Thursday and it just made my day.  I love the strawberry body butter from The Body Shop.  It's all I use after showering.  We don't have a store here, so Alex usually picks it up for me when he's out of town.  He knew I was out and even though he wasn't where he usually picks it up, he called them and they shipped it to me.  He even had them add a sweet note and bubble bath.  It was so thoughtful and made me feel loved.  It was just the pick-me-up I needed while my man was out of town.  

Friday was the day that Alex was coming home!  I was exhausted and decided we would get in the car (girls still in their pajamas) and get donuts and coffee.  

I even let the girls play outside in their pajamas when we arrived home. 

This girl and her paci. HA!

Picking Mama some flowers. 

This one loves to ride her bike.  She has been asking about taking her training wheels off but I don't think we're ready just yet.  Maybe this summer. 

I may or may not consume large amounts of espresso when Daddy is away from home.

We hadn't been outside playing for too long when one of our neighbors walked up the street to introduce themselves.  She has a little boy the same age as Amelia and they saw us outside playing.  They brought some toys over and we ended up visiting for 2 hours!  God just keeps giving me opportunities to meet my neighbors. I love it.  

Her little boy let Amelia drive his Jeep.  She and Sydney thought that was the coolest thing. She started requesting a Jeep as soon as Daddy walked in the door.

Bath time came early on Friday.  

We always get pretty dirty when we play outside. :)

We had Sadie's birthday party on Saturday morning! 

Amelia loved this party.  It was a ballet/dance theme.  They had a rack full of dress-up clothes for the girls.

We changed clothes just a few times.  

We made it a Mommy/Amelia day and headed to the mall.  

First stop was to grab some pretzel bites and lemonade.  

Which is right beside the photo booth.  

Which we love.

I ran into my blog friend, Sarah while at the mall!  I'm always in my own world when I'm out and about, so I was happy she saw me and said hello.  This was our first time to meet in person!

I started feeling sick while at the mall, so I decided we needed to head home.  I was sick all Saturday evening/Sunday. 

I was thankful for my parents.  They took the girls to church for me!  

I asked Alex if anyone noticed they needed tanks under their tops and he said, yeah, just a few. I didn't have a tank top and was doing good to get them dressed and out the door.  My Mom said Amelia was concerned that she was showing too much skin! HAHA!  I think Sydney's is the worst!  Poor thing.  Mama will do better next time.  

I'm feeling better today. Thank the Lord! I woke up this morning and made the girls and my Daddy some breakfast and felt like eating some too! 

The girls have been good to just play and there has been minimal fighting this morning. :)

They both had some iPad time.  Amelia chose to play a game.  

Sydney chose worship songs. HA! She was singing the songs while dancing with her Frozen dolls. 

And now it's already nap time and I need to decide what I'm making for dinner. This Monday is flying by!

Love to all,