Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
for therapy...here he is...deeply involved in...ummmm...Bible study...
P.S. this is the best children's Bible evah! - not that i have read a ton...only 4 actually...but they use this one at our church and the stories and pictures are a great foundation setting...not too glossed over and not too in depth and very interactional...
this picture was taken after i had already changed his entire (shirt, pants, socks, shoes, diaper as well - even the diaper was infested with dirt) outfit earlier. so instead of fishing him out of course i grab my camera....
he buzzed his hair...for like an hour...gave him a sweet fade, and left a little somethin somethin...dont worry - we didnt leave it for long...
and i dont blame him...cause that is one awesome wisconsin waterfall happenin there....
so after a day or so it became this...
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
so here are the obligatory birthday *brownie* pictures of the birthday boy - at first he was very unsure...then he became increasingly more certain...then yup...confirmed....its good!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
i also found this organizer rack to help keep our cookie sheets, trays and cutting boards from potentially falling on my head.
Itso storage system and you can get it at Target. The little door hides all of Byrson's craft stuff, which is perfect for him to keep organized too!
there are many more finds, but these were some of my favorites - please let me know any other organization secrets you have - i know you got em!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
we visited this flea market when we first moved to los angeles...i remember we needed a book case and there was one that i liked, but they said it was $200 and Bryan tried to negotiate with them and they got mad...it was such a sharp contrast to our honeymoon in Bali, where Bryan even had the locals praising his bartering abilities. There they looked at one's ability to barter a good price as a sign of cunning and skill...here they were offended...whatever.
anyway - as i suspected we left with nothing that we came here for. in fact we went back to Ikea to pick up the rest of the things we needed. i wish i would've found what i was looking for - whatever that is...i have been scouring thrift stores, craigslist and now flea markets to pick up the furniture we need, but nothing was quite right. my favorite pieces of furniture are the ones we have picked up along the way from alleyways or thrift stores...they have so much more character...oh sad day.
even though bryson was bumming on the flea market he did manage to find these rad binoculars (can you pick up on my sarcasm?) and he did take all of these beautiful pictures...minus the one of himself of course. he wanted to blog about his flea market pictures and i thought what about this one ( of the statues - i think its so cool ) but no - he wanted to talk about the Indians...grrr...which by the way he keeps telling me at random parts of the day how i am wrong and they are really called Indians...
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Read all about the kitchen packing adventure here!
this has helped me personally with some very difficult people and personal situations and i wanted to share something i heard on the radio today that created an "aha" moment for me - it puts what i was trying to tell my sister into a great perspective. I was listening to Dr. Laura (love her or hate her, she is wise in a lot of areas) and a caller called in and wanted to know what to do about her unloving mother (who had always been unloving) Dr Laura was telling her that there was nothing to do - just accept it. She said if her mother was in a wheelchair she would have to accept that she would never play tennis with her and that her mother is disabled, but emotionally rather than physically.
i loved that. how easy is it for us to accept physical limitations of people because they are right in front of our faces, but when it comes to our other expectations - emotional/social/spiritual - we can often allow ourselves to be let down by the same people over and over and over again.
i personally have one person in mind that i keep hoping will change and keep being let down by. i am not going to do this anymore. i am going to accept her limitations and not expect things to get better. i am going to change my attitude and my acceptance....whew...feeling better about it already!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
also...we have a walker...he transitioned this weekend and is now an official bi-ped...this is very sad for me...luckily he still wants to be held and cuddled, but he is off now...his favorite destinations are: the toilet, the street and the fireplace...awesome!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
We had debated whether or not to have Bryson (3 yrs old at that point) in the room or not. At the end we just decided to let him do what he wanted to do and if it got too scary or if i wasnt in control of my screams then my father-in-law Bob would take him in the other room. Well wouldnt you know it Bryson woke up at 6:30 (Bodie was born 25 minutes later) and i was at the MOST intense part of my labor. so Bob took him into the other room to watch a movie and told him when they heard the baby cry he would take him in to see him. Well...that back wrenching scream i just told you about happened and Bryson asked Bob, "was that the baby?" "uhhhh...no...not the baby yet" was Bob's reply...definitely not the baby! A short while later Bodie did cry and Bob brought Bryson in to see his brother. he was very reserved and i knew he wanted to hold him but didn't quite know what to think. Later when everyone was gone and we were resting Bryson came in to say hello to his new little brother and we had the most tender moment. I knew he was going to be a good big brother from that point on...
The above picture is of my midwife Sue, who was and is amazing and who i will call for the next one...whenever that may be...it was a Christmas i will always remember. So wonderful to be surrounded by family and friends and you could feel the love when you stepped inside the house - it was that palpable. I was also very blessed to have everything go so normal and textbook and to have a very healthy baby boy...i know this...and know that we were so completely blanketed with prayers and i had a peace about it. God is good.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
so here we are - a new year and a fresh start and it feels good...not crazy stressed out, but good. which is nice to be able to say. so please forgive me if you dont hear from me for a while...and i also would love any ideas as far as dealing with no closets...especially master bdrm...creative ideas...(that means little to no money needed!)