The things kids say

February 24, 2009

Grace said something so sweet today.

During the night she had some “croup”-type coughs. So, this morning when she woke up, we asked her how she was feeling. She said “fine,” but we said something about her being sick. Here is what she said:

“It’s OK that I’m sick because Jesus is in my heart. God loves you just the way you are.”


Domestic Diva?!

February 24, 2009

In the past 6 months or so, we’ve been trying to eat more organic and natural foods. Included with that, is trying to make food from scratch when we can.

Here are a few things I’ve made:
– BREAD: I make all of our bread from scratch (with the help of a bread maker). I do the dough in the bread maker, let it rise in a loaf pan and then bake it in the oven.

– CARAMEL SAUCE: I’ve made caramel sauce to put in lattes, on homemade cinnamon buns, and apples!!

– PEANUT BUTTER: I stopped doing this just because…well, I’m not sure why.

– CHICKEN BROTH: (nothing exciting to say here)

– APPLESAUCE: Tonight I made homemade applesauce…yummy! It’s so easy and it also makes…

– APPLE JUICE: It’s a little watered down, but I water-down Grace’s juice anyway. She loved it.

For some people, these are all “no big deal” things. But, for those of you who know my “history” of cooking…

…I’ve come along way since macaroni and cheese soup! 🙂

12 Days turns into 52 Weeks

February 21, 2009

During the Christmas 2007 season, our friends, Adam and Amber-Rose, introduced us to the idea of celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas. The 12 days leading up to Christmas, Matt had a surprise for me. Some things require money…others do not. But, they are all things that communicate love to me. This past Christmas we each took 6 days, so every-other-day we surprised each other with a gift, act of service, or something special. It was super fun and also enriched our marriage more than if we would have just exchanged gifts on Christmas morning.

Well, for my final “Day of Christmas,” Matt wanted each of us to come up with 26 things (52 weeks in a year) that we would enjoy for 2009. Now, we rotate weeks and choose something off the other person’s list. What a brilliant husband I have! Extending Christmas throughout the year!!

This week my “something special” was that I got to sleep in!! As a mother who has been nursing for almost 11 months, still getting up in the night, and still getting up early – this was VERY MUCH appreciated!!

Matt took the girls to get kolaches for breakfast and kept them out of the house so I could sleep peacefully. The only problem is…I could only sleep until 8:45 because my body isn’t used to sleeping in! What a bummer! However, the good news is – I didn’t have to get up at 6:50 when Grace woke up.

Ahhh…2 extra hours of sleep…sweet bliss. I never thought I’d reach a point in my life when I’d be excited to sleep until 8:45. But, who wants to sleep when the 2 most adorable girls in the world are wanting my attention?! Not I!!!

A Weekend with Minima & Bapa

February 17, 2009

My mom and dad (Grace affectionately named them “Minima” & “Bapa”) came to Austin late Friday night and left Monday evening. We had a fabulous time and hated to see them go.

Our weekend consisted of…eating…eating…eating…did I mention…eating?! That’s right – we LOVE to eat out when they come. We had kolaches and breakfast tacos for breakfast, burgers and fries at Mighty Fine Burgers, BBQ at Rudy’s, chimichangas at Chuy’s, burgers and salads at Central Market and chicken at Chik-fil-A. Yummy!

We also did a lot of playing, shopping, reading books, napping, and went to our church (The Austin Stone) on Sunday morning.

At the end of the weekend, we always want more time together. They are coming back for Easter in April, so we’ll look forward to that. Grace is already talking about it. This morning I was getting her a cup of milk. She started doing a “happy dance” and rubbing her hands together. I said, “What are you excited about?” She said, “Minima and Bapa come back to my house in a month!” Oh wow. It could be a long 6 weeks! Little does she know that before that happens, so many more fun things will take place – her 3rd birthday, Alyssa’s 1st birthday, and Nana & Papa are coming to visit! What a fun time ahead!!

Daddy/Daughter Conversation

February 14, 2009

Here’s an exchange that happened tonight between Matt and Grace.

Grace hopped up in Matt’s lap trying to see the computer screen that showed the flight tracker for Minima & Bapa’s flight to Austin.

Matt: “Grace, you’re all up in my grill!”
Grace: “I didn’t open your grill! We don’t have a grill!”
Matt: (laughter)

It was awesome and worth documenting for sure.


February 8, 2009

Ok, I know this is not the best picture – Matt took it with his phone. But, there is a great story behind it.

We love dates. Mommy & Daddy dates. Daddy & Gracie dates. Dates with friends. And, family dates.

Well, tonight we took a family date to Top Notch Burgers. A scene from Dazed and Confused was filmed there. Cool! Anyway, Grace normally LOVES “cheese-hamburgers,” but tonight she was not digging it.

So, we decided to take things up a “notch” and stir the competitive spirit that she inherited from her Mommy. Matt would dip the hamburger in ketchup and move it to our side of the table. I “threatened” to eat it before Grace could. Well, she wouldn’t have it! Thus the “Top Notch Fastest Biter Burger Competition” began.

Of course, Grace won. (Yes, I let her win – that was the whole point!) But, she was gracious enough to let me have the last bite (she actually insisted upon it). What a sweetheart. She’s living up to her sweet name – Grace.

A tan in February?

February 6, 2009

The weather here (not to brag – as I have been known to do!) has been fabulous! It gets down to freezing at night, but in the 60’s and 70’s during the day. The past few nights the lows have only been in the 50’s. FAB-U-LOUS! (Doesn’t that make you want to visit?!?)

Because of the nice weather and Grace’s obsession with playing on our driveway, we’ve been out almost every morning this week for hours at a time.

Every Friday my friends, Erika and Morgan, come over for lunch. Today Erika said, “Do you have a tan? Your arms look darker than mine!” It’s quite possible! I think she’s right. (I’m sure this will make my mom more excited to visit next weekend – bring your short-sleeves and capris, Mom!)

All this time on our driveway has also led us to meet and get to know a lot of our neighbors. The people in our neighborhood seem to enjoy being outside and are very friendly. I like it.

We really feel like God has placed us in this neighborhood for a reason. Not only to be closer to our friends, the Norris’s, but also to establish relationships with neighbors and to live our lives in a way that shows them Christ.

Sweet songs

February 4, 2009

As part of the curriculum for our children’s program at church, the toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children are given memory verses and take-home lessons for parents to use throughout the week if they so desire. A few months ago, I decided that we could try teaching Grace to memorize verses by making up a song with that verse.

It has worked brilliantly! Grace has learned 6 verses!!! I’ve always had a hard time memorizing verses, but now we learn them together as a family! She loves it and sings them at the top of her lungs. Sweet music.

Here are the ones she knows:

Learn to do what it right. Isaiah 1:17

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son. That whosoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth. Genesis 1:1

Love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12

I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised. So I will be saved from my enemies, I will call upon the Lord. Psalm 18:4

I have hidden Your word in my heart that I may not sin against You. Psalm 119:11

She sings these in order…one right after the other. I’ll try to get them on video and post them soon. It’s precious. I always think of the verse when Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me.”

Jessie & Daisy

February 4, 2009

Just in the past week, we have noticed that Grace has an imaginary friend, Jessie. “She” is not always around, but I hear Grace talk to her when she’s playing by herself.

Today Grace and I were playing outside while Alyssa took her morning nap. She went around to the side of the house and I heard her talking. I asked her to come back to the driveway and she said, “Come on, Jessie! Let’s go back to the driveway!” I asked her if Jessie was with her and she said, “Yes! And so is Daisy!”

Wow. I’m not totally sure how to handle this. As far as I can remember, I don’t think I had an imaginary friend. A part of me thinks it’s fabulous that her imagination is so vivid that she has a friend that she talks to and plays with. The other part of me is freaked out – it’s almost like a ghost is in our presence or something. Creeeeeepy!

We had to come inside to get a snack and Grace made me keep the door open as she persuaded Jessie and Daisy to come with us. I hope no one was watching us! Funny.

Clothing Swap

February 3, 2009

In case you haven’t heard of it, I’ll explain what it is. Clothing swaps are my new favorite thing. The idea is that women bring clothes, accessories, household items, toys, etc. to the hostess’s house for a party. These are things that you no long wear, want, and would take to Goodwill.

My friend, Morgan, has had two in the past 6 months. It is so much fun! We divide up the goods and separate them into different rooms in the house. For example, in the living room are shirts, master bedroom are coats and dresses, guest bedroom are pants, and the dining room is jewelry, shoes, purses, etc.

You bring your old things and leave with a bag (or bags) full of “new to you” clothes and accessories! It’s a great time of socializing, shopping, and eating. I highly recommend doing this with your girlfriends.

I just went to one on Saturday and had a blast. I left with a new coat, several pairs of pants, a bag-full of shirts, a belt and bracelet. Basically, a whole new wardrobe. For free. Sweet!