There’s Something about that name

Every day at naptime and bedtime, the peanut has a real struggle going to sleep. She fights it and, to say the least, is not happy about it. So, we’ve created a routine that we turn the lights off, grab her baby and bankie (blanket) and cuddle up with her in the chair and sing praise and worship songs to her. It’s always just been a sweet time of worshipping God and thanking Him for the good things in our lives.

One of the songs I sing to her is There’s Just Something About That Name. An old song I learned many many moons ago when I was a little girl. For those who don’t know it, it goes, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, There’s just something about that name. Master, Saviour, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all heaven and earth proclaim, Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name.”

Well the other day as I sat singing to her, she sweetly looked up at me and said, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” So, I started singing the song to her and you can not imagine how my heart melted when as I sang to her the words, “Master, Saviour, Jesus.” came out of that child’s mouth. I cry even now as I think of it.

Thank you Jesus, that you are already placing a love for you in my child’s heart. Thank you for answering and hearing our prayers. My own heart sings out to you, my wonderful Jesus!

It’s her party

Whew, it has been a busy week for me. The peanut is turning two tomorrow (How is that possible???) and she is getting her first real birthday party. As you may remember from a previous post month’s ago we were going to do a Little Einstein’s theme, however, she lost interest in them so we decided against it. Well, about a month ago I was at the Dollar store, which I love by the way, and saw they had birthday party stuff for $1 each. Cups, plates, loot bags, napkins, decorations…on and on. One of the themes was butterflies, which Lilla loves, so I was sold. I mean seriously, what a bargain! I even got her a butterfly shirt there!! So, our house is now turning into butterflyville. It is seriously cute, in my humble opinion. of course! I may be a little biased on the butterflies though as I even have one tatooed on my back! LOL

I went to JoAnn’s and got a butterfly cake pan, which is seriously cute. My mother-in-law, who is an awesome baker is making the cake. It should be yummy! Of course I’ve got mint chocolate chip ice cream and vanilla to go alongside it. I am making chili, with chips and salad, cheese, onions, sour cream. I’m also making chicken wings and peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches cut into butterfly shapes. Maybe a fruit salad and a pasta salad to go alongside should finish that off. Oh, and for the older kids I’m going to let them hang in the loft where I’ll have popcorn and pizza rolls and a movie. Because seriously, when you were 9, did you want to hang at a 2 year old’s birthday?

I’m not having any games as the kids are just too young, but we did get Lilla this Cranium fort thing on black Friday that we will set up so they can play in it. It’s pretty big so I’ll have to rearrange the furniture and take it down after the party. I think we’ll use it outside in the summer mostly. It’s got all these carnival games on it, I think it’s a little advanced for Lilla but she’ll still have fun I’m sure.

Oh, and the shower went very well. The cake turned out way cute! I made it lemon with lemon frosting and it was fabulous! I haven’t downloaded pictures yet but I will soon!

Besides that I’ve just been keeping busy running around, working every day, cleaning like a mad woman and spending some time with friends. It’s been a good, although crazy week. Lilla is kind of under the weather today so I think we are going to take it easy, get lots of Vitamin C and just try to get better before her party.

I hope you are all well and I hope to visit you all soon!

Talk to me baby

Everyday I am blown away with the new words the peanut is saying. I have no idea where she is getting it all from. For instance, she realized there was a moon in the sky for the first time last night and she pointed up at it and said, “Sun.” I said, “No, that’s the moon.” She replied, “Moon, moon, moon.”Then today, she was looking at her placemat that has Sesame Street all over it and said, “Cookie Monster.” Completely correct too, by the way. Which is interesting since all of Sesame Street she wants to see is Elmo. I haven’t a clue how she knew that. The even more hilarious part is that she insisted on ‘feeding’ Cookie Monster her bacon.

Then, there was a sun on the placemat and she insisted on putting her cup on it saying, “Sun, Sun!”

So yeah, this has been a week of new words. It’s like that sometimes, she will come out with a ton of new words several days in a row and then suddenly it seems to dry up for awhile and then out of nowhere she does it again. This is definitely a fun week for words though! I constantly find myself trying to decipher something new as her little utterances turn into syllables, words and now sentences!

She’s working on colors now. She knows blue and yellow usually. The other colors she likes to say the name of but doesn’t usually pick them out herself. Pu-pa is a personal favorite. It’s a work in progress.

We are also working on counting. She’s only said, “One”, a couple of times. She usually likes to start with two. And she’s usually right when she’s counting her blocks. “Two, three, five, eight, nine…” She could count like that all day. She really enjoys it.

The other thing she has been saying lately is “Cheese” when I go to take a picture. She’s showing you cheese in the picture where she’s wearing my blue crocs. Oh, that’s her other big thing, wearing mommy’s shoes. Yeah, she’s ALL girl!

You know, there have been a lot of hard days with the peanut lately. She’s is becoming more independent. Constantly asserting it with us and letting us know she wants to be in charge. She gets fussy and hates to go to bed at night. She’s screaming in bed as I write this to let us know she does not want to go to bed right now! She loves water and will fight you to let her wash her hands for long periods of time in the middle of food establishments yelling, “SOAP, SOAP!!”, she still won’t eat anything new, I could go on…and on…and on…

However, the positives are far outweighing those hardships. I just know these days are precious and few as I watch my little peanut grow into a beautiful little girl. She’s learning so much, developing her own thoughts and feelings, showing love in new ways all the time. I just have such a feeling of gratitude for the time I get to spend with her. And, it’s all too fast, just too, too fast.

We’ve only just begun

The peanut is a comedian. I’m not kidding. She’s a 23 month old entertainer.

While walking through Burlington Coat Factory the other day I told my husband to take a seat while I ran and showed the peanut the toys. We were about halfway there when I hear her yell out behind her, “Michael, Michael, Michael.” Hmmmm…I don’t know where she learns these things!
Today she brought me a pencil and some paper and said, “Name.” Even though she’d never done this before I knew exactly what she wanted. She likes for me to write down her name and the names of various other people for her to see. So I looked at her and said, “OK, what’s your name?” She said, clear as day, “Erika.” Which, is my sister’s name. I said, “What is it?” She said, “Erika, Erika, Erika.” After the laughter stopped, I asked one more time and she said, through a big old smile, “Lilla.” Too smart this one, too smart!

I tell you though, I think the most adorable thing that has come out of this child’s mouth happened about a month ago. We went to pick up my husband at work I saw him coming toward the car. The peanut apparently did too because she called out, “Daddy.” Then, in the sweetest little voice I hear, “Cuuuute”. Is that not precious?

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

I just wanted to share with you all our Christmas letter this year. It was so full of reminders of how God has blessed us and given us grace this year. Merry Christmas to you all and a very happy new year! ~Amy

Dear Family and Friends,
Merry Christmas to you! We hope that this letter meets you in a time of joy and sharing for you and your loved ones.
As is our custom, we have had one busy year! With birthdays and jobs and trips and babies and church and moving…whew, it’s been hectic, but good too. We have had struggles, just as you have most surely had, but we also feel joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas.
The peanut turned one in February and has been taking off with all the learning she’s done since! She’s walking, talking with an amazing new vocabulary it seems every day and all together just making us crack up with the crazy fun things she does! Although there have been times where it has been so different and difficult to deal with the toddler years, most of all we just enjoy our precious little girl that brings her momma and daddy great joy and thankfulness in our hearts.
Michael continues to work for …. This summer he got a promotion and became a manager over a team of brokers. We are very thankful to God that he has provided Michael this opportunity so early on in his career with … and although it has been difficult as we’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices financially (no more overtime!) and with our time, we know that God is using Michael in this new position and has great things in store for the future.
I (Amy) have been so blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom to the peanut. We keep busy with story time at the library, playdates and our Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group and we love it! I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the steering committee this year as we get to plan and make new friends.
We continue involvement with the church taking part in bible studies, sound booth ministry and our new Kids for Truth ministry. This church has been so wonderful for us and we just can’t say enough good things about it! We feel like it has been a great place for us to grow and learn and we are excited for all the terrific things happening there!
In August we (yes, even the peanut!!) got to go back to Hungary for our second mission trip there, thanks to the prayer and financial support of our friends and family. We so love being there and working with the children and staff. They are such a wonderful group that has affected our hearts and minds in ways they can never know. We can’t wait to return again!
The same week we went to Hungary we also moved into our new house! Whew, that was one crazy week! We were ready for more space and really wanted to move out of the city so we moved East to …. Here we have a huge yard that we love, lots of mature trees and the funniest part, chickens! The old residents couldn’t take them so they left them for us. It has been so fun finding out more about chickens then we ever wanted to know and feasting on yummy fresh eggs any time we want!
All that being said, maybe the most joyous of news this year was the birth of my new niece, Sydney, in September. She joins her sister in being some of the peanut’s most favorite people ever! It’s so cute to see the peanut hug her and say Sydney. Adorable!
We really hope that your homes are full of love and joy this Christmas season as you remember the true meaning of Christmas. I couldn’t say it any better than what Mary had to say about it in Luke 1! And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”
May Your Days be merry and bright this Christmas season,
Michael, Amy and The Peanut

These are the crazy times…

Life has just seemed too busy for blogging lately. I keep forgetting to even go to my blogs so I apologize that I am not visiting. I actually can’t even stay now, I am going to be late for church if I don’t jump in the shower in the next minute or so. I just wanted to post this hilarious picture. I don’t know why I find it so funny, it just makes me laugh. We went to the new Johnny Rocket’s at the mall yesterday and the peanut had a blast just goofing off and watching the server’s dancing to Stayin’ Alive. Good times! Here are a few more of the pictures I took…


Santa Baby

My New Favorite Picture
First of all, can I just say how cute the above picture is? I almost considered using it for our Christmas cards. She just looks like a little snowbunny. The funny thing is the coat is absolutely swimming on her and it’s only 18 months. (She’s nearly 22 months!) She is such an itty bitty. Her 12 month coat still fits. Crazy!

Santa Claus is coming…
So yesterday the peanut and I went to Wal-Mart for a few items. While we were there who was there ho ho hoing but old St. Nick. Since the peanut has been walking around the house for the last week saying “Santa” I thought this was my opportunity to have that perfect picture and for free! Woo hoo! Of course, when it came time for the man in red all I got was kicking and screaming. And, that was just from Santa. 🙂 He definitely did not want a crying baby on his lap and made it pretty clear to me. Yeah, good times at Wal-Mart.

Mommy Dearest
For those of you that are parent’s, what do you remember as being one of the sweetest moments with your kids? I have to tell you, I had one this week. The peanut said, “I love Mommy” for the first time today. Is that the most precious and heartwrenching thing you ever heard. It makes the crying at Santa seem like pretty small potatoes.

Yummy Yummy Yummy I got love in my tummy
Today I made the most yummy breakfast. Crepes!! They were oh so good. Sorry no picture but we had to gobble them in a hurry before church. It was actually a quick recipe instead of the one that usually takes several hours or overnight. I found it on allrecipes.com and it was really good! Here it is for anyone interested: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Basic-Crepes/Detail.aspx

I’m in a hurry to get things done
The next few days should be pretty busy. Besides my usual mommy and wife stuff, I am going to be making three desserts for a dinner my MOPS group is putting on for lower less privelaged families. I think I’m going to make cheesecake with blueberry topping, pretzel sticks dipped in various chocolates for the kids and a Christmas cake. The pretzel sticks are the most work but they are so yummy in the end!

Bye, Bye, Bye
OK, yours truly is tired. And I mean seriously tired…I think I’ll go to sleep…zzzzz….

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