Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
You are our leaders. The heads of our households. Our shoulders to cry on. Our jungle gym in winter. Our fort making friend. You have a way of making us laugh at the simplest things. You unify a family around each other. You are the example to which our sons and daughters look up to. Once a daddy, always a daddy. Its the job title that never goes away. Yes, its job description changes somewhat from diaper duty to playmate to coach to mechanic to wise council. But, you will always be our daddy. Nothing can every change that.
Today I am thankful for a wonderful father and a father-in-love. My father has seen me through the best of times and worst of times. He has pulled me out of a ditch. Let me cry as I made those "this is going to change me life forever (ha!)" moments in high school. My father-in-love has taught me a different side to life that I had never lived before. Even today he showed me the joy that a new water gun can bring (and how cute it is when he squirts his unsuspecting wife!).
I am also thankful for my daughter's father. My husband has evolved as a man and as a father over the past 3 years. I love watching him play with dolls and get on the floor with our daughter. I love how he initiates their bingo games- not always waiting to be asked to play. I love that he dates our daughter.
Don't forget to love on and thank you father's and you children's father for all that they do. They need our respect, our love, our encouragement.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I spied something red- the red button on the blood pressure machine (ok, so probably not the smartest idea to point out a big red button, because isn't it in human nature to want to press or pull anything big and red?)
As she spied the big red button and I told her, "Please don't press the button"...she looks at me, looks at the button and...PRESS!
While in general the whole incident was not a big deal- the button was not going to hurt anything or anyone. I was tempted to just let it go, I was after all, in Meijer. But I realized that this wasn't a case of doing something that was terrible, but rather it was an action of direct disobedience. I called her over and reviewed what just happened to make sure she knew what I had said (2 year olds have selective hearing sometimes!). She did. She was punished. And, in typical Izzy fashion, was immediately strained with guilt. Izzy has always been the sort of child where you can look at her with the 'mom eye' and she knew she was wrong and correct herself. She cries when she does wrong. She has a strong sense of guilt. I let her sit on that feeling for a few minutes until we returned to the car.
We discussed what she had done. That disobeying was wrong. It made mommy sad. But more importantly it made God sad, because He is the one who told us to obey. She then proceeded to say Sorry to Jesus, and choked down an apology to me. With tears streaming down her face she said she was sorry. Who knew how hard it was to apologize and repent?
I can guide Izzy into dealing with her guilt and then teach her who to apologize to and how to change her ways. Why is it then so hard to sometimes do it myself? Why is it so hard to admit when I've wronged my God or my neighbor and then say I'm sorry? Is the strain of guilt really worth the avoidance of temporary pain? Never, because of the power of forgivness and repentence heals those wounds. If only I approached the throne like a child, with child like faith. With the ability to just say I'm sorry from my heart.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I'm back for another round of sharing something I love on this beautiful Thursday. Hosted by the lovely Miss Diaper Diaries :) Visit thediaperdiaries.net for more things that people love!
This week I am going to share my love for Miss Pattycake. Miss Pattycake joined our house by accident. There was a buy one dvd get one free at a local christian bookstore when Izzy was about 1. I was struggling to find an under $10 DVD to throw in when a salesperson showed me a demo of Miss Pattycake that was for sale. Our life has never been the same since!
Miss Pattycake is a character created by Jean and Nancy out of a desire to fill a void in the christian media. They desired to create a music and video experience for preschoolers and their parents. Miss Pattycake started out as a church ministry, but grew quickly into a singing and storytellling extravaganza! Through exciting songs and bible stories and a smile that glows, Miss Pattycake encourages preschoolers to praise the Lord no matter how big or small they are. Firmly planted in Biblical truth, I have been amazed and impressed at every DVD, book, and song I have heard. My daughter (now 2.5) jumps around singing "patty cake praise" "bubbling joy" and some great old Sunday School Song classics. She knows the story of creation, moses, Christ's resurrection, Christ's birth, and has even been taught how to pray for kids like her around the world.
If you have kids of preschool age (or even early elementary) I guarantee they will enjoy listening to this engaging teacher. (my husband finds her slightly annoying and corny, and you may too, but her voice does keeps kids engaged). Check out the Miss Pattycake videos at your local Christian bookstore or library! Or here at http://www.misspattycake.com/
Monday, June 8, 2009
The first one never actually happened. We were headed out for an atypical afternoon get together not realizing that the zoo was still under 'off season' hours and rates. We arrived to late and were not allowed in the zoo! So sad. Luckily, there was a park right next door that we could go to!
Friday, June 5, 2009
But, I thought I'd come back and share a fun, easy little cooking adventure with Izzy. I'm no kitchen pro. No chef wanna be. I'm not nearly brilliant like my friend Sarah (she is amazing, cook, mom, wow! her examples of cooking with her boys will put my post to shame). Alas, this is all I have to offer at the moment. I thought Sarah's idea of cooking with her boys and teaching/sharing with them the joy in the kitchen was a great idea. I've tried coming up with ways Isabelle can help me in the kitchen to 1) Have fun, quality time together (so I'm not constantly saying, mommy's cooking go play!) and 2) Having 'chores' or jobs makes kids feel valuable and a part of the family.
So, a little project we did together yesterday was from my favorite recipe source (Kraft Food Magazine!). Little homemade pudding pops.
Yum. Pretty healthy. Easy Cheap. Quick sweet fix for miss preggo over here. What's not to like?
Grab some little Dixie cups and Popsicle sticks and try it for yourself!
1 box of instant pudding (any flavor)
2 cups of cold milk
1.5 cups of thawed cool whip
Any desired mix in (marshmallow, crushed cookie, chocolate chips...fruit if you are feeling healthy)
Mix pudding and milk for two minutes. Add cool whip and stir until well blended. Add mix ins. Pour into small Dixie cups and place a Popsicle stick in the middle. Freeze for 5 hours (ours were ready after about 2-3 hours).
To get the pop out of the cup, run under warm water and give it a little squeeze and pull.
These are also the perfect size for small eaters.