Wisdom to Live By

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gray Hair Moment

Well, it looks like my big man is getting glasses. Over the past week, big man has had some visual disturbances that scared him and frankly scared us too. It happened 4 times on Monday, so first thing on Tuesday I called the Dr. and we were in by 10:30. They said, neurologically, he looked just fine and referred us to an ophthalmologist. His appt. was this morning and they said that there was nothing major to worry about, but that he was farsighted with an astigmatism. That's funny. My very first eye exam they looked at me and said, 'you are farsighted with an astigmatism'. We hope, as parents, that are children look like us, take on some of our personality, and some of our more attractive traits. We hope to pass on our morals and beliefs, but I manage to pass on my pathetic eyesight. Isn't that a hoot. I will post pics of the cuteness soon. All for now.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Good Times

Well, what can I say? Christmas was absolutely wonderful this year. Why? This year all five of us were under the same roof again. That's what makes for a great Christmas. I was reassured that the principles we try to teach our children to live by are sticking. As we watched Charlie Brown Christmas on Christmas Eve, Bryson looked at me with a huge smile on his face and said, "Mommy, I remember this story, this is what you taught the other day" as Linus began "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will toward men." As he finished I looked at Bryson and asked, "Bryson, do you know what Christmas is about?" and he said, "Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus's birthday, right?" It's all worth it. Children are our true test of character. I hope my job is pleasing in the eyes of God. I thank Him everyday for what He has given to me. All for now.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Great Week for Nutrition

This week has been such a fun week in our homeschooling journey. We have always, at some point, explained the importance of eating healthy to Bryson, but this was the week we started teaching about nutrition and the food groups. So far we have been having a blast with doing awesome activities everyday. Bryson is learning it so quickly and having a ball. I really felt the need to share if you haven't already stumbled upon it. Go check out http://familyfoodzone.com/educators. It is such an awesome website with lots of great resources and printables. I will post more info about this week soon with pictures. All for now.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ahhh traditions

It makes me a little sad to think about not going to see Nature in Lights if we ever leave central Texas. Every year since 2004, we have visited BLORA for the wonderful 5 miles of lights. This year was Ava's first year and probably the funniest year yet. All 3 children were asleep before we made it through. Good times. And as we do every year we take the wonderful family Christmas pic, which has slowly become just the children because it seems to be so much easier to just get them dressed and snap away. We actually several cute shots this year and had a blast doing it. Except for the fact that I had to use my point and shoot because I thought I broke my camera, they turned out pretty good. More blogs on our other traditions later. All for now.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Oh, The Joys of well-baby check-ups

How is it possible to walk into a room with your child's dr. and within 15 minutes you feel like the crappiest parent alive. Ava is 6 mos. old today and we had her well-baby check-up this morning. She had to have 3 shots. My little woman took her shots like a trooper. The part that I hated was the weigh-in and the doctor visit. Ava is now 16 lbs and in the 60th percentile and 26 3/4 in. in the 75th percentile. The doctor then tells me she is not eating enough. I explained the "strike" from food that started a couple of weeks ago, and she tells me, "Well, you're just going to have to feed her." Maybe somebody can explain just how I'm supposed to feed someone that doesn't want to eat. I have decided that this is a load of crap and reminded myself that Ava is 16 lbs at her 6 month appt. So was Gavin. Bryson was only 15 lbs at his 6 mos. My little woman is gorgeous and I refuse to get stressed out about this. After all, she is a girl. Don't we want our girls to be smaller than our boys. Well, all for now.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sleep is overrated and Girls are so different.

So, as I stated in the title, I'm declaring that sleep is overrated. My little woman, apparently thrown off kilter by the daddy coming home has decided that she doesn't like to sleep or take naps. It's apparently a waste of her time. On top of this sleeping dilemma, a couple of weeks ago she decided that food was overrated too. She only wants to nurse. Now, so far she has been exactly like the boys, she rocketed to 15 lbs by 4 mos and both of the boys then slowed down and didn't gain very much by 6 mos. I expected that from her as well. Now with the whole "I'm on strike from eating", I'm a little nervous that she won't gain any weight at all. My worst fear is that we will walk in that Dr.'s office and they will tell me she is still 15 lbs. This is still a good weight, especially for a girl, but she was 15 lbs at her last appointment. I'm just going to take it in strides and hope for the best and forget the rest, (he he he).