Thursday, May 20, 2010

Breakfast Time

I asked Michaela if she had finished her breakfast and she told me that her babies were eating the rest. Apparently this teeny tiny gorilla and the number 2 are her babies. The next morning she had her monkeys join her for breakfast. She even gave them plates with their own food.
I love how her little mind works.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Sometimes it's really easy to get really down on my life and wish we had more. I see the families with nicer houses, nicer cars, money to go out and do amazing things with. I look around and think of the improvements I would make to our house and to our life if we had a little bit more money. I get jealous of the couples without children or with older children who can go out, go on vacation, go to the bathroom alone or take longer than a 5 minute shower while the baby is screaming in the background for goodness sake!

But then I realize.

We have a home that is ours. In a nice neighborhood, with enough room for our growing family. We are not upside down on our payments. We are not in any risk of losing it.

We have two vehicles that are ours free and clear. They are not the top of the line, but they are ours. We don't have to worry about monthly payments or unnecessary credit.

We have no outstanding debt and while it would be nice to have a bit more money, we have enough to create a safe little "just in case" nest egg for ourselves.

We have food in our stomaches, clothes on our backs, and a faith in God that will get us through anything.

We have two gorgeous kids who are normal, healthy and happy. They make my heart so full of love that sometimes it feels like it will burst.

And Philip and I. We have each other. We're a team in this marriage and a team in raising our children. We are the steady and safe foundation for our little family. Watching how hard Philip works to provide for us, and how loving he is towards me and the kids, I know just how lucky and blessed I am.
I've realized that if I spend my entire life thinking about what could be, or what it would be nice to have, I'll waste all the time I could have spent enjoying what is.

This is what is.

And it's perfect.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Food Preferences

Rafael has been reaching for and drooling over my food every time I hold him while I'm eating, so I decided to give him some real food. If you can consider rice cereal real food. He was not at all pleased. Actually, he was pretty pissed.
I guess he prefers to forage for food on his own
Oh, hi there!
What? Have you ever tried it?

He'll be crawling soon!

Sometimes when he's trying to get something he'll wiggle his little butt back and forth and occasionally will manage to scoot forward a tiny bit. Yeah, I'm pretty sure he'll get there before his sister did, who didn't start crawling until 10 months and who screamed like a banshee whenever the horrors of tummy time were forced upon her!

Friday, May 7, 2010

She is very very sneaky...

Michaela isn't much of a dinner eater, but it's mostly because she eats so much the rest of the day. Usually if she does eat dinner, it's because it's a type of food she really really enjoys. So when I left her with a full plate the other night to go nurse the baby and came back to an empty plate, I was super glad that she liked my dinner.

Ok, to be honest I may have been completely disbelieving. I checked the usual culprits. There was no food in the trash can or on the floor. The dogs were outside, so she couldn't have given it to them. She hadn't thrown her full plate of food in the sink.

Allright, cool, I guess she really DID like my meal!

Until I found this the next day.
Clever girl.