Wednesday, February 16, 2011

11

11 months ago, sweet little Ainsley Clementine graced us with her presence, for the first time, OUTSIDE of my womb.



11 months later she is crawling EVERYWHERE.
pulling up on EVERYTHING




and then cruising around any piece of furniture she can find...

and getting into absolutely EVERYTHING!



She is trying ohhhhh soooo hard to learn to walk...

She is eating pretty much everything we give her.... apples, pears, bananas, whole grain cereal, green beans, carrots, peas, peppers, cheerios, grapes, bread, egg yolk, cheese... ummm, as I said before, pretty much anything we give her. You don't think she gets those cheeks from being picky do you?



She is still nursing... I know, I'm practically a hippy.

She loves to dance to music, to clap her hands, to hug your neck as tight as those chubby little arms can hold you, to wave to strangers in Target (or Starbucks, or Harris Teeter, or anywhere for that matter) with BOTH hands simultaneously.







We are so incredibly blessed....

As we do every single day, a hundred times a day.... Thank you Lord for this sweet gift!

We love you Ainsley!!




Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2011 Resolutions continued... on the Chinese New Year :)

Ummmm, well I guess you can tell I'm not a professional blogger, huh? See I had full intentions of publishing the rest of my 2011 resolutions by doing the "auto publish" option... Obviously I have a few things to learn :) Ooops! Oh well, let's try this again!! Since today is the Chinese New Year, we'll say these can technically still be called New Years resolutions. Since these were supposed to be published as a few posts over several days I decided to just combine them into one. So if you're interested in knowing what our family is going to be doing for the remaining 11 months of 2011 grab a drink, get comfy and hunker down for a few minutes.

Family/Marriage Goals

I only have one resolution in this category and that's because I feel as though this one thing will affect everything else in my family. And that is to consistently respond to my husband and my daughter with patience, love and grace. In college the church I was involved in went through the DNA of Relationships and a huge part of the focus of that series was that one of the biggest components of any successful relationship is the way you respond to the other person. Not what they do or don't do, or what you do or don't do, because disappointments are a guaruntee in any relationship. However, when you respond with patience, love and forgiveness to those disappointments, the relationship is strengthened. I have a tendency to respond in anger or in self-defense instead of in grace. So I'm going to try to be more intentional about the way I respond to those I love.

My Individual resolutions are very similar, I'm sure, to a lot of other people's.

1) Be healthier. Instead of doing a very specific, hardcore resolution, that I would most definitely break, I wanted to do something broader, and I think better. Instead of saying I'm going to exercise every day, I'm going to try to be more active in general and to exercise several times a week. Instead of going on some unrealistic crash diet, I'm going to try to eat healthier by eating less sweets and carbs and eating more veggies and fruit. We (Matthew's on board with this one) want this to be a lifestyle change and not just something that is short lived, to only breed discouragement.

2) Do my hair and makeup! Well I'm sure to a lot of you, this seems silly. I know this comes so naturally to a lot of you that you don't even have to think about it... but some of us tomboys have to work a little harder at it. My sweet mommy and my sisters do their hair and makeup to go dig in the garden. My goal is to only wear my hair in a pony-tail once a week (except at work, even if I go to work with my hair down, it ends up pulled back in the first hour, it just feels cleaner and tidier to me given the environment I work in). And I will wear at least concealer, blush and mascara every day. Neither me or my husband are into the really "made-up" look, so don't expect to see me grocery shopping in a prom dress or anything... But I've realized that just because I'm a mostly stay-at-home mom doesn't mean I have to spend all day looking like I did when I rolled out of bed. Plus poor Ainsley doesn't deserve to have to stare at my ugly mug all day without some make-up on it :)

3)Be more productive and develop better time management skills. I think that's pretty self-explanatory... It shouldn't take me all week just to clean the house and do the laundry... I've been doing pretty well the past few weeks... I think I'm off to a good start. I want to have all my must-do's done by Wednesday or lunch-time on Thursday so I can...

4) spend time doing things I enjoy. This sounds crazy, but I have a lot of things that I really enjoy doing, that I NEVER make time to do... I always feel like something else needs to be done, or I'm so pooped from work or house work that I crash in my free time instead of doing these things. I love to craft, scrapbook and decorate but I just don't push myself in the other areas of my life so that I have the free time to do these things.

Finally, our Home. Our family has been feeling a bit restless the past year or so and we've decided to move.... but not right away. When? Where? Well we don't know yet... but we do know that we have to sell our house before we can even think about those things. So here's what we're going to be working on around our humble abode before we try to put in on the market, at the earliest in the fall, at the latest, next spring...

1) Purging
2) Organizing and Simplifying
3) Neutralizing
4) Updating


I'll keep you up-to date on these projects as we make progress with them!!

So there you have them... the rest of my New Year Resolutions turned Chinese New Year Resolutions!

Happy February!