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Monday, December 22, 2008

The true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas has always been such a special time of the year for me... I start singing Christmas songs about as soon as my birthday has past in September and I used to wear my Christmas hat every minute I was home starting the week of Thanksgiving. I'm so thankful that Brian has the same passion for this season.
Each year there is always something new that makes Christmas more special but this year that something seems even more apparent to me. Now that Ella is almost 3 she has questions about everything we see and do. And the responsibility/ privilege that I have as her mommy is to share the Joy of Christ that we celebrate at Christmas. I was trying to teach her that if someone asks her about Christmas and presents she should respond with "the real reason we celebrate Christmas is because baby Jesus was born". When we practiced all she was thinking about was opening her presents under the tree. In a way I'm glad that she doesn't just repeat the little "sunday school" answers we try to teach her because it shows me that we have such selfish hearts that take a lot of bending to become focused on True things! Though it does bless my heart when she gives a God honoring answer or recites one of her Bible verses.
It's just amazing how a two year old can reveal so much about my own sin nature to me and bring me to my knees before my Savior with thanksgiving for His undeserved love, grace and mercy.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Little Lucas

The Two Sides of Lucas:

Ok, not as literally as the pictures...

This was on our Thanksgiving "camping" trip. A friend passed on these adorable turkey jammies so we had to put them on Lucas just for a little while even though they were a little short from shoulder to toe. Still just so cute! Thanks Amy!

Lucas is such a bright eyed boy! His eyes are just so big! 95% of his pictures look just like these! He is really starting to scoot now! He got himself stuck under the coffee table this evening. The funniest part is that he was content to just sit there where he was.

And his super sweet side... We have recently been noticing that as soon as he gets a toy he wants to make noise with it, banging it or shaking it. But his soft side is super sweet and cuddly!

Daddy is the best at making him laugh yet can calm him down like none other.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sweet and Silly Ella

Ella has been quite creative lately! She has the most vivid conversations with herself! The other day I left her in the kitchen to eat her lunch while I went to tend to Lucas. I could hear her talking in a high story like voice. In my mind I thought she probably hadn't take a bite of her lunch since she was doing so much talking. I found her lunch almost gone and learned that she was making up some kind of story about which hand could "eat" more. All I could do was giggle as I saw her imagination working.

Here, her little people are having a feast!
This is an advent calendar that she took all the boxes out of and made a train. If you look closely you can see that snoopy is riding in a "train car".
When we are out running errands she always find some way to be creative and a little silly!

Her kids meal bag from Chick-fil-A became a hat.
She found a spot on the cart that is "just her size". She likes anything small... that means it's "just my size" as she says.
After we went to see the movie "Bolt" we went for burgers and milkshakes! She was quite excited to get her very own... and yes, it was "just her size".
Ella was very interested in decorating our tree this year! She was concentrating so hard to get those little hooks to stay on the branches.
This is her new face. She looks a little ornery but she is trying to look nice.

Six and Seven Months

Oops... Last month slipped by with out my remembering to blog about my baby boy growing up...

Lucas' Six Month Pictures:

And the Seven Months Pics: