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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hair, Wii & Pedicures

My baby boy has blond hair...very blond hair.  You know, the kind that you can only really see when it is wet. And...he is finally getting enough to do the "spike" thing when it is wet.  So tonight, when I bathed him, I decided to try to get a picture of his hair for proof.  Only thing is, its too hard to see. You have to look very closely to see the small spike.
So then, I thought...I'll blow dry his hair (HA) and this is what I get.  His hair is the part of the picture that looks blurry above his head.  Great!  On a side note...he LOVES the blow dryer and is already trying to figure out how to turn it on. Hmmmmm. Guess I'll need to hide the tools when he gets older.
A few weeks ago, I went over to a friends house to help her set up her Facebook account. GASP! Finally! Anyhow, they have a Wii and Mia played on it while we facebooked (is that a word?). Her favorite game is creating people.  This is the one she made to look like her daddy. When I asked her about the eyebrows, she said that all the other choices were too skinny. Like any good Daddy, he was very proud of the likeness his daughter created. We have snickered and laughed about it too.  Love, absolutely love, the perspective of children! Needless to say, I will not be posting the likeness she created of me! 
 A couple of years ago, Mia and I started something special that is our own.  Every 3-4 months, we load up a big bag of books and head to Starbucks.  She gets a hot chocolate and I indulge in whatever coffee suits my fancy at the time.  It had been awhile since we had done this and she had mentioned this several times to me. So, a friend willingly agreed to care for Simon while Mia and I had "our time". The bonus this time was that my sweet husband had given us gift certificates for pedicures for Christmas. I didn't get any pictures of us at Starbucks, but I can tell you she and I both loved it. It is so fun to be with her. Below is a pic of her getting her first REAL pedicure. The wonder in her eyes and the smile on her face were well worth it! Thank you, Hershel for giving us this opportunity for making memories.

The finished product. Mine are bright pink with white flowers. Hers are light sparkly pink with orange flowers.We had so much fun!
I do have one quick funny to add...

Last night at the dinner table, we were talking about swim as well as other things. Mia looked at me and said,"Mom, I just want to be bossy and I can't do that until I'm a grown up!"  Spoken like a true first-born child.



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Closing A Chapter

Tomorrow at 1 pm we will close a chapter in our lives.  Tomorrow at 1:30 pm, we will no longer own a house...our home...no more.  Most of our things are in storage in three different places. I have found myself rather melancholy during this process often focusing on what we (read I) don't have right now...my bed to sleep in, walls to hang pictures on, separate rooms for my kids, room to spread out, space for "me", our dishes, etc.  And then I am reminded of what we do have: a wonderful father-in-law who is letting us stay with him during all of this process, a bed to sleep in, clothes to wear (mine are getting smaller :) ) and so many more things.

And then my friends remind me:

1.  "It all works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out yet, it's not the end." -Max Lucado


2.  Think you have stress? Read Elijah's story in 1 Kings 17-19. Even the faithful get worn out while trusting and obeying God. The remedy? Back to basics. Angel RX = food and alot of sleep.
3.  If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring, and a sunrise every morning. Face it friend.... He's crazy about you! -Max Lucado
 
4.  This world is not my home
 
So, we don't have it so bad.  My dear husband said it this way, "I would take our current situation any day of the year rather than one of our kids having cancer."  ~WOW~  Talk about perspective.
 
And, so...I will focus on the positive.  I will focus on finding our next home, our new home.  I will give thanks for what we have and for the joy of having life, for my kids and my husband.  I will give thanks.
 
So, goodbye to that place on Valhalla that holds so many special memories.  I pray you provide wonderful memories for your new owners and maybe someday, we will meet them.
 
On to the next chapter in the Craig Characters...one full of hope and promise of a new future!  I can hardly wait!!!!
 
 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Frustrations

Frustrations are something I've been experiencing quite a bit recently.  Today it was the realization that I am going to have to change my address.  Ugh!  I do not relish the thought of all of the paperwork this is going to require. Fortunately some of it can be done online.  This just requires...time...a very precious commodity I do not have a lot of right now.

And then there are taxes.  They must be done.  Frustration sets in as everything from January to June is....yes....you guessed it....PACKED!  Tonight I spent 2 hours in the storage shed going through boxes trying to find 2 small pieces of documentation we need to complete our taxes!  Did I find them?  NO!  And I have absoutely NO CLUE where to look now.  ARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!

Enough venting for one night.  I am going to head to bed so I can get up bright and early to meet my dad for breakfast.  Maybe my subconcious can find those documents while I sleep.  Sweet dreams!

Friday, February 4, 2011

5 1/2

Today my sweet girl is five and a half.  While this may not seem important to some, it is immensely important to Mia.  We celebrated tonight with a single layer cake (1/2 a cake) frosted with 1/2 a can of frosting and decorated with cherry halves.  We sang the half version of Happy Birthday "Hap Bir T Y, Hap Bir T Y, Hap Bir De M, Hap Bir T Y! No candles, though. Mom didn't feel like cutting them in half. HA! She asked about presents and I politely told her presents were for her "real" birthday!

When the celebration was over, she crawled in my lap and whispered in my ear, "Mom, I can't wait until I'm 5 3/4!"

Why is it when we're a child, all we want to do is grow up? I mean, seriously...what's the hurry?  While I do have more control as an adult, I greatly miss the innocence and freedom that comes with being a child. That being said, I wouldn't trade my adulthood.  I wouldn't want to give up my sweet kiddos. However, I will indulge in playing with my children, dancing in the snow, stomping in the puddles and anything else childish I can while my children are little.  After all, they grow up to fast!

So, go do something childish and enjoy it! I did today!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Look & Update

Well, I've finally manage to put together a new look for the blog.  I'm hoping to organize some pictures in the near future and get some comparison pictures on here of the kids, but until I do, you'll just have to make so with some stories.

Quick update on our family:

Hershel managed to pull off a surprise party for Julie's birthday in December. We had a great time and I was blessed by so many who took time out of the busy holiday season to celebrate.

Mia has been sick the last week with the flu.  I am hoping we are on the downhill slope.  It broke my heart last night when she started crying because she couldn't hug and kiss her brother good night.  They are really missing each other. What can I say? I am trying to keep the germs at bay. Her latest epiphany is "I miss myself.  When I'm sick, I just don't have myself"  Out of the mouths of babes...

Simon continues to make all of us laugh, following in his daddy's footsteps.  His latest antic is to schooch (is that a word) down on his back and active his Lil Zoomers Speedway with his feet.  He will do this and then grin.  Little bugger know exactly what he is doing.  I never tire of his smiles for us.  His face lights up when he sees Mia walk in the room. I could say the same of myself and his daddy.  I truly love that boy's smiles and laughs!

Our house is now on the market and we are praying for the right buyer and a quick sale. On another note, there are three families that will be leaving San Antonio in the next few months.  We are saddened by their move, but know God has great things in store for them and are excited for the opportunites that lie ahead in their lives.  Fortunately, we will be able to keep in touch via Facebook and email.  Technology is indeed wonderful.

Simon is stirring, so I must close this post and tend to him. 

Blessings to all,

Julie

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm Back...Sort of

Hello!  I am back...sort of.  I have really missed this outlet of recording my kids journey growing up, so I am going to try to do better.  Here's a brief synopsis of the past 5 months:

Simon was born 3 weeks early!  Our house flooded from a cracked water filter in the fridge and we now have new floors, paint & carpet.  We have decided to sell the house since it is 75% packed up.  We are currently living with my father-in-law and it is going great.

Phew. Done.  While that only took 3 lines to write, there is so much going on "between" the lines, it would take a book to write about it all.  Surmise it to say, God is good.  He has shown us many blessings we did not really appreciate before.  While we don't know where we will land as far as living, we are trusting Him to guide our steps and relying on His wisdom and not our own. 

I do plan on redoing the blog as it is about so much more than Mia now.  If you read this, great.  I hope you enjoy or at least find amusing what I have to say and share. 

Blessings,

Julie

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Names

For sometime now we've been searching for that perfect name for our little guy, but to no avail thus far.  So, for now we are sticking with Waxy Beetle.  Many have asked for the story of the name, so here goes...

When we didn't know the gender of our little one, we asked Mia what she thought would be some good names.  Her suggestions were Laura or Mary if it was a girl (she is an AVID fan of Little House on the Prairie books) or Waxy Beetle if it was a boy.  I asked her where she came up with WB and this is her story

"One day I was playing outside and I met a beetle.  He was very nice to me and talked to me.  He told me his name was Waxy and I thought that was prettty cool, so I thought Waxy Beetle would be a good boy's name."

Creative.  Imaginative.  And, I must say, having a "fun" nickname has created an amazingly endearing bond with our little "bug". 

So, while we are no closer to a real name...we will continue to go with Waxy for now, or WB or Waxy B or Waxy Beetle or Beetle bug.  We know God created and is still working on this little guy and that's good enough for us...name or not.

And for those of you counting down the days (as if there are SO many readers of this blog), the count is 28 days til he makes his scheduled appearance (unless he has a mind of his own and decides to come sooner, in which case, he needs to wait until after July 4 so his Daddy will be home from camp).