Wednesday, October 28, 2009
She is so very two and independent. Everything, everything, everything is, "I do it." This includes opening the car door, climbing into the seat, and buckling the seat belt. She wants to walk everywhere, and we are really having to reinforce holding hands in busy places. She wants to feed herself everything, which makes yogurt, pasta, and applesauce very messy. She is asking ten million questions a day--what happened, what's that, who's that, what are you doing, where are we going, etc. etc....and she asks these things over and over and over. Sometimes I turn the question around and say, "you tell me, where are we going," and she likes to answer. She continues to be one big ball of energy. She would rather run than walk, or better yet, jump. She likes to squat down and give a big jump as she says, "boink!!" very loudly. She loves going to Publix for the cookie and Kroger for the balloon. She is learning her colors and letters, but we haven't even begun shapes. She still loves dogs and Curious George and Elmo, but her new favorite television character is Caillou. I promise we don't sit around and watch television all day. We do watch George while she eats breakfast, and we watch Elmo's world (the last half of Sesame Street) while she eats lunch. Those are the two constants. She is eating much better, and the bathroom issue seems to have worked itself out (thank you, thank you, thank you, Lord!!) She loves her babies. She rocks them and whispers, "shh, shh, shh" in their ear. A new favorite game is, "night, night," where she puts me to bed. I love this game. I just have to lie there and say, "Ada, where are you?" when I wake up. I never have to get up as long as she still wants to play the game. It's great for tired days. She is quick to correct you if she thinks you are wrong about something. For example, if I tell her that her name is Ada Elizabeth Moore, she says, "no, mommy, I'm Ada Moore." And she laughs as if I am so silly. She is very into pretend. For example, when we are playing night, night, she will say, "you want animals?" and she brings me a shoe or a medicine bottle or whatever is lying around and that is my stuffed animal. She is so much fun, and as I was bathing her last night, I reminded myself how quickly two years passed by. I am well aware that there will be moments with newborn John that will seem endless. Will we get sleep again? Will he ever stop crying? You know, those newborn things that go on. And all I will have to do is look at Ada, and hopefully I will cherish those early days because they pass so quickly, don't they?
We recently had a two year photo session with Cindy Stansberry, who also took Ada's picture last fall. I can't say enough good things about Cindy. She is so talented and so affordable. I also can't mention her with mentioning my friend Tiffany. Either of these women is an excellent photographer choice if you live in the south Atlanta area. Trust me. They're great.
Here is Ada last year from the photo shoot,
And Ada this year Of course more of these photos will show up on the Christmas card, so I don't want to share them all:)
That's my girl. I am so thankful for her little life.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Anyway...it's been a gray day is oh so many ways. Outside, my mood, Ada's behavior.
Let's start with what has made me excited today.
1. Ada slept until 8:30. Thank you, Lord. Oh my word, that is such a treat. I felt so rested and relaxed when I woke up at that late hour and the rain was pouring outside my window. I found Ada sitting up in bed, contentedly playing with her stuffed animals. By the way, her new thing is to wake up and call out, "Laura Beth, where are you?" Don't know why she is calling me by name. If I ask her what my name is, she responds, "Mommy Moore," but she calls me Laura Beth all the time. So strange, but it causes me to start each day with laughter. It cracks me up to hear my little two year old call me by name.
2. Mixed in with my laundry were all of the little infant clothes that I am getting ready for John's arrival. It was very fun to fold tiny newborn gowns and onesies. I asked Ada whose clothes they were, and she responded, "Baby John's." Then she hugged his pile of clothes and said, "awwwww."
3. After having a very gray, hormonal, pregnant type day, Scott and I threw caution to the wind and ate a comforting meal at Cracker Barrel tonight. We never do that sort of thing, just going out to dinner in the middle of the week, but my kitchen was a mess, my emotions were a mess, and next to going to my mom's house for dinner, Cracker Barrel seemed like the solution. It was just the thing I needed to sit down and have someone serve me dinner and clean up after me. (mom, I really wished I lived in Scottsboro tonight. I felt like I needed mothering.)
There are no reasons why it was a gloomy day for me. I just felt hormonal. I chalked it up to pregnancy. My house wasn't as clean as I hoped for. Ada struggled (as usual) with first time obedience. Hey, Ada struggles with fifth time obedience;) I pinched and spanked and pleaded and timed out, and we survived the day, and we had a few successes mixed in. I had to cancel tutoring when the weather caused Scott to be stuck in traffic on 75. I hate canceling tutoring because I feel like I am letting the family down, so that contributed a bit to the gloominess. And you know, my stomach is just in the way these days. It's hard to bend over and do the daily stuff. I have heartburn, and I feel huge, and you know... But today as I bent over to put clothes into the dryer, and I once again felt like I was running out of room for my growing stomach, I was reminded of little Ada. How once she was the one making me feel claustrophobic in my own body. And I realized how very worth it it is. Oh man. Such a small price to pay for a life growing inside of me. And when I feel something that is very clearly a fist or a foot, I get so excited just thinking about meeting this little boy (please keep him safe, Lord).
In my Thursday night women's bible study, we all have picked accountability questions for the year. Then, each week we report on how things are going. One of my questions is, "am I dwelling on truth or lies?" Because I am of the melancholy sort, my brain can become rather clouded with negative thoughts, usually thoughts that are not even true. I was convicted a few weeks ago that I must constantly be in the word--"the truth" if you will--in order to replace those thoughts. After my post a few weeks ago on the role that the word is to play in our lives, I decided to wander on over to Girl Talk: Biblical Womanhood and see what those girls had to say about daily quiet times. Taking their advice, I ordered the book, For the Love of God, by D.A. Carson, which takes you through the bible in a year (or two years if that works better for your schedule). The goal is to read four chapters of the bible each day, covering a broad spectrum of both the old and new testament, and then Carson provides some thoughts on the days reading. I am really loving this book because the main focus is the bible. Many studies that I have done in the past had me read a few verses and then much of the study was spent reading a man (or woman's) thoughts. That is not the case with this book. Though today is not a good example, I have seen a shift in my negative thinking as I deliberately saturate myself in the word of God and his gospel!!!!!!!! I have also been reading The Valley of Vision as a part of my daily study. Do you know about this book? It's a good one. Mom gave it to me a few Christmases back, and I really love it. It's a book of Puritan prayers, which all point out both the reality of my sin and the good news of the gospel in light of that sin.
What about you? I know that many of you might not struggle as much as I do with negative thinking, but I do think it's common among us women. What strategies do you have for replacing lies with truth? I am always up for a little advice.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I am tired tonight.
Yesterday I went to the wedding of a dear friend. Her wedding was outside at Lake Martin, and it was quite cold. Laura is a very outdoorsy, casual, sporty kind of girl, so her bridesmaids were barefoot. Many guests were in coats and scarves, and the bridesmaids were in strapless, knee length dresses and bare foot. Luckily the reception was mostly indoors.
Laura was stunning. Absolutely stunning. She is very tall and very skinny, and her dress was very fitted. It was perfect for her. Oh my word. I couldn't help but wish I had looked half that good on my wedding day. She looked like actresses look on their wedding day. But I noticed as the stunning bride walked back down the aisle after the ceremony was over that she had on her signature brown rainbow (sp?) flip flops. I loved it. It was so very Laura. I wish I had a picture.
During the wedding I left Scott and Ada in Auburn watching Alabama football. By the time I got back to Auburn, the Alabama game went off, we grabbed dinner, and we made it back to Atlanta, it was very, very late. All of that to say that I am a bit exhausted on this Sunday night.
We woke up to no heat, and we were extra tired after a late night, so we didn't make it to church. Right now our heat is running, so we are crossing our fingers that today was just a fluke, and the heat really is working.
I feel like this post is rather rambling and pointless. Hmmm...why did I write this? Maybe so that you can all pray that our heat has miraculously fixed itself? Thank you, Lord, if that is the case!! And if not, I trust that he will provide the funds to get it fixed. If you are still reading, thank you my loyal friends;)
I still want to buy a few more books, a baby doll and accessories, and an art easel and art supplies. I plan to wait and see if there are any after Thanksgiving baby doll deals, and we have a gift card to Ikea where I will purchase the easel. I hope to keep the money spent on Ada's Christmas under 50.00, and I think it is very possible.
I still want to get Ellie's old doll house from Ann (if it's still available). If it's not, I might scratch some of the above gifts and purchase a doll house off of Amazon.
Moms who have kids a step above Ada, what have been your preschoolers favorite toys? I always feel like it's a gamble. Will she play with what I buy or will it be a waste? I just never know. Last year, I spent about 5.00 each on a toy toaster and microwave, and those have been the biggest hits of all. I never would have guessed. They were spur of the moment deals I found during the morning after Thanksgiving craze, and I threw them in the cart.
Anyway...I am happy to get a jump on Christmas shopping when Halloween has even happened. Woo-hoo!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So Gail, if you are reading this, we are very thankful for the package, and we loved every bit of it. Including the coupon organizer. Thanks for thinking of us!!!!
Now, what was I saying? Oh yes, cleaning. That is what I have to go do. Luckily the house is in good shape, so I just have to do the basic stuff. There are shelves to dust and floors to vacuum. And a little girl who knows how to make a mess.
I'm off to clean!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
It is so motivating to me, and I love how life changing it is for the contestants.
Well, tonight I had a make up tutoring session, so by the time I got home from tutoring, bathed Ada and put her to bed, I was starving. Scott was at Bible Study, and he and Ada had already eaten leftovers for dinner, so I decided to stick a Stouffer's french bread pizza in the oven (BOGO at Publix this past week).
And I was quite enjoying this meal, until the contestants on the Biggest Loser started talking about what Bob and Jillian make them eat. Oh man, I started feeling very guilty about eating that pizza. I am not sure there is one good thing in that meal except for the taste. I had planned to eat a snack size Reeses for dessert (also BOGO), but I quickly decided on a pear instead.
And, I did drink water with dinner instead of diet coke--so between the pear and the water, I did put some beneficial things in my body tonight.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I'll leave you with this image--a little piece of fall from our house to yours.
Friday, October 16, 2009
yes that is my sewing machine that has been sitting in closet for fear that I would break it if I tried to use it. We unearthed it in the midst of the organizing, mom ordered a "super deluxe" manual for it on the internet, and she is taking it home to figure it out. (She is more familiar with sewing machines than me). Next time I am home she will hopefully teach me the basics of using it, and I will be off on my sewing adventures. Thanks again, Amy, I am so thrilled to have it.
Bows are also on the brain. With Ada's pictures coming up, and fall outfits filling her drawers, I have been thinking about bows and needing to order a few from my friend Bethany. (Bethany, my mom paid for one at a Vinings boutique yesterday so I would have it for the pictures on Saturday. It costs so much more than yours, and it didn't have a no slip grip like yours. I will be placing an order with you soon. Yours continue to be the best out there!!) But we did get a red and green one at the boutique yesterday because Ada will be wearing her Christmas dress in the pictures, and the bows are appropriately Christmasy.
Anyway, I think I might try my hand at making a bow. Darby (surely you know about her blog?) has a tutorial for making one, and I am thinking, why not try it? We'll see how that goes. Most likely, I will decide to leave the bow making to you, Bethany.
So those are my thoughts on this Friday morning. What is mainly on my brain? A honey maple turkey bagel with bagel chips and honey mustard. Oh, I can hardly wait.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It didn't help that it was raining today, so my hair was rained on all day. Maybe it will be better tomorrow in the fall sunshine (or so the weatherman predicts). The good news is that after growing it out for so long, even with a new short cut, I can almost still pull it into a pony tail. That is good news for this often hurried mom.
My hair plan? I will grow it out for a few weeks because it's not a bad cut--I mean it's even and neat and those kinds of things--and then I will go back and try again with someone else. And I will explain that I really mean it when I say I like short, choppy layers.
In the mean time, we are having family pictures made this Saturday morning, and I will be looking like a pregnant ten year old. Perfect for a Christmas card, don't you think;)
p.s. I will post a picture soon, but tonight I really look too rough to show myself in public. You understand, right? Amanda, this might motivate you to keep growing that hair out;)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
this disaster will eventually become John's room. And after I weed out and throw away unused toys, I will corral everything into the play "closet."
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Once Tutti and I were talking about our mothers and how they swoop in just when we need them to help us out. Tutti said it makes her think, "The Calvary is coming," which I thought was the perfect description. Isn't that how it feels? No matter how old I get, there are times that I just need my mother to come in and save the day (and often Ann is right there with her, quickly coming to my aid. In fact, along with Scott, they were both in the delivery room on the day that Ada was born, and I guarantee they will be there when John comes).
Well, a few weekends ago when I was home for the class reunion, I was revealing my stress over John coming and all that had to be done, and next thing I know, mom is planning a trip to help me out. We plan to organize, organize, organize this week, so that I can get on the task of painting and furnishing.
My mother currently drives the toyota corolla that my parents bought for me when I turned 16. I think it is many years old. Maybe a '95? Well, though that thing is running surprisingly strong, she feels better driving the familiar roads to Auburn (just in case), and I will pick her up in my newer car to bring her to Atlanta. I am loving the excuse to make a trip to Auburn, where I will eat lunch with mom and Kate, and hopefully get in a visit with my dear friend Amy Speakman Hendrix. It should be a fun day.
I also plan to leave Ada here with Scott, so that I won't have to deal with nap time at an unfamiliar place. Won't Ada be thrilled when I show up with "Near!!"
So, if I am absent for a few days, its because I am busy taking advantage of my mother's help. I am sure I will stop in to report on the progress though. Until then...
p.s. thanks to Bethany, today I bought two pumpkins for 2.50 a piece. I was so happy to add a piece of fall to my front porch. Next Scott needs to hang my fall wreath (bought on clearance at the end of the season last year), and fall will be in session here at our house. I am hoping to find a few more deals at Pier 1 at the end of this season, so that next year I will be even more festive. I love clearance items. Have you noticed?
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I love Thursday nights. It is such a treat for me to leave Ada at home with Scott and spend time studying the word and discussing truth with women who love the Lord. It is one of my favorite times during the week.
As I already mentioned, we are studying Psalms, and specifically we are learning how to meditate on the Psalms and pray them back to God.
This weeks Psalm is 119, which is the longest chapter in the Bible. So Tim Keller has us looking at only verses 1-16 this week. The theme of the Psalm is the word of God. We begin by listing all the names and synonyms for scripture--and there are lots. Law, testimonies, precepts, statutes, commandments, and the list goes on.
Then, we are to list all of the things we are supposed to do with Scripture. It's a convicting list ya'll. Listen to this.
We are to walk in it, keep it diligently, seek it with our whole heart, keep our eyes fixed on it, learn it and guard our way according to it, store it, declare it with our lips, delight in it, meditate on it, and not forget it. Wow, right?
How little time I spend each day in the Word. Some days I spend no time in the Word. So I am thinking through what the above list looks like on a daily basis. What is the practical application here? Is is just to do my bible study every morning, or is it more than that?
I know that I must make it a priority. Especially when I am facing the task of being a wife and a mom and just living life on a daily basis. Here is where I will find truth and guidance and instruction and rebuke. And yet I spend more time watching Gilmore Girls than I do in his word. Hmmm...it gives me much to think about.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Scott has already blogged about our night over on his blog, but I thought I would quickly share how things are going.
Basically, Ada woke up around 3:30, crying very hard, having thrown up all over herself, her blanket, and her sheets. It wasn't pretty. I am guessing it had to do with the cold and lying still and all that junk in her lungs? Anyway, it was 3:30 in the morning, and Ada was covered in throw up.
Well, we had to get her blanket into the washing machine, which caused immediate hysterics. And I do mean hysterics. Then, I tried to take her pajamas off, but all of a sudden she became very attached to her kitty pajamas. I mean, she was running from me and screaming, and it was not good. So finally, needing to calm her down before we could proceed, I cuddled with her, throw up and all, for a very long time. I kept thinking, only as a parent would you cuddle with someone covered in throw up. The night was progressing and Ada's hair and clothing was a mess, so I was trying to think creatively. Then it hit me that Ada's Curious George pajamas were clean. I bribed her into the bath tub with the promise of Curious George on the dvd player and Curious George pajamas (we own no Elmo pajamas by the way) waiting on her afterward. It worked. We finally got her clean, got her blanket clean, changed her sheets, and eventually she went back to bed sometime around 4:30ish. I was still suffering from the same cold--head pounding, throat hurting, nose running, and thankfully Scott agreed to stay home from work so that I could get some rest.
And rest I did!! I slept for four hours this afternoon. It was Heaven, and I think that Ada and I are both on the mend.
In the mean time, Sarah asked about Harry Potter in the comments last night. I did finish Harry Potter--all of them. And I have many thoughts to blog. But everything that I wish to discuss would involve my giving away secrets of some sort, so yes, Sarah, we need to talk in person. Bottom line, I loved the books. Maybe my favorite books to read--ever. I have favorite books to teach, favorite books to study, favorite books to write about, but to just plain read? Harry Potter might win. Seriously.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
So, I don't have a lot to say tonight because my head hurts too badly to process my thoughts.
But I felt the need to share this. I just saw a preview for The Office Wedding and I teared up--at the preview!! I can't wait.
Jim and Pam might be my favorite couple ever. Don't you agree?
Monday, October 5, 2009
And here I am back in July when things first started to grow.Finally, for a point of reference (considering I am only about halfway through this thing), here I am on the way to the hospital to have Ada. (After about two days of no sleep, by the way, thanks to a little thing I like to call labor taking its sweet time).Now, at 8:30 pm, I am headed to bed, hoping that a good night's sleep will nip this sickness in the bud.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
But I am so thrilled with all that I have accomplished this weekend, that I just had to share. This is a big deal for me!!
Get this. All three bathrooms are clean. As in, on my hands and knees, scrubbed clean. All three!!
The living room, kitchen, and dining room (office) are clean--vacuumed and everything.
Ada's bedroom is still clutter free and fairly spotless.
Our room is well on its way to being clean. As soon as I type this, I am headed upstairs to fold a mountain of clothes while I watch Gilmore Girls and I need to vacuum.
What still needs to be done as far as cleaning goes? The master closet is a disaster. The junk room is now filled floor to ceiling with things that must be organized, and the guest room is covered in coupon paraphernalia. But, that is only three rooms. After the cleaning we have done this weekend, that's nothing.
I have my house in good enough shape that I can now implement my House Works weekly cleaning plan in order to keep things in shape. This has been the goal for a while now.
Daily I have to make beds, wash, dry, and put away two loads of laundry, clear kitchen counters and wipe down stove, clean kitchen sink, empty kitchen garbage, sweep kitchen floor, pick up family room and play areas (put away toys, remove clutter, etc.)
Weekly I have to change bed linens, clean bathrooms, clean kitchen counters and wipe inside of the microwave, wash or dust hardwood surfaces, dust furniture, vacuum carpets and rugs, check entryway and sweep if needed.
I am just so glad to be at this point in the organization process. Will you celebrate with me, internet friends?
Today, I was at CVS, and the cashier smiled knowingly at me as she asked, "how much longer do you have?" I am sure she thought I was only weeks away from my due date.
I smiled back and said, "I have to make it to February."
"February!!!" she cries, "My sister is due in February, and her stomach is still flat."
What do I say to that? I decide to point out the obvious, "Yeah, my stomach gets really big."
I loved knowing that her sister's stomach is still flat. Really.
Then I head to Kroger for a few needed items. Again the cashier asks when I am due, and again I tell her February.
Her response? She calls two other co-workers over to see my abnormally large stomach. I love being a freak show.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Why am I inside. Because there is much to do before John arrives. I am in full project mode as I try to whip this house into shape before February. And after discussing with mom and Ann, I really am trying to whip it into shape before Thanksgiving. I want to fully enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I would like to rest as much as possible during those last few weeks before he arrives, so October and November will be the months to get things done.
What's on my list? I still have to finish painting downstairs. And I will make it happen. I need to paint John's room, and I need to move furniture from Scottsboro and Crossville to our house. There is a baby bed and bedding at mom's house that will go in John's room. We are moving Ada's chest of drawers and changing table into John's room, and I am getting Ann's old glider to also go in John's room. For now, I have decided to put the twin bed in his room for those nights I just need to crawl into that bed after a late night feeding. Scott's mom has a piece of furniture that I plan to put in Ada's room that will hopefully hold the clothes that are now in the drawers, and there is a shelf in our "junk room" that needs to be painted white that will also go in Ada's room. For now, to keep the stress and money to a minimum, we have decided to simply remove the side of Ada's bed and keep her room just as it is (except for the furniture switching). So...there's the list. Not to mention all the clothes sorting I am doing. Oh my word, Ada had some clothes as a baby. I can't believe the piles.
And what did I get done today? Well, last night I scrubbed the master bathroom, so it is now shiny clean. I love that feeling. And I spent the morning (several hours!!) cleaning out Ada's room. Her closet and drawers were full of outgrown clothes, and her room was full of clutter. Not anymore. Only clothes that currently fit her are still in the closet and drawers, and all clutter has been removed (temporarily placed in above mentioned junk room until I can sort through it all). Next, I am going to organize the master bedroom. I also took a few minutes to go through magazines and clean those out. Truly, I am in organization mode. Nesting, perhaps?
It was my morning to sleep in. (Scott takes Sunday mornings because he stays up late on Saturdays watching and thinking about football). I couldn't sleep in, though. I woke up sick to my stomach, but I knew the real culprit was hunger. So, I pleaded with Scott, and we ended up at Gritz--a local restaurant on the square, and it was delicious. It hit the spot. Scott and I both ordered omelets and grits, but Ada ate every bite of our grits, so we had to order an extra side of them!! Ada is southern through and through--she loves her grits. I felt like Ada desperately needed to be outside in the fresh air (and out of the house so I could tackle her room), so she and Scott dropped me off at the house, and they spent the morning at a local park.
And now I am procrastinating. But, I must get this room cleaned. And the list of projects goes on and on. But one thing at a time, right?
I hope you are able to spend some time outside today. Happy October Saturday, everyone!!