Jul 23, 2014

Two Months, Too Fast!

And just like that - our baby girl is two months old!




I'm not one to keep a good record of these things, to mark the month by month kind of growth and changes - getting three out of four (so far) baby books, mostly, completed is an amazing feat!! But I was thinking of my precious baby girl and how so much has already changed in these two short months.


Even over the last month alone...see the changes from last month to this month's, 'Wonderland' photos!?!





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She's growing so fast!!

*sob!*
*sniff*


Okay...composing myself now...so I wanted to record some of the changes and little things I have taken the time to or just happen to, notice these past few days...


Just tonight, as I was trying to settle her - working on having her learn to fall asleep on her own better and maybe in the bassinet (?!?!), out of habit, I ran my lower lip across her forehead....and noticed...that sweet, sweet baby peach fuzz is gone!  There's hair there, longer, not fuzzy anymore, hair.






Her feet.  Still adorable!  Still one of the most edible bits on her!  But no longer that buttery soft, delicate, newborness.  Not that that stops me from snarffling them in any way!



 
 

I am noticing the rapid change in her eye colour! I think we will have our first brown-eyed beauty!!  She may go hazel like my second oldest gal - but I'm thinking....(and maybe hoping!? *wink*) that this little one will take after her momma!






And ohhh, her adorable faces....yes, ALL of them!! She has so many looks about her!!  I can't get over it!! I smitten by her cheeks, her chin, her sweet dimples...all four of them!  I love her lashes and eyebrows and her scrumptious ears!  All the bits and all the expressions - how they capture my heart so!?!



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And over these fast flying months, there is one thing I look back on so fondly - it is those first few nights in the hospital!  I don't think I can articulate how special those nights were!  I will never forget her precious little body, heavy in slumber, slumped on chest, using my breast as a pillow (lol!) and the amazing sound of her breathing - precious new life, a miracle in the flesh! If I pause, I can still feel the weight of her little body laying on me.


 
 

*sigh*




It's amazing how the days have flown.  How our littlest, Little is just such a completing part of our family!  And on that note...Dave and I have had some serious conversations about our family....and whether we are 'done' or not....it's really a hard decision....


For us...but probably with anyone, really...there are many factors to consider....but for me...and us...it's the fact that each pregnancy, after as many sections as I have had, comes with greater risk.  Greater risk for miscarriage and greater risk for myself.


But how to decide we are 'done'....that our family is...complete....and how to go about it....


A few years ago...about four months before I became pregnant with Joseph, Dave and I came to a realization that we had too much control when it came to how we viewed our two children and the idea of any more.  We realized that we needed to repent of our poor heart attitudes and give back control to God over this area of our lives. (more on that in this post) 


So recently we have revisited these revelations.  When we repented, at that time, we gave over the size of our family and the timing of when/if we were to have any more children, to God.  And I cannot ignore how richly and amazingly He has blessed us since!! 


But, now...a little over two years later, two more kids and two more C-sections...we stand...wondering what to do...


We know the Lord is the one who opens and closes the womb....but also, He gives us the means, tools and wisdom in many areas of life....so is this one of those areas....a place where we can just leave it all up to God and He will make the choice for us....or is having children a result of the act of love?  Where-in God has granted us the means to make a choice in this matter. 


Now, we know God is all powerful and that nothing...(but you know...not having fun!) is 100% guarantee for a means of birth control - I know that no matter our choice, God can over-rule it - I mean, we were told that we might not have any children....just saying....  I also know that God sees our hearts, He knows us and I know that He won't give us more then we can handle...but I know that He has granted much wisdom to us all.  I have looked through His word and it is easy to see how it talks about the blessing that children are and oh, I agree - but how many are a blessing?  Two, eight....sixteen???  Or one...is one still a blessing?


Of course they are!!  The answer really lies in our heart.  How we view the gifts that God has given, whether it be one...or twenty-one!  It lies in our hearts in the reasoning's behind the choices we make to have or not have some, any or more.  And I think at the end of it all there really isn't an answer....not a blanket, universal, I got it, you got it...answer!  What I do know is that, I'm crazy blessed!! I'm crazy happy with my Littles and love them more then I could imagine a person could ever love something!!


And with all these thoughts and wonderings, I think it is why each moment with my sweet Alice is beyond precious.  Why I linger to look at her, study her, when other duties are calling.  It's why I can't take enough photos, pause long enough to watch her sleep, or kiss her enough times.  And yes, it's why I certainly cannot hold her enough!!!

It may be my last time to soak in these precious baby days, of my own babies....our own blessings.
Then again...it might not be!

And...maybe it comes with age...or maybe experience....but whatever the reason...whether Alice is our last baby or we have oodles more....I can't express just how fast and fleeting the time is!  How they are newborns and needy to growing kids on the way to independence in, what feels like, a matter of mere moments...the days just don't slow down!

So I have slowed, where I can, pausing, when I can and soaking in each moment...while I can, of these ever fleeting and oh, so special moments!


*sigh*


Now excuse me while I go snuggle my little ones....





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Jul 18, 2014

Seven in the Sun


My baby, the one who made me a momma - she's SEVEN now!!


 
 
It has come faster then I could ever imagine....and hard to believe in her life time again she will be a teenager!  But right now, she's still a big, little girl! 
 
 
And true to the joys of having a summer birthday, we packed our picnic basket and headed to the beach!  Well, not before a few phone calls, gift opening and a visit from one of her three grandmothers. (blessed little Littles, aren't they!?)
 


My hubby's parents and his two youngest brothers joined us at the water.  The day started a tad on the cool side but quickly it warmed up and there was plenty o' beach fun to be had!!!


 
 
 
We enjoyed swimming, sand and relaxing on the shore.  The clouds we heavy in the sky but there was ample sunshine as well....that is...until about supper time....when our view went from sweet summer skies...to head for cover!
 
 

 


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So with quick action we moved the 'party' to a nearby pavilion where we broke out our supper.  The rains came and poured out...but only for a mere ten minutes and then the sun was back...just in time for dessert!

Oh except I had forgotten it...the dessert...so I decided to improvise...and just grabbed a pail of sand to satisfy our sweet tooth.

"What??" you say!

tee hee!!

A few weeks ago I found this recipe for Sand Pudding and figured, what better time to try it out then at a beach birthday!



 
 
 
It was a hit - but wow, it looked so real!! It was a bit of a mind game to actually take that first bite!!
 
 
All in all, it was a gorgeously lovely, sunshiney, summery day!  I think our little seven year old was super happy!  She sat in silence, the whole way home, with a sweet little grin on her face! 
 
 

 
 
Happy Birthday Olivia!!!
You are a blessing and a treasure!!
We love you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jul 7, 2014

Firebird - A Review

Well this is a long over-due post!  A couple of months ago...(I blame my tardiness on the newborn - she's cute enough to handle the blame! *wink*) I received a free copy of the children's board book; Firebird from B&H Publishing Group in exchange from my honest review of it.


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But in all honesty....it is my husband who has read this, much more then I!! So I asked him for his review and he was happy to give it!


Review from my Hubby - the official bedtime story reader:

"Great message but maybe a bit too old for a board book - I think it would be well suited to read to our girls in the story book format (ages 5-7).  But still a wonderful message that we all need to hear and be reminded of!  The illustrations are really nice!!"




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And after reading it through a few times myself I have to agree - I should have ordered/requested the picture book format - just because the story, I think, needs a bit more expanding then the board book format allowed!  But that being said, the message is still clear in this story and it is a great way to introduce the fact that God is always there for us - no matter what we are facing (the storms of life)!





The quality of this board book is great and I think it will stand up well to the....'love'...from my toddler!  My boy really likes it, it holds his attention and he enjoys pointing out Firebird on each page!



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Overall a great little book with a great big message!





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He still loved to bask in the sunshine.
But more importantly, knowing the sun was always there,
Firebird had learned to rejoice in the rain.




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Jun 29, 2014

These Early Summer Days

It would appear that summer is officially here!  Both on the calendar and the weather network!  I think for as harsh a winter we just had, this summer is ready to match it full force!
 
 
But that won't stop my kiddos from going out to play...be it much shorter, mostly in the shade and not during the middle of the day....but yes, still plenty of outdoor fun to be had!

 
 
 
 
School has been out for just over a week now - and for the end of the year we got to enjoy my eldest in a lovely little French play...(where I had NO idea what was going on!) and then she graduated from Kindergarten!
 


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I didn't know they did Kindergarten graduation these days...and we hesitated even going but we did and it was adorable!!  Our girls go to a very, very small Christian school - so Olivia was only one of two gratuets in her grade - but they had the Juniors help out and well, once my youngest, err...second oldest figured out what the microphone was for - well that was the end of it folks!

She discovered, that night...while all those Littles were trying to say their very much practiced and well memorized poem, that when she (my Catherine) spoke into the mic, EVERYONE in the audience could hear her!  So she let out this crazed cackle and was greatly delighted when the audience burst into laughter....so needless to say...the poem was lost but the audience was in tears from the sweet chaos on stage!

Let's not forget she's the same kid who took off her shoes and socks, during the Christmas play, to pick at the lint between her toes....


So Olivia, though turning seven this July, will enter into grade one next year and Catherine will be in Senior Kindergarten.  We love the school that they are at!!  It's focus is so faith oriented and the girls' teacher - she's an amazing woman and her joy is something both contagious and humbling!  She has the patience to work with and encourage my Olivia in her various struggles and stubbornness!  Catherine is doing very well, she is incredibly bright but still young and so they will still be in the same class.




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So with summer vacation now underway, the days a long and lazy - so far!  The girls are often the first ones up - well Olivia is and then wakes her sister..."accidentally" but then they can be found reading books in the big chair in the hall.  They are both doing very well with their reading, which I was greatly surprised and overjoyed by!!


We all have breakfast together, then there has been lots of play and fun.  We bought a few new (read, dollarstore) items before Alice was born, to pull out and entertain them in these early, "off school and usual routine but still have a newborn and toddler who both need much attention" days.  So these things are keeping them entertained when our attention is yet still a bit divided.


But Alice is doing great and I really can't complain.  She's adjusting well and I am even starting to watch for any sort of natural schedule.  I think I see one forming but she's only just over five weeks - so I'm not holding my breath!  She is still sleeping very well, in her bouncy chair, and napping either in that or while I snuggle her. 


And can you believe that in these few sweet summer days our littlest Little has already turned one month!!  It's going unbelievably crazy fast!!  So, to mark that milestone, I whipped up this adorable Alice in Wonderland dress!  And wasn't she just a doll for the photo shoot!!  I hope to capture her, like this, each month - a sweet visual of her growing and changing.




 
And my Dave, well I think he's about ready for me to get back into the swing of things!  My six weeks of torture rest and do nothing are just about through - I see my midwife this coming Thursday and should get the aye-okay to resume regular activities.  But my dear sweet hubby has done so well!! He took on much of the things I always did around the house, plus parented the other three Littles practically on his own and still found time to do a few projects, participate in his men's meetings, help friend's move and of course, drink coffee and dream with me.

But he now has a much better understanding of my distain for laundry!

*wink*

I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and how he provides for us - especially outside the monetary sense! ♥  He is an amazing father and I wouldn't be able to do much of what I do, with out him!  Thank you Dave - we are blessed!




So these early days of summer have been both busy and lazy - it's a nice mix!!  I know that it will be over soon enough, so I'm going to enjoy this precious time.  We have plans to hit the beach this week - it is Canada day on Tuesday!  And my sister from the other side of the country is coming back to Ontario and should be here in about a week!  There is my aunt and cousin who will visit later in July and Olivia turning seven - and these are just the things I know about!  It's going to be a full and fun summer!


I feel very blessed that I get to spend it all with these people - these gifts from God and I thank Him for each of them and for everyday we have!!  Even in this heat! ;)




 
 
 
 
 
  
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Jun 23, 2014

Terrific Two's!

 
Wow! What a week we just had - it was right full!!  There was Father's day last Sunday, Olivia's "graduation" on Thursday, the gals' last day of school AND my boy turned TWO!

 
 
 
 
It came so fast, we were almost unprepared....not to say that I am prepared that my 'baby' boy is two now...but we had to zip out one day during the week to pick up his gift.  I knew it would come fast after the birth of Alice but really - June is just slipping away!!


Never-the-less our boy had a sweet and lovely Birthday! 

It started well, with his Granny and Grandpa coming for a little visit and bringing the first, of many, gifts that contained wheels!



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Our Joe is such a boy!!  He's loved cars, trucks and tractors from waaay early on and with NO prompting from us!! So most people knew that anything that moved would make an excellent gift for him!  And he was sure please with all the cool cars, tractors, trucks and other moving things that he received! 



 
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He had visits from other family too and our neighbours/friends even joined us on the Saturday to dote a few gifts on him and share in the cake!  They are pretty much second (err...make that third...or is it fourth...?) set of grandparents!  But there's never too much love and Joe was mighty happy to see them!
 
Speaking of cake - yes, I had fun again....okay...it was fun after I laboured on it for hours - making his cake!  I wanted to do a tractor theme for him - knowing how much he LOVES them and set to work (in between baby snuggles, feeds and all the other happenings of last week!) to make the best tractor cake I could! 
 
I made the mistake of looking on the internet for inspiration before beginning and I was bummed when my tractor was not shaping up as I had hoped - *sigh* be careful when looking for 'inspiration!'- but my husband assured me that it would all work out - I didn't believe him...that is...until Joe saw the final product and well, when his eyes lit up - I knew I had accomplished my goal!
 
 

 



It was a chocolate cake, with decadent chocolate icing and a strawberry puree middle layer.  The tractor was made of rice crispy treats and marshmallow fondant.  I'm no, "Cake Boss" but as I said, seeing my boy's eyes go wide and hearing him excitedly repeating, "Tractor cake! Tractor cake!" over and over - well I was a happy momma!


 
 
He was a tad bashful as we all sang "Happy Birthday", dropping his head and looking up at us all from under his eyebrows.  Joe can be a real goofball but apparently he doesn't like to be the center of attention!  He enjoyed his cake greatly - especially when he got to eat an entire (small!) tractor wheel!
 
 
 
It's amazing to me that our Joseph is two - and that we already have another Little in that time!  Joe is such a sweet and gentle soul!  A gentle giant indeed!  For he measures at 35 pounds and 36 and a half inches (just over 3 feet) - our big, loveable boy!
 
 



What a wonderful blessing he is - even on the busy days!  He's mischievous and sweet, goofy and sensitive, stubborn and loving!  And those dimples of his - *sigh* too cute...they save him quite often...they really do!

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY JOSEPH!





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