Monday, July 18, 2016

Swimming Lessons

The Bigs have started swim lessons with Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge. I use to swim on a team (both elementary and high school), but the hubby can basically just doggy paddle. It is important to me that my children swim, and swim well. I feel like it's a life skill they need.

Well, today was day one of eight. They LOVED it. Jo is my little fish, so I really wasnt too worried about him. Levi... He loves the water but only when someone is tightly holding him. So imagine my joy and surprise when his instructor tells me that on day one he was floating on his tummy, with his head in the water! Jo had a good first day too, he floated on his tummy with his head in the water, and even started kicking. I was so proud of big boys, that I bought them a prize: goggles.

While waiting for their lesson to finish, Benny and I were walking laps in the next door gym. My senses were overwhelmed with chlorine and rubber from swim caps. I love swimming, and I miss it. It was fun seeing all these little kids with swim caps and goggles. The flash backs to my days of swim kept me grinning.
Levi wanted to sleep with his goggles on... My Mother In Law has a picture of the Hubby doing the same thing.

Crawfish aquatics has an adult swim team... Gives me something to dream about.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Surprised by Motherhood

I love reading. There have been so many nights that I have stayed up until the wee early morning hours to finish a good story. I read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series by the soft glow of my lava lamp in elementary school. Totally convinced that my mum was ignorant of it... I know better now (thanks mum for letting me read). When I was punished, I wasn't spanked, or grounded... I had my books taken away. I LOVE to read.

All this to say that I have consumed countless books, but I can count on one hand, the books that have changed my heart, my mind, and at the risk of sounding like a dramatic teenager, my life.

Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker is one of those books.

The best way that this mama of three can explain it, is reading this book was like putting neosporin on my heart. Justin and I have been raising these man-cubs hundreds of miles away from family. It's lonely. It's scary. It's hard. Lisa-Jo was able to put into words what my heart screams daily, and then wrap it all up with scripture and experience. She points the way for tired, Christ-loving mamas. She writes it in a way full of grace, and love. 
A spot on quote from the book.

I wish this book was around for me to read when I was pregnant with my first. I would have been so much more prepared. Less naive, more ready.
Possibly my favorite quote.

If you are a mama, or soon to be a mama. Read this book. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll probably want to hug Lisa-Jo. But most of all, you will be changed.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Blog Update

A couple weeks ago I noticed that my blog design was not working. As in, all the special elements that the previous designer created (header, signature, about me, basically all the pretty stuff) disappeared. My lovely little nook in the inter webs looked wonky. So strange in fact, that even the hubby took one look and told me to get on etsy and find someone to fix it. Love that man.

Que Green Tangerine Design. Allison was wonderful. She patiently listened to all my quirky ideas and made them happen.... Quickly!

I'm so thankful that my little blog is functional and pretty again.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

7 Months with Benjamin

Well, Benny is 7 months old.

Benjamin is over 20 pounds, and he is in 12 month clothing. My baby is a beast.

He's in size 4 diapers, with a Huggies nite time diaper at night. Benny is eating 6 ounces of formula every 4 hours, and has solid food 3 times a day. He occasionally eats cherrios, bits of banana, etc. His favorite food so far is peaches with a close second of apples. He tolerates peas, carrots, and now green beans... but barely. Green beans are almost on the squash list. 

Recently he's been waking several times a night, but I think it's due to teething. This sweet boy has ZERO pain tolerance. The Bigs had great pain tolerance... but they weren't as sweet as Benny is.

He has mastered rolling over, and is close to sitting up. If he cries during playtime, its usually because he has rolled onto the hardwood floors, and still can't reach the toys he's tossed.

He will reward anyone who talks to him with a big grin. His favorite toys are Sophie the giraffe, his Maileg puppy, and toy keys. He desperately wants to play with big brothers... to the point he will reach and scoot for them.

He says mama, dada, and hi. He also waves.

This child is such a joy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Houston, TX

Last weekend we went to Texas. No reason really, other than we are four hours from Houston, and thought it would be a neat place to visit. Honestly, we realized that the likelihood of being only four hours from Texas again wasn't very good. So why not take the boys and see what the fuss was about.

Y'all. Texas. Is. Beautiful. Well, the one little corner of Texas we saw was. It was nice to get out of the swamp for a little bit, and we saw some pretty incredible things too! We were only there for a three day weekend, but we packed in a lot of stuff: Houston Natural Science Museum, authentic Tex-Mex, Space Center, and the Houston Aquarium.

My favorite by far was the Natural Science Museum. Dinosaur bones, wildlife exhibits, random artifacts the boys were able to touch, gemstones, and a whole second on ancient Egypt. Seeing Levi's face when he saw dinosaur bones was PRICELESS. I'm still kicking myself for not having the camera ready. Jonah was totally freaked out by the "moms" (aka mummies) in the Egypt exhibit. Both boys keep asking when we can go see the dinosaurs again.

At the Space Center, I touched the moon... or a rock from the moon, but same thing right? It was a little over the boys heads, but they both plan on flying to the moon now. Justin and I really enjoyed it.

Our little mini vacation was quick, but fun and relaxing. Thank you Texas for a lovely time