Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Here is the night before Christmas Eve... the Nugget didn't even make it to teeth brushing :)

On Christmas Eve my entire family from my mom's side gets together.  Each of us bring dishes, we eat together and then exchange presents for the kiddos.  My Nanny came over early to help because I have been put on bed rest.. you know how things like that go when you have 2 children :)  Here are my two sweet ladies helping with the food: 

 Here is Nugget girl opening presents 

 And Sugar Mama.  She got a DS Lite from Mimi and she thought that was the greatest thing!!   She had not even asked Santa for one :)

I must admit that when it comes to things like Christmas morning I am not good with taking pictures.  I want to but I feel like if I look at everything through the lens of my camera I'm actually missing what's going on.   Here are the few that I got...

The Hubs' parents came over to see what Santa brought.. Nugget girl woke up first at not even 7 a.m. and I was worried that his parents would miss it so we let her look in her stocking until they arrived.  Sugar Mama woke up around 7:30 a.m. and the first thing she said "Mama Santa did come and he brought presents!! I've been waiting forever for this" :)

This picture is the hubs and his parents taking the girls outside to see their playground.  My husband stayed up all night putting it together and only got about 1/2 way done.  They are not kidding when they tell you it will take you all day.  I love him so much for trying and felt so bad when I saw how incredibly tired he was the next day!!  They are thrilled and cannot wait for it to be finished!!

Last but not least Sugar Mama asked Santa for make-up for Christmas.  Santa would not be crazy enough to bring her real make-up but we decided that some "play" make up would be fine... after all we supervise her.  Anyways after we opened all the pieces she sneaked off to the bathroom to apply some, with permission of course.  After about 15 minutes I asked the hubs to check on her while I made breakfast to ensure, and I quote "that she doesn't come out looking like a circus clown"... my oh my...

The pink around her eyes is unbelievable!! She looks like the 80's cartoon Jem... google her and you will see :)

I am so Thankful for: 

My girls had an amazing Christmas.  It was in large part to their wonderful family that goes out of their way to provide magical moments for them.  Mimi/Mimi D always know exactly what to get to make them squeal with delight, aunts/uncles/additional (great) grand parents literally give them their hearts desire.  The Hubs and I are almost not even needed :)  In fact I have opened so many boxes the past 2 days, that if I don't have to for a looooooong time, it will be entirely too soon!!

Love to you all and I hope you had an even more blessed Christmas than we did at Lively Situation!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas To All...

In a stable.. no place for his head, Mary gave birth to a living breath Savior more than 2,000 years ago.

She swaddled him, placed him in a manger, loved and cared for him.  The Wise Men sought him, Shepard's, animals, rejoiced at his arrival.

I hope as we sit and wrap presents, think of our loved ones, bake cookies for Santa that we remember the true reason for the season.  It's a wonderful time of year and the presents are so much fun, don't get me wrong, but my prayer for you is that you find the ultimate gift given so many years ago.

Merry Christmas to all of you!!

Lively Situation!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Enough Belly To Go Around..

As promised here are the belly pictures.  They were taken at exactly 34 weeks :)

The Nugget is always asking if baby sister is coming out :)

I feel like the baby bump has taken on a life of it's own, but I am so in love with it :)

On a side note: I'm officially on bed rest for the 3rd time in my pregnant history. :(  
I was hoping to make it all the way through normally, but all of a sudden my blood pressure has decided to do wonky things.  It wasn't a problem until yesterday when it spiked causing dots and a big ol' headache!! I'm waiting on my test results now to figure out what to do from here.

Today I am Thankful for: 

All of the sweet wonderful ladies in my life.  I love them all very much!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Meeting Somewhere In the Middle...

I've been meaning to share this picture with all of you for a couple of weeks now, but never got around to actually taking the picture until today.

Look at my laces... they are literally tied in the middle because I can barely get them that way let alone where they are meant to be :)  My stomach gets in the way.  Of course I will ask you to pay absolutely no attention to the fact that my calf runs straight into my foot, with no hint of a break for my ankles.. we call them cankles :)

I can still see my feet, well the top half anyways, but reaching them to put lotion on, shave them, tie my shoes, etc., is a serious ordeal.  And I still have over 6 weeks to go!!

I don't have a good belly picture... I mean I have some in my pajamas where it looks like I stuck a basketball under my shirt, but I'll save you and me the embarrassment.  So once I get one where I'm in my great maternity sweater and my hair looks fabulous I'll post it.  I just recently bought actual maternity clothes.  I made it to about 32 weeks before I could not wear regular clothes anymore... well without the mid-driff showing.  One of those shirts is my fabulous maternity sweater that will be showcasing a rather large belly as soon as possible. 

 I have gained about 15 pounds and surprisingly enough that has been all belly.  Mostly everything else has gotten smaller, or perhaps it's the optical illusion created by the enormous belly.  I passed my glucose test (yay) which was super.  I did not have diabetes with Sugar Mama, but did with the Nugget for about a week :)

Things I crave: Steak (Outback or Longhorn's), potatoes (the form does not matter, mashed, baked, whatev), cereal (the good kind, not the healthy kind :) and as with everything else in life: CHOCOLATE!!

We're getting down to the wire and that's scary/exciting!!  I have never been pregnant for longer than 36 weeks... I have a serious goal of making it to my due date, which has always been my goal, but I'm able to stick to it a  little better because it's so cold outside I'm not outside nesting, or shopping for nesting :)  I am however dilated a finger tip, a "little" effaced, and she is head down.  That could mean nothing, but for now I'm drinking tons of water and lying down as much as possible.  She's hanging in there :)

Today I am Thankful for: 

My therapeutic cries... I have those sometimes and as much as I feel like my plate is full, it is so cleansing to just let it all go.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

To Walk In Someone Else's shoes...

Here is Nugget girl walking in Daddy's work boots :)

One of the greatest things about God's word is that, within, lies many parables that direct us in almost any situation in our lives.  Faced with uncertainty?  Faith the size of a grain of a mustard seed.  The grass seem greener on the other side? Look at the lost son.

It's even stated that we won't go through something that he hasn't been through already... 

As we walk through the bible.. we're walking in his shoes... but essentially it was he who walked through ours.. because what applied then, certainly applies now.

Have you ever been...

At McDonald's.. frustrated because your order is taking forever and when you finally get it, four days later, it's Wrong?!?  Consider that the girl who is taking your order has just found out she's pregnant.... she is afraid of losing the one job she could get in a terrible economy, one she wouldn't have considered months ago, but must have to survive.  She's training and is charged actual money from her paycheck, every time she has to make a correction on your order.

At a red light, behind a person who isn't doing anything near the speed limit... you are running late and need to get somewhere quickly, but can't get around this person?  Consider that the man who can't focus on the speed limit has just found out the love of his life has got months to live... if that.. her body will fail her, and he will watch her deteriorate and become a shell of the person he knows and loves.

Lastly, the woman who stands in line at the grocery store.  She is unfocused, her kids are screaming, and you are irritated at the lack of discipline.  Consider that she's stressed out because while her cart isn't close to full, she's unsure of how she will pay for what she does have... Christmas is around the corner, and she can barely afford to pay for the dinner her children will eat.

The shoes of the people around us don't necessarily fit us in reality, but in spirit and truth we wear the same size, all walking toward the same destination.  I hope during this season we are reminded that once there was a young girl, unmarried, and pregnant.  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John allow us to walk in her shoes... where she has no bed for her baby, is afraid of what will happen when her peers/community finds she is unwed and pregnant.... with the savior.  We walk with her as we find out that her son, her baby, the one she nurtured in her womb would fill shoes that defy this world.  We are never sure what others are going through, but we can be sure we all want the same things.

Today I am Thankful for: 

My shoes... I'm happy with where they have taken me, and continued to take me.  Also for the opportunity to take a peek into the journey of others, thank goodness we all have a road map!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Another One Gained...

On my way home today, with my sweet family, Sugar Mama asked me a question.

"Mama, what happens to a person who doesn't have Jesus living in their hearts?"

I wasn't sure exactly what she was asking.. Did she want to know what that type of person was like to the outside world, did she want to know if God let bad things happen to those people, or did she want to know the difference between heaven and hell?

I proceeded to tell her about the ways God changes us when he is invited to live in us.  We are thankful, kind, generous, gracious, etc.  The hubs interjected with "And if they ask Jesus to come and live in their hearts they can go to heaven"...

This was a concept she understands because she knows some people who have gone to live in heaven, and be alive with Jesus.  So I told her that only those who have asked Jesus to live in their heart can go to heaven.  I also asked her if she had ever asked Jesus to come and live in her heart..

She answered yes... and I asked her when and she said "When I was a baby"... I took this as a compliment because she has always been in church and had a relationship with God that she has never understood anything different :)  I told her my own salvation story and left it at that.  

Tonight as we said our prayers she said: 

"Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  I pray for God and Jesus to come and live in my heart"

Today this is what I am thankful for...

I'm pretty sure that counts as my five year old asking to be saved... :)

Another one has been gained, forgiven, and redeemed.  I hope you follow her big example!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Little Humility...

Today was the last day of the semester.  Only finals left and then I'm done (for a month)  :)

The Hubs and girls took me to school and went to our mall to ride the carousel.  Who should be making an appearance, but Santa himself :)
Last year the Nugget did not enjoy our visit with him, so I just assumed this year would not be different.. apparently she surprised everyone.

This is Sugar Mama trying to catch a glimpse of Santa from the Upper Level :)  The Hubs texted me this picture and it made me laugh out loud.

They both sat on his lap and told him what they wanted for Christmas: 
Sugar Mama: make up (sigh)
Nugget: a baby doll :)

On another note, I've mentioned before that I have had a rather hard time adjusting to Sugar Mama being in kindergarten.  Her teacher and I do not mesh well together and I've attempted to over come it, that gets harder by the day.  I feel as though I've written note, after note, just trying to understand her "notes".  For instance when I asked about her progress weeks ago at conference and what I could do to ensure Sugar Mama's success, I got "Do the things I send home for homework and her target skill and she will continue to do fine."  We do something everyday, and she does great with me at home.  This week I've been getting "having trouble completing work notes"... okay Is she running out of time,  having trouble understanding, or talking and not staying on task?!?  I need to know these things!!! She gets all S's on her progress report, and yet if she is having trouble, enough for her to tell me when she gets in the car, why are you not telling me what the problem is?  I have voiced the concern more than once that perhaps Sugar Mama is intimidated by her teacher and shuts down... because when she is with me she does fine... it has been the complete opposite for her five years of life :)  Her struggles make me feel like I've failed her, not adequately prepared her for school, but I see all of her progress and the things she's learned.. I stay confused.

Are you experiencing anything like this?  Or am I making excuses?

Today I am Thankful for: 

My family.. My girls have been so good for the past 2 days and my husband has made such an effort to make me rest and take breaks that I know I am so fortunate to have all of them.  I love them more than life itself!!