Party animals and Terrible Twos

Eliana in her animal crackers party dress mommy made. Ready to party! 

Eliana had a zoo animals party on Sunday afternoon to celebrate turning two. This year we only invited family and still we had 10 kids- all first cousins! (plus another cousin on the way) The activities were blowing bubbles outside, a candy hunt inside, the Hokey Pokey, and then cake and ice cream after Eliana opened her gifts. It was crowded and noisy and hot- much like an actual zoo. All of the children seemed to be having fun....except maybe the birthday girl.

Now I'm not a first time mom. I've already been through the "terrible twos" twice before, but I was still very embarrassed when my daughter acted out and started crying when we tried to get her to open gifts. She has always been a little bit timid and takes time to warm up to new people and situations so I'm sure that having a house full of enthusiastic party guests wasn't exactly putting her at ease. But it was still embarrassing, in front of a room full of people waiting to watch her open their gift, when she started acting like fire ants were attacking her. All she wanted was cake and m&ms and she was willing to pitch a fit to get them! We are now on high alert that the "TTs" have started and we must go from awwww-she's-just-a-cute-little-baby mode to nip-it-in-the-bud mode.

Eliana might not have had a total blast at her party, but she has been playing with her new toys all day and I know she felt special on her day (maybe a little too special). We would like to thank all of our guests who came to her party and who love her- tantrums and all.


Two years ago today...

This date two years ago was one of the sweetest memories of my life. Oh sure, I had to go through the agony of labor and delivery that day, but just look at the reward. Eliana Israel was a blessing and a surprise. We had finally given up our dream of more children when in January of 2007 two pink lines appeared heralding her eminent arrival. Shocked, surprised, elated, we went through the next nine months until she made her grand and gentle entry into the world at a tiny 7 lbs and 3.9 oz. (a preemie sized baby by our family's standards) On that day she was welcomed into a family that had been longing for her and waiting in anticipation to meet her. Her name means "My God has answered".
Eliana is a wonderful person. She makes us all laugh everyday with her spunky attitude. That same attitude tests and tries Scotty's and my parenting skills, forcing us to stay sharp and united. She is her big brother's pet and Sunny's little tag along. Micah, in particular, is totally smitten with her and spoils her rotten. He teaches her funny little things and she is his preforming monkey, doing all types of "parlor tricks" that he has taught her. He thinks that she is hilarious and the cutest thing he's ever seen. She is eager to learn and wants to do all the things the other kids are doing. Her favorite activities at this age are playing toys, watching "toons", taking showers or baths, playing outside, riding around on Micah's shoulders, and coloring/writing/drawing. When it comes to good sleepers we are 3 for 3. Eli takes one or two good naps each day and sleeps all night in her own bed. She has a good appetite although she can be a bit of a picky eater sometimes. Her vocabulary is growing and she is talking more and more these days. Two years have gone by pretty fast since that day when I first held my little bundle. They have been a challenge and a whole lot of fun.
Every year, when any of my children's birthdays rolls around, I get a little (or a lot) sad. I usually cry a little (or a lot) the night before. I guess it is because time keeps moving us further and further from that very precious day when they were born. But I am happy, too. They are growing up to be the special people God created them to be. I love getting to be their mom and watching the miracles of their lives unfold.


Best shelf ever!

My 10 year old son spent the night with his grandparents last night and when they brought him home today he had a surprise for me. He had built me a set of shelves for my laundry room!!! He even painted it and carved my name in the side. The shelves slide out and everything. What a thoughtful and creative boy! He told me he "wouldn't have made it for me if he didn't love me." I told him I will keep it forever.


First day of fall

Waffles for breakfast

really love the fall. It has always been my favorite time of year and I look forward to the cooler weather and crunchy leaves. Of course, it's still hot outside here in the deep south until about late November and we've had so much rain lately that the leaves won't be crunchy anytime soon. But today is the official first day of fall, so I'm making soup for lunch anyway, even if it is eighty something degrees outside.

There is lots going on around here this week. Projects will be happening and I will try to post pics. Scotty has been working on enclosing our backporch to make us a spacious and much appreciated schoolroom. That project is coming right along, but is currently in rain delay. I'm planning on doing a little sewing for my baby girl who is turning 2 on friday. I will also be making her a giraffe birthday cake and finishing up the plans for her little family party


My First Blog!

Hello out there! After reading the blogs of friends, friend's friends, and friends of friend's friends I was inspired to make my own. Finally, today, I found the time to start it up. It's like an on-line diary that anyone can read, right? Kinda weird- but fun! People are so interesting and I really enjoy reading about how other moms manage their days, their kids, their responsibilities, and whatever else they want to share. So in case anyone out there wants to take a peek into our daily life- welcome to my blog!