Monday, May 27, 2013

Samuel Joel

Today is my Samuel's seventh birthday. Let me tell you, I am such a proud mama! He is growing up to be such a wonderful little person. I see a lot of his daddy in him. Sam's always been fairly serious, and he is so so smart! I've been trying to think of different little stories to try to describe him, and the perfect one came up. On his last day of school we went to the book fair, and I let him and Allie pick a book out. He had one book he really wanted, but he was also really leaning towards a book on rocks and fossils, because "in second grade you learn about rocks, and I need to start studying so I get a good grade." So Sam! He's already asking questions that I have no clue what the answer is. For example: "There are three types of rocks, and I know there is metamorphic and igneous, but what's the third? I forget..." Hah!  (btw, the third is sedimentary-thank you google!)
He had a little checklist of accomplishments he wanted to make by his birthday (including 20 pushups) and had daily goals on how many he'd have to do to make it by his birthday. That's where I see his daddy-he sure didn't get that from me! He loves going around with a notebook and writing down his observations on things. Right now he says he wants to be a scientist, and that is definitely something we're encouraging (and coming from a family of engineers, he's in good company)!
He's so sweet, loves to tell jokes, and remembers to say "yes ma'am" and "sir" to strangers. He can be very stubborn when he doesn't think he's done wrong, but I'm hoping that one day that will mean he's able to stand firm in himself when the world is telling him otherwise. I am so thankful he's my baby (and a little sorry that he's the first and has to be the guinea pig to my parenting failures). And because I can, here are a few of my favorite pictures of him throughout the years.
seeing him for the first time
4th of July
5 months
9 months
1 year

2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years

6 years


Thursday, May 16, 2013

my little piece of happy

It has been busy around here!

On one of my daycare days I made a trip to Lowes, Hobby Lobby, and Salvation Army. I got all the plants I needed for my little garden, plus some new fabric to cover over some old throw pillows.

I wanted to have plants in both the front and back. For the back I chose some hardy succulents. Good thing too since Dallas has already knocked them all over.

Target was nice enough to have cheap pots that matched my pillow!

Our house faces the east, which is nice because there is always sun or shade on either side of the house.
Here's the front!
I need to get one more hanging basket for the rail. I was wrong in thinking I could just put one in the middle

I love this little guy (and only $7 at Lowes!)

This little one is my favorite. Violets mixed with a fern.

this is my leftover pot, where all sorts of stuff got mixed in. I feel pretty happy with how it everything turned out though since my method for choosing plants was to put whatever I thought was pretty in the basket.

 I've also got a few tomato plants going on the side of the house And lest I forget, here's a little testimony to the power of a couple cans of spray paint. This is what the chairs and table looked like just a few weeks back. I think it's a pretty good transformation for some outdoor furniture I bought two years ago for $20!
A squirrel sharpened his teeth all the way around the tables... 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

20 hours

The Air Force has this program to help transitioning families where they give you 20 hours of childcare to use when you leave and arrive at a new duty station. (You have 60 days to use it, and I have to get it all in before May 19) Because of a paperwork mix up at the clinic in TX, Owen was behind schedule on his immunizations so I wasn't able to take advantage of the program (although Allie could have gone). It would have really reeeally helped then, but I decided to use it once we got here. Joel wishes we had used it when he had his two weeks off, but it is nice for me since there's nothing pressing I have to get done. If we had used it earlier I'm sure I would have spent it unpacking.

So, I'm getting 4 days of 5 hours with a lady who does daycare in her home. My first day was last Friday, and Annaleigh loved it which is awesome, because otherwise I probably would have felt too guilty to have used anymore of my time.

Friday was a lesson in how much you can get done when you're not dragging kids around with you. What I did:

1. Went to the bank
2. Got a really awful haircut...(I think I could have done layers as well as this lady did. It's so choppy and uneven)

3. Stopped at Hallmark. Remembered that Hallmark is mostly overpriced, but decided that if I had really cute notebooks being organized would be so much easier.
4. Had lunch with Sam at school.
5.Went to JCP to return some stuff and bought my very first maxi dress, which I'm pretty excited about since I always thought I was too short and wide for them, but this one works.
6. Went to a children's consignment store and got Allie the cutest Gap dress for $3.
7. Went to Target. Really thinking I need to go back for two of these lampshades:
8. Still managed to end up with an hour to go home, read, and eat a bag of Target popcorn!
I have my next five hours tomorrow. I'm thinking I'll just go to Lowes for some garden shopping, and then come home and enjoy some silence for a while. :)

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