Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Learning and Joy

We've been busy lately! Between going to the library, Bible Study, and regular daily activities I've hardly had time to think, let alone blog. But I'm happy to report that the kids are being as cute as ever! Here are a bunch of pictures and the captions of what we've been doing.

Matt always puts Jewell to bed. They have a special routine that they do together. But the very last thing they do together is read the Storybook Bible. Jewell typically doesn't sit still for books with a lot of words on a page, but she's glued to this special Book :).

I've been doing my best to include Jewell in my daily routine with meals. She LOVES helping me cook. Last week I let her help me get the chicken ready (it cooked all day, note the bed head). She was adorable putting all of the spices on the chicken!

Jefferson is a full crawler now. He manages to find himself in some funny situations! This is how I found him when Jewell and I were cooking/baking!

Fall is my favorite time of year to bake. Jewell loves to help me. Her favorite part is pouring the ingredients in the bowl. She gets very upset if I don't let her do it.

She LOVES to watch it cook.

Jefferson tried so hard to get into the bouncy in order to eat the bird...teething time!

Trying to be like Daddy already!

I thought this was so cute. If I don't put Jewell on a chair while I cook, I put her on the counter next to me. So one morning last week I caught her doing the same thing to her baby. She picked the baby up (it was on the couch) and sat her down on the her kitchen counter and said, "sit, there!" And then she decided to cook right next to her! Priceless.

This past week Jefferson had some unusually horrible diapers. He had a bad diaper at least 3 times a day. Well today I figured out why, he cut his first tooth! He's 8 months old and has a tooth! It took Jewell until 13 months to get a tooth so I was surprised. I don't have any pictures yet because it literally just cut through his gums. Poor baby! He's pretty sensitive about it too :).

Life is full of challenges right now. Jewell is 2, and Jefferson is all over the place. But I'm grateful for the little moments of happiness that the Lord brings. I'm learning more to rely on Him with these precious kiddos. I'm truly learning more about what God expects of me as their Mommy! I close with one verse...

Luke 12:48b, "Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more."

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Big Kid Bath

I always give the kids a bath together. I typically put the baby tub in the bath and Jewell just uses the other side of the tub that I fill with water. This was going well until Jefferson figured out he could escape from the baby tub last week. So I decided it was time to introduce the big bath to Jeffers. I did this while Matt was home with us this weekend just in case it got a little too exciting for the two to play together :).

As you can see, Jefferson LOVED IT!

And this is when he decided to try and swim. Which he just giggled and giggled through during this grand attempt. He did pretty good, but then realized water goes in your mouth if you giggle and try to swim in the tub at the same time! It was adorable (please note that this was supervised at all times).

And this is when Jewell decided it was her turn to wash Jefferson.

"Hey Mom, I can try to escape out of this tub too!"

Overall, the bath was a huge success. The kids just LOVED playing together without the baby tub. And I must say, I'm so glad to be putting the baby tub AWAY!

The Pumpkin Patch

Today we ventured out to a local Pumpkin Patch here in Medford. The kids absolutely loved it! We had a blast looking for a few perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch together. The farm also had pony rides and hayrides, but lines were very long so we might go back next week to enjoy those. Here are a ton of pictures from our day! Oh, and the news was there, so I posted a video too because Jewell was in one of the clips :).

It was a little bright outside!

Jefferson was so excited to finally get in the wheelbarrow.

As you can see, we had a very difficult time getting the kids to look at us at the same time today. They were just way too distracted with what was around them.

Stay tuned for more on our pumpkins! We plan to carve them soon :). Oh what fun that will be!