Friday, May 29, 2009

Verdicts In

Sorry family members, but the Little said my bestest's name first. I was talking to Laura on the phone yesterday when she abruptly had to get off, she's a working girl you know. Libs was in a chatty mood so I told her to say LAU----RA, which after a couple tries we turned to La-La. You listen and tell me what you think!
We immediately called La-La back so she could here...work-shmirk, right friend.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why Do So Many Kids Have Issues When Their Teens

Because their crazy parents force them to do things they don't want to do when they are babies.
Like....
Getting in the pool on Memorial Day weekend when it is clearly to cold for this little flower's delicate skin.
We bought season passes to King's Dominion and thought that Monday would be great day to try out the kiddie pool with some friends that have small kiddos as well.
My sweetheart was a bit over excited about taking her in the water and plunged her right into the water falls, which she hated, along with every other part about King's Dominion, except possibly for her nap and when we went home.
Good thing we got season passes right?
Look at the Little's head, as Daddy sprints through the water falls with her
Here she is with her buddy Aiden, learning how to shareThis little guy was much happier than her
I know she doesn't look that disturbed in this picture, but it should be noted that she is sitting in only about a centimeter of water
The shovel kept her distracted, and stopped the death curdling screams, and the evil stares from other parents, who thought we were torturing our baby
Here I was trying to tell her that it wasn't it that bad, still sitting in a centimeter of water

This is the face she made when we tried to peal her away from us and dip her in the water,if only we had a recording of the screaming this post would be much more effective
This is the face she made when it was time to go home!

The End

Monday, May 25, 2009

Conversations

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I'm sorry about the blueberries on her face. It's not gross to me, but it probably is to you.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lucky Alabama

Dear Daddy,
Please come home soon. Mommy doesn't work without you.
Love, Libby Rose

Honey Suckles

I have been trying to find a creative way to tell you that the path at the park is lined with honey suckle and they smell fantastic...we go there everyday just to breath the air.

We also go there to pass the time. Kev has been away for the last few days and I am bored, in a "I haven't had time to really sit down and play on the computer kind of way." If I was wearing a hat, it would be off to all single mom's right now, b/c it is hard work, and in case you're wondering, if I was wearing a hat, it would look like this.
Anywho, since Kev is out of town, I took the liberty of taking this picture.
How girly does Gustopher look? We have a strict "no clothes on dogs" rule at our house, which I am positive includes pink bows, but I have a reason for my madness. We were praying for this family, and to show our support we took part in this activity which was documented here.


Moving right along.
Today we took 8 month photos in excess, as if I would do it any differently.
8 months, is hard to take, in the most fabulous way. She is simply the most fun girl I know, but I find myself having feelings like this, and this.
Motherhood, the beautiful pain. Clinging to every moment, yet so eager for the next-
like crawling, walking, teething
(Dear Libby,
All the other babies have teeth. Where are yours?
Love, Mommy)

Sigh, wipe tear.

8 months....all Daddy, I know.
Every picture screams "I'm British and I want clotted cream and scones!"
8 months...Trying to talk.
We have conversations about "dada" and "mama" all day long. Sometimes we talk about "pppsst", which I think translates into Trouble or Gus.
8 months....Grabs on, holds on, pulls up. Crib's lowered, outlet's covered.
8 months...
So big, so very, very big.
She shows me everyday.

Dear Libby,

P.S. "I love you right up to the moon and back"

(I think I read that somewhere yesterday. :) )

Who Has The Problem?


Me, for taking an unprecedented amount of pictures of the Little once I start
or
Her, for having the wide-open mouth face in every picture, just like her mom, which I previously mentioned here

Is she hungry?
Does she think the camera is a giant puff?
Is she surprised she is wearing boots?
Or is she just excited,
apparently about everything.

God Bless You

Ahhh.....

...ahhh..

...chew...

I'm okay.

Let Them Eat Curry

Allow me to digress from the normal baby bragging to tell you about this recipe.
First, I will pay homage to my favorite English chef, Jaime Oliver, for his inspirational meals, that come directly from his garden.
Second, can I just say that after watching him fix something similar to this on his "Carrots and Beets" segment, I tried this recipe and liked it so much that I made it the next night b/c it was so good, so easy, and so full of flavor.
It's not really curry, but the only Indian dish I know is curry so that's that.

Ingredients (I made this for one since Kev was out of town...all these amounts are approximate)
1-2 whole carrots
1/2 lb of ground meat (he used lamb, which I didn't have, but I did have ground turkey)
2 tsp of cumin divided
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
1 thumb size piece of ginger
1/4 cup of finely sliced onion
fresh cilantro

Directions
Brown meat in a skillet with salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder. Brown until meat crumbles into small pieces.
Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to take outer skin off of carrots, then continue with the peeler to create thin long slices of carrot and set to the side
Slice onion into wafer thin pieces or even thinner then that (they are going to be raw, which I thought I would never like, but just trust me) place into a small bowl. Zest lemon and add the juice to onion, add a generous amount of sea salt, cumin, and grate ginger. Massage ingredients into the onion and top with olive oil, then toss with the carrots.
Layer the carrot salad onto the meat and top with fresh picked cilantro!
Heat a piece of nan bread and your done.
This dish will leave you feeling satisfied, and a little like a gourmet chef! SO GOOD.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Blog Strike

Just kidding. I'm not on strike, I have been super busy though.
Did I mention that we took a trip to my old stopmin' ground,
and that we got stuck there an extra day b/c of bad weather in Atlanta (does Atlanta ever have good weather,. I think there is a permanent thunder storm over the airport),
and my Little turned 8 months old last Friday,
and she had slightly questionable, leaky diapers on the plane,
and that we flew back by ourselves, b/c the mister had to go from said stompin' ground to a near by ice cream factory,
and that we arrived home to wonderful parents who hated to think of the their youngest daughter and her baby coming home to an empty house?

See, I really have been super busy.
I have about a million photos that I want to show you but they are not ready yet, or on this laptop so until then...
8 months ago Libs looked like this
Now she looks like this.
Who knew babies grew in turbo speed.
At this rate she'll be wearing high heels and lipstick by Christmas.

Good night friends and stalkers too!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Coming Soon

www.makingartagain.com
Because of this post, and other reasons, I'm starting the above little side business so I can get paint on my hands every now and again, keep checking the website for updates on complete pieces! Eli and his mom Kim came and visited the other day and I painted this little chair for him. I'll do one for you too, or your friends, just let me know what you want!


Here's Libs and Eli playing...they are both round like dumplings!

Feel The Dirt Between Your Toes


and walk through my garden!


We've built ourselves a vegetable garden with zuchinni, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and some herbs. We'll see how we do taking care of it. I'll let you know at summer's end.
The Little loves it, she squeals when ever we go to check on it!
Happy gardening to you all.

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Honored Profession


My friend Mel wrote this about being a mom to her 2 little boys Caeden and Owen (Libby's future husband)...I thought it was an elegant, simple, and accurate description of motherhood. I thought of it yesterday when I was especially enjoying being Libby's mom. Thanks for writing these words Mel they are beautiful, just like you!
"My heart has more room, even though my mind has less; My soul has more thirst, even though my body needs more rest; My memories are more cherished, even though my time is not my own; My God is bigger, even though He remains the same yesterday today and forever. Just as my life has been changed, I want the world to be changed by my children as they live out the incredible purpose that our Heavenly Father has designed for them. Teaching them along the way as I am learning myself how to Love more deeply, Give more generously, Pray more earnestly, Live more purely, and Forgive more readily. Thanks to my children, I will never be the same."



I'm sorry that all these pictures are the same, but I love them all, and it is my blog, so I thought it would be okay.