December 18, 2012

Well that's embarrassing! Here's Halloween 2012

I just realized I haven't updated the blog! Wow. In the spirit of getting caught up, here are some Halloween pictures.

Maggie posing with her pumpkins. We were running out of time when I finally picked some pumpkins up, so simple faces it was. And she loved them just as much as the years when I've done fancy ones. It was a win-win!

Tyler and I organized the Fall Festival this year. He had class Halloween night, so I took the kids by myself. They did great. You can see here Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.
My beautiful babies!
And here they are with a redneck Grandma! Did you know that mumus are found in the "active wear" section of Goodwill?!
Just like his sister, the duck pond was James' favorite.
With his best buddy, Zeke!
Mmmm, homemade donuts!
His "I'm cute" pose.
At the end of the night, the costume got too hot so we just ran around in our shirt and shoes. The Plinko board was  a big hit!
A close-up of Grandma's wrinkles. I did them last minute with the make-up I had on hand. Turned out pretty good, eh? And I must say I am channeling my Grandma DeWaard with the foam rollers.
The view down below. Gotta love $0.50 stockings from Wal Mart.
Little Red Riding Hood got photo-bombed by Mary Poppins!

September 30, 2012

Little Man Got His 'Do Did

James' hair was getting too long. The curls are super sweet, and I love them, but Daddy said it was too long, and when he took a bath it really was past his shoulders. So off to Great Clips (I know, so high class).

Last looks at those lovely locks. I love that curly hair!

 Here we are getting situated in the chair. Still novel at this point.
 Spray bottle and combing - ok.
 And the first snip - no going back.

 He's messing around with the comb the girl gave him to keep him occupied. Not holding still.
 He was about done at this point, the girl was 75% done cutting his hair. The cape came off 2 seconds after this picture.
 Some of the damage. Maggie's first haircut was LITERALLY 2-3 snips to get rid of her oh-so-wispy mullet. She didn't need any shaping, anything off the top or sides. James got about an inch trimmed off everywhere except the very top.
 Mr. Handsome in the flesh! He looks so cute with his trimmed up hair. And I am so happy to report that the back and sides do still curl up. And with the wispy ends cut off, it feels really thick now!

September 18, 2012

Healing. Rejoicing. Crying.

Job 1:21 The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

I want to thank each and every one of you who have reached out to Tyler and I as we deal with the loss of our precious baby. We are healing. Physically it is taking a long time (in my mind) to recover. The doctors said it would take three weeks (!) for my body to regenerate the quantity of blood that I lost after the miscarriage. So I can’t walk up my own stairs without becoming short of breath, I can’t pick up or carry James, can’t carry in groceries, and I have to sleep a lot. It is hard to have to rely on my mom, friends, or Tyler to do everything for me when I am the mama at this house and I’m supposed to do all those regular things.

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

So many of you have been praying for me, for us. Thank you, we still need your prayers. The Lord God has been so merciful and gracious to me throughout the miscarriage and following days. He has brought me peace with losing the baby, and I am reassured that s/he is in the presence of Almighty God, without spot or blemish, pain, or suffering. I think Tyler is still more concerned with my recovery; the possibility of losing me was more scary to him than losing the baby. Maggie is learning to deal with the sudden little waves of sadness that pop up at random times. James, well, he’s James. Still running around, making messes everywhere he goes. He is a good distraction and minute-by-minute reminder of the grace the Lord has previously shown, and continues to show me.

I am still sad, and I still cry a lot. And that’s OK, it will probably happen for a while. When we told Maggie about the baby, I reassured her it’s OK to be sad and to cry. We miss our baby because we won’t get to watch them grow up, we won’t get to know them and love them more. But we have assurance that the Lord is in control, and all things work together for our good.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

September 15, 2012

It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you all that I lost the baby Friday morning. I will write more soon, but know that I am comforted so much by my dear husband, by my loving family, by our wonderful church family who have lifted me up in prayer, and especially by God, who has granted me amazing peace despite extremely difficult circumstances. My hope is in Him, who wipes away every tear, and will heal my broken heart.

August 27, 2012

First Grade!

Maggie's first day was August 10th. Yes, the 10th, a Friday. And school was only a half day at that. A little silly, but whatever. I continued the tradition of taking her picture the first day.Note to self: do not let her pick her own outfit for the first day of school. I liked having a picture of her in the same outfit on the first and last day, to see how she's grown. She chose clothes from LAST year to wear, and they are already a little small! They are going to look pretty funny next May if she keeps growing like she has.
Here she is with James. Those two are crazy - it was hard to get a picture of the two of them both looking at the camera at the same time!
And at her REAL desk this year. She was really excited about that.

She's been in school for about 3 weeks now, and she still doesn't like 1st grade. "It's not as fun as I thought it was going to be. There's a lot of work and papers and it's boring!" The class is still doing review work: writing letters properly, easy counting an addition that they worked on last year, etc. Nearly every paper she brings home is done perfectly, any mistakes I see are from laziness not from not knowing the answers.

My hope is that once we move past all the review and her teacher gets into new materials Maggie is more interested and invested. Currently her favorite "classes" at school are snack time, recess and lunch. And sometimes the "specials" class - things they have once a week, because "those classes are at the end of the day and then we get to line up for the bus."

She has also made it very clear that she wants to ride the bus both in the morning and home in the afternoon. James cries nearly every morning when she heads out the door. It's very sweet. 

August 11, 2012

4th of July

Ok, well, actually the 3rd, Maggie came home with Poppy & Meme and Tyler turned 35. I am married to a middle-aged man, can you believe it?! Underneath that white frosting is a pink cake. Tyler's favorite cake is cherry chip. This is a hard flavor to find in Nashville, so after searching all over town, I ended up making a strawberry cake. He loved it.
Here is Maggie doing crafts with Poppy. That was pretty funny.
4th of July we went to the local park for the fireworks show. James pushed his stroller all over - with Poppy right on his heels. James was just starting to walk at this point, and it was so super cute to see him up and around. Let it be known it was so stinkin' hot that weekend - 100-107 the WHOLE week.
Here is my super cute boy before the humidity worked up his adorable curls.
Poppy treated us all to glow sticks before the fireworks started. They were so much fun - James and Maggie loved them, but I thought they were pretty neat, too.  
Fireworks! Our little town puts on a great fireworks show, it would be nice if they coordinated it to music better than they do - just running patriotic music end to end until the fireworks stop.
So while my dad was here I put him to work. I had him build an arbor for a wedding I did. He did a fantastic job in scorching heat!
Meme took me and the kids to the zoo. It was hot, but a lot of fun. Maggie really enjoyed reading the map this visit.
Here's Sylvia (Meme) and Maggie in front of the flamingos, Meme's favorite birds.
And here I am with James, I had Maggie take this picture to commemorate James' FIRST word (that I heard, anyway). "GOAT." Not Mama, not Dada, goat. And then he quickly said "duck" when we went to see the ducks.
We had a great visit with them!

Visit From Special Friends!!!

Whoo hoo! This summer was full of a lot of visitors: my mom, my dad & step-mom, Tyler's parents, and very specially the Spanglers!!!!!

Niki was the maid of honor in my wedding. She has a very special place in my heart, and although we have lived very far apart for all of our adult lives, that special place has never diminished. They recently moved from the Los Angeles area to Dallas, and I got visit them with a baby James. 

This year they drove from Dallas to North Carolina to visit, and I am so glad that 1) they have kids that do a good job in the car (we do not have one of those) and 2) Nashville is on the route! And also I threatened their lives if they drove past and did not stop for a visit. I had a wonderful time playing with their kids and cooking for them.
They were here right before 4th of July. Greg grew up in Phoenix and then lived in L.A.- no personal fireworks, ever. In his whole life. How sad. Here in the great state of Tennessee we get to the enjoy the freedom that is LARGE flammables, which are available in roadside tents that pop up about June 1st all over our county. Tyler took Greg one evening for a little shopping trip. Greg giggled like a schoolgirl for quite some time, I would venture to say that lighting off the fireworks he bought was the highlight of his Nashville stop.
This was one of the floor fountains we got - it was pretty cool for $3!
Addie, Niki, Scotty and Greg.
I love you guys! Come back soon!

James' Dedication

While Maggie was away, the latest baby dedication was planned at church. There has been a huge (and ongoing) baby boom at CBC, so baby dedications are a crowd event these days!
 Here we are!
While we call it a baby dedication, it really is a parent dedication - we as parents making a declaration to our church that we are deciding to raise our children with biblical values and truths. There is nothing we want more as parents than for James to give his life to Jesus. He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. We can't make him a believer, but we hope to live out the Gospel in a way that is real to him (and Maggie), so that Jesus is reflected through us, and not just a lip service or Sunday morning ritual. 

August 10, 2012

Maggie's Summer Trip

Maggie spent the last two weeks of June in Washington with the grandparents. My mom came out, spent a couple days with us, and then flew her to Seattle, she got to spend time with Gramma Sue & Grampa Jones, Gramma and Grampa Spaid, and Poppy & Meme. Then, Poppy & Meme brought her home.

It was a great trip - she got to spend time with her cousins, all the grandparents got their fill, and I am so glad she got to go. Here are some pictures of her travels.

Here she is with her cousins, Alexis and Gabby. Apparently pants are not required at the beach.

 She went with Gramma Sue and Grampa to Campbell's Resort at Lake Chelan. She stayed in the pool almost all day every day, unless the weather wasn't cooperating. when not swimming, the ducks next to the room were a big hit.
 And ducks in the room were even better!
Fishing off the dock with Gramma's pink pole.
And Maggie wrapped up her time with Gramma on their boat for a day. They went out to Jetty Island and slept overnight on the boat. She barely had enough time in her day to talk to me. And told Gramma "this is the best day, EVER!"
Then she got to have more fun with the Spaids. Also too busy to talk to me on the phone.
The end of her trip was with Poppy & Meme. She got to go to a llama show with them then headed to their house in Spokane. Tilly is their mastiff, she's about the size of a VW Beetle at this point. 
Playing in the castle!
Poppy and Meme took the kids to the sprinkler park while I was working on a wedding. The kids had a great time!

And one morning we were blessed with a mama deer and her fawn in the backyard. It was amazing!