Thursday, June 25, 2015

Forever moment

Today was special.
It was an ordinary day, of sorts. But I think without knowing it, there were several moments I said to myself, "I want to remember this." I realized I didn't take any pictures...but I'm okay with that, as I'm not always sure pictures are the best way to make memories..rather embracing the moment for what they are.


This morning, I rocked Jonah to sleep (well three times...but that was Noah's doing in being what he thought was hilarious, by bursting in his room with a loud bam on the door with a huge grin on his face followed by loud pitter-patter running back down the hallway with giggles from Noah. I told them to stay out, and I'd be out soon. Back to my nice, sweet moment of rocking. Noah comes to the door, opens it and announces "I did poop." I mouthed to him, "ok, I will change you in a minute, go back out there." To which he replies with the most hilarious, and ridiculous 2 year old way of mouthing words, some form of reply. He went out for a moment, and then started running up and down the hallway, the third run was the finale with the BAM on the door. I quickly laid Jonah down, changed Noah's diaper, and then had some conversations with two nap invaders. Although I was not pleased with the outcome of Noah's actions...he is certainly hard to stay upset with as the way he says things is so funny. "I did do it. Jonah woke UP!!! Jonah is a baby." I'm still unsure if Christian was the mastermind for today's shenanigans. He certainly has been in the past. When I asked him, he said, "no, I did not, and this time I am telling the truth." After a couple more questions about it, knowing his track record, he replied with, "Mama, I just am telling the truth. I read it in the Bible yesterday night with Daddy, and now I recognize that lying is bad. Before I just knew it and my mind didn't listen, but now I recognize I shouldn't do that." Oh my...I was defeated by two of the best, in trying to get some answers. The just too funny in his way of saying anything...the other, a debater pulling the Bible to back his story. Bottom line: Jonah didn't take a nap..and it didn't really matter in the long run. BUT...but for the five whole minutes prior to them interrupting the first attempt to lay him down when he was sweetly laying in my arms and I was rocking him. That moment is originally what I wanted to capture in my mama heart, as a forever moment in time. In truth, the whole thing is probably something I'll wish could be the 'case' in 5 years. 

In the afternoon, we went to Mom and Dad's to go swimming. Ben was already over there, painting the shop. As we pull into the drive we see him words needed, a forever moment in time. 

Christian, Noah, Mom and I got in the pool. Christian of course, will just help himself to the water with ease. Noah, is more reluctant about it as a rule. He usually hangs out on the step area, or goes in the inflatable pool. Today he wanted me. And although I know he loves me, he is not one to openly show affection unless it involves a baby or small child. But today, he did, and oh that makes my heart happy. My mama heart was overfilled with love. He kept with this wanting 'mama' for most the afternoon. I'm not sure if he just doesn't know how to verbalize he misses me when I'm at work and this is his way...but regardless, this was a forever moment in time.

We ate supper at Water's Edge with Grandpa John. Christian ate like he was a growing man...not quite, but he ate 3 1/2 tacos before saying, I think I'm full now. Noah on the other hand, was not interested in eating, but more interested in going around the table in 'Duck Duck Goose' fashion, and peeking his head around the side of their chair to say their name in the silliest way he could. Oh, he is a goof. And he was cautious at first, getting more and more comfortable with the idea...and then added the grab at Grandpa John's arm when he say, "Grandpa JOHN!!" I love his playful spirit, a forever moment in time.

When we got home, I needed to mow a little to finish off the yard. Christian came outside by himself, while Jonah and Noah were getting baths from Ben. I didn't realize he came out, but as I looked up from mowing I wanted to stop and just watch him as he was swinging on the swing. Some days he seems like such a little boy to me, and other days he's growing up way too fast...but in this moment, I just saw the innocence of my five-year old boy on a warm summer night just enjoying being little. It melts my heart thinking of him big. I know there will be MANY more special moments to come..but I know all too soon, he will outgrow the little boy phase, and I want this to be a forever moment in time.

Christian also helped me in the garden, dig potatoes. I love the conversations, and the desire to be a team as he helps. His reaction when I said, "oooh, we hit the jackpot!" was priceless as he had never heard that before. So as we dug into another area where there were several potatoes to be picked out, he was so pleased to say, "I can't believe we found two potato jackpots!" Not even so much the words as it is the sparkle in his eyes, I love seeing happiness in him. A forever moment in time.

And lastly, as we ended our day. I again fed and rocked Jonah to sleep, one of my very favorite things to do. And it just makes everything feel right, at peace, when I have one of my beautiful sleeping boys in my arms. And just how perfectly snug Jonah wraps against me, my mama heart swells with love. To complete this, Christian gets out of bed 10 minutes after they had all been tucked in, simply to ask if he could have a drink and if I would rock him. I never will turn down this question if I am able to do it. And for Christian to ask...I know there just won't be many more times before he literally will not even fit on my lap (he may be is only 5, but he a tall little guy!) So we rocked, and I held him, and I loved every much. Both very treasured forever moments in time.

So as this is probably a very basic day...
it was a very good day, that held many special moments that I want my heart to hold forever. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Goodbye Lola

The Greats are doing well. They are enjoying their home, and eagerly come out of it to graze in the yard when we let them. 

Hey there, Fannie. Looking good.

About a month ago, the suspicions we had of Lola became truth. She began to warble in her throat, as in a practice session of "crowing"...and it was then she confirmed the larger body, and larger comb were not just coincidental..she really is a rooster. So, since she is a he, Lola is now Dale (my Great Uncle's name)...or Christian just prefers to call him Lyle, just because its close to Lola.

Dale/Lyle stayed with us for a bit, and then he really started getting good at his cock-a-doodle-doo. We don't really want to be "those" neighbors. So we needed to give him away, or eat him. We ended up giving him to our doctor. His wife is also a doctor, I've known her for probably 8 years and they are just neat people. So Lola/Dale/Lyle is now at his new home with 14 other chickens. The trip to drop him off, was entertaining in itself. He had one attempt to fly away in the back seat from the box Ben was holding. I looked in the rear view mirror and all I could see were chicken feathers flapping all around Ben's head. Of course, Christian thought that was pretty funny.

As a side note, Christian has informed anybody that asks about roosters being part of our flock. "Well, no we don't want roosters, because we are want to eat the eggs, and the rooster is the one that makes the eggs into new baby chicks." Good to know.

Jonah [8 months]

Jonah, my baby...we have had quite a month.
It has been a rough adjustment on both of us as I started working full time the end of May (11a-11p shifts).
Around the same time, you had a change of heart regarding drinking my milk from a bottle. That makes both of us pretty bummed. For this summer, Daddy gets to be at home with you and your brothers while I'm working. I get plenty of updates on my phone from him, and he has brought you up to see my a couple times (so I could feed you). I'm glad you don't hold it against me...and you welcome me back with a big ol' smile every time.

You have two teeth on the bottom, and your smile is the sweetest. It lights up your face. You can jabber really loud, and attempt to copy squeal sounds. I love how you grab my face and open mouth "kiss" my cheeks (especially when you see me for the first time if I've been at work).

You are loved by all of us. Christian's interest in you has increased significantly lately. You enjoy the attention, and its SO sweet how affectionate you are towards one another. Noah stills shows you his love and attention, I think he thinks you are getting big enough to treat as an equal and not just a baby though.

You are such a cuddly little baby. I love you chubby little legs, arms, and cheeks. I could just hold and rock you all day long. I'm glad you liked to be rocked to sleep. You usually go to bed around 8:30-9 and sleep til about 5:00-5:30..going back to sleep until around 7, and you often wake up at least once in between for a brief milk snack.

I have a feeling you and your big brothers are just going to be quite the crew. You get some serious attention. Christian was playing "Round and Round the Teddy Bear" in your crib...and you thought that was pretty hilarious.

And you Mr. Big Stuff..think you need to get up on your hands and knees. You haven't started officially crawling, but you can sure rock back and forth pretty good. You definitely have the elbow crawl down REAL well, you are fast...and everything is fair game in your mind. 

Happy little fella. You usually eat baby food late morning and at supper time. You don't like most vegetables...but fruit and oatmeal you seem to like very well. We've tried giving you Cheerios and Puffs..but neither one seem to interest you yet.

You tried out the pool for the first time, you liked it!

Jonah...ahh, you make my heart happy. You are growing up so fast.
You wear 9 month onesies, 12 month rompers, size 3 closely approaching size 4 diapers.
Although, I'm definitely not ready for you to grow out of your baby stage...I am VERY glad you are healthy!

You know your mama and daddy for sure. You have a strong liking for me (which I'm very grateful for!!) have started reaching for people. You will also elbow crawl super fast over to me if I'm nearby and 'climb' up my leg. Speaking of climbing, 2 days after turning 8 months old you climbed out of your crib! I was in the other room and had laid you down, heard you jabbering happily...then 'clunk', I went in and you were on the floor and crying! I felt terrible. The crib went all the down right away!

Whew, 8 months old!
We sure do love you baby Jonah!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wheat pictures [2015]

The wheat looked so pretty..Noah and I went out to look what field to take pictures in,
and that night it rained pretty hard.

When the fields dried up enough, we got our annual pictures in before they harvested.

Christian's face cracks me up.

This one really makes me Ben and Christian have the same exact look.


Oh my are getting so big! Crazy to think last year, we had just found out you were a boy around this time.

Love love love them.

Photo credit goes to our faithful photographer duo...Mom and Dad!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Happy Day

For my birthday, I asked to go to the park in Wichita...complete with a picnic meal from Freddy's.
I had a couple special people that agreed with this idea :)
It was a beautiful day.

We went on a walk (Christian rode his bike) around the park. There was a field of wildflowers/weeds.
He wanted to pick a bouquet for my birthday...lucky me :)

He makes my heart happy.

We went to Mom and Dad's for supper. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, garden lettuce, bread, and corn....complete with fruit pizza (what I almost always request for my birthday 'cake').

A happy day indeed...feeling blessed to get to celebrate with my family