Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Catching up.... 

  • I love when Rich thanks me for making dinner. 
  • I'm blown away that out of all the girls in the world, Rich chose me. 
  • I think it's funny that Rich can be a morning person when his son wakes him up. :) 
  • I'm glad for a husband who sees a problem and comes up with a solution
  • It brings me so much joy to hear my husband talk about how much he loves discipling students.

  • I love watching my son sleep. Precious. Peaceful. And cuter than CUTE! 
  • I'm blown away that God has entrusted Carson in our care. Thank you Lord!
  • I think it's funny to watch Carson learn to problem solve... "Hmm... Mommy put me in this box. I wonder if I can climb out?" 
  • I'm glad that Carson likes music so much. A fun trait we share in our family. 
  • It brings me so much joy to watch Carson enjoy life. Today, he got to see birdies and "ditties" at the pet store and he enjoyed it so much! 
  • I love having matching socks to wear because it means that I'm caught up on laundry. (Currently, one of my socks is white and one is blue...)
  • I am blown away by how much food I have to sweep off the kitchen floor after Carson eats... but at least I have a healthy little boy who likes to eat...and checks that gravity is still in place each day. 
  • I think it's funny that my husband finally had to tell me that I had been singing the same Les Mis song all day, and if I didn't stop immediately, he might go crazy. :) 
  • I'm glad that I got to enjoy a fun afternoon out with a friend, a yummy lunch at Panera, and a trip to TJ Maxx. Seriously...one of the funnest stores out there! 
  • It brings me so much joy knowing that in the morning, there will be FIVE clean sippy cups in the dishwasher, ready to be used over the next couple of days. Yes! Mommy joys! 
Thank you Lord!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Joy Dare - Days 14, 15 and 16

  • I love when my husband is home. And when he got home from his trip, Carson and I were both overjoyed! 
  • My poor hubby is sick today, but he apologized several times for nMot being able to help with our very busy son... and that meant a lot to me that he recognized that it was going to be a tough day or two while he recovered. 
  • He offered to load the dishwasher, despite not feeling well, because the ones that go in the dishwasher will be sanitized. :) He's the best. 

  • I get so much joy when Carson says new words. He is such a talker for being 12 months old! This week, I taught him "please". He loves this word because it usually means he gets something to eat.
  • He found a toy phone that I had planned to pull out on a rainy day. Because he was so clever in finding it, I let him play with it today. And without me showing him it's a phone (you know, the typical "Fisher Price" curly corded, ringing dial phone...and he's only really ever see flat, rectangular cell phones)--- he held it to his head and started "talking". Adorable. 
  • As much as I groan when he wakes up after going to bed, I do treasure those moments of rocking and singing to him... because someday, he will be too big to rock. So I reminded myself to enjoy those few minutes with him tonight because someday, I won't remember that it interrupted my end of the day "me time".... I will just think about how much I enjoyed snuggling him and smelling his sweet sleepy baby smell. 
  • I'm so thankful that I disciplined myself to get the house clean over the weekend so that I could enjoy the freedom of a clean house on Monday! 
  • I enjoyed a few minutes looking through pictures from a year ago... I'm so thankful for the memories in those photos.
  • A fresh haircut. It had been 7 months and it wasn't lookin' pretty. I have got to cut it more often...! It feels literally 5 lbs lighter and my hubby has complimented me today. Win! 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Joy Dare - Day 13

I'm smiling about...

  • My husband coming home tomorrow! 
  • Carson wake up after sleeping 2 hours tonight.... He didn't want to settle down, so I rocked him for a few minutes till he was asleep. Oh I love holding him when he's asleep... I love how he smells, feels, and is so snuggly!
  • The kitchen is clean. Things have been scrubbed, washed, swept, mopped, loaded, and are sparkling... at least until 8:30am tomorrow morning when Carson starts dropping cheerios on the floor again. :) 

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Joy Dare - Day 12

Tryin' on Daddy's boot

I'm feeling pretty whiny this evening... my husband is in Michigan for the weekend, with some of my great friends and favorite teens... and I'm here at home. I love being a mom. Love it. Wouldn't trade it for anything! But I do miss going on youth trips and retreats. I miss being Rich's right hand lady, his go-to person to help him out. I'd be happy to bring along my little guy for the weekend on these trips...but since that wasn't an option (nor does it really sound like much fun to take a 12 month old to winter camp to sleep in cabins and brave the miserable cold), I'm blinking away a few tears and practicing gratitude, even when I don't feel like it.

  • I'm so glad that it makes me kind of miserable when my husband is away... because it means I'm crazy in love with him. 
  • I'm so thankful that Carson needs me. It's nice to be needed. :) 
  • I only have to be a solo parent for one full day. the other two are halves. I can do one full day!
    Saying goodbye to Daddy

    *All the while, trying to not think about next month when my man will be away 5 nights and 6 days. Really, in my opinion, it's one of the hardest things about being a pastor's wife. Sure, lots of husbands travel. But he's my bestie! :)
  • I'm praying for a super fast weekend for me and Carson and a nice, slow weekend for Rich and the youth! :)
I love this funny little family of three :) 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Joy Dare - Day 11

  • My husband took the time to do the dishes today on his day off. 
  • My son was very entertaining to the baby sitting in the next booth at dinner tonight. They kept talking to each other and entertaining each other, as well as the wait staff. Too cute!
  • A week of healthy food choices that is reflected in how much clothes are fitting... yes! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Joy Dare - Day 10

  • Rich tells me when he really enjoys what I made for dinner. 
  • Carson is so fun to play with.... today, we were being puppies. And hours later, he started panting like a puppy to get my attention. Adorable. 
  • Being crafty and re-purposing things...Jersey Finger Knit Bracelets are really fun to make! Just sayin'. :) 

Source: V and Co. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Joy Dare: Day 9

  • When Rich plays the Carson, their are ridiculous amounts of giggles involved. They love each other. I'm so thankful for a husband who plays with his son! 
  • Carson doesn't like plain meats, vegetables, etc. Instead, he likes them with sauces and flavors... for example, tonight was "teriyaki sauce peas and rice" ...I'm glad he enjoys variety! 
  • My living room looks like a toy explosion throughout the day... I'm so thankful for a little boy to make that toy mess. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Joy Dare, Days 6, 7 & 8

  •  I love that a day where my husband gets to stay home is so enjoyable! 
  • Rich loves to learn from reading.
  • And then, he comes home and tells me about what he's learning. Love that! 

  • A beautiful day on Saturday to go for a January walk to the library.
  • The excitement of a 1 year old getting to touch a prickly bush on our walk
  • When Carson laughs and puts his head down, barreling ahead while crawling.
  • A family lunch date at Culvers...I love my little family.
  • Time to scrapbook during Carson's nap time.
  • Matching clean socks. Because matching socks are so hard to keep track of... 

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Joy Dare - Day 5

  • For the sweet privilege of doing dishes while hearing giggles and roars from the living room... Rich plays with Carson so well! 
  • Carson's snuggliness. He is so very busy, but he stops several times a day, usually, to snuggle with me. 
  • A healthy dinner that tasted good... Half whole wheat spaghetti/half zucchini ribbons with spaghetti sauce, green beans, and salad with apple... Haven't eaten so many vegetables at one meal in ...a long time! :) 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Joy Dare - Day 4

  • My husband let me get out twice today all by myself and told me that he really enjoys having time with just him and Carson home! What a good man.
  • Carson's afternoon bubble bath and the bubble beard that ended up on his chin.
  • Two big floor to ceiling windows in our bedroom that let in the sunlight and make our room so cheerful.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Joy Dare - Day 3

  • Hugs from my husband when he gets home from work. He gives the best hugs.
  • Snuggles from my sleepy, sick Carson Davis. We just laid on the couch today snuggling under a blanket and it was one of the best parts of my day.
  • Time to work on Baby Boy's scrapbook today... I love reliving those special moments through photographs.

The Joy Dare - Day 2

  • For a husband who finishes the dishes after I go to bed, so that I won't have to face them in the morning and feel automatically behind. 
  • For extra snuggles with a teary eyed baby boy who is cutting some teeth... even though it involved THREE HOURS of awake time in the middle of the night. Despite my exhaustion this morning, I do love holding him when he's cuddly. 
  • For coffee to keep this sleep deprived Mama awake and leftover soup for dinner tonight. What a relief that I don't have to plan dinner when I can barely see straight and the thought of spending a lot of time in the kitchen makes me want to resign as cook for the day! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Joy Dare

One of my goals this year is to record 3 things that I am thankful for each day. Choosing gratitude can make a powerful difference in my daily life. Now, I love being a stay-at-home wife and mom, but there are moments when I would rather complain than choose thankfulness. I am looking forward to seeing how this Joy Dare changes the way I think about my husband and son, as well as day to day life.

Beginning a little late today (due to after Christmas company and my son and husband's birthdays), I hope to share many of these things I am grateful for. I know that gratitude will change me...and I am excited to see those results in my life.

Day 1

  • A husband who provides for our family. He works hard and is great at his job!
  • For a one year old son who is learning new words each day. There is nothing more fun than saying "Carson, say 'duck'" and from the back seat of our mini van, we hear a tiny voice say "Duuuh". Total joy.
  • Two hours to eat lunch and clean house while little guy is napping! Very long naps are so rare.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

One Year Old

Carson Davis, you are 1 year old!

By the numbers...
Size 12 mos clothing (although you can fit into a few 18 month shirts), Size 4 diapers, 2 daytime nursings and 1 before I go to bed (time to drop that one...), 2 cups of whole milk a day (although you only drink a few ounces), 1 cup of "juice" (1 inch juice to 5 inches of water!), 4 solid meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime snack).

Carson, at one year old, you are saying lots of fun words: Daddy, Mama, Baby, Doggy, Kitty, Fishy, Eat, Bubble, Mimi, Papa, Pop, MomMom, Hi, Byebye...
And you repeat us so often, even if you don't know what we are talking about! Today, you even said "Pizza!"

Although you are not yet walking, you cruise around the furniture and across the living room with your shopping cart. You get around quickly and efficiently! You occasionally stand for just a moment without holding on to anything!

Favorite foods: Banana, black beans seasoned with cumin, taco meat, spaghetti, cheese, bread, enchiladas, peach and pear bites, banana bread, and chocolate cake!

Favorite toys: Piano pop-up toy, Piggy Bank Fisher Price toy, kitchen spatulas, electric guitar, fish and net bath toy, and anything that makes noise!

You get in trouble for: Touching things that have buttons like our computers, Daddy's Xbox, the TV remote, the space heater and power strips.

Your favorite books: Have flaps or touch and feel pages, or your favorite Sesame Street books with baby Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, and Big Bird. You've loved their big black and white eyes since you were a small baby!

You are a people person who enjoys getting out. You love to play in the nursery on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights. You are not afraid when I drop you off and you jump right in the fun. You also enjoy quiet days at home, playing and reading with Mommy and Daddy.

Your future professions: Carpet cleaner and vacuumer by day (you squeal with excitement when we use the vacuum and despite how loud the rented carpet cleaner was, you loved it!), and musician by night... You love listening to music, watching Daddy and Mommy play guitar, and playing music on your piano, guitar and xylophone.

What I'm looking forward to this year:
Our new family routine of reading you a Bible story from one of your Bibles before you go to bed each night. Most nights, we'll read out of The Jesus Storybook Bible with Daddy, but if Daddy is at work like tonight, we'll read out of The Beginner's Bible. You like to listen and look at the pictures. Our prayer for you is that you will follow and love Jesus with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Happy 1st Birthday, Carson Davis! You bring so much joy to my heart. Every squeal, cheesy grin, hug, and ornery laugh reminds me of how blessed I am that God has chosen to entrust you into our care. Love you so, Baby!