snow day!

even though Jack isn’t in school and I don’t have to go outside the home for my work, today has been declared a snow day! We’re having a good ol’ fashioned snowstorm here in MN at the tail end of winter. It’s been a strangely snow-free, mild season thus far, so most of us are kind of happy to see a big dumpload. And chances are it will be melted in a week or two. After last year’s insanely long, cold and VERY snowy winter, this one has been a welcome break. But I still like a fresh cover of the white drifts over everything like vanilla buttercream over the flat cake top of Minnesota.

As we were making breakfast, we heard a rumbling out the window and saw a 4-wheeler with a plow taking care of our driveway. Our awesome neighbors down the street sent their favorite neighborhood teenager snow remover entrepreneur down to our house AND paid him. Such a sweet kindness. Kyle won’t have to spend an hour or more out there later, but will still get to use his new snow-blower from my parents, just to take care of the few more inches that have fallen since then.  He will be excited!

I made some snow ice cream for Jackson this morning to enjoy after he had tromped around outside and “soveled” the snow. He loved it! I have such fond memories of mom making it for us when I was a child, and knew he would enjoy it too. While he had his snow fix, Taylor happily jumped in her new jumparoo thing that a friend loaned to us. She LOVES it. Bounce, bounce, bounce and spin!

About 2 hours ago I measured the snow on the deck and it was at 8 inches. And it’s still coming down! Now I need to clean my house – the kitchen and dining room floor is in desperate need of a mop and the dust could have stories written in it. 🙂 I hope you’re having a happy day, no matter the weather. As Jackson reminded me in song this morning: “This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Blessings on you!

taylor style

I LOVE dressing my little girl.

It’s kind of surprised me, actually. Boys are simple. Pants, shirt/onesie – bam. Add a cute hat or shoes and that’s about the accessory limit. 🙂 Vests, jackets, whatever, but its pretty simple. With Jack I was incredibly blessed to have hand-me-downs from a dear friend and hardly had to buy a single thing for him up until very recently. Super nice.

Taylor has been a different story, for some reason. Girl clothes have so many options! Tutus and skirts and dresses and leggings and cutesy tops/onesies and headbands and hats and shoes and socks and and and and! Miss T was gifted some adorable togs before she was born, and I was given a really nice pile of hand-me-downs from several sources. It’s been just so much fun to figure out my “girl dressing style” with her. So I thought I’d start a new feature of what Tay is wearing/how I’m dressing her.

We’ll start with a few outfits from her smaller days…

 My main formula is onesie + shirt/jacket + leggings/jeggings/tights + tutu or skirt + socks = cute girl! Add ons: shoes, booties, headbands and hats. 🙂 I love to mix and match various pieces, taking something from one outfit and putting it with a different piece. Of course, some days she just wears knit pants and a onesie, but I love dressing my baby girl up cute.

I’ll post some more outfits soon!

on this day…

i have this thing about certain dates that stick in my memory. I love “on this day so and so many years ago” type stuff and certain events in my life are no exception.

This day, seven years ago. I can remember exactly what my day looked like and what I did. I think its probably because I was falling in love.

I was visiting Minnesota after a long, long absence and spent the majority of my time here with one Kyle Puelston. On Valentines Day of 2005, we were just friends and met up for a day at the Science Museum with his three little sisters. I brought him a caramel macchiato from Starbucks, since I’d been trying to convince him that it rivaled his beloved gas station brew and gave the girls some token candy. 🙂

my heart was pretty much gone over him…my resolve to stay “friends’ was fading fast. Though we wouldn’t start dating for a few more months, that week in Minnesota sealed it for me. He was it. There was no one else for me. I was in LOVE. (Capital letters, if you missed that.)

and seven years later, I can say it’s still true. He’s the only one! Happy Valentines Day, my K.W. Take my hand now, we’ll run forever…

funnies from Jackson

lately, Jackson has been cracking us up with his bursting vocabulary and communication skills, his story telling and spontaneous song composition. Here are some snippets that I don’t want to forget:

  • the other night, Taylor spit up after a feeding. Jack loves it when we sing, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus” when he stands up after getting dressed or having a diaper (now only for overnights! Yay!) put on. So we died laughing when he sang, “Spit up, spit up for Jeeesus!” after Taylor’s burp. Another recent variation was “Clean up, clean up for Jesus”.
  • This morning Jack asked if he could “paint wif a bruwsh on de chair”. Last year when I was touching up the paint in the kids room, I let him “paint” with water on his little rocking chair. So right now he’s giving his chair a new coat of H2O. 🙂 How do they remember this stuff MONTHS later?!
  • He loves to “take a pitcher” with my iPod or my little point and shoot. We’re working on composition because I often find numerous photos of the carpet and cabinets on my photo stream.
  • Jack loves to greet Taylor in the morning when she wakes up, saying ever so cheerfully: “Good MOWNING, TAyer!”
  • Helping makes his world go ’round. Whether its with the laundry, the vacuuming, cleaning the sliding glass door with spray bottle and rag or with whatever I’m cooking or baking. Or ANYTHING with Daddy. Helping outdoors is a bonus.
  • Nikon is alternately his favorite or his enemy. When he does what Jack wants, he loves him. When he doesn’t, there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  • If there is a cake or special dessert at some event we attend (or at our small group), Jack believes it must be time to sing, “Happy birfday to you”. This song is in his repertoire of random songs to sing as well.
  • When Kyle left for work last night, Jack sat on the couch and watched out the window until he drove off, shouting, “Bye DADDY! Bye DADDY!” over and over.
  • He wants everything to be “big big” these days. A little plate will not do when Kyle and I have “big big” ones. A “big big” (full) cup is much better than half full.
  • At meals he frequently declares his food to be “deeYIshush” and thanks me for making his food.
  • His favorite worship song is “Glory to God” and has been heard singing it while jumping on the bed, going to the bathroom and playing with trains.
  • Most days he wishes to wear his “jumping pants” (aka workout/wind/sweatpants). He loves to workout with Kyle and I. His DVD of choice is “ah-santy” (Insanity).
  • He must think “Merry Christmas” is a year round salutation because he still tells me that about 4 nights a week as I tuck him in. But it sounds more like “Mewwy Kissmas, Mama.” 🙂
  • Jack loves to go to church. “Worsip Jeeesush!” he exults as we drive there each Sunday.
  • I love hearing him say memory verses and catechism questions/answers. “Why did God make you and all things, Jack?” “For HIS OWN GWORWY!”
  • Nothing melts my heart so much as when he tells me, unprompted, that he “yoves” me and wants to give me a “tiss on the cheek”.
with his first snowman

I cannot believe how big he is and how much he can do/say/think. Most people guess he’s already three since he is so tall and big. His cognitive and physical development blows my mind almost daily. I know I will just have to blink and he’ll be doing something new and before I know it he’ll be graduating from high school and driving a car. 😯 In the meantime, I try to grab these moments and remember them, even as they slip through my fingers like grains of sand.

Have I mentioned I love being his mom? Well, if there was any doubt – I do. 🙂

four months::given to God

my little miss turned four months old yesterday. I cannot believe it, and am in denial of how big she is now!

and today at church, we dedicated her to the Lord. Two years ago we dedicated Jackson in the same fashion. Somehow, in a funny turn, Jack was dedicated with all boys and today, Taylor with four other girls! (Our church heeds the command, “Be fruitful and multiply” very well, haha.)  It was a joy to stand there with Jackson and Taylor and publicly affirm the hope we have for her life to belong wholly to our good God.

The words of dedication blew me over this time just as much as they did when we gave Jackson to the Lord: “Together with your parents, who love you dearly, we dedicate you to God, surrendering all worldly claim upon your life in the hope that you will belong wholly to Jesus Christ, forever.” And then our wonderful pastor prayed a beautiful blessing over Taylor based on the meaning of her name. It made this mama cry for joy and earnestness that my daughter would know the joy of salvation and the love of her Father God.

“Taylor, may the true Tailor clothe you with His righteousness through Jesus Christ. May the Lord richly bless you with grace and kindness that you would be used by Him to mend and tend the hearts and souls of others.”

It was a day filled with joy, blessing, family and friends. I go to bed with a smile, a tummy full of tacos, two precious children sleeping soundly in their beds and a grateful heart to our mighty Lord Jesus. Bless the LORD, o my soul! Worship His holy name.