I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I Need Help

See this kid?

...cute right?  Maybe, but he's also a liar liar, pants on fire. 

He has put me in a very awkward position a few times lately.  These stories both happened yesterday...this is one day of my life people.

Yesterday we had to register Jill for Kindergarten.  I agreed to take the kids to Cherry Berry right after school because we couldn't register until four.  We would have our treat and then walk to a couple stores to kill some time.  We all had our fro yo and we were getting ready to go.  The rest of us were still getting our coats on when Nathan walked up to the girl at the counter.  Here is the conversation I over heard:
Nathan:  "We are going to walk to some stores.  My mom wants to look at clothes and we're going to the pet store."
Sweet Clerk:  "Well that sounds fun!"
Nathan:  "Yeah, we have to walk because we don't have a car.  We're poor.  See you later!"
Insert me dragging him out the door.

Next we headed to Jill's new school.  I filled out the necessary paperwork and we were almost home free.  We decided to quickly walk the halls so Jilly could see some classrooms.  As we walked we bumped into a kindergarten teacher who the kids don't know.  She was asking Jill questions about school next year and telling her how much fun kindergarten is.  At one point she made the mistake of turning her attention to the boys.  She asked a question and Nathan quickly replied, "Yeah we just moved here from California...I'm adopted.  They adopted me and then we all moved here."  

The kid catches me so off guard I don't know how to react.  If I say nothing he comes across as one of the most polite, well-spoken kids you'll ever meet.  If I speak up, my son is a liar and I'm the mom trying to explain why my child does things like this.

What is a Mom to do? 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Baby is FIVE!

Let me start by saying...Good News!  Even if you don't write on your blog for 6 months, they save it for you.  Phewww...

I had to come out of retirement, because the princess of this house had a birthday!  My baby is five.  I can't believe it.  It seems like yesterday that I was laying in the hospital, staring at this beautiful baby because I couldn't believe she was a girl!  

I was dreaming of painted nails, long hair, tea parties, and playing dress up.  This girl is so much fun she has made dreams come true that I didn't even know I had!  She is hilarious, dramatic, sincere, and full of love.  

We had a double birthday party at Papa and Nana's house.  Jillian's Auntie Alicia has a birthday two days after her, so they got to celebrate together.

Jill and Nana made the cake together.  Jilly wanted a Frozen cake.  So Nana found a way to make it happen.  They made blue cake with blue frosting.  Jillian made sure to point out that they formed the frosting to look like ice.  Nice touch.

Calli was intrigued by all the festivities.

When she realized what this actually was, she got very excited!


Here is my beautiful girl going to bed on her last night of being four.

And here she is as a big five year old!  Fancy and happy!

After church she got to open presents from her brothers.  Calvin knew she would love this Ariel wig. He was right.  Stunning.

It was less stunning on Nathan...

 Barbies AND gymnastics?  What's not to love?

A couple weeks before her birthday we had lunch at the American Girl store with her cousin, Tate.  They are good buddies....

...silly buddies!

I love this girl more than I can say.  She surprises me with her deep thinking and independence every day.  Then she falls asleep at night sucking her thumb, holding her taggie and I am reminded that she's still my baby.  I will hold on to that as long as I can.  Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl.  You are one of the best gifts God has ever given me.  I love you so much.