Friday, February 9, 2018

Winter update

    Life is good. :)
We've been busy, but that's the usual around here. Life with three kids is never, ever dull. 

  We've managed to stay pretty healthy so far this winter, with just a few rashes here and there, and strep throat about a month ago. I plan to keep it that way! Because of the flu being so rampant this year, I've kept the kids in more, and I've been throwing vitamins at them more than ever! Of course, they don't mind - Jared is sad when he only gets one, and the other two get two in the morning. It's hard being the third kid! 
   So, I guess I will use this post as an update on our lives...I will start with Jared!
  The kid is SO vocal. He makes me think he's already three, with his stature, and how smart he is! Let me tell you, though, this momma is ready for the age of three! I'm looking forward to the two's passing! He has a mind of his own, and he screams, and he demands things to be his way, or no way - such as today. We went on a walk, and, about halfway through, he had to be out of the stroller, pushing it, and I was NOT allowed to touch it. He had to do it If I touched it, he screamed. 
  But, that said, I think we are just dealing with a toddler, and his tantrums will pass, of course, but not until after a bit of discipline, and time. I'm always telling myself, "This TWO shall pass!" :) 
  Lately he's into self portraits. 
  In fact, I have 410 of the same one he took of himself today in the bathroom, just in a minute or two. 
  But anyway, he is so smart. He already knows his colors, and he understands what all of us at the dinner table are talking about, most of the time! We ask him a random question sometimes about what we are talking about, and he can usually keep up. Love him! 
  And...he's a little ham. 

   If you catch him doing something he knows he shouldn't, he will look up at you and give you this face. 
  Oh, that boy. 
   I took this picture below a few weeks ago, because he was so interested in the kid potty after I brought it out. 
  He was really interested...and now, he's not. But - I have learned that I need to be a little more lax in the potty training department. So...I ask him each day, "You want to try and use the potty?" 
If he doesn't, then hey, I asked. :) I have learned to try and let the kid lead the way, not the mom! In the meantime, we sit on the potty whenever we feel like it, and we stick our tongue out! 

 In other news, we celebrated Justin's 35th birthday, and Brookelynn's sixth birthday this last month! We had the party at Dominoes in the party room, and Brookelynn wanted all things Moana, so Justin got to celebrate with a princess party...But I don't think he minded. :)  

    We are so glad the Lord has entrusted us with you. Ever since you were born, you've lit up the room with your smile, and your sweet spirit. We're so excited to see where the Lord leads you in your life! Your joy is contagious, your laughter is a blessing, and you live up to your name. You are always reminding us to pray at the dinner table, hence your middle name Faith. When you are gone for a day, sometimes we forget to pray! You are a joy to be around, and we love you oh so much! 
                             Love, Mommy  and Daddy 

  And...what's Kaleb been up to? Kaleb has just been doing what he always does. He is SO smart, that's what. In Math, we've been learning addition and subtraction with flashcards. I've been having to make the problems harder for him. Instead of 9-4, it's 945-4. Just an example. If I don't make things harder for him, it's way too easy! 

   And, since I've now updated on all the kids, I will give you a little update on us...Justin's been working at Kinder Morgan. He's been really enjoying that. He loves his coworkers, and he loves the job itself. I'm so glad for him to have such a good job!
  The kids and I have been working hard at homeschool. Kaleb and Brookelynn are doing My Father's World first grade, and Jared is usually doing a learning game on his IPad, or playing with Abigail, our cousin, while the older kids work on their school. I've really enjoyed having Abigail come over. She's an amazing help, and has babysat Jared since he was basically a newborn. She's so good with the kiddos, and they are really good buddies now.  Jared misses her when she leaves, and the next day is always asking, "Where is Abigail?"

 And Justin and I have been leading worship at our church a few weekends a month. That has been a tremendous blessing, as well - one I'd always hoped would come to pass in my family! I play the piano and sing, and Justin plays guitar and sings. He's the head worship leader, and I lead alongside. It's been so fun! 

  And...I will end this blog with just a few more pics of our month!
Oh, Oreo...He will be one year old on Easter this year. He definitely has a personality of his own...and his own litter robot and self feeder that calls him three times a day to come and eat. It's Justin's voice recorded saying, "Here, kitty, kitty." No, Oreo is not spoiled. ;)

Love this merry go round! 

Well, next time I write, it will probably be Spring, since I'm averaging every three months or so! I cannot tell you how excited I am for March and April to roll around this year! Even though we've had some sunny days this winter, it still doesn't beat the springtime! 

Blessings on you and yours, 



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Just some recent, random pics!

  This is just a short and sweet little post with some recent pics. 

Both of these love the bath, but it is just so much more fun with each other!

Brookelynn said, "Momma, take a picture of me with the tree!"
I love our humble little Christmas tree, and I love letting the kiddos decorate it!

Jared and Jared. Nuff said. 

We went to the Christmas tree lighting and parade this year, which has become a tradition the last few years. This time, they had to get their picture hugging the Snyder buffalo, since we stood next to it during the parade! ;) 

Jared, and his many faces...This kid always keeps us on our toes!

Aren't they so cute? Thanks, they're ours. 

Face number 2. He has about 50. He takes after his momma! 

This one is out of order, and I think the next one is too, but oh well. Life's crazy right now, and we go with the flow! They pretended to be pilgrims and Indians this year during school. It was cute!

We celebrated cousin Timmy's FIFTH birthday. I cannot believe how time flies!

When Daddy steals your bike while he's trying to teach you how to ride...
...And the victory hug! She gave him one all on her own - a proud sister! And Momma and Daddy are proud too!

AJ and little Jared. They spend a lot of time out here in the backyard together (good buddies). 

New hair. Momma thinks he looks so grown up! He's 2 1/2 ya'll....This is getting serious!

Santa time. Poor Jared - he doesn't look too thrilled! And - there were too many camera flashes going off at the same time. No one knew where to look! 

I always have to get a Christmas cantata pic of somebody in our family each year, since we go every year to Colonial Hill Baptist Church to see Justin's sister and her family, and his dad, sing. This year, Justin and Jared got to be in it! 

Kaleb...He's forever making us laugh. This time, he drank too much Kool Aid at dinner, and was super hyped up on sugar! Don't ask me exactly what he was doing, but it looked as though he had made a perfect mustache with the red juice, so he was trying to pretend to curl it. But he called it his "weenies". He's so funny! 

  That's all I got for now. But I feel good about at least doing some sort of an update, since these have been so few and far between! More coming after Christmas! 


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Little Lightbulbs

I love having a two year old...Yes, I do. This is just a short and sweet post about our little Jared. 
Today, I was in the bathroom with him, and he was washing his hands. 
He LOVES to "wash his hands". 
He's just started getting the little kids stool in the bathroom, and washing them, all the time. I think he does it because it's just one more thing that makes him like us - he can be big! 
I will be walking past the bathroom, haven't seen him for a few minutes, checking on him, and he'll just be in there, with the water running over his hands, smiling big at me. 
It's pretty cute. 
He'll say, "Wash my hands, mommy, wash my hands."
Well, today I was in there while he was "washing his hands," and I said, "Jared, can you use the soap?"
He looked all around and said, "Soap?"
Really, he didn't know what it was!
He looked straight at it, then at the towels, and was clearly confused about the word, "soap". 
So I smiled, and showed him what "soap" was. He's used it before, he just never really listened to the word. 
And he smiled really big too, because it was just one more thing that makes him big like us. He gets to use the "soap."
And I briefly thought to myself, l love these moments in my two year old's life, when that little lightbulb goes off. "Soap. Yes, that's what that stuff is called that I use to wash my hands."

It's the little things, ya'll. These shall pass, and someday, I will look back on this post, and smile, I know. It's the little lightbulbs that go off in their heads that make these hard two year old days worth it. The days when I try to hold it together, when I try to love, amidst feelings of frustration, amidst all the laundry, and the tantrums and the dishes piled high in the sink. 
I know when I look back, it won't necessarily be the dishes I care about.
It'll be a little blond headed boy, washing his hands, and for the first time, understanding the word "soap," because Momma showed him what it meant. 
It'll be the little lightbulbs that go off in his head. 
It'll be the moments that I take a step back and smile. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy birthday, sweet seven year old!

Kaleb Lee...
  Mommy and Daddy cannot believe you are seven! 
It seems like yesterday in so many ways that Mommy found out about you in her tummy. But it's been a wonderful seven years since then, and we cannot wait to see what God has in store for you.  
  We are so very proud of the polite, sweet, sensitive, smart young man you are becoming. You are such an amazing big brother, and truly, God has made you a "leader" already, and that is what Caleb was in the bible, whom you are named after. 
 We thank Jesus for your heart...

September 16th, we celebrated you! 
You requested a robot theme. :)

  Happy birthday, big seven-year-old! 

  Mommy and Daddy 

"But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land into which he entered, and  his descendants shall take possession of it." Numbers 14:24