Wednesday, February 29, 2012


I recently came across this tutorial and pattern for these adorable Old MacDonald puppets and just knew Thomas would love them!  He actually hasn't had the chance to play with them yet because they are for his birthday, but since he doesn't read my blog, I figured I could go ahead and show them to you. The farmer is missing because I am still working on him....he ended up looking a bit like Moses, so I am going to tweak him and then I'll share him!

The most time consuming part of the project was definitely the cutting out of the pattern and felt.  After that, each puppet came together quite quickly.  I love the results and I thought the tutorial/ patterns were pretty good.  There were a few things that I did differently, but for the most part I just followed what the blogger said.  A big plus, this project costs me LESS than $6.  I already had dark brown and ivory felt and for the rest I bought 1-2 squares of each color from Hobby Lobby for just $0.25 a square.  

I have a tie for my favorites- it's between the dog and duck...which one's your favorite?

I also love the back of the cute!  These aren't perfect by any means, but I think they will provide the bean with a lot of fun in the months and years to come!


ps- I've got another birthday project in the works that I'll share when I finish it!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


My sweet niece Kate Elizabeth born two days ago to my sister and brother-in-law!!!

We cannot wait to go meet her and soak up the newborn cuddles {and take LOTS of pictures} next month :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

11 months

this is what thomas does with his arm when he walks :) it's so funny!

Dear Thomas,

I can hardly believe it's been 11 months since that crazy day last spring when you came into our lives.  You are almost one and that is just incredibly shocking to me--I'm sure next month will include a very sappy post, but since for now your still a baby, I'll try to keep it lighthearted!  

I'm being honest when I say that the months just keep getting better and better.  You are so much fun to be around right now.  It's not that you don't have faults--your personality and sin nature are definitely coming out and  are keeping us on our toes daily, BUT most of the time you are so good-natured  and so fun!  

This month so many things have changed in you!  You started officially walking and two days later began traditionally crawling!  What?  Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?  Not for you, silly one.  You use crawling mostly as an avenue to get to your feet or to get somewhere that you think is too far for you to walk without falling.  You'd currently rather take the most safe way to get somewhere {ie- constantly being able to hold on to something} even if it means walking all the way around the room instead of just across it.  I think you get that trait from your dad considering he wears safety glasses when he drills even the smallest hole in the wall :)  Along with your newfound modes of transportation, you are now into pretty much everything.  Your curious spirit is interested in the funniest things.  You love when I open the laundry closet, you adore our recycling bin and the plastics inside, you can't get enough of the dishwasher and you strangely enjoy the vacuum cleaner--shrieking and wanting to touch it when I bring it out.  Though you are not destructive {most of the time}, you love to touch, open, pull on and get into our entire house.  We've installed many baby proofing devices this month and have more on our list to get done...

You love reading right now, which makes me so happy!  You used to spend all your time swatting and eating the books and now you will actually sit and listen to me read before nap or while we're playing on the floor.  You do have your favorite books {mostly animal or singing ones} and will promptly dismiss one you don't like to look for a more interesting one.  We've read the same books so many times that I have them memorized!

Unfortunately, you've had a lot of poor naps this month due to sickness, teething {you have all 4 central incisors now and are getting your upper laterals} and the ability to stand in your crib...I'm hoping the novelty of this passes quickly so we can get back to easy sleeping!

Lately, Thomas, you are completely glued to my side!  If I walk out of your sight for the shortest amount of time, you don't like it.  I can often hear your little patter down the hallway when I walk to the bathroom or to your room.  It does make me happy that you want to be with me so much, but it also makes the housework much harder to do.  

You are so playful right now--you love games- this little piggy, anything involving tickling and peekaboo are some of your favorites.  You think it's so funny to stand behind me "hiding" and giggling while I look for you and ask where you are!  It's the cutest thing. And you love to "wake" us up if we lay on the floor and pretend to snore.  You giggle with delight when we come out of our slumber and give you a little tickle.  You enjoy singing songs, clapping and "dancing" to any music you hear.  Most of all, you just smile at me all the time-which makes me smile right back!

This month you have become the pickiest eater!  Seriously!  I'm at a loss as to what to feed you because one day you like it and the next you refuse to open your mouth or even touch it.  What's a mama to do?  It's making grocery shopping quite difficult and I'm hoping you'll grow out of this quickly!  For now, yogurt and puffs seem to always suffice, but who knows what next week will bring??

Most of all, Bean, you bring such joy to our household and we are so thankful to God for you!  Being a parent is such a daunting task, but we are learning that the best thing we can do as parents is to follow the Lord, to be in His word and praying to Him.   I know that your Daddy and I won't be perfect {we already haven't been}, but we are trusting God to give us the grace to be exactly what you need as you grow, to teach you the things you need to know to become a man, to love you and show you how to live this life immersed in God's Word and filled with the Holy Spirit.  We are your parents because God gave you to us and we are overjoyed at such a wonderful blessing!!

Happy 11 months, little one.  Let's slow down time a little this month, so you don't grow up too quickly, ok??


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hat Hair....

Thomas is finally starting to grow some more hair.  Due to chilly weather conditions, this often means he has a bit of hat hair when we come inside...

 It's such soft and fine baby hair that even when i push it down, it just stays where it is :)  Good thing he looks so cute!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Abide with me...

I love this song.  We often sing it in church and I'm always so struck how awesome, encouraging and true the words are.  I recently saw it posted on a blog that I occasionally read and it's been on my mind ever since.  I thought about highlighting some of my favorite parts, but honestly, I can't really choose, so I just left all the lyrics for you!

Abide with me {click the title to listen on youtube}

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, abide with me.

Thou on my head, in early youth didst smile;
And, though rebellious, and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee,
On to the close Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, abide with me.

I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless
Ills have no weight, tears lose their bitterness
Where is thy sting death? Where grave thy victory?
I triumph still, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, Lord, abide with me.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

James is in school for the day, but Thomas and I got to go meet him for a long lunch to celebrate the day! We had a delicious meal until Thomas gagged twice and puked up all of his carrots, pancake and cheese....It was all over him, the table and his high chair.  Oh the joys of mama-hood.  And it was the first time at a restaurant that I thought, "ok, we have GOT TO GO!" 

Thankfully, I had an extra outfit in the bag so that I could change him--and we got things pretty much cleaned up with the help of lots of extra napkins from the waiter.  

Regardless, we were happy to see James and spend a little time out and about!

don't you just love that little smile??

Tonight, after the bean is in bed, we are planning to have a little at home date, too, so that should be nice and relaxing! :)  

Happy Valentines Day, friends!  If you're reading this, chances are we probably love you and hope your day is vomit free and full of happiness and love!!


ps- i'll be back for a big Thomas update in a few days when the bean turns 11 months.  What??? We almost have a 1 year old???  HOLY SMOKES.  I guess I should probably start thinking about a party!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Thomas is really into exploring right now.  He loves to touch, see, pull, and climb everything.  And he especially loves wheels of all kinds.  It's so fun to watch him learn and grow.  Not to mention, his expressions are just priceless.

It's funny to think that Thomas is still technically a baby because I see him as such a big boy compared to a little newborn.  I even catch myself saying, "When Thomas was a baby.."  

He's just grown so quickly and the biggest changes have come in the last few weeks.  But he will always be my baby even if he is more of a toddler these days!  


Monday, February 6, 2012

new kicks

Thank you, Lord, for all of this beautiful weather!  We love being outside!


Friday, February 3, 2012


We are loving the weather lately and praising God for warmth and sunshine.  I don't know where winter is, but I hope it never comes!  

We've been out and about taking walks, playing outside with friends and enjoying the swings.  Thomas LOVES to swing, even though half the time he doesn't look like he's having a good time, he cries whenever I take him out of it.  I think he would sit there all afternoon if I let him! :)

By the way, our little 10 month old is officially walking, too!  Thomas has taken several steps on his own and is getting more and more steady.  I think he is still afraid of falling since it is hard to coax him off of something to step to you, but I know his confidence will come with time. Right now, he's still pretty attached to cruising one-handed or walking holding one hand.  I went to the consignment shop yesterday and picked up some Nike shoes-  right now, he wears a 4, but I found some Stride Rite 4.5s so I bought those too, so he can grow into them.  I got both pair for under $5!! Sweet.  Thomas is having a little bit of a hard time getting used to shoes, but we're working on it.  He has already figured out that the are quite noisy when he kicks his feet against something :)