Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Welcome to Miamisburg

In two days, my family will no longer be residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Had I even shared with you on the pages here, that that is where our family has been living? For the past year and a half we have worked as houseparents for Albuquerque Christian Children's Home, but our time here has come to an end. Boss' family lives in central Ohio, so we have decided that is as good a place as any to finally put down some roots. To raise our family on small town sunshine. I know some of you are thinking, Didn't your parents just move to Albuquerque, so that all of  you could be together?  And the answer to that question is, yes, they did. However, my ever faithful parents will also be joining us in Ohio in a few short months. We know that we are spoiled, and we are actually quite good with that.

We have bought a quaint little house in the town of Miamisburg, and we are very excited about beginning this new chapter in our lives. Miamisburg (which I am secretly convinced is Mayberry in disguise) will be quite an adjustment for a city girl like me, but I find it refreshing to think about raising my daughters in a town where everybody knows your name! So, there you have it. We are trading in our city life for a small home town, and we could not be more excited.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pictures Of The Princess

Two More Tidbits

Although it has been several days since my last post, I was correct in saying that my daughter would come up with some new tidbits in the moments to come! (I am just late in posting them!)

Last Sunday in Bible class, Emma was learning about John the Baptist. She made a paper bag John puppet and has carried him around with her for several days now. John has become a very important member of our family, and that is putting it mildly. This very same week, Emma also got a Mr. Waternoose toy (from Monster's Inc.) who is very important to her, as well. One day in the car John the Baptist and Mr. Waternoose were having a deep conversation and it went something like this:

John: Hi Mr. Waternoose. My name is John.

Mr. Waternoose: Hi, John. I am a monster. Are you a scary monster like me?

John: No, I am not a scary monster. I am a scary baptist! Ha!

Emma is also very much into princesses. And that is putting it lightly. When she is in her dress up clothes, she will only speak to you if you address her as Princess Emma. A few days ago I asked her if I could be a princess too, and she said, No, mama. You know you will always be the maid. I suppose I have been handed my true calling in life......

Friday, January 19, 2007

Toddler Tidbits

Life with a two year old is anything but boring. You never know what they are going to say or do at any given time. Sometimes what comes out of their mouths is sweet and tender, and other times you want to hide head in the hole of parenting shame. My oldest daughter Emma is quite the talker.  Boss says she most definitely inherits this trait from my side of the family. There is not a single moment in the day where you cannot hear my sweet little Emma's voice chattering on. Recently, she has even begun to talk in her sleep. I wanted to post a few of her toddler tidbits for your reading pleasure. You're welcome.

When I recently picked Emma up from her Sunday school class she said, Mom, you have got to change me because I am uncomfortably wet! (Think it's time for potty training?)

When the alarm went off too early one morning, she rolled over and said, You have got to be kidding me! Don't even tell me it's time to wake up!

Once Emma was yelling at me (in her sleep) for eating all of her crackers. I shook her to wake her up and told her she was dreaming. I informed her it was the middle of the night and she did not have any crackers. She looked at me very seriously and said, I don't have any crackers because you ate them all.

One time Emma was taking a nap with my dad and things were not going well. He was trying to get her to sleep and she was fighting it. The rest of us were in the living room, and all of a sudden we heard Emma start to cry. She walked out of the room and announced that Da (my dad) had been lecturing her and she was done with him!

Emma loves taking baths (another thing she inherited from my side of the family), but she hates washing her hair. One time she was fighting me as I was trying to wash her hair, so I swatted her on the leg. Emma looked me square in the eyes (she has never been phased by any form of punishment) and said, Mom, please get control of yourself. Oy vey! I have my hands full with this one!

And on a much sweeter note............

Boss and I have a framed picture from our wedding day hanging in our hall. Emma loves talking about weddings and looking at pictures from our special day. One day she was talking about this particular wedding picture with Boss, and she was asking him who all was there. When Boss asked Emma if she had been at our wedding, she said, No, I was in heaven sliding with God. How precious is that? Aren't kids amazing? I want to slide with God.

Those are allof  the toddler tidbits I have to share with you today. I am sure there will be more in the days (make that minutes) to come. Because life with a toddler is anything but boring!

Diva In Disguise

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A Toast To Boss

Three days ago Boss celebrated turning the big 30. I think it was slightly traumatic for him, but personally, I like being married to an older man! It ensures that I will always feel young. Our plan was to go to the new resort and casino for the evening, but we ended up with dinner at Chile's, a PG movie (Rocky), and we were in bed by 10 pm. My how time has changed things! I am not sure what we were celebrating more.....a birthday for Boss, or a night away from our children? Either way, I don't ever seem to care what we are doing as long as we are doing it together. That might sound cliche, but it is the truth.

Our world right now is filled with small children, diaper changes, and two am feedings, so time together is truly precious. Each moment a gift to be celebrated, though I am not sure we celebrated this entrance into the next chapter of Boss' life quite the way that we should have. I think as the year's pass, love in a relationship does not fade, but it changes. We know in our minds how we feel about our spouse, but it is no longer verbalized as often as it used to be. And I am feeling saddened because I am not sure that I celebrated Boss the way he deserved to be celebrated on his special day. He is an incredible man, husband, and father, and I want him to know it. Boss, the reason's why I love you are countless, but I am going to try to list a few of them here.....

I love you because you are deeply committed to providing for your family.

You make me feel as attractive as the day that we married.

You read princess stories and sing (chant) princess songs to your daughters.

You get up early with Kate most mornings so that I can sleep in.

You make me laugh.

You are a wonderful cook.

You listen to my dreams and try your hardest to make them a reality.

You are a loyal friend.

The list could go on and on. Ladies, I know each of you believes you are married to the very best man in the world, and it is okay that you are wrong in your thinking. You simply don't know better, because you aren't married to my sweet husband (and for that I will forever be grateful). Boss is Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker combined, in a very manly sort of way, and I don't thank him enough for all that he does. So Boss, thank you. It is a privilege to be your wife. Happy 30th birthday. May all of your dreams come true, because mine already have. Thank you for allowing my to walk through the years with you. I love you forever, to moons on sticks and back again.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

More Snow Pictures

Let It Snow

We rang in the new year with a beautiful snow storm. Being that I am a Texas girl (born and raised), I had never seen so much snow in my entire life! It was a complete blast! Emma and Gus (the dog) loved it the most, but Boss and I were a close second. It was a winter wonderland. I am now convinced that I was made to live where it snows. Definitely one of life's little blessings!