I was looking through some pictures tonight. I have literally THOUSANDS of them. I started having feelings that are associated with these particular photos, goosebumps, smile on my face, tears whelling up in my eyes, etc. You know, a 'picture is worth a thousand words." A picture you can look at without any caption and automatically get a special feeling about it. I've decided to post some of these particular photos. Ones that stir me inside, I'm also going to make it more challenging, I'll post one word that describes the photo best in my own opinion. I want to see the emotion, action, or expression, not the individual person in the picture. I could have went on and on, and spent hours doing this, but decided to quit. It's been pretty fun browsing through them all again, it certainly brings back so many memories too. I may even do a part II, who knows. So here we go:
"The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it." - Richard Bach
I'm reminded on a daily basis that my boys are growing way too fast, but it was once again thrown into my face with facts backing up the reality. Today I took the boys after school to buy a new pair of sandals for the summer. We always go to Stride Rite, they measure the boys feet for me and there's no guessing as to exactly what size their feet are. She took off their old sandals, and measured Nolan's feet first, and then Wyatt's feet. Last year (pre-summer) they were wearing a 10.5 sized shoe and now they are wearing a 12! I looked at her and said, "Are you sure?" She said, "Oh, yes, that's the correct size they should be wearing." Me, "WHAT?" How could two little babies, that are 13 months old be wearing a size 12? (At least in my mind they are still 13 months old and wearing soft soled shoes!) Where did all of this time go? It's barely been one year!
(How I remember them)
Going through that "growing pain" ....brought to my attention an article that one of my friends blogs about every now and then - "Being in the NOW". She's right, when I become overwhelmed with past issues and future ones that are waiting for my attention - I NEED to focus on the now. What is going on in my life right now? Focus on that. I choose to remember and tuck away my past - choosing not to use it as a crutch, instead use it as a learning tool. Why agonize what the future holds - LIVE in the NOW. Concentrate on and appreciate what life has to offer, observe the bad, decide to see not the good, but the GREAT. Take life one baby step at a time.
(Taken on our way home from Destin, FL 10-2010)
So I'm choosing to enjoy today with the boys, not worry about housework that awaits me. I enjoyed letting them choose a cookie from the "Cookie Company" after our shoe visit, making their own decisions. They both chose an M&M cookie, and even chose a Sprinkle cookie for MawMaw. Playing outside in the water table, getting wet and soaking up the sun. Wanting rides in the wagon, with all of their favorite outside toys tucked away inside. What a relaxing day.
(Pics taken today outside - 04-2011)
I'm going to value every day with my boys. One day - they won't need me to shoe shop with them; it will NOT be cool to have their mom tagging along with them.
There's nothing like hearing a sweet little boy calling their Mommy a "Princess". Here lately everything has been pertaining to the princess, picking flowers, bringing pillows to lay her head down on the couch, water to drink, etc. Nolan and Wyatt have been watching a lot of the Three Musketeers by Disney.
Nolan, "Here princess, here's a flower for you."
They will pretend to fight each other, one's the bad guy and the other is the good guy. Usually Wyatt is "ICE-CEE" (in which he came up with his good guy name all by himself, he's so creative). And Nolan is "BAD GUY" (in which he came up with his "bad guy" name all by himself too...he's SO creative!) Not too long ago, I was summoned to come into the living room and sit in the rocking chair. Wyatt asked, "Do you want to play 'princess' with us?" I said, "Sure, what do I have to do?" Wyatt, replied, "Nothing, just sit right there." Soooo, I sat right there, and they proceeded to fight each other with their foam swords, running from one piece of furniture to the other, fighting until the death. The goal I finally figured out was..."Ice-Cee" was trying to bypass "Bad Guy" across the living room furniture to get to me..."The Princess", and "Bad Guy" was to stop "Ice-Cee" at all cost. Several times Ice-Cee was knocked off of the cliff (couch) into the moat (carpet) full of alligators (stuffed animals), it was not a pretty sight, especially when the alligators (stuffed animals that Nolan started throwing onto Wyatt) started attacking him. I immediately thought I was going to be abandoned in my tower forever, living a life of loneliness. Until, miraculously Ice-Cee appeared from the depths of the murky water and jumped onto the cliff again. Bad Guy, fought him pretty hard and eventually allowed him to get away (Nolan quit to go play a game on the computer), finally.....VICTORY! Ice-Cee approached me and said, "Princess, I saved you!", and I got the best hug ever.
"Bad Guy" (Nolan)
And the fighting begins
And more fighting....
Shortly before Ice-Cee falls off of the cliff
(A BONUS picture, has nothing to do with Princess blog)
After the sword fighting, Wyatt continued to over-power any bad guys, including his action figures. I heard him talking for a good while, I finally found him and he was talking to his action figures. He had restrained his action figures so they could do no harm to others. This is what I found. Enjoy.
We must talk about the "Man" for at least one blog. He may think one blog is ONE too many. But, I feel the need to mention him here so he won't feel left out. Just kidding, I want to tell you how he is a crucial part of my life. He's not the perfect man, but he's special to me. I know sometimes with the daily stresses of our lives, I know I don't always tell him thank you, or appreciate him the way that I should. I can say I truly believe that he was meant for me to meet and marry. I cannot believe that I am really blessed with someone as patient as he is, when it comes to dealings with me. There were plenty of times through out the 15 years that we've been together, that I would have lost my cool with myself - "if I were him". (Does that last statement even make sense?) I've made wrong decisions at times, acted like Lucy off of "I love Lucy", and I'm definitely impatient at times when he tries to explain things to me that I don't understand. Through it all I couldn't imagine myself without him by my side. He's an intelligent man, a provider and a good one at that, a hands on father to his sons, he loves me with all of his heart - he makes it known verbally and by the little things he does for me. But most of all, he is a follower of Christ, and leads his family accordingly. He'll tell you that everyday he tries to make good decisions, and to do the right thing when it comes to people. Maybe I should sit back, listen and learn a couple of things from his example.
I've compiled a small list of irritations below to even out the mushy words mentioned above.
Things that he does that irritate me:
#1 - leaving glasses of water everywhere
#2 - he's not the best driver, he makes me carsick sometimes
#3 - he crunches almonds and celery way too loud
Things that he does that makes me smile:
#1 - lets me drink all of his water if I want. (It tastes better when he makes it.)
#2 - reaching over to hold my hand while he's driving
#3 - when he's eating celery and says "Hey, I think I have something stuck in my teeth." And he has the longest celery string hanging from his teeth down to his chin.
Leaving for a missionary trip to India
On vacation one year in Gatlinburg, TN
Blake and the boys after playing a game of hockey
Sleep deprived Blake and the boys when they were 1 month old