Friday, August 31, 2012


Yep, two blogs in one day.

Jman and I spent a wonderful day at the park yesterday. With it being 80 degrees outside and no one there, we stayed over an hour. I really enjoyed watching him play and explore. He always plays in dirt, but yesterday he was actually looking and exploring the leaves and sticks. And figuring out what noise things made and what happens if he did this or that. He was discovering. It so neat to watch a child at work. They are enjoying the simplest things in life and think they are marvelous. Just like how God created them to be. Each of his creations are marvelous, and kids seem to understand that. As adults we sadly do not always remember that. I mostly sat and watched him, because he was so busy at work. He was so happy. And I was so happy to be there with him. That I don't have to miss these beautiful moments anymore. I get to spend everyday with him and watch him explore and learn.

 Later others started to arrive at the park so he got excited to see other kids and was running around smiling ear to ear. And a mom commented "He wont stop smiling, is he always this happy?". Simply put "yes". Something I've heard several times about my child, he's always smiling! And he is. He is a happy kid (especially outside) and his smile makes me smile.

We've been to the park several times this summer and his climbing skills have gotten pretty good. He has now learned to slide by himself and is quite proud of it. Yesterday he decided to go on a little bit bigger of a slide and his face is priceless.

I thought wow he is growing so fast and taking risks on his own. Doesn't always reach for my hand anymore. I looked over the playground and thought it won't be long and that will be his next attempt.
But when I thought that, I didn't think TODAY!!!! Later that same morning my child climbed the steps to THAT slide!

He of course followed a girl to get up there and she was like "come on already, go down".
 I'm thinking "Holy cow that's a tall one, you won't go down will you? If you do, you will fall off the side, oh my I need to get up there and help you, what if you go without me, what if you go while I climb the steps, who will help you sit down, oh you can't do that can you? " And that all happened in about one second. He sat there for a long time, probably trying to get the courage to push off, and then finally, down he went. My heart stopped as my 17 month old flew down the largest slide at the playground and  of course landed safely at the bottom. Just a month ago he wouldn't go down a slide without a push, he couldn't sit down correctly without you helping him straighten his feet and now this....


The adventures of Jman are only beginning...
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We like to move it, move it....

Well its done. Our first home is officially sold. Bittersweet indeed. So many wonderful memories shared in that home. But as the awesome, fast movers took our stuff away and I sat on the stair case and looked around I realized, its just a house. The house itself is not the happy moments, and all the wonderful memories. It was the people inside it that made it a home. The love and happiness made it a home. We were blessed with a beautiful house to share them in, but it is not the place itself that makes it a home. So I will always remember the wonderful memories, from the everyday ordinary to the big events. They will always go with me. And like my stuff and my family move, the memories go too. We have new memories to create, and more happy times to share in our next house. And just like this house, it is not the house itself that is wonderful, it is who is in it and the love that is shared. So we are excited to continue our journey together in our new home to be. And see what the future has for us. I am a little sad to leave the community of Schertz, I love its small town feel. I am excited for the great things this move means for my family. Phase 2 of Seiford new digs is in 12 days, then the unpacking begins, oh the unpacking. Ahhhhh!

I am going to reminisce and share some of the wonderful memories that were created in our Schertz home.
We were welcomed into our wonderful neighborhood.

We shared our first Christmas there.

We shared our first anniversary, and second and third :)

We decorated the first room to welcome our baby boy.

We brought our Jack home and I rocked him the first night in that home.

We celebrated our first Christmas as a family.

Jack celebrated his first birthday.

Lots of wonderful memories and many more to create (and don't worry friends, there will be many more Seiford gatherings to come)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blessed more than I deserve

Life around here is wonderfully busy. Our house sold and we close in a week! We've been super busy trying to find our next home and now we are busy packing packing packing. We move out on Monday. And we close on out next home in a few weeks. My parents are thankfully taking us in while we transition. Aren't they the best! Moving is a bitter sweet feeling as we leave our first house, the one we brought Jman home to, where we spent out first Christmas and Jmans first Christmas. I'm sure I will cry but I also know that a home is what you make it and who you are with. A house is a building you make that happen in. So although it is sad I know that we will make another beautiful home. And we're excited to paint and decorate our new one. The one we have was already SO beautiful we didnt want to change anything. So the next one we have plans for, time to stock up on paint brushes. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for us. His plans are bigger and better than we can imagine. And his timing is perfect!

We have no had much time for creative play, or do the wonderful things I have planned. Which bums me out and makes me feel lazy. But I have not had time to do those things. Once life settles down we will get down to business. :). But Jman is perfectly happy playing in empty cabinets, boxes and he actually tries to help! Today he gladly packed picture frames for me. I of course redid them so I could bubble wrap them. :). But what a sweet kid. He has such a great, kind heart already.

Disclaimer: teachers may want to skip this part.
I cannot express how incredibly happy I am. This past week it set in my choice. My friends went back and I wondered how I would feel. Sad, regret, anxious? And the feeling is ecstatic and grateful. I actually do not have a desire to buy a school supply or set up a classroom. I don't miss the idea of meeting new babies. It just reassures me that teaching is no longer for me. I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad and definitely not trying to brag. But I just want to share how blessed I feel and grateful. Every morning I wake up with a sense of joy and contentment. I don't feel anxious or stressed. Teaching is highly under appreciated and unless you teach or married to someone who does you will never understand the pressure. I am happy to stay home and be mommy. I love my family and I don't know why but God blessed us more than we deserve. Thank you!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

August Sensory Box

Well well well it's been awhile. These 2 weeks have been insane. I feel like we haven't been at home, haven't ate at home, and certainly been missing out on messy sensory fun. Selling a house is rough. We've been blessed with being kicked out of our house so many times. Just happy the house is being shown and hopefully things work out soon. So because of all the showings we have not spent much time at home. And when we are, we are cleaning it seems. Ahhh!

So this weekend I made an August Sensory box. I've decided to do a monthly theme and have planned one for the whole year (call it the lingering teacher in me). So this months theme- ocean. J loves sea world and walks around saying "Mu" for Shamu. He thinks I'm crazy when I say a cow days moo. I get the 'no it doesn't mom' look. He loves fish! Especially the ceiling of fish at the museum and the aquarium there. Soon I am buying that boy an aquarium! So I went with the ocean theme. I died a whole lot of rice blue! Think it was like 12 cups at least. I just added a little alcohol and blue food coloring to the rice and baked it real low so it dried. J was very excited when it was baking. I made several shades of blue so it looked like waves. I bought some dollar tree fish and some seashells. And there we go. Plan to just bag it up at the end of the month and save it for next year. It's been so long since we played rice and J thought he could eat it. :/. So hope that goes away. He made the fish swim and pulled them each out and said 'fish'. He scooped with the sea shells and of course poured it out. But this time we kept most on the sheet! Woohoo progress! Hoping to spend more time t home and getting back into our sensory activities. He really loves them!

I also had another Etsy order this week!! I made 25 name place settings for a dinner party. Bring on more orders :)

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