Saturday, September 14, 2013

Puddles and snails

...and puppy dog tails,
That's what little boys are made of! 

Pull out the ball caps and bow ties!

For those wondering what my guess was, I really had no clue. I find myself randomly calling the baby he or she (instead of calling it 'it') and yesterday I commented to Dan that lately I'd noticed myself using 'he' more frequently.  And that observation was the closest I came to putting in my own guess. {smile}

Now I just have to wait till January to meet the lil' fellow! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What's your guess?

This weekend we're planning to find out if Arianna will have a little brother or sister and I'm super excited! Will I be able to pull out all the adorable newborn pinkness that Arianna has outgrown? Or will a shopping trip for little bow ties be in order? {smile}

What's your guess?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

whistle while you work!

so, I can't whistle (and every time I tell someone this, they look at me like I'm the only one in the non-whistling boat! But I've met a few others who can't, either.)  But if I could, I would be today!

I'll admit. Yesterday I was feeling very overwhelmed. Not only am I behind on several time-sensitive computer projects, but my girlie was under the weather for a few days and we're moving in less than three weeks (yay for a place with a bit more space!) but which also means there are oodles of boxes to pack and label -- and it all adds up to a super long to do list. By the time last night rolled around, I was ready for another weekend; but it was only Monday!

{there is something about watching a sunset that makes me stop and thank the Lord for all of His goodness to me}

Today, I feel much more prepared to tackle the list, which still looks very much the same (with the addition of one thing marked off: laundry is all clean and put away!) I've even added a few things to my list, but these things remind me of what is most important from day to day:

--count my blessings
--practice kindness
--be productive yet calm
--just breathe!

So instead of focusing on the next few weeks and all the work that needs done, I'm focusing on today and making the most of each moment. Taking time to stop and kiss my girlie every time she crawls on my lap and enjoy her sweet giggle. Trying to make the most of the time I have to tackle projects and remain diligent. Starting soup in the crockpot so I know supper will be ready and delish tonight.

Hooray for peaceful sunsets and iphone photos! {grin}

What makes you stop and remember the blessings in your life?

"Hope in God;
For I shall praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God." 
Psalms 42:11

Friday, September 06, 2013

Insta-Old Threshers

Many times when our family would spend a day at the zoo or enjoy a special day together, Mom would often ask us what our highlight of the day was. The answers might've included the gorillas chasing each other around, building a sandcastle, playing flag football, or a host of other things, depending on the age of who was answering the question! When I would return the question to her, her reply was often: "It was such a delight watching all of you enjoy the day so much!" Back when I ran around in pigtails or two braids, it kind of made sense to me. But now? I think I appreciate and understand her words so much more!

For instance, this past weekend we drove down to the Old Threshers Reunion where most of my family was singing and hanging out for the weekend. As always, it's such a treat to spend time with family and I'm so thankful for the opportunities we have to hang out together, especially with everyone growing older and moving all over!

Yet a definite highlight of the weekend was also watching Arianna's excitement. Whether it was walking through the horse barn, imitating the oft' sounding train whistle in her adorable little voice, smearing Grandpa's ice cream cone all over her face (and clothes), or asking for "more, more" anytime the trolley stopped, it was truly delightful to watch her joy in simple pleasures. There is something about watching a little one's excitement that makes you feel the kid-like joy, too!

There are already lots of photos on the family blog, yet here are just a few more from my instagram feed:

{this girlie looooves her daddy!}

{clutching the train ticket}

Dan walked to Museum A simply to get his wife a frozen apple cider slushy.
#helovelovelovesme #bestillmyheart 
And if you've never ever had an apple cider slushy, you seriously need to come next year as I'm pretty sure it passes perfection when it comes to a cool, refreshing treat on a blistering hot day!

{old fashioned trolley ride}

{time with this man is always my favorite}

Yay for sleeping in & feeling little baby kicks,
husker football season & popping popcorn,
family time & summer days!

Happy weekend!