Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Terrible/Terrific Two's, already?

Ohh the joys of having a toddler!  Most of the time she's the cutest and sweetest little girl in the world, but when she wants something or dislikes something, boy does she ever let you know, and not in a nice way!!  Thankfully God has granted me with an ever-increasing amount of patience these past few months.  I still need a lot of prayer though, there are still times where I feel like giving up on patience.  I begin to yell...and before I know it, I am completely overwhelmed and  dreading the thought of ever having more children.

This age (22 months) is very fun and very difficult.

She is saying short sentences now, learning hundreds of new things every day, she's a little joker - she loves to entertain us, she loves people - she'll say Hi to just about anyone, she gives wonderful hugs and kisses, she loves to dance and sing, but she also knows the words, "No", and as of a few days ago... "Why?".   She's a huge fan of tantrums and disobedience, and she only wants to play with Mom & Dad's things, or with trash & recycling, never her own toys.  She enjoys ripping paper apart and biting her crayons.

This is just proof that we are all born sinners and we all need Jesus.  I just need to encourage her in the ways of God and pray for her salvation daily! :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Birthday Surprise, and My 25th Birthday!

Alright! I'm finally old enough to rent a car.  Yeah! ;)   5 more years left in my twenties! Arg.  Life is seriously too fast.

Today I'm going over to my in-laws house with my husband, daughter, and SISTER to hang out, eat homemade cake, and homemade pretzel dogs.  :)  Yes, I said sister. My sister SURPRISED me on Wednesday by showing up in Sioux Falls!  Gage asked if I wanted to go to Olive Garden, so since Zoe was with Gage's Mom for the day we went at about 4pm.  I walk in and at first I see Russell (Gage's brother)... thought that was odd... then I look over and see my sister Gabby!  We freaked out, hugged, as sisters do in those types of situations.  Then we all ate delicious food!  It turns out she's staying with us for 3 weeks, until February 3rd, which happens to be the day WE fly back out to CA for our step-sister's Wedding so, we'll be on the same flight as Gabby!  That wasn't planned at all by anyone!

I haven't been surprised like that since I was about 9 years old!

In other news.. this morning I found out that I've been blessed by a wonderful friend and a wonderful store called Elegant Mommy!  I am going to receive 8 cloth diapers!  That's about... $150 in diapers right there and these diapers will last years.  Possibly through all the kids we plan to have! Yeah, all 8 of them! j/k...  Some people think we're going to have 8 kids.  Not sure why haha.

Ok, time to go celebrate being a quarter of a century!! :)

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hosanna in the Highest

Heal my heart and make it clean


Open up my eyes to the things unseen


Show me how to love like you have loved me


Break my heart for what breaks yours


Everything I am for your kingdom's cause


As I walk from earth into eternity








Christmas Trip 2009!

The worst blizzard in many years hit Sioux Falls the night we flew out to California.   We heard they shut down the airport right after our plane took off at around 7pm on Christmas Eve, so we just barely made it!  Praise God for stalling the storm just enough for us to get out of Sioux Falls safely!

We arrived in Las Vegas, NV late on Christmas Eve,  made our way to the rental car place, then drove down to San Diego, CA.  We arrived early at about 3am (5am our normal time!).   Despite being extremely tired on Christmas Day, we had a wonderful Christmas.  We spent Christmas day with Gage's family, then we went up to Escondido and spent Christmas Evening with my family.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Resolutions & 2009 Review

2010 Resolutions:

  1. Print out this list and post it on the fridge so that I won't forget about it this year.

  2. Pray that my Dad will be blessed with a wonderful job this year (he's been unemployed for a year now!)

  3. Lose another 10 lbs.

  4. I'm turning 25 this year so I need to try 25 new things (foods, sports, activities, etc).

  5. Save at least $20 on groceries by using coupons each month.

  6. No hospital trips, unless it's to have another baby :)

  7. Create a website for my photography.

  8. Read 5 books

  9. Read the Old Testament

  10. Learn 3 new recipes to replace the foods that contain MSG and HFCS.


2009's Resolutions:  Crossed off resolutions accomplished.

(I completely forgot about this list after about the first month..otherwise I may have actually accomplished more!)


  1. Study the Bible daily.  -- This was a tough one... I failed for sure.

  2. Read the entire Old Testament. -- Totally failed!

  3. Learn to be a better wife and mother. Always a work in progress...but I feel good about this one this year :)

  4. Spend an average of $200 on groceries each month.

  5. Have at least $3000 in the savings account at this time next year.  --  Nope, $1000.  Lots and lots of unexpected expenses this year.  Hopefully next year will be a better one for us financially!

  6. Make exercise a habit. I did this for several months...but then stopped so..I'm not sure if I should really count this one haha.

  7. Loose 10 lbs. to get back to pre-pregnancy weight (Preferably 30 lbs but 10 is a good goal haha)

  8. Read a minimum of 10 Books.  - Nope.  I read 4 books this year!

  9. Write a letter (snail mail) to someone every month (Particularly my Great-Grandmother and our Compassion sponsor child, Fabiola.)  - Didn't accomplish the "every month" part.

  10. Try 100 new things (foods, sports, events, activities, etc)

  11. Go on 3 road trips, even if they are short ones.

  12. Learn how to use the Sioux Falls freeways. There are TWO of them, which is nothing compared to San Diego...you'd think I'd have this down by now, after two years of living here, but nope. My sense of direction here is pretty much non-existent. I always avoid using the freeways because I have no idea where they lead- what off ramps are on there or which direction they go haha.. I'm totally lost in this city most of the time.  -- FAIL! Someday I'll figure out how to get around here.

  13. Complete my Photography Diploma Program! I started in the summer of 2007 and have had to extend my time an additional 6 months - twice! If I don't complete this in 5 more months, that will be $1000 down the drain so... I really do need to finish it. Trouble is finding time to take a darn photo of a woman outdoors in this crazy cold weather. Why did that have to be my first project? Ugh.

  14. Meet at least one new friend this year.

  15. Complete the following Scrapbooks / Photo Albums: Our Honeymoon Album, Zoe's 1st Year Scrapbook.  -- Didn't even attempt this one.

  16. Find, sort, and organize ALL of our photos (digital and prints) up until Dec 2008.

  17. Learn to Sew.  *sigh* still no! :(

  18. Travel somewhere I have never been.

  19. Work on my Family Tree

  20. Get outside more!


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