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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Playing Pretend

Last night Justin and I were playing a game and heard Taylor talking to herself. We listed to her conversation with herself and realized she was just playing.

She was talking to “somebody” or “something” and replying to herself in a different voice. We were laughing to ourselves as she explained to this “thing” or “person” (not sure which) that they had to be a good listener and scolding them when they talked back (ie her talking back to herself).

When we’d ask her what she was doing she would get super shy and say “playing pretend”. LOVE it! It was one of the cutest things I’ve seen from her to date.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Hop, Skip, and Jump of Faith

Some of you may know that since Justin and I have been married we’ve lived with my parents. Sparing you the LONG story, one thing after another has led to us being stuck (blessed) at my parent’s house. Up until recently it has been going well with very little conflict and/or friction. However, since the addition of a new baby for myself and my little sister to the house things have changed. It has become increasingly difficult for all of us.

That being said, I feel its time to move on. I wish it was as easy as picking a new place, but with only $525 a month to pay in rent we have little to no options. However, the city I work in has an amazing affordable housing program! I can get a 3 bedroom apt for $909/month or a 2 bedroom for $806/month. The catch(es):

1. The waiting list is ridiculously long. I can put in our application today and hear back in 2 days or 2 years.
2. I need to figure out how on just my income to make an extra $6,000/year translated to $500/month translated to $3/hour. Note with 3 kids it is much cheaper for Justin to continue to stay at home for them because it would pretty much cost us money for him to work

Needless to say, this option is perfect for us (so I think), but at this time not doable. With that being said we are taking a step of faith. I am submitting our application and praying that when we get that phone call that an apartment is available we will have the extra $500 needed to move out of my parents and into a place of our for the first time in the 5 years we’ve been married. Knowing that if the place becomes available before we are able to pay for it we most likely will not get a second chance.

Please pray for us! For the health of our relationships with each other and those we live with we need to get out. Pray that the extra $500 each month we need comes from somewhere, anywhere. Pray that if this is not God’s will the door with shut abruptly and a new door opened. Thank you to all those that love and pray for us!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Little Miss...


Jordan is the CUTEST ever right now! She says and does the most amazing things and I wonder sometimes how my girls can be so vastly different with the same parents, and the same rules.

Jordan is…

Little Miss Polite – always says please, thank you, ‘welcome (you’re welcome) even if she get’s them mixed up.
Jordan: drink please
Me: here you go
Jordan: thank you, welcome

Little Miss Mom – always bringing us Elijah’s toys, blanket, bottle, diaper, socks; even when we don’t need them.
Elijah just finished his bottle and I stick it on the counter while I go lay him down. I turn around and Jordan is holding the empty bottle to his mouth “here go ‘Lijah”

Little Miss Organized – A place for everything and everything in its place. She does NOT like things out of place. Without telling her she places items where she thinks they belong.
Justin had his glasses off while he played with Elijah and Jordan brought them to him (hands on each lenses) trying to put them back on his face.

Little Miss Clean – Granted, she’s still a kid and her toys can be ANYwhere, but trash, crumbs, and a ‘dirty booty’ won’t do.
Jordan sits to go potty (she is mostly potty trained at 2years 2 months!), she get’s up and says “yucky booty mommy!”
Jordan also throws anything she thinks is trash away… I’m pretty sure we’ve lost a few important things into the black abyss.

Little Miss Antagonizer – She knows buttons and how to push them to test her limits.
I’m pretty sure her favorite pastime is seeing how upset she can make Taylor. I mean Taylor is quite the drama queen and anything can send her into a fit of tears or frustration, but Jordan knows just the right buttons to push. Jordan will take something of Taylor’s and back away teasing her with it OR run and hide with it under our legs laughing mischievously as we hear Taylor screaming “noooo Jordan”

Little Miss Clumsy – there is not a door, wall, refrigerator, couch she has not run into or a toy, sock, carpet, she hasn’t tripped over. Best part is she’s a TANK! She gets up and keeps going blood and all.

Little Miss Lover – she gives the best hugs and kisses!
Jordan has the perfect way of just cuddling with us that makes you feel so comforted. I don’t know how she does it, but that 2 year old can brighten my day with her perfect little hug and tender kisses (or butterfly kisses – which she thinks means hitting her cheek against your face).



She’s an amazing middle child that holds her own in the house. I know she won’t be ‘forgotten’ or ‘left out’ of anything.

Monday, December 6, 2010

On the Move

Elijah is on the move. Granted he’s moving like he’s blindfolded, underwater, and slightly intoxicated, but he’s moving.

By moving I don’t mean crawling though. He’s scooting and launching himself to get to his desired (not so desired) location. I am not even sure if he means to do it or if is actually ending up where he hopes, but he’s moving.

How he moves:

-He gets on his hands and knees and throws himself toward something he wants
-With head down and butt up he plows himself forward
-He rolls and twists his way somewhere... I don’t even think he knows where he’s headed
-He sits up, but that’s not really moving until he falls over after about 5 minutes

He turned 6 months yesterday! (Dec 5th) and he is moving. My baby boy is growing too fast! Knowing this is our last makes these milestones that much sweeter. Sorry no pictures yet, I’ll work on that.