Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Girls are so fun, aren't they? Today we had a special appointment for Yehbie. At our original ultrasound, Yehbie's right kidney was slightly larger than the left. So, today we visited the perinatal center for another ultrasound. Our sweet friend agreed to take the girls for the afternoon for us, and this picture was waiting for us when we got home. Too fun! Allison and her friend are just a day apart, and we have pictures of them together since they were just days old. I'll add this to the collection!
The result from this second ultrasound was not quite what we were hoping to hear... Unfortunately, the right kidney is continuing to enlarge, due to being closed off from the ureter, and thus not secreting urine. The good news is we serve a big God, and are praying for a miracle. I have total peace, but a stir in my heart to pray, pray, pray! Unfortunately, this may require surgery after birth, (there is a good chance), but again.. we are praying for a miracle! And, we'd love for you to join us in prayer. Surgery would be removing the kidney, which would still mean there could be other complications.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, WITH THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 4:6-7
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
For Mel: It really was a fairly easy project. I used a level and a piece of chalk to get a straight line. I then wrote out the verse in chalk, so I could see the spacing of it. I would then erase one word at a time, and paint it on. Once I was completely finished and it had dried, I used a towel to wipe away the chalk line and any other excess chalk. You can use any acrylic paints from any craft store. However, the higher the price, the better the quality. You don't have to buy the super expensive kind, but don't get the cheapest, either. As for the bird on the branch, I had that pictured in my mind for a while, so when I started I just chalked it out, then painted it in. Hope that helps!
Me: "It's a Bible verse that I can see every morning as I'm taking a shower. You see, some mornings I wake up a little tired and grumpy and wish away my day. This verse reminds me that each day is a gift from God, and I need to change my attitude and ask God to help me to choose joy each day."
Allison: "Oh, mom... sometimes I feel that way, too! I think you need to paint that verse in my room, and Yehbie's room, and everyones' room to remind us all to pray that to Jesus!"
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Do you think the girls have fun when their Papa is home? Aw, it just makes me smile thinking about it. Without really making a conscious decision about it, Wednesday has sort of become the girls date day with daddy. The last 4 Wednesdays, I have had my Bible study and Daniel has been off, so he has graciously taken the girls on a date. Pump it Up, Chuck E. Cheese, IHOP... spoiled girls! I asked Natalie tonight if she wanted to go to Bible Study with me tomorrow, and she got a big smile on her face as she exclaimed, "NO, I go to Chuck E. Cheese with Papa and Allison wins the jackpot and we have SO much fun!" I guess she's caught on!
For Mel: I'll post more pictures and explanations of the bathroom painting tomorrow for ya!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Anyway, I woke up this morning, and went back to my computer after my 24 hour hiatus. On Facebook, my friend wrote a whole spiel entitled, "In Defense of a Day of Rest." You can check it out here. So true... I couldn't agree more!
So, what did I paint? I have been wanting to paint a bird on a branch silhouette, as well as a Bible Verse in our bathroom for a while. I finished the bird and branch within 30 minutes, and chalked out the verse, but haven't had a chance to paint it, yet. I added a butterfly at the last minute, as requested by Allison, but I don't think I like it. Here are the pictures. (I'll show you how the verse turned out, when I'm done!)
I was told by some of you that I never posted pictures of our trip up north. Of course, I expected that comment from my mom, but I was so impressed that others of you picked-up on that! Really, I just had trouble getting back in the swing of blogging once we got back. Lots on my mind lately with MOPS and preparing for Yehbie! But, you are right... I at least have to post some pics of our beautiful flower girl. One funny story, first:
The flower girls were suppose to come back around after walking down the aisle, but somehow ended up standing up front the whole time. They were a bit squirmy, and actually very entertaining; especially Allison! Afterward, the lady behind me commented, "That one flower girl was sure a distraction!" I turned around smiling, and the lady continued... "uh... and... uh... cute!" Too funny!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Banana Oatmeal Waffles
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup regular oats, uncooked
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 medium bananas, chopped
Mix all ingredients except bananas until smooth. Add bananas and mix to blend. This may be done in a food processor, pulsing to chop bananas. Bake in preheated waffle iron until golden.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Allison, jumping off the bed: "You made it! I can't wait to see the new couch!"
Natalie, following: "Oooh... is it blue? I'm so excited, I'm so excited!"
Of course, I then mustered up the energy to jump out of bed and follow... they were too sweet!
Natalie: "It's enormous!"
They played in it for the first part of the morning, before finding their "castle" (box) to play in!
So, as you can see, the color matches Daniel's chair! The old pillow definitely has to go. And, I am DETERMINED to learn to sew so I can make the new pillows. I think once the new pillows are on, and the new artwork is hung behind the couch, I will be loving it. I already know what I want to do! It's still nice for now, but taking a little getting used to for me.
Oh! Why did we get rid of our old beloved couch? So grandma and grandpa would have a place to sleep when they come, since Yehbie will be taking their room. Surprise, Grandma! It's a sofa bed! (And a tough one to put together by myself, but I did it!!) Luckily, I found a friend who bought our old couch and loves it as much as I did! Yeh!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The finished product was actually awesome! The girls spent a couple hours decorating and playing in it yesterday, and a couple more playing in it today! (Dare I tell you I even took a nap while they played in it today?) I was quite exhausted from staying up last night and assembling the contents of the box... see my next post for those pictures! :)
- It makes me feel like Fall is around the corner... I LOVE fall!!! Love, love, love!
- It's the one time a year I stock-up on glue, markers, etc. You really can't beat the prices, and by this time of year the girls' old markers are usually dried-up, and their glue supply almost gone!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This afternoon I finally filled the new squirt bottles for the girls. Natalie requested purple water, and Allison wanted pink. (That seems to be our theme). Of course, there is no pink food coloring, so she got red! I then spread out an old white sheet and let the girls do some "art." It was a little advanced for them... they just sort of squirted and squirted. But, they had fun and it kept them occupied! That's all that really mattes, right?
My friend had suggested using Kool Aid, so that it smelled really good. I thought that would have been fun, but I didn't have any Kool Aid! She also suggested hanging the sheet up, but once again I couldn't find a good place to hang it. I'm sure there are a lot of other creative things to do... I'll let you know if I come across any, and you let me know if you do!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I simply took a few spray bottles: (The "spray right" kind, so they can hold them at any angle and still have them squirt!) I used a little goo gone to scrape off the label. Then, I bought some rub-ons I found on clearance at Michael's, along with some letter stickers to personalize them. And, voila! Personalized spray bottles! These are horrible pictures. You can't even see the girls' names! But, they turned out really cute in person, and I can't wait to play with them with the girls outside, tomorrow!
In the meantime, here are a few "water pictures" from today. I came home from my Michael's trip to find Daniel washing the car with Dora in between the girls running through the sprinklers. (I thought that was pretty cute!)
Once the sprinkler fun wore-off, Daniel found himself with a good little helper!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Happy 4th of July, my friends! Don't my girls look sweet? You'd never know they were fussing and screaming just a minute before, and I had to threaten them to smile! (Seriously, it was one of those mornings!) But, we did have a fun afternoon. First, we painted our toes blue... (It's so fun having girls!) Then, we headed to our church small group friends' house for a bbq/ swim party. How American, huh? It's been a tradition the last few years, and such a blast. I was happy to get out of the house after a long morning, and was hoping the girls would swim themselves silly and sleep early. And, they did! It's now 7:15pm, and they've been out for the last half hour! Unfortunately, my sweet man has to work tonight. So, I may watch the quakes fireworks from our front porch, or I may just curl up with a book and fall asleep. Either way, I am enjoying the peace, and reflecting on what a blessing it is to live in the USA.
Friday, July 3, 2009
I realized today just how few July 4th decorations we have... Considering that I have several bins full of every other holiday in the garage, I even surprised myself! So, this morning the girls and I decided to do some July 4th crafts. First, we made these fun candle votives for the kitchen. (The colors even match my kitchen!)
Next, we decided to do some handprint/ footprint flags I saw on "Be Different Act Normal." (My friend also sent me the link... thanks, Holly!) I was glad Daniel got home just in time to help with these... what a mess! But, lots of fun!
These 2 pictures I got off "The Crafty Crow," today. I've already made my cone cups, and plan to serve the girls breakfast in them, tomorrow. (Cold cereal, of course! I don't know why they don't like milk?!?!) I just thought the kabobs were adorable! Unfortunately, we don't have the stuff or the time to head to the grocery store. Maybe next year!
God Bless America!