the wounded pinky
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
why we as women (and i say women here because i do not think i am the only one) do we so often struggle with our images of ourselves? most of us have husbands who tell us daily that they love us. we have friends and family that enjoy being with us and seek out our time, our advice, our sheer presence in their lives. yet, despite this we still secretly wonder if those things are really true. we wonder if we really do enough? if we've really measured up? and that's just it....measured up to what? to whose standards do we hold ourselves? is it really society's or our friend's or our family's or is it really our own ridiculously high standards? standards that we somehow set for ourselves that are so high they are barely visible, let alone obtainable.
why there are still times when i feel that being a stay-at-home mom is not enough? when people ask me what i want to do with my life i always reply that i am doing it. i am raising my children. i am home for them. yet, invariably comes the follow-up question of "yes, but what do you want to do with your life?" why does this question make me both defensive (i just told you!) and at the same time wonder if my "ideal job" is not really ideal enough? isn't raising my children the most important job on the planet? teaching them about the world around them, about God, about relationships, about values, about how they are important people who should be valued, loved, respected and cherished at any age, i could go on forever here, isn't that vital to who they will become? i can logically tell you that raising children is hands down the most important "job" so why do i still feel that this is not a high enough goal for my life when i'm questioned about it?
why if i can rationalize myself through so many of this things do i still wonder about them?
do other people wonder these things too?
paige, julia, bella, emily, claire, mia and asher (kind of easy to spot him huh?)
mia made quick friends with julia and the two of them had fun playing together and watching movies. julia could hardly wait for mia to wake up from her nap so they could play some more. mia also made a new friend whom she lovingly calls "the other amy" as we already have a friend amy that lives here in town. everywhere amy went mia wanted to go to. if amy was feeding the twins mia wanted to help. amy was great with her and mia has asked about her everyday since they left. (where's amy - the other amy - and the babies? are they coming to my house soon? can we go to their house and play today?) it's the way we start our day. what can i say amy, you have a fan! =)
mia and her amy
it was a great weekend to catch up, see how much the kids have grown since we got together last and just be together. we are so glad you guys all made the trip. we loved having a busy houseful! here's the other hilarious part: my friend alli and i are both expecting and are due on the exact same day! now what are the odds of that? of course this means that the next time we all get together there will probably be even more little ones. we have gotten ourselves completely outnumbered...and of course we wouldn't have it any other way!
all the mommies and their little ones (and yes, asher has had enough!)
Monday, January 14, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
mia with uncle dave
asher gets a new bears scarf from auntie K (just like daddy's)christmas morning we spent as a family at our house. it was great to spend some time just our little family. we opened gifts from santa, then had breakfast and opened gifts from each other. mia got a kids camera and she was loving it. still trying to figure it all out but takes it everywhere with her. asher was not so into gifts. he was happy to just sit and cuddle with mama or dada. mia did most of his unwrapping. =)
mia with grammie and her new singing puppy from grammie
it was a wonderful christmas and we hope you all had a blessed time celebrating the birth of Christ. merry christmas!
I- we ended up eating italian, incredible turkey/cheese roll-ups and ice water (not too good with the I's yet). then we made interesting and inventive gifts for our families. since christmas is over i can now tell you that the kids each made a magnet for grandparents and aunts and uncles. mia colored and stickered her pictures and we used asher's fingerprints to create a little wilson family on his. then we glued the pictures to magnets and voila a little handmade gifts from the munchkins. it's really important to us to teach our kids that christmas is about giving and celebrating that God gave us Jesus. creating gifts for others is one way we try to do that.
S - we ate sandwiches and salty chips then sang songs and wore our santa hats. we also read santa stories.
T - we had tacos and tostito chips for dinner. after dinner we took toys to the homeless shelter in the area. it's a shelter for women and children. again, we want to show the kids that christmas is about the birth of Christ and giving his love to other people, especially those who are not as fortunate as we are.
M - we had mushroom burgers. it's this yummy vegetarian recipe we found that we love. the kids even like it ... most of the time. tonight was music and a movie night. just a relaxing evening before the festivities began christmas eve.
A - we had an amazing dinner with pete's family on a day that was all about Jesus. mia wanted to bake Him a cake (it's his birthday afterall) and she decided that cupcakes were better. not really with the "a" theme so they became adorable cupcakes and the meal simply became amazing because it was (and because none of it started with "a"). we went to church to adore our savior and then came home to an amazing amount of gifts.
here are the kids opening gifts with daddy and uncle jimmy.
mia in her new fancy dress, shoes, crown, jewelry and princess wand. look out world!