Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve!

I remember days on New Years Ever running around trying to find the perfect outfit to wear to a New Years party.. this year I have on my husband's t-shirt and gym shorts! Taylor is home on a run out from work and already announced he doesn't know if he can stay up until 12. But Miss Lacey is napping so I am sure she'll be ready to party at midnight!

My New Years resolutions are fairly simple.

1. Play with Madeline. Don't get caught up on my computer, cleaning, talking on the phone, etc. I have time to do that while she is in school and at night.

2. Snuggle Lacey. Lots.

3. Exercise atleast 3-4 days a week.

4. Be nicer to my husband. Say I love you more.

5. Get more pedicures. I don't think I even had one in 2010.

6. Acquire a pair of Frye cowboy boots.

7. Cook dinners at home for my family. Make eating out a special occasion!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas this year was so much fun! Madeline was old enough to understand what was going on so she had a blast! While opening presents she just kept saying "I want more!" After she was all done she got to sit down and look at all of her goodies. She loved her piggies and a Dora guitar Taylor's aunt gave her. She also got a brand new swingset in the backyard! It has been very cold and snowed here so she only got to play on it one day so far! But I am sure it will get LOTS of use! Madeline is growing so fast. She is a little girl now, not a baby. Her favorite word is "no." She says it constantly. When the baby cries she says "awww baaaaby" and is very concerned if she is hungry or needs her "pa-tee" (pacifier.) Lacey has these adorable chubby cheeks and a head full of fluffy hair. The color looks different every day! My girls are such a blessing!

Taylor went back to work for 10 days yesterday. My mom has come to stay with me for the first few days. She helps me a lot with keeping Madeline entertained. I wish my parents could live closer to us and knowing there is really no way we will ever be this close to them again makes me sad. My mom is going to leave Thursday or Friday and then it will be just me and the girls! The only real concern I have is that I have gotten used to staying up until about 2 or 3 and sleeping in, so getting Madeline to preschool at 9 may be hard to do!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Two Weeks

Tomorrow my Lacebug will be two weeks old! Where did the two weeks go?! It is so crazy for me to think that my little girl has only breathing air for two weeks! Madeline has been a little outrageous today, we are hoping for a better day tomorrow! Last Monday Lacey had dropped in weight down to 7lb 10oz, but today she weighed 8lb 12oz! It was hard to believe she had gained a pound, but I suppose the scale doesn't lie?! Madeline was over six months old when she weighed between 8 and 9 pounds! It is amazing to me with Madeline I would be praying for her just to be on the charts with her weight because she was so tiny and with Lacey she is on the larger percentile! The experience has been so different and it goes way past their birth. With Madeline I was alone with her most of the time. Taylor was in Yorktown, Virginia and would come in most weekends. During the week my mom would usually come by in the mornings and bring me dinner at night while my dad walked my dogs. Other than that I was home alone (afraid my tiny baby might get germs!) With Lacey I have Taylor and Madeline here. I can take her to the store if I feel like going to the store. Lacey is a cuddle bug. Madeline was such (and still is) a self soother. From being in an isolette for the first six weeks of her life, Madeline didn't care if she was held and didn't need a pacifier or anything to sooth her. Lacey loves to be held at all times and if she is in her bouncer is looking around to make sure I am near. I love both of my girls so much! No pictures today because our camera is broken, but we have one on the way from Best Buy! Wohoo!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lacebug and Madeline

Lacey is 10 days old! It is hard to believe how fast time has flown by! She is so calm and sweet! I thought because Madeline was a dream infant we would get our payback with baby number two, but so far I have been wrong. Since night two she has slept 4-5 hours at night so we still have had no sleepless nights. She sleeps most of the time except for an awake period in the morning, afternoon and goes to bed around 12 or 1am when Taylor and I do. Being able to sleep is such a blessing! I was afraid to come back to North Carolina without my mom, but Taylor has done a great job with Madeline. Since being home he has done all of the laundry and bottle washing. He goes back to work on the 27th for 10 days straight and I am scared to be on my own with my two angels! Madeline hasn't been jealous but she is very active and needs my full attention! Both of my girls are so laid back so hopefully we all will be able to roll with it! Madeline loves to help with the baby, covering her up, attempting to pick her up and giving her "baba" (although the bottle usually pokes Lacey in the eye instead of the mouth!) Lacey has been such a wonderful addition to our family and I can't wait to see as her personality comes out even more!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Letters from Jesus about Christmas..

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are talking my name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed by children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. I want you to celebrate My birth and just get along and love on another.

Now having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of the couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all my followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me at anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8.

If you want to give Me a present in rememberance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up.. it will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can'y afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down there. Hold them in your arms and remind them I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. The stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary - especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whome you love and remember.

I love you,


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 9, 2010

Beautiful Lacey was born!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

First Snow!

This afternoon we had the first snow in Lynchburg for 2010! Madeline and I went to the Bedford Christmas parade and got flurried on while we froze. Then the snow came down and she got to dig, knock snow off leaves and make mini snowballs. She had a great time but then it got dark so we came in for hot chocolate!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

9 Days Until Baby!

I was hoping picking up my parent's house and wrapping some presents might put me in labor.. But no such luck. Our little girl is still lodged under my right rib, which is where she has been the past six months. Sigh. So instead here is my adorable daughter screaming "cheeeese" tonight in her new boots!