Monday, November 24, 2008

More thankfulness and garden stories

51. I'm thankful for the next 10 days off from work!!
52. I'm thankful for a to-do list that is making progress
53. I'm thankful for altocumulus clouds or "lots of baby clouds" as Caiden calls them.
54. I'm thankful for little conversations with her that amaze me every day
55. for the fun baby dreams I've been having the last few nights
56. that Jeff comes home tonight
57. that Thanksgiving is fast approaching and we have a fun week before us
58. that I'm beginning to recover from this cold
59. that Caiden is healthy!
60. that Jeff was out of town for the "contagious" part of the cold and hopefully dodged this bullet!
61. for time in the garden
62. for days that really look and feel like Autumn- in FL no less!
63. for good friends
64. for surprise harvests (more on that later!)
65. for pumpkin muffins, bread and cookies!
66. for little hands that make big messes while helping Mama cook.
67. for big eyes and proud smiles when the finished product comes out of the oven.
68. for a surprise phone call from my sister Kris, the new bride.
69. for a fun day with my sisters, Heather and Sarah.
70. that Caiden made me laugh when she thought that Eggplant plants yielded eggs! =)
71. that our Sunday night Bible study group has a community garden and chickens!

Okay so about that surprise harvest: So this morning I saw from the sliding glass door that our baby lemon tree had successfully ripened two lemons, so Caiden and I got dressed and went to harvest them. While we were out there, I noticed how dreadfully overgrown our garden was. It has been hopelessly neglected this year. Between my morning sickness, our busyness, sickness, and a lot of rain, the poor thing has really suffered. So, we decided it was high time to evict the weeds. While doing so, both of us became caked with dirt and Caiden had dirt where no dirt has yet gone. It was fabulous! Well, the sweet potato had taken over half of the plot, and was looking rather pitiful. So, I gave up and started ripping it out. Well, guess what I found along the way? Yep! Sweet potatoes. Apparently, they can look pitiful above ground and it doesn't have much baring on what is happening under the soil. I discovered 6 small sweet potatoes in the aftermath. What a surprise! Also, some of our carrots were ready to be pulled. I wish I had gotten some pictures of half-pint pulling those carrots with all of her might. The earth gave up the carrot and Caiden uncerimoniously landed on her bottom. "I found it!" was her triumphant announcement. And find it, she did!

Later, she was making an obstacle course out of the plot by dodging the eggplant. However, they had just begun to flower and it looks like we might just have a chance at getting a few eggplant out of those sorry old plants yet, so I asked her not to go back there because she might knock them over. She was quiet for a while, then squatted down with her hands on her knees to better inspect them. She rose up, shrugged and stated matter of factly, "no eggs Mama!" This is true. No eggs. =)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kristin and Aaron's wedding

Here are a few pics to tide you over. =) Unfortunately I don't have any with the groom yet, but as I get them, I'll share.

Notice the binky and blanket...this was pre-wedding and post a missed nap was getting sketchy.

This is the other side of the family- Jeff's wonderful parents who came to help with Caiden.

And last but not least, a decent picture of the baby bump! =) (and me signing)

Thankfulness and cute conversations

Thankfulness has been primary on my mind for the last few weeks, even before the November's onset. As a result, I'm going to pick up my "blessings list" where I so pitifully left off at number 30.

I am thankful...

31. for cool weather
32. for bear and turkey sightings in our very own back yard
33. that Caiden says, "naughty bear" with a disapproving shake of her head when the bear raids our neighbor's trash can and makes a mess (visible from our side window)
34. for warmer maternity clothes being offered to me
35. for a baby who has remained transverse for the last few weeks vs. breech! (we're still praying for a vertex (head down) position very soon so I can relax! =)
36. for daily walks and or picnics
37. for Caiden's dolly stroller that held one Dolly, one blanket, and 47 acorns at the culmination of an afternoon walk.
38. for a friend arriving on my door step with chocolate mousse that was to die for!
39. that Caiden is starting to love "baby Peanut", touching and kissing my belly, asking to hug it, and hold it.
40. for the look on Caiden's face when the baby kicked her while sitting on my lap. She was delighted!!!
41. for getting to see my sweet sister even if it was for an incredibly short time before her wedding.
42. for her beautiful wedding
43. that Caiden made it down the aisle- thanks to Allie Brannon!!
44. for Allie and the wonderful care that she gives my daughter while I have to work.
45. for wonderful in-laws who came to the wedding to care for Caiden during the ceremony and afterwards so that I could participate.
46. for getting to see old friends at Kristin's wedding
47. that Caiden slept until 7:50 this morning!
48. for my sweet husband who takes care of me
49. for the amazing ways in which God is moving in our youth group
50. for getting to see Caroline, my college roommate/ Kristin's photographer on Saturday

That's all for now, as I want to share some cute conversations while I have a minute. (Caiden is sleeping)

I'll save the best for last. Hang tight!

Today on our walk, she started asking questions and didn't stop: "Mama, I can run real fast?" (of course, ready, set go!) , "Mama can run fast. Caiden is too little?" (no, Caiden is just the right size for running "speedy quick", can you show me?) Mama, this ant's house? (yes, don't step on it, they worked hard to make that home!) Mama diff'rent acorns? (yes, they are acorns from different trees, you're right!) "Mama, this leaf fits!!?? " (she found the sycamore tree that had shed a beautiful brown, green and yellow leaf the size of her head, and still had many other perfectly matching brown, green and yellow leaves decorating it's branches.) "Mama, dog barking. He want food?" (or maybe he's just lonely and saying, "hello!") "Oh, YELLOW TREE!!! Caiden touch it? Oh, one- two!" (Yes, there are two beautiful yellow trees that God made, let's cross the street and see them closer!) "Mama, I WANT it! Caiden have it?" (sorry sweet girl, they (the trees that were covered in brilliant yellow blooms) are growing in this yard, but we can visit them again soon, okay?) "Caiden go bed now?" (Okay, let's go home and eat lunch- then you can take a nap.)

We didn't get much of the lunch down before she begged for bed and started drooping in her seat. =)

Second story:
Yesterday at my 11th grade girls small group we were going around and sharing things we were thankful for. Caiden was sitting in my lap and snacking. On a whim, I asked her what SHE was thankful for. She promptly answered,"swimming." Hmm, maybe she did understand the question! When the went around the circle for a second time, I asked her again. She thought for a minute and said, "Jesus". (No one else had mentioned swimming or Jesus until now, btw.) I thought maybe she didn't understand what she was saying so I asked for clarification. Caiden, why are you thankful for Jesus? She said simply and seriously, "for love Caiden!" Of course. We love Him because He first loved us! There's nothing quite as beautiful as the faith of a 22 month old!

Wedding pictures will follow in a separate post. They take too long to upload and I don't want to chance losing what I've already written! Have a thankful day!