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Monday, March 12, 2012

Adventures in Gardening

Felipe bought me this really cool garden set full of carnivorous plants a couple of years back. I haven't had opportunity until now to plant it though. Caleb helped me plant some grass in a Frog pot as well as some oregano. 

 See the single blade of grass? I'm a gardener!
 Micah, sadly, had to watch from inside.
The next day we went to Marshall's Organic Gardening Store. It was so much fun! I wanted to buy everything. But I didn't. Instead, I bought a hanging pot, three flowers, soil, gloves, water pail, and mint. Why mint? Because I like mint, that's why! I just do. When I lived in Mississippi I lived with my friends for a little while and they had wild mint weeding their patio area. It smelt wonderful! So I figured if it grows like a weed, then it wouldn't matter if I did a terrible job at taking care of it.

Here's our supplies before we set to work on our apartment garden.

Caleb's eager to help.

I try to incorporate him in as much as I can even though it means more mistakes and takes a lot longer. God works with me, so I work with Caleb.

Tada! The end result!

And the mint:

We have plans to use these peach crates for more vegetable growing. I wanted to started our simple. As a proud biology major I have much experience with plant a lab. So not I get to try those skilz out in the real world. I have plans to buy a bonsai as well as plans to grow a bonsai! What commitment! Also, as mentioned before, vegetables. Once we move into a place with a yard, we plan to have an actual vegetable garden.

 So, gardening. Its gooood.

Friday, March 9, 2012

My Husband is the Best

I know what you're thinking. Ok, no I don't. But I know what I think whenever one of my friends claims that she has the best husband or kids or whatever. It makes me angry. Because they're wrong. That's all.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rubber Ducky, You're the One!

You make bath time so much fun!
We use Burt's Bee's Baby Bee Shampoo and Body Wash. Because it smells amazing!
 Poor baby ducky is obviously dead. Those froggies were supposed to be stuck to the bottom of the bath to help prevent slipping. Caleb is old enough to be left in the tub while I leave for a (very) short moment. He's always singing in the tub, so if I ever heard him not singing I'd dart back in. Well, one time in our new apartment I took Micah out of the tub and Caleb, I guess, tried to get out too and slipped. I came rushing back into the bathroom to find him crying, spread eagle, laying on the bottom. There wasn't much water, but that's when I decided to get slip-protection. It was actually quite funny. Or maybe I'm a terrible parent. I don't know. But the kids, they saw those froggies and decided that no, they did not belong on the bottom of the tub. They belong with the rubber ducks in the friends' area of the tub...and in Micah's mouth:
 The bath seat is a great invention and one I discovered I needed this week. About a week ago I had Micah in the bathing sling and he tried to wiggle out and crawl in the tub. He wanted to watch the water coming in. He wanted to grab the froggies. He wanted to play with the basket and the cup and the ducks. These are all bad ideas for a baby who can't sit up by himself. So, to craigslist. I found the seat at quite the discount. perfect condition and does exactly what I need it to do. It isn't supposed to save his life, just make bath time more fun. And it was! He didn't want to get out. He cried when I took him out for the first time ever. When I took Micah out, Caleb climbed in the seat to check it out. But he got out again before I could snap a pic.

My little tadpoles like the froggies!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Valentine's Day

For years I have hated Valentine's Day. As a child I was consistently left out. My mother encouraged my father to be my sisters and my valentine but he always refused except for one time he bought us some lawn decorations (yeah, it was weird). So, unfortunately I was one of those girls who just wished some guy, any guy, would pay attention to me. I do remember getting a small box of chocolates from a boy I worked with one year, and a card the next year from a different boy. And the card was really sweet and I remember it making me very happy. I forget his name.

I've only had one boy friend my entire life. We started dating in August. We got engaged to be married in December. I'm hoping for something on Valentine's Day even if it was just a paper card with a hand-written "I love you." I had told him how much I hated Valentine's Day and he interpreted this as "Let's ignore it." And so instead I got nothing. He said, "You didn't want anything did you?" I said I had to go do something. I cried.

He found me. He felt terrible. He left work early. He drove me to Starbucks and made me wait in the car. He went inside and bought a couple of items and displayed them on a table. He came and got me and brought me inside. He then left and made me wait for him at Starbucks. He went to the store and bought everything he could find.

Now I felt terrible.

So the next year he tries to "make it up to me" and it was really sweet. But I have this nagging feeling that he's only being sweet because I cried the previous year not because he really wants to do anything for me for Valentine's Day. So I still hate Valentine's Day.

Last year, we were completely broke. I think we just skipped it altogether.

This year, I had enough. I know that I would always hate Valentine's Day as long as Felipe was trying to make it up to me. My heart still breaks over feeling not good enough to deserve a Valentine. (You are welcomed to think how shallow I am as I pause here to cry over the emotion this is bringing up) So I did something about it. I decided that I would shower Felipe instead.

 I had so much fun making this Bacon Bouquet! Simply take slices of bacon and wrap them up and stick them in a mini cup cake pan.
 Some people drill a hole in the bottom to let the grease out. If you do that, be sure to place another pan underneath to catch al the grease. I didn't drill and they came out fine
 Bacon rose bud. Just skewer, or something else creative and place in a vase. When Felipe saw it, he didn't even realize it was bacon at first!
I tend to be silly quite often. Two of my silly sayings are "You are the bestest, better than the restest."and "I love you the mostest, better than a hostess...cupcake. and that's a lot!"

I set out our beautiful wedding album of love. with many hearts and photos and a message in a bottle that Felipe got for me some years back. It was all quite lovely. I even special ordered a Domino's pizza with the pepperonis in the shape of a heart. But uncharacteristically of me, I forgot to take a picture of it. It really just looked like a pizza with pepperonis in the shape of a heart.

Well, I love Felipe. I love doing special things for him to show him that I love him. I love having him come home to a clean house, a made bed, a cleaned kitchen, a vacuumed carpet, a delicious dinner...all that June Cleaver stuff! I love it that when those things don't happen, Felipe still loves me. I love it that if those things never happened, Felipe would still love me.

I have many friends who are in bad situations when it comes to marriage. Felipe told me yesterday, "You're really lucky to have me." LOL! It is so true though! He was being funny, but I am seriously privileged to have a man who loves God and is empowered by the Spirit to love me the way he should. He's an excellent father who always thinks, "How would God want me to handle this situation?"

In the car today, I looked over at Felipe before we started driving and apologized for ever sinning against him. He said the same. I love him so much. Having him apologize was a good reminder that I'm not the only sinner in this relationship. We are both in need of God's grace! Having Felipe in my life is the biggest grace God has given me (aside from the blood of Jesus, of course).

Felipe, you are my true love and I truly love you.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Boys are Best Friends!

Despite what some nay-sayers warned me about sibling rivalry, my boys love each other. Caleb is always trying to make Micah laugh, and Micah is always laughing at Caleb. They wrestle, they giggle, they play, they share. Caleb will show Micah some new food or toy and how it works. And when Micah sees what Caleb is doing he always wants to join in the fun. Whenever Micah cries, Caleb tries to console him. My boys are best friends!
 They both love that ridiculous Nick Jr. TV show, Yo Gabba Gabba. At times its the only thing that calms Micah down...especially in the car. Micah hates riding in the car. But Caleb never gets jealous that he can't watch too. I really appreciate that about Caleb.
 This is a one-man toy, but Caleb often insists that he be allowed to join in the fun as he squeezes behind Micah. Micah doesn't appreciate this.
 We got Caleb a matching Ikea chair so he can be like Dada! He was so excited when we set it up! He knew it was for him and he loves it! I love nurturing those instincts of his to emulate his father. Micah does not like the Bumbo but can't sit up on his own yet. Silly baby! Caleb was trying to walk when he was your age! lol!

 We thought we were the best parents in the world when we bought that one toy car you see in the mall that zooms around, spins, turns, and play the theme to Beverly Hills Cop...but then we realized that instead we had create a monster. Caleb loves it! He NEVER wants it to stop. We played with that dumb toy until past midnight the first night. Biggest. Mistake. Ever. We also bought the bubble blower. Not as big as a mistake. Still a mistake. Whenever the bubbles run out, the crying starts. Its easy enough to make some more, but you run out of it so quickly.

Anyway, its hard to think this face is a mistake...pure joy!
 I dressed the boys in matching PJs that Grannie Clare bought for them. She loves to buy them matching outfits. And I love letting her buy them matching outfits.

They play so nicely together!
 Caleb loves to give Micah kisses. And Micah giggles whenever Caleb gives them. We were not driving when this picture was taken. We stopped to tie down some furniture in the bed of the truck we were borrowing. And Caleb wanted to hug Micah! So sweet!

So, the lesson is to encourage brotherly love. Don't ever remind them that there was a time when one was jealous or mad or any other sin toward the other. Only remind them of the times when they were lovely to each other and that's what they'll remember and practice.

These boys are too precious to think that they were an accident. They are too wonderful to think that some monetary possession is better than their lives. These young people are better than any amount of money. My babies are worth more to me than years of solitude. I am so grateful to God that I did not rely on conventional wisdom of the world that says to use pills to keep these babies from me. I'm so grateful I didn't listen to conventional "christian" wisdom that says that planned parenthood that caters to your own desires and keep kids out is best. God pleads with us to choose life. I know that God created these babies. Because God is the Creator, I don't need pills or barriers. I am pro-life. I am pro-Caleb. I am pro-Micah.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live...Deuteronomy 30:19
life is a blessing