Friday, May 16, 2014

Seven months

My sweet sweet Elyse. I love you.

That is all.

Just kidding. Like I'd be able to use that few of words. Elyse Ann, you are seven months old! You are 14 1/2 lbs, still wearing size two diapers, size 6 months clothes (although sometimes I put you in 9 months things and unfortunately they don't look as giant on you as I would like). 

What's the biggest achievement you've had this month? Cutting not one, but TWO teeth! You have your bottom two middle ones and I love peeking at them when you are laughing. You are also so much more steady when you sit up, enough that I can put you down on the tile with a toy and walk away from you, and you LOVE LOVE LOVE sitting up and splashing in the bath. You lock out your legs (which makes for some delightful knee fat creases) and wave your arms wildly splashing water every where. Once you managed to splash it up in your face, which took your breath away. You looked up at me with shock and confusion and I just laughed and laughed. 

So pretty much you are the best, most beautiful baby on the whole planet ever (well, since my last baby at least. ;) I love you a million times over.

I first tried to get your picture outside because it was beautiful and warm. Even though it was slightly overcast and you were under the eve of the house, apparently it was still too bright because this was the best I could get out there!

Friday, May 2, 2014

For Mom's with boys

 Moms. If you have a son, you need to get him this bible immediately.

My sister bought this for Luke for his birthday last year (on the recommendation from her close friend who has 4 boys. Yes. FOUR. I believe qualifies her to know what she is talking about), and he cannot get enough of it. We read it every night and are almost all the way through the Old Testament. He LOVES it and has started trying to read along with me. I frequently find him flipping through the pictures. It's written in "comic book" format which helps to engage his imagination.

 And can I just tell you something? I've loved it too. Sometimes even as a 30 year old I need pictures to help bring the story home. To see emotion. To see reverence. To see fear. When you hear the same stories for decades it's easy to forget how special they are. But Elijah was swept up to heaven. And Elisha saw it. Bones grew flesh. Enemies were real and were fierce. I'm so guilty of skipping over the Old Testament because it's "boring". There are names you can't pronounce, long lists of rules that are veeeeeery specific, and mundane details of building plans. I forget that there is true action in there. True heroes. I forgot how much I love Daniel. He's probably my favorite character in the bible. (besides Jesus, of course.)

So there's my PSA for the decade! I just wanted to share something that my family has loved and I hope your family can love too!