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Monday, November 29, 2010

Baby Jesus is missing! ...

I got Lucy the Fisher-Price nativity set a couple of weeks ago. It is adorable, and I love it as much as she does. I think we can all remember the nativity set our moms kept up on the mantle or the top of the piano or high on a shelf that we weren't supposed to touch! Really doesn't make much sense, considering the goal is to teach kids the true meaning of Christmas ... kinda hard to do when it's high up on a shelf that the kids can hardly see, let alone touch! (OK, OK ... I have one, too) ... which is why I thought the Fisher-Price version would be a GREAT idea!
So ... Joseph, Mary, Jesus, the three wise men, and a few farm animals have set up camp on our coffee table in the living room. Lucy plays with them ALL the time. She loves telling me who they all are over and over and over ... and her favorite is definitely "Baby Jesus" (the way she says it is so darn cute, too!).
Now, to get to the point of this little story... The other night, after putting Lucy to bed, I came downstairs and started a mom's nightly ritual of straightening things up, putting toys away, etc. I noticed that the nativity set was perfectly set up, with everyone in their place ... except one.
Here is what it looked like:
...you might notice, one important character seems to be missing from the middle of the stable. Baby Jesus is missing! Where could he be...?

I looked under the table, in the couch cushions, in the toy box, in the book bin ... and finally gave up and went to clean up the kitchen ... where Lucy's grocery cart hangs out ... and this is what I found:
She may not be old enough to have put Jesus in her heart yet, but He's definitely made it into the child seat of her grocery cart! Too cute.
Kinda like this face:
Good night! :-)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

GIVE THANKS ...

Are you shocked I'm back so soon?? Because I am! It is Thanksgiving night ... our friends and family just left a while ago, I got the house cleaned up, Lucy is chillin' on my bed, snuggled up with her blankie and her milk (exhausted after running around with Collin all day!), and I'm just sitting here looking at my dining room table (and my little attempt at being crafty today), thinking about all of the many things I have to be thankful for.

Here's the short list:
1) I am so thankful for a husband who more-or-less NEVER complains ... yet listens to me doing so almost constantly. I'm terrible. I know it. At least I can admit it. And I'm thankful that he peeled most of the (10 lbs) of potatoes for me last night (have I ever told you how much I HATE peeling potatoes??). AND he got up every 2.5 hours all night long to stoke the fire that was smoking the turkey. What a guy! :-)

2) I am thankful for wonderful women in my family who are great examples of doing for and thinking of others, each in their own unique ways.

3) I am thankful for some of the best friends anyone could ask for ... like Therese - who doesn't think twice about sitting in a car with me for 8 hours in one day to go to the nasty ghetto that is Coos Bay - all for a volleyball game that we didn't win - and somehow managed to make that day enjoyable. Or Sherry - who bought me a ginormous box of "Fair Scone Mix" at Costco just because she knows that the scones are my FIRST stop at the fair every year, and I LOVE them. Or Mick - who can come (with her family) to my house for Thanksgiving dinner with my (interesting) family - and it feels like she belongs there. I truly don't know what I would do without my friends. They keep me going ... and smiling. :-)

4) I am thankful to live in this beautiful place - my house, my property, my small town. I love it all, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

5) I am thankful for my precious Lucy, who makes doing anything worthwhile. What a blessing she is every day!

6) And most of all, I am thankful for my awesome God, who has blessed me with EVERYthing I have - even though I don't deserve any of it.

There is a sign in my office that says "Count Your Blessings". I was looking at that last night, and before I went to sleep, I tried doing that ... until I realized there are just too many to count! How fortunate I am to have all that I need ... and even all that I want. So it is important today - and every day - to GIVE THANKS.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Silly Faces and Hiding Places ...

...that's what fills up our days lately! It's been a busy few months, and I haven't been able to post things as much as I'd like to. There have been so many funny stories lately. :)~ Somehow, Lucy just keeps getting funnier (and cuter ... but I'm a little biased, I know).

But here - for your entertainment (assuming anyone ever even looks at this besides me!) - are some photos of silly faces and hiding places ... though just a few of them. In addition to the cabinets and the fridge, she loves hanging out in any drawer she can fit into, the pantry (an old favorite if you've been reading the blog for a while) and the wood bin-turned-book bin. :-)





I'll be back later this weekend to talk about some of the things I'm most thankful for (*hint: the cute little girl pictured above will likely be at the top of my list:). At least ... that's my intention. If it doesn't happen (and please don't hold your breath), Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Binky-free!

Whew! We did it. We gave up the binky. And by "we", I don't really mean Lucy - as she really had no part in the decision, but ... well, mommy was getting a little tired of the binky in the mouth ALL the time! By a couple of weeks ago, it got to the point that Lucy was wanting that binky more and more ... my attempt at keeping it only for night-night time was no longer working. But how were we going to "quit the binky"!?!
I read a really cool idea about the "binky fairy" coming and taking the binkies in the middle of the night and replacing them with a note and a special toy/treat/etc. But Lucy isn't really old enough to "get" that whole concept yet, so on to Plan B...
...which was...LEAVE IT AT CHURCH! (And no, this wasn't on purpose.) But a couple of weeks ago, we did just that. We discovered it was gone while getting in the car after the service ... Scott even went back in to get it, but couldn't find it, so we had to suffer through (the screaming and crying most of the way home). Although we had several backups stashed in the cupboard at home, I decided to go with the "Sorry, we left binky at church" story and see what would happen ...
I'm not gonna lie - it was rough for the first few days. ESPECIALLY nap/bedtime. Sheesh. And who could forget the following conversation we had about 450 times a day for a while:

Lucy: Where's the binky? (in her saddest, most pathetic voice)
Me: Sorry, we left the binky at church...
Lucy: Go get it. (in same pleading voice)
Me: Nope, sorry. Binky is all gone, we left it at church.
Lucy: GO GET IT! (in voice becoming desperate...)
Repeat.
Repeat.
Repeat.
You get the idea.

Yep ... good times, I tell you. Thank goodness for blankie, which just had to suffice as sole comforter.
But was it all worth it? I think it was - four or five days later, she stopped asking (except for maybe once a day), and now - two weeks later - I haven't heard any mention of the "B word" in days! Yahoo!
Now ... if only I could win the potty training battle. Nope. She's still not potty trained. And yes, I know it "looked" like she was going to be potty trained months ago (if you've been reading my posts over the past four or five months). But no. That was just a big joke, apparently. At least Lucy thinks so.