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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Veggie Tales movie event!

This Saturday, October 3rd, Family Christian Stores is hosting a Veggie Tales event! To correspond with the release of the new Veggie Tales movie, they are having a family fun day complete with several showings of the new movie, Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving.

According to the email I got, here's the info:
Saturday, Oct. 3 | one day only
Watch the entire feature at 10 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM at your local store
• A poster and balloon for the first 20 children
• Learn a lesson in giving
• Stickers and coloring pages for all (while supplies last)

If you heard about the new movie, check out the clip below:

Friday, September 25, 2009

And she's off!

Kara is officially crawling!

She's been moving around just fine for some time now, but not actually crawling. You know, scooting, wiggling, almost-crawling, but not actually moving both hands and knees at the same time. She is now doing just that - and I have a feeling we're in for it. I just thought she was mobile before!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Are you expecting?

No, not me, any other moms out there! There's an Amazon giveaway thing where you can register to win a "Dream Baby Registry" with an additional year's supply of Huggies diapers. Do you have any idea how much money we spend on diapers alone!!!??? It's got me THISCLOSE to switching to cloth. I'm almost there. But not quite.

I'm not expecting, so I can't enter, but I thought I'd pass it along. Since you're probably going to register somewhere for baby stuff, why not register online at Amazon too? All you've got to do to enter is create an Amazon registry with at least 10 items (and we all know how hard that is!) and they're picking one winner a month from May to December for a $3000 "dream registry." How cool is that?

Hey moms, do you like to write?

Check out this contest over at Parenting.com - it's asking you to write a 300 word essay (I know, who has the time or energy to write an ESSAY for crying out loud!) but hear me out - about "What motherhood means to me." At first I'm thinking, easy enough topic, but then I realize that it's a little more deep than I first gave it credit... so maybe I'll have to give this one some thought! Also, they've requested a photo to go along with your "essay." But, if you win, here's what you get per the Parenting contest info:

If you're our winner, your essay and photo will appear in the March 2010 issue of Parenting, and you'll be offered a one-week guest-blogging gig on Parenting.com. But that's not all -- you'll also receive a huge haul of Baby Björn gear, worth more than $1000!

Also something about a new movie coming out called Motherhood with Uma Thurman that looks absolutely hilarious and true to life, and a must-see for moms everywhere - but I'll let you check that out yourself! Good luck if you choose to enter! (I think I'd love to be on the panel that got to read all of the entries - that would be so interesting!)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Seth's new football obsession

I think that next time there's a game on that Brian wants to watch, we're going to have to make an exception and let Seth stay up to watch the whole thing with him. He was so excited when Brian said that he could watch the game downstairs with him... Seth watched until halftime and then Brian brought him upstairs for bed. I had to go in twice to tell him to settle down that it was bedtime - once he was just making noise, the second time he was actually calling me "mommy. Mommy!" That time I actually went in and talked to him. When I asked him what was wrong, he said that he wanted to get up, and that he'd be really quiet and just watch with daddy. Talk about making you feel bad!!! I hated telling him no, but since we'd already put him to bed, I didn't think it was a good idea to let him get up. I don't think we're at a place where he could understand the "this is an exception, don't try it every night."

Oh well... next time!

Halloween is when?

I cannot get over how fast time seems to go now that we have kids. Or maybe it's just that as I'm getting older time goes faster. Whatever the reason, Brian pointed out something that I really have to agree with. When I mentioned Halloween coming up, he said that Halloween just seemed to be the sign of the end of the year, since following Halloween seemed to be Thanksgiving and then Christmas and New Years, all right there together and over before you know it!

I've been trying to decide if I wanted to host a Halloween party for the kids in our mom's play group. We did it last year (it seems like just a few weeks ago instead of last year!!!) and it was a lot of fun. And I realize I've got almost a month to plan it, so I don't know why I'm waffling on the idea. Maybe because even with a month's time to plan it, it IS a lot of work... and Seth is in his "hitting" stage, which makes play-dates a little stressful.

But everywhere I look there's signs of Halloween and all these really cute Halloween and fall decorations, candies, snacks, and general holiday nick-nacks that just call my name. I guess I'll have to decide soon, but something tells me we'll be having friends up for a costume party after all. It was just too much fun last year!

Seth's soothing words

I absolutely LOVE listening to some of the things Seth has to say. His personality is just blossoming, and to find out what' really going on in his little mind is amazing. The other day on the way home, Kara started crying. She was so tired, and hungry, that she was getting pretty riled up. Seth was asking "what's wrong, mommy?" So I just explained that she was tired and hungry. Since he had previously "helped" her eat her cheerios, he assumed I was telling him that it was his fault she was hungry and crying. (I have to remember that he takes things literally!) I had to then tell him that it wasn't his fault she was hungry, but I did ask him to talk to her and tell her it was okay.

For some reason, sometimes when she's upset, he can talk her down and she'll respond to him while she won't for me or Brian. So, he started talking to her. This is a bit of what I heard from the backseat:

"It's okay Kara. Don't cry. I'm sorry I ate all your Chex. (to which I told him it was cheerios) It was an accident (which sounds like ax-dent)" He kept saying some version of this over and over. After a bit, he added, "it's okay Kara. Mommy will save you from the monster. She save me from monster." Huh? What monster?

He just cracks me up!!!

Oh, and she did calm down and completely stopped crying. Go figure.

First Tooth!

Kara has gotten her first tooth! Well, pretty much, anyway. I first noticed a tiny little nub peeking through her bottom gum on Wednesday night, which kind of explained a lot... She had had a cold, bu had been getting over it but still was waking up at night and seemed fussy. We kind of just figured she was still having some stuffiness at night, but it seems we didn't consider teething as a possibility until it was obvious! Funny how you forget things from one baby to the next...

Add to the fussiness the fact that she's been drooling like a faucet - we should have seen it coming! I guess it's good timing for Kara since I think we're about done nursing. This just kind of puts the final nail in it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pillowcase dress

Some of my girlfriends were talking about this pillowcase dress the other night and I thought it sounded cute and relatively easy, so I looked it up. Is this not just too cute? And from a pillowcase? How awesome is that?

Even better, Jen at RedInstead has detailed - and easy to follow - instructions on her blog! I think I might just have to try this out for Kara!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Review of Fearless by Max Lucado

I just finished Fearless by Max Lucado. The title pretty much sums up the theme of the book, although it may be simplifying the issue a bit. The message that Max Lucado shares in Fearless is how to address and overcome the fears we face. And these days, those fears can be great and overwhelming, ranging from fears about health or finances to wars and the economy. Many of these same fears have paid me a visit personally over the past few years in some form or another, especially since we now have kids of our own.

Somehow it seems as if having kids has upped the fear factor - there are so many more/new things to worry about. For example, earlier in the year we were going to take an extended trip and drive to see family in Texas but word of the swine flu was spreading faster than the actual flu was and we decided to cancel the trip - pretty much based on our fear of what contact with the virus could mean to our children. Although some of our fears are based on fact and sound reasoning, others may not be. This book helps distinguish between unfounded fears and living an educated, although unafraid life.

Maybe that's why I found it so appealing. I am by nature a fearful person. I knew even as a child that I was a worrier. I got it honestly, if worrying is a trait that can be inherited, because both my grandmother and mother are worriers. It's my personal "thorn" in my side and one that I struggle daily with. I have recently come to realize that I need desperately to find a way to get my fears and worries under control so that I can be an effective and strong parent for my children. I realize that God is the answer, but was unsure of where to start. Prayer has most definitely helped, but when I saw the title of this book, I couldn't help but want to hear more. I was intrigued to see what this godly teacher had to say about it, or more importantly to glean from his knowledge of scripture what God says about it. The encouragement I've taken from this book, from the scriptures quoted and reassurances given from Jesus himself has been great.

The fact that Jesus warns that we will have trouble, that we will be persecuted, and that things will get worse before they get better (at least on a global scale) is countered by the fact that God is in control and that all things happen by his plan for the good of his people. The fact that God's children still get sick and die, still suffer loss of finances, homes, children, jobs, the list goes on and on, is tempered by the fact that God is there. Max Lucado points out that Jesus's most common command falls into the theme of "fear not." He says that "the Gospels list some 125 Christ-issued imperatives. Of these, 21 urge us to "not be afraid" or "not fear" or "have courage" or "take heart" or "be of good cheer." (pg. 10)

The fact that Jesus addresses the issue of fear so often proves that he realized how prevalent our fear would be. Max Lucado also points out that Jesus himself suffered fear before he went to the cross. It's easy for me to forget that Jesus experienced the same feelings and emotions that we do every day as a man. The fact that he is also God sometimes makes me forget that he has a personal experience with fear.

I have highlighted so many passages in this book, I wish I could share them all with you, but I'm sure that would be some kind of copyright infringement! I cannot tell you how much this book has helped and encouraged me. Although I know that my battle with fear may be a never-ending one, I have a renewed knowledge that God is there, waiting for me to pour my heart out to Him in prayer. That He will answer and that He never moves or changes. That if I will fix my gaze on Him and not on the problem or fear, I will not falter. That God is always bigger than my worries. These are facts we are hopefully taught in Sunday School growing up, but to be reminded of them is never a redundant lesson.

Fearless may be a quick and easy read, but it is anything but "fluff" reading. The message in this book is one of hope and encouragement for us as we face new fears each day. If you suffer from fear, doubt or worry, this is most definitely a book to read. Start with Fearless and continue with prayer and praise.

1 Peter 5:7 - Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.