Friday, November 30, 2012

Freaky Friday








Don't you like my feet in the shots?  I know every shot is blurry, but I still thought they looked pretty rad. Fun with glow sticks in houzz. For all of two bucks, my kids entertained themselves for at least two hours, because after the bath, they designed weird stuff in Sam's room with them.  It was great! 

Happy Friday Ya'll.  A

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Guatemala Pics

Without further adieu....here are few snippets of the our Guatemala trip.  All the pictures are from the talented Mr. Nat Player.  He has so graciously given us access to them and I'm so thankful that he captures the trip for us, so that we don't have to be responsible for a camera.  Thanks again Nat. 



As soon as we arrive, we go to the dump and pray over the people working below.  We serve with the Potter's House who is there working in the community day in and day out.  The people and the trash seem to meld together. 
It makes my heart hurt.



I chose this picture so you could see how close the quarters are to navigate.



This is where God's heart is.  In these sweet people.  In these sweet children.




How we mix concrete

Katie girl....working hard










They dry their clothes in such an inventive way.  So clothes pins, just rope and bamboo.
 



They use and reuse everything.  Here you can see how they are reusing bags

Love the Light











I can't say enough about the Guatemalan people.  They are truly gracious and humble.  They are welcoming and giving.  Thank you to the Potter's House and Wayside Chapel for even giving us the opportunity to serve God.  As always, you humble me to my knees.  I would go back tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

An Adjustment

Since coming back from Guatemala, Sam has been a grouch pot.  Super bad. Like...bring mama a strong drink now bad.

He will fuss, and fuss for an entire day.  Nothing will make him happy.  It is brutal and it makes me absolutely crazy.  I feel horrible for Ben too, because all I say is, "Don't touch him, don't mess with him, don't even look at him, give him whatever it is that he wants, etc, etc."  I've taken him to the Dr, I've tried antibiotics, tylenol, and motrin.  He's just angry. all. day. long.   And the days are long. 

Well, yesterday while chatting it up with Mr. N, all I decided to have a pity party.  I want to eat lunch out by myself.  I want to go shopping at the gro or any where without everyone freaking out.  I want to drive in my car and jam out to my music without listening to Veggie Tales and getting the sippy cup that fell.  I want to be selfish.  I was jealous of Mr. N's quality and quantity of alone time.  

After my freak out session, I was gently reminded by God that I was so very wrong and broken.  It came over me like a wave.  Love is never jealous.  Remember?   My love for my husband and my children should be patient, kind, hard to anger, and not self-seeking.  I was failing miserably. 

How dare me be jealous of my husbands time? I was humbled. This is a phase, it's only a season.  I'm truly trying to be in the moment, and enjoy all the fuss.  It's just hard.  And I'm just putting it all out there.  I'm sure that I will look back at this time and miss it and want it back, so I'm trying again today.  Thank goodness for grace, right?   Wish me luck, A

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mr. Fancy Pants

Do you have boys?  Do you have Barbies?  Would you like to make your fabulously, manly husband a little nervous?  Yes, yes, and yes!

Let's play with mom's old Barbies!  And all the accessories!  And have fruity, kid cocktails with umbrellas with it!  Okay!  All great ideas!

Just joking, but yes, I did let my boys play with all of my barbies, but it wasn't necessarily to make make Mr. N nuts.  We went looking for my old little baby dolls, because Sam was playing with them at school and uncovered my Barbie loot.  They really loved them. 

Do you let your boys play with girly things and vice versa? Just curious of your thoughts on this.

Cheers to your Tuesday! Hope it's a super one!  Love, A

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cardboard Lovings













Happy Day!  Welcome back!  I've been thoroughly enjoying my hiatus and hanging out with two little men.  Ben has been a dream to be with, but I can't say the same for dear old Sammy.  He's been a toot and a half.  Welcome to the independent, fussy, angry twos.  Boo.

Before the holiday, I created tons with left over cardboard.  Two mini-drive in cars for my wee ones, and two little play houses.  I, of course, thought I could just make one house, but I was VERY wrong.  Not only did I need to make an additional one, but Ben had some requirements.  I got very crafty with a box cutter and created away.  There were a hit.  Not only did the boys love them, but their friends too. 

We ordered pizza and had popcorn with peanut M&Ms in them.  By the end of the holiday break, the cars had to be tossed.  They were gross and dying. 

I've been very crafty this week....mainly with Pinterest stuff, so I'll share all the goodies.  Also-the Maggiano's turkey dinner was freaking amazing.  I will totally do it again next year, it was fast, pretty cheap, delish, and best of all....I didn't spend the entire time in the kitchen.  Happy Monday ya'll.  Hugs, A
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