Sunday, February 20, 2011

Much Needed R&R

Well, I have a super fantabulous husband---I know, I know--I say this all the time, but he really out did himself this time!

A few weeks ago, Chris and I talked about not celebrating Valentine's Day until the weekend after.  We have been out on Valentine's Day in the past, and we end up wondering why we went out because we don't like all the crowds.  He told me he made plans for Auntie Jen and Uncle John to come for the evening so we could go out to dinner. I suggested that maybe he could ask them to spend the night so we could go to a hotel for the night since we never celebrated our anniversary because of my foot injury.   He told me that he didn't think it was a good time to do it, so I just dropped it--OK, I didn't completely drop it, but gave some hints that I thought it would be really nice.  He didn't change his mind, so I resigned myself to the fact that it was going to be just dinner.

Well, Friday afternoon around 2:30pm, he told me to go upstairs and pack the bag on the bed because in 30 minutes I would be leaving our house and not coming back until the next day.  I was totally shocked--he said my face was priceless.  I went upstairs and started packing having no idea what I was packing for.   We got in the car, and he brought me to a spa.  I spent almost 4 hours in the spa getting a body exfoliating wrap, massage, a manicure and a pedicure.  He then picked me--let's just say I was REALLY relaxed at this point--and brought me to our hotel room.  We got changed and headed to dinner at Benihana.  After dinner, we stopped at Wegmans to get a dessert since Chris forgot the cheesecake at home.  We went back to the hotel, watched some TV and ate dessert.  It was so nice to sleep through the night--not that we don't do that at home, but I don't sleep as well when listening for the children.  Chris got us a package at the hotel that allowed us to have a free movie, free breakfast and a check out at 4pm.  So we spent all morning and afternoon in bed watching TV and eating.  We ordered room service for breakfast, watched a movie, watched TV and ordered pizza for lunch.  It was so nice to not have to do anything.  The last few months have been very draining for us--God has given us A LOT of ministry.  Don't get me wrong--we are not at all complaining and feel VERY honored that He saw fit to use us, but we both realized that we needed this time to recharge and reconnect as a couple so we can continue to be used by God to minister those around us.

We both look forward to how God is going to continue to use us after this much needed weekend of R&R.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day 2011

This year we decided to start a new tradition with the kiddos.  Chris and I have been out on Valentine's Day a couple of times in our marriage, and we usually end up asking, "Why did we go out on Valentine's Day?"  We aren't big into crowds, so we usually celebrate Valentine's the weekend after.  So with all of that out of the way, we decided that I would take Josiah out, and he would take Sophie out.  If you look at our February Album, you can see we got all dressed up for this special date.  Chris and Josiah got dressed, and I took Sophie so we could get dressed.  The boys came to the bedroom door and knocked to ask us out on a date.  Chris explained to Josiah the importance of asking the girl go to out, and I explained to Sophie how the boy needs to come and get her at the door.  Chris and I loaded our dates into the car and each headed to our place of dining.  Josiah asked me if I wanted to go to IHOPs (his way of saying IHOP), and Chris asked Sophie to go to Wen-Days with him (his way of saying Wendy's).  Smile  On our way to IHOP, I had a moment of we are starting a tradition and then I realized that one day Josiah will be old enough to have a girlfriend, and he might be taking her out on Valentine's Day instead of me.  Then I got over my sadness and realized that the whole point of starting this tradition was to train him on how to treat a young lady.  We had LOTS of fun eating our pancakes and french toast in our dress up clothes.  We actually got quite a few compliments--OK, so Josiah got quite a few compliments on how cute he looked in his suit.  From what Chris said, Sophie got a lot of compliments, too.  At the end of our meal, I gave Josiah the bill and slipped him the money, so he could pay for our dinner.  We talked about the importance of paying for a lady's meal--especially if he asked her out on a date.  Then we went back to the table so he could leave a tip for the waitress.

 We both really enjoyed our date night, and I'm so thankful that God laid it on our hearts to start this tradition.  Everyday seems like Valentine's Day around here--I'm so thankful that I have a husband that shows he loves me all the time instead of just one day out of the year--so not going out wasn't that big of a deal.  We pray that Josiah and Sophie will show their spouse the same kind of love and in turn God will lead them to someone who will do the same.

 Well, that is it for our Valentine's Day celebration.  I'm so thankful that God has blessed me with a loving husband and two wonderful children to love. 

Friday, February 11, 2011


Well, I've been writing down little tidbits the last week or so about what the kids have been doing.  It seems like we've gotten busier and busier and when I sit down to write a journal entry, I don't remember very much.  So here we go:

 Sophie heard Chris put his keys in the door when he got home from work. I asked Sophie, "Who is that?"  She said, "Daddeee!"  When he walked in the door, I asked, "Is that Daddy?"  and she said, "Yesss!"  I felt like we had our first conversation. --January 26th

So I told Josiah to go get one of his Valentine's Day books off the bookshelf, and he told me he didn't want to read a book.  He then said, " I go upstairs and read the Bible."  --February 3rd

Sophie crawled over to my diaper bag, took out my wallet, opened it up and pulled out my debit card... I think she is a bit young for this! :) --February 3rd

Today, I was backing out of our parking spot and bumped into the snow pile behind me.  From the backseat, I heard Josiah say, "Try again, Mommy, try again." It was all I could do not to split a gut! --February 5th

Tonight, I asked Sophie if she wanted juice for dinner.  She said, "Yes." and then crawled over to the fridge.  --February 6th

Today was our first time in a long time that we had our Family Worship Time.  We climb into our bed with the kids, sing a couple of songs, read a Bible story and then have a prayer time. When we all climbed into bed and told the kids what we were doing again, Josiah said, "This is a fun place."  He snuggled right in and we had our worship time.  I guess he missed our routine more than I realized. --February 7th

Today, Josiah informed me that if I knocked his train off the track that he would have to tickle me! --February 7th

 Josiah "read" his Moses book "Up and Down" today. I say "read" because he pretty much has it memorized, but hey we gotta start some where, right? --February 7th

Josiah got out of his bed this morning--this is only the 3rd time he has gotten out of his bed since he started sleeping in a toddler bed--can't complain too much.  After explaining to him that he could only get out of bed when Mommy or Daddy came to get him, he told me that he just wanted to come to a safe place.  How could I be mad at him after a comment like that?  I didn't show any weakness though--I told him he could get into bed this time, but next time he needed to wait for someone to get him.
 --February 8th

Sophie is now wanting to eat using a fork.  The cutest thing is when she is ready to have more food, she politely hands the empty for to us so we can put more food on it for her. --February 9th

Sophie took a nap today without sucking her thumb!!  I won't mention that she was probably too tired to try to get the socks off of her hands or that she passed out because she didn't get a morning nap, but hey we gotta start somewhere, right?
--February 9th

 Josiah was playing with his trains today, and like always, Sophie heads towards them.  Josiah yells, "OH NO!!  Mommy stop Destruct-o!" --February 9th

Josiah goes and grabs my Bible and inform me he is going to a Bible study today.  He brings the Bible to the ottoman and starts "reading" the Baby Moses story.
--February 11th

 The other day Chris was reading Sophie her favorite book.  Chris likes to make sounds for the different vehicles.  Josiah asked Chris to make a sound for the tricycle.  Chris told him that the trike doesn't make a sound.  Josiah said, "Yes it does.  It goes Ding-Ding."  Don't you just love being corrected by a 2.5 year old!?!?! :)--February 11th

 Well, I feel like this was a much more successful journal writing--it was TONS easier on this ol' brain of mine--I didn't have to strain as much.  So as you can see, you got a little glimpse of how we live our life--with a lot of laughter!