April 12, 2009

Easter Weekend

We had an incredible weekend. We went to a new church (12 Stone), and I felt so blessed to be back in church. It has been a very, very long time, and Jason and I really enjoyed our time. The babes did well in the children's church, and James was rewarded with a fabulous Easter lunch at "Donald's."



Baby girl was an absolutely princess in her yellow gingham dress and bloomers (which I tend to call "britches" and which my co-worker Kent says is a "no no" for girls). So, with her BLOOMERS, she was the most beautiful girl in the world today.

James is going through a refusal-to-eat-vegetables stage. But I have found out how to pull one over on him. He loves spaghetti, so I made a ton and emptied about six jars of baby food (carrots, squash, beans and peas) into it. Sounds gross, but truly, I could not even taste the difference. And he ate it. I felt like the smartest mother in the world. He guzzled a whole squash or so. Now, I have about 10 frozen bags of it, and I think we now have "balanced meals" for the next week.

My two best men. I love this husband of mine to the depths of my soul. He is amazing with Stella, with James. I catch little moments when he is with the kids (or when he is folding a load of laundry, or washing bottles), and I am moved to tears. Some women would trade their husbands for a housekeeper... but I wouldn't trade mine for a million bucks.


These pictures remind me that our little baby boy is growing up so fast. Look at him! He's a boy. Not just a baby. I cannot believe it.
Poor Stella was so tired tonight by the time she went to bed. (Yes, it's 8:00 - and BOTH children are asleep...again... I dare not speak the words for fear that I am dreaming). Stella cannot get a moment's rest so long as her brother is awake. We took the kids to the park and walked the 2 mile loop, and Stella caught a nap because it was the first time in eight hours where he wasn't bopping her on the head or "honking" her nose.

Today, I am thankful for my family, my children and all the millions of blessings that the good Lord has showered upon us.
As I rocked Stella to sleep tonight, I took breath after breath of her hair, her skin... This time is so fleeting, my heart is breaking with each second that passes, and I realize that my children are growing up. I feel that I often missed the little moments with James because we were the typical "new" parents, and were just so clueless and tired. But I do not let a single day pass without getting twenty kisses from James (I often have to grab them while he is running by), and about five-hundred from Stella (because she's too little to escape).
I don't care if these kids cannot stand me when they are teenagers... I will still pin them down and kiss them a thousand times over. I love them to the core of my being, and I am a mother, inside and out now... And I wouldn't trade it for the world.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. If you have trouble getting your children (or your husbands) to eat veggies --- try my spaghetti trick. I cannot wait to try something new... I'm thinking bread with green beans next.

2 comments:

becky said...

Mer, have you heard of the cookbook "Deceptively Delicious?" It's written by Jerry Seinfeld's wife, and she uses all sorts of veggie purees to smuggle them into food -- like sweet potato pancakes! Check it out.

And I love the pictures -- you've got a beautiful fam! (you're looking good, too!)

Take care.

Meredith said...

That's great news... I need to pick that up! thanks!