Monday, August 25, 2008

weekend fun pics

me and my wagon... :)



we had quite the weekend. It was fun to have a chance to be at home and hang out as a family. John gets more precious daily to me.

We went out to Shramm(?) Park on Sunday afternoon and let Johnners roam around. He saw geese for the first time and of course he wanted to walk up and hug on them - they weren't to interested in that one... we took his new red wagon (thanks to Grammie) and toted him all over. He LOVES that wagon. There was a park out there and a nature center. The park had an 'old fashioned slide' so we took Johnners down the slide a few times. He loved it!!! When we would try to walk away he would cry and point back to it. Made me laugh over and over again.

It was more 'yucky' then I'm used to but I was willing to put up with it for the sake of the 'family' time :). Hopefully this isn't the beginning of Abbie - Nature girl... I don't think I could handle that.

He was cold because we had had yet another 'sprinkler run in'. I found a Halloween costume we got last year and decided to put it on him so he would be warm. He was wayyy to stinkin' cute in his little Monkey costume that was two sizes too big. Ah, who cares :) It was cute.
He wouldn't smile for me b/c it was late and he was now warm and tired. So I had to get a side shot - of course he's suckin that thumb. He's gonna suck that bad boy right off!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sprinkler Time

It makes me laugh - when Johnny sees water, he's immediately drawn to it. We had the sprinkler going last night in our backyard and good ol' Johnny Cakes couldn't resist the temptation to go play in it! I had to grab the camera and take some photos so here's the play by play...


Once he touches the water and realizes it's wet and cold his totaly in! Notice it's hitting him in the face and he seems completely unfazed by this...
now he's in the middle of the whole sprinkler and completely soaking wet - but you see a glimpse of a huge smile huh??
Now that we are completely soaked it's time to run up to mommy and the safe 'dry' place.
Kids - he's too funny!! This is the WARM bath after the COLD shower outside - he literallly sits in the bath until all the water is gone and then still tries to hide from me when I'm reaching for him with the towel - we've got a WATER BABY on our hands :) Gotta love him


Friday, August 15, 2008

cutie pie

Johnny Cakes - LOVIN YOU!! Peek a boo - he loves to hide behind our drapes and peek out after we call his name - it is absolutely precious!

It's been a rougher week then I wish me or John would have had to of had... I needed something to smile about so here are a few pictures of my little guy hammin' it up for the camera. These were all taken - LAST WEEK - there haven't been many smiles this week for our little Johnners. We start a new daycare on Monday and we pray that it will be what Mark and I have been looking for, for our little one. It is so hard to choose a provider for your child. My heart has been breaking all week - I am literally counting the minutes until I can go pick him up from the center that we have him in now. He's had a pretty traumatic week. alas - life continues on and we grow from pain. I'm sure somewhere in this experience we've learned a few things and have also grown in ways we may not understand now.

Love you all - thanks for all of your prayers for my little guy and a new daycare provider for him.

Friday, August 8, 2008

thoughts for the day...



it's amazing how life works sometimes. I've learned things are not always as they seem and it's totally depressing to realize that. I am grateful for the tough lessons my life has taught me but I wish I didn't have to learn them the hard way. It makes it difficult to not be a bitter negative person. The hard lessons are the ones that hurt the most. Isn't there a threshold level of pain that you reach where you are immune to have any more? Apparently not.

Why is it that it takes dramatic events to connect people? The ones who are the closest to you should always be around, yet that is not a true model.

Life has it's interesting ways of chewing you up and then spitting you out again. I always try to tell others that the most beautiful flowers come from being fertilized. And what is the best fertilizer? POOP. Somehow it makes you feel a little better.

Who would think that something as simple as poop could become so complicated to do? Anymore when my son stinks up his pants instead of thinking "oh great, another poopy diaper" I think - "Thank you God that my son CAN poop". I am grateful that his system works :) Now there's a new way of looking at a stinky situation huh?

The specialist wants to do surgery. Take out his adenoids and put tubes in his ears. In my opinion that's a lot for an infant. Gotta pray on that one...

Looks like mom will be comin' home on Monday if all continues to go well. That poor woman. Yet she would NEVER say "poor me". She is the strongest woman I have ever had the privilege to know in my life. She is the glue that holds our entire family together. When we almost lost her each of us went through our own personal hell. When she went back to the hospital, some waaaay to familiar feelings and thoughts came back. She's going to be alright. I firmly believe that - I have to. We haven't gotten enough time yet. God, I'm asking for at least another 20 - 30 years. Am I pushing it to ask for that? I want my son to grow up and know his grammy. To have that relationship means the world to me for him.

My mom is beautiful from every angle you look at her. She oozes it! Everyone that knows her would testify to that.

I love you mom and appreciate you, and who you are, every day. We shouldn't wait until someone has passed away to say all the good things about them. We should tell the people we love that we love them daily.

I've learned...That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.



People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away! Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.



Life isn't about the moments but the moments that take our breath away.
and in the end - the love you take is equal to the love you make.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

some fun ones

Here he is about 6 months old - gotta love the monkey hat. This picture is taken of him when he's about two months old. How precious is that little punkin face!
This was in May - Look at those cheeks - we know where he gets those :)
This is baby John and Pappy John. Just haning out on the swing in thier backyard.
I love his hair in this picture - he's so cute I could eat him up!

THE PARTY!

It was like he knew it was his birthday party!
He had some friends over to play with and had tonz of presents and cake to boot! He tried the cake and definitely thought it was YUMMY!
He got the cake all over!! It was in his hair and ears, along with the floor.
He was SUGARED OUT!
As we opened gifts he read some cards with mommy.
Overall we had a great birthday party. He was jivin' all over the place. Dancin around and stuttin' his stuff. He is totally comfortable being the center of attention. HUH? I wonder where he gets that!! :) It was a wonderful day filled with family and friends. I couldn't have asked for more. Happy Birthday my little Johnny Cakes - i love you :)