The Upside Down Machine

Kenley wearing shorts for the first time. Lord do I love the chunky legs you have given her!

Great Aunt Dee-Dee gave the girls a new outfit each. She said that they needed ‘play clothes‘ and knew that they didn’t own any shorts. Wait, maybe Britton has a smocked shorts set. Any way, Kenley liked her halter top. She thought she was fancy stuff.

We are leaving next weekend for Shands. I am trying not to think too much about it- instead using my energy to focus on playing with her.

Tonight, we played the ‘Upside down machine’ game that I invented. I took turns turning the girls upside down. Kenley actually loved it! Maybe she is getting a little more frisky after all.

We also did some airplane rides. Kenley much prefers to hold her green and pink blankets and love on me.

Kenley’s latest game, that makes her laugh out loud (and my heart burst) is playing hide and seek with Britton. I carry Kens and we chase Britton once we find her. Kenley absolutely loves it!

I best get to packing, I am taking the girls to visit a friend this weekend then heading over to Reynolds Plantation for a wedding. Whew, I am either crazy or smart to be getting out of this house. Not sure which yet.. will know soon enough.

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30 day challenge

While I am on a roll trying to achieve my goals I set out for the week, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to attempt to continue on in my 30 days challenge even though Hubs is still in the Keys Fishing.

While he is away, I earn double points, by praying for him. Stormie Omartian wrote an awesome book- outlining 30 areas a wife should pray on for her husband. This week, this is what I will focus on:
1. Health- make everything work as it should
2. Choices- give him wisdom for every decision he makes
3. Purpose- that he will clearly hear the call God has on his life.
4. Protection- since he will be traveling by air, land and sea the next few days.

More Mary’ish

Britton having her fingernails painted. She picked out a red with sparkles- Mama asked her to tone it down some since we are headed to a wedding at the Ritz Carlton this weekend. Isn’t there a rule somewhere that you have to be 20 before you can wear red polish or red lipstick?
Britton wasn’t so sure why this woman was filing and buffing her toenails. This was definately a first for Britty. Don’t get too used to it sweet girl!
This photo is very small, I don’t know why. Dry time.

In an effort to be more ‘Mary Like’, today I took Britton with me for some one on one time. I had a deadline for work this morning so I was consumed with ‘work stuff’ for the better half of this morning.

Lunch time rolled around and Mama Mary was here with the girls. Before walking out the door, I looked over into the family room and Britton was sitting on her overstuffed chair watching TV. I asked if she wanted to go “run errands” with me and she immediately ran to fetch her shoes.

4 years old is such a fun age. She can do so many things with me. I decided that we would have lunch together and get our nails so. And that is just what we did. Mexican lunch (Britton wanted chips- oh the healthy eater that I’ve raised), manicure and pedicures for both, shopping and Cold Stone Creamery ice cream to round off our afternoon.

No other errands- just Britton and Mommy time. Wednesday’s are typically sacred to me, as that is the one day I get 5 hours without the girls to run errands, have alone time. Now granted, usually (as I’ve said before) this time is spent at the grocery or bank or some other very exciting place.. but today was devoted only to Britton.

I took some photos with my Treo, because of course I didn’t have a real camera. You will have to forgive the poor clarity.

Now I know what it must be like for my mom to have me and my sister as her friends.

Mary and Martha

In the past week, I have heard this story twice now. Britton has a book filled with new testament ‘children’s stories’ – its a pretty thick book and she asked me to read the story of Mary and Martha to her. To be honest, I didn’t remember learning it as a child, and it certainly hadn’t stuck with me if I’ve read it as an adult recently.

At church, just days later, the sermon is based on the same passage. Mary and Martha from Luke 10.

“As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
41-42The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
- Luke 10: 38-42

The sermon was about everyone, epically Type A’s, getting caught up in the everydayness amd business of life. We all can shout off our top priorities (family, God, friends) without hesitation but our calendars rarely match our mouth. I know this is true for me. Pedicure, fabric store, bows, ballet registration, cleaners, bank.

While these things are important, and sometimes necessary, instead of trying to keep the house clean, work shirts ready for Mike- wouldn’t my time be better spent sitting down with him and really asking him about his day. Not as we are exhausted and ready to fall asleep for the evening, or over two cranky children.

Why is it that I can find time to 1/2 to 1 hour day to exercise or play on the computer, but not 5 minutes at night to spend time in scripture?

As I swept my kitchen for the ump-teeth time this week, the following thought went through my head: one day, I am going to look up from all this housework, and realize that my children have grown. My children have grown, and I’ve been too busy with this to even notice.

I am that Martha- the busy body in the kitchen getting all the details just so- leaving the ‘entertaining‘ to others while I get everything just perfect. And no one really notices the attempt at near perfection but me.

Big Daddy is fishing in the keys all week, so it will be pretty easy to fulfill this week’s portion of the 30 day challenge. Therefore, I can safely add another goal to this week’s list. My goal this week, is to be less Martha-like. To stop, step back, and spend my time and energy on things that are really important.

Pretty soon, my little girl will have a broken sternum, wires in her chest, possibility a pacemaker, stitches and much pain. I need to spend my precious precious time, with my precious precious family. Because in the end, that’s all that really matters.

Put your high heels on

I meant to post these a couple weeks ago when Kenley put them on for the first time.

She is a natural at walking in them. I call them the girls “disco shoes”. As Dolly Parton once said, “They’re just too cha cha for words!”. – Steel Magnolias.