Friday, November 30, 2012

Our Harvest Home

As we put away our fall decorations this past week and made way for Christmas, we took a few pictures over October and November to remember the way our festive home looked this autumn.  My heart is grateful for our sweet home, but I pray daily that a new family will find it. Here is a tour of what will {hopefully} be our last fall in this humble abode of ours.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mirror, Mirror.

Mirror, mirror...

These are the words that are constantly playing in my head these days. I have a pocket-sized one following me wherever I go. Sure, I know she is a little sponge and will pick up on things here and there, but recently it seems almost immediate. A reflection.

Here are a few examples:

One night mommy and daddy were crumbling tortilla chips on their chili for dinner. MC wanted a chip- and then proceeded to do the same thing instead of eat it straight-up.

We were at mom's prayer last Friday and I was swinging a little one that was content to be there after a tearful good-bye to her own mommy. After she was cool, calm, and collected, I went to go help with some other littles. I come back to find my own daughter swinging the sweet one on her own and making smiles her way. My heart swelled. Tears were at the brink- and I was so proud to be my little compassionate girl's mama.

She now attempts to change her own baby dolls' diapers and tells me if they are wet or "poo poo".

She talks with her hands.

She will try and clean windows, dust furniture, etc...right after me with her own little rag.

She "folds" laundry and puts it up.

If I am putting my make-up on while sitting on the floor by our full-length mirror, she digs into my make-up bag- examining the goods and then tries to "put on" some make- up herself.

She will try on daddy's hats and mommy's necklaces.

She drums with good form {or so daddy says} just like he does.

She can say "No!" pretty firmly. {Not so sure I'm always happy about that one.}

Just this morning as I was sweating to Jillian Michaels, she tried to do her version of push-ups with me. {Lay on your belly and look up}

There are other things I know that I've already forgotten and that might jump back into my memory, but I wanted to capture these little reflections for sure. My little shadow, mirror, sponge is watching my every move and there are times when it is reflected back at me when I least expect it. Then there are flashes of my former self, and my husband- plus something completely different- all in one.







The true molding is beginning and starting to truly take shape in her. I pray that God gives us the daily tools to help her be independent and strong, mixed with just the best of her daddy and myself. Because, Lord knows, she sure is watching.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A little Halloween Happiness.

The little bug's second Halloween celebration is in the books. This year she was definitely more into it, as she was only 7 months last go around, and loved knocking on the doors and getting her treats. {Or, "nacks" -which she calls anything that reminds her of a snack}. In fact, when we got back to our house to help hand out candy, she would knock on our door hoping for people to come. When they did arrive and she got to give them some candy, she would say "More", not wanting the fun to stop.

In keeping with the making/using what we got idea behind costumes again this year- us girls were Mickey and Minnie Mouse. {Although, my mouse ears had the bow on them- that's just how they came from our past Disney trips}

Mouse ears: Walt Disney World, Hooded jacket: Old Navy, Black pants are some OU pants from Academy turned inside out, Black socks and Mary Jane shoes: Target, and Polka-Dot dress: Carter's from Babies R Us, courtesy of Nana.
Things that we already had bought for regular use. Woo hoo!

I love this pic of her because she looks totally thrilled to be taking pictures for us. Ha!

Daddy stayed true to his native roots and went as a super South African soccer/rugby fan. Vuvuzela and all.



After the night was all said and done, I think we might have a candy lover on our hands. MC has never been too into sweets unless it is straight-up fruit {and, we don't really buy/keep the stuff around}, but having a few tastes of some M&M's definitely had her wanting more. Uh-oh. Here we go.

Hope your Halloween had a bit of happiness too!