Friday, April 29, 2011

Bloom 52 Week Challenge- Week 17 JOY cheated.  I took this photo last week, not this week. I know- crazy.  I always post pictures of my children and their stories. I can always relate each theme back to them. So I chose to use a photo from last week because I kept coming back to it when I was thinking about joy.  Last week, the kids and I were up in CT visiting my parents.  While we were there we visited with my grandparents, Sitto and Giddo (Arabic for Grandma and Grandpa).  I am half Lebanese and grew up learning lots about Lebanese culture and foods.  Anyway, I only see my Sitto and Giddo a few times I year. I am so fortunate that I have them in my life and that we are so close.  I have memories of them from my childhood but now I also know them as adults.  It is amazing to see them, know them,  listen to their stories both old and new.  Seeing them brings me so much joy.

This is a picture of my Giddo, George Nichols.  He is an amazing man.  He is the hardest worker I know. He built the home he lives in now with his own hands.  He raised his family there and we have 4 generations who celebrate holidays there.  He still does work around the house keeping it in such wonderful condition.   He is social, funny, and extremely smart.  Not just book smart but life smart. The BEST advice I have I learned from him and Sitto. I follow their values and beliefs each day.  I am lucky they shared their wisdom with me and I can carry and share with my family. I can see Giddo in my children.  James is a fixer just like Big Giddo and they love to head down to his workshop for some serious fixing time.  Emma is a hardworker and persistant (some might call it stubborn ;).

The best part of visiting my grandparents?  I know that it brings them so much joy to have us visit them. I wonder what it must feel like to be in your 80's looking at what you created,  the people, the family, the personalities. Never in your wildest dream could you dream up what your life could be become, who the people will be and how much joy they can bring to you.  I am so blessed to have my children know their great-grandparents and watch them bring each other such joy.  My kids LOVE them, not because they have to but because they truly love the people Sitto and Giddo are. They show my children who they are.  That is Joy.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

A Lovely Family

A few weekends ago I had the privilege of photographing 3 of the most gentle and kind children I have met in a long time. They obviously love each very much and took such good care of each other.  Each child has their own personality and it was so fun to play and photograph them alone and together.   Enjoy these photos of them!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bloom 52 Week Challenge- Week 16 Easter Eggs

Today a friend and I dyed Easter Eggs with our kids! We didn't use regular PAAS dye though. We went au naturel and dyed the eggs using different foods.  It was so much fun to see the colors each food created..  We used onions both red and yellow, grape juice, beets, and turmeric.  I got the information for dyeing the eggs from Lakewinds to guide me in prepping the colors.  We had so much fun and the eggs came out beautiful for the most part. I liked the onions and the turmeric the best.  The colors were muted and natural.  I don't think the beet dye came out as dark as it was supposed to and I would not recommend using the grape juice.  It made the eggs too sticky and the color wasn't so great.  I may try doing the beets again today because I have a ton of eggs and beets left over.  Next time I would also like to use some of the skins to create patterns and designs on the eggs.  It was tons of fun but the kids weren't totally  into it.

Here are some pictures of our eggs.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Bloom 52 Week Challenge- Week 14 Sparkle

My two guys snuggling on the couch. My living room gets such great afternoon light. It sparkles in and makes it so easy to take pictures. I love these two people. They make me so happy, my heart shines just looking at this photo.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

James Loves

This is typical James right now. His Henny and Biz (Dan's parents) taught him how to do this magic spell.  This video is from last month. I hadn't shared it but I think it is very very James.  He loves being silly.  He loves being with Henny and Biz and talking to Tutu and PopPop on the phone. He loves T-Ball, swimming with Taylor, riding his bike, and reading Magic Tree House books.  When we are outside he takes his backpack and pretends he is Jack and we are in the tree house spinning off to another time. He even carries a notebook and pencil so he can "take notes".

James loves helping me bake and cook.  He measures, pours and stirs.  He especially loves making bread and banana bread. He also loves listening to music from Lady Gaga to Vivaldi and even some Grateful Dead (he and Dan listen  to Fire on the Mountain and Shady Grove).  He loves working and writes notes to me and makes lists.  One day I made a list for Target and he asked me how to spell 'toy'. I looked at my list and on the bottom it said, " a toy for James". Ha, nice try.  He loves Legos and can put together a bunch by following the directions all by himself.

He is learning to read and can read lots of sight words. He is constantly sounding out words and trying to see what they say. He loves to rhyme and can make rhymes and point out if something rhymes. He likes writing books and made a book about squirrels for his friend. Since he loves books his comprehension is fantastic,  he can make predictions, retell parts of the story, and understand cause and effect.  (Sorry, that is the teacher in me coming out!)

It isn't always fun and games. He is much more verbal about what he likes and doesn't like and we have had many talks about talking rude and using words instead of hands.  He is learning what he can and can't get away with.  We also are working on being a good listener. Mostly he does a good job :) but still needs some reminders.  It is a reminder to me too that he is still four, still needs directions,  still needs a Mama and Daddy who will  help him grow into a kind, gentle, respectful and hardworking young man.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Emma Funny

Emma is talking like crazy now.  She loves to laugh and say "Emma funny" and then laugh again.  She says the sweetest things and her personality is really growing. Since I don't want to forget any of the things she is saying and doing I figured I would share on here.

Here is a little list of some of the things Emma is saying lately:

1)  When she puts on something new she says, "How do I look?"
2)  "Guess What Mommy?  Guess What?"
3)  When she sees Dan with either is phone or a drink she says "That's Mommy's phone" or "That's Mommy's drink"
4)  When playing with her dolls, she says,"Good Night, Sleep Tight,  don't let bed bugs bite, see you in the morning"
5) Since James is playing tee ball, she keeps saying, "Nice throw!"  and "Good catch!"
6) She loves sweet treats and when she is all finished with her meal she says, "Emma going to Sweet Treat City!" and then she gets a cookie.
7) She points at James's baseball card and says "That's A-Rod."

Things Emma likes:

1) Headbands
3) Books- Especially books about bugs like Bugs and the Very Hungry Caterpillar
4) Her bee backpack
5) Her dolls
6) Woody from Toy Story
7) Riding her tricycle
8) Swimming in the "coowah" with Taylor
9)  Olives
10) Pet Patties (peppermint patties)

Things Emma does:

1) Only wants Mama to change her, get her out of her crib, give her a bath.
2) Cuddles with Daddy
3) Goes in the "gween car" with Daddy.
4) Reads alone for 15-20 minutes at a time.
5) identifies many of the bugs in her Bugs book
6) Recites lots of nursery rhymes
7) Plays music and sings along to her Music Together cd's.
8) Screeches (loudly) when she doesn't get her way.
9)When you ask her for a kiss she leans her head into you.
10)  Likes to choose what she wears down to the socks, coat, and shoes.

The "Dressy Dressy" she wants to wear every.
Loving her sweet personality lately.

Next up:  James!  Can't wait to share his loves lately!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bloom 52 Week Challenge- Week 13: SPRING

Even though it is officially spring, it isn't very spring like here yet. It is cold, damp, and we are expecting SNOW this weekend.  We have been getting outside a bunch for bike riding and digging and even some play at the park but unfortunately I wasn't the most responsible photographer and I didn't bring my camera. I did get a picture of Emma in her new spring dress.  It has flowers on it and she looks adorable in it. It shows what we are looking forward to as it warms up- dresses, flowers, and bare feet!  I adore my babies bare feet and I can't wait until she can wander around with her tootsies in the grass with her pretty dresses on.

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