Let’s Play Catch Up

Why hello blogging world!!! With vacation done and holidays over, let’s play catch up shall we? Ha, we recently got home internet (woot woot) finally, and now it should (repeat should) be easier to keep up with this. That’s the plan anyway. Hope every one had a great New Years! Below are some pictures from the last…um, not sure but a short timeline to catch my few interested readers up =) Enjoy a years worth of growing up in a single blog!!!!

Richard Michael's first birthday!!!

Richard Michael’s first birthday!!!

What a handsome little guy!!!

What a handsome little guy!!!

My second Mother's Day!

My second Mother’s Day!

What more needs to be said...he loves his daddy!

What more needs to be said…he loves his daddy!

Learning colors!

Learning colors!

Lookin' sharp for church!

Lookin’ sharp for church!

First time in the snow!

First time in the snow!

My little baby is a little boy!

My little baby is a little boy!

Okay take two. Just about had this portion all done and I somehow deleted this bottom half. Wahhhh!

Here I go again…

More about RJ… RJ is very active and alert and smart. He’s such a sweet boy although he can have his moments. RJ loves to be outside and he is very observant. A single plane can not fly by without being spotted and/or heard by him. We had his second birthday party at the local skydive that also has a restaurant attached so you can sit inside/outside and watch the skydivers sailing in while you eat lunch. I’m not sure where those pictures are at the moment, but we had a great time. Simple and sweet. I even made a plane cake for him too (with the help of my mother-in-law). Hopefully I will find the pictures soon…I should probably print some too. Sorry, getting off topic. I’m an out-of-sight-out-of-mind kind of person, unfortunately.

Anyway, I may be bragging here, but he is so smart!!!!! This crazy guy can do so many things that amaze me! And his memory!!!! They say elephants never forget, RJ must be an elephant. If I tell him the plans for the day the night before, it’s almost always the first thing out of his mouth in the morning. Gotta be careful with that!!! Memorizing Bible verses? So far it’s been pretty easy for him! He knows about 5 or 6 comfortably! Brag brag brag, but I am so proud of that!!!

He loves music! He loves to sing and play mommy’s piano and guitar. Anywhere from hymns to the fun silly songs, RJ is going to be like his daddy, A.K.A. “The Walking Hymn Book” since Richard basically never needs the words to the songs! RJ must have his daddy’s brain! For that I am truly thankful!

RJ loves to be silly and run around and play with cars, trucks, trains and pretty much anything that has wheels. Occasionally he’ll calm down enough for a good book or an episode of Little Bear (a show I used to watch as a kid) Sweet memories to share!

This kid cracks me up! He is witty already! Some of the things he says are hilarious. For example, about a week ago we were at a friend’s house when RJ had to sit in timeout for about three minutes for having an attitude when he was told no. When I was reporting to grandma how he had been that afternoon I told her about his three minute timeout and he said, “It wasn’t three minutes it was three hours!” Ha! And he says stuff like that all the time! He’s so clever and silly! Much like his daddy! Never a dull moment here!!!

With all this growing up going on, I am trying to squeeze in all the hugs and kisses I can, because with this busy boy, I won’t get them for much longer since time is passing so quickly it seems. I am so blessed to have this joy in my life. He can be a stinker and there are days that seem like bedtime will never come, but I really am blessed to have such a wonderful, smart, kind and cheerful boy. I pray that he will be tender and strong, loving and wise, patient and hard-working, and most of a a servant of Christ.

As always, thanks for reading!

Praise God for his Goodness and Mercy.

Sarah J.

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Blogging again and Trying Two’s.

While this page has seem to be forgotten, this little nagging part of my brain says start up again, even though it’s been almost a year and a half since I posted. Well, I have moved up in the world! I have home internet, yay! Keeping track of things via mobile phone is easy but much easier with home internet.
I honestly have no idea where to start. So, without further ado…

Terrible Twos…what are my thoughts? Well, they don’t exist. Okay, who am I kidding, but to really call it “Terrible” that’s a little melodramatic. Yes, having a two year old thrown himself on the floor because he intentionally gave our dog his snack and screaming when she actually indulged herself is a bit dramatic but not terrible. The usual whining while shopping, interruptions during phone calls, trying to make a quick trip to the bank…yes, very testing. If I call the experiences terrible who’s winning here? How about call the Terrible Twos the Trying and Teaching Twos. These babies, well toddlers are little sponges! It’s definitely trying but it’s the perfect time to teach!

For example, a recent grocery trip was supposed to be a break out of the house for a little bit. Just some change of scenery, well mommy was sweet enough to prepare for this before dinner shopping trip and I had a cup of animal crackers for him to eat while we shop. Sounds nice right? Well, here comes the trying and teaching part. It’s Publix, who doesn’t love a free Publix Bakery cookie? RJ does! Well, mommy said no this time. (Heartbreaking, I know, but I’m not a grandma, I’m the mommy) He had a snack and I didn’t think that he should really expect a cookie every time we came here to shop. When he starts to ‘expect’ it rather than get excited about the special treat, then it becomes more of a chore rather than a reward or treat. You can guess what this big brown eyed two year old said when we entered the store, “Cookie mommy?” When I said no his emotions changed as quickly as the weather during afternoon rainstorm in Florida. You would have thought this child had just been sentenced to live in prison! I’m moving on, this lady jokingly said terrible twos huh? And I thought a proper response was in order. It is training time! Not time to just ignore him and let him scream! Although I wanted to explain why, she would have probably put me on trail for denying my sweet boy a cookie. Therefore I just responded wit a smile and said not exactly. Oh but we don’t stop there!!! Mister RJ still has a lesson to learn. I told him to calm down and when he did I told him that today we weren’t getting a cookie because he had animal crackers and he didn’t need one. Now don’t get my wrong here. I don’t explain to him every time he hears the word no, but I want him to understand. I don’t like to make threats or call him naughty, just a simple “Whining doesn’t get you what you want sort of reply.

Now all of that to say it’s not a terrible experience? Well, it wasn’t pleasant, but if I don’t handle each situation and jump on the opportunity to train him, you can sure bet it will be a much worse reaction the next time. My patience is tried daily and multiple times in the day too. How I react will teach him also. He’s watching and learning how I react. Sometimes it’s just best to walk away for a minute get things clear in my head before I handle what’s before me. This is my first time going through the “Trying Twos” and I’m learning as well. Trying to train up a gentleman in this quick pace-always get your way-world is hard. But by God’s grace, direction in the Bible, and tons of advice from godly parents who have walked this path many times, I pray I can raise my son to be a Christ-serving gentleman.

Well, more of a general catch up next week, when I can plan and motivate myself for the post!!!

Praise God for His Goodness and Mercy,
Sarah J. & Richard Michael (R.J.)

Excited for Eleven Months

My little man turned 11 months this past Thursday! How is that possible?! Wasn’t he just learning to roll over yesterday?! Time goes by so fast. Just a little glimpse of what the Bible means when it says life is but a vapor. I thank God for letting me care for this little life! RJ has changed my life in every aspect! I am so blessed to have this little family!

RJ has grown so much in these last few weeks! We went to the doctor thursday and he weighs 19.5 lbs! No wonder my arm muscles are getting bigger! He has mastered crawling and pulling up on things and I think he’s getting closer to walking every minute! And I thought I had my hands full already!

RJ’s personality is developing more and more. He’s usually a happy boy when he wakes up in the morning. He’s a momma’s boy๐Ÿ™‚ I love this stage! RJ’s not really been the cuddly type but he’s happy being held. (What baby isn’t?) He likes to be in the action and loves to watch people. I really like how he is more interested in my words. He seems like he listens better and tries to understand what I’m saying. Very cute! He loves to sit in my lap while I play the piano and help me with the filler notes๐Ÿ™‚ He’s going to be a very talented piano player if he stays this interested.

RJ loves music. His favorite song is “Deep and Wide”. But only “Deep and Wide” if you sing “wide and deep” or “hm” and wide” he is not interested and loses his toothy smile. Why?I do not know. I think it might have something to do with “D”. Since that’s practically his favorite letter. Everything is “dadadada” Everything. Sometimes he will blow raspberries but mostly talking to himself or me with “daaaaaaa” I have a silly boy, that’s for sure. But then again, daddy is silly too.

We recently took a trip to Alabama to visit to Alabama to visit family. RJ did very well! We traveled at night for the first part and he did very good. I was very proud! We had a very nice time and will definitely do it again. Success!!! As he gets old it’s fun to see the changes in his life and see how he develops in to a little boy.

I see how important it is to get him into habits early. At first when we would pray for our food he would scream and fight me to hold his hands. Now, he doesn’t mind it so much. Even though he doesn’t know what we are doing, he will be used to doing it! Now if only we could master sitting still while we read the Bible together! I know, that’s probably a long way off but then again so is him understanding the importance of prayer in our lives. So for now I will put those little precious hands together and pray and thank God for everything he has given us.

I am learning it is hard to be consistent too. I don’t want him to play with the vacuum cord but I don’t take away or hide the vacuum cord, I want him to learn not to touch the it. So over and over again we go through stern “no”s and encouraging “yes”s with RJ’s toys. Wouldn’t it be nice just to let it slide and move on with play time?! But again, it is important to let him know now he is not always going to get what he wants and I can teach him words that he will come to understand later. Like danger or it could hurt you. I do not want to be mean, just protective and loving.

I love my little boy so much and I am excited to see what God has in store for us in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Praise God for his goodness and mercy!

~Sarah J.

SAM_0790RJ took a french fry off of Grandpa Steve’s plate without asking!

New Blog Name and burden

So upon my last trip to my in-laws house, my mother-in-law was showing me some books that she and my father-in-law had purchased recently. One of the books struck a chord with me. It was entitled “Raising A Gentleman” (forgive me I do not know the authors name.)
Today it is rare to see a boy raised to be a gentleman. Whether it be homes torn apart by divorce, worldly influences, or lack of discipline, it is most certainly a lack of godliness. Many homes shun the teaching and truths of the Bible. How sad. Instead these boys are more interested in becoming whatever makes them “cool” or feel good. Many boys will not learn that they are accountable to someone other than themselves. They will not learn to respect women and will not fear of the Lord. The book made me realize that I am not only supposed to make sure my little one is a gentleman, a godly man. The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
That is my husband’s and my mission. To train up our son in the way he should go. I pray that we can do that by God’s grace and prepare a young man for a world where feelings rule and God is nonexistent.

I can not be accountable for anyone else’s child. But I can certainly be accountable for mine. I want him to realize he is a sinner early on and know that Jesus was perfect and gave his life to pay for his sins. And that same Jesus that died rose again and lives in Heaven. I pray and look forward to that day when he accepts Christ as his Savior. I want him to learn verses and hide them in his heart. I want him respect women (although I’m okay with him thinking they have cooties for now๐Ÿ™‚
And I realize that all this will be my husband’s responsibility to be a godly example. And my responsibility to be an example of a godly mother and woman.

I don’t mean to make this a Bible lesson but there is a lacking of training up children to do what’s right in a godly manner. I pray that as a family we will grow together daily and live for Jesus.

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We are still here!

Welcome back! One of the things about me is I’m a procrastinator. I get really excited about new things and then put off doing things because of their “newness” has worn off. So unfortunately that has happened with my blog. But my mother-in-law was so kind to remind me๐Ÿ™‚

Well, where did I leave off?! So much to say, I guess! My every growing baby (not so much baby anymore :(ย  ) is 9 months today! He is healthy and happy for the most part. Thank the Lord!

This boy has 2 pearly bottom teeth and two and a half top teeth! He’s eating pretty much everything now and anything you hand him with go through the taste test whether it’s edible or not. He has had two haircuts since birth and a third soon. All that heartburn paid off!

RJ has been talking my ear off recently. Whether it’s goos and gahs or dadas or babas. His vocabulary is getting bigger and bigger. I bought some flash cards that have the ABCs on them and most days during breakfast we go from A-D. I think my mother’s teaching abilities have rubbed off on me. I’m showing him the flash card and acting all goofy like he knows what letters are! Here is an example of my craziness: “RJ, what letter is this?” I am showing him the letter “A”. “That’s letter “A”. “A” says aah. “A” says aah in apple.” Then I flip over the card and there is a picture of an apple. Then I repeat the letter, sound and word. We do that for upper and lower case letters through “D” or “d” since the lower case is the last one we do. I may be wasting my time but atleast we can call it laugh at mommy time.๐Ÿ™‚ He is such a joy! I am still learning so much about him. He is a stinker sometimes, but I love him more each day.

As he gets older I realize that age is my favorite age. I wonder how long that will last. A lot of mommys say that around 4-5 months is their favorite age. I did like that age but he just gets more fun and cuter as he gets bigger. It’s such a blessing to watch him learn and grow.

He can sit up by himself but rarely does it. He’s content on his back until he flops over to his belly and gets in crawling position. I keep thinking any day now! So far he has scooted himself backwards a little but no crawling. Which, I know, I should be thankful. Hubby and I think he may skip the crawling process. RJ gets into crawling position and then gets on his feet and has got his booty in the air. It looks so funny! It’s like he wants to stand up already! Little cheater! You’re supposed to take your time and crawl and enjoy being a baby! You’ll have the rest of your life to crawl! But he doesn’t listen to me๐Ÿ˜›

In seriousness, our little family is so blessed. God has been so good to us. I have been trying to get RJ in the habit of putting his hands together when we pray. But he hates his hands touched?! Why? I haven’t a clue! I hold them anyway so he will learn some discipline. I’m in charge little guy! But he will get it sooner or later!

I will hopefully have more to write about in my next post. Also, I am thinking of changing my Blog’s name, but I want to be creative so it might be a while just warning if it has a different name it’s still me!

As always, thanks for reading.

Sarah J

Praise God for his goodness and mercy.

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Simply Smiles

From Mommy!
Phew, I can honestly say with all these some subtle and some not so subtle changes in my stink bug, I find myself scratching my head to figure out what to write for these posts! Silly! I have so much to say and so much of it has already been said! To me he’s changing every day! One day he started to flirt by putting his head down and keeping his eyes locked on you (don’t know how better to describe it?!) And the next day, not once did he do that! His piano singing, gone! But he still does love to hear it. He likes to pound on the keys and it’s funny, he will even look up at the music!

I started giving him solids again, I think he’s ready this time. He has always been interested in real food, but he wasn’t so good with his control over keeping it in his mouth. Just a couple days ago, we tried banana and he loved it! He drank from a sippy cup that had water and a little bit of apple juice in it! P-paw helped him, and he did really good.

I was thinking back to when I was pregnant, and I remember all the silly questions I had like, what will I do with the baby if I have to shower, or go to the bathroom or check the mail! So ridiculous! I take him with me to check the mail, but him in his crib while I shower and take the monitor into the bathroom. And just let me say it is so different than baby sitting! I thought that after one night in church nursery I didn’t want to have this baby! Boy, it is sooo different when it’s your own. I don’t know how to explain why it’s so different!

Just when I think I can’t love him anymore, he starts to lift his arms up for me to hold him and my heart melts! Love him more!๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, okay I always love him the same, but he’s adorable and I’m bragging, sorry.

Okay, I’m not sorry he comes more awwing over my baby boy! He can hold himself up when he’s leaning on our coffee table, but it’s just for a couple seconds. He’s getting stronger and more stable every day. Rolling over? Not a problem for this guy. He content to stay of his back, but he can do some exercising when he’s on his tummy. He is going for his 6 month check up soon, so I will be so excited to see exactly how much he’s grown.
Love, love, love my little family. Thank you God for all your blessings.

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Thanks for reading,
Sarah J.

Simply Smiles

From Mommy!
Phew, I can honestly say with all these some subtle and some not so subtle changes in my stink bug, I find myself scratching my head to figure out what to write for these posts! Silly! I have so much to say and so much of it has already been said! To me he’s changing every day! One day he started to flirt by putting his head down and keeping his eyes locked on you (don’t know how better to describe it?!) And the next day, not once did he do that! His piano singing, gone! But he still does love to hear it. He likes to pound on the keys and it’s funny, he will even look up at the music!

I started giving him solids again, I think he’s ready this time. He has always been interested in real food, but he wasn’t so good with his control over keeping it in his mouth. Just a couple days ago, we tried banana and he loved it! He drank from a sippy cup that had water and a little bit of apple juice in it! P-paw helped him, and he did really good.

I was thinking back to when I was pregnant, and I remember all the silly questions I had like, what will I do with the baby if I have to shower, or go to the bathroom or check the mail! So ridiculous! I take him with me to check the mail, but him in his crib while I shower and take the monitor into the bathroom. And just let me say it is so different than baby sitting! I thought that after one night in church nursery I didn’t want to have this baby! Boy, it is sooo different when it’s your own. I don’t know how to explain why it’s so different!

Just when I think I can’t love him anymore, he starts to lift his arms up for me to hold him and my heart melts! Love him more!๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, okay I always love him the same, but he’s adorable and I’m bragging, sorry.

Okay, I’m not sorry he comes more awwing over my baby boy! He can hold himself up when he’s leaning on our coffee table, but it’s just for a couple seconds. He’s getting stronger and more stable every day. Rolling over? Not a problem for this guy. He content to stay of his back, but he can do some exercising when he’s on his tummy. He is going for his 6 month check up soon, so I will be so excited to see exactly how much he’s grown.
Love, love, love my little family. Thank you God for all your blessings.

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Thanks for reading,
Sarah J.