Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Moms Day

Wednesday I was able to attend Mom's day with Ethan at preschool. It was a fun morning! We talked about measuring God's love and were able to measure lots of things in the room. We had fun measuring the chair, coat rack, table and ourselves. We also made a craft together using our handprints. Lastly we had some yummy coffee cake and fruit salad. It was a fun morning together!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ethan's birthday contd

Friday night we celebrated Ethan's, Colsons' and Adam's birthday at Aunt Amy's. We enjoyed watching all three boys open their gifts! It was a fun night and the kids were exhausted from all the playtime with their cousins! We appreciate Amy's willingness to host!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Baby Barnes

Today was the "big" day. We had our routine ultrasound scheduled. The last few weeks it seemed forever away but we have been so busy it was here before we knew it. I had been trying to not think of it and allow myself to let go of my fear and worry and give it to God. Well some days that was easier than others. I knew how this day could change our lives forever and it has! A day to be remembered as rejoicing over God's awesome power in our lives and control over each small and precious life. Feel so abundantly blessed by God's goodness in providing what looks like a healthy baby. We have decided to not find out the gender and keep it a surprise until he/she arrives. I am super excited that we should be bringing this bundle home with us in a short 18 weeks!

Silly Ella girl

Ella enjoys taking pictures, especially when she can be silly. She also likes to take pictures of others but only when they have their silly faces on too:) She is a silly, fun, loving girl!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ethan is 5!!!

We had a fun day celebrating the life of Ethan. He woke up telling me he did not want to have a birthday and that he would stay little and live with me forever. I told him that was just fine with me, we will see how he feels about that in a another ten years:) Once the day got going he was more excited for his birthday. It was a school day and we were in charge of snacks. He picked out frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles. We meet Dad for lunch and an afternoon of play. Corey brought home pizza for dinner, Ethan's favorite! We opened presents and then headed to strikes n spares for our first time bowling. Ethan liked bowling but LOVED riding the go karts. Ella was too short to ride and was a little upset but next time she hopefully would be able to. The next morning we headed to Grandma and Grandpa Barnes' for a birthday breakfast. He got new legos and a new nerf gun. It was so warm outside that they kids played soccer for almost two hours. It was a great morning celebrating with the Barnes side. Next Friday we will celebrate with my side for Adams, Ethan's and Colsons birthday all together. Ethan brings us so much joy to our lives! He loves putting things together and taking them apart, playing cars, leappad, riding bikes and coloring. Happy Birthday Ethan!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Winter Days at the Zoo

Last Saturday we enjoyed a beautiful 55 degree day at the zoo. The zoo opens up once a month in January, February and March and last year we made it two of them and had fun going. Two of our good friends have zoo passes also so we made it a group outing. The kids had fun running to the next animal with each other and playing on the playground after our walk through the zoo. It was a great day to enjoy a rare warm day in January!

First tooth fairy visit

About two months ago Ethan started to complain that his teeth were hurting him. I did not think anything of it and told him he probably bumped his mouth. Well about a week later while brushing I noticed two adult teeth starting to come thru the gum! Within a few days he had two rows of teeth!!! He was our little shark:) His other teeth were not loose either but we had a cleaning scheduled for January and felt like we would wait and see. Well about three weeks they started becoming a bit wiggly and we told Ethan to work on them. He would not let us near them! Well this last Saturday while at the mall he lost one and the other got pulled that night! Ella was such a good little sister holding his hand and telling him it was going to be okay. They love each other so much! The tooth fairy visited him and he was excited when he woke up to his dollars. He is growing up so fast! I felt like it was too early for him to be losing teeth but he will be five tomorrow and teethed early as a baby!!! The time has flown by and I cannot believe he will start kindergarten in the Fall. Treasuring these days and moments!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to the routine

Ethan started back at school this week and even though Corey went back to work last Wednesday, today is back to routine.  To be honest I was kind of looking forward to it. The kids have been getting to bed way to late and that means I have been getting to bed way to late. So the last two nights the kids have had decent bedtimes and this morning was easier because of it. Ethan was super excited to go to school and take in his show and tell. He brought in his air hog that Ella had give him, which was so sweet. Ella and I came home to enjoy some mom and daughter time. We had a tea party, went "grocery" shopping, took our babies for a walk, read some of our library books and just had fun. It was a great way to start back from break. Looking forward to the rest of our week! Tomorrow we have BSF (bible study fellowship), Wednesday is gymnastics, school and awana, taking a meal to a new mom and work Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I am sure by Saturday I will be wanting break time back:)
I had a doctors appointment on the 27th and everything was good. It is so reassuring to hear the heartbeat and have all my fears washed away. Well mostly washed away. We have an ultrasound scheduled for January 24th. I am really trying to focus on each day as a gift and not let the worry surround me. It feels like forever away but I know as we are back in the grove of life it will go fast. I have switched doctors since Elias was born and at this practice they prefer to do ultrasounds later than I was used to. With all my previous pregnancies I had an ultrasound around 16-18 weeks. With this pregnancy I will be 22 weeks. I am confident that the timing will be perfect. As I have been praying for the peace of not worrying about the condition or health of the baby, I am realizing being in a state of worry is not honoring to  God. My anxiousness revealed my lack of faith and trust but His promise is to take care of all things. So for today...
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:34
 I am praying my way through this and it is awesome how Gods word and promises becomes so alive and real in my life.
"When my heart is faint, Lead me to the rock that is higher than I for you have my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy." Psalm 61:2-3