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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bath Time

Justin and I are just elated that Brynn is old enough for the girls to get to take baths together.  No more splitting it up, one in the tub, the other in the sink.  We can get them both in and washed and ready for bed at the same time. Now when I say "we" I really mean "Justin".  What an amazing husband and daddy he is!  He takes on bath time EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!  Yep, it's not even a "Hon, can you bath the girls tonight, pleeeeeeese".  It's just a given....and this mama is thankful!  So thanks honey, you're the best and I love you!!

Oh, couldn't resist, here's a pic of the girls in the bath...don't you just love this kind of photo!

Addison's Halloween Dance

Addie is at a new dance school, The Hart Academy. She LOVES it! And so do I! I feel like she's learning so much more than she did at her last class. This is a cute little Halloween dance that her teacher taught them this day and then they performed it for the parents. Click HERE to see the video!

**The reason she makes a scary face at the end is that they had to make a monster face and that is what she came up with!)

Car Washing is FUN!

Justin decided that he wanted to give the car a real good wash. I was all for it and sent Addie outside to join him! The car got good and clean....

Then it went from washing the car, to pure joy and water play. Brynn got in on the action too! Addie was skipping around pretending to be the Water Princess and it was great to see the kids just outside, playing, and enjoying being kids. I guess there are advantages to Fall in So Cal!

I LOVE this shot!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

30 Days of Intentional Acts of Kindness


There is a blog that I follow called "I Can Teach My Child". I feel like this blog is a GREAT find! I could surf it for hours! Since I'm still sure about the idea of putting Addie and Brynn into preschool, since I'm sacrificing so much to be home with them part time, I feel like this is a great resource for me to do lots of teaching at home! Anyway, I'm spinning off topic.

The real reason for this post is that I"m inspired by something going on over at this blog. They are doing something for the month of November called "30 Days of Intentional Acts of Kindness". It's an activity that you can do with your kiddos in order to help instill of giving heart...a Christ-like heart.

We are supposed to make a list for the first seven days. Here is what I have so far:

1. Pay for the someone's Starbucks in the car behind me in the drive thru.

2. Bake cookies and leave them on some of our neighbors front porch.

3. Having a "King Daddy" night for daddy when he comes home. (We do this already from time to time, but I think this is the perfect month to be sure we get one in!)

4. Collect some toys that the kids don't play with anymore and go down and donate them to the local good will.

5. Send and "snail mail" a card to a friend...just because. It's so fun to get real mail now a days.

6. Make an extra portion of dinner one night and drop it off at my parent's house to give my mom the night off.

7. Cut some of our roses in the backyard and give them to someone.

Okay so that's all I have so far....I would LOVE if you have any suggestions...or I'd love it if you want to do this with us!  We are gonna try and put on a giving and selfless attitude during this month of Thanksgiving, all to honor our Lord!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Five Years Ago...

As I sit and look out the window on this gloomy October day, I'm glad that the weather outside reflects a bit of how my heart is feeling.  Today my son would be Five.  Wow!  I can hardly believe that as I write it.  We've missed so much these five years.  Five years worth of birthdays, giggles, skinned knees, "I love yous", prayers, Christmas', Halloween costumes, family dinners, and so much more.  It feels more real today because today is a day that I can't just go about my day and put it to the back of my mind.  Today is a day that the busyness of my life as a mom, wife, and teacher isn't more important.  Today is a day when I'm forced to face the reality of what happened these years ago.  How is it that it can feel so long ago and yet also feel like yesterday, all at the same time? 

It's not to say that I haven't learned and grown in these five years.  I truly have!  God has taken me on quite the journey.  When I held my precious baby in my arms, while I watched the heart monitor slowly drop down to zero and I knew that the life that I had carried for those 9 months was gone forever, I really thought I had died too.  I was sure that I would not survive this.  I was sure that no one was meant to survive something like this....and let's be real...it was a pretty dark year that followed.  A dark year full of deep unspeakable sadness, grief, anger, strained relationships, and disappointment.  I know Justin thought he has lost his wife forever...but then it's true what they say...it's darkest right before the dawn.  I worked through all those feelings that year.  I felt them all and let them wash over me.  I let God take on my anger and sadness and I learned about the strength that only He can give.  I learned that when your heart breaks the way mine did five years ago...it can be restored.  Our God is a God of healing and restoration.  He is a God who fulfills his promises.  He is a God of rainbows. 

As I reflect about that time, I am thankful for the people the Lord put in my life that walked along side us through it all.  The family that loved me entirely, even when my grief was hard to take.  My friends who made meals, came over to teach me how to crochet, who sat on the couch with me and just let the tears pour from my eyes, came and did laundry for us, friends and family who scanned stores and restaurants to be sure we didn't walk down the baby isles or sit next to a baby.  My parents who moved in with us while their house was being redone, partly to be sure I was taken care. A therapist who walked the journey with me, helping me to process all that we'd been through.   A grief group full of other hurting mommies and daddies that I was able to bond with and find peace with.  People who came to the cemetery with me, or bought us keepsakes with his name on them.  People who let me talk about Peyton and didn't act uncomfortable when I did.  All of these people were the hands and feet of Christ for us...and you all know who you are.  You helped me to heal so that I could  be the mommy I was meant to be to my two precious girls.  You gave them the gift of a "whole" mommy, not a broken, sad one.  What these people did for us is irreplaceable.  Something far greater than all the money in the world.  We were and are so blessed....

So even though today is sad and makes me miss Peyton, I am thankful that I had the two short hours with him.  I loved him a lifetime during those moments.  I praise God that I have the promise of eternity with him...that my goodbye was not forever...that someday I'll be Home, and I'll finally get to wrap my arms around him and tell him how much I love him....Until then, I'll just remember him and keep on loving his sisters and daddy and do my best to honor his precious life.

Peyton Cread Blythe October 20, 2006

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Nothing says Pumpkin Patch and Fall like 95 degree weather! So...as you will see, on our family outing to the Irvine Park and Pumpkin Patch, we are all "glistening"...A LOT! Nevertheless, we had a really good time. We rode the train, went through the hay maze several times, jumped in the bounce house, had a picnic, and picked out a pumpkin. These are the stuff memories are made of!