Friday, February 24, 2012

Gilead is Two!

Gilead turned two on the 16th.  I'm beginning to think that motherhood is one endless exclamation of "where did the time go?!"

When did my active, charming boy go from this...

to this?

In past three to four months he has definitely crossed the bridge from "big baby" to all-out toddler.  Most notably, his vocabulary has exploded.  He now speaks in complete sentences much of the time and uses words like "humongous."

We ate too much dessert his birthday week.  Because I made too much dessert.  However, because his birthday falls during tax season, celebrating a birthday during the week is nearly impossible.  So I simply made chocolate bowls for ice cream and chocolate covered strawberries for his actual birthday.

I saw an ingenious idea for making chocolate bowls on Pinterest--blow up small balloons, dip the ends in chocolate, and then pop them when the chocolate is dry.  It works beautifully.

They were a big hit.

However, because we were so transient for Gilead's birthday last year, I didn't really make him a cake.  So this year I decided to do a special one.  He requested an "owl cake" due to his love of Arnold Lobel's "Owl at Home."  I didn't exactly do an owl cake, but he was please with the end result nonetheless...

There were some extra owl cake pops, so I let my expert taste testing panel have a preview...

There are so many amazing changes that take place during the "twos."  I'm so much looking forward to traversing them for a second time with Gilead.  We're blessed that God gave him to us as our second-born and first son.  

Happy birthday to our not-so Little Guy!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Little Loves

As life has settled down for us, I've been taking more time to enjoy the little moments.  Moments that are seemingly insignificant.  The ones that, I'm sure, cause working mothers to wonder just what it is that I do all day.

Here's a sampling.

Blue striped children.

Puzzling.  This usually requires moderating about two "please help me, Mommy" sessions a minute.

Sleeping Babies

Tutued Dogs

Sibling love

Napping ballerinas

Fingerpainting.  Prep time: 5 minutes.  Painting time: 15 minutes.  Cleanup time (including bath): 30 minutes.

But that smile makes all the time worth it!

Homemade donut consuming.

Moments with baby after the other children are sleeping.

Spilled sprinkle clean-up.

I take deep breaths.  I moderate fights.  I pray.  I teach little people how to clean up, go potty, get dressed.  I change diapers, read stories, tuck in.  Memorize scripture. Panic over messes.  Tell myself it isn't a crisis. Cook dinner.  Explode the kitchen by allowing little hands to "help."  Fold two dozen burp rags.  Stain treat the pooped on onesie.  Again.  Try, and fail, and try again to be Christ to my children.

Nurture little souls.  My little loves.

And I wouldn't trade it for the world.