"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:3-6

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Project 52: week thirty-five

February 9-15, 2014

Sunday Snapshot

Sunday night is always pizza night! Many nights it is just a box of pizza, but we also do homemade a lot.  The kids are professional cheese sprinklers! :) We are definitely learning how to incorporate 2 and now 3 children into our kitchen prep.  Declan is always pushing the chair up to help now too. And lately Elliana is strapped to my back in the ergo for dinner prep.

Elliana update:
Oh, this girl.  What a joy! She is a sweetheart and such a lover and a silly girl.  She is also an emotional wreck a lot of the times.  Although, her older siblings can be that way, too! She is finally walking! She will stand up and walk on command and get about 10 steps. She is walking on her own away from furniture, so it's great to see the desire to walk in her now.  She is using a fork so well and her eating has improved beyond words! She is eating fruit now (which she has never liked) and she is obeying us when we tell her to eat her veggies.  She actually eats it and her facial expression is sometimes quite priceless.  She is sleeping well and is down to one nap a day.  She loves being outside and getting into the same things her older siblings do.  She is now actually puckering her lips to kiss (instead of practically licking you!) and it is the sweetest thing.  She is saying more words all the time--but right now her favorite thing to say would be "Co" (for Colt).
We often say how we can't believe how far she has come and how it seems like so long ago we were up every couple hours with her and dreading meal times. But she does still remind us that she has far to go emotionally when she just sits and falls apart for what seems to be no reason.
This big guy is 2 months!! He is healthy and growing well!

We did a fun painting activity outside this week.  The weather has been so beautiful!!

Valentine's Day was Friday so we did some fun crafts and activities this week. All three bigs enjoyed the conversation hearts

Is he not the cutest?! A little charmer already--looks like he is posing!
Colt is now laughing and smiling at us :)
Of course, Friday was valentine's day. We aren't big on valentine's day here.  And honestly, I was very happy that Brent didn't show up with flowers or anything special on Friday.  I'm sure some girls would think I'm crazy for saying that.  But he surprises me with things often enough and his love is so evident to me day in and day out that I was glad he didn't feel the need to do something for a Halmark holiday.  I am not at all saying it's wrong to celebrate or do something special though!!! In fact, we had a wonderful weekend with not one, but TWO dates on Saturday:)  Kacia was kind enough to watch the three bigs while we went out for breakfast.  And in the evening we put the kids to bed a little early and had a wonderful date night in consisting of getting dressed up, bruchetta, lobster, steaks, asparagus, red potatoes, wedge salad, and of course--chocolate covered strawberries!

A blog that I follow had a free printable for her subscribers that I recommend to you.  Intentional By Grace has 42 questions for spouses to ask on date night.  Of course Brent teased me when I toted along the mason jar with my printed and cut up questions to the restaurant for breakfast, but they were great questions to learn something new or just get an update on where we were currently in our walk with Christ.  We took turns asking and didn't get through them all.  Even when we do, they are the type of questions that can be asked again in a few months so I won't be throwing them away. 
Hired help for sock folding:)  a nickel a pair!

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