Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Treasure the Doing

"The biggest mistake I made as a parent is the one that most of us make. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of my three children sitting on the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less."-Anna Quindlen Loud and Clear

I read this quote today in this talk from Elder Ballard and I had one of those flashing neon pointy-finger signs above my head. You saw it too? Oh good. ;)

Really though, I often find myself looking at the clock at 4pm and thinking "Only 3 more hours until bedtime" or even at 8:30am and thinking "Just one more hour until naptime". (Really? because she wakes up at 7, so could it really be that rough?) I think this quote hit me hard because I always want to accomplish something and check it off my list, but spending time with your children and enjoying it isn't something that ever gets checked off, kind of like laundry. Instead I want to cherish Elizabeth a little more this month. I want to be grateful for every moment I get to spend with her, even if sometimes it does involve lots of crying for both of us.

Things I enjoyed about her today:
She got SO excited to see me this morning and flapped her arms like a penguin and I loved it.
She is such a good eater and it is amazing for me to watch her learn new ways of feeding herself.
Elizabeth loves to be held, which can be hard sometimes, but makes me really appreciate this time when she does like me to be around.
She got very excited to read her peek-a-boo book that she got from Gramma today and has started to touch the touch and feel spots like I have showed her.
She sings along with me whenever I sing anything, even if it is just a lip sync.
She is so happy to play outside. She loves to see the plants and animals, to roll around in the grass and try to stuff things in her mouth before I catch her.

Our little peanut when she was literally the size of a peanut.

The day she came home from the hospital, where did time go.

Before our first camping trip.

A typical pose from one of the happiest babies I know.

She loved swimming this summer

She would hang out in the grass all day if I would let her.
What are some things that you enjoyed today?

Just because

I have been slacking a bit at taking pictures lately, but luckily Bryan has been there to pick up the slack and document our adorable daughter.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

just my morning friends

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Summer time

When we were in Utah a few weeks ago we went to visit our friends Tanner and Amber and Elizabeth played with the tambourine the whole time we were there.

We went in to check on her one night and this is how she was sleeping.

She LOVES to swing. We go to the park a couple times a week so she can swing.

She also loves other kids, she is watching one now.

She is so close to crawling, I had to help her through this tunnel.

Even though she looks excited she really didn't like the slide too much

So tired after playing at the park.

Her first corn on the cob.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Watch Me Grow- 7 Months and 8 Months

We didn't take the bunny with us on the roadtrip so we had to take these as soon as week got back.
She obviously wasn't interested in laying down for these pictures.

She's big enough that she can throw that bunny around.

And sometimes be a cheeseball for the camera
 This week was her 8 month anniversary....birthday....whatever
If she looks like she is faking a smile, it's because she was. She was running a fever of 102 and humored me for the picture anyway.

This is probably how all of her growing pictures will be taken from now on, because there is no way I will be able to get a picture of her on the floor next to the bunny.