Saturday, October 25, 2008
Here are a few pictures from the last couple weeks. It's been cold, and it's been fun dressing Ziva up in some new clothes. We attempted the pumpkin patch this week on Vince's day off, but it was way too windy and cold, so we're planning to try again this week.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
All bundled up after a bath
Tomorrow Ziva will have two new babysitters, a couple of my senior girls from school. School's out, which means no baby room, but we have parent teacher conferences, so we're trying out new sitters. It will be nice to add more people to the list of possibilities that we know we can trust! These girls seem great, so hopefully Ziva likes them. We know they'll love her!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Ziva has become much more interested in playing, looking, touching, and squirming than eating, so we have to get creative sometimes with her feedings!
Playing with Mommy...she's almost looking at the camera!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
We both have amazing parents that we love, and we are so thankful for all that they've taught us (and still teach us!), but we are also incredibly thankful for "the village" that came alongside our parents and poured their lives into ours. We have often talked about the special people that invested in us along the way, and I think those people are a huge part of our passion now to invest in teens.
One fun thing I always remember about Vicki is that anytime we did anything--watched a movie, went to camp, took a trip--she always wanted to know "What was your favorite part?" And my favorite part about Kerwin and Vicki is that people always mattered more than possessions. Their home was ALWAYS open to kids, which meant it wasn't perfect. We parked on their grass, we tracked mud on the carpet, we ate their food, we spilled their food on their furntiure and floor, we made messes in the bathroom and just about anywhere else....but we never felt even a hint of impatience, annoyance, or anger. Opening your home to half the teenagers in Owasso is messy, but we knew they loved us and that has eternal significance. A perfect house, not so much.
I love the Dees. Theirs was the house I went to when I first heard my mom's cancer was terminal, and I'm so glad that on that and many other occasions, their own agenda wasn't more important than their hospitality. Vince and I have already decided that ours will be that house in 10, 12, 16 years, and as long as we have kids at home. I'm thankful for the model I had in my own parents, in the Dees, and in many others, that people are more important than stuff. I pray that will be a lesson that Ziva learns not just from me and Vince, but from her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers, friends...everyone that has been and will be a part of her village.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Of course, I think most people know you spend less at the grocery store if you have a list, and maybe even more if your list is based off of already planned out meals for the week. I usually do this, but lately I've started planning two weeks' worth of meals at a time, and shopping for them just once, and get this.....I spend about the same amount for two weeks' worth as I had been spending for one week! I know, it doesn't make sense, and I'm not sure how it's happening, but it is. Some of it may be from spreading my shopping all over town....the bread outlet store, Aldi, any other store with special sales, and THEN Walmart (this requires multiple trips with naps in between for Ziva, but it's worth it!). But however it's happening, I wanted to share it in case it will work that way for anyone else. Happy shopping!
Friday, October 3, 2008
The weather is starting to cool off...we should have some fun fall outfit and outing pictures to post soon!