April 23, 2011

Easter 2011

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April 22, 2011

Lead me to the Cross, where Your love poured out!

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April 21, 2011

Our Easter Cookies

Ready for Easter

So Easter is just a few days away and the celebrating has already starting in my house:) Last night Julia and I baked and decorated some easter cookies. Mostly flowers, butterflies, and we spelled out JESUS with her cookie cutter letters. I am really trying to explain to Julia what the meaning of Easter is and that its ok to do the fun stuff as long as we always remember the real meaning of Easter and celebrate that. Its kind of a tough holiday to explain to her, how do you explain to a 2 year old that Jesus was beaten and killed for her and then rose from the dead? That a tough one, but God is totally giving me the rights words. Plus we have a really good little kids book and a veggie tales movie about it and she's liking that:) Tomorrow night is our Good Friday service at church, so we are excited for that. Saturday we are going to Picnic Reunion at a park in Walnut with some friends of my Papa. Its always fun getting to spend time with friends we dont get to see often. Easter Sunday will of course start out with church and celebrating with the family of God that Jesus is Risen and He paid the price for our sin! After that we are off to spend the day with my mama's side of the family:) I love getting together with family and just hanging out and laughing and talking together. I feel so close to that side of my family, as they have really been there for me and encourgaed me through the last couple tough years with my ex-husband. It's been an adventure and quite an adjustment but I am blessed to have them by my side. Can't wait to celebrate my risen Savior with some of the most important people in my life:) Have a great Easter friends and family!!

April 18, 2011

"Ooo Mama, I look beautiful!" Lol;)

April 14, 2011

April 13, 2011

15 things you did or did not want to know about me!

This looked like fun, so here we go.....

1. Dream Job - Well, of course being a stay at a home mom is my ultimate dream job but if we are talking about out of the home jobs. I'd have to stay I enjoy what I am doing now so much, that I would probably like to go back to college and get an accounting degree to do this at a higher level and of course a higher pay scale...lol:) The problem solving I do on a day to day basis is a lot of work and brain power but it is also a lot fun in my eyes. I love figuring out issues and why things happened a certain way and coming up with the solutions to fix it. My dad says its just because I like to prove on a day to day basis that Im a know it all and can figure everything out by myself.....which doesnt sound to off base to me...lol:)

2. Favorite Drink - I am a Dr. Pepper girl! However, I only like the original or diet. Im not into the Vanilla or Cherry or any other oddball flavor they want to add to it. I have been staying away from sodas because I know they are totally bad for you and do not contain really any ounce of nutrition, but the occasional Dr Pepper does occur, everything in moderation right?

3. My most important beauty secret - Wash your face at "least" twice a day. For me its totally nasty to think about going to bed with make-up still on my face. Its also nasty to workout and get all sweaty and then not wash my face. But I think the main reason for it is because its just bad for your skin. Sweat mellowing in your pores and new makeup being put on top of old make-up. Its just asking for pimples and blemishes. And yes, even at 26 years old, acne still happens.

4. If you had an all expenses paid vacation, where would you go? - I would have to agree with EVERYWHERE! I want to see the world and experience all the places I havent been too!

5. If you had 3 wishes what would they be? - Hmmm, well i wouldnt so much call these wishes as much as prayers that i have. One is for my daughter to continue to be healthy and live a long successful life, whatever that may mean for her, whether its college degree's or missionary journey's around the world. Whatever the calling God puts on her life. Two is for myself, for God to bless me one day with a Godly husband and more children, if that be his will. Three is for me and my daughter, for God to continue His provision over us. We are so blessed and have never gone without and I just pray that I would continue in His will and continue to be in obedience to Him. If I do that, I know that He will supply all my needs:)

6. If you could have one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? - I would have to agree again and say BREAD. I love all types of bread, it is my weakness!!

7. What is one talent you wish you had? - I've always wanted to learn how to play tennis, Ive never played before. So I guess I dont know if I have talent or not but I think it still counts. Life for me growing up was so busy with dance as my focus that I never really learned many other hobbies. I did play volleyball for a bit and i really liked it:)

8. Biggest Clelbrity crushes - Hmm, I really have never had a specific person I was nuts over but I've always thought the guy from Fast and the Furious was cute, Paul Something? And the one from Sweet Home Alabama, Josh Something? Lol, I am so bad at names! I kind of like the older guys too, Robert Redford and Richard Gere for sure:)

9. If you could look into the future, would you? - Umm part of me says yes because I would like to know how some of my life is going to play out. But another part of me says no and that I should just trust God with the future and not worry about it.

10. What made you start a blog? Starting a blog was a way for me to share updates on my life with friendsand family. Its also been a sort journal for me as well. I have one that I actually write in that is all about Julia and her development, and I do share those things here as well but this blog is also to share my personal development whether it be as mother or as a christian. God continues to grow me and show me things everyday. As a Christian I can never stop or be finished learning about God and what He wants for my life.

11. What was the happiest day of your life? (And dont say the day you got married or had kids) - Sorry I'd have to agree with Anna, having my daughter was and probably always will be the happiest day of my life. Not only was I so happy and full of love that day but it made me so much more aware of my body and how God created me to have her! I felt strong but also humbled that day. Strong in what I had accomplished and pushed through, but also humbled at the fact that I really didnt have a lot of control in what my body was doing. It was all God's design and a process He created to happen.

12. Top 4 book recommendations - The Bible of course, I think we can get so caught up in books "about" the bible that we actually end up spending less time in the acutal bible. Not a good thing! Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp. Dont Make me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman. Both of those books are christian parenting books, they both go down to dealing with your childs heart and not just correcting bad behaivior. It goes into why they behave certain ways and getting down to the root of the fact that we are born with that sin nature. My last book would have to be A Walk to Remeber by Nicolas Sparks. Its a great story, actually a lot different than the movie, but I just love it!!

13. What is your guilty pleasure movie? - Girls Just Want to Have Fun. It was an 80's movie that didnt do very well. It has Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, and Shannon Doherty. Its all about them wanting to get on a show called Dance TV, I love it:))

14. What is your worst habit? Ok so I've asked a few people and apparently I don't have any "bad" habits aside from being a little freakishly clean. Which I absolutely don't consider a bad habit.

15. What golden girl would you be? Ok so my mom says I would be Bea Arthur's character Dorothy. Because she's level-headed and smart:) That feels good!

April 12, 2011

Our Day:)

Well, what do you know I'm making some time to blog....yay!!

So today was a pretty typical Tuesday for us. Mommys day starts around 5 am and Julia's about 6:30am. Coffee, hair straightening, and letting Julia pick out her clothes:) Crying over not being able to have Chocolate Milk(ovaltine) EVERY day! Busy day at work, a lunchtime phonecall to my little one and then a not so typical fun end to our day......Ben and Jerry free ice cream day! It was definitely crowded but worth it to treat my girl with some yummy ice cream, yes the sugar Nazi mom allows the occasional ice cream:) We had a great night and I love finding little things for us to do together.

Off to bed now to start the day all over again in the morning! It's tiring, but worth every moment:)

I was born to be Julia's Mommy!!

Free ice cream day at Ben and Jerry's!!

We love ice cream on a warm afternoon:)

April 11, 2011

Ronald Mcdonald House, Walk for Kids 2011! We were there support my precious friend Sara's baby boy Ephraim!!


So I have finally made a few minutes to update this blog(honestly its more like a whole day of coming back to this until its finished). I really want to do it more often but I honestly just havent made it a priority. So as much as I want to say I am going to try to update this more, its more than likely going to remain an every few months kind of thing. Life for Julia and I has been great and things have settled down and I finally am at a point where I feel the people that really matter and make a positive effect on our lives are all here with me and have been such an encouragement for us during this time of adjustment and the ones who havent been there for us and cause nothing but drama, disappoint, and hurt are not. I am learning you cant make people, whether family or friends, care about you or be there for you, they either are or they arent, its a tough lesson to learn but one that is neccessary for growth sometimes and also necessary to show that God is the only one who will never disappoint or hurt and will always be a present help during times of trials. I am also learning how to balance being a full-time mom and a full-time employee as well, I count myself as a full-time mom as well because even though I am at work a good amount of the day, I am still a full-time mom all at the same time. I am giving a 100% here with her in mind and all for her. Being her main provider can be a tough task but the fact that Im doing it and God is giving me the strength, there are days when I do feel sad that Im not with her a lot of the weekday, but there are also days where Ifeel like a pretty darn good hard-working mother. I work my tail off for her all day and then I go home and am giving her that same 100% with the time we spend together. All by the grace and strength of God am I able to it:) By the end of the day after I bed my little JuNo to bed, I am one tired mama! But, it doesnt end there either.....once she's asleep its preparing for the next day. I dont rely on my babysitter to provide her food and because of the fact that Im not there for her breakfast and lunch, feeding her healthy and good foods is just another way to make me feel better about her time without me. So I cook her up eggs and toast or pancakes, sometimes the occasional bowl of cereal, but I really try to be creative. Lunch is the same, cold cuts sandwiches or soups or veggie hot dogs, homemade applesauce, lots of fruits and veggies and some healthy snacks, like rice cakes and raisins. My cousin Alyssa was chuckling at me yesterday for giving Julia flavored water instead of juice. I do give her apple juice as well, but I really try to give her as much water as I can get her to drink.

Lots of new adjustments for Julia over the last few months. She has been 100% potty-trained(day and night) since about November, so in December mommy pulled out the big girl bed. She did amazing, she doesnt get out and wander around, she sleeps with about 5 or 6 different stuffed animals and baby dolls, and just continues to be a great sleeper. After a couple months in her big girl bed I decided it was time to get rid of her pacifier. I wanted to do it earlier, but she ended up being potty-trained and made the big girl bed transition first and I didnt want to do too much at one time. She never was allowed to walk around with it in her mouth in public or just whenever she wanted, it was always just a bedtime or naptime thing, but it just was time for it to go. Once again she absolutely surprised me and did amazing. She was pretty upset the first night and cried for about an hour, which absolutely broke my heart, but I knew it was for her own good and just stuck it out. After that initial night, she was fine. She would ask for it a few times but the "your a big girl now" speech totally sufficed her:) I felt so sad as these baby traits one by one started to disappear and to watch her officially become this little girl and not a baby. I cant believe how smart she is. It continues to amaze me how quickly she picks up on things. She now knows all of her alphabet and is learning how to write them now. She's got her colors down, as well as a few of her shapes and she knows her numbers too. I can comfortably say she's got 1-10 down. She can keep verbally counting to about 15 or so but still struggles with recognizing them out of order past 10. She loves to do crafts, painting, drawing and cutting. She like when I cut out shapes and let her trace them on paper, her favorite part is trying to trace her hand, I cant tell you how many traces of Julia's hand that I have...lol! She knows a whole bunch of fun kid songs and loves to sing them with me in the car on our way home. She absolutely loves to dance and tries to pretend she is doing "ballet". I cant wait to put her in dance classes hopefully when she's 3 and see if she has the passion for dance like I did. I really feel like 3 will be a better age for her to actually start to retain the intruction better and be able to take direction a little better as well. Right now she has her own agenda and her own way of wanting to do things, sounds a lot like me:/ So thats pretty much a sum of Julia these days, minus the random terrible two meltdowns that occur! This girl is an emotional extremist, when its good ,its really good and when its bad, it really bad.......lol!

Hope to update again soon......but dont count on it.....lol;)

-JuNo's Mama