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It has been a busy past few weeks. We have had family in town, my brother-in-law got married, and I started a new job. So it has been an exciting time for our family but definitely busy. Things are beginning to get to normal at our house and that is what brings me to this weeks Thankful Thursday…. I am thankful for family time!

The older Eli gets the more fun he is having with our family time. Just a few days ago we spent an evening on the back porch playing in the water. All we did was fill up a pot of water and he went to town splashing us, the dogs and himself. It was so fun seeing his excitement. Kids grow up fast, that is just the way that it is. The older the kids get the busier life seems to be, especially with school and sporting events. Right now we might think life is busy but I am sure that families who have older children will tell me that its only just beginning. One day we will have more on our schedules to work around when it comes to getting that quality family time. I just want to make sure that I treasure all of our time together, big or small…. outings to the zoo or simply watching a movie at home, every moment is a memory we are making! So I am taking today to remind myself how thankful I am for our precious family time!

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11b (NIV) 

My little Eli turned a year last month and we all could have sworn that he was going to walk before his first birthday. For a while now he has been pulling up, walking along side furniture and lately he is standing up on his own without holding on to anything. That has slowed down now. He is still walking along furniture and every now and then he will stand on his own, but now if he realizes that is what he is doing he slowly sits down. Pretty much we have decided that he just doesn’t have any interest in it right now. As a first time mom I am so excited to see him take his first steps. Of course everyone who has older kids tells me that I don’t want him to walk because life just gets more crazy. I am sure they are right, but I think it is just something about that first baby and first steps that moms can’t help but anticipate. Most of my friends say that they were trying so hard with their first one to get to walk and then when the second one came they wanted them to take their time learning to walk, stay little longer. I’m sure this is exactly the way I will be too. I guess I just need to take a page from Eli’s book. He is content with crawling and not walking right now so I guess I should be too because I am sure that after he learns I will be saying that I wished he hadn’t learned so fast.

Photo Credit: Florence Luong

Top 10: I Love This Age

September 8, 2011 — Leave a comment

“I just thank God for all of the blessings.” James Brown  

“Children make your life important.” Erma Bombeck  

Each day is a blessing. My little boy is about a week or so away from being 10 months old. Time literally goes by fast! My husband and I were talking about how amazing it is that in a matter of a month Eli can change so much! So today I am counting what I love about the stage that he is at. Of course this is not all that I love about it since it’s a top 10 list, but it is definitely some favorites!

  1. Laughter. I love Eli’s laugh, especially when he chuckles. And I love that he makes me laugh! 
  2. Teeth. He is getting two top teeth. While the process of cutting teeth isn’t fun, I love that smile when they are in.
  3. Snot. Yup I said it. I love the face he makes when he is “blow” snot bubbles… even though usually nothing comes out.
  4. Food. I love that he eats table food, he eats what we eat. He is very independent!
  5. Sleep. He has always been a good sleeper and still is. I am very thankful!
  6. Talking. Eli says dada 90% of the time but he has said momma! I love hearing him babble.
  7. Pulling Up. This was a big change in our house! One day he decided to pull himself up and since then the exploring of the house has not stopped. I love watching him learn and get stronger as he walks along the coffee table.
  8. Crawling. He is a fast crawler, although it is still the army crawl, he gets where he wants quickly! I still think its cute how he gets around army style.
  9. Hair. My kiddo has crazy hair, I usually say he has Eli hair! His hair has a mind of its own and I love it.
  10. Thumb sucking. My baby boy sucks his thumb. He only does it when he is sleeping, but I love how precious it is when I go check on him and he is sucking his thumb. (Of course I may be asking for advice when he is older on how to stop the thumb sucking, lol! )