Saturday, March 12, 2011

Things That Make Me Smile

Copying from my friend's Julie's blog, I thought I'd share a list of things that have made me smile lately.

~Watching "Mary Poppins" with the boys this afternoon and watching Elijah's reactions since this was his first time.

~Caleb's toothy grin and wobbly walk and especially the happy noises he makes when I sit down in our "nursing spot."
~The transformation of our bedroom - this has been an ongoing process. It's one of only two rooms I didn't paint last fall because I wanted to get a new duvet cover first. Well the new duvet cover's been on for awhile, I think I have a paint color picked out (2 actually, as one wall will be an accent color), and we have NEW bedroom furniture arriving in a couple of weeks. This was a long process. What originally was going to be a head board and maybe a dresser is going to be a complete bed, dresser, mirror and nightstand! Can't wait for it to be delivered and set up. Then once the weather is warm enough to have windows open, painting can begin. When the project is done, I will share more before and after photos.

~Fresh haircuts for all the boys - which means I don't have to cut them for another 6 weeks or so.
~Caleb's repetitive "uh-oh" whenever he drops something

~Ethan's sign in the downstairs bathroom - he set up a pet store in our downstairs bar area. He's had Elijah assisting him. Last night I went into the bathroom and when I turned on the light I saw the sign Ethan made. It reads, "All employees must wash their hands before returning to work. Thank you. Manager." It made me laugh out loud. Especially since reminding Elijah to wash his hands IS a good idea, except Elijah can't read.

~Caleb holding his hand up to his ear and saying "hi" every time he hears the phone ring. Also he says "ow" whenever he sees an animal - real, stuffed, or a photo.
~Elijah's burgeoning sense of humor.

~Paul's acceptance of my desire to redecorate our bedroom as long as there are no decorative pillows added to the bed (oh, the horror!). He switched the office's overhead light fixture with our bedroom one - a job that looked a lot easier (from my vantage point) than it actually was. My contribution to the task: getting the ladder out and setting it up in the office.
~Spring is in the air - it's still below freezing outside with lots of snow yet to melt, but our dirt road and driveway are mud pits which gives me hope....and annoys me all to no end.

~new washcloth colors!

~The thought of being able to hang cloth diapers on the clothes line again.

~The thought of Sara holding new baby Levi in just a few short days!

~Ethan winning 1st place for speed at the AWANA grand prix a couple weeks ago. He won every heat and got the track record as well.

~Finally owning Caleb free and clear!

~Working out and the result: my arms are starting to look like Jillian's - wish the rest of my body was showing more change. But I do feel different, have more energy, and am definitely noticing my muscles growing.



Molly said...

Rachel, This was fun! I had to comment for two reasons. I, too, am a fan of City Wife, Country Life. How did you happen upon her? Also, I have been saying for weeks that I absolutely cannot wait for spring if for only one reason: I am dreaming about hanging my cloth diapers in the sun again! :) It's the simple things, really. And of course, there are a million other reasons to be excited about spring! Blessings to you!

Jenny aka mamajen said...

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting at my blog. I have been spending some time reading,smiling, learning and crying on your blog this afternoon. Wow, you are an incredible woman and I'm looking forward to getting to know you more. :-)

We love watching your kiddos at church! I'm reminded of when we started going to church. Our kiddos were small and I believe that just about everyone knew Andrew's ;middle name! I also feel like I'm getting old now. UGH. ;-)

You have a beautiful family and a beautiful story as God's child.

Bless you Sweetie!

See you soon.


melissa said...

Loved this Rachel! I might have to do the same. I'm glad there are so many smiles in your life. =] I had to smile about Caleb's "nursing noises." Clementine giggles and says, "Nummies!" everytime I sit in our nursing chair.

Also - LOVE Young House Love. And Richard also abhors decorative pillows and refuses to allow a single one in our bedroom. What's with that!?