Friday, August 24, 2007

War Wounds are Cool!! :)

Showing off his "owie"!

Momma and her tough boy

Proud of his war wounds!

Yea so we (mom and Kari mostly) had a little fun today - and I say "fun" with all the sarcasm in the world! Our little man took a tumble off of mom's couch and banged his head on the coffee table. He got a gash that needed 3-5 stitches. Poor thing! But he was a trooper during it all and now has his first war wounds to prove how tough he is!! Mimi, on the other hand, looked like she could have used a stiff drink after the day was done... Kari too! My poor family - what would I do without them!!?? They were great in the face of adversity - cool, calm and collected. Way to go guys!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Play Time with Daddy

Diggin' in the sand is a boy's dream!!

Hot slides are NOT fun!

Ride 'em cowboy!

Even BIG boys like playgrounds ;)

A boy and his daddy - best buds!

One night this week, we took Abraham to the playground after dinner to have some family/daddy time. School starts soon and we may not be able to do it as much so we are squeezing in all the play time we can. As you can tell it was a hit. It's so fun to watch him run all around and take it all in... even more fun to watch my 2 boys playing together. There is no where in the world I'd rather be than with my men!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

So D-day has arrived. I start back to school tomorrow.. summer is officially over :(
That sounds so depressing I know ! But really, I think that I'm finally ready to get back to the routine and schedule of school. The only thing that I always hate is leaving Abraham. Harder still, our favorite day care provider decided she needed to spend time with her little girl and is not doing day care this year. We are very sad about this because we loved her but it meant that we had to find a new day care provider to watch Abraham. It was a complete God thing, and I mean COMPLETELY - but we have found another day care provider that I feel really good about. She is a parent of a student I had 2 yrs ago and I absolutely loved them then. Abraham and I visited her home this week and within 15 minutes of being there he was playing and laughing with the other kids. He will be just fine with Miss Shellie!

I'm a bit nervous about this year. Lots of firsts for me... I will have a student intern from the local university, I'm still in the process of taking my Masters, and I might be taking a class from the county. But I'm sure that it will all work out just fine. I have a great support system who always encourage me and push me. I'll be ok!

Thanks for your prayers as I start this new year in my "mission field". I have the privilege of teaching these little lives and impacting them. What an honor and a responsibility that is. I pray that I am able to be the teacher, cheerleader and role model they need.

Ok, my true love shows thru... how embarassing! :)

Abraham in his big boy shoes!

Aren't they the cutest things??!!

This is now his favorite thing to do - climb on the chair and then on to the desk to try to "help" me use the computer!

I'm guilty. I admit it. I have a serious addiction to... SHOES!! Not only for me, but for the boy as well. So, last week we realized that Abraham needed new shoes. I mean the kid is really growing and his foot is bigger than I realized. We kept shoving his feet into size 4 shoes but in reality he needed to be in 5's. He had these too cute Vans with green snakes all over them that I absolutely hated to not be able to put on him... selfish I know! Anyhow, long story short we traded in the blue Airwalks for black ones with a pirate on them! And got these New Balance. I look at him in them and tear up - he looks like such a little man! My baby is growing up! I know, I know.. get a grip Erinn! They are just shoes! Good grief...

Can't believe I'm posting this but I felt it would be good to admit my weakness :)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

No. I'M it!!!!

My wonderful bloggy friend, Mel from Life is Like a Box of Chocolates, has therefore tagged me for my first meme. I didn't even know what the heck a meme was until I started blogging and reading Mel's blog!! So here we go... I believe my topic is the top 3 things I'm grateful for. I refuse to tell you that I'm grateful for the "normal" things - you know, family, friends, la la la! I'm going to step OUT of the box for this one..

I'm grateful for:

1. Chick-fil-a restaurants. If I have to eat fast food, I'd so rather eat here than anywhere in the entire world!! I don't know if it has to do with the fact that I worked there when I was a teenager - maybe I developed an addiction then? I don't know. But I love me some Chick-fil-a!

2. Shoes - all kinds of shoes - heels, flip-flops, sneakers, slippers. You name them I love them. I have an affinity for shoes. Ask my parents and my hubby about my shoe problem. Hubby can't understand why I have "summer" shoes and "winter" shoes!! MEN!! I don't believe that anyone (mainly me!) can have too many shoes!

3. Strawberry Cheesecake - especially if it is made by the Amish people of PA. This is typically my ONE b-day wish every year. And typically I get it every year, except this year I didn't get it. So I figure my momma owes me BIG TIME!! :)

4. My Honda Element - I know this is #4 but I had to put it in. I love my car! Just got it in March and I don't know how I lived without it. See the best part about it is the vinyl floors that I can just wipe clean when my sweet but messy son makes his messes. I could even hose it out if I really wanted! and the doors allow for getting him in easily - and it has TONS of room - and I can carry 3 strollers, not that I need that many but I could if I needed to!!

Ok that is all for me here. Am I supposed to tag someone else?? Guess I'll have to ask about the rules and add to this later! :)

Monday, August 6, 2007

Happy Anniversary Baby!

This past Saturday Michael and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. We had a very low-key day, just the 3 of us. We had lunch out thanks to my Great Aunt. It was neat reminiscing about our special day. Michael remembered how his face hurt at the end of the day and how LOONG our ceremony was (it truly was!). My memories included the sound of my dress rubbing on the plastic aisle runner (it was LOUD!), the look on his face as I came down the aisle, and the song that we played as we walked back down the aisle again as hubby and wife. We played Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" and it brought laughter from many. We had a great day, one we'll never forget!

God, in His wisdom, brought us together in the most unusual way. I'm so blessed to have found the love of my life. Michael is my best friend, he is my calm and my ROCK. I love him more today than yesterday. We have been thru so much in our short married life and I know that I would never have made it without him in my life. There is nothing I can't do without him by my side. Michael makes me a better person and he broadens my world view like no one else can. He brings great joy to my heart and always a smile to my face. He is an amazing daddy to Abraham and each time I watch them playing and laughing together I fall more and more in love with him!

I love you baby! You are amazing! Happy Anniversary!!

My sweet hubby and I on our wedding day

Wedding Party - some of our dearest friends (and family!) in the world

I had to put this picture on... my dad had these glasses that we always teased him about. He thought it would be funny to wear them in a picture - and you know what? It is funny! It brings back great memories!

"Let's Stay Together"

I, I'm so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is all right with me
'Cause you make me feel so brand new
And I want to spend my life with you

Since, since we've been together
Loving you forever
Is what I need
Let me be the one you come running to
I'll never be untrue

Let's, let's stay together
Lovin' you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad

Why, why some people break up
Then turn around and make up
I just can't see
You'd never do that to me (would you, baby)
Staying around you is all I see
(Here's what I want us to do)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Happy 4th Birthday Chloe Abigail!

Chloe's birthday was the 26th of July but we just had her party this past Sunday. It was complete with pink balloons and a Princess theme - surprise, surprise! It was even more special for her and for the family because Timmy and Karen Moonsammy were able to be there to celebrate with us. Timmy and Karen were partners with Joel and Kari when they were in Paupa New Guinea. These dear ones are very special friends of J & K and the kids as well. They saw J & K through some mountains and valleys so they have a very tight bond as sisters and brothers. I was so excited to finally meet them... so it was neat to have them at Chloe's b-day party.

Chloe and her b-day cake. The girl knew just what to do with the candles - blow them out and then lick them off!!

Tornado Chloe - she tore into her gifts like they were going to run away!

Chloe loves to dress up - Her other aunt got her a cheerleader outfit complete with light up pom poms!

Abraham was very interested in the lights in the pom poms - not in the actual pom poms themselves - don't worry!

Kari and Karen

Joel and Timmy

Helping Momma Clean!!

I was cleaning up the apartment the other day and he was watching me very intently as I dusted with my Swiffer. I put it down and he decided that he knew what to do so he walked around the house "dusting" too! It was great!! Let's just hope that he continues to be a good cleaner - to help me out!
(Cleaning is NOT one of the things I enjoy!) Now if I can only get him to learn to run the vaccum cleaner... hmm??!!

More random pics of the boy

Easter 2006 - 5 months old

Mother's Day 2006 - 5 months old

Chillin' with Alex - I love this picture of him and Alex! June 2006 6 mo. old

And of course Chloe had to get in on the action too!

Bath time with Grandma Kay - 8 mo old

Abraham and Daddy - 10 mo. old

Momma and Abraham

Abraham and Momma - 10 mo. old