Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Weathering the storms

Scenes from my safe spot on the couch. 
You can tell by the change in light how long I was there!
Haven and Charlie playing and only looking slightly concerned....
 Ryan and Haven watching the rains fall.
Liv's palette in the morning. She finds our floor more comforting....even when we haven't gone to bed yet so she's still alone. Makes no sense to me but whatever! 
We didn't have hail or anything just strong rain and winds. Tis the season!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Life Doesn't Slow Down

The only exception to that rule might be in the days leading up to a baby's birth. Life can drag amazingly slow in those days! But lately I've been having a hard time sitting down to update this blog. Possibly because the things I want to blog about these days are a little too personal for the world wide web. I will just briefly say that our family's time has been stretched a little thinner as we've been helping out a troubled teen this past month. Extending our house, our car, our budget, our meals, our time, and our hearts in ways that often times seem pointless, but in ways I'm reminded when I contemplate scripture are actually eternal.

I won't say anymore specific on that topic, but it has occupied a lot of my brain energy and emotional energy in ways that even a newborn baby hasn't seem to squelch before. But I do consider it a blessing. We don't get to pick the ways in which we are called to serve at times and this I feel is one we are well suited for despite how futile it can be at times. So yes blogging has been lighter. When I get a spare moment to myself, I haven't been wanting to write, I've been napping and coloring a lot, reading occasionally, and watching some good ole television. The more brainless the activity the better.

I've got post ideas and pictures to go with them coming up but right now a nap is sounding pretty good and if it's what I need it's what I need! Thanks for your prayers and words of encouragement the past few weeks!

Monday, April 25, 2016

We Ran: Baby's First "Marathon"

A few months ago Liv brought home a paper from her school about signing up for the kids OKC memorial marathon. She begged me to sign her up. I told her I don't run. She begged and begged. I said no. She begged some more so I said will you train with me and practice running a mile weeks before the big day? She said yes! (And also they ran a total of 25 miles in her PE class the weeks prior to the marathon so on the actual day the 1.2 miles the kids run equals the 26.2 in a real marathon)

So in March we started "training" for our mile. She immediately hated it. She complained she didn't know how long a mile really was. She confessed she really only wanted a t-shirt and a medal. Too bad so sad. I told her we already paid and signed up so we are doing it and giving it our best!

Could I have said fine let's just walk? Yes. Could I have chalked it up to a donation and backed out. Of course. But I chose to see this as one of those "teaching moments" we parents always hear about and therefore we ran a mile most days when she got home from school....even if she had already run at school because mama still needed to train! Some days we breezed through it, especially if friends or neighbors joined us, because she liked the healthy competition and easily ran the whole way no complaint. Some days though we needed Jesus. Or just one of his miracles. Some days there were 30mph Oklahoma winds, we were tired, hangry and no amount of knock knock jokes or pig latin practice could get her to smile. One fateful day she cried the entire time and I thought someone might think I was trying to kidnap her.

Most of the time though if I validated her annoyances by letting her know that I too in fact hated to run everyday, BUT I let my daughter talk me into it and if we try anything in life we give it our best....then she would come around and it would be all over in 10 min or less.

Taking her to the memorial site and explaining the reason behind the yearly marathon each year raised a lot of questions in her mind and as the day grew closer she got a bit more excited...even if it was just because we didn't have to train anymore!
We laid out our race gear the night before so we wouldn't be scrambling at 6am. Although we were supposed to wear school shirts to represent John Rex she REALLY wanted to wear the race one so of course I caved.
We got up early Sunday morning so Daddy and Haven could drop us off at the school. Haven was not happy about losing sleep. (Neither was I Haven!) We met up with the rest of the kids from her school running and walked to the starting line.
Some of the kiddos running from her school. (she's kind of under the x)
There were thousands of people all around but the safety precautions in the kids area were pretty amazing. She had fun at the line up and we took off at the count down! 
Posing with her P.E. teacher.

 Soooo many people. And this was just the kids race. I don't even know if they're included in the 25,000 tally of the full racers that started hours before!
Starting line selfie!
Except for one stop midway to tie her shoe once, we ran the whole way! And it was a little trickier being that there were hills and turns and thousands of other people in our way! But there were also lots of people cheering and high fiving and encouraging us which would've been welcomed on those training days! The same shoe came untied again towards the end and I encouraged her to stop but she said "I see the finish line and I wanna keep going!" So we did! She gave it her best...and I did too and we did it! We ran!
Cooling down afterward with the snacks provided in the kiddie corral
After it was over she said she might want to do it again every other year. Who knows how she will remember the training or the big day in her 6 year old mind, but I will cherish our memories together as we both gave it our all---even when it wasn't fun---knowing we were kind of doing it for each other!

There was lots to do in the kids area after the race, but she was in a hurry for daddy to pick us up so we could make it to church. I was about to feel even more proud of her, but then she let me know she really needed a donut from church! Haha! I let her wear her shirt and medal....with a skirt of course!

I will admit I do feel more like an Oklahoman now. The marathon race is one of those rights of passages I feel like you must experience in order to be an Okie and now I'm just an elementary landrun celebration day away from being 100% Oklahoman I think ;)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mom Prom 2016

Last weekend the OKC Mom's Blog hosted a Mom Prom at the Harn Homestead, which was basically just a fun girls night out for moms of all ages. Some people brought their moms, some people brought their gal pals, some people may not have even been moms, some wore fancy dresses and some wore jeans, but it mattered not! And the guests ranged from very mild to very wild moms as far as partying goes, even if you didn't want to cut a rug, it was good people watching! I enjoy the sisterhood of writers we have and even though we were working the event, we still got to mingle and eat and dance and have fun too. We wobbled, whipped, and nae nae'd like there was no tomorrow. 
 My baby crying at my borrowed boots before I left.
Amy and Carrie at the welcome table.
 Me and Erin
 welcoming in the first guests
 the adorable cookies
 The Harn Homestead was a great venue and I hadn't been there since Benay's wedding before we were even friends but I was Allison's date....that's a confusing sentence. 
 Cutting a rug...how did that become a phrase? I must google this...

Goofing off!
I'm sure we will be hosting another prom next year so if you missed this one you can make it to the next one!I didn't get the greatest shots but I'll link to the professional pics on the mom blog when it's posted!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Front Yard Saturday Mornings

It takes a village to help Haven learn to walk....
 Luckily we have a very eager village!
 If only we could attach a lawn mower blade to baby toys...kidding! Sort of.
 She "mowed" while daddy prepped the house for paint!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Family Day at the OKCMOA

One of the things on Liv's spring break bucket list was to go to the Art Museum. I wasn't sure she'd want to be there for very long and it's a bit expensive for a 30 min date with your daughter so we waited for a free day! Yes it's more crowded then BUT there are also lots of activities for kids around so she was mesmerized a bit longer. While Haven napped on Sunday afternoon, Liv and I checked it out! The Shrocks were there at the same time and Liv, Elle and Todd spent time doing their own rendition of this modern masterpiece.
They weren't the only ones in there though!
 I think theirs might be just as good as the one on the wall!
 The permanent Chihuly exhibit is probably everyone's fav but man it makes me nervous to see all those kids around that breakable glass!
 Watching a video on blown glass. Liv said, "so he's a pirate?!" Ha! I had to explain that despite 6 year old logic, not ALL people with eye patches are pirates.
 She got to make a crown....that she forced me to wear...and participate in a collaborative cityscape art piece.
 There was hulahooping and juggling outside and she had to show me her mad hula skills she's been working on in PE.
 Then came the moment she had been waiting for all afternoon, the Spaghetti Eddie concert. However it had been awhile since she'd seen him. Maybe it was the fact that she wasn't with friends or maybe she was in a funk, but I think she might've had a "this is what it feels like to grow up" moment. And she might possibly be feeling too old for spaghetti eddie. She did not want to dance or sing along for the first time ever. She leaned her head on my shoulder and I told her we could go whenever she wanted and after a few songs she was ready to leave.
I guess she's too grown up to walk like a dinosaur and go to kitty kat town. I still love her though!
And if you are reading this Spaghetti Eddie, I still thought you put on a good show and I have another daughter who I'm sure will love your music!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Liv's School Work

This is my favorite thing Liv brings home from school right now. Each day the teacher reads them a story and then they have to draw and write a sentence about something that happened in the beginning, middle, and end. Then they give an opinion and rate it. It's basically like my blog book reviews, but with illustrations! I love her phonetic spelling and she usually can read back exactly what it says even though I can barely make it out sometimes! See if you can understand any of them....
I also love her backward check marks! Or maybe they are just lefthanded check marks!
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