Sunday, February 5, 2012

Belated family photo sharing

So Uncle Brant took our annual family fall photos and they turned out great!  I used two of my favorites for our Christmas card but here are a few that I wanted to share in addition to those.








A bit of randomness

So potty training went really well...at least from my perspective.  Would highly recommend the 3- day training method we decided to use (http://www.3daypottytraining.com/)!  We are still having a few accidents (mostly #2) but overall, he is going most of the time dry.  It was so fun to go to shopping this week and NOT have to buy diapers!!

"Poor baby" (as he kept saying tonight mimicking my earlier sentiment), now he has a really nasty upper respiratory infection...listened to him earlier and it doesn't sound like bronchitis and his PE tubes are draining so he's not suffering the pain of a typical ear infection. We will see if he wakes up without a fever tomorrow.  I am praying so!

On to other topics...I am reading "Radical" by David Platt right now and reading through the book of Hebrews inductively (unashamed to admit this is my first attempt at an inductive study).  Talk about some real challenges.  Radical is not saying anything that the Word doesn't already tell us it just places it in the clear contrast that it is to our American Dream.  It keeps hitting me right between the eyes and punching me in the gut all at the same time.  There just doesn't seem to be a way to reconcile my comfortable cozy life with the life Jesus called his disciples to pursue.  So I will continue to pray my way through and know that if my heart is truly willing to listen and see the Father will make it clear how my life is to look differently.

On that note, memory verse for the week is (will try to type for memory) Hebrews 1:3 "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being SUSTAINING ALL THINGS BY HIS POWERFUL WORD.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."  Forgot the all caps section- such an important section!  Maybe it is a small reminder not to forget that part in my daily life!!!

We spent last weekend moving my sweet grandmother from her duplex at Parkway Village in Little Rock to the assisted living housing in the same community.  This involved a ton of work on the part of my parents!  Since my dad is an only child, the sole responsibility of caring for my aging grandma and grandpa (who is in the nursing home at the same community for the time being) has fallen on him.  (Side note- this is one reason why no matter how much I toy with the idea of letting Carson remain an only child I know siblings are a great thing I hope to give him some day.)  Anyways, she also had to down-size substantially and so I got to bring a few special things home with me.  A few special dishes, plant stand, bird cage, porcelain doll, etc...thankfully my grandmother had good taste!  It has been fun finding special places to either display or store these items (and it was really fun that we did this all while she can still tell us the significance behind each item).  Here are a few pictures of our little adventure.



WEEEE!!!!
Elsy Kate wants to go to Grandma's new place!

Plant stand was my grandpa's mother's (my great-grandmother).  Bird cage was my grandmother's.  Now have a few more plants on display but this was the only pic I had.


Friday, January 20, 2012

To blog or not to blog...that is the question

It has been over a year since my last blog post...I honestly never intended on it being my last post.  I've thought and thought about whether or not to return to the blogging world.  At this point, I am up for a trial.  With a few ground rules I have laid for myself.  First, no pressure.   If I post, I post...if I don't, I don't.  Second, no comparison games!  This fall at a women's event at our church, the speaker said, "Comparison is the thief of joy."  That has stuck with me!  It is so easy to do!  No offense to anyone who happens to read this, but I've decided to try at it again more for my own journaling of life's big events (or small ones) than anything else.  For Carson's 2nd bday, I completed his "baby book."  It basically was a compilation of all the wonderful milestones of his first year of life.  All that to say, I was able to put that together largely due to the many posts I made during that time.  And I cherish that fact that I have those memories in writing and in pictures.  Another reason for my return is that my sweet husband surprised me with a MacBook Pro which means I don't have to sit in our study using our ancient (lol-2004) Dell!!!  If I start getting frustrated with it all- you will know cause the post will stop- haha.

Not really sure where to begin since December 5, 2010 was my last post!  A lot has happened since then...rather than playing catch up I think I will just start with what all Carson is doing right now.  And since I just got this computer, I don't have a ton of recent pics but I will see what few I can add since that is the best part in my opinion :)

Carson is 2 years and 5 months old!  Today is day #2 of the 3-day potty training method.  So far I am pleasantly surprised at how well it is going.  I have said to many that potty training has been the most intimidating thing of parenting for me to date.  This may sound crazy but it is exactly how I have felt.  He was probably ready around November but I knew I couldn't keep up with him after having knee surgery.  Then December was the holidays.  So I basically searched our calendar and found 3 days that I could keep completely (minus PT this morning) clear and focus on this huge developmental milestone.  Yesterday he started out basically in denial.  Every time we got near the potty he would say "no,no" but today he was delaying his nap by saying "carson go poop in potty"- lol!  I will figure out how to share the link the the method I am using but suffice it to say the focus is on complete positive reinforcement, commitment, and focus for these three days.  Not sure what to expect after that point but we will cross that bridge when we get there.  Today he has only had one "accident" so far!  AND he is currently napping for the third day in a row!  Not sure if he is about to hit a growth spurt or what...

He is also a talking machine!  I am just amazed at the things he can say and the thought processes he can follow now.  As I hear is common at this age, he also gets stuck on repeat often.  Basically he will say one word, phrase or request over and over and over and over (x100) just because....usually until you repeat it back to him a few times.  I guess he just wants to make sure he is understood.  He is still completely obsessed with Cars!  Mainly the true pixar Cars characters but any mode of transportation captivates his attention more than balls.  He has the whole set of the race cars from Cars 2 and knows them by name and I think may even talk to them on a regular basis!  He is also very interested in puzzles...this is a newer thing but I am really impressed with how quickly he can figure it out and how much he can work on his own.  I am realizing that unfortunately a lot of times I limit what he can do based on my assumptions of what he can't do...make sense?  Basically, he can do, say and think more than I realize!  Which is a good thing when I don't limit him!

Cautious Carson is still my common description of him...he is not much of a risk taker and hates loud noises.  He is still; however, very social and loves playing with his friends and family!  He is especially fond of sweet Elsy Kate, his precious 10-month old first cousin (and my DARLING niece!!) whom he lovingly refers to as "E."  (Because he likes to...in fact he can say "Elsy Futterer" but that is just not as fun :)  He also still really likes TV...which has raised concerns for me so January we have collectively decided as a family to partake in an odd type of fast...no tv!  Yes, we did make two exceptions at the onset- we would watch a few important bowl games (namely national championship) and the marathon olympic trials.  Otherwise, in Carson's mind it is "broke."  Admittedly it has been harder for me than I thought it would be...but I am thankful that we have been able to see what can happen when we don't spend so much time in front of the tube- talk more, read more, go to bed on time, etc.  I just have to be careful now that this awesome new computer doesn't replace the TV in my time sucker category!!

Okay...maybe this post has been more than long enough to get started again...let me see if I can figure out how to post a few pictures before I close.
Carson and Daddy at a Vintage cookout this summer

Carson going to see the movie Cars 2 on his 2nd Birthday

Carson, Bennett Oliver and Beckett Rogers at his 2nd Birthday Party (theme Cars of course)
Larry and I in Cancun for a great 8th anniversary get-away
Valley Fest 5K (family fun!)
my little artist

Carson and E!!!  
Halloween 2011


Christmas 2011






Sunday, December 5, 2010

FINALLY

Drum roll please...............this week Carson FINALLY took his first true steps! We have been waiting on this for quite a while now! He has been crusing and pushing things, etc for a long time but just crawls so fast that he has shown zero interest in walking. Last week (on 11/23/10) he took one step at my grandparents house. It seemed almost accidental. A few times throughout the week he would take a step (maybe two shuffles) in between items he was reaching for. Then on the night of 11/30/10 we were helping to decorate my mom's Christmas tree and he took 3 or 4 steps so we just kept cooercing him to do it over and over again. When we got home, we were determined to get it on video. (Of course we didn't have it on hand at my mom's house! ugh!) And we were rewarded with the most steps yet! Perfectly captured on film to cherish forever :) Now, he's been caught...the truth is out...Carson CAN walk...if he chooses to tomorrow will be another story- haha! Enjoy this precious glimpse of pure determination- love how he uses his little arms to balance :)

video

He is just so proud of himself!!! Here is an abridged version of his celebration.

video

Daddy's little helper

Time for an update...as I was glancing through the pictures I've taken over the past month or so I found several precious ones of my guys! Carson loves to help daddy with projects around the house :) or just chill on the couch. The last one is leaving church a few weeks ago...so thankful I keep my camera in my purse at all times for random moments like these that just make your heart smile.






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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Roar!

This year Carson was a tiger for Halloween! We started out the day with the Fall Festival 5K and ended it with the Kids Festival at the church. Truthfully, the outfit was perfect for the morning because it was 30 degrees. But by the time we made it to the church, he was burning up! He got to see several of his friends, but he was still a bit too little to enjoy the massive bump'n'jump inflatables...next year. He was so tired by the end of the day, he was in bed by 6:30pm and didn't wake up until 7:50am the next morning!


Fall Festival 5K 2009
Fall Festival 5K 2010


Pumpkin Baby 2009

Tiger Tot 2010







Pumpkin Patch

This weekend, Larry and I took Carson to the Mayflower Pumpkin Patch. It was great! I would definitely love for this to be an annual tradition. However, next year we will not pick a Friday afternoon (too many school groups!) This pumpkin patch has a petting zoo, huge playground area, a corn maze, hayride and the best part was picking pumpkins right out of the field off the vine. Carson really enjoyed it! We even ran into some friends at the pumpkin patch- Carson got to enjoy the hayride with his friend Levi!




As you can see, we had one tired little boy on our hands on the ride home!