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Photo Shoot

My mom asked me the other day if I had any new pictures of Graham, to which I replied, "no."  I know, Graham is well on his way to having the second child inferiority complex. 

Steven says its ok, we can just lie and say "I don’t remember if that is you or your brother." (A joke, we would never lie to my kids.)

About a week ago, I tried to do a photo shoot.  I even changed Elijah’s clothes to match Graham’s.  Wouldn’t you know, my camera battery died after taking just a few shots.  Of course it did. 

So finally, here are some updated pictures of my kiddos.

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I am a thief

I have braved the outside with both boys a few times now.  In the past few weeks, I have been to Target a grand total of 3 times.

Every time we go, we have to browse the dollar section.  I thank God for the dollar section because usually I can find something to literally buy me some good behavior time with Elijah.  Whenever we get through those doors Elijah says "What can we get for me mommy?"  The worst part about shopping with two kids however is check out.

At check out I have several things on my mind

  • make sure everything rings up the right price
  • make sure Elijah doesn’t climb out of the cart and onto the belt or fall on the floor
  • go as fast as possible, there is usually someone behind me
  • keep the passi in Graham’s mouth
  • make sure Elijah doesn’t break the little credit card machine or fall out trying to reach it
  • find my wallet and pay

So on my first adventure, Elijah got a pack of miniature safari animals (about the size of army men).  I gave him a new animal every few minutes that he was being good.  The trip went well.   I was sweating by the time we got through check out.  As we headed to the door, I saw the pack of animals that we had not paid for.  I had to get back in line for a whopping $1.06 (but we had already opened the pack so we had to buy it).

The second trip I found this great sparkling pink lemonade on clearance.  I tucked it away under Graham’s car seat so that Elijah would not see it and toss it out of the cart (a really fun game he likes to play- note my sarcasm).  We made it through check out and out to the car (might I add I did not get a close space).  As I began to unload my children and our belongings, I saw the bottle, in the cart, you guessed it, unpaid for. 

Several things went through my mind.  Should I just take it home?  Of course not.  Could I just leave it in the cart in the parking lot and hope that it made it back inside?  Probably not.  Should I load my kids back in the cart and trudge back inside?  That is not really the best option is it?  Should drive to the fire lane, park and run the bottle back in with kids in the car?  Come on, you know you do it too.

Then I saw a lady heading into the store, my savior.  I politely went up to her and asked her to return the bottle for me.  I explained that I had two small children in the car.  She agreed and didn’t even seem to think I was weird.  I can’t believe I did that.

So you would think that I learned my lesson.  Not really.  If you don’t have children, you just don’t understand how hectic check out can get.  The last time I was there, I had a big 8-pack of paper towels under the cart.  I checked out and paid, completely forgetting they were there.  Only this time, I saw them before I moved away from the counter.  I know this is rude, but I did not get back in line.  I simply asked the clerk to ring them up separately.  I did not make eye contact with the lady behind me.  I hope she didn’t go to Elevation!

PS.  The worst thing that ever happened to me at Target was this summer with my sister and her 3 children, yes imagine, my sister and I with 4 children under age four (anytime the kids outnumber the adults, you are increasing your chances for trouble).  She hit a man with our cart.  He didn’t have any children.  He didn’t seem to think it was funny either.

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Its time to Dominate!

Last night I had a front row seat at our leadership commitment event for our capital campaign called Dominate.

The worship was great, the preaching was inspiring (done by a really good looking blond guy) but the best part was the actual commitment time.

I sat inspired and humbled as I watched our people pray together, weep together, and then with huge smiles on their faces, place their pledge cards on the table.  I thanked God for sending these people to our church.  I can’t believe that less than two years ago, our church consisted of less than 20 people and last night we had 300 leaders make sacirificial pledges above their weekly tithe.

When I finally stood to join in singing, I could hardly get a word out.  I am so grateful that I get to be the pastors wife of such an amazing work of God.  I can’t believe that I get a front row seat in watching and participating in the work God is doing, and going to do through Elevation Church for years to come.

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Pumpkinbread I pulled this recipe out of my Southern Living last year and it is so yummy!  I rarely bake from scratch (I love to doctor box cakes though!) but this recipe is really easy even for those of you who prefer the box method.

  • 3 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin

Mix everything together, add flour gradually at the end.

Pour into 3 greased 9 x5 loaf pans (or substitute 3 mini loafs for one of the large loaf pans).  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to an hour (less time if using mini loaves).

Hint: I like to dust the pan with cinnamon/sugar mixture after greasing to give the crust extra sweetness.

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Spinning my wheels

Do you ever just want to close your eyes to the mess around you?  Today it was in every single room of my house.  There were dishes in the sink, my bed was unmade because Graham spit up on the sheets this morning, there were toys everywhere… you get the picture.  I even went to switch over my laundry only to find that I had washed a red jacket with a load of baby clothes.

You got it, as if we needed pink onsies, diaper cloths and blankets.  Not to mention the extra time to re-wash everything.

The good news is I got it all cleaned up while chatting on the phone with my sister.  We laughed about how she is running out of purple clothes because that is the only color her 2 year old daughter will wear. 

The thing about a messy house is it really doesn’t take but 30 minutes to straighten it up (dirty house is a different story) and your whole mood can change.  I will say that it is almost better than a nap.

Ok, Elijah is awake and ready to mess up the house again!  Upcoming blog entries: "I am a thief" and "Pumpkin Bread Recipe".

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Did you know you can buy this?Juice

In case you can’t tell from the picture it is a can of concentrated Juicy Juice.  It is not frozen.  At my grocery store it costs $1.89.   I never like to buy Juicy-juice because it is so expensive.  My sister told me you could buy it concentrated.  You find it in the normal juice section.  All you have to do is pour into a container and add water.  For the same amount of juice already mixed it is $2.95.

When you have a child who doesn’t like his juice "watawy" a juice with no added sugar is the way to go.  Now I don’t have to pay a fortune for it!

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I had forgotten how much a newborn poops.  Sometimes, I don’t even want to change Graham’s diaper because he inevitably will poop with in 5 minutes of a fresh diaper.  The other day I changed his diaper 4 times in one hour.  I told my husband that at roughly $0.22 a piece (yes thats correct) Graham was costing us $1 an hour.  (And well worth it :).

On the other hand, Elijah’s dirty diapers get more disgusting by the day.  (Warning, this is rather graphic).  Steven says that children should not be allowed to eat corn until they are potty trained.  Enough about that.

Speaking of potty training… Elijah loves to talk about the potty, pretend to go to the potty, and talk about other people who use the potty but still has no interest in actually sitting on the toilet without a diaper on.  This Sunday, somehow he convinced his teachers that he used the potty so he could make a visit to the bathrooms at church.

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Back to Sleep Results

Ok, I must admit that when I wrote the post about letting my kids sleep on their tummies, I thought I was going to get some scoldings and criticism.  Amazingly, most of you placed your babies on their tummies too. 

I counted moms, not babies and here is what I got from your comments:

  • 2 back sleepers
  • 20 tummy sleepers
  • 4 side sleepers
  • 2 combination of tummy/side/back
  • 1 sitting up

Are there more back sleepers who just didn’t comment?  I had no idea we mothers were quite so rebellious!  Like many of you said, a person will do anything to get some rest.

Update on Operation Wake Up: Baby Graham has been awake for about and hour now.  Praise the Lord, maybe there will be rest for the weary tonight.

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Operation Wake Up.

My first child cried so much and slept so little that we never dared wake him up.  Graham on the other hand is turning into quite the night owl.  He prefers to sleep all day (which is very nice) and then about 2:30 am he is wide eyed and ready to be held.  Maybe he is going to be like me after all (I love my sleep and could really sleep any time of the day).

So today Operation Wake Up begins because mommy does not want to have another night like last night.  Graham is going to eat at least every three hours and keep those eyes open a little more than he did yesterday.

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Pumpkin Patch

I have just spent the last 30 minutes catching up on all my blogs.  I see that I apparently am not a good mother if I don’t take my children to a pumpkin patch this fall (a joke). 

I am jealous.  Emily in ND, Amanda in VA, and Ainsley in VA, all look like they are having such a good time.  Anyone know where I can go within a 30 minute radius of Charlotte.  I do not want to drive to Asheville or Hendersonville.  Any suggestions?

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