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wild and wonderful


This past week, our little family took and adventure “home” to West Virginia.  As always, we only had a few days to spend with the family- but it was a really fun two days.  First we stopped at my mom’s house, The Farm.  Astaire had such a blast running around chasing Granna’s new dog Trixie, riding the four wheeler, picking fresh blueberries, and looking for the cows.

 

 

After two days, we traveled on to my dad’s house, my childhood home.  It was so much fun having a wieny roast like when I was younger and also seeing Astaire play in the same places I used to play. She got to swing on a tree swing, slip and slide, and play in the creek with my dad.

 

 

and my favorite picture from the weekend:

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father of the year


Our church has sponsored a “Father of the Year Nomination” and will choose a letter at today’s service.  Mom’s could write letters for their children if they were too young, and so I decided to write one for Astaire, because I feel like Josh totally deserves this recognition if anyone does.  There was so much more I could write, (like all of the work he does AT the church…but everyone there knows that…) so I thought this would be sufficient.  He is amazing…

Dear Reader,

I am not old enough to write yet, I can only color really great pictures.  In fact, I can only say a few words.  My favorite word is Daddy.  When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I yell over the monitor is “Daddy! Up!”  He is my favorite person in the world, even though I spend all day every day with my mama.

If anyone deserves to win the father of the year award it is my daddy.  Even before I was born he loved me.  I know because I could hear him singing to me and praying for me every night as I was growing inside my mama’s belly.  He was the first person I saw when I was born and he gave me my very first bath and changed all my diapers while I was in the hospital.

My daddy is a really hard worker.  He has three jobs!  He works so much so that my mama can stay home and take care of me, and I like that a lot.  My mama says he works more than 80 hours a week, but I can’t count that high.  I just know that he always has time to play hide and seek with me, and he is almost always here to read my bedtime stories, say my prayers and tuck me in at night.

My daddy is the best daddy in the whole world, and I love him so much!

xOxo Astaire

great expectations


I know I have mentioned (several times) my new found struggles with Astaire and her tantrums….but I have a happy update today!  We are making some progress.  I have found over the past several days and trips out, that if I set her up for what we are about to do, and clearly state my expectations, we are all much happier and she does so well!

An example of what I might say would go something like this as we are walking in to the store, church, or even a playdate:

“Astaire, we are going to go in to __________ now.  Mama expects you to be a good girl, be obedient and (sit in the cart/go to your class and play with your friends/share your toys) without getting upset.   If you don’t, you will get a time-out, do you understand? (she will say yes) You are such a  big girl, and you are going to a great job!”

We go in, and sometimes she needs a little reminding—but a reminder is usually all she needs.  We have had several successful trips this week, including one to the zoo! She did absolutely wonderful all day, with zero meltdowns and she even got to feed a giraffe right out of her hand….TWICE!

how a toddler says happy mothers day.


My little lady is a constant blessing to me, and I know how much she loves me- but today she had a little help from her Daddy in making me feel very special for the day.

Yesterday they snuck away into Josh’s office to do some work… Astaire was very excited because the office is the only “no zone” in the house, and she was allowed in there for a better part of an hour.  I never once heard a peep from either of them…and I’m sure she had a great time- I have pictures to prove it.

The final product was this beautiful handmade card- which is going straight into the memento storage container in the garage for safe keeping.  I’m totally a hoarder of things like this.

This morning I found myself in such an incredible mood, and I realized it was because I was able to wake up, get a shower, hair and makeup all done without interruption. Don’t get me wrong, and I know you won’t– I love her, but man…that time was precious!  Little did I know, they had been calling me from downstairs because they had prepared this breakfast, that I had to eat literally running out the door for church because I took my sweet time getting ready (oops)  I did however take the time and let Astaire show me and read to me her card…as you can see she was so proud and excited to show it to me.  Isn’t it crazy that at this age already she knew she had made it and that it was for me?  She is too sweet.

I just can’t close this post out without saying thank you to my wonderful husband, yet again, for everything he does to continue to make my life wonderful…including today.  It means so much that he found it important enough to take time out to teach Astaire the importance of honoring her mother today— I really appreciate it so much.  I love you babe!

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