Blessings From Above

Blessings From Above

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rael is 10 Months

Rael is 10 Months. She is growing bigger and taller. Jason and I are now chatting about how she is finally getting some rolls on her thighs and how she feels heavier when we carry her. She eats like a champ and sometimes we can't believe a 10 month old can really eat all that much food we give her. She is now a pro at drinking from a sippy cup. I know Rael's doctor will be proud at her next check up appointment and Rael may no longer be in the 7th percentile for weight. 

She is a go getter and non stop mover - this morning I found Rael in the bathroom with the entire roll of toilet paper unraveled onto the floor and her splashing in the toilet like it was a water park. I have learned that it is time to always keep an eye on this little one. Laylie is now learning to share anything and everything because her sweet sister is always wanting to do everything she does. 

Rael is in love with dogs and any other small animals. When she sees a dog she starts waving both arms up in the air and barks. She can say two words, "mama" and "dada".  

She is months away from walking and is now standing. We are so excited to watch her take her first steps! I don't know if my life will get easier or crazier, but I am counting it all as a blessing.

She is teething and now has 8 teeth. 

Some of my favorite things about our Rael Gracelynn: her beautiful white hair on the top of her bald head, her stunning blue eyes, her cute adorable personality, and how she just loves life. I cant wait to watch her grow each and every month.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Girls

My heart is so happy to watch my girls grow up into the little gals that God has created them to be. I am so blessed to watch them experience new things and to see their tiny, little bodies grow bigger, stronger and taller. But on the other hand, I am sad because time is just passing by too quickly.  I can't help but think "How did they grow up so fast?" Laylie's becoming a true little girl, where she doesn't have those chubby cheeks and baby rolls on her legs anymore. My Rael is no longer happy to stay in one spot - she always wants to be on the move and go, go, go. Wow, it truly makes me want to stop, take one moment at a time, and enjoy my beautiful babies. Here are my little girls growing up and how time is passing by.  

Rael loves riding her bike

Just like Laylie did at 9 Months

Rael loves learning how to push the baby stroller and while taking a few steps.

Just like Laylie did at 9 Months

Rael loves to pop up on the play table and dance to the music

Just like Laylie did at 9 Months

Soon enough Rael will be just like Laylie playing "home-maker" 

I pray i will always have these sweet memories of my girls being small that will be tucked into my heart forever. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

He is Risen...Happy Easter

We had such a fun and wonderful Easter! We loved celebrating and remembering what our lovely Jesus did all those years ago and how he saved each one of us. It was so great to really explain to Laylie what Easter was all about by reading her little bible stories and doing resurrection eggs each night before bed. It made Jason and I really soak up the reason for Easter - Jesus is Risen!!

A couple of days before Easter, we went over to my parents' house where Laylie was able to decorate Easter cookies and dye eggs with her Grandma, Aunt Beth and GG. She had a blast and enjoyed every minute of it.

On Easter morning, Laylie and Rael woke up early and we started off on our scavenger hunt right away. I put clues all around the house the night before while the girls were sleeping and it was great to see Jason or I read the clue and have Laylie run to the next place to find another egg with a clue. At the very end...there were their surprise Easter baskets.

They also got the most awesome bag of Easter goodies from Jason's parents Mamoe and Grandad. They really spoiled our girls with all sorts of amazing gifts. Laylie enjoyed sorting through each and every gift and putting it in Rael's pile or Laylie's pile. Days later, they are still loving all of the things from that bag.

After getting ready for the day and putting on our Easter outfits and dresses, we headed to our home church, House United. We had a great time being with close friends, listening to a wonderful message, singing worship to our Savior, eating a yummy brunch, and even having an Easter egg hunt for all of the small kids. We left feeling so refreshed and happy.

Next, we were on our way to my parents' house. Tons of family were in town visiting and we loved being together and hanging out while we ate lunch, did another Easter egg hunt, and relaxed on my parents' lawn. It was such a joy filled day.

Last but not least, we stopped by Jason's grandma's house. We were able to spend some time with Jason's family and all of the cousins. We did one more egg hunt for the kids and enjoyed some delicious dessert. As we got into our car and called it a day, we were so thankful that we were able to spend it with such amazing friends and family celebrating the fact that our Jesus saved our sins by dying on the cross for us.

Laylie had spring break this week from Preschool so we did a few fun things...
We had just purchased Sea World passes, so we went with Auntie Jessica and cousins Leia, Sammy and Micah. It was crazy to see just how big Laylie is getting watching her running around everywhere doing all of the "big kid" things. I remember just last year we always had to stay in the baby section and I had to carry her practically everywhere. Wow, time is going by way too fast.

And, to end the week...I did the "Run or Dye 5k" today with my cousin Erin and two sisters Jessica and Jillian. It was a blast and so so crazy. We got so much dye on our clothes and we were covered from head to toe. Sometimes we could not even breathe because the clouds of dye were so thick, but we always would run right through it and scream with joy. We ran the whole 3.1 miles and felt so great afterwards. It was truly a blast and now we all want to do a ton of 5k's together.

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and Spring Break.