Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Flashback

I am new to the world of blogging and I love the Friday Flashback idea that I have seen in other blogs. Taking sweet moments from the past and remembering them is one of the best joys of life. So...

This was the day that we set up Aiyana's first big girl bed with her own ladybug sheets. And she actually sleeps in it all night!!

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Give Thanks

We gave thanks for an abundant meal
We gave thanks for a joyful life
We gave thanks for love
We gave thanks

This Thanksgiving was great! Our day began with our kitchen sink overflowing all over the counters and floor. I am so glad I prepared my dishes Wednesday night! We spent our morning cleaning up the water and then went to Nana's house in San Marcos after the plumbers came to save the day.

We spent the rest of the day snacking and laughing and enjoying family. Just the way it should be.

The night ended with AJ, Rich and my bro Levi asleep on the couches with others asleep upstairs.

Aiyana and Papa spent their time eating Cheerios and sipping juice in front of the fire. Then they moved to Aiyana's table where they put together some of Yaya's baby puzzle.

Aiyana asked Nana to play with her at the end of the day. Nana said she was too tired and just didn't have it in her. Papa added, "Nana's old." Aiyana replied quickly," No! Nana is new!" When Papa asked Aiyana what happened to all of the old, she cleverly responded after a moment of thought. "It all fell out!"
How sweet it is!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

So Sweet!

Aiyana was such a big helper today. She saw me struggling to get the huge box of diapers to the bottom of the Costco cart and she said, "I'll hold it mommy". She held the cart still while I put them in. Then later she was so excited to help me carry them in from the car. Then in the most serious tone she stated, "I have a job to do!" She opened the box and put some of them in a basket that I keep the diapers in. So sweet!

Monday, November 24, 2008

It does pay off in the end!

We got home from running errands the other day and it was time for Aiyana's nap. She did everything but nap. She was in her room for 3 hours playing with every toy she had. She, of course, did not put any of them away. So that bedroom was unbelievably messy. After 3 hours at 4pm, I told her resting time was over but she could not come out of her room until she cleaned up the mess. She played until 5:15 and just when my frustration was building I peaked in on her and she was singing "I can do it, I can do it" while she was putting her toys away. It took her a few minutes, but she put almost all of them away. She really gave it a strong effort.

It was a beautiful realization. Our children hear us. All of our efforts count. My baby is growing into a strong confident and capable young girl. Life can't be controlled. Even if it takes all day, Aiyana is going to go her own pace, but she will conquer in the end.