Sunday, March 01, 2009

Having Fun!...

That's what we've been up to! Lots of silliness and giggles. I am trying to just enjoy Emily and Timothy at the age they are each at without much of a daily agenda. I am discovering the more giggles, smiles, silly dancing, pretending, and singing that occurs, the less constant correction and frustration occur! Don't get me wrong, we still have some 3 year old drama and tantrums taking place, but is seems to diminish when we are busy and silly and having lots of fun!

The kiddos are each blowing me away. Emily is always asking questions and trying to figure things out. She has a ridiculous memory and loves to pretend and sing and dance. She loves anything crafty/creative and is all about rhyming words and writing her letters, of which I think she is writing about 12-15 well. She continues to love books and is still quite obsessed with CARS and Imagination Movers. Most of all, I have been cherishing all of the ways that we talk about God all throughout the day. There are so many opportunities all day long where I get the chance to bring something full circle and talk with her about our need for a Savior. It never feels heavy or like a "lesson." It is in the everyday things that we do and experience. I love that we can pray together at any moment during the day about anything. Her knowledge of the Father at this tender age is already being established and rooted, not by her Sunday experience alone, but by what we are living every single day. Everything that comes with that...learning to be selfless, thankful, and content, learning truth, learning that we need forgiveness and that we need to grant it, learning humility, learning how to serve others, learning the need for obedience and the pain of consequence, learning how to speak in kindness and love...there are so many things that she is learning about the nature of God and it fills my soul to see her beginning to grasp it all!! We are so thankful for her compassionate and sweet little spirit. She blesses my heart more than I could ever have imagined possible!

Timothy is doing lots of new things as well. He is SO smiley!! I can't stress enough how happy that little guy is. He is an absolute joy to be around! His new tricks these days include rolling over front to back and finally back to front. He loves to get up on his hands and knees and rock back and forth like crazy. He can move a bit as well, but I don't think I would officially label it crawling just yet!:) He is also making tons of new sounds and gets so excited when he is "talking" to us. I think the biggest "new" thing for little man is that he is eating food and LOTS of it!! So far, he has enjoyed avocado, brown rice cereal, ground oats, banana, and plums. The plums still make him pucker a bit, but he is thoroughly enjoying everything else. And I am enjoying making his food again. I can't wait until he gets to try lots more things. I think it is pretty fun to make new foods and the satisfaction of saving tons of money on baby food and the variety factor can't be beat. I know, I really need to get out more!...haha!:) We are at amazed at how much he wants to eat. I am already dreading our food bill increasing in the years to come...ugghhh!!! We are really enjoying this new season with him and all the fun that he has brought to our family!

Since this is somewhat of a family update, I will say that Derek and I are doing well too! We are enjoying this stage of life and the challenges that it brings. I was recently able to share with Derek about the funk that I had been in. After that conversation, God has reminded me in various ways, on a daily basis, of why He needs to be our foundation and what He has given me in a God-loving and God-fearing leader for our family! I am really trying to do some things different for our family and I can already see a difference in the amount of joy and thankfulness that I have. I am blessed with a wonderfully incredible husband and children. God has given me priceless friendships and mentors and a church family that blows me away. I want to "live" in the fullness of what those gifts bring to my life on a daily basis and am praying every day that I would be thankful. The other day, one of our friends said something like, the more thankful you are, the more joy it brings...I want to live in the light of that truth!

That's all on the Kramer's for now! I have some great pics of Timothy's dedication and will try and post those later in the week. For now, here are some sillies from around the house...

yummy...avocado for the first time!!

so happy to be eating rice cereal!

Emily being giggly...probably because her Daddy said something funny!

trying to do "cross-eyed"...Em thinks this is absolutely hilarious!! I did it during breakfast one morning and it has brought hours of laughter since then.
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JSM said...

That's it...! I"m buying that boy some Krispy Kremes when I am up there this month! :)

Holly said...

Your children are beautiful! I love reading about your faith and how it changes your parenting.

laurie said...

Sweet post...thanks for the encouragement and reminder to all mommies. You're doing a great job! Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the family update. Glad to see Timothy is enjoying food and that Emily loves being as silly as you :~)

Supabloggasuprememama said...

awe im glad you guys are doing so well. these pics are wonderful and i cant believe how big they are getting!