Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This year Christmas was broken up with several different celebrations, but it was still nice. Chris, Tanner and I spent Christmas Eve at home by ourselves (which was nice!) and Tanner got his big "Christmas surprise" that night. A new puppy!! Tanner kept watching out the window all night for Daddy who was bringing his surprise, and he was so excited when Daddy walked in the door with the puppy. He ran around the house squealing and calling the "little fella" to chase him. I'm not sure that the puppy was all that thrilled with the ultra hyper 3 year old, but oh well. We got the puppy from the local animal shelter and he is a black lab mixed with something else, maybe a border collie. But he is so sweet and laid back and hasn't barked once yet. You can't imagine how that thrills me...I am just hoping it is not a temporary jinx of some kind!! Here are a few pictures of Tanner with his new puppy:
If you are wondering what the new puppies name is, well so are we! The shelter named him "romi" but we haven't decided if we are going to keep that name. Tanner can't seem to get it down, it always comes out "roni" when he says it. Which just makes me think of macaroni and cheese! Yesterday he said that he wanted to name him Jacob, so we thought we might try Jake. But Tanner didn't seem too thrilled with that variation, and he went back to "roni". So I don't know yet what name the puppy will end up with...but hopefully we can all agree on something soon.
On Christmas morning, Meme came over and we opened the rest of our presents. I think Tanner's favorite present was the western shotgun from Grandpa John. He has been playing with it non-stop since yesterday. He is definitely all boy!
After opening our presents, we headed out to Kerrville to spend a few days at my parent's house. Chris had to head back home today for work, but Tanner and I are planning to relax here for a few more days. The nice thing is that I can actually get some things done since Tanner has uncles here to play with and lots of new things to entertain him!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas with those they love. It is definitely my favorite time of year, and it just reminds me of how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The holidays are definitely here and my "to do" list is much longer than I would like. I still have a few gifts to purchase and I haven't even thought about Christmas cards yet. Maybe I should aim for New Years cards this year.
Here are a few pictures from our month so far.
Tanner had his friend Lauren over and we decorated gingerbread houses. I think as much candy went in their mouth as on the gingerbread houses...but they had lots of fun. And they made beautiful masterpieces, if I must say so myself!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
But potty training is a VERY REAL issue in the Adams house these days. In fact, Tanner wore "big boy" underwear for the first time on Wednesday. And he did fantastic! After only two accidents, he caught on and used the potty chair for the rest of the day. Although I have to confess that accident #2 just about sent me over the edge...since it happened on MY COUCH!! UUGGGHHHHH!!
But we survived and kept trucking ahead. In reality, except for the couch incident, it really hasn't been as bad as I anticipated. In fact, I'm beginning to think that I am more to blame for the fact that Tanner is almost 3 1/2 and just now getting this down. I always liked to say that he just wasn't ready yet, but I think it was more about me. I just had to take the plunge and set aside several days to really focus on it. Credit goes to my friend Steph who inspired me the night before and convinced me that I could do it!
While I can't say that we are totally 100% potty trained, we are definitely well on our way. YIPPEE!!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tanner in the pumpkin patch:
Tanner & Lauren:
Diane was in town with Lena Jane & Rowdy and we celebrated her 40th Birthday!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
So he actually pee'd twice this weekend at Meme's house. Now that he is home however he is not the slightest bit interested...big surprise right?? Everyone tells me not to push him because he will do it when he is ready....but I am ready! Doesn't that count for anything?? Patience has never been my strongest attribute and this whole ordeal is really trying me. I know I probably need to just find 2 to 3 days in a row where we can stay home and put "big boy" underwear on and get serious about this. Of course trying to find that many consecutive days where we don't have to be somewhere is difficult...and maybe I am just chicken because I'm not sure what to expect.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Here are a few pics from the fair:
Disney Radio was doing a kids event, so we stopped to watch and Tanner joined in the dancing. I have no idea where he got his great dance moves, but he is hysterical! Here is a video, and if you watch closely you will see Chris doing some moves of his own off to the right...maybe that is where Tanner learned his technique!
Friday, September 28, 2007
One of my favorite pics of us taken 8 years ago (wow, I can't believe it has been that long!):
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Congratulations Shane & Holly...we love you guys!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
God showed me several things this weekend. For one thing, He showed me how great it can be when the body of Christ works together and everyone uses their individual gifts. I had a great leadership team, and while I must admit that I struggled with some of the delegating during the planning stage, I really felt God challenging me to let everyone play their part and not try to hold their hand. That is usually very hard for me to do, but I know it is just pride on my part. So, I assigned the duties and let them be and it was so awesome to see everything come together...and beautifully! Usually when I am in charge of things, I am stressed out the entire time because I am trying to do everything. However, because I had delegated, this experience was so much better. I was able to relax and enjoy the weekend and just sit back on several occasions and observe other people operating in their gifts and talents. It was such a beautiful thing to behold!
This weekend was also so exciting for me because I felt like I was finally returning to the calling of God on my life. This weekend felt so natural for me and I could really feel God's hand on me. Chris and I are doing more and more at the church, and while it can be a little scary and overwhelming at times, I am also excited about what God has in store for us. I definitely feel my comfort zone being stretched, but I know that is the only way to grow!
Friday, September 7, 2007
I know it will be a great time of refreshing for so many of the ladies. My heart is that we will be a unified group this weekend and every one will feel welcome and loved. We have so many new ladies at the church and this is the first FFC retreat for many of them. Like any other place, we naturally have cliques, but I am really praying that the women will step out of their comfort zone this weekend and love on each other.
I John 4:7 (Amplified Bible)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].
This is our theme verse for the weekend, and I just love this version of it. Oh Lord, help us to have a love that springs from you. Help us to develop a better understanding and knowledge of who you are, so that we can love those around us. Make us your vessels and pour your love out of us so that it splashes on everyone we come in contact with. Amen!
Friday, August 31, 2007
Anyways, during our discussion, I mentioned that my argument sounded a lot like the argument you hear from people who are having a hard time tithing. "But I already live check to check and barely have enough for the bills. If I give 10% to God, how will I have enough to pay everything else?" I have a similar argument...it just has to do with my time. I already feel like there aren't enough hours in the day and I always feel like I am behind the curve. Yet, I am not honoring God with the firstfruits of my day. I know that He will honor my sacrifice, and will make my day more productive if I will just give Him the chance. It is just my selfish flesh that always seems to want more sleep!! I know it is just an issue of self-discipline. I apparently need God's help to beat this body into submission!! Am I the only one with this struggle? Not that it really matters, I just want someone else to share my pain :)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Of course, now I am self conscious about my own tongue!! I think Rachelle was secretly hoping to get a picture of my tongue, but she wasn’t successful. Thank goodness!!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Some pics from our camping adventure:
sitting around the campfire
Garrett enjoying his smore!
the cousins (Tanner, Kaitlyn & Garrett)
another picture of the cousins...so cute!
Paul & Garrett
Saturday, August 18, 2007
But on a brighter note, my lost luggage finally arrived! Yippee!! At least I can now wear my clothes for Tanner to throw up on, instead of Rachelle’s clothes :)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
A few pics from the beach:
Skye & Asia
The baggage department claims it is in Charlotte - how it got sent there is beyond me. I just hope they know what they are talking about, especially since I heard him tell the lady in front of me the same thing. I hope that is not their standard line..."oh yeah, it's in Charlotte!". They are telling me they will deliver it either tomorrow or Friday. I sure hope so...otherwise, they better give me a nice fat check to go shopping!!
Needless to say, I will probably pack my carry-on a little different next time. Why is it so hard for us to just learn from other's mistakes without experiencing them for ourself??!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I am so ready for vacation and really looking forward to seeing Rachelle & Paul and the kids. Hopefully I will have some fun pics to post in the next few days.
Only a few more items left on my list...I can hear the pillow calling!
Monday, August 6, 2007
"When you're full of yourself, God can't fill you.
But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel."
Lord, make me a willing vessel. Empty me of all my pride and fears and just the junk of sin, so that I am an empty vessel that you can flow through!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
My prayer for you is that you will come to know God at an early age and that you will love Him with all your heart. May you always be sensitive to His voice and leading, and may you experience the awesome adventure He has in store for you!
I love you my dear Tanner with all my heart and feel extremely blessed to be called your "mommy".
Saturday, July 21, 2007
We played pin the horn on the triceratops for our first game. Thanks goodness for Meme's artistic talents...she drew a really cute dinosaur! Tanner didn't quite understand the concept of using the blindfold because he kept trying to peek out the bottom. But they were cute to watch!
Next, we had a fossil dig on the front porch. Chris filled the plastic swimming pool with sand and we hid small dinosaurs and fossils in the sand. The kids had a blast digging for treasures!
We finished off the party with hot dogs, cupcakes & presents:
I was exhausted by the end of the day, but I think Tanner had a great time! We are doing another party next weekend for a few friends from church. We were originally going to do one big party today, but since the rain meant we had to stay inside we decided to break it up into 2 parties. That idea sounded great earlier in the week, but after everyone left we looked at each other and wondered if we had made the right decision. The thought of doing this all over again next Saturday is exhausting! But there is no going back at this point...we will just have to rethink our strategy next year :)
Here are a few more pics from the day:
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Here is a pic of the three little monkeys playing in Tanner's bed:
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
We went to the zoo again yesterday. It has been raining here for what seems an eternity so we haven't been able to do many outdoor activities. But we braved the weather yesterday and the rain actually held off until we were leaving. We went with some friends we met this spring at the local library story time. The mom is KK and she has two little boys...Leif who is 2 and Ezekiel who is 14 months. We spent the whole time in the toddler area of the zoo but they had a great time playing together. When we left, Tanner kept asking for "my friends". Too cute!!
Here are a few pictures of them playing at the zoo:
Now I have to start getting everything ready for Tanner's birthday party this weekend. Although if this rain doesn't let up soon, we may have to postpone it until next weekend! I don't think I can handle 20 adults and 10 kids in my house on Saturday if it is raining outside! I feel like singing that familiar children's song...you know the one - "Rain, rain go away...come again some other day (or month!)." I never thought I would be longing for the sun in July...but I am! The weather this summer has been very strange.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Here is Tanner waiting for the parade to start:
One of the parade entries:
Our local VFW post:
And finally, I couldn't resist taking a picture of this guy!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Playing in Meme's pool:
Tanner discovering the joys of a water gun!
Tanner taking aim at Lena's belly button:
Meme and her chickens (Keller, Lena Jane, Rowdy & Tanner)