Friday, October 17, 2014

At The Apple Orchard...

While my Mom was here from Florida, we enjoyed one of my very favorite fall activities: visiting the apple orchard! It was a pretty warm day, so it didn't really feel like fall in Indiana, but we still had a wonderful time! We walked through the apple orchard and let Lilly pick an apple off of the tree, which she then thoroughly enjoyed! However, she was not a fan of the enormous pumpkins...apparently she much prefers the ones that she can pick up and throw like a ball! :) We left after a couple of hours with a peck of sweet apples and some delicious caramel apples too. It was a wonderful day! 

Here are some pictures: 
My new favorite family photo. Lilly's smile and Liam's eyes being open = huge win in my book! 
Apple Cider Slushie Time!
Liam was ten days old for this adventure. Oh, and now Lilly thinks pumpkins are apples. I guess talking about going to the apple orchard and then seeing pumpkins confused her. Maybe by next year we will get it right! :) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maternity Leave Chronicles

Hi folks! 

I can't remember if I blogged about this or not, so I am going to now. Hopefully it's not a repeat! My mom left Indiana a little more than a week ago and I had to admit that I was terrified. I don't cry often, but I did cry when she left...silently in the car with Stephen, Lilly and Liam...I am sure Stephen thought I was crazy. Really though, the thought of being alone with Lilly and Liam had be really worked up. Have you seen "Moms Night Out"? I think I was a little bit stress paralyzed...which, you won't understand unless you have seen that movie. 

I wasn't sure if I could handle it, but you now what? I totally did handle it! 

The first day was a little rough. Lilly kept asking for Nana, and I fought tears each time I had to tell her that Nana was in Florida and we weren't sure when we would see her again. Of course, being the type A person that I am, I had a plan in place and I really think that having a plan helped me out. A friend gave me advice and I took it to heart-she said to over prepare and let go of the things that aren't important. I did just that, and we all survived! I think by Thursday we had a pretty good routine down and things started to go get a little easier, and for that I am so thankful! 

I want to remember some things about my first week of maternity leave with two babies though:

It's exhausting...but in the best possible way. I don't feel like I am putting off important things by caring for or loving on my children, because these babies are the most important thing. They are the more important thing in the world-they are our future! 

On Wednesday we went over to our neighbors house for our first lunch/play date. Foy prepared a delicious lunch and Lilly was able to play with Fern. Foy and I were unable to really sit and talk, but I look forward to doing it again and again. Maybe with regularity, Lilly and Fern won't be so crazy and hyper around each other. This was their first time really playing together, so it was very exciting for them! Also, this was the first time I left the house with both babies on my own. We only had to walk one house over, but I have to admit that I was a little nervous about it. I wore Liam in the wrap, and Lilly held my hand as we walked across the street. 

Thursday I decided to burn some time and get some exercise (which I am not officially cleared for yet) by taking a long walk with the babies. Getting out the door was a process! First I had to take Louie outside and then get him back inside and in his kennel. This was hard because as soon as the door is opened, Lilly thinks it's an invitation for her to go outside too. We did it though and we walked for an hour in a half and had a stop at the park too. Lilly loved it and it felt good for me too! Liam slept in the wrap the entire time. Thursday evening I had a meeting at church, and I took Liam with me while Stephen and Lilly had their first daddy-daughter date night at McDonald's. Precious memories were made! 

Friday, Stephen's parents came over for a few hours to visit and it was so refreshing. Lilly loves her grandparents and was thrilled to see them. She was able to play with someone other than Mommy, and even went on a nice walk with Grandpa outside. Stephen's Mom and I stayed inside and talked, which I loved. That's something I do really miss...adult interaction...so talking to her was good for my soul! 

So, we survived the first week! I know that this time is a gift and I keep thinking about that...I mean, not only am I getting to spend time and bond with the new baby in our family, but I am also getting to spend many hours that I wouldn't otherwise get to spend with Lilly. I think that that is an important fact that could get overlooked. She does things almost daily that surprise me, or make me laugh, and I just think about how I could be at work missing these precious moments. This time is a blessing and a gift; a HUGE blessing!!!! 
Full hands and an even fuller heart! 

I have to believe and cling to this: God called me to be Lilly and Liam's Momma, so I know he will enable me to be the best Momma for them! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pumpkins with my Pumpkins!

Here is the thing...if you really knew me (and many of you do), you would know just how much I love a good pumpkin patch. I grew up in Florida, where pumpkin patches pop up in parking lots and you sweat while there taking pictures in your fall clothing..but it doesn't matter...I loved it then and I love it now. I especially love fall in Indiana and the fact that we can wear jeans and hoodies and not sweat!

 Anyways, we made a trip to the pumpkin patch before Liam arrived, but I knew I wanted to go again once he joined out family. That's just what we did one evening after dinner while my Mom was here from Florida! 

Of course, we took tons of pictures. It helps that we have the cutest models around!!! :) 
LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture of my babies together. I may have already ordered in in an 8x10! :) 
This girl turns it on for the camera...and bribery (candy corn!) works well when she isn't in the mood. I just love her little personality and her cheese face! 
And how sweet is Mr. Liam?! He slept through most of the adventure...but he was cute as can be in his jack-o-lantern onesie! 

This particular pumpkin patch is located near our house on the property of an old farm house. The family operates it each fall and grow their own pumpkins with the help of a local Amish family. On this trip, some sweet barn cats came out and were loving all over Lilly. She LOVED them!!! I feared a meltdown would ensue when we had to leave (without a cat), but she handled it so sweet. I think we have an animal lover on our hands! Anyone care to take a bet on how long until she asks for a cat of her own?