Friday, January 28, 2011

Project 365: Week 4

Week 4: January 22nd to January 28th

22  Beautiful Saturday afternoon clouds in Seaside, CA

23   Monterey Bay. Yes, this is where we live :)

24  Daddy is home!

25  Innocent-looking Nathaniel

26  Homemade Hummus by hubby (Alliteration much?)

27  Riley, our almost five-year-old Miniature Pinscher

28  Nathaniel looks so much more Asian after waking up

Linking up to:

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Where's Waldo?

I have a problem.

It's a rather BIG problem.

You see... I can't find Nathaniel.

Last time I saw him, he was playing in the living room.

If he doesn't show up anytime soon, I might have to call the police.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Raising a Child in Today's World

All day today I have been pondering the struggles my wife and I will soon be facing as our young little man begins to get out of the house and explore this world God has placed him on. I am not simply speaking of the skinned knees and possibility of broken bones or, God forbid, a broken heart when he gets older. I am talking about whether or not we are capable of shielding him from the evils of this world just long enough to allow him to grow up to be a good Christian man.

Honestly, Diana and I thought long and hard about whether or not we should even bring a child into this world that has fallen oh so far. Clearly, after plenty of discussion and prayer we decided that, if able, it wasn't an option to have kids. So after making the decision to have kids, what does one do? I understand that the Bible tells us to raise our children to have fear and admonition for The Lord. And that it is taught, in the parable of the prodigal son, that is possible for a child that has fallen to return to The Lord. However, how do we know we are doing a good job?

With today being a Wednesday, we are going to be eating dinner a little early (I made cheesy tomato and seafood etouffee) and making our way to midweek Bible class. I know that this is a good start to raising him the right way, but with the world out there as bad as it has become recently what are some of the other things we are going to end up doing? Should we forgo traditional school (even Christian/Private schools these days leave me with my jaw dropped when it comes to the behavior and actions of the children that attend) and home school instead? If that is the case, I am asking a lot from my wife, who I know at some point would love to put her nursing skills back to use. And if we do home school our children, how do we keep them involved in social activities and sports? What if my son wants to go to college to play baseball, this is extremely difficult if he doesn't play at a traditional high school. Or maybe this would be over-sheltering him and cause a type of "shell shock" when he gets older and actually sees the world for what it is. How, in this world of internet and cell phones and lingerie commercials during children's programming, do I keep him from seeing things he shouldn't be viewing? Even most kids movies these days are inappropriate (i.e. Shrek, Monster House, and etc.), including profane language and sexual innuendos. Its seems regardless of our efforts, short of moving to the forest and canceling all contact with the outside world, he is going to come in contact with these sins anyway.

 What about when he is a teenager and 90% of the world around him is taking part in immoral sexual behavior, how do I make sure he knows the severity of possible punishments and regrets to indulge his human desires prior to marriage? I thought about following him around on all his dates and making sure he is never in a room alone with a girlfriend, but then I am failing to trust my son to make the right decisions? So I give him a little bit of slack in the rope, and like the typical teenager he chokes himself with it. Is it better to prevent the action completely or punish after the fact? Oh, but you might say if you raise him the right way, he won't make those mistakes, at least not the big ones. However, now we land right back at my first question: How do I know we are doing a good job and raising him the right way?

Do parents ever get to stop worrying about these things? Do we ever receive some type of clue on what path to choose or what road to take? I don't know the answer to any of these questions but I do know that all is possible to those that believe in Him. So I keep praying and I keep hoping in the end I end up with a young man that I can love, trust, and more importantly respect.

JEESH, parenting is hard!

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From Zero to Sixty

Looking at the time stamp on these pictures is when you know being a stay-at-home mom means more than just staying at home.

2:09pm Watching Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That

 2:11pm Got bored with the TV (as he always does) so he decided to read his books

2:15pm Still entertained by the same book!

2:21pm Now he's bored with it so he decided to eat it.
(Gets corrected that books are for reading, not eating)

2:23 pm Playing with his toy

2:27pm Playing with a different toy while holding my brush

2:31pm Starts to walk around the house while brushing his hair.
So of course, I must follow him.

2:35pm I asked him to look at the camera and this is what I get :/

 2:37pm Still walking but now he's chasing our dog, Riley.

2:40pm Trying to give Mommy a heart attack by flipping over.
After removing one of his socks.

2:40pm Ok, enough.

3:00pm Playing

3:30pm Waiting for Daddy to come home from work

3:40pm Daddy's home!

I wasn't even in charge of dinner that evening (Hubby makes killer homemade gravy) so just imagine the other things Nathaniel would have done if I wasn't giving him my 100% attention.

Ah, never a boring day in mommyhood.

     Live and Love...Out Loud 

the long road                    

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


This boy is completely head over heels over his Daddy.

He no longer just light up when he sees his Daddy;
he now also calls him by his name.


Good thing, the feeling is mutual :)

"It is not flesh and blood
but the heart which makes us
fathers and sons".
-Johann Schiller

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For Today (January 25, 2011)

Outside my window... Still dark, slightly cool 54 degrees morning

I am thinking... how Nathaniel is really a toddler now and not a baby anymore: walking, talking, testing this boundaries/authority (aka terrible ones twos), etc. 

I am thankful for... peaceful and quiet times like this.

From the kitchen... leftover rice from dinner last night.

I am wearing... tank top, cardigan, pajamas

I am going... to go grocery shopping this afternoon. We are out of food!

I am reading... leisure: none; Daily Devotional Bible---currently still in 2 Samuel and John

I am hoping... to be a better wife and mommy today. (Don't we always?) 

I am hearing... nothing :)

Around the house In our bedroom... two baskets of clean laundry that needs folding and putting up. Blah!

One of my favorite things... daily after-dinner dessert with my family; usually ice cream :)

Inspired by the church song... Hold to God's Unchanging Hand

"Trust in Him who will not leave you,
Whatsoever years many bring;
If by earthly friends forsaken,
Still more closely to Him cling.

Hold (Hold to His hand) to God's unchanging hand!
(You gotta) Hold (Hold to His hand) to God's unchanging hand!
Build your hopes on things eternal,
(You gotta) Hold to God's unchanging hand."

A few plans for the rest of the week...

  • Potluck at Church this Sunday. Dean wants me to make Puto---and he said I'm not allowed to make them again anytime soon. Hahaha!

Here is a picture I am sharing... a wedding revisited; June 2009. Hubby was in bootcamp so to keep my mind off of him being gone and during our first pregnancy(!), I went up to Wisconsin with a high school friend (who was in the bridal party) to attend a wedding, of which I've only met the groom once back in 2006. The bride was very, very nice and she even let me tag along to everything. At the time, I just learned how to shoot in manual mode a few months ago so I really had a great time taking their picture. The bride emailed me this week and wanted a copy of the pictures so I figured why not re-edit a few?

Increased brightness, decreased saturation, and added a yellow tint using Photoshop CS5.

Fixed the exposure, increased contrast, then cropped using Lightroom 3.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

There is Sunshine in My Soul

 There is sunshine in my soul today,
More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
for Jesus is my light.

O there's sunshine, blessed sunshine,
While the peaceful, happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face,
There is sunshine in my soul.

There is music in my soul today,
a carol to my King;
And Jesus, listening, can hear
The song I cannot hear.

There is springtime in my soul today,
For when the Lord is near;
The dove of peace sings in my heart,
The flowers of grace appear.

There is gladness in my soul today,
And hope and praise and love;
For blessings which He gives me now,
For joys laid up above.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Project 365: Week 3

Week 3: January 15th to January 21st

15  Puto (Steamed Rice Cake) that my husband quickly devoured

16  French Onion Soup from Paris Bakery in Monterey

17  Guess what I'm eating!

18  Nathaniel developed a full body rash. Roseola virus vs Amoxicillin allergic reaction.

19  Hubby surprised me with dinner at Bubba Gump for our eighth year "dating" anniversary.

20  Nathaniel wearing his Colts pajamas from his "Uncle" Bernie---my Kansas City Chief-loving husband's best friend :P

21  Ramekins from my generous husband so I can properly serve my French Onion Soup :)

The Daily WyattNapTime MomTog Project 365

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