Hebrews 11:6

"...for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6



Sunday, July 20, 2008

Being your own architect

The hard part about doing anything yourself is that you inevitably look at it daily and see all of the flaws. The things that no one else would ever notice but stand out like a glaring mistake to you....well being your family's hair cutter seems to be no different. All year in New York I cut my husband's hair and I found I had the tendency to keep cutting hours after we were done. I would see an annoying spot and sneak up with scissors. Luckily my husband is loving, forgiving, and a good balance for my personality....he would eventually say, "Courtney, Stop! You're not allowed to cut anymore, you're neurotic." Well I found this same tendency with my son. It started as a little trim....then I did a bit more....I think I ended up cutting four different times. But unlike his father, he lacks the ability to say "Stop being neurotic, mom!" So what started as a trim ends up being a buzz cut before you know it. Luckily my husband (being my balance) made me promise not to touch my son's hair anymore. I honestly should have stopped at the third....because it was at the fourth that I realized a sad truth. This whole time as my son has started walking I was happily telling everyone he had thinned out! I reported with excitement that it looked like he was slimming down. Unfortunately the sad truth was that his hair was just getting longer. Now he is back to his same old chubby self-which is evident by the new school boy haircut.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Sad Necessity

Well-today I finally gave Steven Edward his first hair cut. It was a mixed bag really....I was tired of looking at the poofy morning hair that flapped out from his ear, but I loved his curls by evening. I also was tired of 60+ year old people calling him a girl, regardless of the color of his clothes! One cashier even told me he was beautiful and went on and on about his beauty. I felt so bad correcting her that I just called him a "she" as we were leaving. So after these events (and considering we'll probably take 18 month pictures and that would give it a bit of time to grow back) I whipped out the scissors this morning as my husband slept. I tried only clipping around his face, ears and eyes....but it looked slightly ridiculous with some short and some long....so I caved and just gave him a school boy cut. Goodbye baby locks and curls, we will miss you and long for your return.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Our Last Summer Hurrah

We went to the lake to camp with my family for our last summer vacation this year. Since Steven is now a part of the administrative family...we no longer have the entire summer to play, so we went on our final vacation for the summer this past weekend.

Camping with 3 children 3 and under is a recipe for some tired parents and some dirty kids. We had the three of us in a tent, which in my opinion was a far better situation than the other six members of my family (and the dog) that were crammed into the camper! But overall it was a great time. We had fun together as a family and my son is officially an outdoor boy. He climbed things, ran through woods, played in the water, played in the sand, and turned himself into one big scrape or bruise! When he got home he totally threw a fit when we finally had to take him back inside.

Evidently I only took pictures while we were eating!


"Vacation Cake" that my Nanny brought.....


And then there is the occasional other pictures....

Imagine this trip next year....with four of us in a tent! Oh boy-we may be getting a hotel room nearby...we'll see.

Monday, July 7, 2008

We're Back!

Well-after months of no interaction with outsiders, due to lack of phone and internet, we are finally wired and ready to go. Steven has started his job and Steven Edward is growing quickly! Our house is slowly coming together and I am learning to be a mom at home without families above and below me. Life in the suburbs is quite different than life in the city-for the good and the bad. But mostly we are quite glad to be settled back in NC! Here are some photos of our family and the house to let you see what we've been up to!

Here we are with the Breedlove family at the beach in Alabama

This is what happened when we tried to take the below grandchildren picture without the mothers! After this all grandchildren pictures were taken with at least one parent :)

The cousins had am amazingly fun time together. It was so much fun to watch and imagine them growing together!

Here are some pictures of our house....do know that there is lots left to be done. For example, there are no pictures on the walls (some are still being framed at Michaels!), none of the rooms are completely finished in terms of furniture, and I hope we will put up some colorful shutters that will match the door color (green, blue or red?). With that preface, enjoy. We have loved it.

Front view from the road

Back porch

Inside of screened in porch

Summer Azaleas!

Breakfast nook in the kitchen

Nursery (where Steven Edward is now...his room is in progress)

Our room

Our bathroom and hall bathroom

Living room (dining room not shown....we have no table yet so it's just an empty space)

Our scandalous son and his father's photography skills.