March 31, 2012

Things I want to teach Olivia.

{sorry about the way old picture, but it's still one of my favorites.}

That she MATTERS.
The only real rewards in life are intrinsic.
To be grateful.
To do unto others...
Happiness is a choice.
I love her- NO MATTER WHAT.
All feelings are ok.
I'm worthy of her trust.
Mistakes are ok.
If at first you don't succeed...
Saying no is ok.
To be kind.

Many thanks to this inspiring blog for this list.
Read the post on intentional parenting here. Ah-may-zing.

March 29, 2012

The best feelings in the world.

The best feelings in the world, in no certain order.
  • Smelling Chance's cologne in the bathroom after he leaves for the day. It's like another good-bye hug!
  • Sweet hugs from Olivia.
  • Smiling
  • Sleeping in
  • Cuddling and watching movies with Chance.
  • Cuddling and watching a show with Olivia.
  • Finishing a good book.
  • The relief after a good cry.
  • The smell of freshly cut grass.
  • Christmas morning.
  • Goosebumps when you're listening to your favorite praise and worship song. {Mine is 'Redeemer' - gets me every time.}
  • Watching Olivia learn/do something new.
  • Rocking Olivia to sleep.
  • Sleeping babies on my chest.
  • Knowing you've made someone's day better.
  • Making a stranger smile.
  • When little old ladies call you "Sugar" - that may be a southern thing.
  • Watching my baby become a little girl.
  • That feeling you get after you've been on a really long drive and pull into your driveway.
  • Warm sun rays on your skin.
I'm sure I'm leaving TONS out, so we'll just leave this post as a To Be Continued....

March 27, 2012

A Day at the Zoo

Birthdays are a big deal around our house.
They're a day completely dedicated to celebrating our girl.

So after a girls day, a birthday dinner and a birthday party naturally- we had to go to the zoo.
It's about a 3.5 hour drive for us so we left bright and early at 6:30, Chance was tickled pink.
Olivia was fantastic on the drive and we finally arrived in St. Louis around 10.

You may remember {or maybe not} we decided last year that a trip to the zoo would be a birthday tradition.
Chance and I both love the zoo, and as luck would have it- so does Olivia.

 Olivia and Chance visiting the giraffes, ostrich, and antelope.

A sweet story about the picture above. Olivia said "Mommy look, ostrich! Like a bush... where's Diego?" Translation: Olivia saw an ostrich, she remembered the episode of Diego featuring an ostrich and that they lay on the ground and cover their heads to look like a bush to protect their eggs, and she wanted to know where Diego was. That girl, she makes me smile.

Olivia really enjoyed the monkeys, zebras & giraffes and got to pet a guinea pig and a goat. She thought the peacock was really pretty. He was obviously very proud of himself. He stayed like this for probably 10 minutes, turning from side to side showing off his pretty feathers.

We rode the train and the carousel, Liv loved both! She wanted to ride the zebra or the giraffe on the carousel, but two particularly pushy eager 12 year olds got there just before we did. Olivia was disappointed and asked why she couldn't ride 'her' zebra. I explained to Olivia that the zebra belonged to the zoo and that those girls must have really wanted to ride it since they nearly knocked us over in their mad dash for it were so excited to get to it. That seemed to appease Olivia, the teeny boppers on the other hand received a quick glance and I assure you they were pickin' up what I was puttin' down. 

Another tradition we decided to carry over from last year was the Build-a-Bear strategically placed smack dab in the middle of the zoo. Those retailers- they know how to get you. Olivia chose the giraffe to stuff, and even pushed the pedal to fill her up. We named her Ginny and they've been inseparable ever since. It's really precious. Ginny is the first item Olivia has ever been really attached too. 

Another sweet story:
At lunch, Chance was discussing with Olivia what her options where for lunch. He sweetly read and re-read the entire kid's menu to her and asked her what she might like to eat. She chose 'chicken, gwapes, and twees' (chicken nuggets, grapes and broccoli.) 

We stayed until the zoo was closing. I'm so thankful that I remembered to get a picture of the 3 of us before we left. We were all so tired.

Olivia had a blast, and was so well behaved. There were ZERO meltdowns. I was so proud of her.
It was a fun day for the 3 of us, surrounded by people who love Olivia and want to be a part of every little thing she does. I feel so blessed to have such a support system. 

We can't wait to go back this summer!

March 21, 2012

730 days..

63,072,000 seconds..
1,051,200 minutes..
17,520 hours..
104 weeks ago my world changed.
In an instant my view of the world shifted.

It's difficult for me, sometimes, the realization that it was only 2 years ago that she joined our family. I can't remember a time when we didn't love her.

This week we celebrate her.