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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:00

Man alive, it is quite the dreary week. So.much.rain. Rain makes for the most unproductive days around here! I swear, I sat by myself in the boys room just staring at the wall procrastinating EVERYTHING. That was short lived due to arguments that broke out and a baby that needed my attention. But still.

Anyway. Due to this unproductive rainy day, I am going to show you some pictures of my parents new puppy!

Well, new-ish. They got her quite a few weeks ago. Her name is MoneyPenny (Penny for short) and she is PRECIOUS. The older boys and I went over just a couple days after she had been home and I couldn't help but bring my camera. Zachariah loved her (and she ended up falling asleep on his lap), but Micaiah was a wee bit terrified of her. He was afraid that she was going to eat his shoe, bit his jeans, slobber on his arm... you name it, it was a concern. He later confided in me that he prefers big dogs because they are nicer. ;)

 

 

She is 9 weeks old now and I am itching to get back over there for some puppy snuggles!

Hope you enjoy your Wednesday! If you are in the rainy south, try to stay dry!

 
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Monday, 23 April 2012 08:27

 

Photo book.

A few weeks ago I made and ordered a "welcome to the world" book for Micaiah. Z has one too. It's a book dedicated to the very first pictures taken of baby. With Z, my awesome photographer friend took pictures of his birth, so I had a lot of before the birth and during the birth pictures. (No worries, I kept the photobook PG!) With Micaiah I had no photographer (Tammi moved. Boo.) during the birth, but I did bring my camera to the hospital, so I had a lot of after birth pictures. You know, the cute cuddly pictures of a newborn wrapped up with the hat and paci. So the books are very different, but I love them both. It's nice to have that checked off my to do list!

 

Lunch dates.

Daniel usually comes home for lunch, but when he has a lunch meeting the boys and I will try to venture out and have a lunch date. Sometimes we have lunch with friends, but every now and then we venture off to Chick Fil A and enjoy lunch outside. And that is particularly fun these days, because there is some major construction going on next door to Chick Fil A, so the boys get a kick out of watching the tractors!

 

Library.

We love the library. Z will sit and read books for hours if I would let him, and Micaiah enjoys the puzzles. After he tires of the puzzles he runs up and down the isles trying to hide from me and pulling a few books down as he goes. I think he is worried that the librarians don't have enough to do!

 

Cupcakes.

A few weeks ago I made these Cinnamon Toast Crunch cupcakes for my sister and her boyfriend and they were ah-mazing. I am not even going to lie to you people. These were bakery worthy. I would make them every week if I weren't afraid of developing diabetes.

 

Sword fighting.

Micaiah is in this really fun/cute stage where he makes everything a sword and tries to fight with it. Sticks and straws are his favorite and most common things to use as a weapon, but he has been known to use a sippy cup, hanger, stuffed dog and a water bottle as well. :)

 

My Loves.

Words cannot express how much I love these three.

 

Reading.

Micaiah loves nothing more than being on Zachariah's bed. He thinks he is SUCH a big boy when he is with Z. They read like this for a while. It was the cutest thing ever. Then when Micaiah lost interest he turned around and pushed Zachariah's book out of his hands and proceeded to wrestle with him. Boys...

 

Brothers.

Squirrel watching. It's a sport around here. And they were being so sweet on this particular morning, I just couldn't help but take a picture.

 

And I will end on that note, since it's such a cute one. :)

Have a good Monday!

 
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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:03
  • I haven't blogged in a while. Which in and of itself is ridiculous, but the worst part is I just realized this a few hours ago. Oops. 

  • Since our ER visit last week, Zachariah kinda broke his toe (Jury is still out on that one. I have never seen a non-broken toe turn black, blue and purple and swell like that, but I have also never seen a broken toe heal completely within five days either. Weird.) and Micaiah came down with strep. He had a 103-104 fever for almost a week. Needless to say, it's been fun over here! :P

  • Thankfully Micaiah is on the road to recovery. He still has a nasty cough, but he is no longer contagious and he is acting MUCH more like himself, which is very encouraging!

  • FYI: We love colorforms. Did you ever play with these as a kid? This is one of the items I bought at the beginning of the "school year" and Z is just now starting to play with them on a regular basis. I am obsessed. And it is cool watching Zachariah play with them. He makes ice cream cones, race tracks for small cars, snow men, abstract art (aka: lots of random shapes thrown together. Ends up looking really cool!), and just yesterday he made me a flower! :)

Playing with colorforms has been one of my favorite things to do with Z. It is relaxing, fun, encourages creativity, requires use of the imagination, and it is low key enough that we get some good one on one time just to casually talk and joke with each other while playing. I love simple, low-key fun. No battery operated toys. No fancy gadgets. Just vinyl shapes and a board. Heavenly. 

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Monday, 05 March 2012 08:35

For the past goodness-knows-how-long I have been talking about wanting/needing to wake up before the boys. My mornings would go a whole lot better if I would just wake up an hour before they did and have some time to myself. Be able to shower first thing, read and study the Bible, pray... time to just be alone. A little bitty amount of time without a little one requiring my constant attention is something I dream about often. And once in a blue moon when the kids sleep in later than usual, I get about a half hour to myself. And it is HEAVENLY. When that happens my mornings are great, my day is wonderful and I find that I have an unreal amount of patience to get me through the day. But those days are only once every blue moon. So the other 362 days out of the year I am left with very little patience and find myself getting frustrated and losing my temper before 8:30am. Which is fun for absolutely no one in this house.

That being said, I decided that, starting today, I would wake up at 6am. I would wake up and read and pray and shower and start my day off with a bang. And I did. But it didn't go quite as planned. My alarm was louder than I would have liked, so I was immediately frustrated. My husband wakes up around then as well, so he was in and out of the room trying to find a pen to write with, and that annoyed me. (Just about any movement in the hallway wakes up Micaiah in the mornings. Blegh.) Then once he got back to the bed and started reading/writing his breathing was annoying me. Seriously, Amy Lynn?!? Breathing?? Good grief. Those things combined with a couple other frustrations made me realize that I probably need to be completely alone and not speak to anyone in the morning until I have had this alone time.

So I head out to the living room. It's cold. But the closet with the blankets is on the same wall as Micaiah's room. So I just get a bathrobe and snuggle up with that. Then I start to read. I am starting to read through the book of Micah, and I am pretty excited about it! Daniel got me a nice little commentary book on a few books of the Bible and I am very excited to use those along with my reading. But as soon as I got to verse two in chapter one, THE most obnoxious bird decided to sit right outside my front door and chirp. And sing. Loudly. It was beyond distracting and I found myself wishing bad things on this little bird who actually woke up in a good mood. So I read while in a bad mood. I prayed in a bad mood. Then Zachariah woke up early and my time was gone.

I woke up cranky. And annoyed. And frustrated. And I continued to be cranky, annoyed and frustrated. Not exactly the start to my morning I had hoped to have. But I'm going to try again tomorrow morning. And the next morning. And the next. Because you know what? I need this time. I need this time to gather my thoughts. I need this time to pray and to study Scripture. It has been SO long since I have consistently set aside time to spend with The Lord and I miss it.

So I will be trying a few different things to hopefully improve my morning time. I am sure it will be a trial and error process to figure out the best way to do this, but I am looking forward to getting this ball rolling! Feel free to share what works for you if you feel so inclined. I will try to keep y'all posted on what ends up working and not working at a later date!

Now, I am off to call the pediatrician's office for the 100th time in two weeks. I am pretty sure Zachariah just broke his toe. *sigh*

Have a good Monday everyone!

 
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Thursday, 26 January 2012 09:22

Before I go any farther, there are a few things you should know about The Titus Family.

1) We don't teach our children about Santa Claus. I know, I know. It is just so awful to "deprive" your child from the "magic" of Santa. It takes all the joy and fun out of the holiday season. Poor, poor kids. They have no fun in their lives. Bla, bla, bla. I will do a more in depth post on why we don't believe in Santa later, so save your stone throwing until you hear me out! :P

2) We don't go crazy as far as Christmas gifts are concerned. We have a budgeted limit and we don't go over that limit. If one toy is so expensive that it takes up the whole budget, so be it. If we have already spent our budget and a new toy comes out that Zachariah decides is the ONLY toy he wants for the rest of his life... tough tooties. We don't get everything we want in life. (And if we do, it is because we are spoiled rotten. And that is not something I want for my kids.)

In fact, last year Zachariah got his first real bike for Christmas, which took up most of the budget. So he got a bike, a book and a puzzle. The bike was too big to put under the tree, so he only had two wrapped gifts. You know what? He was ecstatic. He was pumped. He couldn't have been happier. You know why? Because we don't put the emphasis on gifts. Christmas is not about gifts. It is about Jesus Christ.

3) We like simple, natural toys. We are completely over the whole battery operated toy thing. Been there and done that with Zachariah. Too much noise and not enough imaginitve play. And plus, Micaiah chews on EVERYTHING, so we have been trying to phase out toys with paint on them. Which is just about everything bought from a major chain store. Finding paint chips in your babies mouth is NOT good, folks. Not good at all. So we decided to go with toys that are either cloth or wooden with a beeswax finish.

Needless to say, for Micaiah's Christmas gifts this year we went simple and natural. And as it turns out, the natural toys are quite a bit more expensive than the cheaply made plastic toys, but they are SO worth it. We were going more for quality as opposed to quantity with gifts this year. In my opinion, there no reason for a baby to have a dozen gifts under the tree. In fact, a baby could receive zero gifts on Christmas morning and that baby would not care. Give him/her a bow off a gift and they will be pleased as punch. Why go crazy?

Sorry. I'm off my soapbox.

We went with a few good quality toys this year for Micaiah and I am so thrilled with them! Wanna see what we bought?

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