Sunday, October 17, 2010

On the 3rd day God created the Trees and the pine cones too.

In our Puggles class(Awana) on Wednesday nights we have been learning about creation. We have learned that on the 1st day God created Light, on the 2nd day God created the sky, and on the 3rd day God created the trees, the grass, and the flowers. Well today on the way home from church Jacob was telling me about the trees and I reminded him that God made the trees on the 3rd day. He immediately replied, "and the pine cones too mommy!" At first I just said a simple "yes, Jacob and the pine cones too". But then as I thought about Jacob being excited about the pine cones I was reminded that as adults sometimes we need to take time and see things in a child like manner. Too often as adults we take some of the most simplistic things and make them difficult. We need to take time and enjoy the simple things in life and just let simplicity be simple. We need to take time to marvel at the wonders of some of the little things in our lifes.
Yes, on the 3rd day God did create the trees and pine cones too. Have you ever stopped to really think about the details of a pine cone? Pine cones are things that as adults we view as a simple object that we use for kids crafts, decorations during certain times of the year, and also a sometimes being annoying if we have a bunch in our yards. Well, God took time on the 3rd day to construct even the smallest of details of the pine cones with a purpose in mind. God has also taken time and created each one of us with a purpose in mind. We are each created in his image but with different details that are uniquely ours. Are we taking time to explore our unique details and live our lifes for God's purpose? Are we taking time to relect on the small and simple things in life? It is often through the simplest of things that we hear God the clearest.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch today to pick out some pumpkins to carve for Halloween. We have bought our pumpkins from a pumpkin patch the past 3 years and love taking Jacob to pick out his own.

The 1st year - Jacob at almost 6 months.

The 2nd year - Jacob at almost 1 1/2 and with a scraped up face.

The 3rd year - Jacob at almost 2 1/2.

This year it was hard to get Jacob to be still long enough for some good pictures. He is certainly a very active 2 year old, even when he is sick. He currently has an ear infection.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

No more diapers!!!

We have entered into a new phase of the toddler years.....POTTY TRAINING! I attempted to potty train Jacob back during the summer without success. It was so frustrating and overwhelming that I decided to stop for several months. I realized that neither Jacob nor myself were ready so we went back to diapers. We did however keep his potty out and accessible for him to see and sit on when he wanted. We also let him watch his potty dvd "Go Potty Go" which he actually enjoys watching. I had already decided that at some point in October I would try again but was not sure exactly when in October. It was not until this week that I decided the time was right. It was at MOPS on this past Tuesday that I was informed Jacob had told the childcare workers that he was potty trained and wanted to go to the potty with the other kids. They had no clue that he wasn't telling them the truth so they took him and quickly realized he was not trained. (He had also pulled this stunt with some nursery workers at church a few weeks earlier). I decided that day that if he was telling people he was trained then it must be time to start the training. So far it has been a great success. I know we still have a long way to go before he is completely trained but today is day three and we only had 2 accidents and even went out to eat and to a few stores.
I did realize that it is not only very important for the child to be ready but the parent also has to be ready as well. This is a HUGE commitment and takes up a good amount of time. We have practically spent the last three days at home and our day has been scheduled by a timer.
I am so proud of my big boy and the progress he has made in just three days. I can't believe how much he has grown and am a little sad at the same time.

Jacob's 1st College Football Game.

We had the opportunity to take Jacob to his first college football game on September 18. We traveled to Athens, GA for the Georgia/Arkansas game. We were truely a house divided that day with myself decked out in Arkansas attire and Wayne in his Georgia attire. We did however let Jacob represent both teams.

We all had a great time at the game despite it being so hot. Jacob even napped almost the entire first half of the game (even with myself and Wayne cheering for our teams) In the end only one of us could leave happy and for the first time in several years it was me. Arkansas won the game! Looking forward to taking Jacob to another college game and who knows maybe we can make going to this match up a family tradition.

September 2010

Since I have not really updated in a while I will do my best to detail a little of what we have done in September.
In early September we went to visit Jacob's Grandaddy. While there Jacob took a ride on the big John Deere and went fishing for the first time. Wayne helped Jacob cast his fishing pole and with the first cast he caught a fish. Not bad for a 2 year old, especially since I have never caught a fish.

We also went to the Riverbanks Zoo in September.