Saturday, December 15, 2007


We have been extremely busy lately...keeping up with an active toddler, learning how to "dare to discipline", finishing a semester of graduate classes, taking pictures with a new camera, shopping, watching the snow, attending Christmas parties, going to the gym, keeping out of the rain, and trying to get some rest.

Nora is keeping us busy!!!!!! We are struggling to find the balance between loving and disciplining. It's not an easy task and is truly exhausting. I feel like I have conquered major battles at the end of the day, knowing that the same battles will be there for me the next day. I am wondering if the three teeth that are threatening to break through her sensitive gums are an excuse for her fussiness. It's either that or the normalcy of toddler behavior. Either way, it is wearing me out!

Matthew and I have both finished our semester of graduate classes. I really enjoyed my students this semester. They taught me a great deal. It is always nice to go to class when you enjoy the people you will be interacting with. Matthew finished his first semester as a doctoral student Monday night. He got his grades yesterday and I am happy to report that he received A's in both classes. One semester down, many more to go.

We got a new camera last weekend! We are loving it and I can't wait to go to Texas and get some professional help from my stepfather. I'm hoping I won't miss sweet expressions and unforgettable moments now.

Matthew and I got to go shopping tonight. It was Parent's Night Out at church and we dropped off Nora and took Elyn with us. Elyn slept the entire time, so it was kind of like it was just the two of us. Soooo nice!

The weather has been crazy here lately. Last week it rained cats and dogs almost every day. It was brutal getting in and out of the van with Elyn and Nora. Usually, when I reached the front door of my destination, I was soaked. Today, it snowed!!! Not enough to cancel anything, but it was pretty to see. Nora called it "no"...very cute. Her new favorite things are "no man".

I went to the gym twice last week. It was great! I am spending 30 minutes on the treadmill each day and think my flabby parts are already becoming a little bit more toned.

We have gone to two Christmas parties this week. It is so nice to have such wonderful friends to spend time with!

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday season! Matthew finishes school on Thursday and his dad and stepmom are coming to our house Thursday night. They are leaving Saturday morning and his mom and stepdad are coming Saturday evening. We are looking forward to both visits.
And what you came to of the girls:


Brittney said...

THe girls are so cute together. We are in the same "terrible twos" with Jillian...that is what I like to call that maybe by 2, we will be over it? Right. Let me know if you get any good tips on discipline!

Elyn is getting so big and her hair is adorable!

Ashley said...

I'm so proud of you, girl! It sounds like you are doing great with getting out and about. I've found that I'm happier when I try to play with the kids at seems like I just get frustrated when I try to get out alone with both of them. Ranger is crazy about snow men too. Today he said he didn't want to see Santa, he wanted to see Frosty :)

Sara said...

I'm so glad to be past the two age. It is a tough one!! Three is better, but still has its challenges!

If you want a really strict discipline book to read, I recommend To Train Up a Child. You have to be willing to spank and to be very consistent. When I find myself getting lax w/ Laura, I go back to their method and it works. You just have to take some of their advice and leave some of their advice.

Amy said...

We have the same camera and love it. I got it for Christmas last year.

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