Simply beautiful...

Simply beautiful...

Friday, August 31, 2012

Should Have Been Stitches

The day after I wrote about Bentley... And how I CAN wait till he becomes danger man on his bike... He crashed on his bike!

It was one of those "one second he's next to me, the next minute he's gone" types of moments. We were on our driveway, He was standing on his bike next to me while I helped Harper get her bike glove on. I looked up not 2 seconds later and he was in full motion headed down our two steps to our front door!!!

It looked awful from my view... As his head hit the corner of our house, which is brick. And his scream was equally as awful.

I had strapped his helmet on him just seconds before the crash. Thank the Lord I had, because as the picture proves... The chips out of his helmet would have been his forehead... And we would have been on our way to the hospital.

He did wind up with a long scratch down his face from the corner of the brick... From his eyebrow down his cheek. And a decent bruise on his cheek. He woke up the next morning with a puffy eye too :(

I have a feeling this might just be the beginning... He is quick and curious and a wonderer... The most dangerous combination. The whole thing was a huge reminder to me to ALWAYS put their helmets on before they even touch their bike... And to step up my mommy-watching, mommy-praying skills!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Not Two Yet!

Little Mr Man,

I swore I would stay on top of recording your changes!

You are getting SO big these days... I see the two-year old coming out in you very clearly these days and it's pretty fun to watch.

You are joyful, funny and encompass a "total boy" description.  You still obsess over throwing rocks into ANY body of water and have a natural fascination with sticks.  You are a jumping machine and have been since you were about 15months old, if there is a mattress around or anything with a "spring" to it, you are jumping on it.  You love to climb everything, truly to the point where I've woken up in the middle of the night from a nightmare that you've figured out how to climb over the 2nd floor banister!  You already know how to give your mama a heart-attack!  You've just started riding your strider bike without much help... You get on it by yourself and walk around on it slowly.  I'm sure you'll be a little speedster soon.  Until then, I can wait.
You are excessively independent, so much so that I sometimes forget you are little and wonder why I was even considering letting you do X, just because Harper was.  You are a quick problem-solver, just like your sister.  You figure out creative ways to get into things or accomplish your goal.  Your signature move these days, certainly, would be how you move our bar stools around the kitchen like chess pieces in order to reach what you want or to help with a task.  As soon as I begin cooking or cleaning in the kitchen, it is usually within 30 seconds that you are there, pushing your stool over, climbing on top and ready to help.  You love cooking with me - adding ingredients, stirring, and tasting... and you love to play in the water at the sink when I'm doing the dishes.
Bentley boo, you are FULL of life - strong willed one minute and oh so sweet the next.  You have a zest and twinkle that is all your own and it is infectious!  You and your sister often evoke comments from perfect strangers on how JOYFUL you both are... your joy is pure and it is a gift from up above.  You also have a smile that is warmer than sunshine and more special than description... one that can not be translated by a camera.  With it, you break through strangers' unbreakable barriers and fill faces with softness and hope.  I don't think it's possible to pick, but it might be my favorite part of YOU.

Even though you are the younger sibling, the phrase we often say is you are "never to be left behind" and it is TRUE... sometimes to Harper's dismay these days.  You have more energy than I have seen before!  Now that I think about it, you are your daddy's boy:  Once you are awake, you are on full steam until your head hits the pillow or the car starts rolling...  In your eyes, all daylight hours are to be spent running, climbing, screaming, laughing, learning... and then when the day is done, you usually sleep HARD.
You adore music... anything with a good beat (you definitely take after your mama there).  In fact, your daddy and I will never forget how you moved ever so perfectly to Gwen Stefani as it blared over the speakers at mommy's running event last month!  We looked at each other like, "did you just see that too?!?", it was pretty awesome ;)

You still have your signature "head-bobble"... anyone who has met you and spent any extended amount of time with you, knows the move.  It mostly comes out when you hear music.  The loose bobble from side to side has some sort of dancing-something-or-another in your future.  Right?!?
We also call you "Mr. Gadget Man".  You love every electronic or virtually anything with buttons: the DVD player, TV, remote controls, computers, ipads, phones, dish washers, washing machines, etc.  And I'm not just talking the typical toddler kind of love for buttons and electronics... you LOVE gadgets!  If it has a button, you are pushing it ;)
I'll have to record better stats around your birthday, but as of right now, you and Harper are amazingly close in size!  You are just a little shorter than her and today... you weighed the same amount (if the scale was correct at the lake) at 31 pounds.  Daddy said you might even have a half of a pound on your sister ;)  Once you hit the 18 month mark, I started getting the "twin question" fairly regularly in public.  I get it... you guys are close to the same size and do most everything together.  You keep up with her exceptionally well physically.  It is the verbal difference that gives your age away at this point, my little man!

Some of the things you say:
  • I like it!
  • I see!
  • I want it
  • I don't want anything
  • Come here!
  • I happy
  • I love you
  • Come on!
  • We once asked you, "Who are you?"... (we were looking for the "Bentley" response).  You replied with "Me!"... Harper thought it was so funny, she asks you most days, "who are you?" and you always reply with "Me!"... and then you both laugh in stitches EVERY time.  You two are so fun together.
  • We also took a shot at asking you, "What's your name?".  Your reply every time is, "Harper" and you think it is so funny... especially when everyone else reacts with laughter.  You are such a ham!
  • During one of our family ice cream stops this summer, we were standing in line and trying to figure out what everyone was going to order.  We asked Harper what flavor of ice cream she wanted, and before she could reply, you bursted out saying, "chocolate!"  We did NOT expect your response... but coming from your family history... it was natural ;)
  • Favorite words: ball, bubbles, bugs, Harper, Mama, Dada, potty, hurt, water, blankie, go, car. snack, bike, birdie, puppy, etc.
  • You REPEAT everything we say and are adding new phrases to your repertoire daily.
  • You love to sing and your favorite songs right now are: Jesus Loves Me, Silent Night, Holy, Mommy's Talk Silk Hat song, ABC's, Jesus ABC's, Nova, Beautiful.
Bentley, you are my heart's joy and treasure!  My heart just wants to explode as I sit and think about who you are and what you mean and bring to our family.  I could not ask for more my boy...  You are my little dude, my buddy.  Your daddy and I love you SO!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Thank Heavens for Family!

Last week our family escaped to the Oregon coast for our very FIRST, yes I said first, family vacation! Yes, we have travelled a lot... but we have never taken a trip by ourselves.  We weren't visiting friends or meeting up with anyone during our trip. It was just us... And absolutely needed and overdue. We are SO thankful to our sister and brother-in-law who hooked us up with their time-share in Seaside so we could enjoy a great location right on the beach.

As soon as we arrived, we hit the swings and grabbed lunch with Nana and OoOo before they headed back to town.  Since we split the time-share slot with them, they enjoyed the first half of the week.  It was a wonderful overlap with them!
Bentley and Harper adored the carousel and asked every day to go see the horsies.

We took a family ride in a beach surrey... it was pretty fun... for the first 30minutes.  Once we realized the kids weren't going to last forever in their seats and the thing had no gears... we returned it and opted for running around town a bit more before dinner and bed.  It was a good try ;)

Seaside is well known for it's old school arcade.  The kids loved it, of course!  All the flashing lights, buttons and loud music.  The basketball hoops were calling Jeremy's name and Bentley wanted a shot too!
Harper tried her hand at the classic game of skeeball, one of my childhood favorites!

Running is what theses kids do best!!

My love!

Our family took a day and drove down the Oregon coast to visit Jeremy's grandparents in South Beach.  It was extremely special to be able to visit granny and grandpa Lyle at their home.  We took the day to make the drive and we needed every stop along the way with two energetic kids in tow!
We enjoyed visiting the aquarium in Newport... it truly gave us some of our favorite memories with the kids on the trip.

Our kids got THE biggest thrill from walking through the underwater tunnels... Their sheer amazement and overt reactions to every shark and large fish that swam above or below them was priceless.  Our kids had NO shame to lay themselves as flat as pancakes on the ground to get the best glimpse of the creatures... no matter who had to walk around them.  Jeremy and I both said the memory is etched in our minds forever!

Our last stop on the coast was to the Tillamook Ice Creamery...  Our kids had so much energy pent up from the drive (did I mention that?) that they truly didn't need any sweet treat to keep them moving... but that would just be CRUEL, wouldn't it?  We all enjoyed every last lick and bite ;)

Jeremy and I always feel extremely successful when we can get a few runs squeezed into a trip... especially when it means taking turns in order to have some quiet, peaceful time by ourselves.  This was the first foggy morning run that I got... running and prayer time... it couldn't have been more perfect.
Family time is always precious, especially when we can pause and enjoy moments like these.  

In a season of life that can feel so overwhelming, tiring and nonstop... Jeremy and I are so thankful for every moment of time and space that we get to be quiet, intentional and together.  We are richly blessed and filled up on sweet, sweet aromas of family.

Get that energy out!

This is a tiny video clip of the kids getting their energy out during a stop on our drive down the Oregon coast.  I love it because it just barley captures a glimpse of the energy Bentley had on EVERY stop we made that day... his constant running, heavy breathing and giggling were his signature that day.  What we unfortunately did not capture is the simultaneous head bobble!  I think Jeremy and I best described him as a "crazy little dude" that day.

This video is for me, because it will forever remind me of our wild little boy that day... I just love him!