Wednesday, December 29, 2010
We had a great Christmas - it was quiet. Santa didn't come but he left a note : "Dear Thomson, Better Luck Next Year, love, Santa"
Gamma and Gampa came and brought over lots of fun presents, Thomson's favorite was a wooden firetruck with 5 firemen that are magnetic to the inside. He thinks the magnets are pretty cool! He also started saying a new word: Firetruck...although he omits the ire and tr. Read between the lines people! If you hear Thomson saying this word, he didn't learn it from me!!! He has been saying it over and over, luckily not in public yet.
Here are some videos - from Christmas morning and yesterday. Thomson started pulling up to his feet about two weeks ago and then he started walking along furniture. He is very proud of himself. We have been practicing walking behind push toys but I have to hold the front end so it doesn't go too fast. This has been typical of all of Thomson's gross motor development, he does things very slowly and intentionally. Notice on the walking video how slowly he sits down at the end - he hates to fall on his bottom so he looks like an old man sitting down. It cracks me up every time!
And even though it is as much an anti-war song as it is a Christmas song, this one is my favorite Christmas song, (writen by Henry W. Longfellow during the Civil War). Verses 1, 4-5
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And in despair I bowed my head
"There is no peace on earth," I said
"For hate is strong and mocks the song,
Of peace on earth, good will to men"
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
the wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."
Monday, December 6, 2010
Note: This makes two pans - you can cut this in half if you want only 1 pan.
2 bags frozen french-style green beans
8 - 10 Roma tomatoes
1 bag Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
2 onions, sliced thin (not diced, sliced!)
2-3 tbsp Basalmic vinegar
Dash of Sugar
2 tsp Basil
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Thyme
Salt and papper to taste
1. Cook green beans according to package. Place in the bottom of your dish.
2. Saute onion in a little olive oil until caramelized. Next add basalmic vinegar and deglaze pan. Add basil, sugar, oregano, thyme, and a little salt and pepper. Layer over the green beans. (Note: don't use too much basalmic or it will get drippy. You want the basalmic to soak into the onion)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Mr. Gus is going to give all the kids a ride . . .
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
You are one year old!! (Actually 13 months as I write, but who's counting?)
You are so joyful and happy, just as you look in all of your pictures!
You have the best smile and you smile all of the time
You laugh at yourself when you do something new, and you laugh at us when we play with you.
You also laugh when you think we are playing with you, even when we are not. Every time I leave the room you giggle and think I am playing peek-a-boo!
You are getting harder to photograph because you are on the move! We are so happy that you are crawling and exploring!
You love dogs, especially Bates who licks you all over. You crawl after him and try to grab his little tail. You love baths and wagon rides, swinging at the park and reading books any time of day.
You can easily entertain yourself
You scream really loudly when you want attention
You wake up so happy in the morning and from your naps. It is the best thing to hear you laughing on the monitor!
You are the best thing that ever happened to your dad and me! We could not have created a more perfect child for us. It has been so fun to see your big personality develop and to know that God created you for us as a perfect part of our family.
I still don't have your birthday pictures to share, so I will skip the party and share some pictures of our Christmas card photo shoot. After this I let you crawl around the grass and we ruined this adorable outfit.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
We had an eventful weekend. Both Gus and I got a stomach bug on Saturday night and were so so sick all night long. I started getting sick when Thomson was in the bathtub. Sweet thing crawled over and pulled himself up to the edge of the tub and started patting my arm. Sunday was a tough day for all of us.
Yesterday we awoke with new energy, Gus headed off to work and I was ready to tackle cleaning the nasty house and catching up on laundry.
Fast forward to Thomson's morning nap, and luckily he was sleeping in my closet (don't judge). I opened the laundry room door and black smoke poured out and set off the fire alarms in the house. I of course panicked, ran to get Thomson and the dog out of his crate and called 911.
The firefighters got here in less than 5 minutes and ran in with oxygen tanks and full suits. The whole house had smoke - but they realized quickly that it was just our old washing machine. They got it out of the house but left a mess behind - black water all over the floor and loads of laundry wet and messy. Yuck.
But this being Thanksgiving week I have chosen to be thankful even though I feel a little defeated. I am thankful:
That our smoke detectors are working
That Thomson was asleep in my room and not his room (next to the laundry room)
That the firefighters were so gracious and helpful, and quick!
I am so thankful that only Gus and I got the bug and not Thomson
I am thankful for my sweet sweet mother-in-law, who came to our rescue Saturday night with bags full of medicine, gingerale, saltines and chicken soup
And now I am thankful that we both feel better and can enjoy my mom's turkey and dressing on Thursday!
Promise to catch up with everything this week and more of what I am thankful for! And I have some great pictures to post! Please everyone check your smoke detectors!!!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I woke up this morning and asked God to speak to me today. And He did. And I wanted to share it with you that you might be encouraged as well. Last week at CBS, Kim Carmack referenced Isaiah 30:18:
"Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you,
For the Lord is a God of justice,
How blessed are all those who long for Him."
I was so struck by this verse - that God longs to be compassionate to ME. So I wrote it down last week and tucked it away. And today God made it real to me.
After bible study I went to pick up Thomson from the nursery. He was happily playing when I walked in, and his face lit up with this huge smile, and I melted. It is a hard feeling to describe, but nothing is better than knowing that Thomson could choose anyone or any thing to love the most, but he loves ME. Why? Because I am his mother, his provider, his best friend and companion. I teach him things and show him new things. I know everything about him. I know exactly what he needs, even before he asks for it.
When I walked into the nursery, Thomson didn't look down at the toys and say "But mom I am still playing, I am not ready to go". And he didn't look at Ms. Sandra and want to go to her. He looked right at me, squealed with happiness, and reached out his arms for me to pick him up. And that is just what my heart longs for - and what God longs for from us. God on high loves us and is so glorified when we choose to see Him as the best of the best. That everything on this earth - every material posession, every goal we think we should obtain - it all pales in comparison to Him. And yet he longs for us!!!
It reminds me of John Piper, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him". Nothing on this earth comes even close to His splendor and nothing we can buy or make or obtain on this earth is even close to our inheritance from Him. Even though it all looks really pretty from this angle.
Happy Friday - I'll be back soon with a yummy recipe!!!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
We are eating out tonight. The electrician is still here and has been here all day today and yesterday. And we are paying him HOURLY. That's right: HOURLY.
Right now he is drilling a hole in the celing in my kitchen cabinet. He said he can "work around" the dishes and glasses and I said "But those are our fine crystal and fine china. I think I should remove them". I started taking the crystal glasses down and he started to carry them to the other side of the kitchen, and I asked him to just let me do it because his hands are so SO dirty.
OCD? I think so. But I am so over it after 2 days of this and we are still on the clock!!! Oh my goodness. And my house is a wreck and Thomson can't nap because it is so loud.
So sweetie, we are eating out to dinner and will you help me clean up this huge mess when we get home?
love you, Natalie
There are countless examples of how Dad's life has demonstrated these gifts and how he has allowed God to use him in these ways: serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing to the needs of others, leadership, and showing mercy.
How lucky am I that I have had this example shown to me daily for 30 years.
Happy Birthday Dad - I love you very very much!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The Dawgs are playing well, I am very impressed with this freshman quarterback - Aaron Murray. He has big shoes to fill. Hopefully he can stay consistent!!! (Oh and I heart Caleb, Branden Smith, Brandon Boykin, and Drew Butler) P.S. have any of you seen David Pollack on ESPN or whatever channel? He is SO skinny, definately has a spray tan, a bottle of hair product, and extra-white teeth.
Last weekend was Gus' 34th birthday and Bates' 4th birthday. (Yes, Bates was born on Gus' 30th birthday!) We celebrated with Depalmas, lots of presents and yummy chocolate cake. Bates celebrated with some long walks! Next year, Bates and Gus will be the same age, 35 - and hopefully that means Bates will start to settle down into his golden years :) Not sure exactly when hunting dogs "calm down", but we are looking forward to it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUS!
In Sunday School a few weeks ago they asked us "Why did you marry your spouse"? I can say for sure that what I love about Gus is his compassionate heart, his patience and his gentle nature. Gus was 28 when we started dating (I was 23!), and from day 1 he had a calming effect on me. I had moved to a strange town with no friends and started my first real job and was trying hard to impress my boss and colleagues. Enter Gus: and we ended up loving Birmingham and have so many fun memories from there. Ever go to the doctor and feel rushed in and out, like the doctor doesn't really care about your problem but just wants to see as many people as possible? Not Gus. He really cares about his patients and their outcomes. I am always finding notes from his patients about how much they appreciate him. (And he doesn't know it, but I am saving them!) So happy happy birthday to my Gus! This is the most random post ever, but remember Thomson's photo shoot a few months ago? Well the owner of the bedding co. decided not to let us see the pictures. I guess it is their right to do so, but I am pretty bummed and do feel like we wasted our time a little bit. The catalog has not been printed, but there are a few photos of Thomson on the website, so here you go (he is the baby on the "discount" link):
And here is my favorite picture of him (he is the one laying down, not standing up):
And here is the back of his sweet head :)
Monday, August 9, 2010
Checking out the scene, mapping out his plan . . .
Reaching . . .This is exhausting!Got one!Yummy!So proud of myself!Seriously mom?Meltdown . . .
This turned into a serious meltdown. It was very close to bedtime and we had to skip the bath and go straight to PJ's and a little BabyBeethoven. Am I a mean mom? He is not any closer to crawling than he was before this edible exercise. For the moment, I am enjoying these last few weeks of an immobile baby and a non-baby-proofed house!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Within the first 6 months of moving back to Athens, I was rear-ended TWICE, both times by students who could have cared less and were not apologetic at all. One girl even said "My dad will take care of this". I could have punched her.
Earlier today I was driving down Baxter and a boy actually got over into the turn lane and passed me! The nerve! And it is not like he had to follow behind Grandma Natalie for very long - is Baxter even one mile long? And do I really drive slow? I drive a sports car for crying out loud!
Maybe it is just the initial excitement of being back in the Classic City: getting to see old friends, learning the new code to the ADPi house, making plans for pub crawls, I don't know. But hopefully it will wear off soon and all of them will calm down and drive responsibly.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
And here we are in Marietta with Lee at a fine establishment called El Ranchero. The salsa is the best anywhere and Thomson loves the avocados. He is so grown-up in a high chair just like Lee!!
On Friday we had the second shoot for the catalog in Marietta. It went much more smoothly and I have to say that I over-reacted about Monday. The pictures are phenomenal and I can't wait to get my hands on them! I don't think I will be able to post them on the blog because they are copyrighted but I can email a slide show to you if you want to see them. They will be ready in a few weeks.