Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Better Example

So, I've decided I've got to start setting a better example for the girls. This has led to me rearranging my mornings. This new morning won't start until Monday due to our trip; but I'm getting VERY excited about it!

My morning routine used to start around 4:45. It consisted of workout, shower, Quiet Time with God, get ready & eat breakfast on the way to work. This meant that I didn't spend intentional time with the girls. I would see them if they happened to get up before I left. They're breakfast was eaten in front of the TV. But I want to start setting a better example for the girls AND spend intentional time with them.

My new routine is going to go something like this. Get up at 4:50, have my Quiet Time with God (why not make this the FIRST thing I do?!?!), shower, & wake the girls up at 6:45. I then want to read from their Bible to them & work on a memory verse while we eat. Why not start setting the example of starting their day off with Him?!?!?! Then I'll get ready & head to work. I can also get my workout in later, like in the evening. The girls will also see my example of that. Plus it's more fun to do workouts with them!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Take Time

I got a new watch today! I know, you're thinking so what Tasha, who cares?!?!?! Well, I do...I think it's kind of cute & way outside of the box for me when it comes to watches. I haven't even worn one lately but have found myself constantly needing to know the time for work or to stay on schedule. That prompted me to think of how schedule-driven I can become....especially now that school has started!! I want to make sure I take time to share special moments -- or just little moments in general -- with the girls, with family members, & with friends. AND I need to take time to let my family & friends know when I'm thinking about them....random texts, messages, phone calls, Facebook notes, etc. So if you become a victim of one of these, just know I've taken time out of my day to think about you or say a little pray for you.
Oh, & my new watch lights up purple when you push the button....LOVE it!!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

LOL & Thankful!

So...I tell you all I'm going to get back into blogging & then I go two solid weeks without posting a thing. I HAVE to laugh at myself on this one...when am I not laughing at myself? But hey, it makes life more fun & entertaining!!!!

I tried to think everyday of why I am thankful & yesterday it hit me HARD that I was thankful for SEVERAL things! For example, I am SO THANKFUL I decided to buy some deodorant to have here at the office. I could have seen this as an embarrassing thing because I had forgotten to put it on yesterday morning; but instead I laughed at myself (see, I do it a lot) & literally thanked God for giving me the idea to place some at the workplace.

But I am ALSO very thankful for some major things. Like my boss will sometimes send me home from the office early just to take the girls swimming OR go spend time with them (a perk to being married to the boss).

My sweet, timid, apprehensive Kayla is also coming out of her little timid bubble...to an extent. She goes into her Sunday School classroom without crying & doesn't cry the whole time (MAJOR step for her). She EVEN went down to the front of the church (without any friends walking with her) to watch the Charlie & Mary puppet lesson at church). She has ALSO become MUCH braver at the swimming pool. Two years ago, she would not get into the pool unless you were holding onto her, even if she was in a float. Last year she would get in, but HAD to be right beside her & the world WAS coming to an end if she went under or got splashed in the face. This summer, not only will she get into ANY body of water with a lifejacket, she is TOTALLY fine to be without a lifejacket as long as she can touch. She will even swim under water (short distance) AND put her head under just because she wants to. I am SO THANKFUL God has helped us through those first few years. There were times I thought we would never see this day....I also GREATLY APPRECIATE all of you who reassured me along the way that this was just a phase.

I am SO THANKFUL Jamie is so loving & independent. She LOVES to cuddle & wants to give hugs & kisses ALL THE TIME (sometimes in the middle of dinner & then I think it's just cause she gets tired of eating, but I will take it!). And when she says I love you...you can see & feel the meaning behind it; AND it's usually followed up with I love you more & then I love you most. Everything is "No, I do it!". When she tries & figures out she needs help, she willing asks for help. She has NO FEAR in the pool. She does not like to be restricted by the float OR lifejacket; but has learned she gets more independence in the pool if she will wear them. Everytime (not that there has been that many times, but there have been some given her independence) that her head goes under unexpectedly (float flips over cause she's playing or she steps off the step at the pool without her float or lifejacket), she comes up, catches her breath & says okay let's play some more (this is a MAJOR change from child #1).

I am SO THANKFUL God blessed me with these two sweet little girls!