Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Precious Moments

While I just can't resist this beautiful face, I also have to be honest. Ellie has been teething, and it has been a little bit of a nightmare. Ellie has been such a good baby, but the teething must really bother her, because she has been whiny and grumpy for what seems like weeks. It has nearly driven me to distraction. While she used to enjoy hanging out on her own for a little bit while I got some things done, lately she isn't happy doing one thing for more than a minute or two. Her naps have also gotten shorter, and she often wakes up once or twice at night and needs her binky. 

Then come those moments. Those moments when it feels like your heart will burst, because you can't believe how much you love your precious child. Thoughts of your messy house and tired body fade away, and you are left with an incredible sense of peace, love, and satisfaction. One of those moments came last night after I had finished feeding Ellie and was putting her to bed. She was so tired she fell asleep on my shoulder. She hasn't done that since she was only a couple months old. I held on to her a little longer than I usually do, feeling her warm weight against me and her soft, butterfly breath against my neck. I could have stayed in that moment forever, but endless tiring hours would be worth it for even that momentary sliver of divine joy.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Grape Juice

Along our fence in the backyard there are tons of green grapes. They are seedless and taste fine for just eating, but there is no way we could eat that many grapes and it seemed a shame to let them all go to waste. Deanna brought her steamer over and some jars and we made grape juice. I've never canned anything in my life, and this was a pretty easy start. Thanks Deanna for spending the day making grape juice with us! 
Doesn't it look great?

Turns out it doesn't taste too bad either!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

If I Could...

In fourth grade we were given an assignment to write an essay about what we wanted our future to look like. In my future, I was going to go to BYU, be a painter, and get married to a guy named Chris when I was 22. I did go to BYU, and I did get married when I was 22, but the rest never really panned out. In fact, I don't even know how to paint. My kitchen walls and cabinets don't count. Someday, I'd still like to take a class and learn to paint. And if I were a painter, I'd want to paint things like this. Because I am so. in. love. These paintings are all by Jennifer Kennard. You can find some of her prints in Costco's image gallery. I love them all. Here are a few of my favorites.

First Tooth

Ellie's first tooth finally broke through. She still seems a little grumpy so we'll see how long it takes for the second one!