Wednesday, March 30, 2011

18 Months+18 fun facts about Evie

Some people are just born awesome and this is what those people are like when they are toddlers...

18. For a toddler Evie sure has some hitch in her giddy up! She can run fast to keep up with the bigger kids. Its so cute to watch her do her waddle run.

17. She can sleep for hours! She has been know to stay in bed for 15 hours straight. Doc says we can enjoy it while it lasts :)

16. Evie is EXTREMELY persistent and demanding. When she wants something she will bark up every tree she comes across until she gets it. I am hoping she will channel that persistence in the right direction as she grows. Maybe be a hell, fire and brimstone evangelist...HA

15. She is highly motivated by food. When she realizes I am about give her a snack she does a cute little happy dance saying "yay! yay! yay!" before she sits on the floor to be handed her snack. I am thinking she got that floor sitting thing from the nursery at grace.

14. She loves to give kisses! She'll come at you with her lips puckered saying "mmmmmmmmmuah!" One time while we were waiting to be seated at a restaurant she was giving all of us kisses and when she was done with us she went for the hostess.

13. Evie also knows how to give bear hugs. Daddy taught her to growl when giving a big hug :)

12. She is talking a ton and it is uber cute. Her most often said words are woa, uh oh, no, mine, pretty, cookie, papa, mama, yay, up, pease, hi, ya, bye bye, ni night and so much more. If she's in the mood you can get her to repeat almost anything you say. (scary)

11. When she sings along to the ABC's she says I I I I I I I, I I I I I I I I I, but  at least she stays on melody.

10. Speaking of singing....Evie loves to sing! Its so cute when we are riding in the car and all of us get real quiet so we can listen to her pretty little songs as she stares out the window.

9. Evie likes to get jiggy with it! Just like her mama she can get down and loves to do so. If she hears a rhythm she starts a movin'.

8. Evie only has 2 teeth and no signs of anymore coming soon. All of our kids got teeth late but Evie is setting a new record! Most kids her age already have a mouthful. Dentist says this means she'll probably lose her teeth way late too. Maybe 12 year molers by 20???

7. Point a camera at her and she'll smile real big and say CHEEEEEEEESE!

6. She knows the animal sounds for dog, cat and elephant! Elephant is especially cute cause she uses her arm as the trunk. Though I don't think she actually knows what an elephant is yet...

5. Evie has some bad habits too. Like screaming at the top of her lungs over and over again to get what she wants or taking a big sip from her cup only to spit it all over the place. She also has been known to throw food or rub it in her hair. Her worst habit by far though is smacking people in the face. We are all born sinners...

4. She loves to take showers!!! When someone turns the shower on Evie is usually running to the bathroom so she can get in to. She does not mind the water running over her face at all. In fact she thinks its fun to have the water splash all over her face. Which reminds me of #3...

3. Evie absolutely LOVES it when someone (usually brother) sprays her face with the water bottle. Its the weirdest thing to me but she will get mad and scream when the water bottle is empty or if we refuse to spray her. She resorts to spraying herself in the face if no one will but as you can imagine, Gus is usually happy to accommodate her.

2. RANCH DRESSING!!! Evie will gladly dip, double dip, triple dip, quadruple dip ANYTHING in ranch. When she gets married I am pretty sure she will have a ranch fountain at her wedding.

1. Clint and I often shake are heads at how darn cute she is and how much her presents in our family is such a joy and blessing to all of us. We are so thankful God gave us Evelyn Louise as our bonus baby!
Here's that pucker I was telling you about...irresistible!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

1000 Gifts: 332-348

~332 Gus saying "I'll do anything you want, mom, cause I love you."
~333 My dad showing up to drop off dinner for us out of the blue
~334 A quick date with hubby
~335 Crystal teaching the girls in our coop. She is amazing :)
~336 Another quiet Friday night at home
~337 Pancakes!
~338 Another night of fun, food, wine and fellowship with the Bayleys
~339 How well our families connect is truly a gift!
~340 The prayer of Saint Francis
~341 For such an amazing and supportive sisterhood at school
~342 A trip to Micheals to plan and pick out crafts with my girls
~343 Acting like a total goof ball
~344 More pretty flowers from Hubby (he's so sweet)
~345 Asian food
~346 Heather's creativity
~347 The opportunity to plan and perform skits with my bff!
~348 That I have buddies coming with me to the Christian education conference this year

That's all for now folks!

The Prayer of Saint Francis

I will be posting my gifts in a bit but wanted to share this real quick while I had a minute.

This prayer has really been speaking to me lately!
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

1000 Gifts: 298-331

I found my missing paper that had my gifts from when I didn't had my notes book so some of these are pretty old again but lots new too :)

~298 My sista's
~299 Lamentations 3:24
~300 Childrens bubble gum flavored fever reducer
~301 Clints support
~302 Planning the summer and the anticipation of some really fun trips
~303 Hubby cheering me up
~304 I-pods
~305 White boards
~306 Teaching Lilly science (I wasn't looking forwardto doing this but have been pleasantly surprised how fun it is)
~307 The coolest online teaching resource ever!
~308 Anticipation for girls camp (obviously old)
~309 The completion of the Mitchell family chore matrix (will post soon)
~310 The kids good attitude about doing it
~311 All
~312 My dad helping to pay for gymnastics
~313 Pretty flowers from my hubby
~314 Listening to Lilly hum worship songs
~315 The sunshine
~316 Kids playing outside
~317 A yummy sandwich
~318 My awesome SLP advisor
~319 My newish vegi steamer
~320 Taking a couple weeks off couponing
~321 How often Gus says "I yuv you, mom"
~322 How Drew makes up fun games to motivate the little kids to clean up
~323 Income tax return
~324 New bath towels
~325 Evie asking me to dance with her
~326 Watching Evie spin herself dizzy
~327 A whole weekend with not even one commitment
~328 Proverbs 30:7-9 thanks Heather
~329 Inexpensive projects that make life a little easier
~330 That I have a hubby who is happy to do those projects
~331 8 months of laundry detergent for less than $10

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

1000 Gifts: 227-297 FINALLY!

I was SO disappointed when I couldn't find my cute little notebook I've been writing each one of my gifts in. After a few days of it missing I finally decided I better start a new and temporary list on a separate piece of paper hoping eventually it would turn up. Finally, it did!!! I found it in the bottom of the diaper bag of all places. I can't believe I didn't think to look there. Of course though, now that I am sitting down to blog my gifts I can't find my temporary list...uhg! Thankfully I didn't number any of those so I can just add them in when it turns up.

~227 That working out feels so good
~228 Chapstick
~229 Coupons that come in the mail for FREE items (thank you Safeway)
~230 Craigslist
~231 the beauty of the snow capped mountains when the sun hits them
~232 Miracles! (both big and small)
~233 Long chats with Clint
~234 My in-laws
~235 Hitting all the green lights
~236 The nice childcare workers at my Y
~237 workout with Drew
~238 Hearing praiseworthy news from a dear friend
~239 Waking up to a surprise from my kids to include breakfast and a sweet card listing 8 reasons they love me. Reasons below :)
~240 You are a good cook
~241 You are fun
~242 You are helpful
~243 You let us help you cook
~244 You take us to church
~245 You take me to soccer
~246 You take me to gymnastics
~247 You let me play wii and watch movies
~248 You teach us about God
~249 You give me num num (this was from evie)
~250 A friend calling to check on and encourage me through my struggle
~251 Christian radio
~252 Doctors available on Saturdays
~253 That Clint is so protective of me
~254 A family hike
~255 The beach
~256 Kids curiosity
~257 Drew's responsablity
~258 Finally having time to catch up with a dear friend
~259 The anticipation of doing some fun pre-school stuff with gus and sam
~260 Date night with my man
~261 His kisses
~262 Feeling and acting like teenagers again
~263 Dinner at my dads house
~264 Hanging out with my big icks
~265 Reading an amazing book!!!
~266 Amy Bayley lending it to me
~267 The way he looks at me :)
~268 Blue Moon on tap
~270 An amazing weekend at Lakeside Bible Camp
~271 How serving turns back to a blessing
~272 For all the godly directors and leaders at girls camp. Some amazing women!
~273 Singing, dancing and having fun while praising God
~274 Hearing the gospel in such a simple way
~275 Watching my girls have the time of their lives
~276 Getting to know their friends better
~277 That God has blessed my girls with good Christian friends
~278 Hearing young hearts pray
~279 Special time with Kaitlyn
~280 Seeing her shine!
~281 For a husband who is willing to hold down the fort
~282 How beautiful LBC is when the sun is shining on the lake
~283 Clint texting a pic of Evie that melted my heart
~284 Drew's honesty
~285 Awesome conversations with Drew
~286 Lilly asking questions
~287 my new eating plan
~288 feeling God go before me
~289 hanging out with my dumpster diving, deal seeking buddy
~290 Evie's jibber jabber
~291 My new haircut
~292 For Tanya who wouldn't tale any $ for it. She's too sweet!
~293 Raw almonds
~294 Improv comedy night with friends
~295 The way Evie said Katie at Heathers yesterday. It was SO cute!!!
~296 Mandie and Brandon visiting Grace
~297 Self checkouts

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

30 days of blogging: Day 2

The meaning behind my blog name-

A Little Bit of Amber
Well this one is easy. My name is Amber and on this blog I share a little bit about myself. Simple as that :)

1000 Gifts: Stay tuned

Arrrg! Now that I have a minute to put my gifts down I can't seem to find my handy little note book I've been keeping them in. I am hoping when the girls get home one of them will know where it might be. None the less I wanted to say that me not doing it yet is not a reflection of my heart. I have many gifts and would love to share the with you. Last week me not posting my gifts was a reflection of my heart though. It was just a bad week for me...

But stay tuned! Hopefully I will find my note book and post my gifts soon :)