Monday, March 30, 2009

God's Control

i'm so amazed at how God seems to be working out the move to Indiana. Although, there is still a small chance that the whole thing could fall through, I have confidence that all things are working together because God is helping us. Adam has been working for several days to find a transfer to a Starbucks close to Anderson. Today, he called a starbucks in Fishers. The store manager said she had a shift supervisor leaving the store in May on maternity leave. Isn't it amazing that it would happen the exact time that we would be moving up there? Wow, even 7 months ago God was preparing a place for Adam to transfer. lol. God has given both Adam and me peace and excitement about the move and the new baby. I am having so much fun looking at baby names again. I think that is so much fun. By the way...if anybody wants to make a suggestion, feel free. NO promises. lol.
Noah has been talking in his bed for probably half an hour now. I put him in for a nap and he just plays and plays. That's fine with me as long as he goes to sleep when he gets done playing. He is so sweet. He gives flirty little looks to everybody. Especially the girls at Adam's work. They all love him. I'm glad. I'll miss everbody so much, but I am filled with anticipation of what God has for us in the future. Please keep us in your prayers.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Noah and Mommy Dance

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We were dancing to Click the Camera from "Go, Diego, Go"

That is one of Noah's favorite songs...I'm not sure why...

Was our day a boring day you ask? Well, let me just say this...Adam took a picture of our dinner. Does that sound eventful to you? I better not say that because some people think it's fun to take pictures of food. lol. Plus, it was a really delicious dinner: grilled chicken, garden steamers with cheddar sauce, leftover macaroni and cheese, and a pilsbury italian loaf baked to perfection.
We were invited to the Eggmans for dinner today. It was so delicious! I had carrot soufle (sp) for the first time. There were incredible mashed potatoes, roast beef, macaroni, corn, green beans, salad, jello salad, cake, rolls, I'm not sure if that's it or not! It was delicious. Aunt Teresa (sp) surprised her mom and dad by coming to visit. Angie, Tori, and Ashton were already expected to come and visit, but Aunt Teresa was a surprise. (I know, I already said that). Noah really enjoyed playing with Aunt Teresa. Jared and Becka (Fetzer) came for dinner too. We had a really great time!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Happy Easter To ALL!!!!!!


Love the Jones Family

This 'n' That

Here is the sweet boy in his 'shop 'n' play' at walmart. This thing is literally a miracle. Keeps the germs off 'im and keeps 'im entertained in the process. Love it. He loves it too. That's why I love it. LOL.
Chilaxin' on daddy's shoulders in Walmart. Yes, that does make mommy nervous.

Look at me and my bad self...uh, huh, uh, huh, uh, huh :-) Noah in mommy's sunglasses at walmart.
This is a picture of Noah in a high chair at the annual volunteer banquet at church. It is a banquet where the paid pastoral staff and their families serve a sit down meal to all of the people who volunteer to work for the church and ask nothing in return. It was such a delicious meal and so nicely decorated! I think there were over 250 volunteers that attended, but I'm not positive about that number... :-S
We three enjoy going to the mall to walk. Here we went into a shoe store and found a shoe as big as Noah. Cool huh.


Here is Noah in a cute suit outfit that his Uncle Seth and Aunt Beth got him for Christmas. It's taken him a couple months to grow into it, but I thought he was SO CUTE in it!! These are before church on a Sunday morning. Daddy had to run sound, so I had to get Noah and I ready by myself, then daddy came to pick us up and take us to church.

Here he is chewing on Adam's tie while I'm getting ready for church. Leave it to him...he'll always find something to do. Beware!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

InDiAnA!

So, it looks like we're moving to Indiana! I've been wanting to for a long time. There are so many things pointing in the direction. God has been opening all the doors and I'm praying the last few kinks work out. Adam still has to finalize a transfer to a Starbucks in that area. There are several reasons we are moving (or wanting to move)...
1. Apparently (announcement alert) we will be having another baby in November. Surprise surprise. not just to you, but to us too! I'm kind of scared, but I know God has everything under control and I completely trust Him to do what is best for us and provide for us along the way.
2. I really want to be near our family.
3. The cost of living will be a fraction of what it is for us now.
4. Adam can now finish his degree online from Hobe Sound
5. I'm done with all the schooling I can get from Hobe Sound.
6. Did I already say I want to be by my mom? lol

Anyway, I'm just gonna be honest. I'm so tired of people saying that we can't make it and "what are we thinking having another baby so soon!" and not believing in us. God is our leader and provider. God is bring the new baby to us, so who are we to question HIM? I don't want to be rude, I just want to say SOMEBODY BELIEVE IN US! Some people feel like they have some special connection to God and God only speaks to them and He couldn't possibly speak to us. God has provided for us this far, and if His promises are true, He never intends to stop. I better stop fuming about that or I'm gonna dig myself into a hole. For you of you who are wondering, I am SO excited to be having another baby and moving to Indiana. Yes, I am going to miss Hobe Sound and my friends. Most of my original friends in my class are leaving anyway because they are graduating too, but there are so many other people I will miss. I love everyone.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Applesauce and....my hair

So, have any of you mothers ever been covered in applesauce? Yeah, well I haven't...at least not until today. There I was being the best mother I knew how to be feeding my son applesauce after half a jar of mixed vegetables (he quit eating it after that much...he's not big on veggies...i hear that's pretty common). I smiled big with enthusiasm and scooped a big 'ol spoon full of applesauce into his mouth when *ACHHHHOOOO!* suddenly it was no longer in his mouth. Did he swallow it? no. Where was it then? Um...in my hair, in HIS hair, on my skirt, on my shirt, on my face, on HIS face, on his clothes, on the desk table beside us....pretty much everywhere but in his mouth. At first I was in a sort of state of shock. We just kinda sat there for a couple of seconds staring at each other. You all who see Noah a lot know that wide eyed serious look he gets on his face sometimes. Well, there we were covered in applesauce together. It was almost a bonding moment! I finally decided that the appropriate action to take was to ..... laugh ..... what else could I do? What a sight. I regret that I didn't get pictures, but it's times like these where a mom kinda panics and can't think until things are cleaned up. Then after it's all clean a mom looks back and says "why didn't i grab the camera?!?!?!"

PS. Jared, i'm not giving you any noodles.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Noah Singing in the Car

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Cheesecake Factory and Babies

Here is Noah and I outside of the Cheesecake Factory on Saturday night. It was Adam's 23rd birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!! We actually were going out with the 'sound crew' from the church. They take all the volunteers and their families out once a year as a thank you. It would have been much more fun for me if it wasn't about time for Noah to go to bed. He was pretty much crying the whole time because he was tired and it was pretty dark in there (the lighting is really dim). It's ok though, because I think Adam had a pretty good time. I enjoyed chatting with some of my friends too. it's always nice to catch up with people you don't really get to see very often. Don't be fooled, he's actually looking fairly happy in this picture. It was an act. lol


Yay! Here is Seattle Poling! We had Sam and Lynn over for Sunday dinner. Yes, we mothers know what life is like just after having a baby. To make life a little easier for them, we wanted to make them supper. We enjoyed seeing the baby and chatting with them. Noah slept for most the time they were here, been when he was awake, he wanted to touch her. Of course he would! I kept having to say "no,no bud, no, no!"
Congrats Lynn and Sam! She's beautiful!

Here is daddy kissing baby! so Sweet!
Here we are right before they were leaving to go home. Yes, Noah has gotten a little bigger since that time in our lives hasn't he? You can see I'm holding his arm there so he doesn't touch the baby. Told ya!
Altogether we had a good week! Jonathan has had a good time here I think. We've had fun together. He's been at the beach and we've watched a couple of movies and had a good time chatting. I'm glad he got to come and I hope he feels refreshed from his vacation. Love ya Jon!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Gas Blunder...It's Even worse than You're Thinking

So I'm sitting in the car in a not so good mood while my husband pumps gas at a gas station. There was a big red truck at the next pump beside us. All the sudden, the truck drives away and we hear a giant "POP BANG!" We see her begin to pull away...with the gas pump STILL ATTACHED TO THE TRUCK!! lol. She jumps out of the truck saying "I can't believe I just did that! At least this station has the rip off kind of pump!" HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! What a way to put me in at least a little bit better of a mood.

Bath Fun

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Baby Doesn't want Bath to be Over!

Noah absolutely LOVES his bath. I think it's his favorite time of day. Usually I wash his hair first, then I wash his body, then I let him play for a little while. He plays with his rubber ducky, his fish teether thing connected to the bath, and a wash cloth. I try to wet the rag with clean water, but as soon as I hand it to him, he dips it into the soapy water before he puts it in his mouth. then I take it away and rinse it and give it back to him. Then he dips it in the soapy water and puts it in his mouth, etc... It's pretty funny. He chases the soap bubbles around with his little finger and tries to catch them. He never can, but it's so cute.

In this picture, He is trying to use his feet to push the towel away. lol. He is so funny. He doesn't cry when I take him out of the bath, but if i'd let him, he'd play all day. I wish everybody could see how cute he is when he plays in the bath. I love to watch him play.



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Surprise visit from Great Grandpa and Grandma!

It's Wednesday morning around 10-11 AM. Adam and I are making the final preparations to go up to the hospital and see Sam and Lynn and their new little Seattle Renee. (6 lbs 11 oz in case you were wondering) (Happy belated birthday Seattle !!) I went up to see them in their hospital room, but Adam had to stay down in the lobby with Noah since children aren't allowed in that part of the hospital. After a short visit, I returned to Adam and Noah to find out that my grandparents are in the driveway AT MY HOME! Unfortunately, we had a 30-35 minute drive back home, but after the drive, we spent a great afternoon with them. We went to lunch at a diner. (which I had a patty melt and onion rings; not healthy, but delicious). We talking and fellowshipped together and Grandpa took a nice, vacation style nap. We were so glad we got to see them.

Thanks for coming guys! It truly was a blessing! Love you!



Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SuperMom! ! The Rearranger...

Yes, I am supermom. She can singlehandedly clean, cook and care for the baby. Now, she can also rearrange. Alright, now the fun is over. I rearranged Noah's room a couple days ago. I don't think I've ever posted pictures of his room, so I thought now would be a good time. He has some other wall decor, but I didn't feel like waiting for another picture to upload. Sorry for your luck. This is a nightlight given to him by a friend at church and some painted letters my cousin did for us at a baby shower. Right now on the bottom shelf of his bookshelf there are some of our books. I'm gonna have to trade those with toys when he starts crawling, but I still don't know what I'm gonna do with them. *sigh*. Our home may not be large, but at least we have one. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me.

This is his "chest of drawers AKA dresser" and his diaper organizer. It's supposed to go on the end of a changing table, but seeing as we don't have one, we made do with hanging it on a closet hanger thingy that we now hang blankets on. His organizer serves as a diaper/pacifier/teether/lotion/gripe water/washcloth holder. We love that thing.


His crib used to face ther other direction with the head of it under that plaque (sp) on the wall. I foresee that when he can pull himself up, he'll be pulling on the curtains. Until then, we'll take advantage of this little change in arrangement. Keep things new and fresh!


For all who might care, my husband has started his own blog. adamtriestoanswer.blogspot.com
His mission is to have people write Biblical questions they might have so that he can research them and try to answer them. I'm hoping that it helps him develop some more pastoral skills. If you come across any questions or things you think might challenge him to think deeper and learn more about God and the Bible, I encourage you to write a question (as a comment to one of his postings). Thank you so much! God bless!


Visitors from the Great Beyond

If you're wondering what I mean by the great beyond, I mean Indiana. It's where everybody wishes they could be, but only a few lucky ones actually get to be there. We were fortunate enough to have some visitors from that wonderful state. The occasion? Hobe Sound Bible College's Annual Welcome Week. What is Welcome Week you ask? (unless you already know) It's when high school juniors and seniors from all over the nation come down to see the college in order to aid them in their decision of which college they would like to attend after their graduation.

This is a picture of Tim Cole holding Noah. He is from our home church in Anderson.

This is my cousin Jonathan Leach holding Noah. He was taking a much needed vacation. I hope he has a great time. (although I hope Tim has a great time too.
What a nice looking bunch of boys!
Today they took a walk to the beach to just enjoy the Florida sunshine!

Monday, March 16, 2009

If the clock isn't the king, then why am I always late?

Fact of life, there are some people in the world incapable of being on time. Yes, I am referring to myself. You might recall my writing about being late for church during the time change. Well, if you don't rememer, I got up 10 minutes late and ended of 5 minutes late for church. This week, I got up 15 minutes early! Yay!! Wait, I was still 5 minutes late. How did that happen?? I DON'T KNOW!! I guess it's my destiny. NO, I WILL BEAT THIS!! I guess I'll let you know next week if I'm late again or not.

Noah is pretty unhappy today. I wish I knew why. I'm looking forward to bedtime tonight to say the least. I did homework all morning and into the afternoon. Adam took care of him today. Probably not a good thing since Noah's having a bad day. Plus I wanna go to Arby's. Well, maybe another day. That's all I can manage for today since I'm fighting Noah for the keyboard.

Great day to All!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Short and Sweet

I don't have long to post tonight. I just finished writing a quick essay and I have to go finish folding the laundry before Adam gets home from work, but I just wanted to post a quick update on our lives.

So, I finished giving Noah his bath tonight. I put on his diaper cream and his diaper and dried his hair with his towel. We talked and played throughout the whole process. It was at that point I realized that I forgot to grab his jammies out of the laundry basket in the hallway. (just so that there is no misunderstanding, they were clean clothes that I had gotten out of the dryer not long before). Upon my return, I discovered that he must've tried to follow me or something, because this is how he was:


He was "calling" me by grunting and groaning in my direction. He doesn't like it when I leave the room he's in. I'm sure that it's only a matter of time before those arms and legs start working together and he really does follow me. I'm gonna have to make sure I lift the bar to his crib even if I am just taking one step out of his bedroom to grab his jams. Oh brother, where does the time go?So, after I got him into his jams, I sat him down on the floor to a Veggie Tales video (that I hadn't turned off yet from before the bath) and went to make his bottle. He loves watching cartoons. I don't like to let him do it all the time, but it makes for a pretty good distraction to a tired, hungry baby. :-)

Well, I hope you all enjoyed and I'll write again as soon as I can. I find myself short on time these days now that my online class has started. (It started March 10). Until next time!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

'How Not To' Picture that Turned Out Good!

I was doing some homework for my audiovisuals class by taking pictures the wrong way and then the right way. Unfortunately for the teacher, my "how-not-to" picture turned out really cute! LOL. Anyway that is my how-not-to and this is my how-to:

More Little Laughter

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This video was actually taken in December, but I couldn't upload it because our computer has a grudge against us. (We like to push it's buttons. lol. j/k. ok, i'm not funny). I have officially outsmarted the computer. *Laughs viciously* I put the videos on a flast drive and put them on another computer to upload them. HAHAHA!! I am successful at last. Just FYI, I might be putting a lot of video posts in a row so I can catch up. :-)

Enjoy!

Mistakes I Make...especially During Time Changes

As days go by, I learn. Unfortunately, sometimes I don't learn until it's too late and I've already made a mistake. Let's take Sunday for example. I made a few mistakes Sunday.

Mistake:
#1: at 9:30 (which was technically 8:30 because of the time change) I said, "please let me sleep 10 more minutes, I'm so tired"
Result: We were 5 minutes late for church.

#2: I ate second helpings of alfredo and homemade garlic bread after 9:00 PM.
result: Lost at least 2 hours of sleep in the night because of upset stomach.

Last but not least

#3: I sat in a rocking chair in the living room eating supper and watching "Kung Fu Panda" while my son cried himself to sleep and wondered why on earth he was crying...he was fed, changed, and in bed at his normal time and he never cries when I put him to bed.
Result: In a sudden panic of realization around 2 AM it occurred to me that there had been a time change, and technically I had put him to bed an hour early with no explanation to the poor kid. Do I feel guilty you ask? Immensely. Fortunately, he's forgotten about it and we've moved on.

The moral to the story is do your laundry so you have clean clothes, do your dishes so you have clean dishes, and feed the baby so it doesn't starve. After that, you'll probably just want to eat a piece of pie and call it a day because life comes at ya fast and sometimes you're just not ready for it. *sigh*

Little Laughter

Just a little video to brighten everyone's day...

It sure brightened mine!

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Apparently he thinks sneezing is comical.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Baby Love, Family Retreats, and Classmates that do What I Say!




I can't believe how life changes in the blink of an eye when you have a baby. People told me it would. Did I believe them? Yes. Did I understand what they were saying? I thought so. Was it like I thought? No, absolutely not. The truth is, I was so excited for Noah to be born. I knew it was a new chapter in our lives and we'd have fun sometimes, but I thought it would be more of a responsibility. Don't get me wrong, there is a huge responsibility in being a parent; Probably more of a responsibility than any other thing that exists. What I mean is, I spent my whole adolescent life babysitting and taking care of other people's children, so naturally, I thought that when mine was born it would be like taking care of other people's children, except the parents would never come home to relieve me of my duties because I was the parent. In other words, I thought it would be like a job that never ends.

On the contrary, I love taking care of him. My love for Noah grows every day. I don't see it as a job anymore, but as a privilege. I don't want anyone to get the impression that I didn't enjoy babysitting, because I did; but I'm sure you understand what I mean. Now that I've spent two paragraphs rambling on about how I feel and everybody is probably thoroughly confused, i'm gonna move on to another subject.

After Noah finished his bottle tonight, he just snuggled right up into me and wrapped his arm around my neck and fell asleep. The love that welled up in my heart almost brought me to tears. My eyes are getting teary right now just thinking about it. I could never ask for a bigger blessing. I am so thankful that God gave us Noah.

I listen to Focus on the Family Daily with Doctor Dobson almost every single day. I am constantly reminded of how important it is to train your children and never to let a moment pass without being grateful for them. I encourage all of you to listen to that program on a regular basis. You can listen to it online at focusonthefamily.com and going to the media player.

Well, next time I'm sure I'll have something more interesting for all of you to read about, but for now, here is a picture from our day.
This is a picture from my class this week (Audio-visuals). Why are they looking at a tree? Because I told them to and they do what I say. *laugh's evilly (sp)*

Here is a couple of pictures of family retreat. Adam took Noah on his first four wheeler ride; without my permission I might add. Noah slept like a baby (no pun intended) on the way home because he was so tired. Thank you to Jay and Tanya Slagenweit for the food they gave us and the ride to and from the retreat and wonderful fellowship together!



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thoughts I have in my day

I've been thinking about some things today and I thought I'd let everybody know a little bit more about me.
1. I hate getting my eyes dialated at the eye doctor's office with those nasty yellow drops that sting. Seems like everyone who looks into my eyes for the next few hours can see sraight through to my brain.
2. I LOVE spending time with my husband and son. I already knew this before of course, but I was refreshed today by spending the afternoon walking around with them in the mall. Did we buy anything? not really. Why was it great? We got to spend some quality time together and talk. I love that.
3. In my future, I think a dream I've had has been to build our own house. Of course I wouldn't do the building itself, but it would be cool to build a custom home. :-)
4. I might as well not even try to get Noah to sleep when there are people walking around all around him.
5. From now on for the rest of my life, I will do everything in my power to go out of my way to use the bathrooms at Dillards. They are, by far, the best bathrooms in the mall.
6. Jared doesn't always have to feel obligated to comment on my posts just because he knows I like it.
7. I love butterfinger shakes from Steak and Shake.
8. I wish they didn't cost 4 dollars so I could have one every once in a while.

Those are just a few things about myself that you readers might like to know about me.