Monday, April 28, 2014

the zoo with 2

The last time we went to the Philly Zoo was a few weeks before Graham was born. It is actually mind boggling that Graham is almost as big as Everett was during that trip. Seriously. How did that happen?! We had such a fun day. We went with Aaron's brother and our sister in laws and his friends to do something different for Luke's birthday. It was the nicest day we've had so far this spring. The boys loved it. Everett's favorite animal there is still the gorillas. Graham liked them all, except a gigantic sea turtle.

And just for comparison sake:

August 2012

April 2014

I swear I blinked and my oldest is a foot taller. I love these memories and getting to have fun and have "adventures" as a family. Special thanks to Aunt Leslie and Uncle Tom for the tickets to go and for Aunt Allison planning such a fun day!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

the anderson wall

I had been planning a collage wall for years. Right before Graham was born, I ( ok, it was Aaron) finally got a bunch of the frames in place and hung. Over the last 1.5 years I have added more frames and pictures. I found pictures of my Grandma as a young woman, my Grandfather in the Air Force, and my dad, aunt and uncle as kids. I have a drawing of the point in my hometown of Pittsburgh. I have a few of my favorite quotes and a picture of my sweet little boys. The art is some paint mixing that my Gram did. I love it because it has her handwriting on it. Aaron calls it the Anderson wall (my maiden name) because it's full of my family/Pittsburgh/etc. I laugh every time he says it. Maybe one day we'll add more Windle to the wall. For now, I'm thankful I get to look at it so often and see my family that's back in the burgh and all the sweetness that I'm reminded of.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

sure, I've got time.

This morning Everett came into my room a glorious 30 minutes later than normal. I asked him if he'd jump into bed and snuggle with Mama to which he replied, "Sure, I've got time." And instantly I was convicted. How often do I tell him, "just one minute or after I finish this or not right now." Why is it always in just one minute? I was reminded that I needed to tell my kid more that I have time for him. I want him to know that he is one of the most important things in my life and giving him my time is one way to show him that. That next time he asks, I can say, sure - I've got time. It's so funny how much I assumed I would teach my kid and instead how much he continues to teach me.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

in search of sunshine and 60's

This winter is the craziest I can ever remember. 12 winter storms with 60 plus inches of snow. It's the first spring I've really, really longed for. My children were literally bouncing off our walls. This past week we finally had some sunshine and warmer temps. It was glorious. We spent every minute we could outside soaking up the much needed vitamin D.  Even when it was a chilly 50 degrees, we just bundled up and played outside. I've never been so thankful for sunshine, park days, and the promise of spring!