Friday, January 29, 2016

Ephraim Turns Two

This week has been really great. Yesterday, our baby turned TWO! I'm not really sure how this can be, but I am excited to have a two-year-old again. Though Ephraim is able to say quite a bit, it will be nice to hear him start to speak in sentences and really be able to express his thoughts and feelings! I will miss the cuddly baby stages, and goodness will I miss his chubby cheeks and juicy legs when they slim down!

Our week started off with a trip to our closest big shopping town. It was kind of last-minute, but when you find a day in January that is supposed to be 40 and sunny, you take that drive! :)

We made it to Home Goods and Target, with lunch at Chick-Fil-A. Though I could have stayed and shopped all day at the many other stores, it was time for E to head home and nap in the car.

I snapped a couple of photos of Ephraim to use for his party :)

At the beginning of the week, I caught a glimpse in the mirror of how long my hair was in the back, and I knew I had to schedule a cut asap. It was getting close to touching my jeans! My new friend and hairstylist Carrianne fit me in yesterday, and she made my hair look so much healthier at the ends (and she even curled it for me!) 

While Ephraim was watching Daniel Tiger yesterday morning, we surprised him with a birthday present--five little Daniel Tiger figurines! He loved them! (And tried to carry them all at once by hoarding them under his chin :)

The four of us went out for birthday donuts, and MorMor joined us too!


Ephraim slept away most of the afternoon, and then we went on a big grocery trip to Walmart. When we got home, he opened his other present, which was a track for the boys' Chuggington trains. We found it on serious markdown at Home Goods on Monday--only $5!

Nolan went to bed scheming how he is going to get out of bed at some terribly early hour so he can sneak downstairs and play with the track before E wakes up :)

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

And if you want to see more of our birthday celebrating this weekend, check in with me on Instagram @rachel.zimm!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

'Jesus Today' Giveaway

Looking ahead, on Friday, I'll be writing about the highlights of our week, and MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, Astleigh and I will be doing a Valentine's Day Decor Link-Up! Feel free to join us! :)

As for today, I'm giving away a copy of "Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids"!
On Sunday, I asked Nolan who he learned about in Sunday School, and he answered, "Jesus' disciples". I asked him to tell me more, and he told me that his "favorite characters" are Peter, Jesus, and Andrew (in that order). We've got some very basic theology going on here. ;)  But he has a great start to developing a relationship with his Savior. 

In the years to come, as he and Ephraim grow and learn to read, I am going to want to grow our collection of kids' Bible stories and devotionals. So when I was offered to review Sarah Young's "Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids", I jumped at the chance.

Sarah Young is also the author of one of my favorite devos, "Jesus Calling". In the past few years, her sales of "Jesus Calling" have grown to 14 million, and it has been on all the major bestseller lists. The book I'm giving away is adapted for children from another book she has written "Jesus Today".

Her "Jesus" books are written as if Jesus is speaking to you--not to claim that they are His words--but to give you a way to connect with Him and with the Living Word. These children's devotionals have verses of Scripture to read and memorize on the right-hand pages.

Here is an excerpt of one of the devotionals. I think it's beautiful language, and it's a good length for a child:

"I am with you--now and forever. But even though you know that I will be with you always, there may be times when you feel far away from Me. When those times come, simply pray, 'Jesus, help me remember that You are here.'

I created everything in this world, in the whole universe. I dotted the sky with stars. I set the moon and sun in their places. I carved out oceans and built up mountains. Every animal, every tree, every blade of grass is here because I created it.

Just look at the world around you, and see how great and powerful I am. There is nothing that can stop Me from keeping my promises to you. Let My Power amaze you, fill you with hope--and remind you that I am with you always."

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Monday, January 25, 2016

White Snow & Rosy Cheeks

On Saturday, we went over to my mom's house to play in the snow! Ephraim had never officially played in the snow before since he was just learning to walk last winter. The boys donned thick snow-pants, knit hats, boots, and mittens, and we headed out into the backyard. Ephraim promptly took three steps and then faceplanted in the snow. After yelling, "Help, Help", and getting picked up, he carried on. :) 

Even though we could tell he loved getting pulled around on the sled, he had a really serious face the whole time.

Nolan made his first snow angel! He's cringing because he's afraid the snow will get in his face ;)

The best daddy!

Our little Michelin Man :)

Exploring with MorMor :)

E was so excited to actually touch the snow! He kept trying to take off his mittens and feel it his bare hands, which soon ended us back in the house to warm up.

I loved this day together. Now, I'm not much of a cold-weather person, so this was about my fill of snow for the year. But, I would do anything for these little boys. And I'll definitely treasure these photos of their joy in the snow. :)

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Cold & Cozy Week

Hello Friday! I've been thinking a lot about scaling back my posts from five days a week to three. I think this will greatly help me balance all of the pulls of motherhood, so expect new posts Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays!

This week has been COLD, and aside from a few small errands, we've really been really comfortable at home playing trains, eating lots of snacks, and reading plenty of books.

I'm not sure how many Cars cars we have (30?), but all four of us know all of their names like the backs of our hands. :)

Our bathroom remodel is so close to being done! With Ephraim's contributions, it'll be ready in no time.

Pulling out all the tools to help Daddy.

Last Friday, we joined MorMor and Papa Don for a Pizza Hut feast.

E was too busy dipping breadsticks to smile :)

On Tuesday morning, my friends and I surprised our friend Heidi with a baby sprinkle for her little boy due next month. My boys were so excited to sit at the booth with all of their buddies!

N and E love getting chocolate chip pancakes at restaurants, but I didn't account for the cupcakes from the baby sprinkle, and the cookies that Eat N Park gives out to kids. Sugar overload!

Happy little cookie monster. :)

Nolan got a Planes Fire and Rescue "Chutes and Ladders" game for Christmas, and he is really loving it. It's so fun to see him learn how to play board games, understand the rules, and accept both winning and losing.

I made my Aunt Meg's Mexican dip, and I posted the recipe last night. Check that out here-- it's my absolute favorite salsa dip!

Some of the best moments happen when putting these two to bed. For many months, Nolan always says the exact same prayer, "Dear God, thank you for my family. And thank you for my little brother, Ephraim." He has never changed his wording, even when we've encouraged him to. But last night, out of nowhere, he added, "And please help Mommy to make the signs for Ephraim's party." At some point in the day, he must have overheard me telling Steve that I was having trouble designing them. How perceptive, and how sweet of him! I love age four.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend! Stay warm!

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