Thursday, July 29, 2010

One Year

One year ago today Zac crashed his motorcycle which resulted in the amputation of his right leg at the knee. This time last year we were at Harborview. What a crazy year.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

God is good to me!

Because:

- Kyla is napping her normal 2 hour naps in the afternoon again!
- Zac fixed his car for WAY cheaper than we thought!
- Both my kiddos slept until 8:30 this morning!
- I finished the camping laundry!
- My sunburn is starting to hurt less!

Yay God!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pics on the lake (and a few around the house)

Chillaxin' on the boatDiaper change timeCaptain KeananHe climbed up and then dove off!Daddy was fixing his car in the garage, so this is what Keanan did:First fawn of the year in our yard

Camping trip #2

We had a lot of fun camping with the Johnson's on Rife Lake. We got there late on Friday night since Zac had to stay at work until Pump-Flo was ready to be released (the software he has been working on). Our new tent is huge! It is a 9-man tent and worked really well for the 4 of us. We all slept pretty good too, I had to wake Zac and Keanan up at 8:30!

On Saturday we met my Mom, Dad, Mathew, and Elizabeth on the party barge and were out on the lake all day. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of sun. I burnt my back pretty bad. Keanan had no nap and was super crabby by the time we got back to the campground. Everyone slept good again that night.

On Sunday we took our time, explored the campground, packed up and headed home. For some reason my allergies attacked me and I was miserable all day and night. Ugh. We drove the truck which was great since Zac could drive it, but bad because it has no AC. The drive home was pretty hot.

So now we are recovering from the trip, i.e. mom is doing tons of laundry and trying to put stuff away. Everyone slept great in their own beds (except for my poor back and raging allergies). This morning we hosted our ladies bible study. The kids made strawberries with Miss Amanda, so to keep with the theme Keanan and I enjoyed strawberry milkshakes for lunch!

I will update with pics form the weekend when I can.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Letter of the week - K

K is for Keanan! We also made a kite and kaleidoscope and got some kangaroo books at the library. We are even having kabobs tonight for dinner!

On Tuesday we went to see the reptile man at the library! So cool! Keanan would not touch any of them, but he talked about it for the rest of the day.

Tomorrow we are going camping! This time we have a much larger tent. We are joining Ann, Brian and the girls at Rife Lake. On Saturday my parents and Mathew and Elizabeth are coming down with the party barge. Should be lots of fun!

Here are some recent pics (more on the Picasa site):

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dear Kyla,

30 minutes is not a real nap.

Love,
Your Mommy who would like a break

Friday, July 16, 2010

Letter of the week - J

J is for jellybeans and jellyfish! We also checked out some books about the jungle and a jumping frog from the library. The verse of the week is "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8

Keanan's latest thing is a unique way to get out of time-out. While he is sitting on the step he says to me "Mommy I talk to Jesus and he says I all done." What am I supposed to say to that?? =)

Here are the latest Kyla pics. She is moving everywhere!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

First Cloth Diaper Presentation!

I presented this morning to the MOM's Club of Lacey. It went really well! There were about 10 moms there and after I did my little speech they had lots of good questions. I passed out my cards and they are going to write about me in their newsletter that goes out to 50+ moms! Hope to generate some business from that. It was a lot of fun.

PS: Thanks to Chris for watching my kiddos!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Great News!

We have been a little worried about how we were going to pay for Zac's $10,000 leg. Well we just heard back from the insurance, and to our our surprise, they paid it in FULL!!! God is so good!

In other news:
Keanan has been doing fantastic with the potty training. He has even graduated to taking naps in his big kid undies! I think we have really turned a corner with that.

Kyla is starting to scoot! Oh man, I am not ready for that! She is also eating oatmeal, bananas, and applesauce.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Holy Cloth Diapers Batman!!

So I have not even had my Diaper Parties kit for a week and I have TEN parties/presentations in the works!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooo excited! My first one is a presentation to the Moms Club of Lacey this Thursday! Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Encourgement for today

I know this is SUPER long, but I felt it was worthy of re-posting. I receive daily emails from Proverbs 31 ministries and the one today really spoke to my heart. Enjoy:

Sometimes I Feel So Overlooked

8 Jul 2010

Lysa TerKeurst

"After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do.'" Acts 13:22 (NIV)

I'm sorry. I try not to complain very often. I do know that I am incredibly blessed to have a grocery store down the street and a washer and dryer to use when doing laundry. But sometimes I wake up on Monday mornings a little grumpy. Time to do it all again. I'll go buy food that gets eaten. I'll wash clothes that get dirty again. I'll sweep floors that just an hour later will be littered with crumbs.

Is there more to all this than just doing the tasks of everyday life?

Before I jumped into the normal routine this morning, I sat with Jesus. And this is what I found... some big truths by tak ing a little glance at David's life. Despite how other's saw him, his own propensity to sin, and his lack of position in his own family, David had the sweet reassurance of God and that was enough.

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

To his older brothers, he was a pest. To his father Jesse, he was just the youngest son. To on-lookers, he was just a shepherd boy. But to God, he was the one destined to be king. And not just any king. His lineage was the one from whom Jesus would come.

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

Even how he was anointed to be the future king is such a telling story. In 1 Samuel 16, God tells Samuel that He has rejected Saul as king and chosen one of Jesse's sons to be the replacement. Think of the list of qualifications that must have run through Samuel's head as he pondered which of Jesse's sons would be qualified for such a position: tall, smart, articulate, brave, groomed, well mannered, regal, a natural born leader. "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his outward appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. (meaning Saul who had these qualities.) The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (vs 7).

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

Next Samuel has Jesse line all of his sons up before him. All of them were to be looked at. Yet Jesse doesn't call David in from tending sheep. Was this an oversight? An assumption? A judgment call? A necessity? A deliberate choice?

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

Samuel passes on each of Jesse's sons and then asks, "Are these all the sons you have?"

I imagine Jesse with a quizzical expression replying, "There is still the youngest but he is tending sheep." Surely one who spends his time taking care of animals is not the one to take care of a nation.

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

As soon as Samuel saw him, he knew he was the one. David was anointed to become king. But he was not immediately ushered to the throne. It was years before David would be recognized by the world. So, where did he go after being anointed as king? To a refining school? A government academy? Military training? Nope.

He went back out into the fields and continued to shepherd his flock. A king doing lowly tasks. A king whose character was being refined in the fields of everyday life to prepare him for his calling.

How like us. In the midst of smelly laundry, dirty dishes, snotty noses, misplaced keys, overdue library books, bills, and that birthday gift that still needs to be mailed to grandma - there is training there. There is character building. There is attitude shaping. There is soul defining. There is heart grounding. All which must take place for us to become what God intends.
Ever feel overlooked by the world? Take heart sister - we are handpic ked by God.

I am not just doing tasks. I am building a legacy. I am shaping God's kingdom. I am in the process of not only discovering my calling but that of my family as well. And I don't know about you, but it sure does make me look at my everyday tasks, even the smelly laundry in a whole different light.

Dear Lord, thank You that even when I feel overlooked, I can rest in the fact that I am handpicked by You. Help me to live my life for an audience of One. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Camping pictures

Bunches of pictures from the river here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Jennifer.M.Vawter/River# I am in the process of uploading them all now, they should all be up there by the morning. 33 pictures total I think.

5 Months

Kyla is 5 months old today! She has recently discovered her tongue and sticks it out all the time. She has a really long tongue! We also started oatmeal today! She seemed to like it, but I think the bib ate more than she did.We took a break from letters of the week this last week to get ready for camping, and this week to recover from camping. Here are some 4th of July crafts we did last week: fireworks (with Miss Amanda) and a flag place mat. If you ask Keanan what it is he will tell you "the flag of our country!"

Monday, July 5, 2010

We survived!

We had such a great time camping!! What a wonderful 4th of July! We are really excited about my parents property (they are going to build a house and retire there in ~10-15 years) and can't wait to go back. Some things I learned about camping this weekend:

1. A 4 man tent does not really fit 4 people; especially if one of them is 2, one of them sleeps in a pack n' play, and one of them needs to be able to take his leg off and on. But we made it work!
2. Tent camping is not near as bad as I thought it would be! We started shopping for bigger tents on the way home. Anyone want to buy a tent trailer?
3. A campfire is really fun when you are camping, but the smell of it after we get home (on everything!) gives me a headache.
4. Allergies and camping are not a good combination. But I survived.
5. Beavers can build AMAZING dams! There are beavers in the pond on the property.
6. Zac is a packing ninja! He is a pro at the tetras game that is the car.
7. Kids have no concept of time. If it is light outside, it must be time to get up - even if it is 6am.
8. There is something really peaceful about your whole family sleeping together in a small space.

I will try to sort through all the pictures and post some tonight.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

And we're off!

In approx. 55 minutes (waiting on the diapers in the washer) we will embark on our first family camping trip! In a tent! We are going to my parents property on the Humptulips river for the 4th. Wish us luck!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

We are sick

Ugh. Keanan and I have nasty colds. Not good since we are supposed to go camping this weekend!