Celebrating Friends is FUN

Celebrating Friends is FUN

We had THE MOST fun celebrating our friend Amelia’s 3rd birthday!  Amelia is the daughter of my friend Tara, so I got to spend time with my girls at the party!

Gotta love when we have more fun than the kids!

(Side note: Tara did an AMAZING job with the decorations!)

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There were balloons, which the kids LOVED. I love how simple they are- yay balloons! 

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Look at these cute decorations in her kitchen!

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More balloon joy!

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They have a bearded dragon, and Heath got it out for the kids to pet. Remi LOVED it.  After he put it back, she asked to “pet the dinosaur” again.  I died.  She was so brave touching it. 

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These cupcakes were SO good.  

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The kids sat at a cute little table to eat. Remi kept going back to eat more.  She was serious about her party treats!

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It was so sweet to see everyone playing as Amelia opened her toys.  This is three of our friend’s girls- it just makes me happy to imagine that they will become good friends, too!  (Our 4th friend, Rebecca, only has older boys.)

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Remi is quickly learning that birthdays, even if they aren’t her own, are VERY fun. 


Country Girl Life

Country Girl Life









Our Spring weather has been unreal! Perfection!

We’ve totally taken advantage of it- playing outside all evening. We have restarted our favorite Spring/Summer tradition of walking to the pond and feeding the fish.

Country girl life suits her well!

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Daddy threw out a few casts and caught her a bass! She was interested, but then got a little skiddish around it.

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But we got her to stand still and get close to the fishy. She thought it was neat!

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BIG BOAT!

BIG BOAT!









For weeks now, we’ve been telling Remi we were going on a family trip (Thanks, Daniel Tiger, for the phrasing and introducing the idea of a road trip to her!) to a big boat.  We split the drive up and left Friday after work and drove halfway.

The hotel stop was a litttttle rough because a certain little girl had slept 2 hours before arriving, so she was WIRED and ready to go and NOT go to bed.  But after we finally went to bed, we got some rest to finish the drive the next morning.

We rolled into New Orleans in time for lunch! PTL! We went to my favorite spot: Mulate’s. Delicious cajun food and geared us up for getting onto the boat. Remi kept saying “BIG BOAT” ha!

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I’ll be honest. I screwed up BIG TIME. I grabbed the wrong paperwork for Tyler, and (after proceeding to fully melt down crying when we realized it), we had to make an emergency call back home and have some friends quickly get to our house and send us a copy of his paperwork. But thankfully, we all got on board.

And we got into our rooms, unpacked and taught Remi how to cruise.  First stop: ice cream!

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We had our safety drills and then enjoyed the views along the Mississippi river as we left.

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A little windy, but ready for vacation!

Remi very quickly found that there’s always fun music playing and dancing is a vacation must!  She found some friends and a stage and went to town.

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We enjoyed the big dining room every night.  I was thankful for our placement in the room- sort of tucked into a corner so our toddler could wiggle and giggle during the long 3-course meals.

She LOVED the food. She’s a great eater and loves soup, so every night she got to try the soup appetizer. She was totally into the strawberry soup (she asked for it several nights later). Our waiter couldn’t believe our tiny girl was SO BIG using the big spoons and ordering adult food (they had a kids menu, but she’s not a pizza/nuggets/fries kid).  This night, she ate soup and shared our entrees with a side of veggies.

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We didn’t stay out very late. We took Remi back to the room for bed and all crashed.


Bringing God’s Word into your Toddler’s Daily Life









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Who is God? This is the great, ambiguous (and sometimes loaded) question. I’m trying to teach Remi about God and Jesus and His love, but it can be difficult to understand big concepts. It can be difficult for those who are still too young to fully understand the complexity of His role. Sometimes the best lessons are taught through practice. Here are some ideas to jumpstart your precious toddler’s relationship with God by incorporating His word into their daily routine!

Speak to God about His Lessons

One of the most foundational aspects of building a healthy relationship with God into your toddler’s life is getting them into the habit of speaking to Him. Followers of faith sometimes fall into the habit of only calling on God when they are in need rather than allowing Him to also share in the moments when they are happy and content. Your child’s faith will be much stronger as they grow up if they view God as a friend they can speak to throughout each day.

We often talk about asking God for things as they come up.  “Oh, your friend at school is sick? We can ask God to make them feel better.”  “We want to go outside and play later. Let’s ask God for sunny weather.”

Help them become comfortable with being in conversation with God by making it a normal part of their day. Several times a day, read passages and verses from the Bible. Intentionally keep them short to minimize your toddler’s inability to stay still for too long without interrupting. Short verses will also heighten the ease of memorization later down the road. Focus on specific words or ideas in the scripture and help your child verbally thank God for these words. We’ve simplified some verses for her.  Our first was a simple “God made me” (which I know isn’t a Bible verse, but a great concept to learn!) and then “Love the Lord.”  We are also working on learning a Bible Story- “In the beginning, God made heaven and earth.”

Turn the Tv…on?

No need to let the stories stop with reading. When enjoying downtime (or perhaps while you’re busy making a toddler friendly lunch), put on faith-based entertainment for them to watch. There are tons of Christian movies to choose from that will expose them to God’s word in an engaging way. Being able to turn to wholesome content when your attention is needed somewhere else will additionally allow you to find peace in knowing your toddler isn’t exposed to inappropriate content. Movies and short content are a fun and effective way to make God’s word engaging and digestible for your little one.

Take Advantage of Story Time!

There are some phenomenal faith-focused children’s books available for making God’s lessons more digestible and fun for the little ones! If you and your toddler engage in regular storytime, substitute some of the weekly books in your library for faith-centered ones! Pick a specific story to focus on for the week to help the concepts be more digestible. Repetition of the same story may be tedious for you but will prove helpful for your mini-me! Go one step further by acting out the stories during play time! The dramatic voices and exaggerated gestures will make His word captivating. The physical repetition will help your toddler learn while earning you some fun, quality family bonding.

Put Prayer into their Routine

Memorizing prayers is something that your child will adopt with time. For the time being, focus your energy on exposing them to the simple practice of prayer and conditioning it into their routine. Each morning and night, invite them to kneel by their bed with you and pray. Teach them that praying, although similar to when you two talk with God during the day, is designed to build a relationship with Him. Research some simple child-friendly prayers to practice together. Line by line, have your child repeat the prayer.

As you build your toddler’s understanding and eventual memorization of scripture, begin guiding them in reflecting on God’s word through prayer. This will help condition the understanding that acknowledgement and appreciation of these lessons is one way to build a strong relationship with God.