“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” ~ET Sullivan

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Plus Pig-Tails, Minus Mullet

Hair cuts all around for this bunch!

Leah got her bangs trimmed and there was minimal cutting in the back (just to even things up). I can't understand why she has a fit when I brush her wet, silky, post-bath hair, but lets a stranger comb and spray and cut and pig-tail for 45 minutes. Samuel got his mullet and sideburns removed--we left the Fonz hair on the top (some have also termed it "Elvis" hair). Here they are in all their cuteness. I hope you can tell from the pictures that his hair has been cut. Compare to the long sideburns and the below-the-collar mullet in this photo to see his hair before. Can you believe he was born with that much hair? I think he looks so debonair! We make dang cute kids, if I may say so myself.
What is the occasion, you ask? Leah had hair in her eyes. And Sammy is being blessed next Sunday, March 2!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy Boy!

I went to church today. Check out my awesome duds from David &
Michal! Don't you just love baby smiles and dimples?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Big Sister and Little Brother

Since Leah became a big sister 5 weeks ago, she cut two molars and had her first 2 year old tantrums; she learned how to climb on top of the changing table by herself and can finally reach light switches (seizure, anyone?). She is the queen of imitations, and has now decided she wants milk in her cereal bowl even though she still uses her fingers instead of a spoon.

She is a very nurturing big sister. Whenever Samuel sneezes, she says "Bless you, Sammy!" and she runs to him when he cries, saying "Baby crying. I'm coming!" She giggles when he makes noises. "I wanna hold it" is how she asks to hold the baby, which she tires of in about 10 seconds. When we go places, she stocks her arms with as many toys she can carry: "I wanna bring Buzz. I wanna bring Nemo. I wanna bring Sammy." It is very endearing. At least she has realized that this little guy is here to stay. She seems to like him!

As for being the baby brother, Samuel has recently started showering us with cute little smiles. We just love those dimples! He is a very happy kid! When Leah was a baby, we had to rock her to sleep and constantly hold her to give her comfort in those inconsolable moments. Well, either Samuel is narcoleptic, or he's just really good natured and gets over it fast. He falls asleep really easily. He is a good eater; he's starting to get some chubby rolls on his thighs, and his face is filling out quite a bit. He teases me at night though--his first leg of sleep is 5 hours, but the second two are only three hours long, and since I stay up later than he does, I don't usually get to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time. Boy, am I tired!

Three cousins. Samuel and Leah meet cousin Paul for the first time!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A day in the life

Typical activities for each child. Samuel is sleeping and Leah is playing. In the first pic of Leah, she is drinking pretend medicine (water) from a medicine cup, and saying "Strawberry, mmm. Lime Cordial, delicious!" Isn't she beautiful?

In the umbrella picture, she's sitting in a box watching Winnie the Pooh float up to the Honey tree with a balloon. "Tut, Tut. It looks like rain!"

And yes, this is a picture of both children asleep at the same time. A blissful moment. Unfortunately, it didn't last for very long.

Monday, February 4, 2008