Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Reasons why this has been a beautiful summer

Despite the extreme heat we've had, and the fact that almost all of our plants and grass have died, we still have some signs of life in our yard. Like these fabulous watermelons I'm growing!

After almost 2 years of trying to convince her of this, Lucy has realized that sleep is a good thing. Last week she finally started sleeping through the night. That is a huge victory for us because it reaffirms what I always believed in my heart: you don't have to leave a child/baby to cry it out in the night to teach them how to sleep. This has taken longer than we hoped, and I'm a little more tired then I'd like to be. But if someone told me 2 years ago it would take this long and be this hard I would still do everything exactly the same. If the cry-it-out method has worked for you and been good for your child, then great. It wasn't for this family and I'm happy to say we didn't give up on what our intuition was telling us.

Last week was the 10 year anniversary of the week I first saw my G.I. Joe! In the past I have complained a lot and been so frustrated that it took him 5 years to tell me how he felt. And I get mad at myself for the same thing. But the reality is I'm just thankful I've had one whole incredible decade with my soul mate. We may not have always been holding hands or telling each other "I love you," but we were always best friends. For that, I know we are blessed. I can't wait to see what the next 10 years bring!

Last week was also a "birthday" for Lucy...our little Love Bug is now 100 weeks!!! Which means I officially start to lose track of how many weeks she is from this point on.

We celebrated on Saturday by going to the park where G.I. Joe proposed to me. They also have a petting zoo and lots of cute furry creatures.

"How am I supposed to get up in this circus tent dress Mommy put me in?" 

"Oh, yeah. This will work." 

She was getting so tired so we had to give her a little treat...

First snow cone!!!

When we got to the barn Lucy wasn't thrilled with the smell. I think it was this poor guy....

Aside the completely unexpected turn of events last week, our summer has incredible, and we're going to do everything to just enjoy these next few weeks. If things work out like we hope then want all the family time we can get for the next little while. Thankfully, even if they don't work out with taking that specific path we have a back-up plan that will get us to the same place. Its not as desirable but at least its something, and it doesn't involve completely leaving Army life forever.

Part of me is thankful for all this because its reminded G.I. Joe and I have we have to communicate with each other and be 100% relying on God for everything in our lives. I guess we hit a point where we were more confident in ourselves then we were in Him. We really appreciate everyone's comments and prayers when I posted last week. It was such a comfort to both of us!

So now, after all that drama and complaining...back to enjoying the summer. 
What's been your favorite thing about Summer 2010?


Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

What a sweet and love filled post. I love it.

Anonymous said...

you never cease to amaze me with your photography. its beautiful. congratulatios on 2 wonderful accomplish.. may God send you many more accomplishments as the years roll. =)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

It looks and sounds like you've had a great summer together!

Mateya said...

Lucy is such a cutie! Definitely take this opportunity to squeeze in as much family time as possible :)

Goodnight moon said...

OMGosh...seriously...her little bloomers are soooo stinkin adorable! I want a pair in my size!

Those little watermelons are adorable! They are so mini looking right now. Or is that just the angle of the picture?

Happy 10yr Anniversary of knowing each other! That is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversaries! (yours and Lucy's). I am also so proud of your non CIO story, and so glad that Lucy has finally "decided sleep is a good thing". That's awesome, and a great testament to the respect and validity of gentle/attachment parenting. You rock!

Oh, and I'm totally impressed with your watermelons. Too cool for school, J.


Brie said...

Love her little pink dress! So glad you had such a good summer! We spent ours grounded. The car was broke down almost ALL summer! :(

I saw the "make sure you have your reply settings updated with your email address!" part of your comment intro and was wondering hun, how DO you reply to blogger comments? I feel like I've nailed everything blogger-related except THAT!

Sheila said...

What a sweet post!!!

Miss Lucy is the CUTEST!! I am loving that yall followed your intuition and did what was best for your family!

Congrats for making it to the 100 week mark :D What a blessing!

Those shots are adorable :D

My Army Brats and Me said...

Lucy is just the cutest. Nothing like a little girl. Pictures and clothes.....so much fun.