Saturday, July 7, 2012

Six Months Home!

Six months ago today, was the day we arrived home with our little Jo Mo!  To say this time has flown by would be an understatement.  It really feels like he has been here all along.  There are still days, however, when I have a moment of just being stunned that he's really here, a minute of disbelief, and extreme gratitude at what the Lord did in our life when he joined our world with a little boy's all the way on the other side of the planet.  Josiah is full of energy and joy.  He is almost always happy and smiling and he's so funny. It's hard not to smile when you look at him.  He is all boy!  He loves to wrestle with dad, and be tickled;  points his fingers at me like a gun and makes "pow, pow" sounds; He loves to "jump" (although this is hilarious because he can't quite make it off the ground yet) .  I think my mom and I laughed until we almost cried watching him "jump" on the trampoline.  He loves any kind of ball, and goes crazy when he sees one.  His favorite thing right now is swimming.  He lights up when he sees water and would stay in the pool all day long if we let him.  He is fearless in the water, belly flopping "jumping" off the diving board, and just floating in the pool with his little floaties and goggles on!  He likes to color, and for mommy to read and sing to him, and he loves to dance.  He loves shoes and new clothes and when I dress him in the morning he says"I like 'em," with a big grin on his face.  Josiah is a good eater.  He loves any kind of fruit and his favorite food is corn- on- the- cob. He loves it so much we have to hide it from him when we make it until he eats the rest of his dinner, or else if he sees it first, he won't eat anything but corn.   He would drink milk, juice or water all day if we constantly kept his sippy full. He sucks it down fast.  Josiah sweats more and faster than any person I have ever seen in my!  We walk outside and within seconds his head is dripping...bless his heart!  He is a ladies man already, such a flirt, and no woman can resist wanting to flirt back with him or to squeeze him because he is so chunky and adorable you just want to eat him up!  He has a genuine sweet heart and we can already tell he is mercy gifted.  Any time someone is hurt or crying he is running over with a concerned look on his face, asking "what happened?" and making sure you are ok, sometimes with a little back rub too as he is asking you. Josiah Moti Reeves, you have challenged us, blessed us, and taught this family more than you will ever know and we wouldn't trade a second of it for anything!  We love you to pieces sweet boy!  You are such a gift, my son.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Give me a good beat with a good message!

In this house me and my kiddos love to dance and sing.  We do a lot of worship music but sometimes we just want to dance to a good beat.  Also, I sub cycle class when an instructor needs me, and I need a good beat to lead a high energy class.  I personally love hip hop music.  My kids love it, and once we hear that beat we just can't stop our feet ;) lol!  If you glance through our windows in the evening, you may witness our family dancing around the house to some hip hop music and more often than not, we are bopping our heads to something when we are in the car.  We love to car dance!  The problem is, the beat is great, but most of the lyrics are so trashy and I don't necessarily want that filling up my children's ears or spirit.  And my heart has been convicted at times when everyone I know, knows I am a follower of Jesus and I am playing Pit Bull or Kanye music with lyrics all based on promiscuity  or getting wasted with bleeped out curse words all through them during cycle class, just because I love the beat.  I have spent a great amount of time googling songs with a good message.  I have typed in..."inspirational hip hop", "Christian workout music" , High intensity Christian workout music" etc...Some of the stuff that came up made my eyes roll all the way to the back of my head.  I thought ...why oh why can't some talented Christ- centered artists make some music we can dance to and let our little ones hear??!! Have you ever thought that?  Well, I found some!  There are actually a great deal of talented hip hop artists that bring a good message that you can dance to.  I really like Robot by Trip Lee, and Lecrae is another good artist.  I found this video on youtube.  It's called Dum Dum, By, Tedashii.  My kids love this one!  Our little JoMo goes crazy dancing to Dum Dum.  Maybe I will post that one day for you to see ;)  Anyway....turn it up, grab your kids and have yourself a dance party....GO! It's just fun!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Favorite helpful trick!

Fruit flies love to take over our house in the Spring and
Summer time, especially when Aaron brings in the boxes full of fruit to keep cool before we have the fruit stand on Saturday mornings. I honestly think at times that TV show on Animal Planet called Infested could do a story at our home on fruit flies. I can't stand them.  They annoy me to no end!  I didn't know how to get rid of them until I posted something on facebook one day about them and a friend told me about this little trick. It's such a great trick I figured I should share with you ;)

All you need is a clean jar, a plastic bag, some rubber bands,  a needle or nail or something poky, and some fruit.  I have found the best things are bananas and cantaloupe or honeydew. Put the fruit at the bottom of the jar, cover the top with a plastic bag tight, and securely rubber band the top.  Grab a safety pin or needle and poke tiny holes in the top of the plastic back on top of the jar.  Make sure they are big enough for the flies to climb into, but not too big to make it easy for them to escape.  Fruit flies are blind, they get around by their sense of  smell, so they can find their way into the jar by smelling the fruit, but can't find their way out.  After they are trapped, I always put tape over the holes just in case one gets lucky and finds it way out.   This little contraption really does work very, very well. I hope you find it as helpful as I have!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th!

We hope your July 4th was as wonderful as ours!  So much to be thankful for!