Saturday, January 31, 2009

An Afternoon with Norman Rockwell

Mackenzie and I enjoyed an amazing afternoon at the Chrysler Art Museum in Norfolk, VA. They had a really well done Norman Rockwell exhibit that featured 41 of his original oil paintings, all 323 covers he did for the Saturday Evening Post, a short video on his life and an audio tour through the exhibit. The audio tour was quite interesting, Norman Rockwell's son Peter walked you through the paintings and exhibit, explaining the personal touches that his father added to each one. Sometimes the models that sat for the paintings spoke about their experience sitting for the painting. They had a separate audio tour specifically for children, it had a hired actor pretending to be Norman Rockwell or the children in the paintings... we did both tours and we couldn't get enough.

Ever since taking my art history course in college I have really liked Norman Rockwell, he painted the good in what he saw in everyday images, until later in his career when he started to paint about civil rights which was a passionate cause for Norman Rockwell.

Mackenzie and I wondered through the exhibit for hours falling more in love with every painting. I have always known that Mackenzie has a love for art, but taking her to an art museum was an eye opening experience for me.
Mackenzie in front of the Museum

When I asked Mackenzie which painting was her favorite she took me over to this painting.
Every mother can relate to this picture

I really enjoyed this painting, the boy in the painting is Norman Rockwell's son Jarvis


After finishing this painting Norman Rockwell gave this as a gift to someone he admired... Walt Disney

Norman Rockell's first cover for the Saturday Evening Post, he was only 22 at the time.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Babies, Long Hours, and Headaches

Well I knew it was coming, but no matter how many people tell you it's coming you are never quite prepared when you finally get the question... "Mommy, where do babies come from?" Yes, yes, I got that question this week. So here I go into study mode to figure out how much do you tell an 8 year old about the process of babies and how to tell her. It seems like just yesterday she was a tiny 5 pound baby girl that I was holding so close to me, or the one year old that I was teaching to walk, or the 5 year old I was getting ready for her first day of Kindergarten... where did the time go?

I have been struggling with consistent headaches since I took a pretty good fall down the stairs in November.. Don't laugh ya'll know you have been there too... okay well maybe not but pretend to have a little sympathy. I am so over these headaches I could scream if it wouldn't hurt my head. If you remember shoot a prayer up for me.

If the baby talk with Mackenzie isn't enough to give me a headache, Adam working 17 hour work days will. I can hold up for a few days, but after about the 4th day my heart aches with not being able to see my amazing husband. God has really shown me truly what an amazing man Adam is that he works so hard for our family. I love learning to be the Godly wife that God has designed me to be and called me to be. I know that I have said this before, but I say it again... I am really the luckiest girl in the whole world.

Mackenzie at 18 months
My Amazing Husband and I

Until next time my the Lord be with you and show you His love for you everyday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What does having a baby do with being married?

I am not trying to offend anyone out there by this posting, so if I do that is not my intention and I am sorry if that happens. I know some of my friends struggle with infertility and it is not my intention to upset any of those that are going through such a difficult and emotional struggle.

Venting beginning...

Seriously... why is it that after you are married the first question out of peoples mouths is "So when are you guys going to have kids?" Or my favorite... if you haven't seen someone in awhile they might ask... "So are you pregnant yet?"

I love my life the way that it is right now and I am living in the moment, which at this point in time is all we have. Besides having a child already and being newly married (well okay it's been a year and half, but whatever) is an adjustment for all of us and a year and a half later we are STILL adjusting. I want to enjoy this time of being just the three of us. What more could I want right now... I am deeply and madly in love with my husband and I am blessed beyond belief with my precious gift of a daughter.

I am first and foremost His servant. I know that God has already planned our family. Everything has been made perfect in His time.

The love of my life!
I am seriously the luckiest girl in the whole world!

Our perfect family!

Until next time my the Lord be with you and show you His love for you everyday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I am really not good at this blogging thing

Blogging has been the least of my agenda items lately, so sorry for those of you who would like to read about our lives.

Life in North Carolina has been amazing. God has truly blessed us out here.

Adam is settling into his job and working way too much. For all of those who might be wondering about Adam's job with the recent layoffs at Microsoft, his job is not at risk and won't become at risk... Praise the Lord!!! He has taken up bowling since we moved out here and has come very close to bowling a 200 game! Adam and our friend Don (who lives in VA) have made a competition out of BBQ'ing, seriously... I think guys will find anything to compete about. Anyway, we have the first Semi-Annual Roobert Grill Off and sadly Adam lost, but he has been practicing for the second Roobert Grill Off coming up in April.

Mackenzie has started the 3 grade and informs me of all the goings on in the 3 grade. She has met a really awesome best friend named Macy who is in her class, but also attends our church. She has become a very inquisitive child, I feel as though I am always studying to keep up with her questions! I have enjoyed being challenged by her questions and learning along side of her. She is still a vivacious, spirited child and I hope she will always be that way.

And as for me and my new adventure of being a stay at home mom... NO I AM NOT BORED. Who has time to be bored when there is so much to do. I volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center and I am learning a lot. I have been involved in the Women's Ministries at our church and I enjoy cooking and sewing in my spare time, and I have met some great friends out here.

I have to admit I am the world's luckiest girl. I have a real MAN who loves and adores me with every breath. I never knew reality could be so much like a fairy tale. I love every moment that we share.

Here is just a couple of pictures from the last few months.

Adam and I at Christmas
The First Semi-Annual Roobert Grill Off

Adam and Mackenzie mowing our almost 1 acre

Until next time my the Lord be with you and show you His love for you everyday.