Friday, December 16, 2011

Soaking it all up

Good morning from Tacoma! We slept in and can't seem to get our of our jammies.  Aunt Caca is out on a run and we're playing on her computer.  There are so many reasons why we couldn't go along with her this morning, okay, so pretty much just two little reasons.  So we just cuddled up and looked cute. =)

And then our big girl crawled out of bed and joined us!

Here's to our last weekend in Tacoma with our Caca.  I think I hear coffee calling our name, a walk to the local pizza shop, some Christmas lights this evening, homemade chili and cornbread, and another night all snuggled together.  Just us girls... and Emmitt. 

How could you seriously want to leave these faces Aunt Caca?!?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

(in NO particular order)

* Christmas traditions

* Staying in my jammies all morning when we have nowhere to be

* Listening to Madi "read" books

* Emmitt's laugh

* Madelyn's voice

* Putting the kids to bed for the night =)

* Silence during nap time

* Breakfast quiche

* Sprinkle cake donuts

* Laying in the sun

* Peppermint Mochas

* My sisters

* My family

* Childhood memories

* Coffee dates

* My husband

* Coffee dates WITH my husband =)

* Goggle lines

* Organizing

* A clean house

* Ice cream

* Falling asleep watching football on Sunday afternoons

* My Jesus

* Blogs

The list could go on, and on, and on...

(Please forgive how horribly grainy these pictures are.  I don't know how to take pictures in terrible lighting w/out the flash...)

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Perfect day in the PNW

I feel like there are so many wonderful things about living in the Pacific Northwest that we take for granted... and hunting down the perfect Christmas tree is just one of them!

It has been SO beautiful out this past week and I know it will be a little sad to see the rain come back soon.  However, we made the most of it this weekend and headed out with the fam to chop down a few green things and tie them on top of our cars... 

Okay, on a side note, it sort of cracks me up that it's normal to see cars driving up and down the freeway this time of year with giant trees strapped to the top of them.  We saw someone in a tiny Honda Accord with a tree that looked almost twice the size of the car pulling out of the tree lot yesterday.  

No big deal. 

It's just Oregon. 

We're that cool.

*cough, cough* David Drake *cough, cough*


A few years ago we found this super cute tree farm that's about three miles outside of Stayton, Santiam Canyon Christmas Tree Farm.  Okay, so they just opened up three years ago, and we've gone their ever since.  They're cheap, close, and they give out free hot cider, hot cocoa, wagon rides and Santa even shows up!  Seriously. They know how to run a business!  

The wagon is super cute and there is a whole bunch of "lap robes" (aka: fleece blankets) to stay warm with. The boys loved it so we rode it just for fun... apparently people do that (or so we were told). 

Love her!

Our kind "elf" may or may not have chopped our perfect tree down before we got a picture with it, so we just found another one... Meh, they all sort of look the same, right?

 Seven REALLY wanted in our family picture! ;)

Aw! And there is nothing like a true Lambert Family Picture... at least one has to be crying, right?!? ;)

...and of course no one cries with Nana & Papa.  They're just missing Em and sweet baby Jude. =(

 So cold we could see our breath! =)

 Waiting for the wagon to come pick us up!

 A classic Madi and Auntie Eehee picture!

 Where'd Santa go?!?  The boys loved him and Madelyn wanted nothing to do with him...

 And finally, a nice hot drink to warm us up!

I love the Willamette Valley and I love this time of year!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Oregon Football and The Boy

We were some of the lucky ones that made it to the Civil War game this weekend! What a GORGEOUS day too!  We haven't been to a Duck game since we had season tickets (pre-kids... go figure ;) and it was fun to be back at Autzen, or God's country, as my dramatic husband likes to put it!

My favorite part was definitely our company though!  J brought her boyfriend to town for Thanksgiving and we got to spend all weekend "visiting"...

Yeah, let's just say he put up with a LOT!  I suppose that's the joys of the Lambert family! 


We don't let them go easily!

Nor should we.  


I love Oregon games, but my least favorite part is definitely that they take ALL. DAY.

And thus, we brought along the baby! (It was either that or a stylish leather "briefcase", and he is much cuter!)

We avoided traffic by taking the backroads, made SEC and PAC12 jokes all day, ate Subway, yelled OOOOOOO, tricked David into thinking the weather in the northwest is always this beautiful, and attempted to convince him why he should turn into a Duck fan.

He even modeled Matt's sweatshirt for the day (that's right Georgians {is that a word??}, you can breathe easy cause he doesn't own it).

...but only because we promised to be Georgia fans when we head south.

Don't worry David, you can guarantee we'll be rooting for the Dawgs when they play LSU!

Emmitt's first Duck game! 

 Cute couple ;)


 Emmitt and his Auntie!

I have to admit... there's nothing quite like a sold out football game on a sunny, crisp, Autumn day!

Especially when they kick the Beavers @**...



Thanks for the visit SEC man. 

You passed with flying colors!

We can't wait to see what football is like in the south!

Until then, we'll just keep enjoying our Ducks!

Bring it on UCLA!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

3 Months and Counting...

Em turned 3 months on Thanksgiving and I can hardly believe how fast it has gone by! (I know, big surprise to hear that from a mom!!!) 

But seriously!

It's hard to believe that Mads was this old when I was starting to get my classroom ready two years ago!    Although I miss school, I can hardly imagine what it would be like to be going back right now.  To say that I am thankful for this time at home is a complete understatement! Some days are a little too crazy for my liking and make me want to pull my hair out, but overall I wouldn't change it for the world.  I am so thankful for my job and the opportunity I have had to work part-time and I can honestly say that it has made me that much more appreciative to stay home this year!  I loved working, but I love being at home.  I have a huge respect for working moms and their ability to take care of their family.  

I often run into people that have strong opinions about mothering and how it should be done (who doesn't?!?!) and one thing that I've noticed over the last few years is that each person handles/adapts differently.  I don't think it's a sin to be a working mother and I don't think it's a sin to be a SAHM (Yeah, a fancy acronym for stay-at-home-mom).  I do, however, think that whatever situation I may find myself in must be done with the right heart.  I have literally heard christians debate that women should NOT work outside the home if they have children.  They've quoted scripture in an attempt to state their case that it is NOT Biblical.  Wow.  When this debate comes up, my heart clings to Proverbs 31:

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife She is worth more than precious rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She will not hinder him but help him all her life. 

She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant's ship; she brings her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls. She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. 

She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. 

She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. 

She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm clothes. She quilts her own bedspreads. She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth. 

Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other civic leaders. 

She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. 

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future. When she speaks her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instruction. She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness. 

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: "There are many virtuous women in the world, but you surpass them all!"

Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last, but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise. (vs. 10-30)

This beautiful woman clearly works for the Lord.  I believe each mother and wife has to find that place in her own family and in her own heart.  The same situation is not right for every family.  God has called us all to different places and to do different work for Him.  My prayer is that I will always be doing what God wants me to do, serving where he wants me to serve. 

Lately, my work has been load after load of laundry and cleaning up chunks of four different colors of playdough all mashed into a black glob out of the carpet...

it's glorious, what can I say?

Things aren't all chocolate and roses around here, but I continue to wake up with a grateful heart because we have a roof over our head, a warm home, food in the cupboards and a healthy family!

God is good. 

We have a lot going on in our home/family, but I hate to claim that we are busy.  I've always felt that being busy is an attitude that distracts us from seeing what's right in front of us. I never want to be too busy that I miss God's voice. I never want to be too busy that I don't stop and help when someone needs it, whether they live under my roof or not. 

And with that... here is what our THREE MONTH OLD is up to!!!

He is SO, SO strong and he loves to stand as much as we will let him.  He has been rolling over for a few weeks now.  He's gone from back to tummy a handful of times (Madi and I watched him do it on the ground a couple of times in a row) and he rolls from tummy to back ALL the time.  He sleeps on his tummy (I know-major "no, no") and every time he wakes up he rolls to his back and talks or cries until he gets picked up.  It's really sweet.  He has a super strong neck and has been able to hold his head really well from day one.  

His new favorite toy?

The exosaucer...

It's the perfect spot to stand and watch all of the crazy things his sister is up to!

And for kicks and giggles, a little comparison of our two kiddos.  Emmitt is 3 months and 5 days in these pictures and Madelyn is 4 months and 24 days in these pictures (I know, I'm a detail person...). 


This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of Madi and I thought of it when I was taking these pictures of Em... she certainly has him beat in the cheek department (and baldness factor)!


Ninety-five percent of the time, this is the look people get from Emmitt.  He just likes to check things out, particularly with his brow furrowed...

**Side note: Matt has often had people comment that he looks "upset" when he is perfectly fine and I have a feeling Emmitt might have that same problem. It's just a serious look these men give off. ;)**

And of course I saved my favorite for last... this is just one of the smiles that melts my heart everyday. He's so. incredibly. sweet.

I'm thankful for this job of mothering that God has given me and I pray that I can do it with the right heart every single day. I'm also thankful for the wonderful example of a mother that I had. She certainly made it look easy though!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Black Friday!

Some people wait impatiently for 365 days until "black Friday" rolls around so that they can take their sleep deprived selves and hit the stores.

Some people wait in line for HOURS to save $5 on a pair of pants.

Some people spend all afternoon on Thanksgiving scouring the ads to make sure they don't miss the perfect deal. 

Some people actually accomplish all of their Christmas shopping in one morning.  

But not the Lambert girls!

We wait impatiently for 365 days for our favorite day of the whole year.  

Not because we're going to save much money. Not because we're going to stay up all night in hopes of being the first person to buy the $15 Lincoln Logs (**F**). 

But because we get to spend a morning together sipping on our favorite hot drinks (Unless you're J and you don't know how to drink a coffee, so you get a cold one ;) and talking about nothing.

 This year, two of our favorite baby boys came along and I'm pretty sure Emmitt didn't stop thinking, "I can't wait 'til I'm old enough to stay home with Dad!"  ...oh the joys of being drug along with the girls!

We relaxed. Smooched on the babies. Fummed through the ads without any plan in mind. Talked about Jess' new boyfriend and reveled in our "free time".

Aw. I love these girls.

363 days and counting!