Monthly Archives: December 2008

It’s a Christmas Miracle!

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Snow! We didn’t believe the forecast Wednesday night. But when I woke up to check on Maggie who was stirring at 3:30 in the morning, I caught a glimpse of something outside our bedroom window. I peered out into the backyard, and I kid you not – it looked like a winter wonderland! I jumped in bed, and half jumped on Jeff, with both of my hands on his chest, “Wake up! It’s snowing!” An hour later, at 4:30, Jeff was getting ready for work, and I captured a few pictures of the front and backyard.

Now, if you’re not from around here, you have to understand that this just doesn’t happen here. We don’t get snow. We get cold. We get rain. We even get sleet and ice. But not snow. So that is why we act like a bunch of fools and take pictures and call friends and cancel school and well, you get it.

I was excited for the girls to wake up and explore the surprise that waited outside for us. Maggie couldn’t wait to walk in it. Lilly kept saying, “bubba!” (bubbles!) To her I guess it looked like a yard full of bath bubbles, which she LOVES.

After our first playtime, we came in to warm up for a few minutes, and I found Lilly sitting by the back door, eating snow that had fallen off our shoes!

We then tackled the front yard.

Lilly spent a lot of time just sitting in her rocker. I think she just couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. I was rolling snowballs and having a blast. At one point I looked around at the empty yards in our neighborhood and wondered, why isn’t everyone in their yard playing?

I realized it’s because they all had to go to work or school or daycare. I was at once so humbly grateful for being able to stay home and enjoy this treat with my girls.

Building our little snow gal. By this point, I couldn’t feel my fingers. We don’t have proper snow attire!

“Mama, you fix my shoe?”

“Here you go, Lilly.”

By evening, our little miracle was gone, and all that was left was half a snowman in the front yard, quickly losing weight. It was hard to explain to Maggie that the snow was gone. She fully expected it to be back the next day. I know it could be years before we see snow again. But thank God for a special little snow day to enjoy His wonders!


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Every parent will tell you each of their children have different and unique personalities. We have really enjoyed getting to know our girls. I remember the nurse bringing Lilly to me not long after she was born. I looked at this bright pink chubby bundle and thought, how long will it take me to get to know you?

I can’t really explain that thought to you. Maybe it was hormones or pain meds. Anyway, we’ll move along…

Lately, the girls have just been hilarious to be around. I’ve already shared with your our love for The Incredibles, and we really do watch it probably once a week. Maggie will sit at the table and say that she is Violet (the little girl character) and that Daddy is Mr. Incredible. I’m amazed at her ability to pretend. I personally like it when she says that I am Elastigirl (the funny, flexible, super-hero Mom.)

If you haven’t seen the movie, this next paragraph may be lost on you, but keep reading; it’s still enjoyable.

Earlier this week, I was in the kitchen (my normal hub) and Maggie was coming down the hallway, calling, “Mom?” I answered, “Yes?”

Where is my super SUIT?!” (Identical to how Frozone says this in the movie.) haha.

I laughed at her, and then replied, “Why do you need to KNOW?” (Frozone’s wife’s answer in the movie.)

Maggie stayed in character: “I NEED it!”

By this time she had come into the kitchen and I just couldn’t stop laughing. I grabbed her up and she thought she was so funny! And well, she was.

Last week, as she was carrying around her favorite bear (one I took with me on our travels around the world), I had the idea to tie a piece of cloth around her and bear, so she could “sling” her bear. Then I told her how I wore her and Lilly in a sling when they were babies. I got out my pouch sling and showed her. This wasn’t enough. She wanted ME to sling her baby doll. So I did. I walked around the house, slinging her baby. She followed behind me, slinging her bear, watching what I was doing.

Eventually she went off to play and came back later, holding bear up to her chest, “Mama, I feed bear my boobies.” (I just had to stop typing because I’m laughing out loud.) “Oh yeah?” I replied. “That’s great.” Hey, she sees me nursing Lilly all the time; she was bound to make this connection.

Okay, by now you’re probably thinking, good grief, how much t.v. do your kids watch? And you taught her to say boobies??? Well talk to Jeff about that one. Moving along again…

I was telling some of these stories to my friend Corrie the other day, and she asked what Lilly’s personality is like. I replied, “Lilly thinks it’s funny to be bad.”

It’s true. If Lilly is not supposed to do something, she thinks it is downright funny to do it. Just today I looked up just in time to see her hit Maggie in the face. The she looked at me and smiled. She isn’t really devious about it, she just thinks we’re all having fun. Like the other day, when she was taking my potatoes out of the vegetable bin for the 32nd time this year. She will take out a potato, give it to me, take it back, and when I tell her to put it back in the bin – she will hold it up to her mouth like she’s going to bite it and look at me, waiting for my reaction.

She carried a potato off into the hallway, and I said, “Hey, where are you going with that potato?” She came back only 1/2 into the doorway, with just one little eyeball peeking around at me. I asked, “What are you doing?” Then she scrunched up her face in a laugh.

Lilly wants to be chased down, and she’ll laugh so hard she’ll fall before you even get to her.

Yeesh, these girls are just keeping me busy all the time, but they sure are a lot of fun.

Mr. Incredible… and More Thanksgiving Pics

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Just for the record, let me say that being a stay-at-home mom does not mean that we sleep late, play all day, and just move leisurely from one activity to the next. While it is an incredible opportunity I’d highly recommend, it is hard work to do this job well. And I don’t often do it well. It requires a lot of planning and organization and praying! I’m definitely learning a lot. I often hear whining all day long, move from one crisis to another, and my house is in a constant state of disarray.

However, once in a while, when I’m relying on God’s strength and Spirit, we do have days that are just magical, and yesterday was one of those.

As it was nearing lunch time, I made some eggsalad for sandwhiches and sliced up an apple. It was very mild, windy, and spring-like outside, so I retrieved our picnic blanket and took the girls to the backyard for lunch.

I’d like to say that lunch went smoothly, but Lilly kept spitting out her eggsalad, and climbing over me to reach apples. Nonetheless, we thoroughly enjoyed our breezy meal. The gusts of wind were strong, and I decided to use the opportunity to talk to Maggie about God. Before I started, I thought about what I was going to say to her, and the idea of using Mr. Incredible came to mind. (We LOVE The Incredibles, and usually watch it once a week at our house.)

Who made the wind? I asked.

God make the wind. Maggie answered.

That’s right. The wind feels good, doesn’t it? It’s blowing so hard. God is so big and strong!

Mr. Incredible strong too, huh? (She totally made that connection herself.)

That’s right! He is. And God is even bigger and stronger than Mr. Incredible.


Just then I rememberd a song I learned in elementary school, … My God is so BIG so strong and so MIGHTY, there’s Nothing my God cannot DO… I sang it for the girls, and Lilly was thrilled with the singing. Maggie followed me in the hand motions.

Our singing gave way to running and chasing each other, and collapsing in the grass, just enjoying the weather. It really was such a pleasant little picnic.

The rest of the day wasn’t quite so magical, with lots of poopy diapers, a few little spankings, and the daily whining hour – just before daddy gets home. But I hope I’ll always remember that little exchange we had about God. I am so grateful that I get to be home with my kids, and have the opportunity for little teaching moments like that one!

Okay, on to more Thanksgiving pictures…

Taking a walk with my mom.

Poking Papa’s Face
Getting Papa’s Camera

My adorable nephew

This is my cousin, Ryan. Isn’t he handsome?

Thanksgiving in the Country

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Greetings. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. We had fun with our family in Louisiana, and came home feeling like it was a short weekend. Maybe because last time we were up there (can you believe anywhere in Louisiana is “up there”?) we had camped out in my uncle’s living room for over a week during our hurricane evacuation.

This year for Thanksgiving, there were two more babies than last year (my cousin Lauren, and my nephew Trey), which made five children ages 5 and under. So the living room of my Uncle Jesse’s house was filled with the sound of kids having fun.

My Uncle Jesse and Aunt Kim have a beautiful old farm house, complete with a horse and donkey in the backyard. The girls didn’t get to visit with the donkey, as it rained nearly the entire weekend. We did manage to get some family pictures on the front porch, though.

Jeff and I have never been ones for “Black Friday” shopping. The thought of getting up at an outrageously early hour to squeeze into a store with a thousand focused, craze-eyed shoppers has never appealed to either one of us. But this year, on a whim, we decided to do it just for fun. My mom sat with our sleeping girls, while Jeff and I left the house at 4:3o Friday morning to drive in to the local Wal Mart. We arrived at the store, decided against a shopping cart, and found our way down the aisle to get close to the item we were stalking: a KitchenAid stand mixer. (We had to ask a Wal Mart employee how this all worked.) We stood around with everyone else and at 5am the shrink wrap was torn from the sale items. Jeff helped a women get her two mixers into her buggy; then he grabbed one for us, and we maneuvered through the store to the children’s dept. There we found the girls some cute coats for a great price. We made our way to the checkout, but not before Jeff dove into the electronics department, and emerged with a copy of Kung Fu Panda. Yes, Teesa, now we have a copy of our very own! 😉

We had already decided that if we came out of the store with nothing, we’d be happy because we’d done something together we had never experienced before. As I was pouring my coffee at 4:15 that morning before leaving the house, I remarked to Jeff, “This is the first time in a long time that we’ve been leaving by ourselves this early in the morning to go on an adventure.” It felt like years ago, when we were traveling, and would have to get up at crazy hours to make the airport or the train station. Ah… memories….

So that fun early trip to Wal Mart kicked off our family shopping weekend. We do holidays a little differently in our home. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you about how we do Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Hazletons.

Until then, here are a few things I’m thankful for:

1. My beautiful, healthy family

2. Jeff’s job

3. Our house! And all the ammenities: backyard, clothesline, garden, more space, washer and dryer….

4. Our church family

5. The opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom

6. Priceless friendships

7. My incredibly giving husband

8. And of course, … my KitchenAid stand mixer!