Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The real father's day

Brad finally made it home early Monday morning.  Like 1:30am early!
Before going to bed, Emma Jane requested that daddy wake her up when he got home.  Which Brad did.  He picked her up out of bed and rocked her for a few minutes.  She said, "hi, daddy" and then her eyes rolled back in her head and all the bones in her neck seemed to turn to jello.  Then we put her back to bed.

Around 3am Emma Jane burst into our room in a complete snit because no one had woken her up to welcome home daddy.  I just let her sleep with us the rest of the night rather than try to argue with her.

When we all finally woke up for the day, the children gave Brad his Father's Day gifts. 
 Before he opened it, I had no idea what was in the blue bag.  Libby wrapped it herself.  Inside was a frame she made at church, a card she drew, and a permanent marker she swiped off my desk!  She is such a funny kid!

Emma Jane made Brad a trophy.  I thought this turned out so cute!  She did the painting and I helped her glue it together.

Libby also made a couch coaster too.  It is just an unfinished picture frame which Libby painted and decorated.  Then we glued wooden balls (the ones with flat edges, sold as doll heads) to the bottom and added a picture.  It fits over the arm of the couch and is a perfect spot for daddy's coffee cup in the morning!

We made Brad a special dinner which he, unfortunately, wasn't able to enjoy since his stomach still isn't right after the traveling to India and all!

But we are just so thankful to have him back!  It was a wonderful day-after Father's Day!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day, sort of...

There are a bunch of sad kids without their daddy in the Snellings house this Father's Day.
Brad has been on a mission trip in India for the last week.  He was supposed to return home this morning.  The children worked so hard making him cards and a few special gifts.

And then we found out his flight was delayed.  Then cancelled.
Hopefully he will be home tomorrow.
And we will shower him with all of the Father's Day love that we had planned for today.

In the meantime, here is a picture of my daddy.  (And a very cranky Libby!)
For those of you that can, hug your daddy today!
And for those of you that can't, I'm with you.

Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


 Today, my sweet Libby turned six years old!

I can't believe how quickly she is growing up!
Happy Birthday, Libby!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What if...

fish came to the Aquarium to see us?

I'm linking up here:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Georgia Aquarium

We are in Atlanta this week visiting our favorite friends!

This morning we took the kids to the Georgia Aquarium.  Let me just say, that the Georgia Aquarium is waaaaaay better than the Florida Aquarium!  (Does that strike anyone else as weird?  Or is it just me?)
The kids had a blast checking out all of the different animals. 

 And there were a ton of animals to check out!  Some were familiar favorites like

tropical fish,


and sea anemones.

There were also some animals that we had never seen before.
Like beluga whales,

upside down seals,


and wall-climbers.

 Is that a cool aquarium or what!?

What is your favorite animal at the aquarium?
Mine is probably the wall-climber!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Solitary Confinement

That is where Emma Jane spent most of the afternoon.

In her room. By herself.

Why, you ask?

Let me tell you. Yesterday started off well enough. We ran errands, went to the gym, had lunch, read some books, and then I sent the girls to play quietly together in their room for a while. I sat down to read a book fold clothes when who should come trooping into the living room but my two giggly girls.

"What do you need?" I asked.

"We-ll. Um, Emma Janie peed. On my bed."


Do you remember what a nightmare it was to potty train Emma Jane? Well even though she is mostly potty trained, she still has frequent accidents. Like several times a week. It has just become part of our normal routine.

So my initial thought is that the girls must have been sitting on Libby's bed, playing, and that EJ had an accident. But upon further inspection, I found her shorts and panties were dry.


Oh yeah, my girl actually pulled down her pants and PEED on her sister's bed!

And the best part...I was already washing Libby's sheets so Emma Jane peed directly on.the.mattress!

Really, I should be commended for the calm manner in which I handled this. Although I think dangerously calm mommy scared my girls more than totally ballistic mommy would have.

And people, I have tried everything I can think of and I can't get that pee smell out of the mattress. It was still damp and smelly last night at bedtime, so Libby got to sleep on Emma Jane's bed and Emma Jane got to sleep on the floor.

And that was after spending the entire afternoon in her room. When Brad came home, EJ was allowed out for dinner and then she went straight back to room for the rest of the night. She actually took her punishment well. I think she knew better than to mess with me!

And seriously, tips for getting the mattress clean, are welcome! I really don't want to have to throw that mattress away!

Libby's Baptism

Back in November, Libby prayed with Brad and me to receive Jesus as her Savior.

Yesterday, she made that decision public through baptism.

It only took us 7 months to finish the 4 week children's membership class required by our church! Who thinks we are too busy?! ;)

It was an exciting day for all of us!

Here are a few pictures:

"Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4

*You can't see this in the pictures, but before baptizing someone the pastor will ask for friends and family to stand in support of the one being baptized. Well, I sing in the choir and so when Libby's friends and family stood, so did the whole choir! When I asked Libby afterwards if she had seen Daddy and Emma Jane in the congregation, she said, "No, but I saw everyone in the choir stand up! That was cool!" So thank you for making my girl's big day so special!

Friday, June 3, 2011

True Beauty

My beautiful daughter.

May your outer beauty always pale in comparison to your inner beauty.

"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23