Friday, February 19, 2010

Shutterfly, my new bestie!

Ok, so our Photobook arrived today! And I am SO impressed that I am putting a post just to tell you that if you have children that this is such a great investment into the memory bank! Beautiful pictures displayed in a book page format is just wonderful. No messy tape, no horrid bubbles in the photo cover sheets...just pages with pics and comments done by YOU! Not to mention you can have whole pages with nothing but text, so if you have a great story to share that you would like your kiddos to be able to read later on, or maybe really good "toddler talk" can fill up a page! Just as an example I did 3 full text pages. One with our "faith story", one with the pregnancy story, and one with our birth to home story.

check em out! You can get a less expensive version from, but they do not have all the cover styles or page styles as I really like shutterfly's photo quality too....we order prints from them as well. Haven't been thrilled with wm's photo quality, and it is actually cheaper to get prints on shutterfly.

If you sign up, they send you all sorts of coupons, which is how we get EVERYTHING from prints, 40% off our photobook, free address labels!!! Seriously worth it if you are picture people as we are!

Go....Go NOW :D


A couple pics from this week!

My new fav pic of the boys! Cracks me up!

Getting ready to go outside in the wagon!

Woo hooo! We are outside, enjoying some sunshine and a bit of warmth! I SO cannot wait till spring!!!!

"picnic dinner" time!! Why? I don't really know, but our children like to feed each other. "Here brothers, have some cornbread!" he he....not a big fan of them feeding each other, but I cannot argue that it is cute, so before telling them to stop before someone looses a finger I decided to snap a few photos. :D

Thursday, February 4, 2010

rambling about discipline....and some pics!

I know it has been quite a while since our last blog entree, but we haven't had a lot going on, plus our little camera we have been using had the flash brake, so if it isn't super light in the house....or wherever we are the pics come our real grainy and dark....but we have a few anyway!

They had all three been teething again....generally they each take a turn for about a week...except Asher who never really seems to be very irritated with the whole teething thing. Poor Gabriel had a super bad week last week....for the first time EVER I had to get him from his classroom at church. It was seriously like someone had stole my child and replaced him with a crazy demon child....I have never seen him so grrrr. Luckily when we finally got him in the truck he fell right to sleep and woke up my normal child again. The craziness was quite embarrassing though.

Attitude and Character is something we always work on here at the Howard house. Our kiddos are nearing the 2 year old age, and I simply refuse to give in to the "terrible two's" mark people put on kids. Hence we have been working since day one to give our children a foot up on this label.

So what are we doing?
#1 is prayer. We believe it is of vital importance to pray over our children...we pray for their character, attitudes, behavior, health, discernment, wisdom, and that as they grow they will learn who they are in Christ, put Him first. We also pray that they will grow in love, towards each other, us and other people. Discipline is also HUGE....and Consistency in that discipline is even more so. When a parent disciplines they must always be in control. An out of control parent cannot teach a child self-control. We discipline in grace...we do not tell our children "you are being bad" or stuff like is what they are doing that is bad. We show them that we love them no matter what, but there will be consequences for bad choices/wrong decisions/disobeying. SO when our children receive a spank on the bottom or a time out, they are also talked to about why. I know it may seem crazy to some, but children really do understand more than you know. We teach our kids to look us in the eye when we talk to them....which is hard for even most adults :) We believe that if we take the time with our kids at young ages, it will save them in the long run. BUT we are definitely no experts. We just do as we feel God leading us.

Another way of discipline we use in our house is "good jobs". When our kids do something that warrants a good job, we clap for them and tell them! If one get's a good job, the other two are quick to follow as they too want some props! It can be things as little as putting their drinks up where they belong, or throwing trash away, or helping pick up toys, giving each other lovies (hugs n' kisses), obeying the 1st time. They are young, so every little thing counts in our book! Since we have done this for so long, they also clap for each other!

Are our kids perfect? far from it! Are we perfect? heck no! BUT we seek God's face and strive to be better each day than we were the day before. We are going to have days of fit throwing here and there. It's all part of the process. But it's what we do, how we we RESPOND as parents that will make all the difference!

anyways.....enough boring rambling about are a few pics!!!

Gabriel in daddy's shoes :) he was having some trouble trying to walk in them to say the least....prob why he generally sticks with mine :P ha

More snow....a lot more snow! This time we had enough that Chris was able to stay home as the roads were impossible....So the kiddos got some sledding time with dad!!

Acting like big kids....
Our trio is obsessed with sitting in "big people" chairs, so every once in a while we are letting them eat a snack in reg chairs instead of their high chairs. Although they can barely even see over the table, they think it is SUPER cool!!

Trinity taking Asher for a ride on the motorcycle!

Everyone in a front facing carseat!!! Way to go Asher on the weight gain!!! woo hoo