Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or treat

Halloween used to cause me some discomfort.  All the "devil's holiday" and "all saint's eve" stuff freaked me out - I didn't want to celebrate the devil!  As I've matured spiritually and Dan & I have taken the time to sort out what we really believe our walk with the Lord should look like, we have decided that Halloween is a perfect time to get out in the community...not to hide away with other believers.  We've decided that Halloween for us will be about dressing Lana up in fun costumes, letting her enjoy a fun night with her friends and some candy, and getting out into our community, meeting people we normally would not.

This is Lana's third Halloween, and this time she got it!  She loved the idea of dressing up, and could hardly wait to be "Little Quack!" (She loves a book she has about a duck named Little Quack, and so her duck costume was PERFECT.)  


When she woke up from her nap this afternoon, we told her that after dinner, she got to be Little Quack and go get some candy.  We even practiced saying trick or treat by letting her knock on the front door...I was waiting on the other side with some candy.  She was so excited.  Then we expected her to sit down and eat dinner....yeah, right!  

We managed to coerce her into eating a few bites of a delicious pot pie before suiting her up as Little Quack and meeting some friends in downtown Wake Forest.  

Our friends Kelly & Bradley came with Julianna (a ladybug), and Dustin & April brought Hollis (a mouse).  The kiddos were so cute!  It only took Lana a house or two to "get" it, and as soon as we walked away from one house, she was showing us the next one, saying, "I gonna get some more candy!"  By the end, she was so brave, asking to go get the candy by herself.  (Her mama was too paranoid for that...I had to have a hand on her at all times.)  

My favorite part of the whole night was when we were about halfway done,  Lana looked up at me with her big blue eyes and said, "Mommy, they being such good sharers!  They share everything that God give them!"  She was just amazed at everyone giving their candy away...precious.

The route that we go on Main Street is perfect!  It's just the right distance...by the time we get to the end, it's time to go home.  We trick or treated from 6:30 to 7:30, and then headed back home.  Once we got back to our little house, we let Lana dump out all her candy and eat some.  I made hot chocolate with marshmallows for us to drink - I think we'll make this a tradition.  She didn't get in bed until 8:30, and didn't fall asleep until 9:00, but it was worth it!

"I read this one."

Today after preschool, the three of us were sitting at the kitchen table.  Lana was having a snack before naptime, if a snack counts as leftover Sister Schubert rolls that my friend Allison sent with dinner.  

There were a couple of cards sitting on the table from my sweet friends, and Dan & I were reading them while she ate.  

She picked up one and said, "I read this one, Daddy.  I read it myself."  She opened the card, pointed to the words, and said, "Dear God, help mommy feel better."  Precious.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Life with Lana today (2 years, 3 months)



Inspired by one of my favorite blogs (www.prayerofhannah.blogspot.com) I am going to try to regularly write down a snapshot of how Lana is in her daily life.  Sometimes I look back and find it hard to remember exactly what she was doing at say, 8 months.  That makes me crazy!  I want to remember the specifics forever...so in the spirit of that, here's what life is like with Lana today:


Sleeping: Lana sleeps 11-12 hours a night.  She goes to bed around 8, and wakes up between 7 and 8 in the morning.  She does the funniest things when she wakes up.  First, she puts all her babies to sleep.  Serious, she lays them facedown beside each other and covers them up.  Sometimes she'll sing them a song.  Then she stands up at the edge of her crib and waits.  Silently.  For as long as it takes us to come get her.  One time, I woke up at 7:15 and she was standing up waiting.  I closed my eyes for just a few minutes, and all of a sudden, I woke up at it was 9 and she was STILL standing there.  She hadn't made a peep.  When I went in, she said "Mommy, I get out!  I been awake a long time!"


Eating: Lana is really a great eater.  She might not eat everything we do, but she'll try anything one time.  She eats funny things, too, like pickled okra and black olives and raw onions and peppers.  She prefers for her food to be separate - no casseroles in our house.  She sits at the table with us in her booster seat, although lately she's really been asking to sit in a regular chair on her knees.  The trouble with that is that she slides around, food spills, and it's just more hectic than having her in a booster.  Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day for her...very rarely will she eat a big breakfast.  This morning she ate 1/4 of a pancake and drank her milk.  She is the SLOWEST eater you have ever seen, especially at preschool.  She's just so busy watching everyone else.


Talking: We LOVE how verbal Lana is!  She will talk about anything and everything, and repeats anything we say.  One of our favorite words that she says right now is "though."  It comes out "doe," as in, "I can't have juice.  I can have some water, doe!"  Love it.  She has a bit of a shy side, and when she first meets someone or sees someone after a while, she'll clam up, sometimes literally standing behind my legs.  It's so funny, though, because as soon as that person leaves, she'll talk up a storm about them.  My friend Stephanie brought us dinner last night, and I couldn't get Lana to tell her thank you for anything.  But AS SOON AS Stephanie closed that door, she was jabbering non-stop about her.  "Mommy, Steffi bring us dinner!  That's so sweet of her, Mommy.  God gives us good friends..." on and on with things she had heard me saying.  She's learning to memorize scripture, and she can almost say the pledge of allegiance by herself.


Potty training: Lana is showing lots more interest now that she's back in preschool.  She tells us that "Andy uses the potty!" and "Eliza wears big girl panties."  She asks to try to potty a lot at preschool, so we have her in pull-ups to make that easier for her teachers to encourage.  She will often stop playing abruptly, look up at us and say, "I just pee peed!" We're glad she's realizing what her body is doing - that's a good step!  Sometimes she'll actually do something in the potty, and we get really excited about that.  In about a month, we have Thanksgiving break from school, and we're going to give full-on training a shot for 3 or 4 days and see how it goes.  If it's not completely successful, I'm okay with that.  I just think it's the perfect time to give it a try.  We won't be traveling, and we'll all be at home together for 5 days in a row.


Discipline: We are still working hard at first-time obedience.  We've found that if we give her any "freebies," it starts a downhill spiral to disobedience, so we are working on being super consistent, with expecting first time obedience every time.  She can tell you that if she doesn't obey, we have to spank her.  It's so fun to encourage her when she DOES obey.  She is learning to be a good sharer.  We've been working on some of the specifics of interacting with others lately.  For example, if she wants something that someone else has, it's not okay for her to take it, or to even ask for it.  If Dan were talking on the phone, and I interrupted to ask if I could use it, that would be rude.  So we're teaching Lana that asking for something before someone is done is rude, and "Love is not rude."  So we wait until their actions show us that they are done before asking for a turn.  We've also been learning how to respond if someone tries to take something that she's playing with.  Her natural reaction is to say "Mine!" but we're learning that "Everything we have is from God," so nothing is really hers.  Instead, we're teaching her to tell the friend who is trying to take the toy away, "I'm not finished yet!"  Still lets her stand up for herself, but is much kinder than the typical "mine!"


Playing: Lana LOVES the outdoors.  One of her favorite things to do in the world is to go to the seminary ("Daddy's big school!") and explore the grounds.  There are lots of fun things for her to see and do there.  She really enjoys going to the gym and playing with the basketball.  She still loves to read....we could read to her for hours a day.  She's starting to branch out from her favorite books and pick some new ones.  We recently discovered Biscuit, and she likes him a lot!  Her imagination is going wild these days...lately, we're on a bear hunt wherever we go.  She plays with her babies, and carries purses around.  It's fun to see her turning into a little girl right before our eyes.




Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Recovering

Thank you so much for your prayers for us as I had surgery yesterday morning.  The surgery went really well...quick and no complications.  

We arrived at Duke Raleigh at 5:45 a.m. and were back at home by 9:30 a.m.!!  The nurses and surgery team were INCREDIBLE!  There are so many hospitals up here that they are in competition for business, therefore patient care is excellent.

An RN met me at registration and stayed with me until discharge.  She knew my entire history (including all the details about Lana's delivery), and was a huge support for me while I was there.  They had my hospital gown and booties warmed up for me when it was time to change into them!  I mean toasty, snuggly warm.  And thanks to an excellent anesthesiology team, that's all I remember until I woke up in the recovery room.

After surgery, an elderly gentleman (a volunteer) waited on me hand and foot.  Brought me a coke, my clothes to change back into, a snack, my wheelchair...he was just so sweet.  It was really a neat touch.  

Today has been quite a bit more painful, but it is definitely not as bad as it could be.  I'm SO GRATEFUL that Dan's mom and sister are here with our nephew Noah.  Lana is having lots of fun with them, which makes it easier for me to rest.  Our friends from preschool and church are bringing meals....I just feel so loved.  It's so neat to see the body of Christ working this way.  Thank you so much for your prayers, thoughts, words of encouragement; for your ministry to our hearts and our bellies! Laughing

Sunday, October 19, 2008

At our house right this minute....

Lana is playing with play dough.  

She is making a "narwhal," which is a whale with a long, twisted tooth featured in Eric Carle's ABC book.  

She's making this narwhal for Gordy.  She says Gordy is my little boy, and he's at the farmer's market picking strawberries.

She just told me that Gordy wants chicken nuggets for dinner.  We'll see.
I love this life.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The economy: a prayer

Our friends lost their house
The co-worker lost her job
The couple next door lost their retirement
It seems that everyone is losing their footing
This scares us. This bailout with billions.
These rumblings of depression.
These headlines: ominous, thunderous-
"Going Broke!" "Going Down!" "Going Under!" "What Next?"
What is next?
We're listening. And we're admitting: You were right.

You told us this would happen.
You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money.
Greed will break your heart, you warned.
Money will love you and leave you.
Don't put your hope in riches that are so uncertain.
You were right. Money is a fickle lover and we just got dumped.

We were wrong to spend what we didn't have,
Wrong to neglect prayer and ignore the poor,
Wrong to think we ever earned a dime. We didn't. You gave it.
And now, tell us Father, are you taking it?
We're listening. And we're praying.
Could you make something good out of this mess?
Of course you can. You always have.
You led slaves out of slavery,
Built temples out of ruins,
Turned stormy waves into a glassy pond and water into sweet wine.

This disorder awaits your order. So do we.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Gatlinburg 2008

We love our new Gatlinburg family tradition!!  We just returned from our week at "The Pleasant View" at Gatlinburg Falls Resort (www.gatlinburgfallsresort.com).  We look forward to this Davis family vacation all year long, and can't believe it's over.


We did such fun things - went whitewater rafting, up to Ober Gatlinburg for the day, swam in the resort heated pool, ate lots of caramel apples, cooled down the hot tub so the kiddos could play, and just had a great time being together.  Our poor nephew Noah came down with the croup while we were there, so we spent some extra time in the cabin letting him rest, and Lana was so happy about that!  One of her favorite things this year was playing in the game room - she played foos ball and Miss Pac Man a LOT!

We ate really well...cooking in the cabin some nights, and eating out others.  Dan's parents treated us all to a steak dinner at the Park Grill - it was delicious!  

It was really neat to watch Lana and Jake and Noah play together...last year, Lana & Noah were still babies, taking two naps a day and everything.  This year, they are not babies anymore!  The three of them chased each other around and played and acted silly and got in trouble - it was really fun to see them making memories together already.  

Thank you so much, PawPaw & Nana!  It was a wonderful week, and we miss you already.

Here are some of the best pictures from the week - click on any one to make it larger.