Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Things I {heart}

Catie... especially in this spot of our kitchen.

She can only be looking for one thing... chocolate!!

(giving me the stare down)

And it is probably mean... but I love how mad she gets when I won't give her something. She has no patience whatsoever. It's not like I keep her mad for long... her tears totally make me give in to her every demand.

Andrew... he passed the Preschool Marshmallow Test with flying colors.

Now we think he actually might be ok in life. 
You know, since your ability to sit and stare at a marshmallow for 5-15 minutes and not eat it really does determine whether or not you will be successful in life. My favorite moment was when he said, "I don't want just one. I want to wait so I can get another one too." Hooray. He gets it. Sometimes it does pay to wait! 

Now, if he gets rid of this creepy smile... that might also help his future success?

If only he could teach his crazy sister some patience too.

The Heart Project... A fundraiser for the American Heart Association

My blogging friend Jamie had this incredible idea to get a group of bloggers together and create a book full of kid-related and heart-related crafts and activities. I am lucky to be participating and to even have a project published in the ebook and print version of the book. 

You can read more about The Heart project on my Toddler Approved blog. We have family members that struggle with heart disease and one of Andrew's little buddies was born with a heart problem. I still vividly remember the day that I got a text message from my friend telling me that her little three week old (was he really that little Liz?) was heading in for heart surgery. Andrew was only a month or two old and we knelt down in our condo bathroom together and prayed our hearts out. We are so grateful for the doctors and nurses that saved our little friend's life- in addition to his super mom who was in tune enough with the spirit to know her little one was struggling. 

This project has made me even more conscious of how many families have struggled with heart disease or other heart problems... and I am grateful to participate in this fundraiser during February's "Heart" month.

The print version of the book is pretty enough that I'm going to use it as a coffee table book... and the ebook is going to help me come up with a gazillion ways to craft, create, cook, and play with hearts during the month of February.

You can donate to AHA on my Toddler Approved blog and receive your own ebook or printed book as a gift.

Lastly, I {heart} Kevin

He just got back from a business trip tonight and I have missed him!

I also {heart} sleep... and I haven't been getting enough of it lately... so I am off to bed!


Liz said...

Yep. George was 3 weeks old. It's hard to believe we've come so far since then, but it still brings tears to my eyes thinking of you and so many other people praying for baby George as he headed to surgery. I'm buying a hard copy of The Heart Book tonight and a couple e-copies. I love that you participated in this!!

And, I'm nervous to do the marshmallow test on George. I'm not sure he'll pass! :) Way to go, Andrew!!

RC Cola said...

Rick has been waiting for a few years for Athen to be old enough to do the marshmallow test on.