A wife and mother of three. I love the place God has brought me to with this wonderful family. I love the Lord and strive each day to grow more into the women he desires me to be. I'm a choral teacher but currently blessed with the opportunity to work from home giving piano and voice lessons, and of course bringing these little ones along in the world.
This is a place for me to reflect on what it's like raising three beautiful, wonderful and at times challenging children. Praying daily for them to Love the Lord and show Christ to others. Striving also, to become the women God desires me to be and finding the balance between Wife, Mommy, and Christian Servant. I'm hoping it will spur me on to journal the many funny growth moments we parents get to see and provide any readers with at least a little smile.
It's been a while since my last post. I have missed it terribly. I love writing down all the crazy, special, discouraging moments in my life. It's great therapy! Last weekend Kyle and I took Sarah to Seattle for 4 days. We go every year for Kyle's work and have started taking one kid at a time to spoil them rotten. Sarah did great, and it is really right up her alley as the girl LOVES to shop. She did have a hard time hearing no after a while, got a bit of a princess complex, but she slept great and loved all the new adventures. The princess complex has reduced significantly since returning home to two brothers that need mom and dad too. The first night was just in the room as we didn't get there until 8:00. We got to our room and she took one look at her big bed and was so happy. She couldn't believe she got a whole big bed to herself, she tried out all 100 pillows (why do they put so many on those hotel beds?) until she found the one that was just right. On Sunday we slept in, had breakfast with daddy and then hung out while daddy worked a bit. By the time we were headed into the city she was more then ready for an adventure. We parked over by the Seattle Center so we could ride the monorail into the shopping district. She thought the space needle was really cool and really wanted to go into it. She had to settle for a snow globe of it instead. After the train ride we shopped for several hours. She loved the bookstore the best and bought herself her first Ameillia Bedillia (sp?) book. She loved retelling the story to her brothers after we got home. On Sunday we did some Christmas shopping while Kyle worked and then went to IKEA. We always like looking for odds and ends for home there and we actually really like the meatballs. Sarah liked the pre-made rooms that they have there, she found a little nursery and was right at home playing house. We then took her to see Bolt, which was really cute. I recommend it to anyone. The hamster is super funny. Sadly Monday we had to head home, although I was really ready to see my boys. Sarah did not want to come home, so I know she had a great time. Next year we will be taking Adam, which may have a totally different flow to it. Who knows, we may get kicked out of the hotel with that one :) (the above pictures are from our day downtown)
The last week has had some unexpected and nice moments of peace and some really fun times too. Here are a few pictures from the last week in the Kivett household.
Here is Adam all ready for his first Birthday party where he was the Kivett kid invited. He was so excited, that he carried his invite around for 2 days, sleeping with it and everything. The theme was Wall-E and so we went and got him a sweatshirt to wear to the party, here he is sporting it.
Everybody's Kung Fu Fighting!!! The extra's on DVD's can be so fun. Here the kids are learning some kung fu Panda moves. They also enjoyed the "learn to draw" section of the DVD. We killed probably 2 hours going through the extras, really fun.
Here is my amazing husband enjoying his time in front of his Jazz Band. He is so cute and I am so proud of him. He had a really fun swing dance fundraiser last weekend. They give lessons for 30 minutes prior, then the schools jazz groups perform. Last they have a local jazz band play for 60 - 90 minutes so everyone can dance. Really fun. Kyle's brother-in-law delivers fire trucks. Last Monday our doorbell rang and I thought one of the kids must have called 911 because there was a fire truck parked in our street. It was Chris and he swept Alex out of bed and took him for a spin around the block. Alex LOVED it!!! Chris even honked the horn for him. What a way cool uncle. Here is Alex holding our dear friends, the Griffith's, baby. Brian was our best man so it is so fun still being a part of each other's lives. The baby is beautiful and Alex loved holding him, he keeps saying he wants a new baby brother. Sorry to let you down bud, but it isn't gonna happen. Sarah with her current stuffed love. She goes everywhere with this baby Simba from Disneyland. To bad the puppy also really likes it and keeps trying to steal it. Alex thinks he's a rocker, but really he is just telling me how much he loves me. I think I won't fix that, I'll take an I Love You however I can get it. Although he actually hands those out pretty freely. Last here is my cute baby, and he is growing up way to fast. I just really liked this picture, he has the camera strap around his neck and was thinking I was silly for taking his picture. But who could resist such a cute subject!
My life has been crazy busy, always is this time of year. But yesterday Kyle was gone all day for a concert at work and I decided I was going to take time to enjoy. I was going to enjoy my sleep, enjoy my kids, enjoy my house, enjoy my projects, enjoy all that God has given me. I think that my favorite part of the day came as I put all the kids in their baths. They are all so different in what they like. Alex wanted a bath alone, no toys, with his music. He wanted to "relax". How many 7 year old boys want to relax in the bath. He laid back, closed his eyes and enjoyed the peace of it. Sarah was all about practicing her swimming technique, luckily our bath is just big enough for her to feel like she can do some of that. She also just LOVES feeling how long and flowing her hair is under water. She will lay for several minutes just feeling her hair. Adam wants to be in my shower and clean, clean, clean. He loves a wash cloth so he can wash down all the walls several times. They are funny to me, and precious and when I stop and really look at them they are very easy to enjoy. Now, I need to go find joy in my laundry.
Halloween was a blast this year. My kids looked amazing, but I know I'm biased. Sarah was Belle, and so beautiful. Adam was Peter Pan - really isn't he a true Peter Pan personality. I thought it was the perfect pick. Alex was Jack Sparrow, black eyes and everything. We started the night off at Emily's for a neighborhood chili feed. The chili was yum, and I really enjoyed my chili dog. We had some great carmel corn and deviled eggs to go along with it. There were several families from our neighborhood and quite a gang of kids in their costumes. It was really fun, and felt very festive. We started trick or treating at 6:00 and I was amazed at the turn out. We had people bussing in to our neighborhood and Cambridge. CRAZY. I handed out 150 or more, pieces of candy. It felt like and small town in days gone by. Large groups running around, houses decorated, tons of families out. It was really fun. Sarah of course, fell on the second house. This was a bummer because it took forever for her to truly recover and start moving at a pace that was less like a snail. Adam got tired on about the 6th house so needed carried. At one point I was carrying Adam on my hip and holding Sarah's dress up so that she wouldn't trip. Why she couldn't hold her dress up is a mystery, but it just became "too much!" Alex was well ahead of us with his current crush Sarah. It was funny because Alex was with big Sarah and Adam was with his little tiny Alex and then Sarah went outside the family names by hanging with Becca. Adam pooped out about half way through and stayed back at our house with Grandma, who was kindly passing out candy. The other two were out for an hour and a half. I was amazed, I guess the need for sugar will really drive kids to achieve. The saddest part of the night was the lack of their father. Kyle had to work and so missed all the fun. Bummer. I hope everyone had such a great night, enjoy some of our pictures, the top pumpkin pic is what Kyle did with the kids a few nights. Sarah's is the happy one, Alex is the scary one and Adam's is the silly one. If you can't tell Adam's is standing on his head :)