Apple Pickin'

September 30, 2013





 


One of my favorite fall activities is picking apples then going home to bake an apple pie. Oh my deliciousness!

Last year because of the local drought there was no apple picking and I was devastated. So, this year when the first weekend in September hit, I was ready to go!

It was about 90 degrees out, Mason was sick with an ear infection and a cough, and this prego mama was tired. It wasn't completely enjoyable, but we seemed to capture most of the happy moments. I figured it probably wouldn't be much fun if I took pictures Mason throwing a tantrum in the middle of the orchard floor, but hey, that's the reality of life with a toddler. ;)

As soon as we got home I put an apple pie in the oven and by the time the Notre Dame game was on we enjoyed some warm apple pie. A typical fall day in our household.

Hoping you are enjoying your fall! :)

xoxo,
Krista
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Precious Moments

September 23, 2013


Moments like these will never escape my memory. It’ll be a moment that I think back on as I watch my little boy go to school for the first time, play at his first sports event, take his first girlfriend on a date, graduate high school, leave for college…every milestone I will be balling my eyes out wishing more than ever I could keep him little just like this. I’m totally balling my eyes out right now typing this. Blame it on the pregnancy hormones or blame it on the simple fact that motherhood is the most amazing thing in the world and it’s full of many emotions.

There are days when motherhood has me beyond frazzled and overwhelmed. Days when I can’t seem to understand what my little guy is trying to tell me and then throws a full tantrum when after the 10th time I still don’t understand what he’s asking of me or the mornings he just doesn't want to get up and is a complete bear and we’re on a time crunch to get out of the door or the times when he chooses not to eat a thing but then begs for chocolate and I just want to give in so he has some calories or the times when he’s sick and refuses to take his medicine to get better. The list goes on and all of you mothers know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s not easy, but it’s wonderfully beautiful and more than I could’ve ever hoped for.

As I prepare for baby #2, I’m taking as much one on one time with my munchkin as I can to enjoy the simplicity that life can bring us once in a while. From reading a book to quick cuddle; I’m savoring every moment I have with him; just him and me.

The other night was gorgeous, cool, and a perfect time to get outside to enjoy fresh air. We brought out puzzles and his favorite book right now “Brown Bear,Brown Bear, What Do You See?” turned up the toddler station on Pandora, and spent the evening on the porch.

As my little guy pretended to be a Power Ranger catching all the monsters with his sword while singing nursery rhymes, I sat in a chair and just watched him be the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen. The next thing I know he turns around, pulls out his little chair, squeezes it next to me at the wall of deck barely fitting, looks up at me, grabs my hand, and says “Mama, I love you.” Then he turned around and we just sat there for a few minutes and it was absolutely perfect. {Bring on the tears again.}

It meant the world to me to have him hold my hand and tell me he loved me. There’s something completely different about the love you feel from your child; something magical, unexplainable, and fulfilling.

I love you my sweet Mason Jordan. With all my heart.

xoxo,

Your Mama
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Oh The Places You'll Go

September 18, 2013




Reading has been one of those nightly traditions that we started with Mason from day one. I read to Mason when he was still in the womb and I started reading to him every night once he was born. There is tons of research stating how beneficial reading is for our children early on, and seeing how much he loves books, how he dives right in with his imagination, and how excited he is when he gets a new book makes me so happy.

Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do. A time where I can lose myself in a book and escape the reality of the world around me. I love it! Reading to my son is even more enjoyable because I get to see his face get lost in the story with each page we turn.

I truly believe that reading to Mason has helped him establish an early vocabulary and has encouraged his imagination which I believe it is important for children to have.

There are specific advantages to reading to your children at an early age. For more details on each of these advantages visit this site.

1. A stronger relationship with you.
2. Academic excellence.
3. Basic speech skills.
4 The basics of how to read a book.
5. Better communication skills.
6. Mystery of language.
7. More logical thinking skills.
8. Acclamation to new experiences.
9. Enhanced concentration and discipline.
10. The knowledge that reading is fun!

I'm so thankful for the love of reading that Mason has and I enjoy getting him new books for him to learn.

If you don't currently have a routine reading schedule with your kiddo I encourage you to begin now. It's never too late. :)

If you need to increase your reading library for your kiddos I have found a lot of great books through Usborne Books & More. This is also a good time to start your Christmas shopping and why not buy your little one some books for Christmas? If you'd like to look at their catalog of books you can visit their website. I know they do party hosting as well so if you'd like an opportunity to throw a party to earn hostess rewards you can contact them online.

I encourage you before bedtime tonight to read your favorite childhood book to your kiddo {if you still have it} and enjoy those precious moments with them curled up in your lap where you both can escape into the book. :)

xoxo,
Krista

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He or She?

September 17, 2013




Yesterday we found out what we are having! We are not announcing it to our families until the 28th when we have our Gender Reveal Party. I know it's killing them, but this time around we're making it fun.

I want to make it fun for all of my readers too! So.....we're doing a contest! What's more fun than a contest!?!

I want you guys to put in your guesses. What do YOU think we're having?

After we announce in on the 28th to our families, I will then make another announcement on the blog and will then pick one lucky winner who guessed the gender correctly. That winner will win a Medium Silver Locket.

TO ENTER
Visit my Origami Owl page and browse around.  Come back and post how you'd fill your locket with if you won.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (leave a comment for each additional entry)
Like Krista Kerns Origami Owl on FB
Like Grateful Imperfections on FB
Share this giveaway via FB
Share this giveaway via Twitter using #gratefulimperfections 

Good luck!

xoxo,
Krista



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True Beauty.

September 10, 2013


Two words that mean so many different things to different people, but what does it mean to you? When you look in the mirror do you see the beauty upon your face? You should, because you ARE beautiful. Everything and everyone has beauty; it’s just a matter of whether or not we choose to see it.

There is not one format that defines beauty; YOU define beauty.

Over the last few weeks as my pregnant belly has quickly grow into the beautiful belly it is (calling it beautiful has taken me awhile) I have endured comment after comment about how big I’m getting, how big my belly is, how early my belly has grown, etc.

At first, I thought nothing of it, but as the comments kept rolling in, the more hits to my self-esteem I took.

For those of you who have known me for the long haul you have seen the struggle I have faced with the insecurity of my weight. Some of you may be scratching your heads thinking “are you serious right now?” Yes, skinny people have insecurity issues about their weight too and sometimes they are pretty serious.

For me, gaining weight was always one of my biggest fears and it overwhelmed my life at times. It was a fear that with the strength of the Lord I conquered and overcame while in high school and haven’t really struggled as deeply with it as I previously had.

Lately as I quickly gain weight while pregnant and hearing the flood of comments about my big belly; the fear of gaining weight has started to haunt me again. Thankfully I’m able to push those fears away and remind myself that I’m carrying a precious soul and I would happily gain 100lbs for this baby just to know that in 9 months I get to hold it in my arms. More importantly I reminded daily that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by the Lord. What greater compliment does a woman need? :)

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

I’m opening up about all this not because it’s easy, but because I know that as women we struggle with so many issues about our body and motherhood definitely creates more issues that we have to work through. It’s just truth. From pudgy bellies, to sagging boobs, to displaced nipples, to cellulite, to hips that widened and never went back into place, to thighs and a booty that just won’t go away….there’s a ton and it’s life, but it’s BEAUTIFUL!


If we choose to see the beauty in the changes that becoming a mother has given us then we can look ourselves in the mirror and feel beautiful every day. Is it easy? Of course not! It’s a forced habit, but we get to choose what beauty we see in ourselves even if those around us don’t always see it.

As women we have to learn to be fully confidant in the fact that the One that created us sees us only as beautiful, even in our ugliest moments and His opinion of us is really the only one we should care about.

Once we begin to constantly see the beauty in ourselves, it will become easier to see beauty in all the things and all the people around us. Just a little glimpse of the way the Lord sees.

Today I encourage you to spend time in front of the mirror and find the beauty in you. No matter how hard is it, no matter how many things you find that could be better; choose to see the beautiful creation that you are and know that I think you’re beautiful!

xoxo,

Krista
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