Thursday, February 25, 2016

Isaac Turns Three!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the big day is finally here!
It's the moment he's been waiting for since September.
It's the occasion he's been asking me about ten times a day every day since January.

Today, our firstborn turns THREE YEARS OLD!!!

Three years ago, this wonderful little boy, Isaac Nathan Britton, came into the world and forever changed our lives.  I look at him so often and can only marvel that such a precious gift was given to us.  The love in my heart for this child is so strong it takes my breath away sometimes.  He is smart, funny, loving, full of energy, eager to learn, servant-hearted, and a bright ray of sunshine every day.  I am so deeply grateful to God for blessing our family with Isaac.

This past year of his life has been full of growth and learning for him!  Most people talk about age two as something terrible, but our experience with Isaac has been quite delightful for the most part.  No, he's not perfect, and yes, we've had some rough patches of obedience training like any parents of a toddler, but in general, the overall characteristics of this past year with Isaac have been JOY and FUN!  

He has been like a little sponge soaking up knowledge and learning as fast as we can dish it out to him.  Reading books and playing basketball continue to be his passions in life.  He is especially fond of Curious George, the Berentstein Bears (which I try to carefully select to be the ones that don't portray Papa in an idiotic light), Little Bear, Magic Castle books, farm books, and books about sports or science.  Since Isaac was making such great progress with academics from simple activities like flash cards and an ABC placemat, we officially started school this past fall.  He had already learned to recognize all capital and lower case letters of the alphabet as well as the basic sounds each one makes.  Now, he is learning how to read and spell simple two and three letter words.  He can count to 11 by himself and 20 with a little help.  In addition to all the reading we do together, school usually consists of various phonics activities, writing letters or shapes in a pan of salt, learning a few sight words, counting and simple addition or subtraction with manipulatives, puzzles, sticker books, learning where states are in the U.S., doing Brain Quest cards, cooking together, making cards for people, or doing simple science activities here and there when we see an idea for one in a book that we want to try.  Isaac would far rather do school than play, so he keeps me on my toes to have productive educational activities ready for him.  When he does play, he likes to cook in his pretend kitchen, shoot baskets, and build with various kinds of blocks and Duplos.  His imagination is really starting to come alive during his play, which is lots of fun to watch!

Besides all the learning in preschool Isaac has experienced this past year, he has also learned to ride a tricycle, sing several songs, get himself dressed, and be fully potty-trained.  (That last one was almost a year in the just writing it makes me want to do a happy dance!)  Most exciting out of everything, is seeing Isaac's understanding of God deepen.  A priority of our daily routine is "Bible Time" first thing after getting ready for the day.  We keep it simple.  A few songs, reading chronologically from The Beginner's Bible, praying, and working on Scripture memory.  Isaac is also getting great teaching at our church during his toddler Sunday school class and during his AWANA Puggles/Cubbies club meetings on Wednesday nights.  It's been so fun to hear his questions about the things God created, see his love for praying, and observe the comprehension he is starting to show for the Gospel.  My deepest longing is that my children would believe in Jesus as their Savior and serve Him out of love all of their lives.

And now, without further ado, here is a collection of pictures from Isaac's third year of life, celebrating sweet moments and special memories with our wonderful little man!

The proud ring-bearer in Mr. Dillon's wedding (look at that baby face!).

Ever so stylish.

Helping get ready for VBS!

Picking apricots with Daddy.

Covered in stickers, just like Curious George.

Dressing up in Mommy's shoes.

Vacationing with Daddy and the Britton clan in Colorado Springs while Mommy and Josiah stayed home due to Adoniah's pending birth.

Riding the train up to Pike's Peak with Aunt Elizabeth.

Made it to the top!

The gang was all there (except JoJo and me!) and they had a great vacation!

Packing up for our big move.

Building towers like Granddaddy showed him how to do.

Peeking around at the park.

Fun with Granddaddy!

Fun with Grandmommy!

Now he's a big brother to TWO!

Helping Mommy rock Adoniah.

Reading to Adoniah.

Cooking chocolate zucchini bread.

Loving the outdoors at our new house!

A new chapter of life begins in Ohio.

Learning to be a good daddy.

Oh, how he makes me laugh!

The dynamic duo.

More dress up!

Christmas at the Bob Evans Farm.

Hanging out with his new friend, Korey!

Time for church!

So proud of a new stocking with his name on it, made with love by his great-aunt Nora.

So full of life!

Loving on brother while drinking their juice.

Having fun with glue and scissors.

Snow day!

Showing off his new basketball shorts.

Child of my heart.

I can't wait to see what new discoveries and experiences this next year will hold for him!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Quick Little Update

Oh my.  I had no idea it had been so long since my last post!  Yikes!

Believe it or not, I have had at least half a dozen posts rolling around in my head for the past many weeks...just no time to get them written!

So what have I/we been doing instead?
The usual daily events: mothering, nursing a baby, cooking, dishes, laundry, school with Isaac, reading lots of books to the boys, cleaning, and so on.  Then of course there are the weekly happenings of grocery shopping, going to the library,  and gathering with our church on Wednesdays and Sundays.  Additionally, we have been hosting people from church for meals nearly every weekend, which has been fun!  We made a quick trip to Dayton recently for a joint birthday celebration for Isaac and two of his cousins.  Not long after our return home, the boys all came down with colds which we are still fighting to varying degrees.

In my very limited spare time, I may catch a much-needed nap, read a mothering article online, do some homework catch-up for the ladies' Sunday school class at church, watch the political stuff happening in our country with my husband (who finds the process so interesting!),  or read a few pages of the current book I am working through before bed at night.

One of my biggest struggles right now is finding balance in everything and keeping my priorities where they need to be.  As a result, certain activities have had to take a backseat, such as blogging as much as I would like.  Nevertheless, I still have those posts rolling around in my head with hopes of sharing them soon!  In fact, Isaac's official third birthday will be this coming Thursday, and I definitely plan to share a re-cap of this last year of his life on that day (hopefully!).  Thanks for being a faithful reader...and please stay tuned!

In the meantime, here is a link to an article that really resonated with me this week.  For those of you who are fellow mamas, perhaps it will encourage you as well!