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Today was a Big Day! February 17, 2011

Filed under: Anderson,Books,Family,Firsts,God,homeschool,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 12:53 am

Item #1: A.J. found the perfect slingshot stick today at the museum walking paths.  We have been researching how to make the perfect sling shot with daddy.  We’ll keep you posted 🙂

Item #2: Selah is so stinkin’ cute. Okay, I guess that’s not really “Big Day” material because she always has been, but I didn’t want her feeling left out.

Item #3: Maddie read a sentence for the first time! (The real purpose of this post 😉 )Actually, it was a title to a book she brought over to me today.  She wanted to know what it was called.  We hadn’t read this book in a really long time, but I wanted to see if maybe she could figure out some of the words by sounding them out.  And she did!  It took quite a bit of time and I realized I never explained what it meant to “blend” sounds together, so I had to quickly try to explain it to her, and she got it!  It was quite a moment of success for both Mommy and Maddie! So very proud of my little girly!  Tonight again before bedtime A.J. asked if we could read the book together (he was proud of Maddie but I think also feeling a bit left-out) and I told Maddie to chime in whenever she wanted to sound out a word.  She did a great job!  By the end she recognized/read  “Jack” ,”Jill”, “and”, “big”, “dog”, “up”, and “Bill”! And not to be outdone, A.J. chimed in too, though I think he just has a great memory and wasn’t really reading. 😉

It felt like such a privilege to witness this “first” with my girly!  At times I don’t take advantage of those “ordinary” moments with my kids as I would like to, so I’m grateful God helped me to slow down and spend that “teachable moment” with my little girl.  And I think it made both of us even more excited for what’s to come!!


Merry Christmas from the Ross Family! December 22, 2010

Filed under: Anderson,Family,God,Holidays,Hubby,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Seasons,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 5:52 pm

For many reasons, we have decided not to do a formal Christmas card this year.  So, here is our cyber-greeting 🙂 No, its not the most personal, but know our hearts and minds are thinking of you all, our dear friends and family, this special season.  Have a wonderful Christmas, full of love for the Savior, who came as a baby to save His people.  Merry Christmas!


Madelyn Elizabeth is FIVE! October 3, 2010

Filed under: Family,Firsts,Friends,God,Holidays,Madelyn,Uncategorized — adayinthelifeofaross @ 1:21 am

It is truly hard to believe that Maddie is 5 years old.  A whole hand’s worth of birthdays!  Five years of tucking her into bed.  Five years of singing songs, praying prayers, playing games.  Goodness.  It has flown by, and yet we have just so, so many memories!  This birthday has hit me hard.  I am just overwhelmed by God’s kindness towards us.  We do not deserve this special gift! Oh, our Madelyn.  If you know her, you know that she is a sweet and kind and compassionate girl.  A girl who loves to sing and dance and tell stories.  A girl who loves to care for her brother and sister and would do just about anything to make you smile or laugh.  We are totally in love with this girlie.

As a family, we have decided to throw a big birthday party every 4 years, and celebrate as a small family every year in between. Well this year was a BIG party year.  Maddie decided (which was a very long and arduous task for my sweet girl to decide and STICK with her decision!?!) on having a Wizard of OZ themed costume birthday party. YES! The moment the decision was final I started right away making notes.  I loved this movie growing up and we have showed Maddie and AJ the happy version (the movie with all the wicked witch scenes skipped :)) many times.  Maddie was in charge of the guest list, and was allowed to invite a few girlfriends to have a sleepover after the party.  I think I’m still recovering from the late night 😉  We had a blast and are grateful for the many guests who came, and a special thanks to those who dressed up! Maddie loved that!


On the Move… July 24, 2010

Filed under: Anderson,Firsts,Madelyn,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 12:31 am

We have three movers and shakers over here in the Ross household!  Selah started walking a few days before we left for the beach.  This has been a bit of an adjustment for Mommy 🙂 as she now likes to climb up the steps at warp speed, as well! My favorite new move is when I am cooking or cleaning in the kitchen and I hear her little feet patting over towards me.  Then I feel her arms grab around both of my legs and she squeezes me, shoving her face in between the backs of my knees.  It is such an adorable little toddler hug and grab. I love it!  Her walking is yet another example of God’s kindness towards us and yet another reminder that I no longer have a baby in the house!  We are officially a home of a toddler and two pre-schoolers. Yikes!

Another exciting milestone was in Maddie’s first bike and A.J.’s first scooter!  A.J.’s scooter was his ‘potty present’, which he earned quite awhile ago,  but we’re now only getting him.  He was a very patient little guy.  And Maddie was so huge on her little tricycle that it was only fair to give her an upgrade as well.  Maddie is doing such a great job on her bike!  I have a feeling, before we know it, she will be taking those training wheels off!


Some Recent Going-Ons April 24, 2010

Filed under: Anderson,Family,homeschool,Madelyn,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 12:25 am

We haven’t had anything mind-shattering going on over here in our home…just lots of every day moments, but moments we’re enjoying nonetheless 🙂  This is one of the many reasons I love being home full time with the kiddos.  I get to capture these millions of tiny moments watching them observe, grow, learn, laugh. Oh goodness, I love it!  Here are some recent pictures of whats been going on. I still haven’t figure out how to label these pictures!  The first few capture how Selah’s peas are the exact color of my shirt.  Selah likes peas 🙂  Maddie and AJ model the various uses for handkerchiefs.  Maddie gets all fancy for her ballet pictures. And AJ is our funny guy 🙂


Our Easter and Selah’s Adoption Day! April 9, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Anderson,Family,Firsts,Friends,God,Holidays,Hubby,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Seasons,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 5:33 pm

Easter 2010:

We had a great Easter this year.  Maddie and AJ are finally at the age when they are really starting to understand the meaning of Easter.  Maddie especially was able to have some really sweet conversations with us in regards to Jesus life, death, and resurrection.  The past few years we used Noel Piper’s Easter ideas found in her book Treasuring God in Our Traditions. (Which is an excellent book!)  The Resurrection Tree and the re-enactment of the Easter story was a lot of fun with the kids this year…and they seemed to remember what a lot of the Easter symbols mean.  We also dyed Easter Eggs and each year gets less and less messy–whew!  I can imagine a day where there is no spilled dye.  🙂  The Easter Sunday meal was once again at our place and we enjoyed the company of our dear family.  God has been so good to us.

Selah’s Adoption Day:

Oh happy day! We had a most wonderful and meaningful day yesterday as we celebrated the finalization of our adoption of Selah!  This was a day long in coming for us but was worth every moment of waiting!  It was as though our girly knew exactly what the day was about–she was happy and laughing and clapping and smiling the ENTIRE day–even without a nap! I think our Selah loves being the center of attention 🙂  She was also very affectionate and loving towards all of her family and friends yesterday–randomly giving kisses and smiles to her honored guests!  We couldn’t have imagined a better day–God indeed exceeded every expectation.  Here are some pictures of our day.  I wish I would have remembered to take more pictures!  Thank you to everyone who prayed on our behalf, thought of us, encouraged us, and celebrated with us and with our sweet girly.  Hurray for Selah Marie Louisa Ross!


March 20, 2010

Filed under: Anderson,Family,Firsts,God,homeschool,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 6:16 pm

P is for Potty Training, Puking, and Peek a Boo!

A few weeks ago Maddie learned about the letter P…a few weeks later we still haven’t made it to Q. Apparently, there is a lot of ‘p’ stuff going around our house!

We started “P” Week like we start most of our preschool weeks, discovering what words begin with that letter and sound. AJ right away chimed in…”Pee Pee!” “Poopy!” “Potty!” Ah, the mind of a 3 year old boy! 🙂 But I decided to use it to my advantage. “AJ, wouldn’t it be great to learn how to use the potty like a big boy during our P week???” “YES!,” he exclaimed. And he did. The end.

Amazing!? We were totally shocked! That was all it took! Like a friend of mine said, if I knew it would have been that easy we would have had “P” Week months ago! I guess it just clicked for the guy! Night time has been a bit harder for him, though–he is such a sound sleeper. But we’re so very proud of our big boy!

Then our next week took a turn for the worst and along came “P”uking. Puking is something I wasn’t planning on teaching during “P” Week. However, it became the official theme of “P” Weeks #2 and #3. It all started with dear Maddie. Then she passed it to Selah. We took a few days off and it hit Mommy, then poor Granny got it and came back around to Daddy, who is currently recovering. Amazingly AJ missed out on the Puking lesson…hopefully. We are not going to make physical contact with any families for the next few days to be sure. It was terrible. But in the midst of it God definitely reminded me of His grace and how his plans, though different than mine, are better. In spite of the obvious grossness of it all, we all have been enjoying getting a lot of rest and it has been nice to not run so many errands. And Daddy has been around a lot more…though sadly its involved puke.

A bright and shining moment in our “P” Weeks though has been Selah learning to play Peek-a-boo! She actually has been doing it for a little while now but only recently is removing her hands in a more timely manner 🙂 She would hold her hands up over her face for a LOOOONG time and not until we’d all sort of get tired and give up would she reveal herself. But this week she has been a lot of fun with Peek-a-Boo…using her bibs now too to cover herself up. And she usually is the one to initiate it now, which is really fun. Oh we love our girlie! Tomorrow she will be 10 months old, so be sure to check out our post for her soon. We have some exciting news!