through their eyes {a letter to my girls}

My sweet girls, Sometimes I wish I could see the world through your eyes.

Jess, those hazel eyes that light up when Daddy walks in a room and the way you react when you try something new. Zo, those baby blues that squeal with delight over a kitty or a baby.

But mostly, your innocence. You don't understand true heartbreak.

I want to see the world through a filter of joy and newness. The way you see it.

IMG_1400 IMG_0592

The way you squeal with delight over a cookie. How a slide is a giant adventure and must seem SO big to you.

I pray everyday that you will not live in fear of the unknown. Life can be scary and things happen that we don't understand. But our Jesus is bigger than all of it. He hold us in His arms and nothing can separate us from Him! I wish I could protect you from all the evil of this world, and shield those tiny eyes and hearts from hurt, but unfortunately that's part of this world. I pray that you cling to Jesus and trust in Him. There's no need to fear things in life when you have Him.

Don't ever forget that Daddy's arms are the safest place in the world. He protects us and always will. Follow Daddy and allow him to guide you, and look to Mommy as you grow. Watch how Mommy respects and honors Daddy and how we are a team. Know that our heavenly Daddy is our first love, and that's the only way we love each other as unconditionally as we do. We hope we can set the greatest example we know how for you.

Even though I want you to learn and grow, sometimes I wish I could keep you little forever.

Bottle up your energy and love for life.

IMG_0236 IMG_0443

Keep looking at life through those precious eyes, and keep showing me how to see the world the way you do. You teach me every day of the true importance in my life. You make every moment worth it. The two of you have taught me more in less than 3 years about life than I have learned in the 26 years before I knew you.

Thank you for that. Thank you for the joy. For the giggles and stolen kisses. For the innocence. For each and every moment.

Thank you for showing me life through your eyes.

I love you thiiiiiiiiiiis much (and so much more), Mama 

#coffeedate friday - jessi vlogs

Happy Friday friends!! I've been super busy planning for an Oklahoma Blogger Meet Up (yay!!!) that's happening tonight, so I didn't have time to do a vlog.  I'm thrilled we are be teaming up with The Vintage Pearl, Pinkitzel & Passionfruit Ads to host this event. We will do a bunch of awesome giveaways, get to know each other better and eat yummy cupcakes. I might eat a few cupcakes. Yum. I'll share all about it on Monday! Anywho. So I'm linking up with Alissa & Nat today for Coffee Date Friday. Wouldn't it be fun if we were all having coffee together this morning?? Someday when we all live in blog land we will. They asked this week what we do to remember to choose joy in the midst of craziness. The holiday season can be CRAAAAA-ZEEEEE. I've been super busy already and I know it's not exactly going to slow down the next 6 weeks.

I'm starting to plan our advent calendar and SUPER excited about it this year. We did it for the first time last year, and Jessi had a blast. Zoey kinda slept through most of it, but I'm thrilled for both girls to enjoy it this year. It's something like this that reminds me daily what the holidays are ALL about. To focus on my family and pointing them to Jesus. I love the craziness!

Shameless plug: Have you thought about Christmas Cards yet? Be sure and check mine out!!

Maybe I didn't get a chance to make a vlog this week, but Jessi Girl did. She told me "Mommy, I want to make a video like you do!!". So she did. Enjoy. 

sisters

They are really starting to play together. And fight. And love each other. And fight some more.

They play games. They make believe together. They chase and kiss and hug and tackle.

It's so fun to watch them enjoy each other and start learning how to really share. Share their time and love with Mommy & Daddy.

Everything I dreamed of when having sisters. I'm so thankful for them and how close they will be.

sisters1sisters2sisters3sisters4sisters5sisters6sisters7

 I cherish these tiny moments of joy, and know that in 30 seconds they will both be crying and upset about one of them making Elmo disappear off the phone and the other taking her sister's stuffed animal. 

Because in 12 years it will be fights about boys and sharing shoes.

I'm so thankful for Elmo and stuffed animals. Boys and shoes can wait. 

---------------

I'm linking up!

two and a half

Wow, I can't believe we are already halfway through 2. SIX months until this little princess turns 3. And a princess she is. She makes sure we know that about 87.4 million times a day. Which is pretty stinking adorable. I'm loving this age!! Watching her vocabulary explode and learning new things every day. She's a really fantastic kid. It's been a interesting transition for her as baby sis turns into a toddler, but she's doing great. Not a fan of sharing all the time, but she will get there. Not much choice in our family! She's really an easy toddler and a great big sister. She's learning to stall bedtime and it takes Daddy an extra 10 minutes to get out the door every day because she knows how to stall that process too. She loves watching "shows" and playing princess with her dolls toys. Her imagination is getting huge! She likes to make up games, and have the dog chase her around the house while she eggs him on with a cracker or piece of cheese. She loves going to the zoo and playing at the park. She's potty trained and has been for 6 months (expect for night time, not ready to conquer that!).

I adore this girl and her precious heart!! 

We wanted to do something to remember this age and all the things she likes, so we did a little interview with her!

What's your name? Jessika. I'm Jessika Kaye James.

How old are you? Two. I'm two!

What color is your hair? Blue. Yeah, white!

What color are your eyes? Blue.

What's your favorite food? Stop asking me questions!! 

What's your favorite toy? My babies

What's your favorite song? Jesus Loves Me this I know! For the bible tells me so!!!!!!!

What's your favorite animal? Giraffe. He sticks his tongue out like this: AHHHHHHHHH

What's your favorite show? Veggie Tales

Who are your best friends? My mom and dad!!

Who sleeps in your bed with you? Rupert

How old is Mommy? Two

How old is Daddy? One

What do you like to do while Zoey naps? Mommy paint my pretty toes! I need to watch a show now.

What chores do you help Mommy with? I put the clothes on the floor! 

oh, the places she will go {a potty training update}

It's been a while since I've given a potty training update, so I wanted to fill you in on where we are after 3 months of potty training! Well, I'm pleased to say it was a breeze. She did absolutely fabulous and I'm really impressed with how well she rocked that potty. Yes, the first week was ROUGH. But that's totally expected. Jessi was 23 months old when we started full on potty training, and she was completely ready. Check out more on the first week: Day One, Day Two & Day Three.

Accidents happened a lot over that first month. A lot. And they would be in the strangest places. TWICE she peed straight into the floor air vents. TWICE. I was dreading the day we had to turn on the a/c, afraid the house would be filled with a lovely scent (thankfully that didn't happen). She figured out that if she would pee while in timeout, it would rescue her from timeout. Or so she thought. Little did she know it meant she had to sit in her own pee until it was time to get up :) And I can't even count the number of times she went in her high chair. One day she sat on one of my favorite pillows and made that the potty. Needless to say that went straight into the trash.

Unfortunately she still hasn't learned that the potty is yucky and it's not a place to play. I caught her here just a few days ago. Just playing in the water. Y-U-C-K.

Once we got over the hump of random accidents, it was pretty smooth sailing! She rarely has accidents any more, and her naptime diapers are typically dry. We've been staying in diapers while in bed because we aren't quite ready to worry about nighttime training.

Overall, potty training was pretty easy and fun with Jessi! I'm so proud of her and how well she's done! Potty trained before she turned two was my goal and she did it!!!