Saturday, July 26, 2014

Picking Those Berries

These are from a few weeks back when we went berry picking.  We ended up with some baskets of blackberries and blueberries...excluding all the ones that Nora ate.  That was little girl's self-imposed task:  dominate the blackberries and leave with a full belly!  Elise was perfectly content picking berries galore...until the end when she had a heat-induced meltdown.  Oh well, so it goes with two year olds.

Overall it was quite fun.  Check it below ;)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Their First Fourth

I finally dusted off my beloved camera (it'd been far too long...this moving-cross-country transition has caused me to live in the moment and bringing out the camera just hasn't been priority).  The girls had really cute, festive outfits and we wanted to go to a local park for a "hike," so that seemed like a fitting time for a photo op.  (I know, I know, "hiking" in dresses, haha).

These were all shot in manual and are completely unedited...but I just wanted to get them off the camera and on the computer.  I mean, I know I'm their Mama, but SERIOUSLY!? These girls are stinkin' cute! ;)
Their first Fourth of July celebrated in America...success :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Whirlwind Weeks

To say these past three or so weeks (or maybe even month!?) have been a whirlwind...well, I think that might just be an understatement.  It's been caaa-raaa-zzzy! 

We packed up all our belongings, moved to a hotel for a few nights, cleaned our old place, handed in the keys, hopped on a plane, survived a plane ride ( was rough to say the least), and now we're back in the Land o' Target...and I, for one, am pretty happy about that :) 

We were greeted at the airport with happy, smiling faces of friends and family and then after a much needed meal were taken to "our" house where everything was waiting for us in perfect order.  It was completely humbling and we are more than grateful.

I actually, shamefully, have not picked up my big camera.  I'll blame it on the fact that we are still settling in and things are kind of all over the place...but really I could also blame the fact that my iphone is so stinkin' convenient to grab and snap photos with...ugh, iphone (yet, I love thee).

So, here's a smorgasbord of iphone photos from the last few weeks (actually most of these are from this past week here).  Some of these have made it onto Instagram (I'm @palmerponderings), but most of them are just moments I clicked and need to put here for future remembering.
 Some light reading on the flight over :)
My long awaited Target trip...I was incredibly excited.
 Having grass in our backyard has been such a gift.  The girls have already been taking advantage of it.
 Someone found a friend in the mirror!
 Just her size :)
 Daddy has LOVED having the opportunity to get these girls involved in some outdoorsy things...above, riding the lawnmower, and below fishing with WORMS!
And grandparent time has been enjoyed by all.

Needless to say, it's been an intense last few weeks, but great too.  We're still soaking it all in...and trying to catch up on sleep too ;) We're thankful!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cute Elise Phrases

This girl, ya'll.  She makes us laugh.  A lot.  These are some of the current "Elise-isms" she's throwing around these days...and we totally dig how adorable she is when she says 'em :)

"olib oil" - olive oil

"I'm jor-jus"- I'm gorgeous :)

Calls her watch a "watcher" and the vacuum a "vacuumer."  For instance, "Mommy, I want to wear my watcher."

When I tell her she's my favorite two and a half year old she responds with "I'm two years old half."

"astanau" - astronaut

"What do you want to pray for, Elise?"
- "Jesus, and Mary, and Joseph, and Grandma, and Grandpa, and Memommy, and Gigi, and cows..."(hahaha)

"I like your...armpit." (big grin)

"I have a fro-ing pain." - I have a growing pain.
Love this lil chickie.  Love, love 'er.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Things I've Learned Living Overseas

We leave in a few short weeks to head back to the states and it's been the source of some reflection for me.  I wanted to think over the last few years and compile a list of some lessons learned.

This is by no means a comprehensive's only meant to be a list to remind me in the future of how God has molded, shaped, and allowed me to be challenged over the past three years :)
*Learning A New Language - this has by no means been a piece of cake.  Slavic languages are NO JOKE.  So being a challenging language in the first place, then add in the birth of two babies and becoming parents, and well, I'm just glad I've been able to get this far :)  I'm thankful I've learned to communicate and can get around town with my Slovak.  God's grace, for sure.

*How To Be A Family - we've had lots of time just the four of us to learn and grow.  There hasn't been much help (not like having family nearby) and at times we've felt alone, but it's also strengthened us as a new family.  J and I have really learned to work together as a team, which has been a good thing.  Of course this is a process and we'll continue to learn how to work together as a family, but these three years have been important ones.
*Driving Manual - Haha! I was so nervous about doing this in the beginning, but thanks to Sonya and the hubs, I slowwwwwly gained confidence and can now say I'm a legit manual driver.  Now, it's still not my favorite thing to do, but I can get from place to place and feel generally ok about it.  That's success in my book!

*Contentment - I've been learning to strive for full contentment in Him.  I think this is a lifelong lesson, but I've been consistently reminded of the importance of contentment in Christ over these past three years. 
*Navigate A Large City - When we first came I was so intimidated at the thought of getting lost in the city.  I was oh so nervous about catching buses, trams, trains, etc.  It was intense for me having come from a city (and country) where everyone just mostly drives from place to place.  But slowly I've grown confident in my city-navigating skills and now fearlessly can get from almost any place in the city to another.  Yesssss!

*Appreciation of Technology - Man, technology makes the world a smaller place! Thanks to Skype and my iphone, we've been able to keep in touch with our family and friends from around the world...I don't take technology for granted these days.
*His Plan Is Bigger - The biggest lesson I've learned while being over here.  And I, again, think this lesson is a lifelong one as well.  It's so easy for me to have plans in my mind and heart, but at the end of the day I realize all over again that I am just plain and simple, not in control.  He's got it planned out and I am but a small, small part of it all.  I'm sooooo still learning this and will continually be, I think.

Some of these lessons learned are simpler, others are a bit more heartfelt, but either way I've been learning a lot.  Bottom line:  We've experienced challenge, joy, hardship, love, fun, friends, disappointment, and a whole plethora of other things during our time here...and we're thankful for it all.
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