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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby Anna

3 months! 4/17/12
My littlest lady is 3 months old now. Time sure has flown...I am not kidding I literally feel like her birthday was yesterday. But then again I feel like there was never a time she hasn't been a part of this family. It's funny how that works. Either way, she sure had been a special baby and I cannot express my thankfulness for this bean.

Hours after she was born. Sam was still at school
I cried the day I found out she was coming. You can read more about that here. She was the first baby I gave birth to naturally that I didn't cuss during labor. That's special. I had intuition that she was going to be a girl so when we found out for sure, it was no big surprise. There are a few things I find to be super special about having her around and one of those things is her relationship with Renee. Yes, it is one sided right now but still special. When Jamie & I told the kids we were going to welcome a new little one into the family, she immediately began referring to the baby as her little Anna girl. It was so funny, even when you would let her know it was possibly a boy, she'd say "no...that's just my Anna girl!" This went on the whole pregnancy and so of course Jamie and I had to (and wanted to) name her Anna.

Both Aaron and Renee love to get right up in her face. All the time. Anytime she is sitting in her little baby seat or on the bed or the couch they are there. Like little moths to the flame that is Anna. Aaron used to get in huge trouble, pretty often, for laying himself on top of her. Like, son...what are you doing? How many times a day to I have to utter the words Be careful around your sister. Soft touches only. Please don't kill her. Renee loves to have her picture taken with her and will often get real close to her and say cheeeeese just in case you might have a camera handy to capture the moment.

talking to mama
Notice the clock. This is not p.m.
Her birth was fast. It was peaceful. It was at home. My recovery was emotionally and physically one of the harder ones, but I have truly enjoyed having her here!! She's got a sweet disposition, she is my best overnight sleeper so far BUT she loves super late bed times! She is the most vibrant, talkative and active in the still after all of her siblings go to bed. There was a while when she was going to bed between 3 & 4 am. We have that a bit more under control where she is going to bed around midnight and she'll sometimes sleep in til 11 or 12. Oh, she is wired just like her mama! It is a blessing and a curse...

I am really looking forward to this summer- having her in the pool, watching as she learns to grab toys, sit up and develop her little talking skills. I think the more kiddos I have, I really do appreciate the small little milestones. Corny, I know, but I truly have no desire to rush any of it. Oh, I love this little bean and her sweet chubby cheeks!

Cheeks asleep
Cheeks awake

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Late Lundy

If you know anything about me, you probably know I am somewhat of a procrastinator. Ugh. I have literally grown to hate this aspect of my character- is it EVER a good thing? I don't think so...it only seems to get me into trouble! Do you think this is a genetic disorder? Are there pills for this? Ok, I wouldn't take them if there were, but I have begun to wage war against procrastination and I think I can win. I shall choose to refer to myself as a late bloomer.

In the order of my ability to put things off, I present to you my spring wreath. I think this is a step in the right direction since it is, in fact, still the season of spring. I wanted to at least have this baby done by Easter and the supplies have been in my garage since February. You do know that ALL procrastinators, ok maybe not all, but I at least am always full of good intention when it comes to projects, right? I shall blame it on the children. Blame everything on the children. It's like when you're pregnant- you know you will only have that excuse for so long, so you must use it! "oops I shattered a huge jar of spaghetti sauce all over the floor at Target. Clean up on aisle 4!" Haha I'm pregnant: free pass. Never happened...

I digress. Most things somehow always swing back to pregnancy for me. Whatever. Ok, here is the wreath!

Oh p.s. bear with me on the nasty pictures. My camera was sitting on my desk yesterday and it would seem that Aaron "sticky fingers" Lundy done runned off with it. Looked everywhere, no clue where it is. These are cell phone pics. Awesome when you are trying to share details of a project! Oh, well.

 I found this wreath at Goodwill for a buck, but it was super ug-o. Covered in a big ribbon and sparkly pumpkins. But not cute sparkly pumpkins, the old school elementary craft fair kind. So I stripped her clean and had this lovely foundation.

 I went searching in the yard for a twig the right size to span across the bottom of the wreath and wrapped some yarn around it. Then I added this very realistic neon green sparrow...just like nature! After I glued that baby on, I wanted to add some bright, springy flowers. What screams spring better than felt? Nothing, I assure you.

Cut the felt into different sized circles and then spiral cut the middles. Wrap around and you can either glue as you go, or since it sticks to itself pretty good, I just glued the back a little to make sure it wouldn't fall apart.

Close up of the felt flowers once they're done.

After I situated those and got them glued on, I wanted to make a pennant banner for the top. I am into pennant banners right now. Who isn't? I'm a follower...

I just used some cream colored card stock and stamp letters and glued them to twine. Ta da! Banner.

Alright now you can be a procrastinator and make a springtime wreath. Maybe in late July I will share the idea I have for a summer wreath. Or maybe I will share it on September 20th.  


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Yeah or No or Yeah or No....

Let's see here...tomorrow it will be exactly 8 months since my last blog post. 8 months. Why did I start this silly blog anyways? There are probably only like 10 people tops that will even read it. Do I even have the extra time in the day it takes to put together a post? I started it because I am horrible at documenting my sweet little ones and all the amazing things they do and say. I started it because I am so bad at taking pictures of events, holidays and even the little daily things (which was highlighted by the 4 crappy pictures I have of Easter this year). I started this blog because of Aunt Cait in Georgia who loves her Kansas family and is completely deprived of pictures...and all of my family in Michigan who some may not even realize we have 4 kids now!

Aaron does this funny thing sometimes when he asks you a question. He will end his sentence with yeah or no. Mom, can I have chocolate yeah or no? Can I go outside yeah or no? And sometimes if there is not a quick response, there is a repeating of the posed yeah or no question. Can I hold Anna yeah or no? Or yeah or no?

So now, after 8 months of not blogging I shall pose the question: Do I wish to preserve family memories and have an outlet for all the things that run through my brain yeah or no? I think yeah.  I am going to remember the importance and joy of recording the early years and all the adventures that happen in Lundy Land!

I shall now leave you with the solemn vow that I will do much
better at being a blogging mama...and some of my top faves from Easter. Notice the amazing, crystal clear quality and perfect poses.
I need help...

Amazing attempt at a partial family picture.

Renee at her finest

What's a holiday without a little time out?

That girl loves her Amanda!
Egg Hunting with Aunt Tara
Aaron hanging with Uncle Eric
The Uncles!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I'm back BABY

It's been long enough since I last posted. I don't want to give up on my little blog, but it sure has been hard to post anything in the last few months. I'm sure most anyone reading this has heard the news that Baby Lundy #4 is well on his/ her way! I am about 17 weeks- EXCITING!!! I know! So why did I cry when I found out I was pregnant? (and no, they weren't tears of joy). Why did Jamie ask if he could give me a hug or if I wanted to hit him first (while obviously concealing a grin of pure delight) when I revealed the news?

Have you ever heard of a nasty little thing called Hyperemesis Gravidarum? There is a chance that you haven't unless personally touched by this disease...it only affects 0.3%-2.0% of pregnant women. I knew when that little line showed up on the test what I was in for. The best way I can define it is having unceasing stomach flu for months and months...The Hyperemesis Education & Research Foundation defines it as a severe form of morning sickness, with unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. Yeah, if the thought of that doesn't make you cry, you are tough my friend! I have been through this 3 times before, with varying levels of severity, but it never gets easy.

My family suffers with me. Sam understands, he's old enough to know what is going on. He makes beds on the couch for me (including sweet little stuffed animals on my pillow), he brings me anything I need and helps out with the little ones. But he loses a companion for Monopoly Deal, our favorite card game. Walks with his mama up to the park, runs to get frozen yogurt in the evening and simple things like that. I think it has become completely normal to my toddlers to see me laying on the couch in the middle of the day. For a while, there were daily tears out of frustration and exhaustion but life with a family keeps going! They are wanting to snuggle or read a book and all I am focused on is their position to my stomach, making sure it won't get sat on and that they are being as still as possible.

One very cool thing that has come of these seasons is seeing things about my husband that I really don't think I would ever have the opportunity to see otherwise. That man is incredible, and I am not using that term lightly! He brings me breakfast in bed everyday- 2 fried eggs, a piece of toast and sometimes a slice of bacon. He patiently waits on me to be ready to get up, while keeping the kids occupied. He tells me daily how beautiful I am and how he is here to serve me in any way I need. He does all of the cooking, picking up and laundry on top of working two jobs. Oh, did I mention I might have heard him complain about this maybe once ever...but I'm not even sure about that one. He engages the kids with playtime and runs errands that need to be run. Frankly he does my job, but actually better than me!

Then comes my mama...oh yes the saint in commoners clothes. She will come over when Daddy leaves for work, feed my babies dinner, do any dishes that are in the sink, clean my bathroom and entertain the kids. If I am feeling well, which has been happening more and more these days, we will go to her house. She will feed us dinner there, let my babies make a big mess of their toys, Papa will take them swimming in the pool and I will leave late enough that they'll be asleep by the time we get home. Ah, yes. That is the routine.

So that is what has been going on around here since late May. Add to the mix that my bestie Shannon is expecting also and is due like 2 weeks after me. We seem to like being pregnant together, but she has also experienced what it is like to be super sick and there were weeks where I felt like I hadn't talked to her at all!

I am amazed at the Lord's mercies during these hard times in life. When you are forced to be quiet and only the most pressing needs are able to be addressed, there is a peace there. He is in charge of this illness. He is holding my family in His hand. He is guiding my husband, giving him the proper ability to care for our family.

Since I went through my entire first pregnancy having no idea what this horrible condition was or how to treat it, I would encourage anyone who sees these tendencies in someone they know, or in your own pregnancies, to get educated about HE. There are babies lost to this disease, by malnutrition and also abortion out of desperation. This is the best resource out there right now...

I will post baby bump pictures this weekend...I am going to my sister in law's bridal shower on Sunday and I will probably do my hair and put on some make-up. Sounds like a good time for a picture to me!

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'll take "Any Excuse To Craft" for $500, Alex.

Ahh...it's been almost a month again since my last post. I was feeling guilty, but I thought...nobody else cares, so why should I! My guilt-free post today is a super easy and fabulous EASTER CRAFT!!! Ok, I am not sure if it is a productive addiction, or a non-productive one since I should probably spend this free time folding laundry or cleaning something. But where oh where is the fun in that?!? So, because I look for any good excuse to make a craft, Easter it is :)

I shall call this one flower in a bucket. I am so. so. creative, I know! I saw these amazing little tin buckets in all the most Eastery Easter colors at Target in February...because we all know how important it is to get Easter rollin as soon as Valentine's Day is over...you can just sprinkle in the St. Patrick's Day as you go. Anyways, I saw these and I had to do something with them! I bought a bunch and decided to figure out the details later.

I am involved in a breastfeeding support group that has become so so dear to me. We are The Kansas City Breastfeeding Support Group (yes, we are on facebook in case you were wondering) and I help lead with 6 of the most amazing ladies I could know. They weekly pour into the lives of mamas who are on the adventure that is breastfeeding. Some of the moms have literally been breastfeeding for weeks, some for many years. But, my sweet co-leaders work so hard to love on and support these women that I thought it would be nice to show them how much I appreciate them. How do I do that, I asked myself? Oh. Duh. CRAFT! So, because I know that most of these women will probably glance at this baby at some point between now and Wednesday- SURPRISE! This is what you are getting from me. Because of your sheer fabulousness. So here is what I came up with:

Things you will need. Or Supplies. Whatever you want to call it. Just get them. And bring them to a table.

fabric, bucket, floral tape, hot glue gun, wooden skewer, hair clip, pin, felt        

 lil' tip: make sure your fabric is double sided- it makes a huge difference! 

The first task it to get your flower petals ready. You will want to cut your fabric into circles- about 2" in diameter. I just used a jar as a guide and traced around the lip.

lil' tip: double stack your fabric when you cut your circles to get two per cut- goes way faster!

You will probably use anywhere from 6 to 10 petals per flower depending on how dense you want it. Once you have your circles, fold them into quarters and then round out the corners. This will make for a pretty, soft look.

This is what it looks like unfolded.

       Take your felt and make a smaller circle. This will serve as the base you will glue your petals to.
I used a tablespoon for size and traced around it.
With the petal folded in quarters, use your hot glue gun to glue the tips of the petals to the base. Start in the middle and then add them where you want them. Fluff them out if you want a bigger flower with less petals. Squeeze as many on as you can for a more dense look. This is where your creative eye will come in!

lil' tip: use your scissors and hot glue gun once your petals are all on there to even everything out, fill gaps and make your flower look just like you want it.

Here is what my finished product looked like. I did a fluffier flower for this craft.

Next, hot glue a hair clip or a pin to the felt so you can put the flower where you want it. You can find packs of these for el cheapo at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby. Since I am after versatility, I put both!

Now it is time for the stem. Get your skewer or dowel rod and cover it up with the floral tape. I chose a skewer instead of a dowel because I wanted the sharp end to pierce through styrofoam to allow the flower to stand up in the bucket. You can also just hot glue a dowel into the bucket if that is all you have.

So after the skewer is ready, just use the hair clip to fasten the flower to the top of it. Cut the skewer down to the right size for the bucket you have. I took a little square of styrofoam, taped it into the bottom of the bucket and stabbed the skewer through it- it stands upright beautifully! You can cover the bottom up with whatever you want...moss, Easter grass, candy, or plastic eggs. I put some green tissue paper in there so it would look like some leaves on the flower.

close up of the flower

flower in a bucket

Since I am a die hard, self admitted chocoholic, you know I have to fill my bucket with some of that goodness! I chose Cadbury candy coated chocolate eggs and a few Reese's cups for good measure. Mmm!

That's all I have for now...I am hoping to get in a few more Easter crafts before it's here, but being the procrastinator it would seem I am, don't hold your breath ;) But be really surprised and then proud of me when I do get some up. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Update! The sanctification process CAN be ugly, that's all I'm saying.

Hmm...thought I should probably do a little follow uppin after my rainy day post. Fill y'all in on the dirt, the what's happening now. I have really appreciated all the kind words and support that everyone extended after that post. It really helped. Really! Sometimes, even though it does not make it necessarily easier, it is nice to know people have been there (and made it to the other side).

I have learned much of the Lord's mercy lately. Yes, in the Lamentations 3:22-23 "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." kind of a way- most definitely! 
coffee: God's morning mercies :)

But even more than that, He has brought me to Psalm 119:156 "Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your rules."

But mostly, this is the type of mercy that is hitting it home for me right now. I challenge you to read through this passage and marinate in it. It is truly profound. Titus 3:3-7 "For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

That is the mercy that is beautiful. That is the mercy that will bring you to a point of allowing Him to come in and do a good work. That is the mercy that allows me to have genuine heartfelt praise in the midst of hardship. Though circumstances might not change right away...He will mend your heart and make it well!

He has me in a growing season...anyone there? WOW. I suppose it is appropriate being that we are entering Spring. It is awe inspiring and wrecklessly frustrating all at once. The GOD of the UNIVERSE cares enough about my holiness to step in to my world and carefully walk me down paths that I would not ever choose myself. And why? Love. To bring Him glory. To grow me and make me walk closer to Him. Incredible!
I'm the middle bud, back row.

Hopefully what I'll look like when
He's done  ------->

Ok, all Spring analogies aside (sorry, but I love tulips! They had to make their way into the post somehow!) this is what I know: I know that being a mama to little ones is challenging. But I also know that it is far more fun, amusing, exhilarating, life-changing and precious than it is challenging.The Lord has entrusted these immortal souls to me while they dwell here on this earth. I know I have the amazing responsibility of shaping their view of God and hopefully walking with them and discipling them into their own relationship with the Living God.

I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for using this part of my life to deepen me. To make me wiser and more joyful! He could have just let every day go smoothly and with no suffering, but where would that leave my need for Him? No, he loves me too much not to let me suffer. What a good and gracious God :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Peculiar, but in a good way.

It was Saturday evening and you know what THAT means. Oh, get your mind out the gutter- we went to the farm! A lovely visit to Peculiar Farm...yes, that's my in-laws' place! Ok, well it is still more of a sprawling homestead, but it stuns me every time I visit how much it has grown!

Andy setting up Jamie's new AR 15
The boys (the big ones) wanted to head out to do some shooting. My hubs just got a new toy and he had to test it out. I was in it for the animals! The Carter family came out as well and you know if there are guns involved, Mr. Andy Vincent will be there. So out in the field they went, including my 8..almost 9...year old son. If you didn't know this about him already, I will fill you in: he is obsessed with guns. Obsessed. He has this Dictionary of Guns he will carry around with him and memorize things about guns- old and new, doesn't matter! He was in hog heaven out there- and he got to shoot a .22 for the first time! I won't mention the old toilets they were decimating as their targets...too redneck for MY blog.

 We took the littles out to the back field to watch them shoot for a bit. Yes that is my bestie, nursing a baby in a field. Watching gun action. That is how we ROLL!
What? You don't like when I  BITE?!?
 Somewhere on the other side of the farm, this is what was going on- lots of visiting with the animals! They have lots of goats and chickens, guinea hens and bunny rabbits. This is why I like to visit!

Meet Feta. This is Renee's own little goat that G'pa Bob and G'ma Jo gave her when they got her...she used to bottle feed her and now she just adores this goat! The whole time we were visiting she only wanted to follow Feta, pet Feta, feed Feta...I lub my Feta Mama!

What were the little boys up to? Helping! Isaiah wanted to do some WORK. So, he...
Helped feed the bunnies

Feed the Goats


Collect the eggs

Renee was helping Grandpa Bob, too (a quick break from Feta)

Little Joshie was just busy having a ball...and possibly terrorizing the animals, but whatev.

Very brave around the goats! He loved it!

Aaron & Kai patiently waiting to go inside and get warmed up!        

We ended the day with dinner...pizza! Fresh off the farm MMMmmmm good!
That's a handsome brood if I've ever seen one!

All in all we had a blast and are looking forward to many many more visits once the weather gets warm. Yes, I live in the suburbs and I am a complete and total wuss. I embrace that.