Monday, April 27, 2009

Returning June 5

Hi everyone. There is much going on with the MeyPfan family right now. I'm glad to share with individual friends, but I'm not really at the point where I'm ready to air all on the internet. Given all of that and my insane school schedule, I will be largely on a blogging hiatus until June 5 (which is my last day of school). There will be occasional posts with cute pictures of the girls, but for those of you who check my blog daily and are constantly disappointed, just hang on until June 5, when there will again be a deluge of posting. Love to all--

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rubber Duckie, You're the One

Though it is a day late, here's my Twos-Day.... two cute two pass up! :)

This is Bryn two years ago, originally posted here. We were at the Children's Museum, and she discovered this huge duck in the water exhibit in the Playscape area. She loved it so much that she pulled it out of the water and tried to run out the door with it.

I actually hadn't seen that duck at the Children's Museum for quite some time, and I kind of assumed that he had retired. However, on our most recent trip, he was back, and Shay immediately went for him. Here's her look of thrilled discovery upon first glance:
While Shay was content to play with him in his own "pond" rather than displaying the same criminal tendencies as her sister, it looks like this guy is still a hit!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wordless x2

Hey, I've got two cute girls, so I can post two Wordless Wednesdays! Suggest captions for either or both? Make sure you specify which girl. :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

They're Growing Like Bunnies!

This week's Twos-Day and another few instances of Easter cuteness.....

Here are Ben and Shay last Easter (2008). Use this as a point of comparison for how big Shay-Shay has gotten and what a "little person" she has become!

Likewise, here are Bryn and me last Easter. I remember thinking what a big girl Bryn was then; funny how little she looks by comparison now! Sorry, no shots of me and Ben this year.

Bryn was incredibly proud of her "round," meaning dress (we think her word for it is some version of "gown"). She marched right into her Sunday school class to show it off, whereas she usually cries and begs to come to "big church" with me and Ben. (Note to self: get her really dressed up every week! :)) Shay was fascinated by the bunny ears and didn't want to keep them on for our photo shoot, although she did later wear them around the house for all of Monday afternoon.

I thought this "action shot" was just too precious. It really demonstrates our girls.... Shay, wanting to examine everything and keep up with her big sister, and Bryn, shouting, "No, Baby Shay!" as Shay does something she doesn't approve of. :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Excellent Eggs

We had a festive Easter at the MeyPfan house. Bryn had a party in her class at nursery school on Thursday, so that got her all excited. We went to the Bburg Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. There were literally thousands of people there. Bryn was in the ages 3-4 group, and she would run up to a big pile of candy, point excitedly and say "Look, Mommy!," then pick up one piece of candy and move on. Shay was in the 2 and under group. She picked up a few eggs for her own basket, and then she noticed a little boy who was crying because he wanted to eat his one piece of candy right away. Sweet little girl that she is, she then hunted and found four more eggs, all of which she deposited in his basket instead of her own. Both girls then spent the rest of the weekend eating huge amounts of candy.... which was only heightened by our family egg hunt on Sunday morning! Here's Shay in action....

Another fun activity was dying hard-boiled eggs. Shay watched the entire process in fascination but was not inclined to join in. Here's Bryn with her finished product. She's wearing the "Easter egg crown" that she made in her class, which she went and found and put on once she realized what we were doing. Her hands are on her face because she's "showing us a smile." :)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


I have never actually bought matching outfits for my kids, but after seeing how cute they are in these outfits from Grandma Diane, I may just have to start the habit. :)

Monday, April 06, 2009

Makes My Monday

A blog that I enjoy always posts accounts of what "Makes My Monday." I thought that as today was my first day back to work after spring break, it would do me some good to sit down and think about what was actually good about the day, rather than just bemoaning my back-to-work status. So here are the best things in my day (in order of occurrence):

1. special back-to-school breakfast of a frozen carmel and a chocolate-chip bagel with hazelnut cream cheese from Panera

2. listening to Chris Tomlin's "Love," performed with the Watoto Children's Choir ("Hello Love" cd, track 6)

3. when one of my Brit Lit students told me that just this semester, he has finally started reading for pleasure (the second kid to tell me that this year--I'd like to think it's my influence ;))

4. sitting on the couch with Bryn and Shay on my lap, cuddling and reading stories

5. watching Ben, Bryn, and Shay dance around the living room to the sound of Ben beatboxing

Cinderella in Technicolor

Magic Marker Monday:
Bryn's latest hobby is painting. She loves to close herself in the red room, sitting alone at her little desk with some paint, and create masterpieces. Clearly her canvas is always that of the princess, since that's where her interests lie. She has now progressed to using multiple colors per picture, and she is her typical obsessive self about making sure that every single centimeter of the actual picture is covered with paint. Here, you can see a recent masterpiece of her hero, Cinderella.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Sunday Song: "Enough"

I mentioned yesterday that we went to a Chris Tomlin concert last week. Chris is an amazing Christian artist, and I love basically every song he does. So I was already toying with the idea of having one of his songs be my first "Sunday Song," but I wasn't sure which one. Then we sang this one again at church last night, and it really seems to sum up a lot of things about my life lately.

I also mentioned yesterday that I had a doctor's appointment two Fridays ago. At that appointment, we learned that I am (yet again) not pregnant and will have to continue the seemingly endless process of much medication, blood draws, tests, constantly feeling sick, etc. We had been so, so hopeful that it would work out this month, and the news was very, very upsetting for us.

When Chris did this song at the concert on Friday night, I started crying. I wasn't ready then to talk about this with anybody, but I was thinking just how overwhelmed by life I felt, and how lately, I've been so fixated on wanting another baby and all the difficulties with being a working mom that I really haven't been feeling that God alone is "more than enough for me."

Being at home the last week has really helped me to put my priorities in perspective again. It was amazing how differently I felt singing this song at church last night than I did just a week ago hearing it at the concert. I know that I (and most Christians, I would assume) struggle with the idea of letting God be "enough" for them, rather than worrying about and striving for all the things of this world. So this song is my prayer this week, that I will continue to grow toward this place:

"Enough" by Chris Tomlin

All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You are my supply
My breath of life
And still more awesome than I know
You are my reward
worth living for
And still more awesome than I know

All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You’re my sacrifice
Of greatest price
And still more awesome than I know
You’re the coming King
You are everything
And still more awesome than I know

More than all I want
More than all I need
You are more than enough for me
More than all I know
More than all I can say
You are more than enough for me

Sunday Funny: Phonecall with Cinderella

The other day as we were driving to the museum, Bryn and Shay were both playing with their toy cell phones in the car. Bryn's has Cinderella on it, and Shay's has Belle. Probably because of these graphics, Bryn loves to pretend to talk to Cinderella on her phone. Here's the conversation between Bryn and me:

Me: Brynie, what are you doing?

Bryn: Talkin' to Cinderella.

Me: Oh really? How is she?

Bryn: She really busy.

Me: Oh? What's she doing?

Bryn: She dancing with the Prince.

Me: (laughing)

Bryn: Mommy, I need to go talk to her. (jabbering into phone) Oh really, Cinderella? That so sweet!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Do I need to renew my subscription?

Following is a transcript of a voicemail that my (very funny) father left me yesterday:

"Um, yes, hello. I subscribe to your blog, and I have recently received a subscription renewal form. But I'm wondering if I should renew, since really, the content never changes. Nothing new has been added in over a week. I don't know if this means that the blog has been discontinued, or if I need to renew my subscription to view the new material, or if there is some kind of technical difficulty..... Anyway, I would appreciate som information before I choose to renew. Thank you."

Haha. Okay, but really, I know I haven't posted lately. This is (as I told my dad) because I have been too busy having a life lately to write about it. This week has been my spring break, and my big goal has been to do something fun with the girls every single day. Here's a basic transcription of our week:

Thursday - my last day of school. I also went to the hospital to meet our friends' Cathy and Eric's newest bundle of joy, Samuel Elijah. Such a cutie!

Friday - early morning (disappointing) doctor's appointment. Then a trip to the library with Kristin and the girls, followed by a lunch out. Then naps all around, and then Dad and Diane rolled into town. Lauren (our regular sitter) watched the girls that night while Ben, Kristin, Dad, and Diane and I went to a Chris Tomlin concert--very fun!

Saturday - Dad, Diane, Kristin, and her boyfriend Brian accompanied me, Ben, and the girls to the zoo, where we had a great time checking out the Waters and Plains areas. Our power went out on Saturday night, so Ben and I spent about an hour laughing hysterically as Bryn chased Shay around the house with a flashlight, having a fantastic time.

Sunday - We worked in the church nursery in the morning, then loaded up the girls and headed out for Chicago. We had dinner with my old friend Maria that night (and I marvelled at how clean one is able to keep a home where no children live), then settled in at a hotel. In a dramatic shifting of roles, Shay was the one who refused to sleep all night.

Monday - After quite the sleepless night, we headed out for the Shedd Aquarium. The girls loved the fish, turtles, and frogs, and Bryn was totally fascinated by the tanrantula (Mommy was not excited about this!), but disappointingly, the penguins and dolphins weren't available. We stopped at Fair Oaks Farms (exit 220 on 65N) on our way back to Indy and totally fell in love with the place. Best homemade cheese and ice cream I have ever tasted, and games and tour for the kids, including getting to see brand-new baby cows! We're already planning a trip to spend the whole day at the farm when the weather gets nicer.

Tuesday - Bryn spent most of Monday night pining over her friend Chris (more on this later--it's so cute it has to get its own post!), so we had him over to play on Tuesday. Chris loves being a big brother to baby Sam, but he was also happy to get some Brynie time. The kids painted and played all morning and had a fabulous time. We also had small group this night, so Bryn and Shay had quite the full day of playing with friends.

Wednesday - Yet another doctor's appointment for me, and then the girls and I went to a local storytime. The three of us then went out to lunch at Pizza Hut, which I have learned is an AMAZING deal for parents of small children. Kids 3 and under eat free on the lunch buffet, so all 3 of us were stuffed by the time we left for a very small amount of $$.

Thursday - The girls and I met up with Kathleen (and Emily) and Nancy (and Max) at the Children's Museum. The place was totally mobbed--I had to sit in traffic on the road of the museum for nearly 20 minutes before being able to pull into the lot. But the crowds were mostly 1) school age children who were off for spring break and 2) people who wanted to see the new Star Wars exhibit, so we spent the whole morning in the Playscape area (little kids only), which wasn't any more crowded than usual. Both Bryn and Shay ran around, checking everything out and having a great time, and I had my hands full chasing down both of them. :) But darn that 3-year-old memory, because as we were leaving, Bryn started crying, "I want to see Superman! I want to see the dragons! I want to ride on the horsies!" Basically, she had remembered all the other exhibits that we hadn't been to yet. This led to....

Friday - Another trip to the museum, just us this time. Sat in traffic again to get in. We went to real exhibits this time, and it was ridiculously, insanely crowded. It was really hard to keep track of both girls in the crowds, and Shay was super cranky because she had woken up that morning with a cold. So we only stayed for about an hour and a half before escaping to the (relative) quiet of our house. We spent Friday night on the couch watching "Lois and Clark" episodes, which is one of my favorite family activities. :)

Saturday - We went to the library this morning, and then we went to church tonight, followed by dinner out with my friend Jill. Shay is still cranky from her cold, but we had a nice day overall.

So as you can see, we've had plenty of fun this week. I have also met my goal of putting in at least an hour of schoolwork (usually more) every day, and as soon as I post this, I'm back to work at that to get ready to return to school on Monday. I'm really not looking forward to that, as being at home with the girls this week has totally reminded me how much I liked being a stay-at-home mom and getting to spend every day playing with them. But, SIGH, life costs money, so off to work I go.

Anyway, in an effort to get myself organized, I have compiled a bit of a schedule for future posts:
Sunday - Sunday Funnies, then Song of the Week
Monday - Magic Marker Monday, then Makes My Monday
Tuesday - Twos-Day
Wednesday - Wordless Wednesday
Thursday - Thursday Thirteen
Friday - Friday Fill-Ins
Saturday - Our Week in Review

I don't think I'll do just those posts, or necessarily do those posts every week, but it's a nice little way to keep myself organized so I always have a motivator to hop onto Blogger and say hello. :)

So yes, Dad, you should go ahead and renew your subscription.... and the rest of you should too!