Thursday, March 19, 2015

Excuses, excuses.

Lately Asher has taken to using some pretty sophisticated excuses for misbehavior:

He was turning the volume up on the computer and I said "Asher, you aren't supposed to touch that, so you're disobeying me." 

He replied, with a very hurt expression, "I just thought it would be FUNNY."

Then today he was playing with my hair dryer (he uses it as a gun and holds it up and says "shoot!" to everything...) and I looked out from my room and he had the guiltiest expression on his face.

"What are you doing?" 
"I'm gonna plug it in." (Standing right by the outlet.)
"No, I don't want you to do that. It's dangerous and you're not allowed to play with plugs."
"I just wanted to make you laugh!" (Again, said with a wounded voice.)

(Picture from back when we were potty-training for about 3 days before I called it off for a while.)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Best Boy

Steps for Putting Asher to Bed:
1. "Can I have some milk?"
2. Read 2-3 books (after several are vetoed) while child drinks milk.
3. Brush teeth as hard as I can for as long as little shark teeth will let me. 
4. Turn off lights, "More rotty (rocky) in rotty chair?"
5. Pray (while telling child that praying is not a time for playing the pinchy game...)
6. Sing a few songs while rocking little boy who is not really a baby anymore.
7. Say "Ok, time to go nigh-night now!" "Oh-tay!"

Then the best part:
"I love you, best boy!"
"I love you, best dirl!"

Who would have guessed little boys can be so sweet?

Friday, March 6, 2015

8 Months Later...

Well, after a long hiatus from my blog I decided I miss reading it and remembering all the little things that I wouldn't otherwise write down. So, here are a few (rather old) pictures and a Kohl family update!

First of all, we are thrilled to be expecting baby boy #2! We found out in November after a difficult 9 months since miscarrying, and we almost couldn't believe it. God is good! And then a few days ago we found out our new baby is a boy. We can't wait to meet him and give Asher a brother. 

 (We traveled to the Oregon Coast over Thanksgiving with my family. Asher ADORED the ocean and even to this day tells many a person the story of a "wave knocked me over and I got all muddy but Daddy saved me".)

Asher is growing up so fast. He talks nonstop like people say girls are supposed to do, and he is incredibly and shockingly outgoing (something neither his father or I feel like we passed on to him...) He is stubborn and sweet. 

I was cleaning up some of his toys and he was watching a TV show. He came over to me and said "Oh, what are you doing?" I said I was cleaning up. He sat down next to me and said "I love being with you." Then I was rocking him tonight before bed and he said "You're my best girl." Then he reached his arm around my neck and said "I'm giving you a back rub." Aaah! Sweetest!

Of course, there are stubborn times as well. One time I said to him "You may not speak like that to your mother." He replied, in an angry voice, "You are NOT MY MOTHER." 

And then another day I said "You disobeyed Mom, and when you disobey me you disobey God." He said (in the same angry voice) "Just like ADAM and EVE disobey GOD!" Aaaand he's not even 2 and a half yet. I'm hoping he's just getting all his junior high angst out now?

We love this little person so much and are having the best time watching him grow up and trying our best to lead him in the way he should go - which is easier said than done!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weeks 24-27: Catching Up & God's Plans

So, haven't posted for a month. Part of being way behind wasn't totally my fault: my computer was so full of files (mostly pictures...) that I literally could not transfer my pictures from my camera to my computer. 

This summer has been so... summerish. I was telling Brian that I feel so privileged to be living this summer like I have been: going to the pool with Asher, hanging out at my mom's house or with friends, grabbing an iced Americano every so often.

Hanging out with Asher all day, every day. Hanging out with Brian in the evenings, reading or (more likely, unfortunately) watching a TV show. 

(We got doughnuts and watched the World Cup one day!)

Now, mind you, this isn't the summer I planned. I really had planned on having another baby by now, or at least being pregnant. I found out to my excitement that I was pregnant in February, but then had an early miscarriage. The realization that my life is not my own (nor do my children's lives belong to me) struck hard. 

(Asher trying to sneakily touch the computer.)

Maybe this isn't the summer I had planned for myself. But it is the exact one God planned for me. 

(Watching a 4th of July parade on Daddy's shoulders.)

So, while I still mourn the loss of a daughter or son, and wish desperately for another child, I can enjoy this summer, and rest in the knowledge that I am right where God has put me. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

23/52 - Making Pancakes

Last night we had eggs and pancakes for dinner and Asher was very interested in helping me, so I let him stir. Whenever I tried to help him he looked at me and calmly said "No." Alrighty then... 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

21, 22/52

Once again, I have fallen behind in my mission to post a weekly photo of Asher. But we've been busy around here: my littlest sis, Emily, got married three weekends ago, then Brian and I went to Seattle two weekends ago, and finally my other sister Jill had a baby last weekend! So yeah, pretty busy.

(I was going to post three weeks' worth but then one picture somehow got deleted! And it was adorable. So, only two today.)

Monday, June 9, 2014

I Heart Faces - All Boy Challenge

My boy is definitely all boy. Before he was born, I pictured long lazy days sipping cocoa and coloring and making crafts with my kids. Now, I know that's not really gonna happen at least with my firstborn! He loves the outdoors, bugs, dirt, WATER... and he makes me love it more too!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jill & Elliot - Maternity Photo Shoot

I had a ton of fun doing my first maternity photo shoot - with my little sister, Jill, and her husband Elliot! They are super fun and relaxed, and obviously I know them well, so we had a great evening taking different pictures. Brian even came with me to help, which made it all the more fun. Their little girl is coming any day now and I am so SO excited to become an aunt on my side for the first time! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

18, 19, 20/52 - Days with Asher

Yes, I slacked off for 3 weeks in a row. No, I don't have any good excuses besides that I didn't want to plug my camera in to my computer to upload the pictures off of it. Seriously, that's why I haven't blogged.

Life has been normal-busy, and really fun now that it's warmer. Asher and I go to the park or on a walk almost every day since we have no yard.

Asher has been exploding with new words every day. He loves making "Ba-see" (Coffee) with Dad every morning and asks for either milk or "nats" (snacks, to Asher, mean only one thing: FRUIT SNACKS) regularly throughout the day.

I've been reading him the book Ping a lot, and he surprised me by telling me part of the story the other day, and now loves to go through it. He will say "Ow-ow-ow! Boy! Splash! Basket!" ...which makes sense if you know the story.

(Oh and there are four pictures because I just wanted these four, it makes no sense really.)

 Playing with Toby, his favorite stuffed dog.

Mother's day.

Asher's little bike which is still much too big for him, but which he ADORES.

A little Colorado/Idaho boy has to get in a few hikes a year.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

17/52 - In Which Asher Toes the Line

Looking for ants in the grass. Asher is wearing a sailor suit that was Brian's when he was little. 

And now for a little story about Asher. I decided one day that I needed to mop the kitchen floor, and I needed Asher to stay in the living room. (I had never really made him stay somewhere before, which is kind of strange now that I think about it.) So I built him a blanket fort and made sure he had plenty of toys in the living room. Then I took him to the line between the carpet and linoleum and showed him it, and said "Ok. You may not pass this line. If you do, you will get disciplined. So stay in the living room."

He totally, instantly got it, as he started crying and holding his hands up to me. "Nope, I have to mop the kitchen." He did not like this.

So I started getting everything ready, and he was still crying by the line. I peeked over at him and there he was, putting his toes just over the line, testing the waters as you might say. I decided to just let that be as he was still technically in the living room. (Who wants to argue technicalities with a 17 month old?!)

There would be occasional breaks from the wailing as he got interested in a toy, but it would start up again as soon as he remembered that he couldn't be mopping the kitchen with me. He crossed the line twice and got in trouble and put back, but overall was doing better than I had expected.

Then, I started hearing crashes. (It had been like 10 minutes now, if not less.) Somehow, there were suddenly Playmobil trucks and board books on the freshly mopped floor. I went to see what was going on and there was Asher, grabbing anything he could find, and throwing it over the line.

Basically, Asher is a stubborn little person. That's what I learned. And he knows far more of what's going on around him than I ever realized...

It's also awesome to see him turning into his own little person. I love it.