Wednesday, December 29, 2010

7x7 for my family

I never feel as though I pray enough for my family. Please don't get me wrong, I want to pray for Ryan and Cyrus and I do. It is just my prayers are sort of disjointed, and distracted, almost rushed. So I am taking Angie Smith's 7x7 challenge.  I highly suggest reading her post from a few years back introducing the challenge. Seven times a day, I will pray through scripture for Cyrus. I feel like praying through scripture keeps me focused and helps me be very specific in my petitions.

How the challenge works
1. Pick 7 events in your daily life ( I am pretty much just copying what Angie did - same events and scriptures).
2. Pick 7 scriptures to pray through 
  • When Cyrus wakes up - Psalm 143:8
  • When he is getting dressed - Colossians 3:12-14
  • While Cyrus is eating - Philippians 4:12-13
  • When he goes out of our home - Romans 12:2
  • When he is taking a bath - Psalm 24: 4-6
  • When going to bed - Zephaniah 3:17
  • While sleeping - Philippians 2:14-16 
3. faithfully pray :) I am actually putting all my prayers on index cards - the prayers are adapted from the scriptures above. I am going to tape these scriptures up in locations that will be easily accessible, I might even go above and beyond and make the index cards pretty - who am I kidding, that won't happen.

I was going to wait until the new year to start this challenge...but no time like the present. I am also going to adapt this challenge for my husband as well. I have not picked the scriptures yet, this one may take me some time to get organized.  The other cool thing about doing this challenge is that I am pretty sure it will help me to memorize scripture - I am so weak in this area :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


All of Cyrus' presents under the tree

I honestly think he got way too much, thanks to his Boston Family
I think there were only two presents under the tree for Ryan and I.  I had so much fun playing Santa after Cyrus went to bed...which was later than usual b/c we went to the Christmas Eve service at church.  I felt like a kid all over again, I was so excited to Christmas morning to watch my little man open his presents.
Coming down stairs to open presents

I love the way he is walking in this picture, it reminds me of my niece Livy

So confident

This big one is mine right?

He was so excited about his bike from Nana, and the snoopy thing she gave him last year

We skyped with Buca and Noname as we opened their presents

What does a dinosaur say? Thanks Auntie Meaghan

We love playing with cars and trucks

Cyrus' big present from Mama and Daddy

Ryan had to help him open it
We were really excited about is the classic dump truck by Tonka and the cement trunk
Hey look what I can do Mama, yes all toys become something they aren't

We took a break from opening presents while we waiting for my sisters Rachel, Amy and nieces Liv and Tess to eat breakfast so we could skype as we opened the rest of his gifts. 
Mimi found a book with Cyrus's name in it!

excited about his hard hat

hmmm I'm not sure the dump truck was a good idea
Christmas day was spent watching all Toy Story 1 & 2 thanks to Auntie Rachel and family.  It was the most relaxing Christmas we have had in a long time. That evening we drove over to Meemaw Debbie's to enjoy Christmas dinner with Rissa, Keegan, Jeremy, Arin, Debbie, Meemaw, and Susi! We had a great time and Cyrus got even more presents. I'll have to get pictures from Rissa b/c by that time I was too tired to click away, thankfully she is always willing.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cry Out to the Lord!

"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all of their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Psalm 34:17-18
I don't think I need to write much more than that.  

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I have no idea how my child learned who Santa is (or in Cyrus speak Tanta).  When I finally brought out my Christmas decoration I noticed him saying "tanta, tanta" and pointing to various decorations. When I would look at them I realized he was right, they were Santa.

Every time we go to the store and he see's a Santa decoration he is drawn to it.  It seriously is scary.  Now forgive me if I insult you with my next statement. I had all intentions of never doing the whole Santa thing with my children.  I didn't want to confuse the meaning of Christmas with what the world thinks of Christmas.  However, i did plan on teaching my children about St. Nick.  This year I realized that somehow my child is excited about Santa and I really can't take that away from him.  So I am compromising...we will do Santa, but Santa isn't bringing presents - I mean I work hard and save hard for him to have a few gifts and I want him to realize and appreciate it.  Our Christmas will be focused on Jesus but we will share the story of St. Nick and explain that is how the tradition of Santa Claus was created.  I'm trying to find a book that is age appropriate to explain this. My mom had one as a coffee table book, but it was for older children.

So with the discovery of my child's love for Santa I decided to do the only thing I could...go visit Santa at the mall.  We went on a week day morning - yesterday to be specific, before the mall open and managed to be the third family in line.  Phew because I do not think he would have tolerated standing in line for longer than 10 minutes.
As soon as Santa appeared, Cyrus started getting excited.  He was pointing and yelling "tanta tanta" and then he would point to the cat in Santa's village and say "meow, meow" it was priceless.  So you would think that because my child was so excited, and because normally he goes to just about anyone that I would have the worlds best Santa picture right?
Wrong! My child walked in the little area that Santa was an started shaking his head no.  Apparently Santa is only awesome from far away.  He wanted to have nothing to do with sitting on Santa's lap. I don't blame him I think that is sort of creepy.  So the brought over a stool that Cyrus could sit on and I could hold his hand to reassure him that Santa was not going to eat him.  I still think it is a cute picture mainly b/c I love Cyrus's outfit and love that he wore his hat (I told him Santa really likes hats).
After Santa pictures he road the train...
Pointing out the horse in Santa's village
The train guy let Cyrus blow the whistle

This was probably the highlight of the day Choooo Chooo
always wants to ride the train but gets so nervous! He is so my child.
We then shopped a little, played a little with Naomi who met us at the mall. And ate lunch with Sophie and Naomi.  This boy was exhausted by the time we got home!
On a side note: Cyrus also knows who Jesus is and often asks for his Bible.  He then opens the bible and points out all the pictures of Jesus. I'm not sure who he learned this from since I have never done it with him. We talk about Jesus and pray but I haven't started teaching him anything yet.  So I guess my kid just has a natural affinity for Jesus and Santa :)

Potty Time

I love this picture! I think every child should have a picture of the first time they willingly sat on the potty.  Cyrus refuses to sit on his potty.  And usually if we ask him if he wants to try our potty he shakes his head no.  However, over the weekend Cyrus said "poo" to Ryan.  My husband being the wonderful husband that he is, suggested to Cyrus that he try the potty. Surprisingly, Cyrus said yes.  I was so excited! I even managed to snap a few photos before he decided he was all done.  However, Cyrus didn't do any business in the potty. Baby steps baby steps.

Iron Man

I came home from the gym on Saturday afternoon to find this...

Watching the Hawaii Iron Man Special
When I grow up I want to be like Macca
Recently Cyrus has discovered the joy of watching television.  I am not a big fan of him sitting in front of the television but I must say it is amazing how fascinated he is with it, and how much either Ryan or myself can get done in a hour when he is glued to the TV.  So far he only sits still for Monster's Inc or Toy Story 3, but apparently he was really into watching the Iron Man coverage with daddy.  I honestly thing Ryan is trying to brainwash him young.  I won't be surprised if Cyrus does is first triathlon before the age of 5.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cyrus's Christmas Wish List, a photo essay

I think you get the picture!

Chistmas Card from the Hurley's

Please do not be insulted if you do not receive a Christmas card from us this year.  I had all good intentions of doing a special card, but somehow it just never got done.  This week we tried to get a good picture of Cyrus either in front of the tree or in his adorable hat...but none came out the way I wanted. So consider this your
Christmas card from us.

May your life be filled with peace, love and laughter

We totally had to bribe Cyrus to sit in front of the tree...did you notice his donut?  We laughed a lot on the morning we took these photos.  Regardless if the cards were actually made, we did what was important and enjoyed our family. Hope you all enjoy the holidays.

Snow Part 11

Snow...snow snow i want to wash my hands my face in the snow snow (did I ever mention we almost named Cyrus Bing, as in Bing Crosby from White Christmas).
Yesterday we had a the pleasure of waking up to snow. It was beautiful watching it fall and Cyrus was very excited to look out the window and see snow.  As soon as he got downstairs he wanted to go outside and play.  We made him wait until 11:30. 
Mama, Cyrus & Issy

Cyrus digging in the snow

We think he is singing the snow song here Opera style

Cyrus concerned that Mama was going to ask him to go inside

Mama can't say no to her baby
Cyrus and I had a lot of fun playing in the snow, while Daddy went for a run outside.  We took a long walk around the neighborhood, Cyrus insisted on walking through many of our neighbors yards.  He went over to Brad and Kaitlyn's while they were shoveling and talked to them for a bit, then proceeded to play in their backyard.  He held my hand and dragged me around talking about horses and the cold. I don't know what he was saying about horses.  He heard a few airplanes and tried to find them in the sky. Then we built a snowman - he loves Frosty the Snowman.  After we built the snowman, Cyrus proceeded to knock him over.  After over an hour of playing in the snow I took him inside for lunch.  He was not very happy with my executive decision. 
I love snow days - we had so much fun.

Friday, December 10, 2010

New Hat

Nana sent Cyrus a brand new winter hat just in time for the snow last weekend. Perfect timing Nana! She picked out the most perfect hat for Cyrus. It has helicopters and tractors on it.  Cyrus loves both, but he can only say tractor, but man does he love this hat.
This picture is not a great one of our man, but it shows the tractors off nicely.  Cyrus was so excited when we gave him his hat he kept saying "tractre" I love the way he is learning to pronounce words, I think I am really going to miss this stage. There is nothing cuter than Cyrus speak.
Thanks Nana!
I love my hat

I didn't let Mama take it off me

Eating and watching TV in my hat!

Have I mentioned that Cyrus hates wearing hats. Last year he wore them b/c he didn't realize he had a choice. But this year he knows better.  Anytime Ryan and I try to put a cute tuke (as we like to call them in the Hurley household) on our boy, he gets very upset, rips it off and throws it. But not this hat.  Sometimes he even asks to wear it. Oh and if you ask him who bought it he says "Nana" - it is just about the cutest thing ever.