Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in review

**I know, I know...I stole ALL of these pics from Christy's my defense, her camera takes WAY better pictures than mine does... :)

Hailey Lynn, age 2 & 3/4...
In 2009,

*She's become totally day potty trained! She loves wearing Dora, Tinkerbell, and "days of the week" undies.

*She learned to count to 10 in Spanish...although every once in a while I hear, "uno, dos, tres, nacho, cinco..." ;) This girl is ALWAYS good for a laugh...

*She's becoming "Miss Independent"! She has a big opinion on what she wears (my disclaimer if you see us out and about and she looks like a ragamuffin :), likes to dress herself, and often times can be heard saying, "Mom, I'll do it ALL BY MYSELF!" (Did you catch that? She calls me "Mom" now...not "Mommy" or "Mama"...just "Mom" she's a teenager or something!)

*Thanks to one of the best gifts ever (a Zoo Membership), Hailey has fallen in love with the Carousel. I swear, she asks to ride it at least once a week.

*This year, Hailey and I started going to BSF together and Hailey just loves it! She's learned several new verses this year, lots of good classic hymns, and some great truths about Jesus. I love that she's hiding God's Word in her'll be in there forever!! :)

Owen Garrett, age 7 months...
In 2009,

*He was born! He came to us sweet and helpless and is becoming a little man faster than I'd like! :/

*He's almost crawling, getting better at sitting up, eats like a champ, sleeps 12 hours a night, and has the best smiles around. When he smiles, his whole face lights up and I swear you can see a twinkle in his eye. Sweet boy...

*Had his first Christmas and did awesome! He didn't flinch when he sat on Santa's lap (in fact, he was fascinated with the man's beard), helped tear into the wrapping paper on his gifts, and just loved all of his new toys. Not a single complaint from him!! ;)

*Has fallen in love with his big sister. I've said this before, but I'll say it one makes him smile like Hailey does! As a mom, this is a gift.

Thanking Jesus for an amazing year, looking so forward to what He has for us in 2010, and wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday, December 28, 2009


This is the sweet face that I could literally kiss all day long! This kid is the sweetest, most mellow, happy child I've ever known.

I just love him.

Monday, December 21, 2009

just helping out...

Last night Hailey was helping Nana make cookie dough...then Nana gave her some flour, water, and baking tools and let her GO TO TOWN! She had a thankful this mess wasn't mine to clean up. ;)

Sunday, December 20, 2009 a nutshell...

If I were to have my act together and send out a Christmas Letter, this is what it would say…

2009 was a good, tough, joyful, growing and rich year for us. We’ve had some of the highest highs and lowest lows all at the same time, but through it all God is proving Himself faithful and teaching us things we could not learn any other way. Let’s review some of the highs, shall we??

Our kids…as you all know, God added to our family a son – Owen Garrett. Many people tried explaining to us how when you have two kids your love doesn’t divide, it multiplies. I never understood until Owen came. God has enlarged the borders of our hearts to welcome this sweet boy into our family, and it’s as if he’s always belonged there! He’s nearly 7 months old and so much fun. He’s almost always got a smile on his face, content and calm most of the time (who’d of thought??), and has the best laugh. If he cries, he means it and promptly returns to smiles as soon as whatever is ailing him is taken care of. Most of the time, he just wants to look at your face and be a part of the action. We love him to pieces, but I don’t think anyone loves him more than his big sister Hailey…

Hailey Lynn continues to light up any room she’s in! At “2 & 3 quarters”, as she says it, Hails is a big ball of energy, smart as a whip, and keeps us on our toes. We’re consistently laughing hysterically at the things that come out of her mouth. J Along with her sharp mind, however, comes her…ummm…strong side. She seems to have inherited a strong will from both her father and I, and uses it often. We are constantly asking the Lord for wisdom in how to parent her well. One tool He made abundantly clear we needed to use to its fullest is scripture memory! In the midst of a hard moment, we can ask her what Jesus says and without a thought she recites, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is good.” This makes teaching her obedience a whole lot easier! Her favorite places in the world are Target (girl after my own heart), Panera Bread, and her BSF Children’s Class.

Todd is still busy running our business, being a great dad and husband, and leading Young Life at Federal Way High School. Fathering a son has come extremely naturally to him…somewhat because he’s done it once before, and somewhat due to his belief that a baby boy is slightly less breakable than his first baby girl. J This year, God has blessed him with a group of solid Christian guys that he meets with weekly for bible study. As a result, he’s growing in his faith like never before and for this, we’re both thankful. Many times on Wednesday nights he comes home after learning some new truth eager to share it with me and pray together. One of the lows this year was the sale of Todd’s boat, but thankfully God provided one for his cousin in Bellingham, so when he can no longer fight the urge to get on the water he can head up north for a “fix”.

What am I up to, you ask? Being a stay-at-home mom, novice bookkeeper for our business, leading Young Life with Todd, and attempting to keep order in our crazy life! In a life full of diaper changes, never-ending laundry, running errands, more laundry, play dates, still more laundry, and attempting to love high school kids to the feet of Jesus I can often times find myself very overwhelmed! This year, God is teaching me over and over that He is not going to let me rely on anything else than Him. And believe me, in moments of desperation I’ve tried! Nothing else can bring me to a place of peace, confidence, and level-headedness except my Jesus. This side of heaven, I know I’ll always battle trying to do things on my own, but I’m thankful for His teaching me truth about who He is, and that I can trust Him.

Whew...that was a mouthful, but that’s what’s up with us (in a nutshell). We hope that 2009 has been a good year for you and your families and pray that God will bless you in 2010!

~Todd, Jessica, Hailey & Owen Yost

Thursday, December 17, 2009

no junk in the trunk...

This chick needs some bootie...seriously! :)

Monday, December 14, 2009


...the best and worst part of my day.

It's the best because it's about the only time I can get snuggles from Hailey. And she loves to snuggle with me...I'm pretty sure it's part of her "stall-itis" routine, but I'll take it any day. :)

It's the worst because if she doesn't want to sleep, it's drama! I'm talking, full-scale drama. Let me give you an example from tonight...

Step 1 - brush teeth - a little hard when she goes limp on the floor of the bathroom and won't open her mouth.

Step 2 - potty - she insists that she not have to go, but then also goes limp when I try to put her on the potty one last time to "try". I warn her that she will not be getting up out of her bed after this, so she should go. She will not.

Step 3 - tucking in - we didn't even get to this stage because she began crying hysterically saying she had to go potty "so bad". This is maybe a minute and a half after the ridiculousness of step 2...I obliged, we went upstairs, and nada.

Step 4 - tucking in...again - this time she screamed at me to get daddy to kiss her goodnight again.

Step 5 - tucking in...still - after a kiss from daddy, prayers, and a few snuggles she was laying down and I was feeling good about the probability that she'd be done for the, was I wrong...

Step 6 - yup, still tucking in...more snuggles, Hailey sang me a few songs, and I scratched her back. Once again, I'm hopeful. I get up out of her bed (yes, I'm in her bed at this point...don't judge me) and with moves like a jungle cat, she jumps up into a standing position on her bed and yells, "Mom!! I have to POOP! Real bad!". Oh, she's good...using the trump card...she knows I'll never second-guess the threat of poop...

Let's just say that it was another rough several minutes of crying, "gotta go potty", "I'm SICK!", and "my tummy doesn't feel better!!!" before she settled down to sleep.

If this girl wasn't so cute, I'd sell her to the CIRCUS!! ;)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

cute kids...

We had a little family Christmas photo shoot tonight at Todd's parent's house and these are a few of my favorites, so I thought I'd share... :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

just makin' some dinner...

Hailey wanted to help make dinner, so she got her step stool and was helping cut up some mushrooms, zucchini, and onions with her plastic butcher knife from her pretend kitchen set. She also, to my amazement, was eating bites of raw mushrooms.

This is the same knife, mind you, that she brought into my room earlier and offered/threatened to cut my hair with. ;)