Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Yesterday they boys had their annual Christmas program at Oak Grove Church. I think they hate being on stage. Nathan held the star over his face so to not be seen. Caleb did not sing and neither did David. I think Caleb made his eyes blink 300 times. His coping mechanism. I think he figured if he couldn't stick his head in the sand and pretend he was an ostrich, then that was the next best thing. They sure looked cute though.Good times.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Happy is a choice you make.
I tell my kids this often. It is advice I frequently need to remember and apply myself.
This morning out of the blue, while making pancakes, Nathan says:
"I don't even have my drivers license yet! But I'm still happy."
Good to know. Since he is four years old and it will be a long time before he gets his drivers license.Glad he is happy.:-)
Monday, December 5, 2011
This was about 10 minutes after Nathan came up behind Caleb and tried to steady himself on Caleb, who was standing on the loveseat armrest reaching for the top branches. Needless to say the 2 boys both fell right into the tree. Never a dull moment. We picked the pine needles out of Nathan's shirt and head. Caleb shook it off even though he landed on the bottom. The tree wobbled but stayed standing.
Never a dull moment.
Gosh, I wish we would've gotten that on video. We would've won America's Funniest Home Videos for sure.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I love our local library. Every year they hold this gingerbread workshop for kids up to 10 years old. Free!
A great family memory and delicious too.
We get a whole plateful of creative adventure and great one on one time with the boys.
I am sad to say that this is Davids last year as he ages out of the event at 10 years old. Where does the time go?
Once again I hear Pastor Bartz singing: "You're gonna miss this..."
Friday, December 2, 2011
Our family feasted at the Red Lobster!
We had the boys try:
deep fried shrimp
and seafood linguini
David, my seafood lover, said more than once:
"This place ROCKS!"
We enjoyed looking at the lobsters while we waited and we enjoyed eating them too!
It was entertaining watching the boys use the crab claw crackers.
Before the end of our meal, we had a women at a nearby table come over. She told us that she was impressed by the boys' behavior and appreciated sitting next to them.
What a way to make a mom and dad proud.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Recently, his English class required him to write a few essays and letters. I was pleased to see him use some recently taught persuasive writing to good use. He wrote a letter to my former employer,First Choice Dental Group, requesting them to donate toothbrushes and toothpaste to Operation Christmas Child. He was careful to mention how this would not only benefit David, the children who receive the gifts, but also how it would benefit First Choice Dental Group.
He needed to plan the letter, write and revise the letter, then send it off by himself. Much to his delight he received a response of 4 dozen toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes.
Caleb's writing is a bit different. He is a child who doesn't need people. When he is bored he goes off and "entertains" himself. He makes alot of "experiments". I will have to watch this child very closely - he is the kind who will set the house on fire to "see what happens".
(Mom B did you give John the mother's curse? - 'cuz it isn't fair to me, if you did.)
I was looking for a recipe in my recipe book and low and behold I find Caleb's writing.
It was titled:
What you will need:
A cup of ice cubes
I had to laugh not only had he made this concoction but had put it in the recipe book for later.
Later that day we wrote Santa letters. I noticed after his letter on the very bottom he added:
I have been good.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
David carved an angry bird, Caleb carved a cyclops, and Nahtan carved a bat.
Dressing up for Halloween:
David is the spy from Star Wars. (Uncle Matt made this mask and Aunt Amy made the cloak)
Caleb is a night ninja - although all night he was asked if he was a pirate.
Nathan is Scorpio (Uncle Matt made this costume for Zach)
Nathan had so many dress up costumes to choose from.
Here is a picture of a costume party that Nathan went to as Batman.
I didn't take the other older boys.
It was nice to spend some one on one time with my last preschooler.
Nathan was so excited to go with no brothers and really enjoyed some littler kid games at Asher's house. Asher is a good friend for Nathan, very sweet little man.
This year while out trick or treating with the boys, I was really struck by the fact that time is going by rapidly.
David is almost too old to trick or treat.
Nathan is learning to read.
Caleb is loosing his baby teeth on a rapid schedule. The tooth fairy is broke and the dentist says Caleb will need braces by the look of things :(
At the preschool party I was sitting back realizing that I was the oldest mom there.
I was the mom who had the oldest kids. I really miss the train table play time from days gone by. When did that happen?
I am on to the soccer mom stage of life. (though none of my boys play soccer)
Driving them to swimming, guitar lessons,playdates and Awana. It is a struggle to stop and smell the flowers in this stage of life.
Maybe I need to put the flowers I want to smell, in the van!?!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Nathan's level has shown no change. No ventricle damage either.
We take him again in 6 more months.
The UW Children's Hospital has hired their own Pediatric Cardiology Surgeon.
This is good news.
We continue to appeal to the Great Physician for complete healing. (we hope you do too!)
But I will take this news with a happy heart.
Now we can move on to the holidays.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I can't believe I am saying it: but I miss when the kids were younger.
I know I have been living for these days.
My kids can all get their own seatbelts on. 2 of the 3 can read, all 3 can do their own bathroom business. Yes, I do sleep more now. (when the sleep pee er isn't in action. )
But I honestly miss the: "Mama, play trains with me?"
Today it is fighting, fighting, fighting.
I think:"geez, this unkindness is unnerving to me." Am I going to regret staying home to invest in these kids? Because they are acting just like all the others, and it isn't just today. It is like I never spend any time telling them the things of the Lord. There are words that stir up anger, selfish, selfish, and more selfishness and laziness too. Usually my daily reading in Proverbs in an encouragement to me. Lately, it has been a mirror of all the things my kids are doing to discourage me. Perhaps I am expecting a return on my investment too soon? Maybe. Today I can honestly say I am beginning to think that a paycheck might just have been a better thing.
Top it off by music lessons - nothing spells fun like an untuned instrument, horribly played. Insert Eyeroll.
I stepped in dog doo too. Because I was cleaning it up! Not the children who promised me over and over that they would care for this dog! GRRRRRRR.
Probably it has more to do with the fact that I had to throw out my skinny jeans yesterday. (I was in denial. ) Maybe it is winter? The hot water heater giving us a warning of : "Hey I am not going to help you anymore?" Or just maybe it is because I feel and look old.
Nope, pretty sure it is them.
I know we all have days like these. If you don't and I am mislead - don't tell me.
I am going to have my own temper tantrum, put myself in time out and get over it.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
David is cerebral. A real thinker. A natural leader. A talker and lover of the spotlight. Not a very good independent problem solver.
Caleb is an independent problem solver to the core. Don't tell me, don't show me just go away. I'll figure it out if you stop yapping in my ear! He is happy to play alone. He is much more physical and he speaks very little. We often have to ask him to use words. He is a slob at eating! (no wonder why Maddie sits by him under the table - manna from heaven!)
Nathan is my organised son. What a great one to end on! He puts away the laundry - where it belongs. He sorts things in an orderly fashion. He knows where everything belongs. He hates when anything is wet or stained or spilled, etc.
Well here is the mystery. Nathan and I head upstairs to retrieve clothes for the day. We open the drawer of underware and socks that belong to him. Inside the drawer is a pair of underware that are sopping wet. Not just damp, oh no we are talking ringing wet. Drip drip. Oh Gross! What in the world? We are both taken by surprise by this. Upon further investigation we discover that the ENTIRE drawer is wet. No it wasn't a leaky roof. This wetness had a distinct smell of urine. Old urine.
Nathan is quick to tell me that this was not something that he did! Clearly not, yesterday he put away all the clean underware for all the kids. So it wasn't this way before bed last night?!? Hmmmmmmmm.
Now I look a little to my left and I see it. Evidence. Evidence that a middle of the night visitor came to the dresser. This visitor was the infamous sleepwalker/sleep pee er. This kind of visitor has come before. But, it has been some time since it's/his/hers last visit.
So we take the entire drawer and dump it into the wash machine. Add soap and bleach. We clean out the entire drawer itself. Then we go back to investigate the crime scene.
The dresser is pretty close to the same location as the bathroom in our house.
Just 1 floor above. So it would be safe to assume that if you were sleeping and needed to relieve yourself, that you may indeed walk to this spot. Forgetting of course that you are upstairs and not downstairs. Then take care of business and return to your comfy warm bed.
So it seems that just maybe we have a dresser sleep peeing mystery to solve. I have my suspicions. Do you?
Sunday, October 23, 2011
I am often surprised by his ability in this area.
I say "You remember that?" Then I think - wow, I need to be careful what I say - Very careful!
Often it is Caleb who finds the latest missing object in the house. He just remembers where he saw it last. That must be nice. It should serve him well in the future.
Capitalizing on this fact, here is a clip of Caleb reciting Psalm 23. The whole Psalm. He knows the meaning too. Ask him next time you see him, what it means.
After getting this on film it was time to get ready for bed. Caleb was brushing his teeth and says: "Mom, look my cup overflows" It was so funny.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
He is 4 years and 1 month - smart as a whip. (not that I'm partial)
He really just wants to be included in the big boy club. He notices that he is the only kid who can't read in this house and he is very determined to remedy that as soon as possible.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
It is moments like this that you think:"ok, maybe we will keep the dog."
Caleb likes to be alone and he is the boy in this house who has really bonded with the dog.
She adores him. She loves his stinky socks/shoes best. He doesn't mind her puppy ways. They are good together. She is lucky to have Caleb and he is lucky to have her.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
John and I took our 3 boys and 2 other buddies. David picked his cousin Zach and Caleb picked his best buddy John Patrick. It was the first major league baseball game for all 5 boys. What a fun time. We got to see 2 back to back home runs. We saw Bernie the Brewer slide down the slide and of course the sausage race. They really liked the sausage race.
What a great memory. (for us old folks and for those boys)
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
But everyone else in the world is charmed by his sweet personality.
The librarian always comments how she adores him (but she calls him Caleb).
"What nice manners he has."She says.
Several of my friends, and the ladies at church are fooled too. But not his family -Nope.
Just a minute ago Nathan was throwing a fit about having to go to the bathroom.
David says: "Mom, I think we had 1 too many kids." (He was trying to take an English test)
I smile inside and think - hmmm
It makes me think about just how people react when they see me with 3 kids.
(Wow you sure have your hands full - oh my you must be busy - oh look at all your helpers etc)
Funny to me too, that they can't seem to remember which one of my kids is which. They do look alike, I give you that but really they are 2 -4 years apart. I didn't name them close either. I could have called them Brett,Brad, and Brice for goodness sake.
Today I got a birthday card in the mail for Caleb (Nathan's birthday is in September, Caleb's is in April)I think the card is for Nathan, but was sent addressed to Caleb.
Seriously people I only have 3 kids - nothing com paired to how many I could have had.
Sometimes I do feel like we had 1 too many kids. There are also days I think we had 3 too many kids. Then there are days I think we should have 3 more kids. Today, I just wish we had the same number of kids but 2 clones of me to match.
Friday, August 19, 2011
I was digging through all of these today while working on something and ran across this 2005 footage of David, his cousin Zach, and good friend Naomi. We were all on our way to an Awana night and the kids broke into song, as was typical for those 30 minute rides. I happened to have the video camera with me that night and (if I must say so myself) did a pretty good job pointing the camera at the rear-view mirror while Jenny drove.
The result was a classic video of a memory that I hope never fades.
David is the blonde in the car seat. Caleb is next to him in the rear-facing infant carrier. Zach and Naomi are in the back. Nathan wasn't born yet.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Dad: Sure...here you go.
Nathan: Not these clothes. These were the clothes I was saving for when I go to Saturn.
Dad: Oh, I see. Well they haven't even built the spaceship that will take us to Saturn yet, so it will be a long time before we fly there.
Nathan: (Putting on clothes) OK. Well, me and you will need to put on our capes then, and fly into space. Then we can help them build the spaceship! We just need the pieces.
Dad: Yep, sounds good. We just need the pieces.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
This Sheriff's Deputy happens to be a friend of the family (the kids love him) and was part of this year's 4th of July parade. After the parade, he met up with us and we got this awesome shot of him and Nathan.
Friday, July 1, 2011
We drive to Lake Leota Park to have the boys ride their bikes over the skateboarding ramps. After a few thrills and spills we sit on the picnic table for refreshments.
I hear the following observations regarding the graffiti on the table.
David says: "boy this kid needs to learn how to spell! He has written here: _____(boy name) licks _____ (girl name). I mean doesn't he know how to spell like or what? It is L I K E for goodness sake. Ha Ha Ha Ha he wrote lick by mistake!"
(I doubt it was a mistake, but I grin at the innocence of it)
Not to be outdone Caleb pipes up: "Yes and over here someone spelled flag wrong. They forgot the L. Geez, learn how to spell people."
(I smile - sheltered from the world for a little while longer.)
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
So today at 6:53 AM John and I have officially parented for a decade. David turned 10 today and I thought it would be fitting to review his last 10 birthdays. I hope you enjoy the slide show of all the birthdays of yesterdays gone by.
I am already hearing Pastor Bartz words in my ear : "you're gonna miss this... you're gonna want this back."
It has been our privilege to call David: son.