Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday afternoon the wait was over- four excited kids jumped out of their van while 3 kids bounced up & down with excitement in the driveway. We spent lots of time playing outside Tuesday afternoon & Wednesday- football, soccer, skating, biking, walks, ...While the little ones napped, the big boys picked egg plant & tomatoes. The kids looked for birds on our walk through the state park and found lizards, spiders, & other strange bugs in the yard. We also saw a baby snake. We're very glad we made sure the kids stayed away from the snake, especially when we ID'd it tonight. Tomorrow we're going to the museum.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday morning after guess what- yes oatmeal again, another morning with the "peach teacher." K got to go fishing after doing his letter cards. T practiced saying bye-bye with Nana while C did lots of puzzles. Afterwards we went back to Mazarick Park where we'll do our Sophie's Walk for Vasa Previa next week. Our trip didn't quite go as planned (I couldn't get the pedometer to work, T didn't think he should nap in his stroller, & K was surprisingly sure a long bike ride wasn't in his plan for the day), but it was beautiful out and I'm excited about having our walk there next week. T has been showing what a good walker he is now, which helped tire him out for all of us to take good naps.
I woke up Nana & C so they would be able to sleep tonight :) and then we headed to West Produce. There are pumpkins there & mums now. The boys always love seeing the animals. Today we got to see the pig, cows, & sheep right up close and the new baby chicks. Then the boys & I enjoyed playing outside while Nana made dinner! The boys picked some tomatoes which we ate with dinner.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Since grandma called this week and said she was coming down, K has been making suggestions about where I should go. He was very excited when I said I was going to a baby shower and I was equally excited to go to a baby shower without 3 little helpers. I knew they were having a good time with grandma and I was able to eat lunch & have whole conversations with friends. It was so nice! My friend Paula is having twin baby s and Heather did a wonderful decorating job! I'd never seen so much pink!
We showed Grandma our "Daddy's Far Far Away" DVD- K is getting very good at keeping up with the pages. Then saw Grandma off and played out in the yard. The boys ate the last apples off our tree and we headed on our longest bike ride yet. Dinner, baths, & right to bed and the beautiful sound of sleeping boys! We are so thankful for all our blessings!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I'm trying this video upload again- T is getting to be such a good little walker. We had a good day today. The weather was our first great fall day. We had eggs for breakfast which K requested to have again on Saturday so his "legs would be strong for soccer." Then we played outside. T is getting fast. He raced up and down the driveway while the boys rode bikes and made pinecone scarecrows. All his racing tired him out for a couple hour nap which the big boys loved so we could do preschool. We did dry erase boards, blocks, puzzles, and drawing. Then we went on a long bike ride- the boys did great. K even did good going down the hills. He prayed for God to help him like He helped Gideon. He was so excited. He wanted to go down the big hill over & over. He said next time we need the camera. Hungry boys sure eat well- T wolfed down lots of broccoli. We were so blessed by dear friends who invited us for dinner & mowed our grass. We had a great dinner and the boys loved playing with friends. We're so thankful to have such good friends!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
This morning we went to K's speech therapist (AKA by C as peach teacher!) Everyone enjoyed it-C &T play with blocks & puzzles while T "works" on his speech- he has gotten so much clearer. But the most fun was taking the boys' bikes to a track at a nearby park. They had a blast. We go on lots of walks/ bike rides in the neighborhood, which I mostly like (except for me saying lots "hurry up, catch up or wait up"). On this flat track, they cruised around like little Lance Armstrongs. We all loved it- you could tell by K & C's big grins & T's sweet snoring! After two laps, we played at the park and made some new friends. One of those times that just felt right. The fun day continued when we got home with hungry boys eating all their lunch and then everyone taking good naps- yeah!!
I even got a nap, was able to chat with James, and had success with my camera. I was a little worried that my picture taking was coming to a stop and I would have to wait for Janelle's arrival to take anymore. My batteries died & I had never changed them. But I've added that to growing list of things that James usally takes care of that I'm doing now (unclogging toilets, downloading pics, weedeating, mowing (although a good friend offered to help with that!, operating the remote control, the list is growing & growing- just adding to the reasons we can't wait for James to come home!)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We got home to good naps for all and then got ready for a birthday party! Yeah!! We had a great time over at a friend's house- there were lots of boys there- her 4, my 3, another friend's 2! The boys loved playing with new toys, friends, and cake & ice cream. T had a blast- he thinks he's a little boy now, not a baby! I dragged 3 tired little boys home to bed. I followed them soon after I got to "chat" with James.
We went to a new church service today which I loved! We got the same great Manna music, the same great message, but without the crowds! The boys loved their new rooms. I loved seeing lots of friends there. We definitely enjoyed the old Manna building too but this was great! We'll definitely be back next week! And added bonus of the 9 am service- we were home by 11. The only bummer was paying $4.09 a gallon for gas on the way home- I guess that's better than the $5.50 some gas stations yesterday!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Well, I almost cried since I missed James' phone call while I went to the Doctor.
But the Doctor's office was near a health store so I picked up some needed carob covered peanuts, flax seed, and steel cut oats. Although I'm not sure if you can still call them "steel cut oats" if they're blended smooth. I thought that loving SC oats was part of being a Lewis boy but as T cried with every bite I'm not sure. I put his in the blender and suddenly he loved them!
Each night before bed K asks "do we have something exciting tomorrow?" Before James deployed, I was happy to have James' coming home as our excitement. Now, I'm kind of with K, we need a little something exciting. So we were very excited to get invited to a birthday party on Saturday. We're glad to be here with good friends, a wonderful church, and near family to help us through this time. And a big big God to take care of us.(As K always says "God's the biggest!" He added "He has the biggest neck" after we saw the giraffes at the zoo.)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold cold wet day
I sat there with three boys.
We sat there, we four.
And I said, "How I wish
we had one person more."
He's in Kuwait now
Too far to play ball
So we sat in the house
But can't do nothing at all
We started with dominoes
Then moved onto cards
After bowls full of oatmeal
I was ready for the yard
Our middle one said
"I'm a big boy now;
I can do it myself.
I'll show you how."
The smallest is very proud of himself;
He can walk all the way from the chair to the wall
And just this morning
He started throwing a ball.
The biggest boy is full of questions-
All day: "What, where, when, & why?
What's Daddy doing?
Tell him I squooshed a fly."
I've been working on moving the piles
Of laundry, papers, and all sorts of stuff.
I need the Cat's big cleaner
To make cleaning less rough.
We are doing alright
But really do miss
Our favorite fifth person
Who we'd all like to kiss.
My days stay busy
with Things One, Two, and Three
But always we miss
Amd pray he soon return to me!
Monday, September 8, 2008
So I tried to make today as good a day as possible for the boys- complete with a trip to the park with chocolate chip cookies from Grandma. We went on a long walk- especially far for 2 & 4 year old long legs, had green smoothies, cheese, and fruit for lunch, and went to see our neighbor's puppy. (The first dog Chase ever pet!) Then ribs, baked beans, & watermelon for dinner. After all those good things I wasn't sure what I would hear when I asked K what his favorite thing today was. His eyes lit up- he was so excited about seeing his daddy on TV. The boys all loved hearing Daddy talk to them & then read some of their favorite stories.
Wow- we can learn a lot from our kids. The boys didn't spend yesterday thinking about having the last dinner together, last ice cream together, and today thinking about the first time with James not here at night; they just enjoyed all the good things. I should do that.
9 Sep- well, we made it through the first night with James gone. I thought more about the boys' looking at the good (usually) like being excited about the trip to the airport instead of sad about Daddy leaving, so here's mine for today. Since everyone was up before 6 this morning, we had time to go to the recycle center and Child Youth Services before they got busy. Since I got lost on the way out of Child Youth Services, we were able to go on a nice long walk around the inside & outside of the building. I could have been upset when the toilet overflowed, but I choose to be happy that Keegan doesn't need help in the potty (except maybe more instructions on not using half a pack of toddler wipes!) I could be upset that I ally deleted pictures from today, but instead I'll add pictures of our boys. Here's K turning 4, T turning 1, and C at the beach.
OK, a dear friend told me that blogging was easy, but apparently you have to do something a little different. I really thought I followed all the directions but my pics and slideshow aren't there. Maybe my friend will have to drive across the country to teach me how to do it :)