Saturday, February 21, 2009
Here's our President's Day craft- Lincoln's log cabin
Can you see the focus on these puzzle doers? even C
most days are dress up days here
The boys learning to play a game without Mommy playing & practicing manners too!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I've learned so many things during James' deployment like just this week how to jumpstart a car, unclog a drain, and ask for help sometimes. I called a neighbor and asked if she would take K to soccer just to make sure that Trey was well. (He seemed fine as he played & ate lots of our homemade pizza last night) K was super excited about going with a friend. C was sad about not going to soccer until I told him that his special day with Mommy would include an eating craft. K requested eggs, grits, and toast for breakfast to have extra energy for soccer. We had a really nice morning. I spend some time most days with each boy alone but usually can't spend several hours with one- so today C & I both appreciated our special time. After helping me grind the grain, T & C took a red bath- food coloring in the water made K's leaving for soccer less sad.
can you see how much they're "helping?" (bc I needed another reason to vacuum the floor.) After some playtime, T took a nap and C & I played the picnic manners game- C's birthday present. I loved that he really enjoyed asking "please may I have a token", then matched, and said "thank you." (He played several times later with K too.) Then we made bread together- a couple loaves, some rolls for the freezer, and cinnamon rolls for tomorrow. While the bread rose, C made his Paul & Silas in jail craft- he loved when the earthquake knocked down the pretzel/ string cheese jail so he could eat them. Then we enjoyed a cup of tea together. It's amazing how much calmer & quieter it was with only one boy home awake- we spent time together and the kitchen was clean, laundry put away.
K said he really liked his soccer game but was sad that I wasn't there (that may have been bc C told him he had tea & an eating craft.) We had another eating craft for lunch- this time Paul was shipwrecked so we had Paul on a boat (english muffin with pretzel mast/ cheese sail.) After good playing, we all napped and woke up refreshed. K & C played so nicely together and then we got ready for hopefully our last Home Fires dinner. I've really enjoyed the monthly dinners for deployed spouses but hope to be out at dinner with James March 21st- the next HF dinner. When I changed out of my sweatpants, K said "Mommy you look nice"- how sweet! We all had a really good time- everyone enjoyed dinner, their friends, and a craft. Here's K's snowman and T & C's rainbows.
Monday, February 16, 2009
That night we started our Fun Fridays group babysitting. Kelly and I watched two other families' kids. I thought 12 kids mostly 4 & under was a good time to break my no TV norm. but the boys' favorite part was still having almost everyone get dressed up- my Grandmother's wardrobe has turned into a great costume spot for our growing costume collection.
We spent Sunday recovering and trying to make the coughing and runny noses better instead of worse. We had church at home- we made smiley face bread to remember when God provided for the widow and her family through Elijah. We all took good naps after our late night which we paid for at bedtime. C was pretty sure he was too well rested to go to bed while I was ready. This was when I remembered I should view things in light of eternity- does it really matter if they go to bed an hour later? but in the moment, I used chocolate to comfort myself.
Monday my tired boys slept until almost 8 am so we headed to Walmart before speech. I thought surely the playing outside after speech would get everyone ready for a nap- turns out it only got T and I ready. A long painful non-napping time followed where I did not view things in light of eternity. Thankfully, when I let the boys get up they played so nicely for a long time & I was impressed by their puzzle skills. We walked in the woods with friends again- C is gradually getting losing his fear of dogs although he still prefers them from a distance, even Peanut who is about 4 lbs and C got to walk him.
Today I was reminded of how thankful I am to get to stay home with my boys as I dropped them off at childcare. It felt like I was packing for a week to get all the backpacks ready and then it seemed to take forever to get everyone and everything into the right spots. Of course, once we got settled I was able to go to PWOC and my ultrasound by myself- both were great. KG is looking good- one last u/s in two weeks and then 2 appts and then her delivery- yeah!! PWOC was really good. The program was "My sheep know my voice" and the speaker talked about listening and knowing if we're hearing from God, satan, or ourselves. She used lots of scripture to help teach how to listen. Funny that K talked about one of her key points at dinner tonight- he said "if you want to hear God talk, you have to be very quiet and listen bc it's hard to hear someone else when you're talking yourself." Out of the mouth's of babes!
I would never tell my 4 year old that he could just be cold while we went on a walk since I told him to put on his jacket and he chose to put on a vest instead.
I did not try to hide my little one's zucchini inside his roll because he kept handing it back to me once he saw the rolls.
I have not lost track of how many times I tell boys each day to point things in the potty, no you can't poop on a tree, make sure you aim.
I did not tell my friend that she would find her three sweet girls at the neighbor's house if she didn't come pick them up Saturday night.
Of course, I would never remind myself to think about things in light of eternity and then get extremely grumpy when the boys' wouldn't go to sleep and extremely happy when they were playing so nicely this afternoon.
I did not eat some of the boys' valentine cookies each time I went to tell them ever so sweetly to get back in their beds for naps this afternoon. I surely did not eat their chocolate from friends as I told them the same thing so kindly tonight.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We listened to my Grandmother telling stories on CD about growing up near the beginning of the 20th century. She began with her earliest memory from 1914 as a 4 year old. My Mom and I sat and opened pecans as we listened to stories of cotton and tobacco picking, farm animal care, the novelty of having an outhouse as your outhouse, working together with your neighbors. My grandmother's father died when she was very young- her mother raised the five kids as a single mom. I am not a single mom but these last few months have made me especially appreciate both my husband and what single moms go through. I remember hearing sometime Dr. Dobson talking about how single moms don't want a lot- a little time to themselves- which I can really relate to by how blessed I am when I get to go to a doctor's appointment or the grocery store. I have really appreciate the visits from family which have given me a little time to myself.
We have also enjoyed great weather this week. We've had days in the 70s and spent lots of time outside. I really think God designed little boys to be outside- the boys have been going to their deer spot in our back yard and were super excited when we started going on walks through the woods near our house. They told me we needed to be very quiet so we didn't scare the deer away. Little T and I are getting closer & closer to the same speed. He got to walk on the trail for the first time this week- he would get going so fast and then reach for my hand right before toppling over. We went one day with good friends and their dog. C was torn between being scared & fascinated by the dog, but halfway through the walk he got brave enough to let go of my hand and go in front with big brother and friend.
Thursday we spent most of the day outside- starting at the Pine Valley Play Group. the boys loved jumping on the trampoline- although T wanted to be way up high on the playground equipment lots too. All that playing made 3 hungry little boys and one hungry little girl- the boys were so excited that they got to bring a friend home from playgroup. A little playing outside at our house after lunch got everyone ready for good napping and then more outside time at K's first soccer practice this spring. We had another good day outside today- Fun Fridays at the park and then a big walk around the neighborhood where we got to talk to lots of nice neighbors.
We are so thankful to God for the great weather and for healing our friend's new baby girl. Ashley called last night to tell me that her baby was in the hospital with blood problems. We prayed & asked others to pray. This afternoon Ashley called back to say that her baby had improved. Praise God!!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
K went with me to the u/s. C & T stayed home with Nana while I took K to his speech therapy. I got to go in the back and hear K work on "ing" words. He played lots of fun games- I think he has so much fun playing he doesn't even know he's working on things. Then we went to Great Harvest and got coffee (for me) & a muffin- K was very excited and told James he got to go to a yummy store. Then we went to my u/s. K was so good there- he was very excited to see pictures of his baby sister. We talked about belly buttons, umbilical cords, and how babies are born- his view (the doctor cuts a hole in Mommy's tummy) is pretty different from my friend Ashley's kids (she had another home birth Sunday- I can't wait to meet her little girl!) He looked like a kid at Christmas when Jamie (the u/s tech) handed him the picture of Kayleigh. He gave the picture a big hug and said he loves his baby sister. So sweet- one of those moments to remember.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
We had a nice day today. T slept in and K &C played so nicely this morning after breakfast. Here's a picture of K's My. Potato Head creations- they all had names too. I was even able to read my Bible before PWOC. The boys had lunch in the car on the way home so we could maximize outside playing time before naps. We all love being outside & it helps with napping too.
Monday, February 2, 2009
We had a pretty quiet weekend after three days full of friends. Saturday morning the boys played in the indoor playground while I went to childcare training. I signed up to help but as I thought and prayed about it, I kept hearing that this is not my season for that. We have quite a busy couple months ahead. I really felt a peace as I told the childcare leaders that I would have to wait until later to help.
That night I listened to the Manna cell leader training online and learned the new prayer emphasis in cell groups. Of course, groups were always encouraged to pray, but even more emphasis on prayer now. And I heard a prophecy about this is the time to be bold, not shy, to make mistakes from being in drive, not in park. Those all really spoke to me about the group I'm leading. Then Sunday morning Pastor Fletcher talked about why the church doesn't obey (like Jonah didn't); one reason he said was the church worries about people leaving. All of those things helped tell me I have to step a little out of my comfort zone and really be "in drive" to help bring women together in our group. It's not enough to just coordinate a place, I need to work and pray to help make connections. I think God gave me some blessings to encourage me- as I had two ladies volunteer their homes to host group babysitting nights which will help to bring people together.
Sunday was another good day. We went to church and then spent lots of time outside. The boys "fed the deer" by making presents of sticks, pinestraw, and pinecones which Santa K & Elf C delivered to the deer. They were so excited that the deer "ate their stick candycanes during the boys naps. Our neighbors stopped their family game of hide and seek to talk with us for a while. We are so blessed with great neighbors all around us. Although little T thought we talked too long, he was very ready for dinner & wolfed down several servings of broccoli and red beans and rice. Then we all enjoyed yummy rolls straight out of the oven- Yummy!!