Unfortunately for Brooke she can't talk and thus her wants and dislikes are up for interpretation. I think for the most part, this time Elias had the right interpretation.
Friday, June 27, 2008
After we were done eating lunch we pulled out the cake. Elias on the other hand wasn't quite that impressed. It took a little coaxing to get him excited about the cake.
I think part of his lack of excitement over the cake was the delay in opening presents. Who wants cake when there is a world of unknown surprises under all that wrapping paper?
What kind of gift could bring this excitement? A squirtgun.
And look who's playing with the toys after the kids all went to bed.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
1. This conversation began at the grocery store
Elias: Why are you buying those?
Mom: We are going to have carrots with our lunch.
Elias: So I'll be strong enough to wrestle Dad?
Mom: Um, yeah
(After coming home and eating lunch Dad and Elias were wrestling with Dad obviously winning)
Dad: What happened I thought you ate your carrots?
Elias: Yeah, but they came out of my tummy when I went poop
2. I've often heard this since Emma's birthday
Emma: That was a long time ago, back when I was 3
Emma: I won't cry when I get shots anymore because I'm four now. I only cried back when I was young.
3. This happened the other night when I left the kids at a friends house. Her husband and teenage daughter watched all the kids while we had a Mom's meeting for Elias's school.
husband: sat down on the couch to read a book
Emma: climbed up on the couch onto his lap straddling him. She put both hands on his face making him look directly at her and told him "I was talking to you."
(I was so glad this story was relayed to my husband the next day at work and not to me.)
4. As we passes a man on the street I had this conversation with my eldest child. Unfortunaly the man only heard the first sentence and kept on walking.
Elias: That person is strange.
Mom: Elias, that is not kind. Why would you say that?
Elias: Do we know him? Isn't he a stranger?
(Now I ask you, how do explain the fact that someone can be a stranger and not be strange?)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
that Alex gets home from work. It's been a month now and we are getting use to a different schedule now that Alex is working the swing shift (3pm-11:30) at UCLA. And so far so good. It's been hard going to sleep without him, but having him home during the day is a definite bonus. We are very thankful for the job God has provided. Alex is working with the plumbing department despite the fact that he has absolutely no experience with plumbing (he's mapping out the manholes on the campus right now and will be doing those type of projects throughout the year). I was not looking forward to the odd hours but so far it has not been bad and we are actually enjoying our mornings. The benefit to this job is that it will enable him to be in class this fall in the mornings. We are very thankful to God for providing for us during our unplanned "3 month vacation". It was very fun having him home and the Lord was so very gracious in providing for us that is almost did feel a little bit like a vacation. We very much appreciate the friends and family that were praying for us.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Ok, I had just mopped the floor the night before, but if I hadn't it really wouldn't have changed my actions. This morning while making a salad I dropped a bunch of frozen corn on the floor. Multiple responses ran through my head: a) sweep it up and throw it away b) gently pick up the pieces and toss them in the salad (hey, I had just mopped the night before) c) call the kids to come and have a snack. My kids love frozen vegetables (if I don't cook them). I need to remember this healthy snack. Often, however, it's just a snack they get when I make a mess and call them to come clean up. Frozen corn is thier favorite, but they'll clean up frozen mixed veggies pretty quickly.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I'm finally getting the last of our vacation pictures up. We took a break from swimming at the pool and found a fun beach that had lots of tidepools to explore.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Well, we had no refrigerator box and really no room big enough to build such a monstrosity (or enough patience on my part). What we did have was a small box, some construction paper and a black marker. And although I know my craft project pales in comparison to my incredibly talented sis-n-law , my son's opinion of me grew leaps and bounds this evening as he marveled at his developing castle.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Some Regal Theatres are showing FREE kids movies this summer. I hope there is one in your neck of the woods. If nothing else it's free airconditioning. Click here to find a theatre near you. By the way, are you allowed to bring snacks into the theatre? My philosphy has always been don't ask don't tell. What do you think?