Friday, February 7, 2014

Catching Joy


         Today was a blur of laundry, school, meals, dishes, school, folding, school, diaper change, school, break up fight, kiss boo boo, meal.... But somewhere around dinner prep as school work got finished and chicken got put in the oven the kids begged to go outside. Into the barren tundra. And I sighed and gritted my teeth and said yes.

           Then came the gloves, layers, POTTY FIRST! More layers, hats, lost boots.... And finally they were out! 

.....Then Vivian's boot slipped off. So out I went to help her. Thinking I would come back in.

I went out in sweat pants and just my coat and boots.... But the joy caught me. And then Tom who was working in the office saw the joy out the window and had to come join in. 










And we spent and hour freezing and winded. Together and laughing. Snapping pictures, making memories, grabbing onto the fleeting joy of fresh snow in a too short childhood. 

Sometimes we get so busy we forget what it's all really for. 

More of this please and thank you.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Family Outing

Today we had a long overdue family day.

We cashed in on a gift card the kids got from my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Roger.
I thought I was indecisive... I may be, but my children outdid me today.
We spent a good forty five minutes letting each of them decide how best to spend five dollars.
The blessing was at least everything was five dollars so there was no need to veto any choices.
We would probably still be there if that had been a factor....




It was fun to see what they picked for themselves, Vivian got a ball, the boys picked bow and arrow sets, and Bella got a little stuffed puppy in a pick purse.

Next we ran through the grocery store and pet store, and then to McDonalds.
A rare treat for our four to eat out with all of us... it just gets to darn expensive.
 

Now we are home, tucked in and eating all the Halloween candy we can while we watch a movie.
And looking forward to and extra hour of sleep in the morning!
 
 

 
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New app new day


Today got the urge to blog. This hasn't been the norm lately as you may have noticed.... But I feel like I am missing things. Moments. Forgetting the funny things they say and do. I am hoping a new phone and a new app will help streamline the photo sharing process also... Because pictures make it so much more interesting! 


School today...


And now some quiet time.... 


And here's a little backstory on our summer.... In photo form.

More sooner than later i hope! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Four

Last night Tom and I went out for a much needed date. And we had a trip to the store to pick a gift for Daniel's birthday today.

When I got home he was still up and he got out of bed to say goodnight.
I said "Give me one more three year old hug and kiss! Tomorrow when you hug me you will be four!"

To my great surprise the boy who will NOT let me refer to him as my baby got teary eyed and quivery lipped and said "I think maybe I wanna be three for just one more day mama. I don't wanna grow up yet!"

I informed him that he wasn't born till after dinner... and therefore we could count most of tomorrow as still being three :)

And now just to keep him three at least a little bit forever.... All about Daniel



1.  How old are you? Five.... uh four!

2. What's your favorite color? Green. and I like black.

3. What's your favorite food? Grapes.... black and green and red.

3. Who's your best friend? Isaac and Jofuf (Joseph)

4. What's your favorite toy? um... I don't know. Everything in the galaxy.

5. What's your favorite tv show? Batman and Superman and hulk. (he has never see batman.)

6. What's your favorite movie? Aventurers. ( Which means Avengers.)

7. What's your favorite treat? Twistlers (twizzlers)

8. Where is your favorite place to go? um.... the museums.

9. What's you favorite video game? Sonic

10. What do you wanna be when you grow up? A Dad.

11. What's your favorite song? I don't know. Bruno Mars?

12. What is your favorite memory of something we did? What's a memory?

A memory is something you remember we did before.  Oh... I remember going to cooks forest.

13. Why do you like Cook's forest? I like going out with flashlights and finding people.

14. Who is your favorite babysitter? Andrea

15. Why? Because she is my best friend and I love her.

16. Where is your favorite place to go with Daddy? the working place (home depot)

17. What is Daddy's job? going to Mr. Bruce's and fixin cars and trucks.

18. What is Mommy's job? Doing stuff at the house and cleaning stuff and putting stuff the right way.

19. What's your job? playing.... I don't have a job. I only have to play and eat.

20. What do you wanna now that your four? um.... go see what my presents are at nans house. Can we go now? Can we?

And so we are off to swim and get a present as per the birthday boys request :)


Sunday, March 31, 2013

This Week...

This week Tommy asked me which cloud Heaven was on...

Daniel was supposed to be in his room changing his clothes on Friday night but instead he was standing on a toy chest naked and dancing in his window with a blue and red flashing light up toy.

Bella and I began reading from her devotional, Jesus Calling. It feels so good to do something just for her and I. And its so amazing and confidence building that I was able to teach this little person how to read.... somehow I couldn't imagine the day when she would read to me at night.

This week Vivian tried my patience and somehow also pulled me through the exhausting times with her cuteness. On Friday we were spring cleaning some things while Bella was away at a sleepover  and the boys played together. She was my little helper/terror. It made the work go soooo much slower but somehow it made everything more fun. Even when she was drinking out of the dirty trash can I was washing in the tub using the medicine dispenser.... even then...... *shudder* gag*....

Daniel asked me when it would be Easter again this morning.... I was confused. I said that TODAY is Easter. He looked confused then.

He said...
"So last week (when we colored eggs and went to the church egg hunt) was just practicing?".

This morning we all put on our Sunday best, and we were on timeish.... and we were better than we usually are. Or maybe it just seemed that way. Maybe we seemed better, shinier, less whiney to me because I was seeing us through the lens of this love. This all sacrificing, poured out, unbelievable love that Jesus gives.



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Seriously this time......

I got a little heartsick last night about my complete lack of blogging lately.

I don't really care about the blogging, for its own sake or if anyone reads it.
 I have needed to get down to the bare bones of life in order to get  into the swing of homeschooling two kids at once.


The truth is that the reason I am writing is that yesterday morning Tommy was not being himself so I checked his temperature and it was over 102. So I got him some meds and his pillow and blanket to snuggle with on the couch. He then asked me for his stitch.

Stitch as in the little blue alien from the Disney movie.
He sleeps with it every night and has weeded it out from and impressive collection of things he used to sleep with. He loves it.
And I had a moment of panic.... what if someday I forget how much he loved that stupid thing.

What if I forget that Bella telling me a couple days ago that she wanted to have a spa day and put "pickle slices" on my eyes and take a bath in mud.

How would it feel to not be able to tell Daniel that when he was three his favorite food was banana's and his favorite show was mighty machines... the one about going to digging school.  And he liked the bad guys better than the good guys. And he talked constantly about fighting a skeleton army.

And Vivian.... I am sure I won't forget to tell her that her toddlerhood nearly killed me... assuming I survive. If she gets out of sight for even a moment all hell breaks loose. The other day I found her under the chopping block in the kitchen with a steak knife..... seriously.

I am pretty sure she was out to get me since I didn't write her birthday post.


I have no other system for keeping track of these insane but beautiful days.

So I must write it seems.

Friday, January 4, 2013

I Resolve...

To write more about my children.
So tonight I begin with Vivian. Oh my dear sweet insane Viv....


The above picture is the last hot day of the summer of 2012 that I can recall.
We went to see Daddy and Grandpa at the house they were working at.
You were as you always are... wild.

Queen of your own castle... Dancing to your own beat... and beating on kids twice your size.
Is it wrong that I am quietly sooo amused when you are able to knock over your older siblings?
It is... but I don't care. You go girl. The world is a tough place, you are tougher. 



But you are also very affectionate. Especially with your Daddy.

 In fact you maybe the most cuddly toddler I have ever had... which is so the opposite of what your gogogo personality would say you ought to be. That is what I find so amazing about you baby. You are never what's expected.



You go missing for a few minutes and I find you have either:

gone upstairs to eat the drywall that is everywhere in the midst of our bedroom remodel.

gone to the boys room to get armpit deep in the fish tank to terrorize the fish and eat seaweed.

gone to the door and somehow gotten your brother to open it so you can go out in the snow in pj's.

Never a dull moment with you sweet wild one.

In the five minutes before Tommy's birthday party began this year we were frantically cleaning.
Some genius decided to have it on Sunday after church.... yeah.

So the house needed a quick pick up and you somehow got lost in the shuffle and ended up in the mud room... aka the forbidden room of non Vivian approved objects.

Your Father found you there and informed me that you had eaten three sticks of gum, still in wrappers.  I was amused but not at all concerned...
 then he said that his drill bit was also missing.
He was clearly concerned and said you could have swallowed it easily...
Panic... drama... five minutes of searching and asking you fruitless questions like
 "Vivi where is IT?".
 Imagining pulling out to go get x-ray's just as a whole house full of people pull in.

 Finally I said "She had gum... she must have been in my purse! Check the purse!"
Drill bit recovered... in the depths of my oversized purse.

This is just a small snapshot of what we go through with you sweetie.
May you have four just like you.
I will not babysit.
Ok I will but I will laugh as I send them home riddled with sugar....