Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I successfully crammed three parties into one day! At 6am yesterday my beautiful beautician sister headed over to my cottage to do highlights for me, eyebrow wax, makeover, and style. I'd never had my eyebrows waxed before. I know, I'm strange. The beautifying process took some time (heh), but I came out alive, delighted with Julie's work.
So let party #1 commence. Fred bought me cream-filled donuts (the only kind I eat, and only on "special occasions"), and the kids sang to me, then hubby took me shopping at sales and the festival.
We then rushed on to Party #2 at my parents house. A quick deli lunch, and then I had requested pie rather than cake. Yum, yum for pie! I got another round of singing, my gift (thanks, Mom and Dad!), and then rushed off to prepare for Party #3.
Now the third was intended to be a ladies' night out, but my bday fell on a Saturday this year, so it ended up being like a birthday party for myself. (blush) Not my intention there, guys, but I do so appreciate the cards, gifts, songs, cakes.
This was truly one of the most wonderful birthdays I've ever had. I got to see a lot of my family and more friends than I imagined seeing on "my day."
Years ago, when I was so lonely one day, I cried out to God, asking Him to please give me some godly women friends. God is good. He has blessed me more than I deserve, with some of the most amazing girlfriends!
My camera was snatched by my sister, so I stood between Charlie and Sherrill, so I wouldn't have to take the flash alone!
We started out munching, then the whole introduction rounds, and then we played some games. They were more ice-breakers than games, as no one really "wins." It's just about getting to know each other. I realized that almost everyone here knows me through either our homeschool group or some kind of church/ ministry.
Lindsay, Amy, and Charlie...nice pose, Charlie!
The first game was "I Have Never..." Everyone sits in a circle except one person. The person in the middle says something that they have never done (ie. I have never gotten a manicure or I have never worn a bikini). All the people who have never done that have to get up and find an empty seat (from someone else who just got up). The person stuck without a seat is now in the middle. This game has no time limit. Wow-- I learned some interesting info! ;-)
Suzanne and Kathryn, do we need to separate you two??
The second game was Two Truths And A Lie. Each person writes 2 truths and a lie about themselves. The group has to guess which is the lie. We played variations of this later in the night. The tongues get looser as the night went on, if you know what I mean...
Two beauties, Rochelle and Adelia
We were also blessed to have Tab play her guitar and sing until about midnight. Her music just touches my soul. I wish I could sing. And I'm thankful that God gave her that talent, to stir others' hearts. And, girl, thank you SO much for the CD. You are awesome!
The last person shivered off to her car at about 1:20am or so. And then I flopped into bed and slept until almost 10am! Oh, what would I do without such an amazing husband? He also put everything away, cleaned the kitchen, and did the dishes. And then he took me shopping again today, and watched all the kids while I tried on some jeans. What kind of man braves the mall with four kids? Yes, I may be a teeny bit spoiled. But that's what we're supposed to do, right? Spoil each other.
You are all fantastic!! Thank you!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
She just had the most amazing little party, to celebrate being a boy!
You know, I've been to countless girl-y tea party, dress-up, princess, etc parties. And I love all that, being a girly-girl myself, but I also love the down-and-dirty fun-in-the-mud all-that-is-boy stuff. And, being a mom of three boys myself, I can't believe I never thought of having a BOY party.
This was so neat. She had displays of legos, blocks, farm animals, and The Dangerous Book for Boys set up. The table was burlap, camouflaged place mats with matching plates, cups, etc. The boys ate fish (goldfish) and then mud cakes (chocolate iced cupcakes.)
They each got their very own real wood sword. Don't worry, the ends weren't sharp. Someone smart had thought to hammer them until they were dull. :-) And they each got a newspaper hat, paper airplane, compass, frog, dino stickers, and decoder set. So very neat!!
I made jello racecars to bring, but then forgot about them and they stayed in her fridge the whole time! Heh. That's me.
Ten little boys, and so much fun! They could swing, play, run, shout, do crazy stunts, get dirty, pee outside, if need be...and no one got in any trouble. They just got their energy out and played like boys should play! Oh, I love it!
Monday, April 21, 2008
You get the idea! The way boys' minds work...
Saturday, April 19, 2008
On the other hand, I can only imagine the kinds of things Trevor will be able to accomplish someday with that much resolve and an unending energy level.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Now, on with the fun!
So, here's my first one:
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This morning I was sitting on the couch and Trevor came over to cuddle. He started rubbing and feeling my face with his little toddler hands. Aww...
And then he started counting:
"1...2....3...4..." and so on.
"What are you counting?"
"All the boo-boos on your face."
Gee, thanks, Honey. Way to make Mommy feel better.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
But today he came through with flying colors. I woke up at 9am!! Yes, be shocked. Even more shocking: Trevor slept in that long, too!!! Unheard of.
I came out to ....a clean living room, dishes done, kids dressed, and breakfast for me and Trevor waiting in the microwave! I'm impressed! He even put the things I like on my plate: eggs and potatoes, but no sausage...and extra sausage on Trev's plate. :-0
Sometimes I really believe I'm brought to my knees in an area so someone else can get a shiner day...er...shining day. :-)
I've always wondered why I get sick and Fred doesn't. I eat healthy foods almost all the time. I exercise, take vitamins, brush my teeth a lot, drink lots of water, you name it. But Fred, oh Fred, he thinks fried foods are a food group by themselves. Granted, he's getting better, but he still doesn't eat salad (as in NEVER in 11 years), or take vitamins or anything that "drastic," bless his heart (seriously, pray for his heart!)
I am thankful he is well. Things might not be up to my regular standards right now, but he sure is trying!! And when a man tries that hard, I can overlook all other messes. (Oh, and he is also staying home from poker today to help me. That is huge. Huge, I tell you.)
Friday, April 11, 2008
And the BIG NEWS-- Oliver JUST took his first three steps!!!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Do you see where I'm going with this?
I neglected to check pockets. When the load was ready to transfer, I was met with green covered, strong-smelling wet jeans. Ethan had apparently filled his pockets to full capacity with wild green onions. How did I miss that?!
I had to get everything out, then scoop the green stuff from the bottom of the washer, and proceed to pick each green strand out of the pants.
Anyway, on to other matters. When Fred got home from work today, he announced "We're havin' fish tonight!"
Fine by me. I marinated salmon, tilipia, and catfish, for a fish sampler platter. And I prepared homemade seasoned steak fries. Everything was set to go, when Fred discovered he was out of charcoal. Being the creative geniuses that we are (heh), we rigged up out firepit to cook the fries and then fish.
Yes, that's a leftover part of our fence, with the grill rack on top.
You know you're a redneck when...
The girls played dress-up, sang and danced to Hannah Montana (I didn't even realize this girl singer had a TV show until Suzanne enlightened me.) Then they played outside, made body scrubs, ate pizza and then cake. I love parties-- especially full of cute little dressed up girls!!
Isabelle and I are already making plans for her summer bday. :-) We usually stick to a pool theme, since it's the hottest part of summer. I'd love to veer away from that this year, and do something that would encourage the girls to get more playtime together. There are so many neat themes and ideas. I need to come up with something crafty, fun, but not expensive. Hmmm...
Thursday, April 3, 2008
It's amazing what a difference Bible study, prayer, good friends, sunny days, help from others, and baked goods can make!! :-)
Ah, the joy returns!
I think I've mentioned before that I really need my sunshine. I need fresh air and exercise or I start to feel ICK. Fred has been helping me get my daily dose. We have been working, off and on, on the play set. The weather is slowing us down considerably, but at least the kids have the tower, slide, and monkey bars so far. And don't forget dirt...actually MUD, thanks to all the rain.
The good thing about solid white clothes is that they can be bleached!!
Fred covered our wood when it started to rain, so after the showers cleared up, we went out and cooked over the firepit. Ahhh...fresh crisp air. So nice.
We've also taken up shooting hoops again. We take turns shooting and holding Oliver. Isabelle is getting quite good, too!! She's very proud of herself for making several hard shots, and she wants to try basketball camp this year. We've done Tball and soccer in the past, so this will be something neat and new.
Even if I can't get outside, it's nice to just leave the house when I'm feeling overwhelmed. Today we went to a post office field trip, then out to lunch with a friend (thank goodness for those free pizzas through Book It!), then had them come back here. After that our college grad student came to meet with Isabelle and then I went shopping. Somehow 10 hours of activity was very refreshing for me. :-)
Here's Ethan's attempt at taking a picture of us at the post office. Heh heh. It actually turned out strangely interesting. I'm not sure what on earth the kid did...
Tomorrow is a big day. My baby turns 1. ONE-year old. I can hardly believe it. I spent my spare seconds today just studying his little face: the wispy blond hair that is starting to curl in the back, his beautiful clear blue eyes, those chipmunk cheeks that everyone wants to pinch. The way he smiles, reaching up for my face when he's nursing. Oh...and the smell. He smells like the Shea Butter baby wash that I use on him. I just want to inhale it and keep that scent in my lungs. This baby is just the happiest cuddliest most adorable infant in the world, (not that I'm partial or anything.) I can't believe a whole year has passed.