Thursday, April 30, 2009
So, rather than bore you with another picture of our garage, I thought I'd share one of my favorite pictures. Henry had just turned 6, Seth was about 3 1/2 and Caroline was about 1 1/2. Weren't they sweet?!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We just had a conference with her teacher, who declared her "soooo ready" to start Kindergarten, and gave her such a nice report card. Caroline is obviously very proud of it, because she made me read it to her several times on the way home in the car. She loved the part where her teacher called her "a lovely young lady!" (We think she is too!)
The teacher said that the only thing she needed to work on was remembering the difference between the letters "b" and "d". Guess what she was practicing the whole way home?
I'm so happy that she's had such a good first experience with school!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The life within them starts out so small. All you have to do is pop them into the ground, water them, and soon a little tree or plant starts its life.
We planted a Kentucky Coffee Tree seed a couple of weeks ago. Seth just discovered a couple of days ago that our little tree just popped out of the soil. (It kind of looks like a little red worm.)
Its neat to have a picture of the kids with their little trees...my parents took pictures of me with trees they planted in their yard. The romantic part of me wonders if we could actually keep this tree growing, planting it outside when it is big enough, imagining that our children will be grown when this tree is, wondering what their lives will be like.
Monday, April 27, 2009
On Arbor Day, Henry's teacher gave him a fir tree. He has been taking very good care of it.
This is Caroline's Kentucky Coffee tree (aka Theresa), compliments of Grandma and Grandpa Orton. She is a good caretaker as well, even bringing her worms to make better soil. ;)
She is our dandelion girl. She picked a bunch of them for our centerpiece on our table tonight!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Well, you know, what one does, the others have to do too. The kids began to look for the muddiest spots in our yard to do some worm hunting. (What kind of a mom lets her kids do this?!) They were very successful, both in collecting many worms, and in coating nearly every inch of themselves in mud. I've got a little laundry to do tonight.
Right after we took this picture, we threw the kids in the bath, got dressed, and headed over to my sister and brother-in-law's for dinner (YUM, Jim's lasagna!!).
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Caroline has been faithfully practicing her basketball shot, and was bursting with excitement when she made her first two baskets all by herself!! Unfortunately, I did not catch them on camera, but I did catch some close ones. :)
Friday, April 24, 2009
Unfortunately, the big Cub Scout camp out is going to be rained out tomorrow night. So to help the kids get past their disappointment, we suggested that Seth and Caroline "camp out" in Seth's room. (Henry is at a sleepover.) They came up with their own ideas and set it up all on their own. Please note:
--the big brown blanket playing the role of dirt
--the small blue blocks as a stream
--the red and yellow blocks as the campfire
--Baby Bear (the one Caroline is sleeping with) as a "very scary bear"
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Henry's flu had really knocked him out too. He fainted once and was dizzy for a lot of yesterday, as well as this morning and had such a terrible headache. By the afternoon, we had gotten him rehydrated, and he felt much better. He was relieved because he wants to go to school tomorrow and he doesn't want to miss the big boy scout camping trip this Saturday. We'll see.
I'm hoping that we might be starting to come out of the woods, that the rest of the family does not catch this nasty bug. Its been a very rough week. Mom is ready for things to go back to normal! I am looking forward to getting more sleep, being in less of a fog, and catching up.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Her youngest child, Stellan, is about 6 months old. He has been a miracle, surviving some major heart trouble that he had in utero. His heart condition has returned, and after a month's stay in a hospital, had a major surgery today to try to correct his problem. Throughout his whole life, his mom has journaled his ups and downs. People have responded in wonderful ways to support this family, mainly through prayer.
Just to show this family the sheer number of people who are praying for Stellan, some of their blog readers suggested that people wear orange today (the mom's favorite color), take a picture, and send it to the blog. Caroline happily obliged, especially since she got to wear a favorite outfit her cousins gave her. She even drew him a sweet picture.
The response has been amazing. If you'd like to see this family's blog, see all the pictures I'm talking about, and check on Stellan too, just click on this link... My Charming Kids .
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Well, today was his day! We went to our local high school, and were amazed by all of the talent this fair exhibited. Henry was so proud to show us his piece, and was already scheming to get another piece chosen for next year's fair.
And, just because I thought you needed a good Sunday night laugh...
Saturday, April 18, 2009
ADDED SUNDAY, APRIL 19:
Dave let me sleep in this morning, so I am feeling MUCH better. We really had such a good time yesterday having everyone together to celebrate Jean's birthday and Dave's parents' anniversary. Dave's brother, Mike, and his wife, Vika, recently moved from Italy to the United States, and we were so happy to see them both on Easter and yesterday. Dave's other brother, Mark, and his wife, Nacibe, were also able to come with their children Anabel and Nadia. (My kids were experiencing serious cousin withdrawal, so they were so thrilled to be reunited.)
Everyone came early enough to watch Henry and Seth blast off their model rocket at a Cub Scouts' event. Henry and Seth were proud to have such a big fan club watching them. Jean snapped the sweet picture of Caroline and Nadia holding hands while watching the rockets being launched.
We love our family!
Friday, April 17, 2009
ON THE COUCH!!!
I was cleaning in the living room while Caroline and Evan were watching a movie in the family room. I walked in to check on them, and our eyes met, Evan's and mine. He jumped a little, and said "I don't color on the couch, NO NO. Ohhhhhhh...." And with that he had a very concerned little look on his face, quite obviously regretting that he had forgotten that Mommy only lets him color on paper. Yup, black vertical lines down the length of the couch. I had to put him on a little time out, not only to reinforce my rule, but honestly also to walk myself into the laundry room so he wouldn't see me laugh. I regained my composure, and went about trying to remove the marks on the couch. Unlike the time Caroline scribbled red crayon on the same couch, black dry-erase marker does not budge. Oh well, I've been meaning to get those couches steam-cleaned. Hopefully we'll be able to get the marks out or we might be seeing less humor in this particular situation. :)
Evan's word choices do tickle me...whenever he is doing something he shouldn't be doing, its always, "I don't color on the couch, " or "I don't want the candy." Apparently, he is repeating the rules to himself. Perhaps he thinks that way he'll remember them next time. I am not too confident in that, but its a good thought, and I am going to try to keep thinking it.
Another Evan translation..."I get some Skittles" equals "I need to go to the potty." Apparently, Skittles are such a good motivator for him that he will go, get some candy, and then, two minutes later, try to go again.
Funny, funny boy.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
...and now I'm off to bed. Its only 8:30, but I'm falling asleep as I type this. :) Holidays wear me out.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch ..
By 20 $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741..38 a month,
* $171.08 a week.
* A mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice is; don't have children if you want to be 'rich.'Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for your $160,140.00?
* Naming rights . First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.
For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up. You get to:
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs,
* never stop believing in .
You have an excuse to:
* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watch Saturday morning cartoons,
* go to Disney movies, and
* wish on stars.
You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodlewreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.
For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
* coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat in history to witness the:
* First step,
* First word,
* First bra,
* First date,
* First time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing,criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match..
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God.You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!
Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren & great-grandchildren!!!!!!! It's the best investment you'll ever make!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Henry and a friend went to an Easter Egg Hunt...for eggs that were dropped out of a HELICOPTER!!!! How cool is that?!
Caroline reminded her Grandma Orton that we "always" have an Easter Egg Hunt at her house. So even though we are spending Easter with Dave's side of the family this year, my parents had us over for that egg hunt their granddaughter requested.
Evan has a bit of a sweet tooth. After he had his fair share of candy from the egg hunt, he decided to take all of the candy out of his eggs, under my watchful eye. He would bring each piece of candy to me and ask me, "I eat the candy?" I would answer, "No, Evan. We are all done with the candy." With that, he would throw his candy in his bucket and respond, "I don't want it." Ohhhhhh, I get it. You didn't want it anyway, huh, Evan?!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Just thought that the following was a sweet picture of the three boys together...watching Tom and Jerry, sweet Seth with his arm around Evan.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Caroline woke up first this morning, and requested that we make "Easter Bunny Pancakes." I wasn't sure how I was going to do that, but this is what I came up with. Not too bad, I thought. Caroline loved it, and suggested that we make some up for the boys. The picture shows Henry's reaction. I guess he would have preferred more manly colors. ;)