Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
So I have a list of blogs that I check regularly. For varying reasons, these blogs interest me and I check them every couple of days but rarely comment. I had a realization today that....I. am.creepy. I'm like a creepy blog stalker, reading into the lives of people I don't even know and will probably never meet! I feel so...dirty. I swear I didn't mean any harm! I was just so excited to be in the internet world for the first time and there are all of these really interesting people out there with really interesting lives. People I laugh with, cry with and pray for. People I don't even know. I need to start commenting or never go back to their websites again! I am hiding my head in shame tonight. Who knew I was creepy? sigh....
But wait! I know there are several of you who read this and don't comment either! So I'm not the only one out there lurking. I feel much better now:)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Zakkai's new favorite word? NO
Taking the bus/train is a WHOLE lot cheaper than parking in chi-town (unless you get a meter)
I can push a cart for a little bit now! Whoo-hoo! But there can only be one child under 30lbs in it and it can only hold a few groceries. It's a start!
While the boys may really like dinosaurs, never take them to exhibits with life-like, moving, roaring dinosaurs...
Classical music makes the boy's bedtime a whole new (and happy) world!
9 children ages 3 1/2 and under can make a huge mess of your home in a very short amount of time! (don't worry, I love it!)
A piece of banana bread is NOT like a muffin apparently
3 1/2 year olds are REALLY smart and do not forget anything that you promised them
You are never too old to enjoy the zoo but it definitely is more enjoyable with children!
Tomorrow's outing? Riding downtown on the train and walking down the Magnificant Mile and more importantly, visiting the Lego Store!! Pictures coming soon...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Please, please pray for this sweet baby boy! I found this blog several months ago and have been praying for him since. He almost died in-utero from a heart condition, was covered in prayer, born healed (they thought) and now has slipped back into his heart condition called SVT. He has really high heart rates of lower 200s to 300 beats per minute and is very sick. Please pray for his healing! You can click on the picture and it will take you to his mama's blog.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We have been talking a lot about spring for obvious reasons. It's so fun to explain things to Samuel now that he's older and can have "real" conversations. We have a bazillion big windows in our living room/dining room area that look out at some huge trees. So at lunch yesterday we were talking about the trees "budding" when the spring comes. Here's a sample of our conversation:
Samuel: "Why are the trees moving, mommy?"
H: "Because they are SOOO happy that it is warm outside! They are dancing. And pretty soon they will get buds on their branches that will turn into green leaves."
Samuel with funny expression on his face: "Bugs, mommy? why will they get bugs on their branches?"
H, laughing: "Oh, not "bugs", "buddddss." There will be little tiny buds soon. I will show you!"
Samuel: "Will the bugs be there when I wake up from my nap?"
H: "No..it'll be a few weeks probably but I'll show you as soon as I see them. And they are called "buDs" with a "D."
Samuel shakes his head with ornery look on face: "No, mommy, they aren't buds. I want to call them bugs!"
And so, soon the trees will have bugs on them that will turn into big green leaves:)
And in Z-news: the little boogar is climbing everywhere! In the past 3 days, I have found him on the kitchen table, the deep freezer and most recently today...I came in to get him up from his nap after hearing a particularly suspicious crash. I expected to see his head pop up from the pack n' play that was on the other side of our bed but instead heard a little voice peep, "Hey, mommy!" from my left. I found Zakkai sitting on our old tv stand-turned-nightstand picking out books to read! He had finally figured out how to climb out of the pack n' play, onto our bed, across the bed and over to get himself a nice naptime story to read...sigh. It's a good thing this child is so darn cute!!
And cute he is! His latest adorable two year old ism? He gets nose-to-nose with me or puts his hands on the sides of my face and says in THE sweetest, softest little voice, "Hey, mommy, hey, mommy, I tell you someping?" Oh, he melts my heart! In between causing gray hairs, that is...
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Ben, I love you so much and am so thankful for the 6 years of marriage we've had! We have loved, laughed, struggled, sacrified, fought, kissed, become parents, moved, changed and have become entwined as only two best friends commited to loving each other for the rest of their lives can do! I love that God is the "third strand" in our relationship and I can feel His blessing on our life together. I can't wait for the next 50 years with you! I love you.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
~You're more excited to buy clothes for your kids than yourself
~The warm weather comes and you're just as excited as your children to play outside
~You spend hours trying to find solutions to your child's phases
~You enjoy eating chicken nuggets and individual cups of applesauce
~You have your favorite animals picked out at the zoo, too:)
~You constantly worry about something happening to your family
~You dress like one
~You swore up and down you would never get a minivan...but now they don't look so bad
~You get enormous pleasure out of telling people about your kid's "latest"
~You enjoy watching cartoons on a Saturday morning
~You start a blog just to talk about your children
~Your purse is also a diaper bag
~You frequent the dollar section at Target for prizes
~You walk around with "The Wheels on the Bus" stuck in your head for 3 days
~You can talk about your child's poop with no embarassment
~Your decor screams "A Child Lives Here!"
~Your cabinet is loaded with goldfish and raisins
~You could care less about your birthday but could invite 211 people to your child's party
~The highlight of your day is taking a walk and feeling those little hands in yours
~You finally understand what your mom was talking about and went through all those years
~You want to be a better person for your children
~You love deeper, hurt quicker, give more and expect nothing in return
I LOVE being a mom!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
And it's gross!! Ugh! Boys are... gross! This adorable child with the impish grin likes to take his diaper off and only at night! I'll leave it at that. Not to mention he constantly has terrible diaper rash! I SOOOOOOO wanted to put off potty training him til he was like...6 (jk!) but now, I'm thinking I might have to suck it up and begin training the youngest Thomas monkey. Sigh...
Speaking of monkeys...right now I am watching them "sweep" and "mop" the living room floor, which really means the crumbs are getting brushed around and around the floor in no particular order. I have just been informed that they must "sweep all the day because the house is a mess!"I guess that doesn't say much for my house-keeping skills (which sadly have been lacking since my back injury!) Thank goodness for husbands! I guess it's kind of sad when you're looking forward to a good spring cleaning (and rearranging!) due to a long deep cleaning hiatus:) Now maybe I should have the boys scrub the bathtub.....
And speaking of husbands (follow me here), I've got a good one! I came home to a nice-looking husband wearing cologne (I LOVE cologne!!mmm..), a spankin' clean house, dinner on the stove and a card from my boys saying they missed us...Maybe I should take little trips away more often...
Monday, March 9, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Today we were able to get out of the house. We went to a little shopping center and walked around and then came home and enjoyed lunch together (Panera!) and then naptime. Ah..I love days like this! Samuel is practicing writing his abc's right now and Zakkai is coloring (or putting crayons in and out of the box). Here are some funny boy sayings of the past few days:
We were playing with small legos (a new FAVORITE around here) and building construction vehicles (what else!) and Samuel said,
"Mommy! Look I have the biggerest construction vehicle ever!!"
"Yes, the biggerest!"
Sometimes the funniest things Samuel says are when he's not quite paying attention or mishears me. I can't help but laugh and he stares at me, bemused, until I tell him what's so funny. Today we were preparing for naptime and I had a library book ready. I told Samuel we were going to read "Little Red Riding Hood." He said, "Huh? Little Red Riding Hut?"
Zakkai lifted the lid and started banging on the piano the other day and Samuel gasped and exclaimed, "Mommy! Your piano runned out of tim!" I started laughing so hard I couldn't even answer him and asked him to repeat it and then gently corrected him, "Yes, Samuel, my piano is out of tune!"
Zakkai has been very agreeable lately! Two just might be a good age for him:) He agrees very sweetly with everything we say and says, "Uh-huh" in a sweet, high voice. On the flip side, this week, he has also started saying, "Don't you...! emphatically in front of every sentence. He caught me off guard the first time he said it to me when I took something from him that I didn't want him to have. He said, "Don't you take dat from me!" I looked at him in disbelief! I asked him to say it again and he was most obliging. "Don't you...!"