Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
M is focusing with her scissors. She had so much fun cutting out "all the triangles!"
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
But last night was one of those rare nights. M came to our bedroom shortly after midnight. She announced that something was touching her hand, and it was really bothering her. Hmm ... my sleepy mind tried to think as Andy reached out to love on her.
Me: Maybe it's a fly, hon. There was one in the living room,
bothering me earlier this evening. Maybe it went to your room.
M: No. It can't be a fly, because this thing is touching my hand
and pulling me off the bed.
Ok, that's just scary. Good thing Dad handles the "scary" around here. I just rolled over and went back to sleep while Andy went to check for extra hands in the kids' bedroom.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
E had her 9 month check-up, and everything looks great. There is a definite dip on her weight chart from the past, but she's clearly back on track. The doctor even laughed at her and said, "Girl, I don't know what you were doing for those few weeks, but you've got it now."
E is the most difficult at the doctor's office. She loves the paper on the table. She rips it, chews it, destroys it. I have to keep her off of the table until the last possible second, because otherwise there will be no paper left. The doctor struggles to contain her as she wiggles around, destroying the paper, all the while squealing with delight. I've tried to distract her with toys, food, etc..., but she wants the paper. She loves the sound as she crumbles it in her little hands. This girl's a hoot.
Weight -- 17lb 15oz
Height -- 26.5 inches
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Andy treated us to a super Sunday Sundae yesterday. I say he treated us because it was his idea, yet he's the only one in the family without a sweet tooth. As a child, his family would frequent Dairy Queen for ice cream cones, and he was the only one to choose french fries over ice cream.
We hit the road yesterday afternoon after the kids (and I) woke up from our long afternoon nap. We told the kids we had a couple errands to run, which was true. We just didn't tell them that the second errand was a stop at Dairy Queen! As we drove into the parking lot, the squeals and stomps of excitement from the back of the truck were almost too much to bear. The girls were so excited I had to remind them - "Calm down." (We even have hand motions to go with the frequently repeated phrase.)
The big girls were thrilled with their hot fudge sundaes. They even sat at a separate table - my big girls are really growing up. And A got his own sundae which he easily downed. No leftovers with that boy. E shared a Thin Mint blizzard with me. Yum! Yum! Andy got a Snickers blizzard, but after a couple bites, he set it aside for the big girls to share. I think we'll get him fries next time.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
A couple Sundays ago we had a Baptism Party at the house. It's such a great reminder of why we do what we do. Remembering this makes getting up at 3AM on Sundays to prepare for service at Church Acadiana so worth it. What's a little missed sleep and sweat on the brow when we're talking about changed lives? I'm all about doing whatever I can to help others encounter Jesus.
Friday, October 16, 2009
On Monday nights, Andy rushes off to staff meeting right after dinner. That leaves my tired self at home with my five little boogers and lots of dirty dishes and counters and floors and faces, etc... It feels way beyond one on five. This week I thought of a plan recognizing that I could be making things worse for myself. But I was physically exhausted and longed for some help.
The plan: The kids (minus E) would transfer the dirty dishes from the table to the counter, wash them off in the sink, and load them in the dishwasher. This would free me to tackle the counters and floors. Faces would come later, or not. (It had been a long day.)
I put J and A on the transfer, C on washing, and M on loading. I tried not to watch because I can be a bit overbearing at times. I like things done properly, you know, like the way I do them. And with my exhaustion, I knew it would turn more into a fussing session rather than "Helping Mom" night. So I didn't direct traffic or get involved in any way. I focused on my tasks, ignoring the nagging thoughts of "how big of a mess are they making?!"
But they did amazing. After finishing vacuuming the living room, I rounded the corner to find this. Not only had they transferred, washed, and loaded all the dishes, they were attempting to add the soap! They had already dried the counter - especially the area directly behind the sink that my mom taught me will rot causing your sink to fall if you don't keep it dry. (I get it honest, and unfortunately I'm doing a pretty good job of passing it down the line.)
Thank you my precious kiddos, even E who sat and watched the festivities. I really do appreciate you, and I'm even looking forward to the next Monday night. Will you help your tired, 'ole Mom once again?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Well A decided to create a learning experience during nap time. He's a great teacher - real "hands on" and creative. And what did he want to learn about? Poo. Isn't every soon to be 2 year old fascinated with their poo poo? Maybe not, but mine sure have.
BEWARE: Totally disgusting pictures follow. You've been warned.