Hebrews 11:6

"...for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Funny Little Things

There are really fun moments as a mom. I thought I'd share one to make you laugh.

Today I was reading to both boys. It was just after lunch, but Sam looked at me (mid-sentence, mind you) and said, "Can I have a banana?"

I, being the ever-caring, never-annoyed mother, responded with, "Sure. Just let me finish this story."

At this point he started making a noise that was somewhere between a high-pitched hum and an "I'm pooping" noise. I just looked at him and said, "What are you doing?"

Without missing a beat he says, "Starving." I laughed and asked "If I get you a banana, will you stop starving?"

He said "yes," but amps up the volume as I walk to the kitchen. Indeed the sound did stop and we haven't heard it since. Silly Sam. I'm sure it will appear on another day when he needs to make me laugh or is hungry.
Poor little Eliza has her first fever today. She is handling it like her momma would....needs to be held and whines all day. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

And as for Steven.... his statements are often unknowingly pretentious. This one wasn't quite so bad, but they always come out a little differently than I think he intends. Or, potentially just like he intends but not what an adult wants to hear! At church on Sunday he looked at a little 3-year old boy who had long curly hair (adorable spring type curls) and asked if he was a boy or a girl. The little boy responded adamantly, "BOY!"

To which my son responded, "You are very hard to explain."

When pressed about this later he said, "But he's a boy AND has long curly hair...." as if this was impossible to fathom. Love it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WNC State Fair

Today we headed to the WNC State Fair. Let me first say, there is a large concentration of interesting people to look at while walking around at the fair. Even if you fail to fall into the trap of the yummy smelling grease in the air, the 3-5 dollar movable rides, or the irresistable male trap of the games..... you can just watch the people around you. I saw more amazing tattoos, hair, and clothing than I've seen in quite awhile. But the kids had a blast! It was the first year we've really gone for anything other than the animals. We started with some "pig" racing (with a few ducks and goats thrown in as well), then we headed to a one ring circus (which was actually pretty impressive, and we finished with a few rides for the boys (this was the fastest I've seen $20 go since we visited a casino in Niagara in 2005!). The boys had a ball and I'm ready for bed at 8:30 tonight! I must say we'll have to do that again. But next year... we'll have to get pre-ride tickets before the fair starts for half-price. I think the boys are hooked... and well... so is their mom.

Here's us by the farm animals and the tractors.

Waiting for the pig races to begin. They even gave them NASCAR names and numbers, and baited them to run with cheese doodles (I'm not making this up!). It was pretty comical, especially considering that this is what the couple that runs it does all the time!

Waiting for the circus to start.

See the guy balled up in the air?

Daddy joined us after he got off work for the last bit of the circus and the rides.

I think we'll be talking about this for awhile.

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Children!!!!!!!!!

This weekend we took a 24-hour trip to Greensboro because we knew that my Nanny was going to be there. It was such a good time, and it made me want to do trips to our family, for no reason, more often.
A tidbit about the little ones -
I never remember to actually comment on my kids. Life is going by so quickly and at such a hectic pace that taking a shower is impressive, let alone posting an update on the daily lives of our children!

Eliza is beautiful, fat, and lots of fun. She is incredibly happy the majority of her life. She sleeps through the night, talks to you, grabs and plays with toys, and smiles all the time. She loves to stand, and is incredibly social as long as she can see. Overall, she is happy. She does have female opinions though, and she never fails to let you know them. She is not okay with you picking at her in anyway or sitting in her own poo (I mean....honestly who should be?) She captured the hearts of Nanny and George this weekend. She is also doing so much better in terms of allergies! Going to our allergist/acupuncturist and time have created a baby that lets her mama eat whatever she wants!

Sam the ham. That is what my Dad called him, and it seems to fit quite well. He is still all out in terms of discipline, but he is so much fun. He is in all the pictures and always has a big goofy grin on his face. If he thinks it will make you laugh, he'll do something over and over and over and over again! He loves life and lives it to the fullest. He is literal in all senses of the word, and he sees life in black and white. He still has a couple funny little sayings, like "by my own," but for the most part he speaks pretty normally. But he isn't so good at pronouncing "l"s. So Eliza name sounds like, "wiza". Which reminds me, he also has an incredible wit. He has named his baby sister Cry-za and runs around calling her such. I can't believe he will be 3 in a little over a month!

Steven is just as sensitive as ever. He LOVES to flatter, which is the funniest thing he does currently. After the second day of Vacation Bible School, when I picked him up, the teacher informed me that he had been "kissing" the girls. I was HORRIFIED! We had a long discussion about only kissing girls in our family. So now he's really planting them on Eliza! We are also a part of a church plant (so it is VERY small) and a new family came on Sunday. In the car on the way home he said, "I like Kate, she's pretty." Insert jaw drop by mother and smirk by father. Looks like there is another discussion to be had, Daddy! Other than that, he is doing quite well. We are doing some slight work on reading, drawing, cutting, etc. His newest major accomplishment is learning to pump on a swing. On Sunday he was swinging so high that the swing would bounce at the top, shouting while he pumped, "NO ONE HAS TO START ME, NO ONE HAS TO START ME" over and over again.

Just writing this post brings a smile to my face. What fun children are. Constant work, lots of trying moments, but LOTS of fun. I am so blessed to be able to be at home with mine and even though I forget it at times, I wouldn't trade it for all the money in the world.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Apple Picking

I'm sure we'll go again, but this Friday we went apple picking for the first time this season (we'll probably head back again in late September to get our favorite variety - Blushing Gold). Thomas and Kate came up for a visit and joined the chaos of the stay-at-home mom on an adventure. It was adventurous to say the least. Eliza decided it was too hot to be in her carrier, so I had to hold her the entire time. The boys actually did amazingly well, seeing as it was their naptime and they walked the entire time. The meltdowns came later in the day as we went to pick out a celebration dinner at Earth Fare. Picture a mother exiting the store, pulling a screaming 4.5 year old. Luckily, Kate was with me to pay and man the other boy. Sigh. Each choice has it's consequences, hence apple picking during nap time without the father in 90 degree weather comes back to bite you around 5.

Friday, September 2, 2011

How big is big?

Well according to the charts my daughter is only 97%. I would like to meet the other 3%.... she is 16 pounds 3 ounces at 3.5 months which translates to huge. Huge to carry around.... huge to not be able to sit down on her own.... huge to have on your lap eating.... huge. This is not complaining. I'm fully aware I would rather have a fat baby any day of the week than have to worry about my child not eating enough....I'm just sayin'.

In this picture it looks like she is the same size as Sam!!!!!!!!! Her legs totally look like the Michelin man.

I also had to celebrate the fact that our husbands all gave us a night out together to celebrate a birthday. It was such a blessing! We did dinner, a movie, and yogurt!!! Thanks guys!