Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fun Stuff to Do at Our House (A Book for Friends)

To help with the wild and crazy commotion that usually ensues when a friend comes over (or is that just us?), we created a little book (on Snapfish) with ideas of "fun stuff to do at our house."

For Example--

Playing Hide-n-Go Seek (a crowd favorite),

Building forts with blocks,

Swinging outside,

Or digging out the perler beads are a few options.

Of course, there are always superheroes waiting to take on the bad guys.

And, if it's what works, watching a movie with popcorn on the couch is pretty fun, too.

This little book also totally works as a great solution to the "there's nothing to do" cry. :)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Funnies: On Our Toes

We've made it this far into the year before M tried the just-list-all-of-the-spelling-words-you-can-in-one-sentence trick.

M:  I have to do a lot of math in my room to figure out the time.
(We seriously had no idea her clock was so wrong.  It's one hour behind and 15 minutes fast.  So, while it says it's 2:35, it's actually 3:20.  And despite the challenge, she always knows exactly what time it is--best math practice ever? ;) 

And just because I don't want to forget...
At our most recent dentist visit J and I were served a big old slice of humble pie--our poor kids had cavities--total parent fail. :(  But, they have handled it so well (and we've redoubled our efforts to keep their pearly whites in tip-top shape.).   Anyway, little dude had his final visit to fix up his teeth last week.  On the way he said, "My heart is sad to be going, but my mouth is so happy that this is the last time I have to go for this."  Be still my heart.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Five For The Week

1. Deeply entrenched in Operation Please Eat Fruits and Vegetables/Let's Balance Out This Carb-Only Diet.  We're making some head-way.  (Whoo-hoo!)

2.  Best seat in the house (playground).  (That one's for you, Dad.)

3.  Forever known as "The-Slide-That-M-Got-A-Mouthful-Of-Sand-On" because when she went down this slide when she was three she got all twisted around and landed open-mouthed-first in the sand at the bottom.  Memorable.

4.  Spring Hat Parade Day.  (First version included a pink and orange wreath with pink butterflies.  At the last minute I had mercy on the little guy who spends his days with a houseful of girls and sewed on some twigs instead.)

5.  "Look!  I'm M!"  (Wearing M's shoes.) (That camera smile is just awesome. :)

(Thank you so much for all of the kind words in response to our previous post.  They mean a lot.)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Hundred Goodbyes (An Unexpected Turn)

On Easter morning we snuck the small crew away to breakfast.  We had news--by Christmas there would be four of them.  They joined us in bursting with excitement.

Two weeks later the conversation changed.  Sometimes babies go to heaven before we get to meet them.  It was a long, hard weekend on an unfamiliar path.

It's amazing how in just two weeks a tiny, little growing person who you've never met can capture your heart.  Names, room arrangements, van seating assignments, holiday plans, foods to eat and to avoid, apps with daily updates, boy or girl, countless thoughts a day wandering to a new life blossoming with the spring.  And then a hundred goodbyes.

With a healing body and heart, I am so mindful of the miracle of life.  I am so very overwhelmed by the goodness of the extravagant gifts I get to watch grow every day.  And evermore thankful for the Hope of Heaven.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Five on Friday

1.  Button Flowers.

2.  An early lettuce and peas garden.  Fingers-crossed that they actually grow. ;)

3.  T-shirt weather. (No more baby swings.)

4.  A bird-nest platter.  "Recycling" T's hair.  His hair is not quite blond or brown.  We tease him that it's Weimaraner-colored.  (Could there be a cooler shade?)

5.  Four-leaf clover hunter.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Five for the Week

1.  Nature Class.  Those are their boots.  You should have seen their faces!  (Mud day. :)

2.  It's back.  Soccer gear out, winter wear away.

3.  Anne of Green Gables.  I would like to think that this will make T an even more compassionate guy.  (You're welcome future wife. ;)

4.  Weekend project.

5.  Their first dinner out at the Cheesecake Factory.  It's current ranking in favorite places ever?  Second only to hotels. :)  (And grandparents'.)

(So thankful for these little people who fill my days.)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Tea Kettle That Bought Hours

This past Saturday was a sweatshirt-wearing, yard-cleaning, outside-during-daylight-hours kind-of day.   

The perfect day to spruce up the pile of dirt the small crew uses as a pirate hide-out/house/ant farm.

 We added a very rough "fireplace" and brought it to life with a $4 tea kettle from an antique shop.  

And tucked "pantry shelves" into the back of a tree.
(They double as an outdoor nature museum display.)

They spent hours "cooking."  

(And fetching water.)

Now to add fresh mulch (it's waiting in the driveway) and a "roof."

SO excited about spring weather. :)

Monday, April 08, 2013

Funnies: Talking to Plants

Really, his expression is the best part.

Yesterday T walked up to our growing lima beans and (because of static electricity) they "jumped" back from him.  We might have told him that they were afraid of him--he needed to approach them a bit more slowly.  (Awesome parenting. ;)   Then because of the static electricity, or because they really were just looking for something to climb, the top of the bean plant seemed to dance around his finger when he held it out.  He was enamored.  By a bean plant.

We also told him that plants love carbon dioxide (thanks to Botany class.).  He was more than eager to share.  (Hence the face.)

Five-year-old little dudes are just so good for the heart.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

High Five for the Week

1.  They love each other.

2.  Easter Egg (GPS) Hunt at the Cabin with "The Cousins." (M on the far left in blue running by the barrel, T on the far right in the gray sweatshirt.)

3.  April Fools. (Cereal--spoon and all--frozen overnight.)

4.  Creating artists.

5.  Today--she taught herself how to ride a bike.

True to herself--she decided that she could do it--on her own.