Sunday, August 31, 2008

More Randomness

It's been a month since I've posted anything random about the boys (hard to believe, right?)

My boys

Chandler...
This month Chandler hit a lot of milestones. He can sit alone now! He can roll over (and rolls everywhere). He can get up on all fours and rock...crawling won't be far behind. He's into giving everyone high fives, because he loves to slap things. He also scored a 1500 on his SAT's. (jk)

My boys

Solid food.

Granny tickles

Look who's sitting up!!

Chance...
This month Chance's speech has gotten even clearer. Yesterday as I put him down for a nap, I asked if he wanted me to lay down with him, he said "No, Mommy. You sleep (by) yourself, Chance watch tv!" LOL

Charlie recently gave him "tattoos" with his markers...
Sleepy tattooed boy

Getting so big!

The Evacuees brought a kitty!

Charlie...
The big news with Charlie is he got into Pre-K at our church! We were on the waiting list (because I didn't camp out like the more die-hard parents), but weren't expecting to get in! He starts Wednesday, and has had his lunch pail packed with his bottle of water for 2 weeks now. It was all I could do to convince him he couldn't put food in it yet. Obviously, he's just a little excited! As for me, I'm freaking out a little - I can't believe he's old enough! He'll go 2 days a week, 4 hours a day. He's one of only 3 boys in the class, which I think is great. This way he'll get to understand girls a little better, and hopefully he'll be less rowdy...

The dawn of a new era
[Helping Daddy push Chandler into church - we went for Pre-K orientation.]

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails...

Biking off into the sunset gone wrong
[First scraped knee from bike riding.]


Zoo Time Again

2 wild animals - and some statues

We finally got back to the zoo! Some friends came down and we checked things out for what felt like the first time in forever. It was Chandler's first time to go. He did great!

This post is about 2 weeks overdue. And as usual, I didn't get enough pictures, specifically of my friend Jamie and her sweet family. But I did catch a couple of her cute boy, Evan. He's 14 months old...definitely one of my favorite ages/stages.

Zoo
[He fed the goat some of his snacks.]

Zoo

Charlie caught a butterfly in the butterfly exhibit - but he cheated by holding it's leg so it couldn't fly away. ha!
Zoo

Zoo
[I think they got it backwards.]

This is how he rode the train
[This is how Chance was through the entire 20 minute train ride. He doesn't like the loud train crossings.]

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Marble Falls

I've blogged before about the beautiful Marble Falls, but last week we got to enjoy it in a whole new way: with lots of family. My dad got all 4 cabins and had one for himself, and the other 3 for his daughters (of which I am one). As seems to be the trend since Chandler's been born, I didn't get as many photos as I'd liked, but here's what I got...

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Chandler got some Nana-love.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Charlie got a fish.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Chance got a bubble bath.]

Fun with bathroom tiles
[and he got a shower.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[William got a lesson in stair climbing.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Dad got a chance to barbeque.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Grandma got a boat full of fishing buddies.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Chuck got a fish, too (hahaha, hehehe, hohoho).]

One cute 15 mo. old
[Elijah got to show off some walking skills.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Mammy got to hear about Alaska. She'll see it for the first time next month!]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Jay got to play with fireworks.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls FUTAB style
[I got to relax.]

Longhorn Caverns
[The boys got to see Longhorn Caverns with Big Daddy.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Chance got to play with minnows.]

A mini vacation to Marble Falls
[Charlie got to fish some more.]

A Worthy Cause





Meet Angel. His story is amazing. A preemie who was abandoned in the hospital, and adopted 3 years later by a couple who worked in the hospital. They were told he wouldn't live but a couple more years. Well, now he's 8 years old. He had to have a liver, bowel and pancreas transplant last month. The recovery will take months in the hospital. His (adopted) mom just gave birth to his baby sister, in the same hospital (which happens to be 2 hours from home). I can't even imagine how emotionally and financially difficult it must be.

But the story is an inspiration. You can check out the website here for more of it.

And while you're there, why not donate? Or at least buy a t-shirt? ;)

I heard about this from a photographer on flickr, Tracie Taylor. Here's her collection of pictures and videos. Her daughters even had a garage sale to raise money for the family. How cool is that? And now there's a group on flickr (make that two) for Angel, taking pictures with the word "Hope" in it to encourage him.

Romans 12:10-13
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sacred

On any given day, I find myself in the struggle against housework versus time/attention given to 3 boys. Finding time beyond meeting their physical needs is no simple task. Any day that I actually catch up on housework is a day when I let them watch too much tv or play unsupervised for too long, or eat poptarts for breakfast...and lunch. On the days when I'm Supermom, you can bet the house is in shambles. Then you add in trying to find time for my wonderfully large family, and my love for (read: addiction to) photography, and there just isn't enough of me to go around. I keep trying to look from the long term... How will my actions affect the boys years from now? What will I regret? I think I'd regret a dirty house the least, yet it overwhelms me when the messes pile up.

Enter, this song:

this house is a good mess
it’s the proof of life
no way would I trade jobs
but it don’t pay overtime

I’ll get to the laundry
I don’t know when
I’m saying a prayer tonight
cause tomorrow it starts again

could it be that everything is sacred?
and all this time
everything I’ve dreamed of
has been right before my eyes

the children are sleeping
but they’re running through my mind
the sun makes them happy
and the music makes them unwind

my cup runneth over
and I worry about the stain
teach me to run to You
like they run to me for every little thing

when I forget to drink from you
I can feel the banks harden
Lord, make me like a stream
to feed the garden

wake up, little sleeper
the Lord, God Almighty
made your Mama keeper
so rise and shine
rise and shine cause

everything is sacred
and all this time
everything I’ve dreamed of
has been right before my eyes

I've adopted it as my theme song. It's called "Sacred" on the newest Caedmon's Call album (Overdressed). Check it out on itunes if you like it. I love it, it helps me remember what's most important, and hopefully start keeping my priorities straight.

So if you ever witness my house (or as you see it in the videos/ photos), just know it's my good mess, proof that I'm attempting to do what's best. I'm such a Martha, and I really need to be a Mary.

How about you? What do you struggle to keep in check?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Katie's here!

A big congratulations to my friends, Sarah and Daron! They had their first baby, sweet Katie, on Sunday. She was a whooping 9 lbs 4 oz and 20.5 inches long. And after getting to see her beautiful self today, I can confirm, she is a tall one, and sooo gorgeous. Take a look...

Katie's here!

Katie's here!
She has a FULL head of hair. Lucky girl. :)

Katie's here!
And is there anything more fun than seeing new parents with their baby?!

Katie's here!
Seriously, it's such a sacred thing.

They were a couple, and now Katie makes them a family. Congratulations, guys!

The Backyard in all its Glory

Here's the adventure we've been on for the last 6 months...
My dream-come-true for the boys...

This was the backyard in '05
This was the backyard back in '05 when we bought the property.

Just imagine a bunch of tall weeds and you'll see what it looked like (untouched) until February '08.

backyard

Then our friend Mitch brought his bob cat over and worked some magic, leveling things out, clearing Cedars.
And Chuck built that beautiful playscape just in time before Chandler was born.

backyard
Then, in June, Mitch came back to help us finish the project. We (Mitch) set up a parameter and put in pebbles under the playscape.

backyard
Chance tested out the pebbles for us.

backyard
Then he added another parameter for a crushed-granite trail around it.
Charlie calls it "the race track."

backyard
And last week we got the grass finished!
Well, sorta - we did the checkerboard pattern, it'll take awhile to grow in...

So here it is: the before.
This was the backyard in '05

the after.
backyard

We are so blessed.



18 minutes 46 seconds

That's how long the phone call lasted with my insurance agent. It was one of those, ya know, "need to concentrate, don't interrupt me" kinda calls.... I asked Charlie and Chance ahead of time to let Mommy talk on the phone. So here's what happened:

Charlie poured out syrup on a plate, then proceeds to cover his hands in it, and I caught him just as he was about to fingerpaint himself.

Charlie and Chance fought over whose turn it was for a toy (and wanted me to referee).

Chance turns on my point and shoot camera, sticking his greasy little fingers all over the lens. I take it away, so he starts screaming as loud as he can. I go into the bedroom and shut the door, so he grabs his toy and starts hitting the door.

Chandler cries because he's tired of standing in his saucer.


Basicially there wasn't a single second that wasn't filled with a kid screaming or crying - for the entire 18 minutes and 46 seconds. And this, my friends, is why I hate the telephone...or anything that requires my undivided attention.

Someday I'll laugh about this. As everyone says "Don't blink or you'll miss the joy of when your kids were little..." Well, for 18 minutes and 46 seconds today, I couldn't stop blinking... ;)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Video Blog

Chandler has decided anything we can drink, he can drink too.

Thirsty Boy



The boys found my high heels.

High Heeled Boys



I caught Chance practicing his whining - and then you can see why I really don't enjoy the baby food stage. Blech!

Practicing his whine


Check out Charlie's musical prowess (or lack thereof):

A Harley Davidson Ballad





Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Randomness.

He found the animals
[He found the animals on his high chair.]

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Yesterday I put Chandler on a blanket spread out on the floor, and let him play. Then I got called away for the other boys. When I came back, there was no Chandler. I could hear him. But I couldn't see him. Finally I found the little sneaker - all the way under the bed!! He can scoot on his back now!

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Who loves yogurt?

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Today Charlie told me, "Mommy, I really been wanting to see God! I want to know what He looks like and what clothes He wears!" So I told him how we'll see God in Heaven and how Jesus is a man, and when He comes back we'll see him, dressed in white. He said, "But Mommy, this is taking a long time to see Him!!" So true, honey, so true. ;)

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Simple Joys

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Tonight, as I was putting the boys to bed, I mentioned something about how we need to be kind to one another. Charlie said, "But Mommy, you're not being kind to us when you spank us." Bwahahaha!

So I told him how I spank him because I love him, not because I'm mad at him. I told him that if I didn't spank him, I'd be hating him because he needs a spanking sometimes.

He said, "You know what I hate? Grease. It's this chocolate stuff that, if you eat it, it makes your belly really bigger. Like bigger (than) instead of a house. So if you sit on your bed you would break your bed."

I really don't understand the thought process of a four year old.

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Hey Look Mommy!

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I heard Chandler fussing, but was in the middle of something. Then he stopped fussing. Closer investigation showed he had a little piece of pop tart placed in his ever-hungry mouth. Thanks, Charlie.

William's 4th Birthday

William's 4th Birthday

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In order to get Chance potty trained, I've been letting him run around in his birthday suit. So far so good on going No. 1 in the potty. But with No. 2, he seems to confuse "go on the potty" with "go on the porch." Ugh.

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Who else loves Chandler?

Simple Joys

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Charlie said to me "Mommy, can we watch the Philistines." Philistines? You mean the deleted scenes? "Yeah, the Philistines."

Lil Monkey

The sighting