Archive for April, 2011

A tough question

Today at lunch

Connor:  Are hot dogs made of meat?

Me: (Pause) Um…sort of 🙂

Police La-Di-Da

Okay, pretend we’re playing MadGab.  Who can guess what song the title of my post actually is?  If you guessed, Feliz Navidad, you win!  More about that in a minute.

We canceled our cable a few months ago…it was costing an arm and a leg, and we realized that we only watched t.v. when we were super tired or bored and then basically wasted precious time that we could have been reading or sleeping.  Since canceling the cable, we (especially Tim) have read much more and gotten more sleep.  Hurray!  Since we no longer have cable, we can only watch movies on the t.v., that is, until last week, when we purchased a blu-ray player (our DVD player finally bit the dust) that does all this cool stuff like Netflix streaming.

And now we come back to the title of my post.  Our blu-ray player also does Pandora, so today for the first time I used the Pandora feature and had music playing from the t.v.  When Connor saw that one of the radio stations was Christmas music, he asked for that.  He was specifically listening for Feliz Navidad (Don’t ask me why but my kids love this song), and after it came on, he and Lucy were singing “Police La-di-da” all through the house.  It makes me smile just thinking of it.

I have included a couple of unrelated pics in this post, because I’m trying to be better about pictures. 🙂

31 cent scoop night

For those of you who didn’t know, tonight from 5PM-10PM, Baskin-Robbins had 31 cent ice cream scoops.  Since Tim  had to continue nailing in the dry wall, I took the two older children out for ice cream by myself.  This worked out well, since Tyler was ready for bed and I didn’t really want to give him any ice cream.  So for those of you who are under the mistaken impression that I never feed my kids sweets, here is the proof that I do in fact allow these small indulgences every once in a while.  Connor and Lucy loved it (of course).  It is so interesting to me how different they are though, down to the flavors of ice cream they like.  Connor prefers anything with chocolate, so he ordered a scoop of mint chocolate chip in a cone.  Lucy loves fruit, so she ordered the rainbow sherbet in a cup.  They looked so cute eating their ice cream on the steps outside.  (We had to go outside because the place was packed with people.)

Did I mention they were handing out fire hats?

Office remodel update

Work continued on Tim’s home office today.  Hooray!  Tim and J.W. worked on hanging the dry wall and insulating the wall today.  Below are a  few pics to show the progress so far.  The plaster man is supposed to be coming tomorrow.

The working at home has continued to go smoothly.  Praise the Lord!  I must admit that even without too much communication with my hubby during the day (despite his constant presence in the house), I still love seeing him throughout the day, and I know the kids are just soaking up the extra time with Daddy they’re getting at breakfast, lunch, and little break times.

Lucy standing next to the insulation

The studs before the dry wall

Tim and J.W.

New Trick

Connor ran inside this afternoon bursting with pride to show me his new trick: (drum roll) jumping from the swing while it is in motion.  I caught some pictures of his feat, which was really quite impressive.  He saw a friend from church doing it and decided to give it a go.  I guess this would be considered positive peer pressure?  At least, until he breaks something.  Enjoy the progression of the jump 🙂  Also, thought I should mention that the C-mac is into going around shirtless.  Lucy is jealous that she doesn’t have that particular freedom.

Step 1: Get the swing going

Step 2: Throw body off the swing and into the air

Step 3: Try to "stick" the landing without injury

Night Watch

Good morning!  🙂 Last night after Lucy came in for her nightly “I have to go  pee-pee, Mommy” announcement at 2:30AM, I could not go back to sleep for about an hour and half.  It’s so frustrating to be awakened out of sound sleep and be unable to return to that restful state (a small sacrifice for the sweet calling of motherhood though).  Am I the only one who cannot really remember what a full night of uninterrupted sleep feels like?

Anyway, in my wakeful time, my mind was bouncing around and thinking through all different parts of my life.  I ended up using the time to pray, mostly for those I often want to pray for during the day but either forget or simply don’t take the time to do it.  God filled my heart with peace as I prayed and also kept bringing a certain hymn to my remembrance, which was still with me when my alarm went off this morning.  I wanted to share it.  It’s called More Love to Thee by Elizabeth Prentiss.  I have copied the words below.

I finished a book this morning called Crazy Love by Francis Chan, and the point of his book goes well with the hymn.  He proclaims God’s amazing love for us His creatures, demonstrated in Christ, and calls us from the truth of Scriptures to live radically different lives because of the love we now have for Christ.  It is a really compelling and convicting read and has given me much to think about.  Tim and I have already had some really good discussions about what the Bible has to say about how much we give, how much we save for the future, how we can really serve God.  I’m hoping that he will read the book too, so that God might bring us to the same conclusions about how we can better love Him.  I would really recommend the book.

More Love to Thee

“More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!”

This is the prayer of my heart.  I hope it encourages you this morning.

First day

Wow!  I am really on a roll.  I just wanted to congratulate my husband on starting his first day of work for SourceForge.net today.  He is officially a telecommuter and working from home.  Unfortunately his home office is not yet finished, so he sequestered himself in our bedroom for about 8 hours today.  I am happy (and a little proud) to report that the kids and I did not bother him at all.  We pretended he wasn’t there, and it worked great.  The few times I did enter our bedroom today, Tim was so focused on what he was doing, that he didn’t even look at me or smile.  This total lack of communication between us caused me a little anxiety and upset, but at the end of the day, he explained that he was just really concentrating, not trying to ignore me or be rude.  I was quite relieved by this revelation.  I realize now that the whole working from home thing is going to take some adjustment and perhaps some discernment.  As far as advantages to working from home, I loved it that Tim popped out of our room a little after 5 and took time to shuck corn with the kids and grill chicken for supper.  Hooray for no commute!  (And saved gas money too!)  When his office gets finished, I will be try to post before and after pics.  I don’t think he minded working in our room today, except it’s the hottest room in the house during the afternoon…oh well.

Easter

Hello, friends!  Try to suppress your shock at yet another post being made within one week.  I wanted to include some pictures from our Easter celebration.  We read to the kids about our Savior’s death on the cross and His triumphant resurrection, and we celebrated these truths in worship on Sunday.  But I must admit that we also participated in such pagan traditions as an Easter egg hunt and dyeing Easter eggs.  Lucy and I also worked together to create a jelly bean cake (thanks, Katie for the idea!).  On Saturday while the kids were waiting for the eggs to hard boil, so they could begin their creative work, they both kept saying “We’re ready to dye! We’re ready to dye!”  Needless to say, Tim and I both found that quite funny 🙂  Enjoy the pics.  (PS  Tyler was not present at the dyeing, so I just included a recent pic of him in his diaper having a fit about something…’cuz he’s so stinkin’ cute, even when he’s upset.)

The beautiful, colorful jelly bean cake!

The eggs turned out quite lovely!

Little "naky" Ty

Tyler’s first haircut

Tyler got his first haircut on March 3, 2011.  Thanks to Joan for being brave enough to cut the hair of a 14-month old.  Unfortunately, she was afraid to get near his ears for fear of snipping them, so he ended up with a bowl cut, which has since been called a Dorothy Hamill haircut.  At least it’s not in his eyes anymore.  🙂

Before

After

Snapshot of Cruise

So  Tim and I did end up going on our ten year anniversary trip (seven months late) in March.  We went on a Caribbean cruise for seven days without our children.  We left the kiddies in the very capable and loving hands of my parents, and we lived the high life for a week.  We had a wonderful time away.  It was quite restorative for me to have time with just Tim and time alone away from the kids.  I’m so glad that we were able to do it.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Tim's pirate face

Horseback riding in San Juan, Puerto Rico