Monday, April 30, 2007
Anyway, he's supposed to have another practice on Wednesday, so hopefully they'll have good weather then. Their first game is 2 weeks from tonight!
Let me first start by saying that about a month ago, we were in the chiropractor's office, and the boys were asking questions about the pictures of all of our body systems - skeletal, muscular, & nervous. Well, Sebastian understood skeletal & muscular, but he just didn't get the concept of nerves. So I told him it was like wiring - like when Daddy builds a computer, and there are lots of wires on the inside. The wires connect our brain to other parts of our bodies & let the brain tell our arms & legs, etc to move or to feel touch, and so on and so on. Ah ha! Now he gets it.
So yesterday in the van, he says, "Mom, I think my wires are hurting." Well, since I had ABSOLUTELY NO context for this conversation, I was lost! "What do you mean?" "You know! All the little blue things in us that are wires. The ones in the picture. That make us like computers." (Pause to think what this could POSSIBLY mean.......oh, yeah!) "What do you mean they're hurting?" "Well, they're hurting because they're telling my brain that my arm hurts." LOL! Too funny, kid! I can't believe that he remembered that much of our conversation. (Well, maybe I can, a little - that's just what Sebastian does I guess.)
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Where was Meagan for all this? Well, for a while she was napping. After that, she kind of did her own thing. First she did some landscaping. Then she ran around aimlessly, and finally she settled on playing with Nicole's yard toys - mostly the little tykes car. She tries so so hard to keep up with her boys and be included, but the missions game was just too much for her little attention span, and she quickly lost interest in copying them - I think she just couldn't figure out the point of what they were doing. LOL!
When Lucas finally made it home from work, we got cleaned up, went and got his rental car for his week in Toledo, and then went to Hooters for dinner. In Toledo we always used to go to Hooters on draft day, so we decided to bring back the good ol' days! The kids had fun - and Meagan was quick to point out that the girls' shorts were 'broken' - VERY BROKEN! LOL!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Isaac and I have been having an 'interesting' day. He is just emotionally CHARGED these past few days. For those of you who really know him, you'll know exactly what I mean. He's just been having his little explosions - it's just like someone flips a switch, and he goes from perfectly calm to erupting in emotions at the snap of a finger. And adding Sebastian to the mix just gets Isaac more worked up. Uggh! Days like this I need an easy button. Wish those came standard.
Other than that, today has been a pretty quiet and typical day. Oh, except for McDonalds at lunch. Let's just say that I honked at my neighbor, who was about 3 cars ahead of me in line. Well, I guess people really are sheep, because people behind me started honking too - I guess they thought we were getting impatient, or something? Well, the next thing I know, cars started cutting out of the line behind me, and cutting in front of cars in line in front of me (our McDonalds has the 2 lanes for ordering that merge into one lane for paying, so they were going around the line and getting behind the car ordering in the right lane - if that makes any sense). So then people were honking for real. As I was getting ready to pull up to order (which just happened to be in the right lane), a guy comes flying around and cuts in front of me AGAIN. Since I almost hit the guy, I honked to get his attention. He looked at me and put his arms in the air, as if to say what's your problem. So, I said (window was down to order) 'People have been waiting. What are you doing?' So he got all huffy & puffy and drove away. Sheesh. All because I tried to say hi to my neighbor! LOL! Next time I'll be stuck up & keep to myself! ;)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I spent this afternoon reorganizing my scrapbooks...WHY I don't know. Well, I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I'm not sure what possessed me to do it today. I used to have them organized by kid by year, but I really didn't like them set up that way (I won't go in to all that). So I decided to combine them all and just separate them by year. So now I basically have two albums for each year (except for 2001 & 2002, when I didn't have many pages done...may have to go back & beef those up later). It took forever, and my back is sore from bending over the table for that long, but I'm glad it's done.
Since it's now 20 'til 8:00, I am off to get PJs on kids, get teeth brushed, and stick them all in bed. I am DONE for the day. I have run out of steam, and patience, and energy. It is time to turn off 'Mommy' mode and unwind. See ya tomorrow.
Monday, April 23, 2007
I also have put our Chicken Little step counter (from a cereal box) to work today. Lucas has been doing a thing at work where he wears a step counter all day & tracks his progress. Well, I'm not paying $22 for a step counter, but I figure the Chicken Little one will work well enough. So I decided to play along, starting today. I signed up at America on the Move so that I can track my progress. And I started wearing my step counter sometime around 9:00 this morning (so I missed about 2 hours of the day, but oh well). So far, I'm up to over 6,000 steps. Who knew a li'l ol' house wife like me moved so much during the day. No wonder I feel like crashing by the end of the day. (Nothing compared to Lucas though...he had over 18,000 steps one day because they had a rough day at work. Still, not too shabby).
Well, off to take an afternoon rest! :o)
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I did this one (below) because I wanted to document our new table we were blessed with this year. We had been waiting and waiting until we could afford a new table, since we had long outgrown our old one. One day Guy called and asked if we would be interested in an oak table that would seat 8 people when it was expanded. Um....YES!! So our patient waiting was over! Guy & Jane delivered our new table to us just in time to try it out for Thanksgiving dinner!
Journaling: Top: 'A new table for Thanksgiving...pretty cool. Spending Thanksgiving with family...Priceless' Bottom corner: 'Guy & Jane brought our new table up, and while they were here, we celebrated Thanksgiving. A little early, but Jane had neck surgery scheduled for the days right before the actual holiday. It was great to be able to sit down at our new expandable table and have dinner together as a family.'
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Journaling: 'So I came downstairs this morning to find Sebastian at the counter making grape snowmen for us. He got the idea from a cheese cube man he made at church yesterday. Since we had used all of our cheese, he improvised. Instead of a grape head and cheese body, he used all grapes.'Journaling: 'The first outside garden we visited was the Great Lakes Garden. How cool was this! The lakes were built to scale - size & depth - to the real lakes. And you could get little boats to sail through all the lakes. Not only were the lakes to scale, but on the ground they had the map of the states surrounding the lakes. You had so much fun finding Michigan and Ohio. The was a great start to the day. We had to pull you away so we could see the rest of the gardens with a promise to come back again.'
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
- It's too hot
- It got cold
- I don't like these foods if they're touching each other
- This is the wrong kind of chicken - I only like other kinds of chicken
- My tummy is only hungry for desert
The list could go on forever. Or there are the moments when there's absolutely no reason to be offered, and so they just break down in either tears or hysterics or the silent treatment or a stare-down with the floor beneath their feet. So I just was hoping to hear that I'm not alone - that other people's kids are really as difficult as mine can be. Just a little bit of 'me too' would go a long way at a time like this! LOL!
Oh, and while I'm at it, I'll share something random that Sebastian said - which is totally unrelated to the eating issue. He and Isaac were 'discussing' something, and out of who-knows-where Sebastian says, "Isaac, attack the problem, not the person." I had to laugh just a little...wonder where he ever learned that? And I wonder even more why he thought it pertained to that particular moment with his brother. ??? Kids are just too funny.
The first thing - I DO NOT want to forget this, so I better do this first. This was one of those moments in parenting that makes the tough parts worth it. Meagan had just gotten up from nap, and we were up in her room. I asked her if she was a happy girl, and she said, 'Yeah, happy!' And what did she do? She got up and started dancing with her happy feet. She had ALL the moves! I can't even describe them really, but she was doing all the shuffles and taps and hops and everything that Mumbles does on Happy Feet. It was PRECIOUS! I wish I had my camcorder, but I didn't - so I just took it all in - all three of four minutes of her cute little dance. I hope I never forget how cute she was, and the sweet look on her little face. She was having such a good time, and she was so proud of herself!
Well, I guess we'll just keep this all about Meagan for now. I have a few sets of pics to share with you. I'm noticing a trend with her - which is nothing new - that she seems to prefer 'boy' stuff over 'girl' stuff. And it has now carried over into her clothes! LOL! The other day (Saturday, I think), she comes running in the room carrying a pair of Isaac's Diego grundies, waving them over her head like some big great thing. Yup, she wanted to wear those Diego underwear. So, I put them on her over her diaper. She was mad that I made her wear a diaper under them - I guess that ruins some of the coolness effect or something. But I was not about to be cleaning up messes all day because she wasn't in the mood to 'de-cool-ify' Diego!
And while we were on spring break the other week, Grandma got Meagan some Thomas PJ's. Well, finally last night I gave in and let her wear them. I had been holding off because it has been so cold at night, but she just didn't want to wait anymore. So I put a long-sleeved shirt under them, and let her wear them. She was still googling over her choo choo pj's this morning at breakfast!
And finally, I know a few of you have been waiting patiently to see our new couches (while others of you could care less!). So I have finally put some pictures together for you to see. We took the blue couch and chair to Goodwill late last week. So now our living room is back to normal (except for the crib & changing table that are sitting there waiting to be picked up)!
So now I'm off to start the day. I don't feel like I've been accomplishing much in the past few days. I have been doing stuff, but I feel like I'm not seeing any results! So maybe today will be a different story (keeping my fingers crossed)!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
The first one is to make a title using masking or inking. I used masking (the concept would be taping something off, painting over it & then removing the tape...no paint where the tape was). These are a few pictures of Sebastian from his fifth birthday party. Journaling reads, 'I didn't know I would only have 5 years for you to be my 'baby.' That is one thing you definitely are not anymore. You've moved on. You're now a boy. You're active, intelligent, and more aggressive than you've ever been. You're independent. And while I know you will always love your momma, you have shifted your focus to your friends. I knew this day would come. I just didn't expect it to come so soon.'
The second one was create a layout with at least 2 pictures and use some combination of black & white and color in your pictures. That could be one pic all color, the other all black & white. Or it could be color and B&W in the same pic. I did a combo. One picture - the focal picture - has a combo of color & B&W. This is a simple and very cool technique. Then the smaller pictures are a combo of all B&W or all color. These pictures are from one of the areas at Meijer Garden (from our trip last summer). Journaling reads 'While the big kids went off exploring in the tree house and the log cabin, you wandered, and came across this miniature tea table, just right for a moment of make-believe. You played intently for quite awhile, pouring pretend tea and serving pretend guests. And I was beyond content to sit & watch you. The sweet expressions on your face, the shadows & highlights from the way the sun fell around us. You looked radiant. Moments like this are what truly make my life enchanted.'
The crop is going on through tomorrow, if anyone's interested, it's not too late to get started. Just finish as many of the challenges as you choose to do. There are prizes for each challenge you complete. And it's a great way to get some scrapping done!
We'll start with Meagan. A few days ago, the boys were playing football in the living room, using a stuffed animal as their football. Well, they threw it a little too hard & too high. It hit Lucas' Civil War collector plates and knocked on of them off the wall. Luckily for the boys, it didn't break. But they still got a 'talkin' too.' So Lucas has them sitting down on the floor in the living room, and he's going on in his sternest Daddy voice about how they need to listen and follow rules, blah blah blah. Well, Meagan, who had been in the basement playing, walks in right about then, walks over to her brothers, sits down in between them, and with one arm on each of their shoulders she says, "Hey boys. Wha' doin'?" That was the end of all punishment. Lucas tried (rather unsuccessfully) not to laugh. I couldn't help myself, I just lost it. And the boys thought it was pretty funny too. Leave it to Meagan to take one for the team! She is our constant source of comic relief.
Other funny things she's said lately - I was getting her dressed the other day, and I put a short sleeved shirt on her (to go under a hoodie sweatshirt - I'm not crazy enough to dress her in short sleeves in this weather!). Well, apparently she is unfamiliar with the concept of short sleeves - I guess she can only ever actually remember wearing long sleeves. I put the shirt over her head, and stuck her arms through. And she looks at the sleeves, starts pulling on them, and says 'Uh oh! Broke! It broke!'
And this morning, she ate all of her cereal and wanted more. I poured more cereal in, but she had no milk left. She looked at me and said, 'more water please.' LOL. She thinks we put water on cereal. Too cute!
Okay, on to Isaac...Beaner, this one's for you.
Last night I was scrapping in the basement, and the boys came upstairs to sit & watch Daddy play. He was on TeamSpeak talking to some of the guys on his team. Isaac came downstairs to update me. "Mom, do you know who Daddy is talking to? He's talking to a guy named Coque who is a nice guy. He's not even talking to Jose'n (yes, he put an 'n' on the end of your name). Only to Coque. And Coque is a nice guy. And Jose'n is a nice guy too, but he isn't talking tonight.' Thanks for the update Buddy.
And now for Sebastian - the most random of all. He came home from school yesterday. His brother and sister were still sleeping (I love long naps!). So I sat down on the couch with him, and we started reading his books for school. (He has a reading sheet to fill out and every time he reads a book he gets to put it on his sheet. A full sheet = a prize - last time he got an alligator foot. ??) Anyway, we were in the middle of a book called 'I can't sleep' when he looks at me and says, "Mom, butt cheeks make a sideways 8." What!!!??? Where on EARTH did that come from? Has he been giving this some thought? That is such a BOY thing to think about! He then continued in his train of deep thinking..."So do our eyes. And so do our nose holes." Yes, Bud, I guess you're right. Want to finish your book now?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Other than that, I'm not sure what to really talk about tonight. I'm in one of those moods that I just would rather sit quietly and talk about / think about pretty much nothing. I think that mood is called 'tired.' I do have some fun news though. Creating Keepsakes magazine, which is probably the largest circulation of a scrapbooking magazine, requested on of my layouts the other day. I'm pretty excited about that! They want the layout of the kids' trip to the zoo with Grandma & Tina last summer. I think it will be in the July or August issue. Not certain. But anyway, that was a bit of fun news.
For anyone interested, Scrap Galaxy (www.scrapgalaxy.com) is holding an online crop this coming weekend. There will be challenges posted (both paper & digital) to give you a little jump start on layouts. There are some digital freebies available, and there will be a grand prize drawing for a kit by Designs by Krista. Just thought I'd pass it along for what it's worth.
Oh, and one last thing before I call it a night...I just have to thank my friend 'the concerned gamer' for his very thoughtful advice in his latest comment. But I must defend myself and say I WASN'T DOING ANYTHING! Okay, so maybe for a second, I was trying to send out an enormous email, but that wasn't what did him in. At the time he got booted, I really was just sitting down there, minding my own business. Our internet crashed at some point last night, for who-knows-what reason, but I really WASN'T DOING ANYTHING. I wasn't even streaming - I was listening to a CD so it didn't disturb him. He may tell you otherwise in your 'work-related' conversations that you have numerous times throughout the day, but I'm telling the truth. I'm innocent.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
That being said, let me share with you my interesting morning. Meagan was the first one up, which rarely happens. She came into our room to announce her waking, and true to form, she made it clear that she was ready for breakfast. It went something like this: "Mommy! Daddy! I want breakfast! I want breakfast! I want breakfast! I want breakfast!" (Hmmm...I'm raising a bottomless pit!)
Well, since we knew we would be out of town for the week, we didn't go to the grocery last weekend. Therefore, our milk was 5 days expired. We had to be creative for breakfast! We used up the last of the frozen breakfast foods - waffles and toaster scrambles or something like that. But, we didn't have to go hungry, so no complaints. Time to get ready...
The boys did fine getting dressed. Thankfully. Because Meagan was a TREAT! She wanted absolutely nothing to do with her cute little pink and white polka-dotted dress. I put it over her head, and she threw it back off and shouted 'NO'. So I tried again to put it over her head. Again, she pushed it away and yelled 'NO DRESS'. 'Come on Meagan. We need to get dressed.' So she goes and hides in the corner of her room. I grab her arm and pull her out of the corner. Stick the dress back over her head and pull it down so her head pops through. So she puts her arms behind her and stiff-arms me so I can't get her arms into the arm holes. 'NO DRESS' (amid other general shrieks and screams)! Then she flips onto her back and starts the whole arched back kicking & screaming trick. (You've got to be kidding me!) But, I won't give in, so I try to push her arm into the arm whole. She flips onto her stomach, trying to resist - yelling the whole time, of course. This move, however, was her downfall! (insert evil laugh here) Because I had to button the back of the dress anyhow, so having her on her stomach was ideal for me. How to keep her there? Sit on her (just enough to hold her, of course)! Now, she's wriggling with all her might, but I manage to get both arms in the proper places and the dress buttoned and tied. Now for the stockings & shoes! Since she likes shoes, she cooperated quite nicely for those. But when it came to doing her hair (which looked just CRAZY by then from all of the struggling), the screaming started all over. Lucas had to come up & sing 'Little Bunny Foo Foo' wither her about 20 times while I pulled her hair back out of her eyes. Okay, we're now out of time. There will be no Easter pictures. Let's just get in the van and go.
But, all of that being said (which can basically be summed up as 'apparently my daughter doesn't like dresses'), church was pretty cool (although Luc says there's too much singing). They took an approach I had not seen before, and it was pretty awesome. So, all the struggles in the morning were forgotten, and Easter found its way into our day.
Which brings us to Easter 'dinner.' Again, no groceries. So we had Taco Bell. Not the traditional dinner, I know. We did the ham dinner yesterday with the whole family, so we didn't feel like we were missing out on anything with our tacos & mexican pizzas. And according to a prediction by my husband, we will more than likely be eating fast food for dinner too. He's probably right. It's Easter...I'm just not in the mood for the grocery.
So, for all of you who were looking forward to Easter pictures, I'm sorry to disappoint. Just know that they all looked cute (or handsome). When the snow melts I am going to get them dressed back up in their Easter clothes & do some outside pictures. So when I get around to those, I'll be sure to share.
Friday, April 6, 2007
Monday was the 1st day of spring break. We spent much of the day getting packed & ready for our trip to Grandma & Grandpa's house. I won't bore you with the details of that!
Tuesday, we woke up to a beautiful sunny day - blue sky, warm weather - so we spent the morning playing outside (no coats!). I even got adventurous enough to clean out the van. I didn't get to the front seats, but it was not the adult section of the van that I was most concerned with. I'm glad to finally be able to say with decent certainty that the van is vomit-free. (I can now the looks on some of your faces - so for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of knowing this story, here's the low down: In December we went to Grandma & Grandpa's for Isaac's birthday party. Well, a few days before we left, Meagan got sick - I mean REALLY sick. So, on our trip to their house, she threw up in the van at least 3 times. When we got there, we cleaned out what we could find. We stripped the car seat out & disinfected, etc. Well, before we left, Sebastian & Isaac both got sick. We waited until later Sunday afternoon to leave. We thought since they had made it through the entire first part of the day without throwing up, we were safe. BUT...that was not the case. We had only been in the van for about 15 minutes, when Isaac lost it - mostly Sierra Mist, but still gross. So, when we got home, I did what I could to wipe up what I could see while trying to avoid frost bite from the freezing cold weather. So, this past Tuesday was the first time I had actually scrubbed with carpet cleaner under all the seats and stuff. Go ahead - think what you want of me! LOL! I just didn't care enough about what could be under the seats to stand out in the garage during winter to clean. I'm just being honest).
Anyway, after van cleaning, Tina & I took a trip to the mall (no kids!!!) and did some shopping. I learned a lot about myself that day. Mostly, that I have some serious issues that need to be addressed! I CAN'T SPEND MONEY! It's hard for me! I kept putting things in the cart, then taking them back out & questioning whether I really needed them, then putting them back in, then taking them back out & putting them back on the racks. AAAAHHH! I was driving myself crazy! Tina put up with me quite nicely, and never once hit me upside the head or anything. You gotta love a good friend who can put up with annoying shopping habits! But, I did end up getting the kids some clothes for spring (if we ever have one) and summer, and I got a few things for me too. Now, I can't wait for the weather to be nice so I can wear them!
Wednesday we went to Mom & Mike's for dinner...and for a continuation of the shopping adventure from Tuesday. I returned almost $160 worth of stuff on Wednesday - I told you I have issues!
Then yesterday morning, we got up and all went to Bob's for breakfast. I could tell at the restaurant that the kids were approaching melt-down. Too many days with not enough napping, I guess. They were all being crazy! So after we ate, Mom & Mike headed out to visit my grandma, and Lucas & I headed back to his parents'. When we got there, since it was near lunch time, and we all had full bellies from breakfast, I just pretended it was a little later than it was, and I stuck everyone (including myself) in bed for a nap. Apparently that was fine with everyone, because they all crashed hard!
So now we arrive at today - so far, not a lot is happening. The kids are watching a movie, I'm still in PJ's, and Luc's still in bed. Tomorrow we have plans for an Easter lunch all together as a family before we head home. It's amazing how quickly a week of visiting flies by! Maybe some day we won't have to make 3-hour car trips to spend the day with family. But, until then, we'll just keep on doing what we're doing, and enjoy the time we have together.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Theory 1: Divine Intervention
The conversation went something like this:
(In the van on the way home from church today) Isaac (I): Mom, do you know who is God's son?
Mom (M): Jesus?
I: Yup. And Jesus died.
Sebastian (S): Yeah, and then waited 3 days and then came back alive again.
I: Yeah. He can do that ya know.
M: Do you know how Jesus came back to life?
S: Of God.
M: That's right. Because God is so powerful, He was able to bring Jesus back to life.
I: Yeah, God can do whatever He wants, can't He Mom?
M: Yes, Buddy, He can.
I: He can even clean up our whole room for us!
(I just laugh hysterically, realizing that Isaac has BIG plans for God in his life.)
Theory 2: Sweep it Under the Rug
Now, I know this is not a new theory. We've all heard the phrase 'swept under the rug.' But, I have never heard of it being put into action, without guidance of any sort, by a one-year-old...until this evening. The kids were helping us clean up after dinner. The boys were clearing the table - putting the ketchup away, putting dishes in the dishwasher, etc. Well, Meagan decides the best way for her to help is to get out the dust pan & dust broom & sweep the floor. Apparently it wasn't working out like she was hoping (and she must have determined that, at least for tonight's dinner clean up, there would be no divine intervention), so she picked up the corner of the rug and started sweeping all of the food crumbs right underneath. Just like that, the floor looked clean as ever! (I think we're going to have to keep on eye on that girl. She looks like trouble!)