Thursday, July 31, 2008
Jonathan picked out a book the other day that came with a read-along CD. This seemed like a brilliant idea until we were driving home from Riverside and had to listen to the Thomas the Tank Engine book three times. By the time we got home I realized it was time for my three year old's first Walkman. Later I took Matthew to Kmart for some school clothes and decided to look for some peace and quiet in the form of something with earphones. I found the only Walkman style DVD player there was and grabbed it. It was $20. On the way to the checkstand we passed the MP3 players. They had one with a 1GB harddrive that was also $20. Thinking of all of the CDs I could save from scratches by getting this instead I decided my toddler was going to go digital. You would not believe how excited he is. He listens to his Thomas book and his Mickey Mouse music every chance he gets. The best part is there are no CDs for him to scratch and even if he accidentally erases everything it wouldn't really matter since the CDs are downloaded onto my computer and can be redownloaded (is that a word?) anytime they need to be. This is a great plan. The only problem is now Grace thinks she has been cheated. Is it bad to get a little girl am MP3 player for her second birthday? Let me know what you think.....
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We went to Barnes and Noble this afternoon. This is a majorly exciting event in our household. The kids headed joyfully for the children's section to choose their books. My Aunt Gale came and met us. Grace claimed her as her official reading partner. Grace had to have Aunt Gale read about twenty books before she could decide on one to take home. Jonathan knew exactly which book he wanted and picked it up right away. Unfortunately after about ten seconds he changed his mind about the perfect book and set one down to get another, over and over. Matthew and Nathanael are easier because, well, they can read. So they chose their books fairly easily. The book Nathanael chose was from the teen section and had over a thousand pages. He is very ambitious. It is so much fun to watch children get so excited about new books. They had to look at them in the car all the way home. Grace even got Matthew to read her new book to her before bed tonight. We would be so glad for this love of reading to go on forever in each of our children. The house might get overrun with books but that is okay. I like reading them too. I am afraid, however, that Nathanael's books are getting a little bit too long for me.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
My senior year of high school
To one of our church youth leaders.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Nathanael: "The class was interesting and I learned a lot..... but it was loooong. No seriously, it was really long." Said to me after a four hour class at church this morning.
Matthew: "I will blow the bubbles for you. You can be the bubble monster and pop them all." To my Aunt Gale this afternoon.
Jonathan :"Thank you God for food. Please help us to have a good time today and a nice time together and a nice time at Disneyland.... hey mom, when are we going to Disneyland? In Jesus name amen." His prayer at lunch.
Grace: "Rosie, Posie, Fall down." Trying to get Jonathan to play Ring around the Rosies with her.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
- Star Wars Monopoly- This was Jason's doing
- Disney monopoly- Much more my taste
- Monopoly Here and Now- a strange version that I intensely dislike because they changed the value of all of the money and it is hard to figure out what you owe.
- Monopoly- The original game that started the craze
This summer the boys, Nathanael and Matthew have gotten really into Monopoly. Almost every day there is bargaining going on and trades being made. It is a really good game because it requires math skills as well as careful bargaining. It is not so good, however when you have a little boy like Matthew. As long as he is winning everything is fine. But if he isn't winning there is much crying involved. Any of you who know Matthew realize he cries at the drop of a hat anyway and Monopoly seems to really bring this out in him. One day he was sobbing hysterically and when I came in to find out why, he said "I don't have enough money to pay for his hotel and he keeps telling me I have to come up with the money!" Sob, sob! Oh, come on.... everyone knows that when you can't afford the hotel room that you have to mortgage, sell houses or convince the other person to buy some of your property. He, however seems to think that all you have to do is cry louder. I can't tell you how many times I have told them to just put the game away since they can't get along. Poor Nathanael never actually gets to complete winning a game. So if the boys ever ask to play Monopoly with you.... beware. You are getting yourself in the middle of things that very seldom end well. Maybe next summer should be the summer of tic-tac-toe or go fish.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Another interesting thing is that when I added the counter I also added a guestbook. I posted the first comment and my mother has posted twice. Other than that only two of my friends have signed it. Does that mean the strangers that visit sites are unwilling to even give a first name and hometown? Very interesting. So if you are one of my friends and visit my site, please sign the guestbook so I know how many of you there are. And if you are a stranger to me, sign it anyway because it would be cool to know who reads my blog. Thanks.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The other day we were in the car and Jonathan didn't get his way about something. He began to cry loudly, although there were no tears involved. Grace, being almost two decides to copy him. She begins to fake cry.... loudly. Jonathan instantly stops crying and glares at his sister. He sternly tells her "GRACE, you cannot cry when I am crying!" Apparently they are supposed to take turns crying.
Three year olds are not all bad, however. It is an amazing age of discovery. Every little thing is fascinating when you are three. Jonathan is thrilled by chocolate milk, Mickey Mouse, and getting to go to the big boy class instead of the nursery. One day when he wanted to go to big class the nursery worker took him to Pastor James, the children's pastor. Pastor James said he could go to big class if he could obey the teacher. Now every Sunday after church Jonathan announces that he had fun in big class and that he OOOOOOOOOOOObeyed.
I love my three year old dearly. You never know what he is going to do or say next. This is not to say that I don't look forward to him being four, which as we discovered with his two big brothers, is a much easier age. For now I suppose we should love the age of discovery and realize the age of defiance will pass, as long as it is dealt with properly.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I walk slowly down the dark hallway
I hear something
The darkness envelops me
I feel a chill yet no windows are visible
The hallway goes forever into nothing
How far can I walk, what awaits me?
I see a slight movement....a light shines
What's there? What is the light?
I walk on, terrified
"Who's there?" I call into the darkness, or to the light
No answer, nothing
My slow steady walk continues
I'm almost there, the light is near
Here, the light, the end of my search
I turn and look into the light
What's in there?
Even as I watch the light dims
I find myself looking into another hallway
Darkness prevails again
My search continues
I walk slowly down the dark hallway....