Monday, September 29, 2008

Are Dresses a Thing of the Past?

My cousin Jonathan is getting married this weekend to a wonderful girl named Davina. I love them both very much. I would really like to look nice at their wedding. Being tired of all of my church dresses, I headed to the mall to find a new dress. Nothing formal or anything. Just something to look pretty in at the wedding that I can then have as a church dress. No one had any. This is not cool. It wasn't just that they didn't have any I liked. They just plain didn't have any. No dresses at all, except a few formal evening gowns. Everywhere had skirts and tops. That is not what I want. Are dresses a thing of the past? Apparently so. Tomorrow I will have to go to Ross. Sometimes they will carry things the mall doesn't have. I think this is strange. Does no one wear dresses to church anymore, or to weddings or on cruises? (I say this because we are going on a cruise next month and I have every intention of wearing a dress, not just a skirt and top.) So the search continues.......

Eating Out for a Good Cause

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Today Chilis is donating 100% of their profits to St. Jude's Children's Hopsital. My friend Renee asked that anyone who could eat there today to do so. Her daughter Kennedy is in remission from Leukemia. She was not treated at that hospital but Renee wants everyone to support St. Judes so other children will get a second chance at life as well. I of course, am always willing to support a good cause. I called Valerie and we are going to meet for lunch. Yummy! Anyone who has the opportunity should go to Chilis today. No dishes to do and you support medical treatment for children too. Sounds like a good idea to me.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mischievous Cousins

We are talking about taking a houseboat trip next summer with some family. We were discussing who would need to sleep in which spot on the boat. Jason and I said that Tim, our nephew, could have the top bunk and Jonathan and Grace could share the bottom bunk, with our older two boys being in a different room. Nathanael asked why he and Matthew would be the ones to share the other bedroom and I told him "Because we don't trust you and Tim together." With a very mischievous grin he answered, "I wouldn't trust us together either." Now that is honesty for you!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Jonathan the little Cutie

I suppose Jonathan has just looked particularly cute to me lately because I seem to have taken several precious pictures of him. Enjoy!









Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Double Digits





Today Nathanael turns double digits. I can't believe I have a ten year old. Nathanael is funny and smart and crazy. He is so much fun to be with, except he is hypoglycemic which means if he doesn't eat enough protein his blood sugar drops and he is NOT fun to be with. He it the best big brother ever. He helps so much with the little guys. He has such a soft heart and can't stand for anyone to be sad. He loves to swim and play video games. He loves to read anything he can get a hold of. He likes math and likes to write stories as long as I help him type them up. Sometimes it feels like he is so grown up and hardly needs us anymore and other times it is very obvious that he is still a little boy. I love you Nathanael. Today, tomorrow and for the rest of my life. You are an amazing kid and I can't wait to see you as an outstanding adult. Remember, no matter how old you get..... or how big you grow.... you will always be my baby!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Terrified Toddler

Yesterday I was at the doctor's office, as I posted about last night. I had the two toddlers with me. They had so much fun watching the nurses and playing on the doctor's chair. They watched the doctor as he figured out what was going on with my back. This was all great. Until the doctor said I needed a shot of cortisone and headed out of the room to get it. Jonathan looks at me with absolute terror in those big brown eyes of his. "Whwhwhy dddddo I nnnneeeed a shot?" I told him that he didn't need a shot, just I did. You could see the relief flood over him. He looks at me sweetly and says "well, why do you need a shot then?" Totally calm little boy. Poor guy. Maybe he did deserve that lollipop the nurse gave him after all.

Monday, September 22, 2008

A Shot and a Lollipop

I have had a terrible backache the last couple of days. It is near my left shoulder. Well, I woke up this morning and could hardly move. It hurt so bad I called Jason in tears and he said he would try to come home if I needed him too. I of course did not. I may be a Reed just by marriage but I have learned some of the Reed ways which would not include making my husband come home from a busy day at work just because my back hurt. Anyway, I took lots of ibuprofen which my very worried son Nathanael ran off to get for me as soon as he realized I was upset, and went about my morning. Got the kids ready for school. I will admit, that same son was the one who helped his baby sister get ready. He even got her hair brushed. It wasn't up to my standards of "bairbows," but at least the tangles were out. So I got the kids to school and went to Terry's for preschool. I got a doctor's appointment for this afternoon and was so glad when it was finally time to drive to Riverside for it. My doctor said I had strained a muscle and needed a cortisone shot. I wasn't going to argue; anything to get some relief. So I got the shot and then on the way out of the office a very unfair thing happened. The nurse gave my two toddlers lollipops. Did either of them get a shot? No. Did I get a lollipop? No. Not fair. So I did what everyone does when life isn't fair.... I called my mommy. I fussed that I didn't get a lollipop. By the time I got home from the doctor's office, went to a meeting with Nathanael's teacher, dropped Jason's dry cleaning off and stopped at the store for medicine, it was time to drop the kids off with Jason and head to choir practice. By the way, I don't think the shot did very much because choir practice was excruciating, and not because we sounded that bad, even though we probably did. At choir practice my friend Terry turned to me and said my mom had emailed her and asked her to bring me something. She pulls out a HUGE lollipop. You know, the kind you buy at amusement parks that cover the child's entire face and they couldn't possibly finish in a week? Yes, life is unfair sometimes but mommy and a friend can usually make it better. Thank you mommy. Thank you Terry. You guys are amazing and can really make me smile.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cabbage Patch Kids

Every year there is a "must have" toy. The year I was five it was Cabbage Patch kids. They came out and every little kid wanted one for Christmas but stores couldn't get them in stock fast enough. I begged and begged but my parents weren't able to find one for me. They kept trying after Christmas though. My birthday is in the middle of January so they were trying to find me one by then. Finally, on the week of my birthday they found a Toys R Us that was getting in a stock of them. The rule was that you had to let the worker put the doll onto the shelf before taking it off. As fast as he put them on the shelf, people were grabbing them. My parents managed to grab a little black doll named Raina Harmony. Oh how I loved that doll. The next year it was a baby Cabbage Patch and the year after it was a newborn one. When we moved away from South Gate, one of my best friends' moms took me into her room and told me to choose a doll to take with me. She had a couple of Cabbage Patch kids. I chose a little boy named Casey Logan which my seven year old son still has. When the new type of dolls with the "cornsilk" hair came out I had to have one for my birthday. I had to have a little girl with red hair and green eyes and a green dress. I was very specific. My father and grandmother headed off to the toy store to find it for me. Several hours later my dad calls home and asks, "how about one with red hair and blue eyes?" "No Daddy, red hair and greeeeeeen eyes." So my Dad and Grandma kept lo0king and found me one late that night. Not that I was spoiled or anything. I still have the first Cabbage Patch I got and the one with the cornsilk hair. Matthew has my little boy Cabbage Patch Kid and Grace has three of her own already, since the dolls are apparantly back in style. Anyone else remember this particular trend?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Skateboarding Girl

Mommy, Mommy, look at this cool new toy I found in my brothers' room. They won't mind if I play with it, will they?
This is harder than I thought.
Maybe if I hold on to the sofa I can balance on it.
This way is much easier. Thank you big brothers for the fun toy!

Somewhere in the World


The instructions are easy. Just write a post on your blog about a song. It can be a song that has spoken to your heart during a difficult time... a song that brings back a special memory... a song that makes you want to sing along to the top of your lungs... a song that makes you glad... a song that makes you want to dance... a song that has inspired you... a song that makes you feel like the words were written just for you... a song that makes your soul sing. You can include the lyrics or maybe include the You Tube video. After you write the post, go to Signs, Miracles and Wonders and link your post to Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page. Then you can read about all the other songs and stories that are posted.
Here's my first Then Sings My Soul Saturday:
Somewhere in the World
by Wayne Watson
Somewhere in the world today
A little girl will go out to play
All dressed up in Mama's clothes
At least the way that I suppose it goes
Somewhere in the world tonight
Before she reaches to turn out the light
She'll be praying from her tender heart
A simple prayer that's a work of art
And I don't even know her name
But I'm praying for her just the same
That the Lord will write his name upon her heart
Because somewhere in the course of this life
A little boy will need a Godly wife
So hold on to Jesus, baby, wherever you are
Somewhere in the world out there
That little girl's learning how to care
She's picking up her mama's charms
Or maybe swinging round in her daddy's arms
Somewhere in the world to be
Though the future's not that clear to me
Theirs could be a tender love
grounded in eternal love above
And I don't even know her name
But I'm praying for her just the same
That the Lord will write his name upon her heart
Because somewhere in the course of this life
My little boy will need a Godly wife
So hold on to Jesus, baby, wherever you are
Oh hold on to Jesus, baby wherever you are
This song reminds me that we need to be constantly praying not only for the salvation of our own precious children, but for the salvation for the ones they will eventually fall in love with and marry. It makes me really focus on the fact that in a few years, our children will be grown up and making their own decisions and one of the most important decisions is who they are going to marry. Our children know that we pray for them but I think they need to know that we are also praying for their future spouses, even though they are still young enough to think the other gender has cooties (although Matthew decided in preschool who he was going to marry and hasn't changed his mind yet.) So hold on to Jesus, baby wherever you are.......

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fun at the Fair

The whole family being silly.
Tired girl at the end of the fair
Matthew as a snowcone. yummy

Jonathan loved the petting zoo
The boys got free ride tickets for reading books over the summer.
I don't even want to think of how many kids had already worn these hats.
Four kids, ready for fun
Nathanael the fireman saves the baby from a burning building.

Matthew learns to rope a cow.

Christmas in September







My mother-in-law recently wrote a blog about how upset she is with all of the stores starting Christmas so early. I for one love Christmas no matter how early. The celebration of Christ's birth always makes me realize how grateful I am to be His. I also love the colors of christmas, and giving presents and snow. Okay, maybe there isn't much snow in Hemet but the nearby mountains always have plenty. We went to the Los Angeles County Fair today. They had a winter wonderland, with Christmas trees and ornaments, Santa Claus and snow. Especially snow. So pretty. The kids got to play in the snow and go on sled rides in their shorts and t-shirts. It was so much fun. It was even free. Who can argue with that? Every half an hour the snow machines made it snow in the building. Oh yes, I do love snow.... Here are some pictures of the kids enjoying the snow. See how Grace is delighted with it in the video and how Jonathan is more interested in his Cheetos and Jason looks less than impressed. Boys.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Little Einstein

Grace loves the show Little Einsteins on the Disney Channel. Good thing we have a bunch recorded on our DVR because she asks for them all the time but never at 8:00 in the morning, which is when it actually comes on. She is always so excited when we go to California Adventures and she gets to see the Playhouse Disney Live on Stage show which includes the characters from Little Einsteins. Today she was watching an episode and doing the motions so I decided to take a video. Of course when she sees the camera she instantly goes into "Cheese" mode. This little girl isn't used to cameras at all, can you tell? She obviously hasn't had any pictures taken.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

May I Play Now by Nathanael

This is a short story Nathanael wrote the other day for language arts. He wasn't allowed to use the word "said" and a couple of other common words. I thought he did an awesome job so I just thought I would share it with you all.

One beautiful day in November after a delicious breakfast of strawberries in the Oak forest in Oregon a seven year old brown squirrel named Joe asked “May I play now?”
His dad sadly explained “No. You have to help us collect acorns.” Joe felt tears fill his bright blue eyes and he started to cry.
He managed to mumble out “B- B- But th- th- that w-w-will t-t-take a-a-all d-d-day.” You see it was almost hibernation and acorns were somehow disappearing and every squirrel understands that there aren’t enough berries in the forest to fill half a tree hole that was the squirrels’ house. Anyway, he started searching for the acorns.
He looked almost everywhere he could think of; in a hole, on an oak tree, in an abandoned nest, even in a stream. “How will I find enough acorns to fill the hole?” he asked sadly, but when he looked up there was a boy taking acorns. Joe yelled “Who are you and what are you doing?” The boy apparently did not hear Joe because he kept taking the acorns. So Joe climbed up an oak tree and asked the boy again, “I said, who are you and what are you doing?”
Then the boy replied “I am Frank and I am getting acorns to add to my acorn collection.”
Every single squirrel knew, even the baby squirrels knew that humans did not eat acorns. The little boy named Frank taking acorns seemed strange to Joe if he was just trying to collect them. “Why would you waste your time collecting acorns when you wouldn’t even appreciate them?”
Frank quickly replied, “I just think that is fun to get the acorns. Why, do you need them for anything?”
Joe responded, “Yes, my family needs them because it is almost winter and none of the squirrels have enough food to survive until spring.”
Frank sadly answered, “Oh, I am sorry. I did not know that the squirrels needed them. Here, you take these acorns and I will get the rest of my acorn collection and share them with all of the squirrels.
Joe joyously exclaimed, “Thank you so much. As soon as I take these acorns back to my family, would you like to play with me?”
Then Frank happily replied, “Yes I would. Let me help you carry these acorns to your family and then we can go play.”
They carried the basket of acorns to Joe’s family and then they asked Joe’s dad, “May we play now?” Joe’s dad was very happy that they had enough food to survive until spring that he excitedly answered “Of course you may play now. Have a lot of fun.” Then Joe and Frank went off to play in the big oak forest together and they became best friends.

Jonathan the Brilliant Toddler

Jonathan, who is three, was in the car with me this morning after dropping his brothers off at school. He points to the brake pedal and tells me:

That is the stop pedal. It makes you stop when you are at a stop sign. The other one is the gas pedal. The gas pedal puts gas in the engine and the engine helps the car go fast.

Whoa! I was thinking that he is one brilliant toddler. Before I picked myself up off the floor from the shock of his brilliance he continues:

My Daddy told me that.

So maybe he didn't come up with the brilliant ideas on his own. He did, however memorize every word of the description his daddy gave him to describe pedals in the car. So watch what you say, Daddy, this little guy is hanging on your every word!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My New Toy

I bought myself a WII fit for the WII system last week. Actually, I bought it a couple of weeks ago but it made it out of the box last week. It is really fun. Well, at the beginning it weighed me and told me how obese I am and that was not fun. Then I started doing the training and it is great. There is everything from jogging, hoolahooping, tightrope walking, yoga, strength training and skiing. There is tons to do on it. I have only been doing it for a while and I have already lost some weight. Very cool. So if you think video games are for couch potatoes, you haven't played this one. My calves hurt from the step aerobics and jogging I just finished. It also keeps track of how often you get on so I feel bad if I let my WII trainer down by going a couple of days without working out. How is it that I can feel guilty when it is just a machine that knows I have been bad?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Play Doh Birthday Party



Nathanael will be ten on the 24Th and Grace just turned two on Thursday. They wanted to have parties at the park and I couldn't imagine throwing two parties that close to each other so they shared a party this morning. Since they are eight years apart there weren't many party games that would appeal to both ages so we decided on a Play Doh party. I told Nathanael that the Play Doh would keep Grace and her friends occupied and the older kids could just play on the playground if they weren't interested. Little did I know. The Play Doh was fascinating to the toddlers (only Grace tasted it I think) and the older kids had a great time with it as well. Never have I found an activity that would interest such a wide variety at a birthday party. Teenagers made just as many creations as the little ones did. One of them even asked her mom if she could get Play Doh next year for her party when she will turn 16. Parents enjoyed "helping" their children and they all loved the fact that it was at the park so there would be no cleaning it out of the carpet. Of course, we sent each child home with their own Play Doh and the toys that went with it so the parents might have to clean up after all. Sorry about that!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Two Years Old

















Two years ago yesterday I was surprised by the birth of our beautiful baby girl. Yes, I know I had a 3D ultrasound and they very clearly told me it was a girl but I didn't believe them. Grace Mary Reed arrived two weeks early on September 11th, 2006. Such a wonderful conclusion to our family. She is fun and silly and precious. She is also very much a two year old. We are so blessed to be her parents.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Embarrassed to be Loved


Matthew is growing up too fast. Today, when we dropped him off at school, the two toddlers went in with me. As I walked away, I said "Bye, Matthew, I love you," just like I always do. He kept walking and pretended he didn't hear me. I repeated myself. Apparently he decided the only way to get me to go away was to answer so he said "bye mom" and kept walking. Didn't even look back. Grace yelled out "Lu You" which anyone could tell meant "I love you my dear brother". Matthew kept walking. His teacher said, "Matthew, your sister says she loves you". Finally Matthew looked back with a look of sheer embarrassment and said "Bye Grace". Not I love you, just bye. He is only seven. Nathanael is about to turn ten and will still say he loves his baby sister. This is not a good development in Matthew. We want him to grow up but we don't want him to be embarrassed to come from a family who loves him and wants to express that love to him. If he would only be four again, I liked four. Sigh!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Conditioning Disaster

Tonight Jonathan and Grace were playing in the bathtub after getting clean and I was standing in the bathroom organizing hair barrettes. I will admit I wasn't paying much attention to them. They were noisily playing so it was very obvious that no one was drowning. Grace has always thought it was fun to pretend to push the pump on my shampoo and conditioner and then pretend to put the products in her hair. That is what she was up to tonight. Or so I thought. Apparently she has gotten stronger lately and was successful in getting the conditioner out. So she was happily pumping the conditioner into her hand and then rubbing it on her hair. When I looked over at them her hair was white. Her hair isn't far from white anyway but in the bathtub it usually looks darker, not lighter. Her hair was coated in conditioner. Probably enough for a month of my hair, which is much thicker and longer than hers. It took quite a bit of washing to get it all out. Guess I should pay more attention when they are playing in the bathtub. Grace has the softest hair ever right now. It is really gorgeous. I never thought about it since I only have had boys before and their hair is too short to need conditioner. I suppose I should start using it on Grace all of the time. Just enough for one day at a time I think would do though, not a whole month worth.

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Book Explosion

The kids have bookshelves in the playroom. They are full. They have boxes of books in their bedroom. They are full. I gave them the bottom shelf in the living room. It is full and overflowing. They tend to pull books out and look at them and then put them back laying down instead of standing up. I find this an annoying habit but it happens nonetheless. At least the books do end up on the bookshelf.

Jonathan wanted a book the other day from the living room bookshelf. Do you think he could possibly want the top book? Of course not. He wanted the bottom book. Being three he grabs a hold of the book he wants and pulls. It is lodged in pretty well but Jonathan is determined....(any of you that know him would not be in the least surprised.) He pulls and yanks until he gets the book he wants. All the other dozens of books that the kids had stacked up recently came toppling down with it. That didn't bother Jonathan in the least. He joyously brings me the book, Mickey of course, and wants me to read it. Never mind that there were about two dozen other Mickey books that would not have caused a book explosion in the living room. Silly kid.

At least I don't have to worry that he will give up on things too easily. If he wants something, he will usually find a way to get it. Even if what he wants is a book that causes a book explosion. CRASH!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Church or no Church?

Have you ever spent almost an entire day at church and get home tired and realize that you never stepped foot into the sanctuary? I did, today. Very odd. I even heard that one of the pastors rearranged the furniture in the sanctuary and I still never got a chance to go in there. It was my day to be nursery leader so I was in the nursery for both Sunday School and church time. Since I wasn't in choir this morning, no one let me know we had choir practice this afternoon so I missed that too. (Sorry, Pastor Bret). Then tonight there was a meeting for Awana workers during the service time so I missed evening worship. I got home tonight and thought it was a very pleasant day fellowshipping (is that a word, because my spell checker doesn't like it?) with fellow nursery workers and Awana workers but I don't feel like I got any instruction. That part made me sad. Can't wait until Wednesday when I am not scheduled for anything and can take a class. We are starting new classes this week and I still haven't signed up for one. I guess I should get to that right?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Migraine

This migraine I am having right now couldn't possibly be related to the two toddlers who felt the need to scream and fight just about the entire day could it?

Friday, September 5, 2008

A Visit to Emptyland

Yesterday about lunch time I told Jason. "I am tired of being home, let's go to Disneyland!" Well, Jason has been married to me for almost twelve years so me wanting to drive an hour and a half to Disneyland on a Thursday afternoon is nothing strange to him. Because I am spoiled rotten, he agreed and we headed out. By the time the kids finished their math and we were able to get out of the house, stop at Frys Electronics and Company D (The Disneyland employee store) we got to Disneyland about four. It closed at eight so we didn't have much time. Our friends Mel and Michelle and Melissa joined us. It was so much fun. We only had a couple of hours but we rode tons of rides. No one was there. We walked right on to the rides in Fantasyland. Ran through the zig zag line to get on Pirates, and only waited twenty minutes to ride the Nemo Submarines that usually are an hour or longer. We stayed until closing. Right at 8pm when it closed we were just getting off the Storybook Land boats. It was kind of strange. The whole place was practically deserted. Nathanael said "this isn't Disneyland, this is Emptyland." If you ever get the chance, I highly recomend Disneyland on a Thursday in September. So fun.

In the middle of Fantasyland at closing time.

Had to get a couple of pictures by Alice in Wonderland, one of Matthew's favorites.

The Teacups with no one aroud. Kind of strange isn't it?

Gardening