Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
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
Thursday, September 18, 2008
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.
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.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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.
Monday, September 15, 2008
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.
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
Saturday, September 13, 2008
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
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
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
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
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?