Monday, December 14, 2009

Pajama Day?

This morning we were running late getting Nathanael to school. Okay so WE were not late, just I was running late. Nathanael and Matthew were ready to head out the door. I was busy snuggling with Jonathan and Grace who had come in to visit after they woke up. Since I jumped out of bed about five minutes before I was supposed to take Nathanael, I just threw on a jacket and shoes over my pajamas and we went to the car.

Matthew was worried. Extremely worried. You see, I just drive up and drop Nathanael off at school and never get out of the car. Matthew on the other hand, has to be signed in and out since he is still in elementary school and that is the way their charter school works. I knew I still had an hour before Matthew had to be there so I would have plenty of time to come home and shower and change. Matthew on the other hand, was not sure at all.

"Hey mom, you can't wear pajamas to take me to school."
"Why not? Isn't it pajama day?"
"No and even if it was the parents still have to get dressed."

I enjoy getting him riled up once in a while (I am mean like that) so I told him that I thought I would just stay in pajamas to sign him in.
He was now not just worried. He was panicked!
"No mom! They don't ALLOW parents to sign kids in if they are wearing pajamas! I will ask Dad to take me to school."

Jason had just gotten home from work as I finished showering and dressing. Wouldn't you know it, the first thing he did was put on his pajamas. He volunteered to take Matthew to school for me. In his pajamas of course. Matthew looked at his dad and then at me, now fully dressed in jeans and a t-shirt and announced,

"I think Mom should take me to school today!"

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Shopping with Preschoolers

I have been checking out a blog that posts great deals all the time. I have taken advantage of a few of the online deals but until this morning I had never printed out coupons and done the in store shopping. This morning I finally got brave enough, packed up the two little ones and headed to Target with my handful of coupons. The kids drove me nuts. They aren't exactly patient when I spend a lot of time in one aisle deciding just which item will go with the coupon and which is the best deal. It was worth it though. I got seventy-five dollars worth of stuff for only forty dollars and I even got a five dollar gift certificate for next time. Cool! Next time I will go without two adorable preschoolers I think.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

California Weather Wimps

Okay, I admit it, I am a California weather wimp! Here in Southern California we are so used to our low temperatures being in the sixties that on days like today when it is only in the forties outside in the evenings, we think we are going to freeze. Brrr!

Bed Head

I gave Grace a bath last night just before bedtime. Since I didn't want her to go to bed with wet hair, I used my hair dryer and blew her hair dry. She loves watching her hair fly everywhere while I dry it. Then I brushed it out and sent her to bed.

A few minutes later I went in to say goodnight and turn out her light. She was in her bed but was still sitting up. When I told her to lay down she answered, "No mommy, I can't lay down. If I do it will mess up my beeeeuuuuutiful hair!"

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Pancake Monitor

Tonight Jason made pancakes and scrambled eggs because I have been under the weather and didn't feel like cooking. At dinner, Jason reached for another pancake. Jonathan said "Daddy, you already had three" (they were very little pancakes.) Jason said that he knew he had already had three but he was still hungry. Jonathan answered, "well, all right but after this you are DONE!"

Monday, November 30, 2009

Did you Miss Me?

Did you miss me? I know, I have left this blog neglected for so long that no one probably checks it anymore. For that I am sorry. Is anyone still there? Leave me a message if you are still reading my poor neglected blog.

A New Toy

Jason recently bought Photoshop Elements 8 for me. It is so much fun. I am just learning how to do things on it. Here is my first experiment: Making poeple "pop out" of the picture. I haven't perfected the outlining yet but it is still pretty cool!





Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Complaining Casserole

We had complaining casserole for dinner tonight. Our family calls it that because that is just what the kids do, complain. It is really yummy too. One of Jason and my favorites. Meat and beans and corn and olives and cheese mixed together into a kind of taco casserole that you eat with tortilla chips. Matthew is willing to eat almost anything so he eats it without complaining but the other three are most annoying! Nathanael fusses and gags and thinks we are trying to kill him. Jonathan and Grace whined about different ingredients in the casserole until the realized they could pick through it and eat what they liked. Grace ate the beans and corn and olives while Jonathan ate the meat and cheese and a little of the corn. Together they finished the bowl.
Jack Sprat could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between the two of them,
They licked the platter clean!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Christmas Preview

We usually take the kids to the photo studio this time of year for Christmas pictures. This year, in the interest of saving money we decided to go to the park and just take some snapshots. Nathanael is really interested in photography and got a nice tripod for his birthday so we were even able to get some pictures of the entire family. Here is a Christmas preview. Are these the best pictures? Of course not. I will put some of the really good shots on here AFTER Christmas cards have been sent out. I just thought these crazy shots showed the kids personalities perfectly!

Wild Child


Thinker


Stubborn


Rambunctious


Just General Silliness!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In the Eye of the Beholder

We went to Costco today to get a few things. The things we went to get did NOT include a new dress for the princess of the household. As we walked down the aisle though there was this gorgeous collection of "holiday" dresses for little girls. There were red dresses and green dresses and even purple dresses. They all paled in comparison to one dress. Black velvet on the top and shimmering turquoise on the bottom. It may be the most beautiful dress for little girls that I have ever seen. Grace NEEDED it! Amazingly, it was only $18.99 so how could I resist? As I reached to get her size I noticed other people picking out dresses. They were buying red dresses and green dresses and purple dresses. It made no sense. Did they not see that the PERFECT dress was right in front of them? I couldn't believe that anyone would choose any of the other dresses when the shimmering turquoise dress was available. They seemed to like the other dresses. I suppose beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder! Don't worry, you will get to see the perfect turquoise dress on our little princess soon. Probably on our Christmas cards. She will be beautiful in the eye of just about any beholder!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Big Brother!

My brother David's birthday is today. He is old! No matter how old I get, he will always be older! He is obnoxious and annoying and troublesome and the best brother ever. David is my only brother and he is two years, two months and two days older than me. When we were little and figured that out we were quite impressed. So happy birthday to the fun brother who let me boss him around. Thanks for singing the songs I decided you should sing and playing the games I wanted you to play. Thanks for driving me to the mall. Thanks for a fun trip to Disneyland just the two of us when we were in college. To say happy birthday I will now give you the story back that you want. Just kidding. You can't have it. Happy birthday anyway!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Little Bit of Everything

Everyone is finally well at our house. Yeah! Today I took the preschoolers to Children's Bible Study. Tomorrow I am taking all four children to The Living Desert, which is a zoo with desert animals. It is a field trip with Matthew's enrichment class. The next day we are going to Disneyland with a friend for her birthday. Then on Thursday and Friday we have to catch up on all the schoolwork that should have been completed. The boys actually got today's work and a lot of tomorrow's work done today so it won't be too hard to catch up. Wednesday is a school holiday so they won't have work to make up for that day off. I love homeschooling and the ability to take time off when we want.

We have been praying for our friends The Garcia family as they are in Eastern Europe adopting their daughter, Kellsey. We are so excited at all that God is doing in their lives. Can't wait to see how God works in the life of little Kellsey after they get her home. They have court tomorrow so please join us in praying that all goes smoothly.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween Cuties


This year's costumes were, well, anything the kids pulled out of the costume box that they wanted to wear. Yep, that's right. We didn't buy costumes this year. Our kids are deprived I know! I figured that we have at least thirty costumes in the box and they should be able to find SOMETHING they liked. A friend just outgrew the Cinderella dress so Grace did get a "new" outfit but I still didn't buy it. I am glad we didn't go out and spend a fortune because the kids were sick on Halloween and didn't get to do all their plans anyway. These pictures are actually from the week before Halloween when we went to a party at a friend's house.


Nathanael "Indiana Jones". I bought him this new jacket but he needed a new jacket anyway. The kid just has some nerve and just keeps growing!

Grace "Cinderella". Like a true princess, she had lost one of her princess shoes before leaving so these sandals had to do.

Matthew "Cowboy". You probably remember this outfit from the springtime when he went to horse riding camp. We spent a small fortune on real cowboy boots and hat then so I wanted him to get at least one more wearing from them.

Jonathan "Fireman". This outfit used to be Nathanael's. Was he ever really this small? I think the orange Crocs really complete the outfit, don't you?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Story of Grandma Ooh

One fine day in September, 1999 we had a birthday party for a cute little boy named Nathanael. It was his very first birthday. His beloved Auntie Christy brought him one of those toys where you put the ball in at the top and watch it roll down the ramps. This was delightful to Nathanael and he did it over and over and over again. My mom, while she was known simply as "Grandma" was spending some time at our house. Every time Nathanael would drop the ball into the toy she would put her hand over her mouth and exclaim "ooh" as if she were truly impressed. Nathanael loved it and would run up to her if she wasn't paying attention when he put the ball in and ask her "Mandma, say ooh!" and she would. Every time she did it he would exclaim once again "Mandma, say ooh!" He was quite delighted long after she was tired of saying ooh. He then started calling her Mandma Ooh. As he got older and was able to say grandma she was call her Grandma Ooh and the name has stuck. All the kids have been known to call her Grandma Ooh even though they don't understand where the name came from.

All of this was for my friend Diana who asked how the name Grandma Ooh got started.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Update on Jonathan and Grace

Grace's fever wouldn't go down yesterday in the evening so Jason took her to urgent care while I stayed home with the boys. The doctor said she has a throat infection and started her on antibiotics. This morning I took Jonathan to their regular doctor and the doctor said he just has the virus that everyone seems to have right now. He also looked in Grace's throat again just to make sure he agreed with the urgent care doctor and he did. It is indeed a throat infection. Not sure whether it is technically "strep throat" because they didn't do a swab. Apparently it doesn't matter if it is strep throat or a different throat infection, they would still do antibiotics anyway.

Grace is asleep right now and Jonathan is soon to join her. Wish I could. I have to pick up Nathanael in a little bit and go to a meeting at his school. Sigh. I am really praying that the kids sleep better tonight because last night I got VERY little sleep. As soon as I got one child to sleep, the other one woke up. Grr. Oh well, this too shall pass.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Fever Household

Jonathan and Grace both started running fevers of 102 yesterday afternoon. We cancelled our Halloween plans with friends and took the kids for a quick trip to trick or treat at the mall (keeping the two sickos in the stroller) so the older ones wouldn't feel cheated out of all Halloween fun. We then ran by Chipotle, put aluminum foil around everyone's chest and picked up our free burritos. (Chipotle's give free burritos to anyone who dresses like a burrito for Halloween.) Dinner for six of us was eight dollars just because we got some drinks and chips. Then we came home and rested the rest of the night.

Jonathan and Grace both had restless nights. This morning Jonathan's temp was 102.7 and Grace's was 104.4 so we decided that all of us would stay home from church. So here we are, cuddling on the sofa on a Sunday morning. So sad to miss church today. Sigh.

On a lighter note, this morning Jonathan has completely lost his voice and I am having a really hard time thinking of that as a bad thing!

I am off to hand out doses of Tylenol and thank God that I have these precious little people to nurse back to health. God is indeed good all of the time!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

This is the Life!

We have accomplished nothing today. I have played on the computer. The boys alternated between video games and building forts with shoe boxes. Grace has run around destroying the boys forts and Jason has played Xbox. Aaaah! This is the life!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Firstborn

There is a certain beauty in a firstborn child. A place no other child will ever have. This child who made me a mama, then a mommy, then a mom. He leads the way for the others who inevitably follow in his footsteps. And they are great footsteps most of the time. My firstborn is funny and thoughtful and silly and helpful. Anything he says or does there is always one, two or sometimes even three younger children copying. Once in a while that is not a great thing. He can be rambunctious and stubborn and difficult as well. Things he has been really working on controlling since he accepted Jesus as Lord of his life this summer. He is, however, only eleven and he isn't perfect. Are any of us?

My firstborn child led me to things I had never dreamed. The first truly terrifying experience when he had croup so bad as a baby that he had to be rushed to the emergency room. Of course, with four children there have been other medical emergencies but none that equaled that first terror. Now we know that with God's help we can deal with it but then we didn't. He also led us to so many fun times. the first time he played soccer and ran around wild when he wasn't crying that he didn't want to play anymore. Somehow that lost some of its cuteness after a few children. The firstborn was the one I played with the most. He required me to play games with him , read stories together and basically do everything with him. The others don't need me as much. After all, they have him. The big brother who reads stories, makes up games and even plays Candy Land when begged properly. Although I do love spending time with all of my children, it is true that the rest of the children do not spend as much time with me as my firstborn did at their ages.

The firstborn always has the most pictures because everything is just so new. It isn't that we weren't delighted when our last child first walked or talked but after all, we had already seen those events with three older siblings. Do we love the last child any less? Of course not! Still, there is something about that first child that is truly amazing. The first one to go off to kindergarten. The first to learn to skate. The first of almost everything.

So what about you? Do you see your experience with your firstborn child as any different as subsequent children?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Kids Korral

Here are the children singing in church tonight. There weren't many kids there but they were pretty sweet anyway. Matthew, Jonathan and Grace are all in it. Nathanael is now in the youth group and is no longer in the cute kids' stuff.

View this montage created at One True Media
Kids Korral 10/25/09

Cute Children at Chilis

Grace enjoyed every last bite of the molten chocolate cake after the rest of us tired of it.


Jonathan was just being cute


A totally cool shot of Nathanael


And Matthew being goofy!


So there you have it. Four cute children enjoying a dinner out at Chilis. Wasn't that exciting?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Bug

This morning Grace found a dead bug on the floor. She ran to her daddy and said,
"Daddy, you get the bug? The dead bug. It is really really dead. Very very dead."
This brings about the question, just how dead was it? Isn't dead an absolute in itself? Is it possible to be really really dead or very very dead? I suppose it is possible but if she had said it was just a little dead or only partially dead that would have been a different story.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Not Cool!

Yesterday we were at Disneyland and Jason pointed out that I had a grey hair. I have never had a grey hair before so I was interested. I pulled it out and inspected it. It wasn't so much grey as it was pure white. And so it begins!

I am okay with my hair going grey, truly I am. I am after all thirty-three and mommy to four children. I suppose I have earned a grey hair or two. The problem I had was that the grey hair was straight. Almost completely straight. This is totally not cool! I am pretty much defined by my curly hair. When someone wants to describe me to someone else they almost always say "you know, the one with the really curly hair." Jason has always loved that my curls define my image and he hates it when I straighten it, so I never do anymore.

I have heard before that grey hair doesn't really curl. I have never really believed them though. How could ringlets as tight as this ever be straight? Not cool at all!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The (non) Update on Jonathan


Jonathan at eight months old. Too cute!


This is pretty much a non update. Jonathan got a whole bunch of bumps on his elbows and knees last week so I took him to his pediatrician last Wednesday. The pediatrician said he wasn't really sure what the bumps were but they could have been an allergic reaction to something he crawled through. He gave him a cream and told me to call and let him know if they went away or not. The bumps have not spread any since then but they haven't gone away either.

Yesterday Jonathan was grumpy.....really grumpy. Then last night he came down with a 102 fever. All night he was feverish and fussy. This morning I took him in to the doctor again. Of course his temp was down to 99 by the time we got to the pediatrician (isn't that always how it works?) but luckily we have had the same pediatrician for a very long time and he believed that his temperature has been high.

So here is where the non update comes in. I can't update anything because his doctor isn't sure either. The fever may or may not be related to the bumps. The doctor said it could be an infection but if so it sure has shown itself in a strange way. He is referring Jonathan to a dermatologist to look at the bumps and prescribed an antibiotic to clear it up in case it is an infection. I hate giving antibiotics to kids especially if we aren't sure it will help, but it will take a while for the referral to go through and we have to try something. Very strange.

Monday, October 19, 2009

I Should Have Known!

Jonathan has pretty much quit throwing tantrums lately. That is why I thought it was strange this morning when he was crying at everything and throwing fits. I should have known. Tonight he has a fever of 102. I guess that explains the grumpiness. Poor little kid!

Pumpkin Carving

We took the kids to a friend's house and carved pumpkins. So much fun. We met up with other friends there (about thirty kids in all). My friend is indeed a brave woman to allow this at her house! We went to the backyard and the kids made their pumpkins however they wanted. Our children all decided to carve their pumpkins but there were lots of other kids who painted their pumpkins instead.

The perfect pumpkins they chose

This one is just the right size for Matthew, don't you think?

Jonathan was only able to hold his pumpkin for a few seconds. Why do the small ones never look tempting?


Nathanael was the only one able to carry his easily.


Grace didn't even attempt to carry her pumpkin. After all, why would a princess work when Daddy was available to do it for her?


Matthew removing "pumpkin guts"


Nathanael cleaning out his pumpkin. (Notice there are no pictures of the younger ones cleaning out their pumpkins. They were grossed out by the whole process.)


Ta Da! The finished creations.


Best of all, play dates almost always end with snack time. This time it was yummy homemade chocolate cupcakes. Mmmmmm!
Actually the best of all is that there was no pumpkin mess at our house when this was all done. I wonder how many stray seeds will take root in my friend's backyard? She may have her very own pumpkin patch next year!

A Meltdown Day

Jonathan was having a very bad day today. Everything was sending him into a meltdown tantrum, prompting me to put this onto my Facebook status update.....Jonathan is having a major meltdown day. Always tons of fun for Mommy! Jason's sister, Christy, promptly got online and scolded Jonathan for his misbehavior. She said....JONATHAN DAVID - this is Auntie Christy! You know I love you VERY much, but I need you to be a big boy now and not throw a temper tantrum. You behave for your mommy, little man!!!!! When I read this aloud to Jonathan he looked very ashamed. Grace, however, was extremely excited. She said "please I see auntie Tristie and she write me a note too?" Jonathan said "No, I think Auntie Christy only writes notes to kids that don't behave." Grace's reply was a classic "well, I CAN not behave too!" Apparently she thought that if she had to misbehave to get Auntie Christy to write to her then that is what she should strive to do.

Spring Dance Pictures

Here are Grace's spring pictures from the dance studio. I know I am way behind but believe it or not we just got around to picking them up from the studio. Grace decided not to take dance this fall. She said she just didn't want to. The first few pictures are with her friend Shirley who was also in her class.









Friday, October 16, 2009

Done for Now!

Okay I am done bombarding your "google readers" with pictures for now. Of course, we are carving pumpkins this afternoon and that will be a whole new set of pictures so be prepared. We just do too many fun things I suppose. We could stop.....or not!

Silliness at the Fair











A Day at the Fair

We took a field trip to the L.A. County fair a couple of weeks ago. First, we made our own butter at home and they tasted it on crackers. yummy. They wanted to know why it isn't yellow. they didn't know that the butter we buy at the store has color added. Then we were off to the fair. They made ropes, roped "sheep", watched a milking demonstration, saw a dinosaur exhibit, petted animals and much more. It was a lot of fun. One of their favorite things was experimenting with a battery, a wire and a light bulb and trying to get it to light. We all loved the fair. We especially love that they have a "fairkids" program that got us in for free, parking and all. We took our own snacks and water and didn't spend a dime except for gas to get there. That is my type of outing!