Friday, July 31, 2009

Ladies First

This morning I took Jonathan and Grace on a few errands with me. We all got thirsty so we pulled into a drive through and got drinks. They both ordered chocolate milk. When I was handed the two chocolate milks Jonathan asked which one was his. I told him that it didn't matter because they were the same. I took the lid off one of them, placed a straw in it and handed it back to Grace. Jonathan was indignant.

Why does she always get the first milk? I know, ladies first. If I were a girl and she was a boy, I could go first and then that would be fair!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

We DId It!

We did it! After much goofing off, I mean hard work, Jason and I have been inducted into the hall of fame. I play the bass and Jason plays the guitar. Are you impressed? You may now proceed to ask for autographs!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Jonathanism

Jonathan just came running in and informed me

Mom, when we ride the tram at Disneyland your hair will blow but mine won't because I get a lot more haircuts than you do.

Six years Apart

Nathanael and Jonathan are six years apart. That is a big age difference. So why is it those two that fight in the back of the van, beat each other up in the playroom and argue incessantly? It just doesn't make sense. I think they are just too much alike for their own good. Their personalities are alike in so many ways. Matthew seldom gets involved in their arguments.

Grace is turning out to be a lot like Matthew which you might say is an excellent thing because Matthew is so easy going. I am afraid though. After all Matthew and Grace are, you guessed it, six years apart. (okay, so five and a half if you must be technical and I am sure someone out there will feel the need to do the math.) Do you think their being a lot alike will cause the kind of strife that is always going on between Nathanael and Jonathan or is the fighting particular to certain personality types? I am really curious about this one. Any ideas? Are we in for it once again?

My Mathematician

I bought all of Matthew's school textbooks for this coming year. Fourth grade! When did he get so big? (Okay so if you know him you know he is most definitely not big but he is getting so much older and so incredibly smart.) Anyway, his books came in and I decided to look over all of them with him and discuss what he would be learning this year. He was excited about a lot of them but mostly the math. He wanted to start right then. I told him that he had to wait for me to make copies of some of the worksheets that require a copy for each lesson. Now he is bugging me daily to go get copies made or to go buy a copier so he can copy them at home. In July. On summer break. Does that seem a little odd to anyone else? He just amazes me every day.

Grace's Lullaby

We went to see my cousin's new baby girl, Kailani the other day. She is so beautiful and sweet. The boys were less than impressed but Grace was excited. She sang the baby a sweet song, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in a gentle voice. So cute. Then she went into a very loud rendition of "Yo Ho Yo Ho a Pirate's Life for Me." Yep, that's my girl!

Baby Lock

Grace doesn't do bedtime well. She just keeps getting up and coming into the living room. Finally, we had to put a baby lock on the inside doorknob of her room. Once she goes to sleep we open her door so she wouldn't be trapped in an emergency or if she needs something in the middle of the night.

The other day she didn't want to take a nap. Finally I closed her door so she couldn't keep coming out of her room. She messed with the doorknob and then started crying hysterically. I went to find out what was wrong and there she was, right next to the door, holding the doorknob cover and screaming. I didn't see anything hurt on her so I asked what all the crying and screaming was about and she answered, "I broke the baby lock!" I put the doorknob cover back onto her door and she went to lay down quietly. Crazy kid!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Are You Missing the Pictures?

Are you missing the pictures on this blog as much as I am? I have tons of pictures we have taken lately but my computer is down. I think it is a mother board problem. Since it is summer and the boys aren't needing their computer for schoolwork we haven't chosen to spend the money to fix my computer right now. I just didn't want to download all the pictures from my camera onto the boys computer so the blog is boring and picture free for a while. Don't worry, when my computer is back I will bombard you with pictures! We will probably take my computer into the shop in the next week or so to guarantee I will have it back before the boys need this computer for school next month. Pictures will return soon, I hope!

A Nothing Week

Last week was exhausting with VBS every night and preparations for VBS taking up much of the afternoons. Don't get me wrong, it was an outstanding week. It wore us out though. Everyone was tired every night. This week is a stark contrast. There is nothing on the calendar. This means we get to have mornings at the free movies, afternoons swimming, slip-n-sliding and evenings playing Rock Band and hanging out together. Whew! It is a nice break. We are enjoying it while it lasts. It won't be long before we will be preparing for another school year but for now we are loving the lazy summer days. Now if it would just get below 105 degrees life would be perfect!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Our God is Great!

Today we became members of our new church family. We are so excited to be a part of the worship, ministry and fellowship with some wonderful fellow believers. This past week was Vacation Bible School and so much God-honoring study was accomplished. God is truly at work here and we are so glad to be involved. Jason and I both volunteered in Bible School; Jason in security and I was in the kitchen. I have joined the family ministry team and will be joining the choir and the nursery volunteers soon. Jason is going to help the youth because they recently lost some of their youth workers. If we are going to join a church, we might as well get involved in ministry, right?

That isn't actually the most exciting news. The best news is that both Nathanael and Matthew have prayed this week to ask Jesus into their hearts and asked for forgiveness of their sins. Unless you have been in this situation, you cannot possibly understand the joy it brings into this mommy's heart to know that my boys will be spending eternity worshipping God in Heaven! Our God is indeed great! Nathanael and Matthew went forward to announce to the body of Christ that they are now fellow believers and request baptism, which will be happening soon. Thank you so much to all of you who have been praying faithfully for them for so long. Now please pray that they will grow to an even greater understanding of God and have a desire to honor him with their lives.

I am so excited tonight but exhausted as well. My brother and his family and my aunt were all there this morning. We were so glad they were there to share our joy! After the morning worship, the family all went out to lunch. It was such a fun time. Then I went school supply shopping with a friend, went to family ministry music practice and evening worship. Finally we are home and I am exhausted. So good night all.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Big Changes and Big Decisions

Nathanael is so excited. He has finished fifth grade which in California means he is heading to middle school. That isn't the exciting part though. The exciting part is that being in sixth grade means he gets to be part of the church youth group. The church we have been going to doesn't have many youth, maybe eight or ten kids, but they are trying to grow. They have in depth Bible Studies and worship times. They also have a ton of fun. Nathanael helped with a car wash on Saturday to help the high schoolers go to camp. There was a game night after VBS last night and on Friday after the last night of VBS they are going bowling late at night. So much fun. I am so glad to see him actually want to participate in so many things. It is usually so hard for him to be brave enough to do things with people. I am so happy he is breaking out of that.

He is also really thinking about things of God and wanting to live his life for Christ. Pray for him as he seems on the brink of making the most important decision of his life. Along the same note, Matthew is getting really interested in knowing about being saved and talks about being baptized. He told me that he thought he was too young to be allowed to make that kind of decision. He said that kids aren't allowed to be saved. I told him that wasn't true and he was confused. So pray for him as he figures out what exactly the Bible says about being saved and what you have to do.

Now I am out of here. I have to run to the store and get a shirt for Nathanael. Apparantly the youth group are tie dying shirts tonight for their crafts at VBS. So much fun.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Did You Give Up on Me?

Hello friends! Did you give up on me? Jason has been on vacation since my last blog and I decided to go on a blog vacation and focus on spending time with him. Tonight is his first night back to work so the blogs can return.

We have had a busy month. We visited all of the grandparents and great grandparents. We spent four days at Disneyland. We went to the beach. We went camping in the mountains. We have visited five different churches and think we have decided on one to be our church home. We have spent time getting ready for Vacation Bible School, which started tonight. We need a vacation after all of this vacationing!

Okay, so I am not feeling witty or entertaining tonight. I think I have forgotten how to be creative in my writing. If you don't use a skill it gets rusty and I suppose I am proof of that. Leave me a comment if you actually read this post so I will know that someone is out there.

Oh yeah, I think I should end with a Jonathanism. Tonight the kids were heading to bed. Jonathan went in to go to the bathroom and Grace started yelling that she had to go too. I had just taken her and knew she just didn't want to go to bed so I told her to just go to sleep. She yelled again and Jonathan came to me with a very worried face and said,
Mom, she keeps saying that and it is making me very concerned. (Concerned, really can a four year old be concerned?)