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.

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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!









Pictures Taken By Grace



Craft Time With Grandma Sharon

My mom is great at crafts! She makes everything she does look quite professional. Usually her crafts at the mother-daughter retreat are perfect while the rest of ours are....well....not. This year however, Grace decided that she wanted to craft with Grandma Sharon. She had so much fun stringing beads on bracelets, creating a felt hanging banner and making a paper-mache thankfulness box. Mom spent the morning learning to let go. It was hard for her but she did a great job. She let Grace paper-mache even though it turned out lumpy. She let her string beads even though they weren't in the correct order. She even let her create the felt banner the way she wanted even though it meant the camel had a crown and there were no wise men to be found (Grace did NOT want the wise men in her nativity hanging!) Good job turning loose of the crafting Grandma Sharon!




Thursday, October 15, 2009

Purple Hair

It Doesn't Matter What You Wear
When You Have Lovely Purple Hair!

Mother Daughter Look Alike Contest






No, we didn't win the contest. Nor did we expect to. After all, we don't look alike! We were, however, pretty cute in our vests, scarves and hats that I made. At least we thought so!