Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Caught in the Act...

A brief moment of siblings actually playing together--and I was able to get pictures!!! (Thanks to the sun, I didn't need a flash and therefore was able to get a lot more candid photos rather than Lydia's "cheese" pose and Dylan's "come on mom" look that you see in the last picture. This is what I normally get when they know I'm taking pictures.)

"What 'cha doin'?"

"Can I play, too?"

"Sure, just get some chalk and color like this..."

"I don't like that color. I'd rather have pink."

"Oh, Look Lyida. Wouldn't you know that mommy's taking pictures again..."

Nothin' But Smiles

Lydia was in rare form tonight. I was able to get a snippet on camera, but the imaging is a little dark. So what you aren't able to see is that everytime she stops laughing it is to stick her tongue in and out really fast like a lizard. I apologize about the darkness of the video. We weren't expecting to make home movies tonight, but with little kids, you get what you get, right? Keep in mind that what you will see in this video went on for a good 15 minutes or so before I thought to get the camera out.

How great it is to be so easily entertained. Hope this brings a smile to your face, too...

Monday, April 28, 2008

More Bryanisms...

Finally, we have made our way through the Old Testament and last night we read our first story of the New Testament during family Bible time. Tonight, we read from Luke Chapter 2 about Jesus' birth. After the story, David was asking the questions to review and it went like this:

David: "Bryan, what city did Mary and Joseph travel to when Jesus was born?"
Bryan: "New York."
David: "No. Dylan, do you remember?"
Bryan: "No...I know, I know...Downtown"
David: "How about Bethlehem?"

And so goes our nightly Bible time. Where does he come up with this stuff? He always pays attention, he just never retains any of the information. I guess 3 is a little young yet. But he looks forward to the routine just as much as Dylan does, which makes me happy.

But wait there's more...

This one isn't new, so to speak, but I don't think I've journalled it down yet and it definitely is one of his favorites.

Blinking (v) That pounding feeling inside your chest after you have been chasing your big brother around the house for a solid 15 minutes. Used in a sentence: "Mommy, my heart is blinking."

A First Field Trip

Today Dylan went on his first field trip. His class went to the fire museum downtown. While I was not present for the whole field trip, his teacher did allow me to pop in just long enough to get a couple of pictures of him and his friends. They were all so cute!

Here is Dylan's personal account of the field trip in his own words:

"I had a lots of fun. I even went on a fire truck. I saw lots and lots of things. But when I got hurt (he twisted his ankle when he slid down the fire pole), I sat on a bench and I felt better a little bit. And we talked about what could happen if you're in a house on fire. I even watched a movie about how you can get your house on fire. (We might be in trouble...What kind of movie did they show them?) My favorite thing about the whole day was that I got to ride on a school bus!"

The class lining up to go inside.

Dylan waving to me as he walked by.

Going in. You can see Dylan looking back to see if I am still there. :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Inching His Way to the Top

Today, Dylan participated in his second taekwondo tournament. He was one of five competitors in the six and under green belt group. Once again I don't think the judges really got things right, but I was definitely satisfied with the way things turned out. Dylan walked away with third place--a bronze medal--in the forms competition. He had so much fun sparring even though he did not place in the sparring competition. Last competition, he did not place at all. This time he placed third. If he continues this trend, he should make it to the top very soon. Whether or not he does, he is having fun, we are enjoying watching him, and he is definitely improving.

***Right before he was getting ready to go into the ring, David ran over to Dylan to tell him to just have fun and when he did, Dylan turned to him and said, "What do you want, I'm praying right now." So sweet. We have told him that he can pray anytime and about anything, but this is the first time that I know of that he has actually prayed on his own without being reminded. I am constantly amazed at just how much he takes in and applies to his life daily. I am honored to be his mother and I am proud to call him my son.

So now, here are a few pictures from his tournament. My camera went on strike about half way through the event and I unfortunately was only able to get a few pictures here and there when it decided to cooperate. But these are a few of the best ones I got.

An introduction with the judges.

Dylan gets padded up for the sparring competition.

The judges check Dylan's pads to make sure they are in good condition and properly secured. (They do this for every competitor and before every match.)

Dylan receiving his medal from the judges.

Our proud baby boy showing off his medal (and chevron).

Friday, April 25, 2008

It Never Gets Old

Each night before I go to bed, I check in on my babies and make sure that they are safely and soundly sleeping. On Thursday night, I found my oldest sound asleep in my bed and as I watched him sleep I realized that I love watching him sleep just as much now as I did when he was a little baby. I love watching all of my babies sleep--I don't get to do it much--but I love it every chance I get. Even now, after five never gets old!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Which Little Godsey?

Today I was thinking about how very blessed I am to have so many special people in my life. From there my thoughts drifted specifically to my children and as i was thinking about each of them I am amazed at just how different and unique each one is. So as I was thinking about each child and their personality differences I though it might be fun to see how much might surprise you about the kiddos. So if you have a minute, sift through these ideas and see if you can figure out which quality goes with whom. Be careful, there are a couple of tricky ones in there... Have fun!

Oh, and the answers will be in the comments section...but don't cheat!

Which little Godsey:
  1. sleeps with a stuffed animal named "Ben"?
  2. loves to push around a pink stroller?
  3. weighed the most at birth?
  4. refuses to eat meat?
  5. likes popsicles better than ice cream?
  6. begs to take a nap with mommy and daddy every weekend?
  7. currently weighs the most?
  8. snores?

Our Amazing Elysa

Today I went in to pick up the kids from daycare and found Elysa SITTING! She was sitting right in the middle of the room, BY HERSELF, in a bumbo seat and playing with one of those mobile mobiles (I don't know what they are called). So, I turned right back around, went to my car, got the camera, and took a few pictures to share. It was so different seeing her doing something other that lying down or sitting in a swing. She is growing so quickly and doing so many new things. Once again and as always, we are so very proud of her! It won't be long and they will all four be running around. Whew--that's when things will really start getting crazy! :)

"Check this out mommy. I'm sitting like a big girl!"

"That was a good picture, now take one of me from the side..."

"Okay, that's enough pictures mommy. I'm not smiling anymore."

Monday, April 21, 2008

Cutest Not-So-Cute Dog Ever

Okay this is more or less a free advertisement for Hollywood Feed on Stage Rd. Friday night David and I were talking about Jax and I was saying how sorry I felt for him because he never gets to run around the house and spend time with the family. He has just gotten to the point of "matted beyond repair". His coat was matted, he has played in several monsoons lately adding a less than delightful odor, and his breath is just horrid. So, after voicing my concerns about our dog, I realized that if he was cleaned up a little, we would play with him more, he could come inside again, and in the long run, I would be happier. So we called several places and the only one that could take him in on such short notice was Hollywood Feed. The groomer warned me that with all the matting, it might cost extra and that there was the possibility that she would not be able to get all of his coat brushed out. (Really, it has been years since he has received some special attention.) SEVEN HOURS LATER, they called and said he was ready. I don't know HOW they did it, but he could not have looked better. And in the end, with all the extra charges for the matted coat, bathing, trimming, and deodorizing, they charged us a flat $25! What?! Doesn't he look good though? Now he's happy, I'm happy, the boys are happy--well, everyone but Lydia is happy (she doesn't like him because for whatever reason he is always stepping on her feet. Talk about attitude! Man does she let him have it!) Anyhow, that's that about Jax...and now he's cute again--kinda...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Saturday in the Park

Yesterday was a beautiful day and David and I took the kids to the park to play with Kaylie and Elon. They played frisbee, a little football, swang, played on the jungle gyms, and Elon and Elysa just hung out a bit. :) The only thing we were missing was the man selling ice cream singing italian songs. (Okay, okay--only funny if you recognized the title of the post as a #1 hit by Chicago). Anyhow, we had a lovely time and between Shanda and myself you kow we were bound to get some great pics of the fun.

Kaylie and Lydia loved the swings...

Fearless Lydia--jumping from the top of the rock wall into Daddy's arms!
Spring has sprung and love is in the air! Bryan was all about Kaylie yesterday...

And how sweet is this? We encouraged it, but they did this on their own--well, in this picture at least. We may have set up a couple of other poses, but this one was all on their own. :)

And Dylan, along with his crazy hair, loved the swings too!

Thanks again for stopping by. Hope everyone has a great week! :)

Friday, April 18, 2008

I'd Rather be Sick

On Wednesday, we received a call from the daycare about Bryan. He had a fever of 102. My dad was able to pick him up from school and David took him to the doctor that afternoon. Believe it or not, he has come down with strep again. The virus that gave him the awful rash a few weeks ago. Luckily, this time we recognized it right away and got him to the doctor quickly so that it won't get as bad as it did last time. He stayed home from school yesterday because we were told that if he was contagious it would be during the first 24 hours of the virus--so just to be on the safe side David took off from work to keep him. When we woke up yesterday, Lydia also had a fever so she too stayed home (when it rains it pours). She has been fighting an ear infection for several weeks now which, I'm sure, is the cause of her temperature. Anyhow, yesterday, while all of us "well" people were working, or schooling, this is what the "sick" ones were doing:

Ice Cream in the Park! Now, tell me, wouldn't you rather be sick? They has lots more fun than I did at work!

Bryan with no time to waste. 2 spoons to get the job done right!


Aren't we all so proud of David for taking such great pictures! Thanks, Daddy!
It seems lately that the only time we have off with the kids is when they are sick. Sometimes you just gotta make the most of the time you have together. Great thinking Daddy! And thank you for taking the camera along!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rocket Man

Tonight's forecast: Cool temperatures, low humidity, clear skies and and an almost full moon--the perfect night to do a little star watching!
And that is exactly what we did tonight. Dylan and Daddy caught a glimpse of the moon and what Daddy was fairly confident was the Northern Star. (?) It could have been stardust and Dylan would have been happy to have seen it--check out his excitement in the second picture! He has had this great interest in space for about two years now. I don't really know where he gets it from, but it never seems to get old to him. :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

On the Same Page With God

Tonight, I was clearing out my email when I ran across this email that I sent to my mom on the 18th of March. The story itself is about a month old, but already I had forgotten about it. (Emphasizing to me the importance of journaling). Luckily I preserved it in email form and after reading it a second time, I decided that it was one worthy of remembering in the future, so I will journal it here for you to read and for me to keep. So, without further adieu, I bring you another great Bryanism:

(dated March 18, 2008)
"Last night we were doing our bible study and we read about God talking to Samuel. The questions that followed the story kind of went from questions about the story itself to “Can you tell me one other person who we have learned about so far that God spoke directly to?” (Answers: Moses, Noah, Adam & Eve, etc.) Then I asked the kids “If God spoke directly to you today, what might be something that he would tell you to do?” (We try to get them to think outside the box and not just memorize the stories). Bryan thought for a minute and then he said “To not say ‘yeah’.” I nearly wet myself. He’s so CANDID!"

After reliving the story through reading this email one thing really stuck out. My 3-year-old son sees God and mommy as being on the same page. What a great feeling. Although I want him to learn MUCH, MUCH more from God than just "not to say yeah" :) I learned something myself from this oh-so-innocent answer. God has entrusted to me 4 lives. He has certain expectations of me as a mother, and as a witness to these souls. And He is already showing to me that He is not sending me out on a mission by myself. Already, my children see that God is my backup (well, actually He is my Guide, my Backup, and everything in between). And with God at my side, how can I fail?! So world, ready or we come!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Chocolate Ice Cream & An Onion

Being the avid American Idol fan that I am, I take a lot of the witty comments that Simon Cowell comes out with and store them away for a later time. Tonight, was one of those times.

Dylan was at T-Ball practice tonight and I had the other 3 kids with me. Trying to think of something to take along so that I could keep Lydia and Bryan entertained, I grabbed one of those beach-themed sand castle kits (you know with the shovel, bucket, sand sifter and sea shell shaped trays) so that they could play in the sand volleyball court. While I was watching my sweet kids play with their beach kits in the sand court wearing 2 jackets each and I myself was listening to my teeth chattering, one of Cowell's witty comments popped in my mind and I kinda giggled to myself. It went like this:

Building sand castles and 35 degree temperatures "go together like chocolate ice cream and an onion."

I guess it can be kinda frigid on the North coast, but when I think of builing sand castles I think of the Gulf Coast, summertime, swimsuits, & sunscreen, you know--the total opposite of anything that could have been today. But nonetheless, the kids had a great time playing in the sand and Dylan had a good T-ball practice. And, of course, I've got some pictures of the "chocolate ice cream and an onion."

Don't let the layers and layers of coats fool you...It's sand, not snow.

But that didn't matter. They were lovin' every minute of it.

BTW, what ever happened to April showers bringing May flowers? It was sleeting this morning at 10 o'clock!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'...

Front to back and back to front. Elysa rolled both ways today! I think I remember the others rolling over a little later than 3 months. Maybe they did roll over at 3 months-ish. Either way it was a nice surprise today because we definitely weren't expecting it this soon. Here are a few pics of Elysa showing off her newest accompishment...

Okay, now that I've got everyone's attention let's get started.

Now I arch my back like this (umgh) and push off with my back foot like this (urgh)...

And I let my momentum take me on over--thanks daddy for getting my arm out from under me when I finished.

Sorry about the drooly picture, but I just wanted to show you all how excited she was when she realized what she accomplished. Check out that smile!

Way to go Elysa! Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Say What?

This is one of my favorite sibling pictures (though I have many favorite sibling pictures). It really has nothing to do with the post today, but I just wanted to post it anyway.
I wasn't going to post anything tonight as today was just an average day and I didn't even take one picture. But as I was lying in bed with our Lydia, she just blew me away with her incessant talking and I knew if I didn't journal it down, I would forget. (Too bad I didn't think to blog when the boys were babies--oh, how many wonderful memories I'm sure I've already forgotten.) Anyhow. Lydia, a teddy bear, her baby, and I were all snuggled in the bed and from the lips of my little girl came the following sentences/phrases:

"Jax in house?"

"Daddy home?"

"Hi-low (hello) baby bear!"

"baby home."

"Night, night bear."

and one of my favorites...

"Bye, Bye, Daddy. Love you!"

And would I be totally bragging on her if I told you that she is about 3 words short of saying her own prayers at night? That's right. She says her own prayer when we say our family prayers before bed. She just needs a little help remembering a word here and there. She is doing so good and we are so proud of her. Keep on blabbing away, girl! I'm absolutely loving it. I have been waiting nearly 2 years to hear that sweet voice!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Friends, Friends, & More Friends

Today, we had a little show at the house and my closest friends all came over with their kiddos. I really love how at the very time that I was pregnant with each of my babies, at least one of my friends was also pregnant. Now our kids will have the opportunity to grow up together and become close friends like their mommies are! And so here they of my kids and their closest friends:
Dylan and his buddy Aaron--such big boys!Bryan and Sam-cutie patooties! (you know Amanda, in every picture we have of these boys together they are both always wearing orange. In fact, in one they were both dressed as pumpkins, remember? Too funny!)Lydia and her boyfriend, Collin. Such a handsome little man!Elysa and Elon in their first ever photos as an official "couple". Someone call Guinness, I think we have a world record of the youngest couple ever!Lydia and Kaylie--best girl friends! (Seriously, Shanda, next time they get together let's let them wear something different! :) I just noticed that they were wearing the exact same shirts as in the Buddies from Birth post. How funny!)

Thanks to everyone for coming. Having 11 kids all under the age of 5 in one house at one time was such a fun type of confusion. I loved seeing all the kids interacting with one another! They are all so sweet and I am blessed to have such great friends!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Family Fun

Not much happened today, really. We did however, enjoy a game of family hide 'n seek. We all had a really fun time. Here are some pictures of the game. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

First T-Ball practice

Yesterday was Dylan's first T-Ball practice of the season (with all the raining, we are getting a late start). Unfortunately, I had to work so I can't report on how well he did/didn't do. However, I did manage to stay just long enough to get a few pictures of him trying out this new sport. I have to admit, he looked mighty handsome on that ballfield! (And I'm certainly not biased or anything!) :) Anyhow, here is our Dylan in action:

(1) Running the bases...

(notice that he is still wearing his glove. I love it!)

(2) Making the catch...

(3) Doin' the T-Ball twist...

(4) Getting fitted with a helmet...

(5) Home Run!!!

Proud of our Tigers!

Well, they did not win the game. But they really did not lose it either--they just gave the game to the other team. Kind of nice of them if you think about it. The Tigers showed some true southern hospitality on the court against Kansas Monday night. All kidding aside, and without focusing on all the what if's about the game (and there were a lot of those), I just want to say that we are still very proud of our team! They were and still are the "Dream Team." is your one stop for Myspace Graphics
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