Saturday, September 27, 2008

We're still here!

Hello??? If you're still there, we're still here! I apologize for the lack of entries lately. We have just finished our big move, and are in our new home, however, we do not have internet sevice at the moment and probably won't until sometime next week. So if you can, hang in there, and we'll be back up and running by the end of the week. In the meantime, take care & God bless! Oh! and as always thanks for checking in on us. :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008


And for today's Masterpiece-a-la-Lydia:
***Be sure to note the fine detail not only in the school's library book, but also on her face and legs! She's just a little Picaso, I tell ya!
Seriously, anyone have any suggestions as to how to combat this type of creativity? Or any really good explanations we can give the librarian when Dylan goes to turn the book back in on Monday?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

So THAT'S what they mean...

...When they say 'terrible twos'! Up until now, I thought 'the terrible twos' was something psychologists came up with. Psychologists, might I add, that don't have children. I say that because with both of the boys, we made it through the 'terrible two' like a champ. It was what I have called the 'thunderous threes' that has gotten us! :) But with Lydia, I'm beginning to see that there is a wee bit of truth to the 'terrible twos' that everyone always warns the new mother about.

Tonight as I was sitting on the couch feeling sorry for my bloggin' buddies, who have had nothing interesting to read on this blog lately, Dylan came running into the living room to tell me that Lydia had made a mess with the 'smart gel'. Smart gel. Anyone wanna take a guess as to what 'smart gel' is? Yeah, I had no idea either which made things a little more scary for me. So, I followed Dylan who took me to the bathroom where I found this:
on the floor. The entire bathroom for the most part was about an inch thick in smart gel. What? You say that you still don' know what 'smart gel' is? Perhaps these pictures can help.

So, now that the smart gel is off the floor, out of her hair, and EMPTY I have finally found comfort in being able to laugh/blog about it! :)

Why Boys are Easier than Girls

This past Sunday, David and I took all the kids out to eat. Something we rarely do now that we have 4 kids. We took them to Longhorn Steakhouse. As we left, one of the hostesses asked us, 'So sice you have 2 and 2, which is harder--boys or girls?" Immediately, without thinking and simultaneously I replied "girls" as David said "boys". So, this is a quick post to explain my reasoning...

With boys, you don't have to worry about...

Or smart gel:And that is just the beginning...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Confessions of a Sleepover Survivor:

This is more of a rambling--something for my kids to read the eve before their kids have their first big sleepover. A handbook for them, if you will. Or a warning. Or just a few droll thoughts. Anyhow, here are a few things I learned from my first sleepover as 'the parent' (even though I still don't feel like the parent):

  • I have learned that boys giggle as much as girls do--if not more! I'm not talking laugh--I mean giggle. You know when the lights are out and they are told to settle down and one whispers something just because he knows he shouldn't and another giggles, and then the next, and the next until all are giggling about NOTHING! Girls, you know what I'm talking about. Boys do it too!

  • I have learned that no matter how many times my mom threatened to call my friends parents and tell them that the party was over--she NEVER meant it. It was only a tactic. One, might I add, that works well at 10:30 pm and all are still totally wound up about staying up all night. I'm not admitting to anything, though! :)

  • I have learned that when the lights are out, and the kids are all laying in their sleeping bags, you can learn a lot about each child's parents as each one tries to trump the other's amazing story about their parents. Which child's dad snores, which one's mom can burp louder than a man. I must say, I try not to eavesdrop, but I was cracking up! Uh oh! What will Dylan say about us when we're not there to give him "the look"?

  • I have learned that Mystery Science Theater has nothing on a group of 1st graders watching a Star Wars movie. :)

  • I learned that Dylan and Bryan really can get along.

  • I have learned that "Sneak" is the most frequently used word at a sleepover. I heard it at least 8 times and no telling how many other times it was used...

  • I have learned that maintaining some kind of order has trumped being the 'cool mom'. I so wanted to be the cool mom...
  • I have learned that if you tell 6 6-year-olds that they are going to have popcorn later, you better give them popcorn later. On the dot. THEY DON'T FORGET ANYTHING!

  • I have learned that even in my sleep, I will wake up to go into the living room where the kids are and count heads--just to make sure one hasn't "snuck" anywhere. :)

  • I have learned that no matter how early you start packing things up the following morning, you will still find underwear, socks and a random shirt that you just know don't belong to anyone in your home. And you won't know which parent to call to ask!

  • And I have learned that even as my kids get older, there will always be new 'firsts' for them and there will always be that joy and excitement for me in seeing my kids so happy!

Meanwhile at the Soccer Game:

Bryan scored his first goal!

***Not looking like this, of course. I just liked this picture.

I Survived Sleepover 2008!

So, for Dylan's birthday this year we decided to allow him to invite 5 friends over for a sleepover in order to save money on the cost of the party itself. It didn't work. I just checked with my insurance company and they will not cover 'elective' psychiatric care; so in other words, the money that I saved on the party will now be going towards medical bills in order to prevent the nervous breakdown that is imminent following a night like last night.

Okay, allright, so I admit, I really did have a good time and it wasn't that bad at all. And here to give you a first hand account of the night in pictures is, once again, my Kodak C813:

3 minutes into the party: Air Hockey!
Next up (after dinner): Twister!

And a (VERY) quick waterballoon toss:

Then we Sang "Happy Birthday to You, Cha-Cha-Cha"

And we opened presents:

And then the boys humored me. They really were good sports for the camera!

And what sleepover is complete without an old-school pillow fight:

And then for the secret game that even Dylan did not know about. A game that required roughly 2 hours of preparation, but was over in about 6 minutes. We had 2 teams, each were distinguished by their glow stick color. We had a blue team:

And a green team:

But no one really cared and the late-night water balloon fight was on!

After I got everyone in and changed into some clean, dry P.J.s, they all settled into their sleeping bags for a movie and popcorn.

And would you believe that they were ALL sound asleep by

Oh, yes! I SO did take a picture of the clock, too. What? You think I would miss taking a picture of the best part of the night!? :)

So that was sleepover 2008 in a nutshell. Dylan had a great time, his friends had a great time (I hope), and I actually enjoyed it a bit myself. :) Several times last night I found myself thinking, "Wow! my son is old enough to have his school friends over for the night" and my insides would just fill with excitement and pride. I am just so proud of him (and his friends) and I praise God that I have been given the opportunity to be a part of his life, and even more so, blessed, to be called his mom!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Homework! Take 2:

Tonight, after Dylan's hour of homework, Bryan sat down at the table to tackle his assignments. Yes, I said Bryan and assignments in the same sentence. :) We absolutely LOVE his preschool teacher, though. She had Dylan completely prepared for kindergarten and now she has Bryan in her class. She's wonderful! So, anyhow, here are some pics of Bryan, hard at work.

"B" is for my beloved Bryan.

He always does his best work with his tongue hanging out. :)

If that is really the case, this has gotta be the best "B" so far! :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

It's the Real Thing, Baby!

There's no denying it--Dylan has officially entered the 'real world' of school. Here he is tonight working on his third, THIRD!, homework assignment for the night.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bryan's Show-stopping Performance

What was supposed to be Bryan's first soccer game quickly turned into his first theatrical performance. Today was Bryan's first soccer game, and to tell you a little about how things went, I enlisted the help of a very dear friend: my Kodak C813.

We begin with--well--the beginning. (What's it called in soccer? The kickoff? Jump ball? I don't know. We'll just call it the beginning.) This is as close as Bryan gets to the actual soccer ball all game.
After the game started he mostly did a lot of running and observation. "Hmmm. that kinda looks like fun."
Dare we not forget to mention the frequent snack breaks when he would just run off the field for a quick Cheerio or two--who ever said Wheaties was the breakfast of Champions?

And some water for all that hard work:

Then it was his turn to be goalie:
Which is when all the real drama began:
I think it was because he was a little lonely being stuck in that goal by himself. He said that it was because he wanted a hug from Grandmommy. Luckily, we brought her along:As always, grandmommy's hug was a lifesaver and he was quickly refreshed and ready to go back in the game. (He must not have noticed that everyone else was at the other end of the field!)But his teammate ran over to get him and they quickly ran back the the other end of the field where the game was actually being played:Before you knew it, the curtain closed--I mean, the game was over. Bryan's team lost, but only by 1 point! The final score: 1-0. It was a real hair-raising game!

And the end marked Bryan's favorite part of the game. After all, it's at the end of the game they get what Bryan referred to as "lunch"! (I could imagine how hungry he must have been having to push "lunch" back until the game ended--at 9:15 AM!)So that, my friends, was the highlight of my Saturday morning! A show as good as any Broadway performance, only the scenes are unscripted and impromptu, the admission is free, and the main character is my son! Man, I love that kid!!! :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mommy Wow--I'm a Big Kid Now!

How cheesy that I should use a "Pull-Ups" slogan for a post that is about my baby girl "pulling up". Ahhh. Well if we can get past all the goofiness, Elysa has been pulling up on things for about a week or so now. She can actually pull herself to her feet (although she doesn't do it when the camera is out). Such a big girl!!!!!