Friday, October 31, 2008
only a couple more hours babe, you can make it . . . i'm saving all the orange gummi bears for you. i can't wait to see you! ily!
so, here are 5 cows. can you identify them correctly? there are pictures of 5 little calves in radom order (or are they? maybe they're in chronological order, i've been known to be kinda tricky on occasion. maybe some psychological knowledge of how i think could come in handy for this one!). our family calves: model year '99, model year '01, model year '02, model year '05 and most recently model year '08. each model year had some slight changes from the previous model, but most features remain quite similar.
if you can correctly identify all 5 calves (by model year or name!) you will win a prize. i don't know what it will be yet, but more than likely it will be something i made. more than 1 person can win . . . but hopefully not too many!! (i just don't have time to make millions of prizes). leave your guesses in the comments and no fair cheating by looking at other people answers . . . you're on your honor here, don't let me down!! (i'm pretty sure i figured out how to hide the comments until the contest is over, so i took away the temptation to cheat all together!!) i'll announce the winners (if there are any!!) in a few days. hopefully the waiting won't be too painful for anyone!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
"i will read the bible to you:
once upon a time God was on a beautiful house ship. it had a big, giant huge flag on it that reached up to the sky because God made the sky.
ok, 2nd three [i think that is the reference . . . you know like 2nd peter or something]: he hoped in and flew-ed back into the sky. and God heard a loud noise.
chapter 3: once upon a time God did nothing. he just stayed home.
chapter 4: God went in his house and went under the covers so he couldn’t see the monsters.
chapter 1 [we’ll have to work a little on the order that the numbers come in, i guess]: God got his beautiful present . . . there was knocking at the door and he said “who’s that knocking?” and he went to the door. but it was a bad guy. but soon he will be a good guy. [pretty sound theology, i’d say . . . the bad become good when they come to God’s door!!]
guess what God saw when he went to the jungle? a dinosaur. then God was sleeping because he was tired. then God went through the jungle and heard a really loud beeping noise and heard a roarrrrr and it was a tiger. and God went back to sleep and he sleeped, sleeped, sleeped. so then God wak-ed up and then God opened his eyes. – mom, when the moon is out God can sleep [this was a little sidebar joe said to me after i told him that God doesn’t sleep . . . he quickly went back to “reading the bible”] – God saw the beautiful rain and the beautiful snow and that is the end."
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
play time: some of you may have these new fangled baby toys at your house too. they come in handy when cooking (or so i've heard . . . i'm not much of a cook!!) anna loves them. why we spend money on toys is still a mystery to me. an empty box, a measuring cup, some pots and pans . . . what else could a baby really need or want? anna was loving her measuring cups on the kitchen floor this morning.
always on the move!!! "just try gettin' a picture of me!! ha ha!"
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
i finished heather & robert's wedding invitations and am just about done with a big order of cards for the campus store at bethel. so soon i will be able to breathe again (well, sort of . . . at least i'll be done with the bigger work-related projects for a little while) and maybe finish a whole book. i have missed my reading time past week or two!
the weather today is beautiful, although a little chilly, sunny and crisp. fall is the best.
enjoy your day everyone.
oh yeah, stay tuned for friday. there's gonna be a fun post . . . with a little contest . . . which will be rewarded with a prize of some sort if you are a winner! (although you are all winners even if you completely bomb the little quiz i'll be posting on friday. hopefully that will bring you comfort if you don't win the acutal, tangible prize!)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
i am a little surprised at myself for posting this picture, since i have so many cute pictures of my kiddos that i could use. but i say . . . if you can't make a litle bit of fun of yourself (and your husband!!!) then that's sure a shame. enjoy! and have a few laughs at our expense . . . honestly, the bangs . . . also a shame!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
*8:15 pm: all 5 kids are in their respective beds and are working on falling asleep. it had been a busy weekend and 3 of the 5 had swimming lessons, so it shouldn't take too long!! (keep those fingers crossed!)
8:45 pm: both parents fall asleep in the living room due to complete exhaustion!
10:00 pm: i wake up to anna screaming (she is standing in her crib and doesn't know how to get back down to a horizontal position without help!!) i wake up kirb and tell him to go up to bed. i help anna get horizontal again . . . and nurse her while i'm at it in hopes of delaying the next awakening
10:20 pm: rebekah comes into our room because she "can't fall asleep". we tell her that she has been asleep for a couple hours already and has not really been lying awake as long as she says. we send her back to bed.
11ish pm: anna wakes up again (#2)
1:54 am: anna awake and crying (#3)
2:15 am: lydia comes into our room. she is sad and scared and has had a bad dream. daddy prays with her, hugs her and sends her back to bed.
2:17 am: anna awake and screaming! (#4)
2:19 am: after a teeny tiny break in crying anna needs a little attention again . . . when will she learn not to pull herself up in the first place? that would solve SO MANY problems.
2:30 am: joe needs something . . . dad goes down to check. (God bless him!)
nearly 3 am: anna again . . . what can i say?
3 something am: lydia comes to bed with us, she is too scared to sleep in her bed. until nearly 6 i "sleep" completely squished between lydia (whose less-than-50-pounds somehow take up at least half the bed) and kirb (who is snoring off and on!!) needless to say not much actual sleep was got!
nearly 6 am: anna up again (time #7 if you're counting!). i nurse her and decide going back to bed is pretty much worthless. by 6:30 or so i am packing school lunches and making sure backpacks are in order for the morning.
thanks jacob for being the ONLY person in this 7-person household to sleep all night, so i guess it COULD have been worse. hopefully tonight will be better . . . i think i'm due for a little caffiene if i'm going to make it through "the secret life of bees" this afternoon without nodding off!!! yeah for a fun girls outting with my favorite mom, mimi and brie! i can't wait!!
* all times are approximate -- i really didn't have enough energy to turn my head to look at the clock. for the most part the events recorded here are, at least, in chronological order!
my babies . . . the biggest one and the littlest one!
- i did not febreeze joe's sheets after he got them a "teensy" bit wet while taking an unexpected nap wearing his undies (which we don't usually allow him to do when sleeping! it's a dangerous combination) . . . i mean, i had JUST washed them the day before . . . and it's a bunk bed, those things make me break out in a sweat when i change the sheets. (note: i did wash them the next day, so he didn't sleep on dried, febreezed urine for too long!)
- nope, i didn't go through the arby's drive thru straight from the Y today. that would pretty much negate my workout, so i really wouldn't do that!!
- i didn't bribe my kids (one in particular -- who will remain nameless) with everything i could think of to try and make the flu shot a less traumatic experience (you can read about that here if you missed it!)
- i didn't think happy thoughts about the "play continuously" feature on the dvd when i had stuff i REALLY needed to get done!
- i didn't invite the ginn's over for dinner via my blog . . . whatta ya say amanda, you wanna come over?
- i didn't let joe wear the same shirt for approximately 4 days in a row . . . wear it, sleep in it, wear it again, sleep in it again, wear it (to church nonetheless!!!), sleep in it . . . you get the idea. it is his favorite . . . with the baseball on it . . . and, amazingly, it's not visibly dirty yet!
- i didn't blog when i should be making wedding invitations (sorry, heather . . . i'll get right on it in just a sec, i promise!)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
now i'm off to have a fun, beautiful fall day with my family!! yeah!
Friday, October 17, 2008
so, a couple days before the appointment the kids somehow find out (see it written on the calendar or something) and start worrying. i explain why we get shots . . . "getting the shot is better than getting the flu", etc. the next day lydia is beside herself with worry (she was worried about her kindergarten shots for over 18 months and talked about them EVERY day, at least once, from when she was about joe's age until she actually got them! this girl doesn't like shots!!!) rebekah attends to lydia's worry by saying, and i quote: "lydia, the flu shot helps you not get the flu. the flu is really bad and you get really sick. some children even die from the flu. WOULD YOU RATHER DIE OR WOULD YOU RATHER GET A SHOT?" so there you have it . . . i guess it all boils down to choices. so, lydia, what'll it be?
fast forward a couple days and we are actually at the clinic. everyone is pretty calm in the waiting room -- oh wait, on the way there joe told me: "i'm aller-gick to egg. i can't ge the flu shot" (i guess i know where he heard that, but really -- how does he come up with this stuff at JUST the right time??) . . . so, we're back in the waiting room and people are pretty calm. lydia is nervous and joe is still claiming "aller-gick" status. a friend of mine is also in the waiting room, waiting (hmmm, surprising i know!) for her little guy's appointment. the nurse comes out and says "rebekah, lydia and joseph" and i say "that's us guys, let's go." everyone is pretty cooperative and follows the nurse into room #1. i ask rebekah (the calm, not worried one) if she could be brave and go first to show joe and lj that it's not too bad and they'll be fine. she (completely unexpectedly) starts shaking, crying, screaming and violently refusing her shot!! i usually have a pretty decent handle on my kids, but i did NOT see this one coming. anyway, she is completely freaking out!!! lj volunteers to go first and is completely calm about it and it goes great! she tells rebekah it doesn't hurt but that does nothing to calm her down. i try to help hold her still, but the girl is strong and it's just not working. i take her in the corner and reason with her, pray with her, etc. NOTHIN'! she is still OOC! (out of control, in case you don't know that one -- we use it a lot in our house!) so another nurse comes in to restrain her and she gets the shot. then joe gets his . . . worse than lydia, but not as bad as rebekah (he needs no restraining nurse but does tense his arm, so she can't get the stuff in right away, but eventually it goes in!) everyone gets stickers and we're ready to leave. i see my friend (still waiting) in the waiting room on the way out and she gives me a "i'm so sorry" look and i ask if she could hear us from out there (quite a ways away, mind you!) and she nods her head and says "i was thinking about you". we walk out to the van with red eyes and sore arms and an emotionally spent mom.
well, at least we don't have to do that again . . . until next october that is!! yikes. maybe today we can start worrying about that day: seems logical, don't you think!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
birthday celebration: here is the birthday boy with his 5 favorite little people!! (notice anna is wearing her birthday cupcake shirt . . . she insisted she wear that for daddy's birthday. she's very involved in her fashion decisions at this point in life!)
i saw gas for $2.74 on saturday . . . it's like they're givin' it away or something! (just kiddin'!!)
AND THE WINNER IS . . . organic carrots!! finally we found something anna will actually keep in her mouth and i think it even gets to her stomach for the most part. up until this discovery she just spit everything back out at us. fun, i know!!! yum, yum. eat up!
jacob just said (about his spelling homework): "3 of my sentences are about politics." YIKES, aren't you only 9? (here are his sentences, with the spelling word in bold: you can elect obama or mccain. elections are in november. predictions say that obama is going to win. -- don't worry, he won't get marked down for bad grammar. he actually did capitalize the things that should be capitalized. i just took liberty to make it all lowercase when i blogged 'em.)
anna has been a little confused about the order in which you are supposed to achieve developmental milestones, but today she mastered sitting (only AFTER mastering crawling and pulling herself to a standing position . . . silly girl, you are supposed to sit first. maybe she didn't read that part of the "what to expect the first year" book). anyway, we don't expect to see much sitting, since it requires you to be still -- which anna usually is not.
6 kid weekend: (i DO realize only 5 of the 6 are in this picture, but we didn't get one with all 6 of them together, sorry! we were a little busy!) we made it through our nearly 48 hours as a family of 8. we had to drive 2 cars to church because we wouldn't all fit in the van, but we had a great time. sam, come back anytime! we love you! this picture was from nwc's homecoming this weekend -- fyi: we won! go eagles!
Friday, October 10, 2008
do you know who it is? give me your guesses. all my babies look quite similar, i know -- and some of you didn't know them all as babies, but have at it anyway! enjoy and have a great weekend!
p.s. can you believe it? one of my kids sleeping on their back? on the couch, no less -- maybe no one told me you shouldn't put your baby on the couch, apparently it's not safe or something! : ) maybe all that will be a hint as to who it is?!?!
note: i DO know that i wrote "jacob" in the tags for this post . . . i only did that after a couple people had guessed it correctly. yeah amada and annie! good work ladies!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
here's the story: it's about 9 am. we have to leave for piano lessons in about 10 minutes. kirb is still not home from warroad where he and rebekah went for his grandma's funeral. i am not yet dressed . . . at least not in clothes i would wear out of the house! i am in the basement making a card (surprising, i'm sure). i hear a loud crash and some crying. this is not at all uncommon and causes me no real alarm; i plan to go upstairs in a minute or two anyway. jacob screams at me "mom, it's an emergency. joey is gushing with blood." i don't panic at this point, but i DO jump up and run up the steps! i get upstairs and joey truely is gushing blood from his head. i still don't panic, but grab a paper towel and put pressure on the boo boo, which he is not too happy about! i try to see what the state of things is, but there's just too much blood to tell. finally it's slowing down and i check and to my unprofessional opinion it looks iffy. i immediately call dan -- our friend who is an ER nurse and who glued joe's head back together once in the summer of '07 when he had a little run-in with the back steps. dan is not home! argghhh! honestly, WHERE ARE YOU? so next i call my grandma to tell her we will be late for piano "joe fell and hit his head and he'll be fine, but i've got lots of blood to clean up before i leave." i tell her i'll call back when i'm ready to leave the house. next i call our pediatrician's office (they have saturday urgent care) and ask their opinion, knowing full they can't see the injury (duh!) and won't give me an opinion over the phone, although she did ask me if i could see "fatty tissue." yikes, i'm not that dumb. if brains were showing from the cut i would NOT be on the phone with you, i would have called 911. then i call my mom to get her opinion. she says my aunt, denise, who is visiting from massachusetts (and raised 4 kids: 3 of them boys!) is good at knowing if you need stitches or not. denise is leavning any minute for the airport to go home, so i pile the kids in the van and buzz to my mom's to have denise assess the situation. we get there and denise seems to also think it could go either way. after everyone looks at it and goes back and forth . . . stitches, no stitches, stitches, no stitches. we finally settle on no stitches. it has stopped bleeding, joe seems fine and really who wants to spend all day in the ER. just as we are about to leave mitch and ruth come out of their house. mitch and ruth are my parent’s neighbors and normally live in the Philippines where they help run an orphanage that houses about 75 at a time and has had over 500 kids in their 30+ year history; i think they are also qualified assessors (i can't imagine how many injuries these people have seen!) they agree he’ll be fine. so off we go to collect our piano books and head to my grandma’s. our pediatrician’s office is on the way home from my mom’s and i decided to just swing in to get one last opinion because i’m not completely convinced and if he really does need stitches, i want him to get them. so we stop in and i introduce myself as the lady who called earlier about the head injury. the nurse on the phone told me clearly they would not do the stitches there. they do do stitches, but would not do a 3-year-old with a head injury without some form of numbing stuff or sedation . . . which they don’t do in the office. so, i tell her that i know they won’t do the stitches, i just want a doctors opinion on whether or not it’s necessary before i take my 4 kids to the ER to camp out for a few hours only to have them tell me he doesn’t need stitches and put a REALLY expensive bandaid on it or something! anyway, our pediatrician isn’t there, but we see another guy who we have seen before. he says we DO need stitches. shoot! so much for those “expert” opinions!! on the way home i call kirbs to see where he is (i know he’s enroute to home, but not sure how far out). amazingly he left much earlier in the morning than i expected (4:30!!!) and he was almost to cambridge at this point. so, when i get home i feed anna a little (poor thing hadn’t gotten fed with all the drama) while calling literally every person i knew who lived within 10 minutes of my house. i want someone to come stay with the other 3 kids so i can take joe to the ER without all them them coming along! NO ONE is home! NO ONE! nice! i even knock on the doors of a few neighbors that I’m not sure would be all that excited to watch my kids but hey, i’m a little deseperate. i want to get this show on the road and not put it off any longer. joe is pretty “normal” at this point and i don’t want to put off any longer what i know will be a traumatic experience. anyway, getting no one to help me i wait for kirb who, as it turns out, has been speeding and makes it home in record time! at 11ish we leave for the ER at children’s hospital for some stitches in the head.
i should back up and tell you what caused the head wound . . . jacob told me that lydia pushed him into the coffee table. seeing that lydia had fled to her room, under the covers and was sobbing, I believed him. she later said it was an accident and while that may very well be true, there have been times that she pushed him and i’m quite sure it was NOT an accident, so there you have it! the love of siblings. she did feel bad though, sincerely. but i’m not sure whether it was because she hurt him, because she was afraid of getting in trouble or because she was genuinely sad she’d done it. joe also confirmed the story and has been telling everyone “whiddy pushed me.” (whiddy is his pronunciation of lydia in case you were wondering).
now we get to the ER, go to the bathroom (“mommy, I REALLY have to go potty!”) and then check in: weight (in kg, mind you!), blood pressure, temperature, etc. we then wait in the waiting room watching jungle book for surprisingly short amount of time. we get called back by a nurse and taken to our room. the nurse asks again what happened (possibly checking for child abuse . . . could i tell her some stuff about child abuse! see this post if you don't know what i'm talking about) and talks to joe for a while and then asks what kind of movie he wants to watch and she’ll bring it to him. he answers a “crane” movie (how he pronounces train) and she brings a thomas video (yup, i said video. saint paul children’s is not quite up with the times as far as entertainment goes). we watch the video for a really, really long time. finally, joe has to go to the bathroom again. we leave our room and seeing no one in the hall hunt around for a potty. we both use the bathroom since i don’t know how long we’ll be here. when we come back a doctor and nurse are waiting for us (ha ha, the tables have turned!) in our room. the doctor is great and she talks to joe about what will happen and makes it clear that he has to hold still or she’ll “have to tie you to a board”. apparently he doesn’t quite comprehend all that because he really, really does not hold still. i lay with a good deal of my body weight (which isn’t nothin’!) on his torso and legs while the nurse holds his head down and still with all her might. the doctor cleans the area and stitches him back up.he is not having fun!! although i cry at the drop of a hat about some things, i have remained pretty calm through the whole ordeal and have yet to shed a tear. but the pleas of “mommy, help me. i don’t like this” over and over do get to me. i have to look away and I get pretty teary, but not like the tears running down my face kind of crying like I did at church this morning (par for the course! i always cry at church!) but i am pretty emotional at this point. It’s not easy to get the stitches in, but finally they are done! praise the Lord! 2 stitches. the doctor give me some instructions (give him a bath tonight to wash the rest of the blood out of his hair then don’t get it wet for 5 days . . . no swimming lessons on tuesday, I guess!, watch for complications from a head injury: puking more than 2 times, can’t wake him up and stuff like that), she gives him a very cute stuffed gorilla and the nurse brings a popsicle and we are free to go. oh, i forgot to mention that joe had on his very favorite shirt which just happened to me a very tight-necked blue and green striped turtle neck: “i want the turtle shirt mom, I want to look like a turtle!” (why his shirt-of-the day couldn’t be a button-up, i’m not sure?!?) i want to remove this shirt under medical attention, so as she is bringing in my discharge paperwork (can you believe i just wrote that?? for those of you who don’t know, i HATE the word discharge . . . it gives me the creeps, but anyway, that’s what they call it!) i carefully take his shirt off. If I’m gonna rip out the stitches i most definitely want to do it at the hospital and NOT at home! it comes off ok and since he still is under the effects of the “goop” that make his head numb, i don’t even think it hurt too much! they gave him a little hospital gown to wear home so he wouldn't be cold . . . he wore it to church this morning!!
we go home and joe quickly returns to his “normal” self!! that is that!
i know this was a super long post and i didn’t feel like proofing it, so i hope it all came out alright. here is a little visual of the injury today . . . sorry i didn’t snap a picture while the blood was running down his head. you’ll just have to use your imagination for that. oh, and i successfully got all the blood our of his favorite turtle shirt! yeah, oxy clean!
oh, one more thing. when we got home from the hospital lydia presented joe with some money (i forget how much . . . 4 or 5 biggish coins) as some sort of atonement or something. or maybe she was afraid of a lawsuit, who knows!
- then noah built an altar to the lord (gen. 8.20)
- so he built an altar there to the lord (gen. 12.7)
- where he built an altar to the lord (gen. 13.18)
- isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the lord (gen. 26.25)
- and build an altar there to God (gen. 35:1)
- moses built an altar and called it the lord is my banner (ex. 17.15)
- build there an altar to the lord your God, an altar of stones (deut. 27.5)
- so gideon built an altar to the lord (jdg. 6.24)
- david built an altar to the lord (2 sam. 7.17)
- david built an altar to the lord (1 chron 21.26)
- he restored the altar of the lord (2 chron 15.8)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
and in case you're wondering . . . yup, he always sleeps way in the corner of his bed just like that . . . although usually he's not wearing his ladybug boots!
15 things i made:
1. this clip 2. this vow 3. this milk 4. this clipboard 5. this girl 6. this bed 7. this mess 8. this girl 9. this gift 10. this sweet baby 11. this boy 12. this best friend 13. this boy 14. this picture 15. this pot
(i had help with #'s 5,8,10,11 & 13 . . . thanks kirbs, you're the best!)
note: this idea wasn't original with me, my inspiration came from this
one more note: as to #12, i didn't actually make allison the way i made the other people pictured, (my 5 kiddos) i made her as in "i made a new friend today", got it? i figured you did, but just in case you wondered how i made someone so close in age to me (although i am older) and distinctly asian looking . . . there you have it!
feel free to share some things that you've made!