Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
They started off as babies who found my tupperware drawer much more fascinating than their toy box.
The days I change the paper towel roll in the kitchen bring great excitement as they claim their new sword or telescope.
Their current toys are only exciting when I either reorganize them/put them neatly away or when I start my garage sale pile.
Who needs toys when jumping on my bed like the five little monkeys brings tears of laughter?
They are content to look at the clouds and find shapes-most recently Caleb claimed he saw Thomas the Engine. Really-just shouted it out while in the car.
To make one of them want to play with a toy, all I have to do is give it to the other one. Suddenly, that item becomes the best thing in the whole entire world.
The days I mop the kitchen floor and move the chairs into the living room are cause for adventure as they build tents and "dark, dark rooms."
A flashlight brings amusement to all for hours.
And my personal favorite-the other day they literally fought over who got to play with the fly swatter. I really wish I was kidding.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Here are some of the latest, in no particular order...
On the drive home the other day, Nick was merging onto the highway in a construction zone. While attempting to take the gap in traffic and move over, the moron in the right lane decided to speed up. Apparently, he thought his truck carrying a boat behind him was going to move quicker than our mini-van (it was a toss up considering how much weight we were carrying in the van from our week away). Anyway, as Nick swerved back over, narrowly missing the construction zone barrels (I have hit one of those before-it's fun), a few choice words escaped his mouth. I will not repeat them here, but I will say that Caleb immediately echoed him with, "Hun of a pitch."
While cleaning up toys before bedtime tonight, I made a comment about how I am so tired of cleaning up after everyone else. I asked Abby how she would like it if she had to spend her day cleaning up after her family. Her response? "Well, someday when I get married and have kids-because I really want to have kids someday, Mommy-if no one cleans up, then we will all do it together. You know, like me and the daddy that I marry and my kids, Abby and Caleb."
My personal favorite happened while being away from them last week. Abby was doing a terrific job of taking naps for her Grammy (Caleb, on the other hand, not so much). My mom made a point to thank her for being so good. Apparently, she looked surprised and said, "But Grammy, I can't break my promise to my mom! I told her I would take naps for you!" (Too bad the promise only lasts at her house and not mine!)
As Nick is now in South Africa (or, at the point that I am writing this, crossing the ocean), I am sure the next week alone with the kids will bring up some more entertaining tales.
Lord, give me strength.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I know-shocking that other children are as funny as mine. Go figure.
One of our younger campers, Esther, is quite a character. During the Bible study that my friend Adrianne was leading, they somehow started talking about spiritual gifts. Esther immediately raised her hand and said, "I know what my spiritual gift is! It's hospitality!"
About five seconds passed when she then asked, "What's hospitality mean?"
Thursday, July 9, 2009
"This one is earth, this one is the moon, this one is Pennsylvania and this one is California."
After we cleared our eyes from the tears of laughter, I tried to get her to think through it. I asked her how we get to other planets which she correctly answered, "In a spaceship." Then I asked her if she takes a spaceship to go to Grammy's house in Pennsylvania.
The look on her face was priceless. She looked confused and then embarrased. Then she got over it and said, "Well, I think they are planets." Which I am fine with-I love her imagination.
I guess we better get our space shuttle ready for our trip to Pennsylvania this weekend.
Monday, July 6, 2009
This video pretty much sums up our house at 5:00 this morning. Particularly the first part and her tears at the end look a lot like mine did! I believe I used a few choice words that should be understandable with the ridiculous lack of sleep.
What made it even more fun was when the kids woke up. Every 34 seconds (when the blessed alarm would beep) Caleb would ask, "Did you hear that, Mom?"
Thank you to my dear husband who finally "fixed it" at 10:00 this morning. Although I can still hear the beeping in my head...
Friday, July 3, 2009
At first she acted like she could do it all. But, as I gradually added more bananas, she started to complain.
"Oh Mommy! This is hard work! It's a good thing I have muscles!"
By the end of her task, she changed it to, "Okay, I think I'm done. I think all of my muscles are gone!"