Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Handy Men

Did I tell you Christopher passed his Board exam?   I know, he's taken a half dozen tests already and they are all more important then the last.   He took it a few months ago and we just got the results back.  He passed.   Big surprise.  He always does.   Even though he's devastated after he takes them.   But he's not just a smarty pants, he comes in pretty handy around the house too.    Last winter was rough on our side walk.   And the county wont replace it.   Its our job.  Ok, his.   :)   I would have called a guy months ago.  But he said, wait till after the boards and I will do it myself.   That day finally came.  And with the help of Jared our neighbor and good friends Dave Rueckert and Nyall London, they actually did it!   Im so impressed!  After we were done I went and threw them in the river.   We floated the gunpowder that evening to cool off.  If you ask CT he'll tell you that wasnt as relaxing as I had hoped it would be.  I think he would have rather just gone to bed.   But it was fun!  

Once upon a time there was a mommy.

This is how I start this story that I tell the kids often.   They ask about when they were little and babies a lot.   I made up this little story one day and they ask for it often.  It goes mas o menos like this.  

Once upon a time there was a mommy, I this mommy wanted a baby really, really bad.  And she would pray to heavenly father and say "Please let me have a baby." Heavenly Father said no. He said "You need to wait five years."  So that mommy waited, and waited, and waited. And then finally almost when five years was over it was Christmas and the mommy said "Heavenly Father, can I have a baby for Christmas?"  But again Heavenly Father said no, you can't have these babies for Christmas. You need to wait just a little bit longer. You can have them in the spring.  So after five years, in the spring, Heavenly Father finally said okay. "You have waited long enough you've been very patient you can now have a baby." But then he said "I'm not going to give you one baby, because you were so patient and waited so long I'm going to be two babies!"  So Heavenly Father gave that mommy a little boy and a little girl baby. And while they were in the mommy's tummy those little kids played and they would punch each other and play with each other and push on the mommy and she would have to get after them.  Then one night  Heavenly Father told that mommy "You're not done yet" and that there was another little boy who wanted to join the party. Up in heaven he said "Please, please, please, can I go down and join the party?" So Heavenly Father told that mommy he said "Because you were so patient and waited so long, I'm going to give you a special surprise. You get one more baby! You get three babies. SURPRISE!"  So He sent down one more little baby boy to join in the fun. He was a special surprise baby. And the mommy and the babies lived happily ever after.

You should hear them respond to each part.   They know who they are in this story and especially Max, I think he really likes being my special surprise baby at the end.   And what a surprise he was, boy.   

Start with today.

Well, hello blog.   Gosh, does anyone do this anymore?   I apparently dont.   For almost a year.   Tonight I was looking at an old video really grateful I had posted on here.   And I thought... If I dont write it down, I will forget.   I have all pics from the last year but no stories to go along with them.   Maybe I'll do a mass upload one day... Call the post 2013-2014 or something.   Im no good at FB or Instagram or all these other things either.   I just need to pick one and stick to it.   I say I like this one.   And if anyone still cares to read, Im going to try to be back.   It all started last year when the kids went to school.   I thought I'd have more time to do this while they are in school.   Turns out I'd much rather to other stuff.   This year the twins will be in Kindergarten.   KINDERGARTEN!   I know.  And its all day.   Max will be in PreK every morning till noon.   SO maybe I'll have more time?   Bwahaha.   I still have a whole list of other things I'd like to do instead.   Go to the gym, run?  Bike?  Go to the shooting range?  See?   Blog is not on there.   Play the piano?  Yeah, that doesnt happen either.  Except when Im really really mad.

So, I think to get back to it, I just need to start with today.   Today its raining all day.   Like flash flood super high tide people stranded raining that makes AMAZING puddles raining.   How could we stay in on a day like today?   So out we went.   So the science center, which was surprisingly very busy.  A little rain never scared me away!   Although it was raining so hard I could barely see to feed the meter.   The kids laid on a bed of nails, played with all sorts of stuff... the dinosaurs and tornado are musts.   And then back to more puddles.   I decided these umbrellas are ridiculously small (since my kids wont listen to me and stop growing).   So we went school shopping at walmart after and added new rain boots and bigger umbrellas to the list.

Then tonight, Claire, being the thoughtful fun girl she is, decided she wanted to have a popcorn party in her room.   She laid out the blanket, blew up the balloons, got the ipad, and then even helped the boys with their chores so they could come (because they were in BIG trouble for the bubble mess they made in the bathroom).   Claire is one of the most kind, generous, thoughtful, sensitive girls I know.  I mean that, out of everyone I know, she beats them all.   She is very aware of other people.   Bless her little heart.  She is such a pleaser and wants to do everything exactly just right the way its supposed to be done.   She needs no punishment, a stern look will reduce her to devastated tears.    Just love her.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sometimes I worry so much about my kids.   This is an evil crazy world we live in and I can see that its only getting worse.  I feel like I live in a bubble and the wickedness is far worse then I can even imagine, and here I brought 3 little people to live in this world.   How are they going to survive? Then I read this tonight and it struck me so much I had to put it somewhere where where I can come back and read it again.   President George Q. Cannon (1827–1901), First Counselor in the First Presidency: “God has reserved spirits for this dispensation who have the courage and determination to face the world, and all the powers of the evil one, visible and invisible, to proclaim the gospel and maintain the truth and establish and build up the Zion of our God fearless of all consequences. He has sent these spirits in this generation to lay the foundation of Zion never more to be overthrown, and to raise up a seed that will be righteous, and that will honor God, and honor Him supremely, and be obedient to Him under all circumstances.”  I see these qualities already in my kids:  determination, fearlessness, courage, a desire to do what is right.   They really did come this way and its my job to help them hone those skills, to put them to good use towards the right cause.   It doesnt lift the pressure I feel but it did help me see that they are ready for the fight.     7  

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hammerman Beach

Trying to take advantage of the lakes, rivers, and beaches around me... the Monday after getting back from Florida I couldnt help but go back to the beach, kids in tow with some of our favorite friends, the Bishops.   Kids had a blast!

Daddy works hard

Christopher came home from working the night shift and came in and laid down.  I was running on the treadmill, the kids were watching something on the TV really loud (since I was running).  Claire went and rounded up all her babies and was having a tea party around him and Christopher fell asleep in like a second.   With all the crazy around him he didnt budge.   We love our Daddy and appreciate so much what he does for us.

Friday Adventure Day

My friend Renee and her two boys Micah and Peter and me and the kids have declared Friday Adventure Day.   We have tried to take the kids out into nature and enjoy the fantastic things Maryland has to offer.   It seems it does both our of souls good to get out into the air regardless if our kids like it or not.  So far they've complied :)   There are many nature centers around and we've tried to hit them all.  This day however was particularly beautiful tromping through the forest.   I kid you not, 2 miles from my house.