Sunday, October 28, 2007

A trip to Chadron
We had a three day weekend, so we headed up to see my folks in Chadron. It was great to get away. We got to spend some time with my nephew, Jaedon, and my brother Tyler. We hadn't seen them since Christmas, so it was long overdue. Jaedon is just 5 months older than Sonya, but is basically the same size as Olivia. And he talks like he's 10! His big thing this weekend was to say, "Don't tell me what to do. You're a very bossy boy (or girl, depending). He said that to Sonya once and she cried. It was hilarious, I must say.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Halloween, 2005
I ran across these pics of Maycee and Kendra. I'd forgotten I even had them!

I also have to share some funny things that Olivia has said today. This morning she climbed into bed with me and, pretty much out of the blue, said, "Sonya's always gonna be a baby." I said, "why do you say that?" And she was like, "I'm getting big, but she's just gonna be a baby."

Sorry, mom. My daughter is growing up to say "gonna," just like I always do.

Also, we were heading to the park and there was a train going through town. Olivia noticed that it was making a squeaking sound as it went down the tracks. She said, "It's squeaking. When it does that, it makes juice in my ears." Crazy girl. :-)

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A walk down memory lane
I did some much-needed organizing of my pictures, and found these from 2 years ago (before I even knew what a blog was). It just cracked me up to see how the kids have changed, especially the 2 little ones

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy Birthday, Aaron!
You'll always be older.....:-)
You're the best...a great dad, a wonderful husband, my best friend.

The giant universal remote. I'm sure we'll still lose it somehow.

The "Pick Jesus" hoodie

And last, but not least, Electronic Catch Phrase. Paul and Miranda can hardly wait until the little ones go to bed so they can play it with us. Miranda kept dropping hints about it all week (remind me to never tell her my deepest, darkest secrets). First, she said, "Dad, we got you a game, but I can't tell you what it is." Then, she was like, "we didn't get you the music edition, but you're really gonna like it."

Yeah! I found my keys! Of course, as one would expect, they were in the weirdest place. I went into our bedroom to wrap b-day presents for my wonderful, now 34-yr-old husband (yep, today's his b-day), and I was taking a present out of a wal-mart bag, and there they were, in all their glory. Don't ask me how they got there because I have no idea, but I'm just glad to have them!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


I am so incredibly frustrated. I have been missing my keys for almost a week. This means I have no van key, no car key, and no school keys. I can borrow Aaron's car and van keys when I need to, but I'm pretty much out of luck with the school keys. I honestly have no idea where they are. I've asked at the school office, the post office (because I have left them there before), and I've checked the van a million times, because I know that's where they last were. Please pray that I will find them SOON!


Well, no one has been beating down our door to come look at our house :-) There is someone from California who is supposedly coming to look in early Nov. Apparently they have family in this area and are interested in our house for a "second home." That just cracks me up, but to each his own! We are still just praying for God's will in all of this. Officially, our "deadline" for selling this house is Oct. 31, but the realtor said that the owner of the house we're wanting to buy is being patient. So, I guess we'll see if these California people are charmed by our early 1900s house! Since I'm sure you can't even buy a tiny shack for $29,500 in CA, I'm betting money won't be an issue. Either way, whether we sell this house and are able to move, or if we have to stay in this house, we're ok. God has really worked on me regarding this issue of contentment. And hey--I now have clean closets and a de-cluttered house, so it won't all be for nothing!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pumpkin carving and painting

Friday, October 12, 2007

Homecoming, etc...

We're just too cool....or something. Taylor and Miranda spent quite a bit of time obsessing about their hair, face paint, etc...before we headed out for the big game.

Paul's face paint ended up a smeary mess halfway through the VB game because he played football out on the playground.

We're ready to rumble. By the way, Miranda THOUGHT she was going to get to wear her shirt this way....we had other ideas. Parents are just no fun, huh?!

Just had to catch Sonya in this outfit. Olivia was still wearing it, oh, 7 or 8 months ago. It's nice to be able to pass things directly down.

Livvy is getting rather adept at running the computer. Her favorites are, "The Magic Schoolbus," and, plus many others.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A moment worth capturing

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Today we went to the pumpkin patch. Unfortunately, Aaron didn't let me in on the fact that we were going there until we'd almost gotten to McCook, so I didn't have my camera. A very nice gal offered to take these pictures of Livvy and Sonya, though, and then she e-mailed them to me. Paul, Miranda, and Aaron were doing the corn maze during this time. I heard that this is the last year that they're doing the pumpkin patch at Common Scents, so we had to take advantage of it. It has been a tradition ever since Paul was 4 and Miranda was 3. Good times, even though it was really hot (in the 90s) and windy.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Snow White returns, and Mom's beauty shop, part 2
I was able to find a new Snow White dress for Olivia on ebay. The one we'd gotten her for Christmas (that we were hoping she could use for Halloween) is now too small, and also not in great shape. It got a lot of use, let's just put it that way. So, after bidding on several, and losing in the last few minutes, I won this one. It was used, and actually a little more $ than I wanted to spend, but I'd given up in my search to find a really cheap one. Anyway, the seller e-mailed me a few days after I won and said that the net had gotten snagged a bit. She said I didn't have to buy it if I didn't want. But I decided to go ahead with the purchase. She refunded me half of my money. Then, a couple days after that, she e-mailed and said she'd noticed another small flaw (a loose sequin at the waist). She said if I still wanted it, she'd refund me 100%. So, I got the dress for free, and Olivia's a happy little Snow White. Unfortunately, she can't wear it until Sunday because she got into Miranda's room and messed with things (she knows this is a no-no) Naughty Snow White!

The dress. Notice the peanut butter on her arm.

The new haircut. I think I'm just in a haircutting/styling mood; I also cut Aaron's and Paul's this week; Sonya doesn't have enough to worry about yet

Sonya slept in a big-girl bed for the first time last night. This came about because yesterday during nap time I heard a little pitter-patter on the steps, and then a cute little face peeked out from the door at the bottom of the stairs. It was hard not to smile at her. So I took her back up to her crib and she very swiftly demonstrated her climbing prowess. It took about 4 seconds for her to swing her leg up on the rail and climb out. So, out came the toddler bed. I felt rather sad about this, not just because it was nice to have her caged in when she slept in a crib. November 2nd, 2007 is the last night I had a baby in a crib. It might sound silly to be sad about that, but it's like a rite of passage, I think. She's not really a baby now. I love this poem by Karen Kingsbury. It's called, "Let Me Hold You Longer." She wrote it for her son, and included it in one of her books. It's also been made into a children's illustrated book. I can hardly read it without getting teary. I left off the last part because it's about her son getting married, which really doesn't apply to my life right now, and hopefully not for at least 10 more years!

"Long ago you came to me, a miracle of firsts...
First smiles and teeth and baby steps,
a sunbeam on the burst.
But one day you will move away
and leave to me your past,
And I will be left thinking
of a lifetime of your lasts.

The last time that I held a bottle
to your baby lips...
Last time that I lifted you
and held you on my hip...
Last time when you had a binky
stuck inside your mouth...
The last time that you crawled
across the floor of this old house.

Last time when you ran to me,
still small enough to hold,
Last time when you said
you'd marry me when you grew old.
Precious, simple moments
and bright flashes from the past.
Would I have held you longer
if I'd known they were the last?

Your last few hours of kindergarten,
last days of first grade...
Last at bat in Little League,
last colored paper made.
Last time that I tucked you in
for one last midday nap...
Last time when you wore
your beat-up Green Bay Packers cap.

The last dark night you slipped in bed
and slept between us two,
When last I read to you of God
or Horton Hears a Who!
Last that that I smelled your hair
and prayed after your shower...
Last time that we held devotions
in the evening hours.

Last piano lesson,
and last soccer goal you kicked...
The last few weeks of middle school,
last flowers that you picked.
Last time that you needed me
for rides from here to there...
The last time that you spent the night
with that old tattered bear.

Last time that I helped you
with a math or spelling test,
Last time when I shouted
that your room was still a mess.
Time and life moved quicker,
taking pieces of your past.
Would I have stretched the moments
if I'd known they were the last?

I watched you grow and never noticed
seasons as they passed.
I wish I could've frozen time
to hold on to your lasts.