Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dirty boys

I watched several of my neighbor kids today and most of them were boys. So after an entire afternoon of playing you can imagine how dirty they were. When they all went home I had Dominic strip at the back door and go take a shower. He was insistent that he wasn't dirty enough for one and kept asking why he had to have one every single day.
"Dominic, you are nasty and I can't have you getting in bed that dirty!"
"But why? You aren't sleeping in that bed so why do you care how dirty it gets?"

He really doesn't get it, does he?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mixed bag

Today was one of those days that is so mixed up and crazy that the label depends entirely on my outlook. I'm choosing to be positive today so it was a great day. =)

I dropped Dominic off at school and headed to Nashville. Mom had another doctor appointment and thought we could meet for lunch. Her doctor's office was only an hour away so we thought we'd shop and then get lunch before I had to head home.

Baby girl was so weepy and clingy that I was beginning to wonder if she was trying out for the part of a dryer sheet. It was crazy! But despite the wine whine and static cling it was a really fun morning. I dashed home to pick up Dominic so we could make it to Bible study in time. There are a couple of moms in Bible study so we let our kids play in the church gym while we study. Until last week it's worked very well for us. Last week they left the gym (without us knowing) and then couldn't get back in. The principle of the school texted his wife to let us know he had some "lost" children. So after a very, very early bedtime I'd hoped they had learned their lesson. They did! They chose something different this week.
They decided to have a water fight INSIDE! Every single child was soaked and it took a couple of mops, some rags and a bit of work to get all of the water off the floor. Needless to say, there were some very unhappy moms and another very, very early bedtime.

But when you see this face (he finally lost that tooth while kayaking on Sabbath)
how can you stay mad?!
 Or go in to tuck in baby girl and find this. 
Her explanation was that it was to dry her wet hair while she slept. Wow!
I have the cutest kids! Granted there were moments today that the cuteness wasn't hitting my radar. But I love them dearly and am so thankful that God gave these very children to me.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My first 1/2 marathon was in Knoxville this past Sunday. So our plans were to head out early Sabbath morning so we could go to church with my cousin Matt and then have a picnic and visit the zoo that afternoon. We would spend the night with my cousin and then head to the race early on Sunday.
But on Friday night Caitlin decided to have a upset stomach. She threw up once. Since my cousin has two little kids we just couldn't chance getting them sick. So Jon stayed home with her and my dad, Dominic and I headed to Knoxville.
After church we headed to the Knoxville zoo. We had passes and thought we'd check it out. It's about the same distance as the Nashville zoo, but we still haven't made it over for a visit.

I have several pictures of animals, but ironically the two main things that Dominic loved were not even zoo animals.

He played on this lion forever. I had to make him get off so that other kids could have a chance.
 But he was having fun, so I let him go for it.
 The knees of a boy who knows how to have fun!
 My sweet boy!
 His favorite was this jeep. It even got a mention for the next two nights during prayer time.
He could have played here for hours. It was hilarious and so cute watching him make up stories and act them out.
 Leaving the zoo on the train.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


This little girl cracks me up. Since you can't see her entire outfit I'll describe it. She's wearing a red and white Elmo shirt, a hot pink tulle skirt with purple and yellow patterned tights and sandals. Baby girl rocked it!
 Jon and I will make our before bed rounds and often find our children in the oddest sleeping positions. I didn't want to wake her up with the flash so the picture is a bit dark. But I think you get the picture.
Baby girl wanted braids again. My friend, a hairdresser, told me to use aloe vera gel to keep the fly aways in control and to help with her crazy side part. It works great and she was so excited to have "tangled" braids.


Our Easter was rather unplanned this year. Jon and I had left the kids at my parents so we could have a weekend to ourselves (more about that on my other blog). We picked the kids up on Sunday morning and returned home. So the whole hunting for eggs was a serious after thought. Thankfully I'd purchased some things and stored them in my closet several months before.

Due to the rain we had the egg hunt in the library.
I didn't fill as many eggs as I normally did because I didn't have enough things and there wasn't a ton of room in the library. So I gave the kids some extras in the bottom of their bags.
This is the thing they were most excited about. Gum!!!
I don't think it lasted the week. But they enjoyed it, so that's what counts.

Just a random picture. Some high school friends came to Nashville for some meetings and were able to come spend the night at our house. The kids took advantage and had Uncle Rodney reading them stories.