Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Drumroll Please....

Introducing the newest men of the Babydolls and Soccer Balls household!

Isn't this just the coolest picture of my strong baby boy's backs?! AJ thought it was hilarious that baby A had his bottom in baby B's face!
Just shortly after this still image B took his arms and pushed A away...or so it looked!

This is Baby B. Quite the cutie, don't ya think?

And here is Baby A. I think he is the leader of the pack and the "outgoing" one. Check out his smile, already the little ham!

I tried to upload the video clip, but can't figure it out. When I do I will post it. It was absolutely amazing watching the boys together in 3-D. They put on quite the show, especially Baby B who was practicing his gymnastics. Apparently he was listening at AJ's class this morning because he was doing perfect somersaults! Or perhaps he was just trying to keep his brother's bottom out of his face.
Thanks mom for treating our family to this special event! The kids LOVED!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Live Like You Were Dying...

You know that feeling when you can just feel your blood pressure rising?

I felt that today as I looked around at the pig pen we call a home. Just as I was about to announce the end to all things fun this summer, until I get some cooperation in the cleaning department; I opened an email.

The email hit me.

A gal who works at the YMCA passed away over the weekend.

Not just a gal, but a Mom. A mom to 4 kids, the youngest being 2.

3 times a week for the past almost 2 years I have seen her, chatted with her, or just smiled at her. She was kind and bubbly to all who walked through the door. I had no idea that when I said, "Have a great weekend!" on friday that it would be the last.

These unexpected passings have been occuring a lot it seems.

Today I am reminded of the important things.

And they are not the laundry, the leftover Great Room Swap of 2008 disorganization, AJ's room, the garage, the vacuuming, or even the dishes.

Today and all days I will choose playing over cleaning. With that said, know that if you ever 'pop' over for a visit you will clearly see how much fun time has been spent with the kids.

This week has been a great reminder of my favorite series at church:

Live Like You Were Dying.

I am reminded of it daily as I glance at my keychain.

Live like you were dying

Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Speak Sweeter

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

Love Deeper

For the whole law can be summed up in one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Galatians 5:14

Give Forgiveness

...remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13

Monday, June 16, 2008

A day with Daddy...

While JP is on vacation, AJ has been enjoying some quality one on one time with Daddy. After a late night of Wii for the two of them, they started the morning with a leisurely breakfast. AJ decided to save her crusties from her toast for the duckies (geese). So after a quick detour to the giftshop to solve Mommy's open sign problems, they were off to the lake for feeding the 'ducks'.

Daddy is getting pretty good at taking pics!
Next it was off to the local park for some scooter riding.

I think this smile says it all...

Then they retreat back to the house for some slippin' and slidin', or rather cup filling! AJ prefered playing in her little pool over the slip n slide.

And then we have some tree planting down at Grandpa's house, for a father's day surprise.

Needless to say she is resting very well!

Friday, June 13, 2008

A day full of firsts...

Seven years ago my son had his first airplane ride. At the young age of 2 months he travelled with his mommy and grammy to Florida to see his Great Nana and Grandpa. And please let me tell you that 'great' does not infer old, it means fun fabulous and exciting.
Here is my little co-pilot 7 years ago. Please excuse the fuzz, this is a picture of a picture.

Flash forward seven years to a boy that I slowly see becoming a young man. A boy who has more frequent flyer miles under his belt than most adults. A boy excited to go on vacation with his grandparents to Florida.
Today Aaron and I dropped our baby boy off at the airport (with his Grandpa) for his very first airplane trip without me.
This is where the tears come in.
and come in.
and come in.
I knew I needed to be brave. JP and I had prayed several times for his trip and we snuggled a lot, but nothing prepares you to watch your baby walk through security WITHOUT YOU.
I really do think I could have held my tears for the car if my sweet excited boy had not welled up when he hugged me goodbye. I held back the giant drops of water till his back was turned in security, but then there was no stopping them. They flowed even more freely the two times he turned back after security to wave goodbye to us.
Thankfully it was raining cats and dogs so maybe no one noticed the sobbing pregnant woman.

JP I love you and can't wait to see you in a few days!
His first year of Kindergarten I got to school 45 minutes early everyday to pick him up, I wonder if security will have any problem with me camping out the night before his flight lands????

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pure Commercialized Bliss...

Picture this:

A father and his daughter walking into a brand new Supercenter with jaws dropped.

Now adjust your picture because this father is not with his 3 year old daughter, but with his 29 year old firstborn.

My Dad and I have spent the past several months grocery shopping together. Since we are so earth conscience we decided to start carpooling over to the next town over to grocery shop about every week and a half or two weeks. Well really it is more so about shopping together, the earth can fend for itself.

Just kidding.

Grocery shopping with my Dad has been fun. We share with each other different yummy foods and he teaches me which meats to purchase. Even though I tend to show him too many foods and blow his budget, I know he loves shopping with me. The best part is the 20 minute ride to and from when we take detours to check out the local building progress, the conversation is great.

Today I dropped all my cleaning plans on a moments notice to go shopping with my Dad to the brand new beautiful supercenter.

We walked in awe throughout the store, shocked at its largeness. We were totally wowed by the sensor lights on the freezer coolers. They were to say the least 'very cool'. This supercenter's food section was fabulous, with more variety than any other location I have been to before. After my Dad said we would just make a quick run and not spend much time, we walked out after almost 2 hours!

So even though the super cool supercenter is now only 2 miles away, I do think I will still be 'earth conscience' and shop with my Dad.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The things I wonder...

How many times do you use a bath towel, before you wash it?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Thank You's All Around...

Last night we went to a very impressive new show in the area. A show that normally cost $55 a person, but we had the opportunity to get $5 a person tickets. This is where my first THANK YOU comes in.

THANK YOU to Janelle, Dixie, and Shelley for orchestrating a lovely 2 or was it 3 hour long wait to purchase said tickets. Remember folks Janelle is very pregnant, yet she stood in a lengthy line to retrieve many a ticket for her friends.

A very big THANK YOU to the theater for remembering that us locals can have a definite impact on the success of a show and offering the lovely $5 price.

Another THANK YOU to my Aunt Julie for attending the show the night before and enduring unrealistic traffic and warning us about it.

And the BIGGEST THANK YOU of all goes to Janelle and Dixie who mopped up my daughter's vomit at intermission. You should know only true friends would clean up another child's bodily fluids. JP was very impressed by this and he is the one who said, " Mom you really should thank Aunt Janelle and Miss Dixie cuz they cleaned up the mess."

Oh my I almost forgot another HUGE THANK YOU goes to my husband for taking the direct hit of what appeared to be projectile vomit. Thank you honey for not allowing our daughter to vomit on the people in front of us. No matter how bad you now smell I will always love you! And only a true Daddy could take his little girl to the men's room for a vomit bath.

Another THANK YOU to the elderly people in front of us for apparently being oblivious to the fact that vomit was running down the aisle. Also THANK YOU that their noses were not working as well. The girls tell me they were very nice and not rude at all, so THANK YOU.

Of course THANK YOU to Jim and Dixie for taking me and my son home even though we live on the opposite side of town.

Big THANK YOU to AJ for remaining vomit free through the night and allowing me and her daddy to sleep well!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thank you Google...

For days and days AJ has been repeating a phrase.

Not only is she repeating a phrase, but with the exact same tone and inflection every time. We had literally been racking our brains as to where she got the phrase, when someone decided to Google it.


Instantly the answer popped up.

Here is her quote:

I can't believe I can fly...UH...ow my bootie.

Now without using Google, can you tell me where this quote comes from???

Monday, June 2, 2008

Hey Mom...

Overheard in our house last night:

JP: Hey Mom can you have 4 babies instead of 2?

ME: What?! Why?

JP: Because I have four names I want to name the babies...

JP: Einy, Meiny, Miny, and Moe !!!!!