Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Buddy: I want some nemmy-nems, Mom!

Mom: What are nemmy-nems?

Buddy: (going into Mom and Dad's room, scaling the bedside table to point to the bag of M &M's on top of Dad's dresser, held in reserve for the Scouts) These! These are nemmy-nems, Mom!

Mom: I see. Say 'em and ems'.

Buddy: (enunciating very clearly) Nem-y nems!

Mom: No, say 'Em and ems'.

Buddy: Em n ems. Mom, can I have some em n ems!

Mom: How do we ask politely?

Buddy: Please!?

Mom: Alright. (goes to get the family sash, strategically hidden in the baking center on the top shelf). Here you go Mimi.

Mimi: I got that because I'm turning six?! (Sweetsa starts squealing with excitement when she spots the bag of treats.)

Mom: Here you go, Sweetsa (handing her two).

Buddy: I want ten because I'm turning ten! Mom can I have ten please!?

Mom: Here you go Buddy(handing him five).

Buddy: (said with some disgust) I don't want five!

Mom: Ok, you can have four!

Buddy: I'll have five!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Finding Joy (again)

I think I woke up the other day.

It was a gorgeous day and instead of staying in to do the dishes and sweep the floors, I gave in to my children's pleas to go to the "green, yellow and brown" park near our home. Many of you will recognize it. While it was a beautiful day for February, it was still a bit chilly, so we had the park to ourselves. One of the great things about this outing was that Mimi and Buddy worked together to get a "picnic snack basket" put together (I wish I had thought to get a pic of that!) So when they tired a bit of running and playing, we spread out our blanket and ate apples and peanut butter and drank Capri Suns. Anyway, the kids played and went on the swings until I noticed Sweetsa shuddering with cold, and declared it time to go home and see Daddy, who should be home from work soon.

I said I woke up. I have been feeling so tired and emotional (no I am not pregnant), and basically not ME for what seems like a very long time. At the park as the kids were swinging, I climbed on a swing and...woke up to joy again. It felt so good to fly through the air and pump my head above the horizontal pole, and See everything around me. And I started thinking about how wonderful life is. God wants us to be happy, and has given us, ME, so many things to help me be happy, and feel the joy. I'm glad he gave us swings to remind me of that again


I feel like I have sixteen posts brewing in my mind right now. I have really been enjoying everyone's posts, on my weekly blog check-up, but haven't quite found time to post for a while, so I'll try to catch up. Here's how my kids have been entertaining themselves...and No, Lady, my kids NEVER make messes! (Ok, Sweetsa has only gotten into the butter two more times since I posted that pic!) Buddy found the here's life through his eyes for a moment!

And here is what big D has been busying himself with (when he's not at work or with the Scouts or at meetings!)



We no longer have the Bathroom from Outer Darkness! WOO-HOO! And we've gotten our room done too. Mimi wants us to paint her room like Tinker Bell's room next. We'll have to see about that.



This is apparently a really bad pic...the color is actually gray, not puke green circular rainbows!!

Oh yeah and Mimi and Buddy and I helped a bit. And I got my hair chopped (one goal down!) Now to work on the shedding issue!

Here is our Sweetsa on Love Day. We found out that she has gained some weight, but is still not quite 19 lbs...slowly but surely, she's growing. And someday she'll be able to face forward in the car!

I think I'll end this marathon picture blog for now, but there should be more posts coming soon!