Thursday, July 31, 2008

Brotherss, brothers, there were never such devoted brothers....

Okay, I guess the song is really "Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters." There is probably a reason the song wasn't about brothers. Perhaps this reason:

You might not be able to see clearly but Emmy has a little blackness under her eye from a brother's kick (accidental???) and a raspberry rash from the same brother (the big, yet little bro- no names being given, of course, since he is considered a juvenile) as he tried to carry her outside and must have dropped her on the back porch (again, accidental???). It's amazing any of us survive past the first year.

And just for kicks (no pun intended), a funny-angled shot with a super-cute baby.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mary, Mary, quite contrary. . .

how does your garden grow?


butternut squash.






green bean.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mommy Tag and Video

So my cousin Natalie (see right links) had this tag on her blog and it was very sweet and cute and funny. Out of the mouth of babes, right? I asked Miles and Jonas the questions, but Miles were the only ones that made sense. A lot of Jonas' answers were, "the door." Whatever. So here goes the fun tag with Miles' answers:

1. What is something mom always says to you? I love you

2. What makes mom happy? me playing with you

3. What makes mom sad? 
being not nice, not listening

4. How does your mom make you laugh? she does stuff

5. What was your mom like as a child? a kid

6. How old is your mom? I don't know. Then I told him he did and so he replied, "22?"

7. How tall is your mom? very tall (HA!)

8. What is her favorite thing to do? 

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? do stuff, play with Jonas, I don't know

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? being good (I don't think Miles knows what "famous" means)

11. What is your mom really good at? dancing (No idea where he got that)

12. What is your mom not very good at? soccer

13. What does your mom do for her job? goes to Cubscouts

14. What is your mom's favorite food? spaghetti

15. What makes you proud of your mom? playing with you, doing school

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? Miles has never seen a TV cartoon, so I didn't ask this question

17. What do you and your mom do together? play, FHE

18. How are you and your mom the same? we look the same, we have the same feet

19. How are you and your mom different? we don't have the same germs

20. How do you know your mom loves you? I just know you love me.

I thought the answer to number 1 would be something like, "You really are frustrating me," or "1. . . 2. . . oh close," or "I don't know what to do with you," or, well, you get the point.

And my favorite answers? Well answer number 7, of course. And 20 - if that's the only thing he ever learns from me, fine.

And just for fun here is a video. Just showing a typical afternoon. It's kind of a long video, but that's also pretty typical of my afternoons.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Camping Trip

So we went camping last weekend - a short little trip, perfect for our young family. This was Emmy's first experience camping (outside of my tummy, as Miles would say) and so we were anxious to see how it would all go. We had a fabulous time - all except trying to get 3 little kids to fall asleep all in the same tent. That part pretty much. . . was awful. Other than that, I loved it.
Love this picture. A natural beauty she is.Roasting hot-dogs (turkey dog, rather), of course.Me with my funny Guatamalan shirt, picked flower from Miles behind my ear, and campin' baby.
Ummm, yes, Jonas was excited about roasting marshmellows - and eating them, too.We went on a scavenger hunt to find things in nature the same color as our painted egg carton.
She must have been tired because she slept right through us all getting up, talking, and leaving the tent. Sweet baby girl.Truly, a happer camper (at that moment, that is).And, yes, another happy camper. Ha! She really liked her own pink chair.Cute campers in their perfect camping chairs.Eating breakfast on our "log table."

Our arts 'n craft was painting rocks and making them into bugs. How cute they all turned out - and they even all survived the trip home (alas, though, some of them did NOT survive. . . Jonas).

Sorry for so many pictures. I could have done tons more. Fun trip. Want to do it again soon. But want more sleep next time.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Muffin-Tin Monday

So I was browsing the website Make and Takes and found this cute idea of Muffin-Tin Monday. That gal at Make and Takes got her inspiration from here. I guess there is a bunch of muffin-tinning going on out in the blogging world. Crazy. But fun. So today was our first Muffin-Tin Monday. Here is what ours looked like:

From bottom left, over 2, then up (ha, get it!?): lasagna, parmesan cheese, carrots and dip, grapes, sprinkles, and cheerios. The kids LOVED it. Seriously. I never feed them this much variety at lunch (or really any meal) and so that was a bonus. I told the boys they couldn't eat the sprinkles until most of everything else was gone - and they did great with that. Here they are eating their yummies:

And here is the muffin-tin afterwards:
Jonas (upper hand) began stirring and kept that up for a good 10 minutes. Miles (bottom hand) finished off the last couple bites of Jonas' lasagna.

I'd say our first Muffin-Tin Monday was a success.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Quote of the Week

As I was putting the kids to bed, Miles says to me:

"When I die I am going to ask Jesus not to wrap me. I want to run and play up in Heaven."

I assured him that people aren't "wrapped" up any more and are actually buried in clothes. He then thought about it and told me that he then wants to be buriend in "really old clothes" because he likes his clothes.

Okay. And don't ask where he came up with this. Lazarus? Jesus? I haven't a clue.

Friday, July 18, 2008

It's a Cold Day in July

(title comes from a good song of the Dixie Chicks)

I was getting out some hats for our camping trip tonite and, as you can see, the boys had fun playing winter dress-up. Jonas asked when we were going to the snow. Not soon enough boy. But July is half way over and then August. Hey, I just might survive this whole summer-thing after all.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Reunion

There are a lot of pictures to post so here I go:
Thursday -
This was our first day at the reunion. This morning (and every morning hereafter) we held a breakfast and devotional at the church. We then went to the park for a kid-train-ride and then off to Pirate's Cove, a perfect waterpark for little and big kids.

The kids all had fun - yes even sour-faced Miles.

Friday -
July 4th! On this day we met at a park for the "Olympics." We also had a picnic dinner there at the park. We didn't keep the kids up to watch fireworks. The only time Miles has been to fireworks was when he was 4 months old and he stayed asleep in our car the whole time. We did do smoke-bombs both before and after the 4th so the kids got to enjoy those.

Patriotic Emmy.
Patriotic Jonas.

Patriotic Miles and his cousins getting ready for the Parade of Kids.

Here the two boys are at the Olympics. This event was "candy spitting." My boys did pathetic. Which I guess is a good thing? :)

Of course medals were handed out to the super-stars.
And here is Emmy clapping for who-knows-what. Every time people clapped, Emmy joined in - tho she had not a clue why. I thought it was so-darn-cute.

Saturday -
We hung out with our "close" family that day - as in not extended cousins and such. We went to a great park and just hung out there. That night was a special dinner with a nice program and dance. It will be (great) Grandma M's b-day in December - the big 90.Here we are floating things down the "river."
Here is Great-Grandma M. She doesn't look a a day past 75, right?
4 generations here - Grandma Diana, Great-Grandma D, Ben, and Emmy. Aren't they ALL so cute?
Here's Miles dancing with his sweet cousin Melanie. Miles loved his cousins and they were all so good to him! I think Miles was the only one of our family that made it on the dance floor. :)

Misc pics -

We stayed at our friend's house and really had it quite nice there. They gave us their whole basement - complete with 2 rooms, a bathroom, and a playroom; plus the backyard had a tramp and sandbox that the boys loved. It was wonderful for us all. Emmy, too, loved it all - especially climbing up the slide all by herself. You can see how proud and happy she was!

A perfect picture of our very own Mowgli.

2 brothers - Joe and Ben. Aren't they happy, handsome guys?

Miles with his 2 adorable cousins - Katie and Emily. I don't know how Miles got so lucky! Like I mentioned, Miles loved all of his cousins and they were all so good with him.

So there it is. It was a wonderful time spent with a wonderful family.