Sunday, December 22, 2013

December Happenings...

Naomi's FIRST ever dance recital. We were 20 minutes late and everybody was waiting for us. Seriously?? I was humiliated beyond belief. Every mom and dad and grandma and grandpa were sitting there...waiting for us.

A month ago I realized that James would be out of town A LOT the first little part of December. I called my mom and asked if she could send my dad out to keep us safe. I tend to get nervous when James isn't home. I should be used to it...and I kinda am. But I was having a moment one night...and my dad obliged. He didn't even call me a wimp. He just came...

And made the boys a terrarium. The only thing Jake wanted for Christmas was a Venus Fly trap. After Grandpa came...he had to come up with something else he wanted for Christmas...

 Jake has been wanting to go to the Melting Pot for two years now. It's a little who made his dream come true???

 Jake devouring the chocolate...

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Commander

This is our Commander. Really. That's what we call him. Sometimes we shorten it to "Mander." This kid. Hilarious. He was the BEST, BEST, BEST baby ever. And than he...turned into a FORD! You know those little tikes slides that say they are for kids 12-36 months?? Well, that was so 3 months ago...Luke graduated. Totally unimpressed with the easiness of the climb. He prefers the slippery kitchen table. Often. Anything that could possibly be climbed...Luke will find it. The dishwasher, the beds, any toy that is greater than one foot off the ground...anything. Oh, and you can't put him in his carseat...he prefers to climb..from the ground. Exhausting. Apparently he's a little on the slim size for his age. After his 15 month checkup the other day when he wouldn't sit still for 5 seconds without screaming...the doctor said, "well I guess we know why he's losing weight. He doesn't sit still, does he?"
He's our Mander. Tonight at Family Home Evening he just climbed right up on the shoe box where the kids stand for brag time. He stood there in his little footed jammies as we all talked about what a great baby boy he was. He just smiled his biggest grin. Not sure if he really knew what we were saying, but he was well aware that we were all adoring him...and he didn't mind one bit. And neither do we. We love the Commander. Thanks for bringing so much joy to our little home, Mander. We love you, buddy!

We're RICH!!

I love my Mooch. I was putting the kids to bed the other night. Exhausted. No James. Feeling like a failure. Not sure why. Than Jake came to the rescue.
"Mom, did you know that we are really, really rich?"
"we are rich, I know, but why do you say that?"
"Mom, just look around this house...look at it...every single one of us has our own bed to sleep in...and look at my bed mom...I even have TWO blankets on my bed."

Oh, Jake. I can't even imagine what this world would be like if everyone were just like you. A prefect world, for sure. THank you for being better than your mom. THank you for being an example. Jake...thank you for being YOU.  I love you, buddy.