Thursday, July 31, 2008
Movement in both of his arms is definitely improving. His team of doctors are planning a move to a normal room as soon as his pancreas inflammation is under control. Right now he is still fighting the fever. The feeding tube also complicates this matter.
Pretty soon there will be decision to be made about a rehabilitation center. Daniel and Andy are considering all the options and they will be making a section. The options are San Diego, Tampa and Maryland. They are going to need prayers for wisdom.
The reality of the situation is starting to hit Andy as the medication is clearing from his system.
Pray for Andy as he processes this and remembers that God is with him.
P.S. Come back Sunday for a full listing of the daily traits I will be praying.
Last night was "one on one" time. Hubs and Little Guy. Big Guy and me. We all enjoy these times. Just getting to spend time together one on one doing whatever we decide on that day. Sometimes it involves spending money and sometimes it is just riding bikes.
Big Guy and I decided we wanted to go to the pool. When we arrived, the pool was empty with the exception of two other regulars -- a father and daughter. We greeted them and jumped into the cool water.
It was typical swim time. Swimming laps. Diving. Chasing. Dunking each other under water. Laughing and talking.
At one point, Big Guy got out to run to the restroom. I decided to use that time to just float. The father and daughter had left so I was the only one in the pool. I love to float. It is so relaxing to me. So relaxing that I can literally fall asleep floating in the pool. I was laying there floating when I realized that Big Guy was sitting up on the lifeguard stand.
I gave him a grin and said, "Hey, cutie! Are you my lifeguard?"
His face got all serious and he said, "I'll always be your lifeguard."
It is a good thing that I was in the pool. It is so not cool for your middle schooler to see tears running down your face.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Equilibrium - This blog is so adorable, but not as adorable as her two girls.
My Space - Big Guy has a blog and he is always complaining that no one visits and leaves comments. So.... leave the guy some luv!
Tanner's Ramp - I would be in trouble if I left out Little Guy! (Smile!)
Willow - I am really glad that distance doesn't determine friendship. Willow and I have become fast friends sharing all the things that a friendship shares: laughter, tears and prayer.
Some of you may have already gotten this award, some of you may not like awards, but I hope you know that I LOVE your blog!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Now comes what Andy has been waiting for... rehab.
First, you make a batch of sugar cookie dough. Then you color it with red food dye.
Roll the cookie dough out. Cut the cookies out into circles. Cut the circles into halves (like watermelon halves).
Press mini chocolate chips into the cookies and bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned around the edges. While cookies are baking, tint some white icing with green food dye. After the cookies are removed from the oven and have cooled. Drag the "rind" part of the cookie through the green icing.
These are Little Guy's watermelon cookies that he made all by himself...
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sleep has been a major issue for him. He has been having lots of dream and only fitful sleep. Sleep is very important to the healing process.
Another part of the healing process is being able to eat. They have ordered him to eat a 2,000 calorie diet. This is his greatest workout and extremely exhausting.
Keep praying. God is in control.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Oh, yea, by the way, you can enter too, but don't you dare. I'm kidding... sort of.
So I choose...
I choose love…
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I choose joy…
Today I will invite God to be the God of my circumstances. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of a lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less as a opportunity to see God.
I choose peace…
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I choose patience...
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I will invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for the moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fists at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I choose kindness…
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. I will be kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I choose goodness…
I will go without a dollar before I accept a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.
I choose faithfulness…
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My husband will not question my love. And my children will never fear that I will not come home.
I choose gentleness…
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it only be of myself.
I choose self control…
I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rules the eternal. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my God. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
John 15:13--Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
There was no ceremonious presentation, there was no saluting--no brass band, no pomp and circumstance. Just a box.
Sarah said that years ago when the movie, Saving Private Ryan came out, she couldn't watch it because it was too much for her. However, I did catch the first and last few minutes of it and Joal filled me in on the rest of the story. She said now… she feels like she understands more of it all.
So far we have added a thermos of kool-aid, plastic snakes, bear tracks (cut out of paper), and my personal favorite - fake poo (compliments of hubs). When he comes back I can't wait to see his reaction!
These are easy ways to put change in your pocket...
1. Wash your own car. ($5.00) Washing your own car not only puts change in your pocket, but can be a family activity too. Our boys love putting on their swimming trunk, blasting the music in the car and getting wet.
2. Cut your own grass ($40.00) Cutting grass is great exercise and if you have kids who are old enough they can share in the responsibility.
3. Make coffee at home instead of driving through the local shop. ($4.50) This has always seemed like a no brainer to me, but I am still amazed at the people who get coffee every morning on their way to work. With the money you are saving you can try out a flavored coffee or flavored syrup and still never come close to the money you were spending.
4. Pocket Change = Christmas fund. ($182.50) Did your Dad have a jar where he put all his pocket change at the end of the day? It is still a great idea. Typically, hubs will have about .50 at the end of a day. With both of us contributing, that is a helpful Christmas fund at the end of the year!
5. Eat at home! ($20.00) Is it quick to run through Subway or Wendy's on the way home? Yes. But is it easy on the pocketbook? No. The average person spends $2,276 dollars on eating out in a year's time.
6. Pay cash as often as possible. Dependency on the credit card is a really bad thing and paying interest on the credit card is even worse. You might as well go outside and grill your money for supper!
7. Use coupons, but only use them for items that you would typically buy.
8. Have a garage sale. If you haven't used it in six months, chances are you can do without. Same goes for all that junk in storage.
9. Become a patron of the library again. Why buy books when you can read them for free? Our library system even has downloadable audiobooks and an entire section of FREE movies for checkout.
10. $1.00 movies! Our Kroger has a movie kiosk where you can rent movies for a $1.00. These aren't old movies, but the latest releases.
Add it up... That is a lot of pocket change!
Friday, July 25, 2008
I crawled into bed with him and he curled into my body. A few minutes pass and I feel a sweet little hand sneak up my face and find my hair. He starts twirling my curls around his fingers. How many years has it been since he last did this little "comfort ritual"? Three? Four? It used to be an every day thing, but now it has literally been years.
I sit perfectly still knowing he doesn't remember why he is doing what he is doing and relishing this tiny moment of remembering a simple ritual of my "baby" boy.
We went home and started looking through the cabinets. So like me, Little Guy picked dessert first! We stirred up and placed brownies in the oven to start baking. We had grapes in the refrigerator so we washed and put those in a ziploc. I found some shrimp in the freezer and Little Guy found some whole wheat rigatoni in the pantry. Ta Da! We decided to create a lemon pepper pasta.
After everything was finished we kept debating on what to take to drink. Water just sounded so boring. So we pulled out the blender and decided to make fruit smoothies. We threw in strawberries, mangos, pineapples, peaches, a little yogurt, some ice.... we kept sipping and sipping.
Now everything is ready and we have a few minutes until we have to leave. We are both so hungry and can't wait to surprise hubs! My pic isn't great, but Little Guy was just so proud. He has already started thinking about what we can do for Big Guy to welcome him home tonight after a long week of volunteering at Mission NOW.
However, I always did enjoy that little "brain exercise". Recently I have discovered a website that kind of lets me do the same thing. It is called One Word. Every day you go to the website and when you click go it gives you one word at the top of the page. It also gives you 60 seconds to type whatever pops into your mind about that one word.
Give it a try. It is almost as good as your morning cup of coffee!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
He is wanting to exercise his hands and arms more. Daniel, his brother, noticed and "Whooped" at an improvement. The family has been so complimentary of the many helpful people at Walter Reed. They will listen, answer questions and listen more. Some even pray with Daniel.
The military is flying Andy's parents into Walter Reed tonight. Pray for them as Sarah said that seeing Andy for the first time is quite a shock.
I am happy to report that Andy consumed great quantities of ice cream and Jell-O today. Andy LOVES, LOVES ice cream so it was a wonderful treat.
I love this quote. There are lots of people who question the integrity of the Bible. Not me. The Bible is true -- from the first word to the last.
For me it is as basic as the song I learned as a small child in Sunday School:
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
* File this under WOOOOO HOOOOO! I challenged hubs to a race at the pool tonight. Hubs is 6 foot 5 inches and athletic from head to toe. Me... not so much. But, I do like to swim so I decided that it would be fun. Little Guy gave us our starting splash and we were off. I swam with every muscle I had and I won.
* While still at the pool I was swimming around and playing with Little Guy. Hubs was off swimming laps. At one point while chasing Little Guy under water I spotted hubs off in the distance. I decided I would swim up under him and give him a little "flash". Just as I got up to him I realized it wasn't him. OOOOOPS! So glad I realized that BEFORE I flashed him.
Have I ever mentioned that there is never a dull moment around here?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
fever - His fever has been on an up and down path since he has arrived. Where there is fever there is infection and Andy doesn't need that.
bullet fragment - There is still a fragment in Andy's spinal column. They are trying to determine a course of action but it is unlikely that they will try to remove it. More likely is another surgery to try to stabilize the spine.
cough - Because Andy doesn't have muscle control below his armpits, Andy is really having a hard time coughing which means that anything that is in his lungs wants to stay there.
emotions - Even while Andy is dealing with his own physical problems, he is constantly seeing his friends being brought in. They are a great source of strength for each other, but he also gets very emotional when they show up.
Andy has kept Sarah very busy asking her take photos of everyone who comes to visit. He has also asked her to help work his arms to keep his muscles working and the blood flowing. Sarah says they have already seen significant improvement in his upper body even since yesterday. They are praising God for every step that they see... big or small!
He checked everything and then in true sweet hubs style, he went to Wal-Mart to purchase a few more fans to try to make everyone as comfortable as possible to sleep.
It kind of makes you rethink all those romantic Southern novels we grew up reading doesn't it? I grew up in Vicksburg where there are tons of antebellum homes. I worked as a tour guide at one of those homes. During the antebellum wonderment, there was no air conditioning. Women wore huge dresses and there was a lot of swooning for a reason and not just to get men's attention. There was a common belief that fresh air brought in illnesses so windows were kept tightly closed. People slept sitting up to avoid consumption and they didn't bathe too much because they didn't want to wash the natural oils from their skin because they felt that protected them from disease as well. Women used bear grease to slick their hair in place (keep in mind the no baths). All that fabric, no baths, bear grease, heat, and sweat.... still thinking it sounds romantic?
I have only gone one night without air conditioning and I can't stand myself. Fortunately, we have a great AC service and it will be repaired shortly. Frankly, Scarlett, I need A/C!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Last night he was a little anxious about the unknown of the week, but I told him that I thought this week was going to be awesome. Volunteering is like nothing else. There is no other feeling like doing for someone else. I have been volunteering since junior high: candy striper at the hospital, mission trips with church, PTO at the boy's school, church projects, etc... I am addicted to volunteering. I could tell he really wasn't quite convinced.
I wish you could have seen his face when he came home tonight. He just GLOWED! He told every detail of the work he had done. His morning was spent sorting clothes and hanging them up. He said the director was really strict and if you didn't do it right she made you do it all over again. After lunch the lady presented them with bushels and bushels of peas which had to be shelled -- by hand. Big Guy said that was his favorite! That cracked me up. Who knew my Guy was a country boy at heart?
He is already excited about going back tomorrow. They are packing Senior Boxes and delivering them to the homes of seniors who need them.
So excited seeing my Big Guy catch the volunteering bug! I hope Little Guys catches it too.
You Are Barbeque Sauce
You are a social person. You enjoy cooking for other people.
You are both skillful and competitive. You enjoy mastering hard tasks.
You appreciate complexity more than simplicity.
Your taste in food tends to lean toward interesting flavors.
You appreciate exotic spice combinations. You tend to like cutting edge, fusion cuisine.
You get along with all personalities from a distance. Except salsa personalities, who always seem to annoy you.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I can chase a naked toddler through the house while cooking dinner and listening to voice mail, I can fix the best cookies and Kool-Aid in the neighborhood, and I can tell a sick child's temperature with one touch of my finger, but if I don't have love, I am nothing.
Love is patient while watching and praying by the front window when it's 30 minutes past curfew.
Love is kind when my teen says, "I hate you!"
It does not envy the neighbors' swimming pool or their brand-new mini van,but trusts the Lord to provide every need.
Love does not brag when other parents share their disappointments and insecurities,and love rejoices when other families succeed.
It doesn't boast, even when I've multi-tasked all day long and my husband can't do more than one thing at a time.
Love is not rude when my spouse innocently asks, "What have you done today?"
It does not immediately seek after glory when we see talent in our children, but encourages them to get training and make wise choices.
It is not easily angered, even when my 15-year-old acts like the world revolves around her.
It does not delight in evil (is not self-righteous) when I remind my 17-year-old that he's going 83 in a 55-mph zone, but rejoices in the truth.
Love does not give up hope.
It always protects our children's self-esteem and spirit, even while doling out discipline.
It always trusts God to protect our children when we cannot.
It always perseveres, through blue nail polish, burps and other bodily functions, rolled eyes and crossed arms, messy rooms and sleep overs.
Love never fails. But where there are memories of thousands of diaper changes and painful labor(s), they will fade away. Where there is talking back, it will (eventually) cease. (Please, Lord?) Where there is a teenager who thinks she knows everything, there will one day be an adult who knows you did your best.
For we know we fail our children, and we pray they don't end up in therapy, but when we get to heaven, our imperfect parenting will disappear. (Thank you, God!) When we were children, we needed a parent to love and protect us. Now that we're parents ourselves, we have a heavenly Father who adores, shelters us and holds us when we need to cry.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”- Isaiah 41:10
2. Filters - Change your air conditioner filter every month. If it is dirty your AC has to work harder which in turn uses more electricity.
3. Don't use lights you don't need. For the most part, we don't turn lights on in the house during the day at all. During the evenings, we try to create a "mood" with lamps and candles.
4. Make your kids "energy police". Kids are very conscience about things when you make them responsible. Give them the job of turning out lights when they find them on, closing doors when they find them open, turning off faucets if they are left dripping, etc... Keep a jar and every time they correct a problem let them put a marble in the jar. When the jar is full, reward them by taking them for ice cream.
5. Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs like compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). When compared to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, over its lifetime a CFL will last ten times longer and up to $30 on electric bills.
6. When buying new appliances, look for the Energy Star mark. These meet the strict standards of the EPA and US Department of Energy.
7. Use more cold water. Use it to wash your clothes. Use slightly cooler water to bathe and shower in. Wash your hands and brush your teeth with cold water. Turn the "heated dry" cycle off on your dishwasher.
8. Bump up your air conditioner temp. If you normally set your air conditioner on 72, try bumping it up to 74 and run your fans more. Even that small difference will impact your bill.
9. Make sure your attic is well insulated.
10. Have the electric company come out and perform maintenance and an evaluation on your meter. If it is not reading correctly you could be overpaying... YIKES!
11. Unplug appliances when not in use. If it is plugged in it is sucking electricity. Unplug the coffee pot, blender, elliptical trainer (I wasn't using that anyway!), Playstation, etc... except when using them.
12. Try planning out your menu and cooking once or twice a week instead of every day. (This is my favorite way to cook.) This means you are only heating up your kitchen once a week and don't have to ask yourself "What's for dinner?" every single day!
Friday, July 18, 2008
They will be moving him to Walter Reed Medical Center as early as Sunday and as late as Tuesday.
Our latest update also told us that there were twelve other guys in the same attack as Andy who died. We are crushed at this news.
Please be praying for Andy, his family and all of his military family.
His sister Sarah says it appears to have been a sniper's bullet--small calibur and from a long distance off. Hopefully these two factors will work in Andy's favor.
Thanks to so many of you who are praying!
I am passing this award on to a group of women I never would have met without blogging. They are real, honest and REAL HONEST!
Dr. Wifey - One of the best parts of blogging is meeting people. Wifey is such a sweetheart. She is real, loves her husband, family and life in general. So far her major fault is her Guitar Hero addiction. Ha!
Black Betty - This girl loves her bizkits! I knew I was going to love her blog the minute I read her info box and it said, "you can't fix stupid".
Willow - Life is as real as it gets at Apron Strings. Willow has a heart of gold and a faith of steel. I admire Willow. She is a "making lemonade out of lemons" kind of girl.
MS Mom - Before I click MM's blog I make sure that I am not eating or drinking anything... it is a serious health hazard. She cracks me up and she isn't even trying. She is just sharing her life. Right now her husband and co-workers provide most of her blog material. I can't wait for her kids to get a little older.... Hee! Hee!
and last but definitely NOT least...
Miss Mud - Mud and I have been blogging friends for a while, but we finally met a few weeks ago. We can cause serious havoc on a wedding and I seriously think the pastor gave us an ugly look when we giggled over a microphone incident. I love this chick... we share a serious appreciation for cake and pinwheels!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
All I can say is... pray.
People who don't buckle up their children. This has caused my family more than one embarassing moment because not only does it bug me, but I have no problem telling someone that they should buckle up their child. I also have no problem taking down your tag number and reporting you to the police if you don't have your child buckled. Why? I have been in an emergency room when a Dad came in who thought it would be fun to ride around the neighborhood with his daughter riding on his lap. Do you know what a five year old looks like after she has been used as an air bag for her Dad? She is not pretty with a steering wheel implanted in her abdomen.
People who can't park. How hard it is to park between those two little white lines? The worst offenders... at the DMV getting their license renewed. Seriously!! (Speaking of parking: If you can't find a parking space a few years ago my MIL reported that she found a delightful safe covered parking spot at her local Wal-Mart. She said it was a somewhat tight squeeze, but was so excited about it since it had side rails and she knew how upset FIL would be if anyone scratched the paint on the car. Most people know it as the buggy collection station, but apparently if you are in a pinch....)
Smoking people driving around with their children in the car with the windows rolled up! GRRRRRRR!! Yes, you can smoke... all you want. Please don't slowly kill your children while you are doing it... anymore than you already are.
Men who don't cut their fingernails. Just a hygiene thing for me, but I think it is totally gross for a man to have fingernails longer than me. A friend of mine had really long nails and he said it was so he could play guitar better. Buy a guitar pick!
The fact that I can't belly laugh or sneeze since having two children without possibly wetting my pants. I can't figure out if this is a pet peeve or a huge annoyance. Either way it is really embarassing since my boys crack me up! (Sorry... that was TMI wasn't it?!)
After reading this I realize a lot of my pet peeves involve the car. Do you think I have pent up road rage?
What are your pet peeves?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Oh! I'm just grinning ear to ear because Hot Tub Lizzy sent me an award today. It is the one you see above -- A Smile Award! What a great way to end a Terrific Tuesday. One of the fun parts about this award is now I get to share it with five blog friends too!
Even still, in the heat of the afternoon we are trying to find creative ways to stay busy instead of just plopping in front of the television. Painting is one of the boy's favorite things to do.
Recently my friend's little girl came home with us and on the drive home I heard the boy's asking, "Do you like to paint?" She squealed, "Yes! Let's do that." So that is what they did.
They headed straight to our hobby room and picked out items to paint and the paint colors they wanted to use. Little Guy decided on a wooden tray. (Big Guy decided that he was glad Little Guy had someone to play with and ducked into his room for some uninterrupted Playstation time -- he's no dummy!)
MC picked out a birdhouse. Both were projects that we had put together at Home Depot workshops and had never gotten the chance to paint. We have plenty of these projects because the people there always give us a few extra to take home.
Look at the concentration on that face. He went and dug through our hobby room to find the smallest brush he could to get into that corner. I think he was getting a little annoyed at me for ruining his concentration with the pics.
MC said she was going to paint her birdhouse, put it in her room and then let the birds come inside so they could eat. See, SM? I am providing lots of entertainment for your summer!
And when you run out of things to paint? What are you talking about? You can never run out of things to paint. Cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, poster board or you can do with the boys did and just walk outside and pick up a rock! And to think I would have just painted a smiley face.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Step One: Prepare the eggs for the omelette. Yes, there are eight eggs in that bowl because that is what the lady on the Food Network said to do! I was praying that Daddy woke up with a BIG Father's Day appetite. There are no pics of the actual cooking of this omelette as I held my breathe too long watching him cook and passed out. Who knew my Little Guy was such a chef?
Step Two: Make some cinnamon toast. Piece of cake, uh, toast!
Step Three: The finished meal. With that sweet smile Daddy will never notice the slight overcooked outside of the omelette.
Step Four: After full tummies, Little Guy shows Daddy how to use his new iPod Touch. Notice they both have the earpods in their ears so they can both rock out to Pillar. Both guys are also wearing swimming trunks so that we can head to the pool as soon as Big Guy felt better. There were no pics of our swimming trip because Mom forbids any cameras to be around when she is wearing a swim suit!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Today's Saturday Savings Focus Is: Cleaning
1. Don't throw out those ragged towels, socks or t-shirts! Cut them up and use them for your cleaning. Those make great dusting, windexing or car washing rags.
2. Opening your windows every once in a while to get some fresh air in your house is a good first step towards a fresh smell instead of spraying chemicals. Putting a put on to boil with some vanilla or orange peels or cinnamon sticks will make things be even better.
3. Make it a habit for everyone in the family to deposit your shoes at the back door when you arrive home. Wear slippers, socks or go barefoot to cut down on the amount of dirt that is tracked through your house.
4. When shopping for your cleaning supplies, forget the grocery store or BIG stores... head straight for the dollar store.
5. Clean up messes as they are made so stains won't set in.
6. Don't run the dishwasher unless it is absolutely full.
7. Wash the bigger pots and pan by hand to avoid "wasted space" and therefore washted water in your dishwasher.
8. Cleaning Products:
a. Alcohol - Cleans candles and the telephone
b. Carpet freshener - Combine 3/4 cup baking soda, 2 tbsp corn starch, and 1/4 cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on dry carpet, let stand 5 to 15 minutes, then vacuum.
c. Erasers will remove black heel marks on floors.
d. Furniture polish - Mix in a sprayer bottle: 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup lemon juice
Shake well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.
e. Glass Cleaner - Mix in a sprayer bottle: 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar
f. For floors, add 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon hot water and mop away!
9. To keep the corners of your windowsills free of dust and moisture, rub a white candle into each corner of the sill.
10. If you keep your silver jewelry in a zip lock or air tight container, it will keep it from oxidizing.
11. Switch to store brands instead of expensive name brands.
12. Buy a few lightbulbs at a time until you have switch them out to fluorescent. Fluorescents run 10 times longer and use 2/3 less energy.
13. Invest in entrance mats to cut down on dirt that is tracked into your house.
14. Putting orange or lemon peels along with a little baking soda down the garbage disposal leaves a fresh scent in your drain.
15. Set your dishwasher to run at night while you are sleeping when the electricity rates are lower.
Friday, July 11, 2008
After being gone for about four hours to a wedding, I walked through the back door tired, hot and with achy feet. As soon as I rounded the kitchen corner I heard the screams of my two boys saying, "Mom!" as they ran to give me hugs and kisses! It is so nice to be missed.
We were coming to an intense scene in our Alex Rider movie (a teen version of James Bond). Right when Alex shot the pilot with a dart, my guy reached over and rubbed my hand saying, "Don't be scared, Mom. He didn't kill him. He just made him go to sleep for a little while."
Being treated like a lady...
At the grocery store, the gentlemen asks if he can take out our groceries and Big Guy says, "No, thank you, I will take them out for my Mom."
Big Guy always opens my car door for me and waits for me to get in completely before he shuts it.
Having your honor defended...
While vacationing at the beach, my Daddy was talking with the boys. "You know," Daddy said, "your mom was single before she married your Daddy." "Don't you dare say something like that about my Mom!" said Little Guy.
Having your heart melt...
When you see your son take off his cap and place it over his heart at a memorial garden honoring the fallen firefighters from 2001.
like no other feeling in the world!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
"Little guy, go get four pairs of matching shorts and shirts."
"Mom, this is a father's and son's weekend. We don't have to match! Matching is not manly. When girls go away for the weekend they like to match. But when guys go away if they want to wear swim trunks with underwear on their head they can and nobody says anything.... that is what men do!"
(This is his first camp.... where does he come up with this stuff?)
After a few minutes we switched the stations, but not before the boys said, "Hey! We haven't been to the pottery store in a while. Can we go tomorrow?"
Sounded way better than laundry or chores so off we went. Our favorite pottery shop is Different Strokes. The first thirty minutes we are there was spent trying to decide what to paint. (It is kind of like me and shoe shopping... so many choices!)
Little Guy spotted a shelf full of crosses and said, "Mom, I could paint a cross to put on your new wall of crosses." I tried to direct him to a small cross, but his eyes were glazed over (yes, I know that is a pottery pun). He was gazing at a huge ornamental cross at the back of the shelf. A very, very, very detailed cross that would take a professional hours to paint. (Hence the photo because I knew you wouldn't believe me.)
Let me explain... most kids would slap paint on their pottery and be ready for the next piece. Not my boys. They make the most of their painting experience. Painstakingly picking out their pieces, paint colors and using just the right brushes. This is not just painting. It is art.
Meanwhile Big Guy struggled for a while with his choice, but finally picked out a plate with a beautiful cross detail in the center. I was so excited because I really loved that plate and in Big Guy's hands it would turn out amazing.
For the next two hours the boys were in painting heaven. The only time I heard them talk was when Big Guy said he wished he had brought his iPod because he thought it would help him concentrate better.
Me? Don't ask me why I didn't think to bring a book!
They were so beautiful when they were finished that I just can't wait to see them when they come out of the kiln and are ready to be picked up. I'm already eyeing a spot to put them on my wall.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I know what you are thinking. Just push the button on the smoke alarm and everybody get out. NOOOO! First, Little Guy insists that Chief Hill said we were supposed to alert the fire department that we were going to have a drill. It took 15 minutes to explain to him that we were not going to set off our house alarm system and we didn't need to call the fire department. This really frustrated him. You should have seen his aggravation level rise when he told us that we EACH needed a lanyard with a flashlight, whistle and a house key. Somehow I didn't have that for each of us at bedtime, but I did have enough for Little Guy to have it for the drill and I DID promise to get it for all of us. He was sure I was ruining the entire drill at this point.
We gather everyone, including my nephew, to tell them that we are about to have a fire drill. Everyone goes to their places in the house. *BEEP!* *BEEP!* I jump up and head for the front door. As soon as I hit my bedroom door I see Little Guy crawling toward me with his flashlight pointing at me, screeching his whistle saying, "Get down! You're in the black smoke!" Apparently I don't get down fast enough because he starts screaming, "You're dying! You're dying!" I get down as I open the front door, but Little Guy is still screaming, "Get down! You are in the smoke! You are dying! You are dying!" because Big Guy and Nephew have just walked up behind us.
I crawl out the front door just in time to see my husband strolling down the driveway with his flashlight and one of our neighbors walking her dog. She must have thought we were insane. I so wanted to say, "We're not crazy! We're having a fire drill!!"