Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Has Sprung!

Now that Spring is officially, and hopefully really here, my family and I have been spending a lot more time outside. My hot flashes are currently more manageable due to some medication changes and additions and for that I am grateful ... REALLY grateful! I can actually ENJOY being outside in weather that is warmer than 50 degrees without dying of internal heat. UGH! Not saying that when the 90-100 degree temps hit that this mama won't find some indoor air conditioned acitivities, but for now, the weather is being kind to all. Where was I when I began the rant on hot flashes?!? Sorry...I digress.
Oh yes, back to outdoor activities. Every Saturday we hit the soccer fields to watch Chloe play her game and then the past few weeks we have taken the kids to the park after the game, or played in the backyard with them. This past weekend though was Clarksville's big festival...Rivers and Spires. We LOVE this event and could spend the entire day there. We always hit the Kid Zone first where EVERYTHING is free and super fun for kids. Then we try to head to the Fort Campbell section so that we can check out all of the cool ARMY vehicles, guns, packs, gear, etc... The kids love climbing up in the armored vehicles and pretending to be like their Uncle Jordan. And who am I kidding, David even climbed in and investigated it all. Then of course, what is a festival without festival food...ie southern fried everything. I indulged in a turkey leg...it was HUGE and was just okay. I'm on a strict grain free, sugar free, processed food free diet so I had to make do while I watched my family eat corn dogs and fries, and then I watched everyone else eat funnel cakes, deep fried snickers, deep fried twinkies, elephant ears, etc... It was only slightly torturous...okay, who am I kidding, it was really hard to just say no, but I've been eating really healthy for over a month now (the Paleo lifestyle) and it wasn't worth it to me to eat it that day and be sick the next. Well, maybe it was a little worth it but I still denied myself the pleasure and took up my cross with the turkey leg. Ha! Next we perused the different booths while getting lots of free goodies and David even entered and won a raffle...for $100 in free legal services. WOW! Haha!!! We just laughed about it and figured we will use it to update our wills or something one day.

Chloe with our mascots...she can't wait to be old enough to be the kid cow


LOVE hot dogs!






Brody in one of the armored vehicles



He was truly fascinated by the guns that were here

human statue


Weeeeeee!!!!!!! Look at the joy on his face.


Chloe with her face painted like a tiger...planting a sunflower seed.


Next up, a GARDEN...in MY backyard. Who'd have ever thought that this chick here would ever plant a garden? Not me... However, my sister-in-law inspired me last year when I went to visit in Seattle and I saw that she had a really great raised garden bed and it was doing really well...despite the Seattle weather. So after phone calls and too many texts to count (Kim, thanks for being so patient and helpful!!!) I decided to go for it. Yesterday after church, David built our raised garden bed and I poured the organic humus in it and covered it with a layer of topsoil. Today, Brody and I went outside to plant our veggies...zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and sweet peppers. We had so much fun doing that together! We are so excited to watch the seeds sprout and I even feel a homeschool lesson coming out of it. And what's really cool is that Chloe is learning all about plants and seeds in school now so she will be able to really see it all in action! FYI...their last lesson was on the rainforest and I'm telling you right now that she SCHOOLED me in some rainforest info. Did you know the rainforest is made of different layers? There is the canopy, floor, and maybe 2 others that I can't remember, but no worries because Chloe will remind me and then tell me which animals live in each layer, etc...
Enough talk for now though, on to the pictures.

Getting the kids involved


Today after Brody and I sowed the seeds...the lines were left there so I would know where to put the stakes after I made them. ha!

Monday, April 15, 2013

For The Sake of Embarrassing Him Later In Life...

The title of this post says it all...I am writing this so that in 25-30 years, when Brody is getting married or beginning to have his own kids, he can see what he said and did as a 4 year old that nearly drove me to the edge. I think I have rolled my eyes so much lately at him that they are going to get stuck up in my head. I'm sure I have changed the subject a billion times lately anytime it comes up (which seems often), and I know that I have threatened and enforced discipline...to no avail. What am I talking about you may ask? Well, I'm talking about Partner...and friends.
Brody decided one day after coming out of the bathroom to tell us that his "wee-wee" was now named Partner and that Partner had some friends with him. Ever since that night, he constantly refers to his Partner (can you even believe I am capitalizing that?!?)...CONSTANTLY!!! I have friends who say their 3-4 year old sons always have their hands down their pants, but Brody doesn't do that...he just talks about it. I pulled into Walgreens the other day and Brody said "mommy, look out there is a big bear. which super hero do you want to save you?" I replied by saying Superman and he answers, "no mommy...da da dada, It's Partner and Friends. They'll save you." WHAT?!? REALLY SON?!? I never knew that little boys were so obsessed with their "partners" but good grief!!!
Another obsession of his is his whoopie cushion. Help me Jesus. If he comes up behind me one more time when I'm not looking and squeezes that thing I may lose my marbles. He calls it his "tooter cushion" and thinks its the best thing ever...besides Partner. Chloe had a friend come home with her from school the other day and he stood outside of Chloe's door (because they locked him out) and kept squeezing the tooter cushion trying to make the girls laugh...which they did because they are 6. 

So to you dear Brody...when your future son becomes obsessed with his Partner and with making obscene and crude noises with his body or a cushion, just know that you did it too...in excessive amounts. And hopefully he will outgrow it, but I can't be so sure because you haven't...yet.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Celebrations

Easter came and went so fast this year. I feel like I hardly got the decorating done before it was time to pack it up again. I love Easter...not the bunny, but the real holiday. For me, it symbolizes new beginnings, freedom in Christ, and HOPE! We try very hard every year to stress the importance of the Easter story and why we even celebrate it to Chloe and Brody. For the past two years, we have done this on their age level by using resurrection eggs. I bought these at Lifeway Bookstore last year and have loved them so much; they are perfect for kids!!! Chloe and Brody look forward to opening the eggs each day to see what is in them, and then using the "prize" in the egg, they listen much better to the Scripture and lesson that goes with it. The way I do it is we start 12 days before Easter Sunday and do an egg each day. But on each day we go back and review the previous days' lessons and I allow them to open up the previous eggs again so that by the 12th day, they each open 6 eggs and we have reviewed the Easter story a WHOLE LOT!
As for me, I go into kind of a quiet reflection and praise. I'm so thankful and underserving of God's love and forgiveness. When I sit to reflect quietly on the cross it breaks my heart to know that my sin nailed him there, but then in overwhelms me that His love for me kept Him there. May I never forget the huge-ness of this and the impact that the cross and resurrection has made on my life. I only pray that as my children grow that they too will come to know and follow Jesus with an intense passion.

As for the celebration, we did attend our church egg hunt on Saturday night. It was neat! Our first glow in the dark egg hunt ever! The kids enjoyed it and there was a concert afterwards which was fun.
And then on Sunday the kids both got Easter baskets before we went to church. They LOVED them and played with them all day. Church was UH-MAZING, and has left me thinking about the sermon all week. After that, we came home and rested for a few hours and then went to our small group Easter dinner and egg hunt. Good times were had by all!!! I love our small group and can honestly say that we do life with these other couples like none other. So grateful for every single one of them!!!

And now, enough rambling...here are the pictures.




I was in the kitchen and I heard Brody ask Chloe to read him the story about the ear. What he meant was when Jesus was being arrested and Peter cut off the soldier's ear and then Jesus put it back on. So that is what they are doing. Chloe is reading the Bible to her little brother. LOVE!




I love my silly munchkins.








Small group kids waiting to get the egg hunt started



Brody and his best friend Carter! These two are inseparable.