Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Never a Dull Moment...

Yesterday, Jeremiah decided to make some Kool Aid. He ran into a minor glitch when he found we were out of sugar. Did he run to the the store for more sugar? No. I watched in skeptical amusment as he decided to use...brown sugar.

"Its sugar" he said.

"Its not the same" I said.

He added the brown sugar and mixed. I waited. Finally, he tasted.

"Its not the same" he said.

You have to give him some credit for trying (and still drinking most of the Kool Aid).

Thursday, November 25, 2004

A Thanksgiving Day Poem for My Boys

With no one else in the world would I consider trading places;
for I love my own three sticky little faces.

Cars in the toilet, crayon on the wall;
life may be messy but we still have a ball.

Off the couch, off the chair, off the porch they go soaring;
one things for certain, life never is boring.

To one another, as brothers, they sometimes are thugs;
but for mommy there's blown kisses and sweet bear hugs.

Bursting with mischief and energy, yet wonderful and funny;
they turn even the darkest day from grey to bright and sunny.

Though they keep me moving, there's never a moment of rest;
of all the children in the world, I think mine are the best.

I'd like to take this moment and Thank God for the many joys,
that He sent to fill our life in the shape of little boys.

Monday, November 22, 2004

All in the Family

I just wanted to post this link to an article about my cousin Sandy. I'm very proud to be related to such a smart woman!

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Dog Days

We bought the boys a Benji DVD. It contains lots of cheesy 70's music, but they really like it. They love the part where Benji chases a cat up the tree, they talk about this part constantly until it finally happens. Now all of a sudden my old, matted, stuffed Benji (with the missing nose) is popular in our house.

The boys are also really into Clifford. I will hear things during the day like "You be Clifford, I will be T-Bone". I think we have checked out every Clifford book that the library owns.

Last but not least, for some reason the boys have named the big, bright blue puppy Isaac got when he was born "Grampa Larry". Go figure.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Little Man

Isn't he the cutest one-socked little man?

Weekend in a Nutshell

Its been an eventful weekend.

Friday night we were invited to a little get together. It was fun because we didn't know some of the people real well and it was nice to get to know them better. There was a gigantic t.v set up to play video games. Isaac patiently waited until the older boys went outside before he pounced on the controller (we had to pry his hands off to go home). They had horses which I'm sure the boys would of loved, but it was way too cold outside to be hanging out in the barn. Jeremiah also learned that I'm a formidable air hockey opponent.

Friday night Jeremiah had to deal with an unfortunate event at work.

Saturday we went to the murder mystery dinner. On Wednesday night at church we received our papers telling us who our characters were, what their background was and what secrets they knew. It was so much fun! The theme was the 70's so I did the whole Farah Facett "wings" and made sure to wear plenty of blue eye shadow. My character was guilty of arson, much to the surprise of most. Jeremiah really got into the game, spreading rumors like crazy. He did what he could to throw people of my track about the whole arson thing.

The boys were very good for the babysitter, Samuel didn't even cry when we left. I rented them a Clifford movie to watch and made sure they had plenty of snacks.

And of course, church this morning. I am nursery team leader this month which means I have to make sure things are running smoothly in all three nurseries. Not a hard job, but it keeps you busy. Isaac and Elijah made "kazoo" noisemakers in Children's Church so you can imagine the fun ride home. :D

So that's our weekend in a nutshell.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Life at Our House Means...

You can never be too young to learn how to use the computer...

Daddy lets you paint his face...

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The Butler Did It

Im excited about a few things.

1.) For like the 3rd time in the 4 years we have lived here we are hiring a babysitter (the boys have been left with grandma or friends before, so its not only the 3rd time we are going out with the kids). However, that's not the exciting part, the exciting part is where we are going. On Saturday, some friends are throwing a murder mystery dinner! One of those parties where you dress in costume and everybody gets a different character to be. I can't wait!

2.) Our church is starting a new mentorship program to match up older women with with younger women.
Bid that older women similarly to be reverant and devout in their deportment as becomes those engaged in sacred service, not slanderers or slaves to drink. They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble, so that they will wisely train the young women to be sane and sober of mind and to love their husbands and their children. Titus 2:3-4

I'm so glad that our church is offering this program, as older women and younger women don't seem to connect much at our church.

3.) Sleep! I've been getting some uninterrupted sleep and its feeling good! :D Sammy is sleeping great, and Isaac is starting to stay in his own bed most nights. Although last night I had a loooong dream that managed to include both snakes and a tornado.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Bear With Me...Its Political

Even though I am very politically minded, my intention was to post few political entrys in my blog as it is about family. So after this I will return to my regularly scheduled blog...

Over the course of the last few days I have read nothing but bitter anti-Bush diatribes. Now, I could just hang out with like-minded people as myself and read nothing but Bush praises, but that would just be too boring. Anyway, I would just like to address a few issues that are disturbing to me.

1.) Calling Bush a dictator and comparing him to the likes of Hitler is a slap in the face to people who have truly lived under dictators. We just witnessed democracy in action, 60% of eligible voters let their voices be heard. That doesn't happen in countries under dictatorship. Calling sombody a dictator because you happen to disagree with his social agenda is so overdramatic and histrionic that the message is immediately diminished and discounted as sensationalism.

2.) Roe v. Wade. In the very miniscule chance that it perhaps might be overturned (read not gonna happen), it would NOT make abortion illegal. It would simply give the power back to the states as it was before. If a state chooses to make it illegal, bring it up with the state gov't.

3.) Not only are people insulting Bush, but many have resorted to insulting people who voted for him. Bush supporters are not stupid, uninformed yokels. Now granted there are uninformed voters - on both sides. Different things matter to different people, and they vote accordingly. Where is all that tolerance for those who think different than you? You know, that tolerance that is constantly being preached to the right? Believe me, I understand the disappointment, I suffered thru eight years of Clinton. I never resorted to insulting people because they voted for him.

There I feel much better.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Election Aftermath

Bill O'Reilly claims that Al Gore's refusal to enter the "No Spin Zone" cost him the election. He felt Kerry would meet the same fate if he refused to come on his show. Kerry didn't, perhaps there is a lesson to be learned here?

It seems as if the Americans headed to the polls with a mission yesterday. Most said morality was the major voting issue.

For the last few weeks I have been hearing things on talk radio such as: "A high turnout will go for Kerry", "A close race always goes against the incumbent", "The youth are really going to get out the vote" (voters under 30 ,by the way, were still only one in ten, same as 2000).

I guess the only thing we can be sure of is that we can't be sure of anything until the voters speak.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Go Vote....Check

We vote in every single election, big or small. Usually we just walk in, cast our vote, no lines, no waiting...piece of cake.

Today was a circus! I'm talking people directing traffic, bull horns and long lines. Fortunately, we are in precinct one which had the smallest line and we were in and out in a half hour. I feel sorry for those in precinct four, their line snaked all around the building.

Its nice to see this turnout, although it would be nice to see this many people take interest in our smaller elections as well. Its important who we elect as president, but its also important who sits on the local Board of Education, you know what I mean?

Michigan had a few state proposals on this ballot, I'm eager to see if they passed. I would really like to see our constitution ammended to make marriage between one man and one women (prop 2).

Anyhow, I'm glad its over and I hope you all voted!