Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Eli is 8 months old!!!!!!!!!

Talk about time flying by!! That statement, apparently, is especially true with the third child. I canNOT believe Eli is already 8 months old. Not only is he getting OLDER quickly, he is growing up in every sense of the word right before our eyes...

Eli can crawl like a maniac, and can be heard "sprinting" down the hallway whenever he hears the dishwasher door open (he loves to pull up on that and splash in the water on the open door), the shower turn on (he loves the shower curtain and the sound of the water...and he loves taking a bath), or the front door open and close (this boy is already getting attached to DADDY!!!) He walks (very slowly) while holding onto furniture and tries his best to reach and walk from one piece of furniture to the next. (Thankfully, his arms aren't long enough yet, and he's forced to crawl!!!) It looks like we're going to have to try extra hard to keep this one on his knees!

Eli, you are such a joy! Your smile alone has done amazing things in this family. If Justus wakes up in a bad mood, he starts smiling and laughing as soon as he sees you smile. Whenever Titus falls and gets hurt and needs to snuggle with me, YOUR sweet touch and smile is usually what makes him feel better. Daddy and I get over our stressed, worn out moods as soon as we hear you laugh and see you smile. You are growing up so fast, and your personality is quickly blossoming. I think you might actually be crazier than your big brothers, but at least we know you'll fit in ;) Praise God for your first 8 months of life. May the Lord grow you into a strong man of His!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Not So Wordless Wednesday...

Justus and Titus went to the doctor today for a mandatory check-up for Mother's Day Out. Last time I took Titus to the doctor, I came home with some funny stories of crazy, "out there" comments made by the doctor and his assistant. (i.e. like the assistant telling me that maybe Titus had had so many colds recently b/c he is not, yeah, that makes a lot of sense.) Anyway, there were a couple of doosies (not quite sure that is how you spell that) today, so I thought I'd share.

Story #1:
The nurse walked us back to the first room to get the boys' weight, height, and temperature. She asked me LITERALLY 10 times which one was Titus and which one was Justus. I changed my answer numerous times to help her remember and get it in her head. I mean, I'll give it to's confusing. "Justus is the 3 year old. Justus is the oldest. Justus is the biggest. This one is Justus (tapping his head), and this one is Titus." (and so on...never mind the bracelets they have to wear on their wrists with JUSTUS AND TITUS written on their individual bands!!) Finally, she reached over to Eli to take his temperature???!!!!! Wow, scary huh?! Good thing I was with them the whole time, and good thing we weren't having anything major done!!!!! I think I would have left running!

Story #2:
Nurse: "Would you like the boys to have the [Leed] Test (pronouncing it leed, like with a long e sound)?"
Me: "The what test??"
Nurse: "The [leed] test"
Me: "What is that for?"
Nurse: "Um" long pause "It's for like if you move and get a new house and sometimes there might be things in the air." (or something to this effect)
Me: "uhh, no, I don't think there's any need for that." (still very confused, with the face, I'm sure, to prove it!)
Nurse: (after looking on the paper on the counter) "Oh, LEAD (pronouncing it correctly this time) Test...that's what it's called...LEAD test"
Me: hahahahahahaha in my head..."No, they don't need to be tested for that." (WOW)

Story #3:
Justus and Titus were about to get their fingers pricked to check their iron levels. Justus asked if it was going to hurt, and before I could answer, the nurse said, "No, honey, it won't hurt!!!" I quickly intercepted and said, "It is going to be a really fast prick, and your finger will bleed a tiny bit, and then you'll get a band-aid after you're finished. You can tell us if it hurt when it's over." Then, she pricked him, and he goes "OWW!!" Yeah, lady, that didn't hurt! I mean, seriously, why would she blatantly lie about it??! (That one made me mad and, once again, very glad that I was there!!)

Story #4:
Don't worry, this one is funny:)
It was Justus' turn to get up on the table for the doctor to check his heart, breathing, eyes, etc. The doctor turned his back to look at J's chart, and Justus climbed up on the table and laid right down on his back. I thought that was funny, but then Justus goes "Oh, whoops," and he flipped right over on his stomach...yep, positioning himself for an adjustment. Wrong doctor, Bud!

Anyone looking for a Pediatric recommendation? HA!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My boys are already looking out for me:)

I opened the back door this morning and saw this...

...a tiny little armed soldier guarding our back door. Hilarious:)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Day with DADDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We spent the day with Derek being home the entire was so wonderful. We were at home almost the whole day, but we decided to go out this evening for a couple hours. We've wanted to take the boys to the DFW Founders' Plaza, and since we are experiencing a "cold front," it was the perfect day for it! It was pretty cool. The boys were excited to see the planes taking off and landing for a few minutes, but I think their favorite part was just being able to explore the big open field. We didn't stay long but plan to go back sometime for a picnic lunch/dinner. Here are pics of our time there and of the boys enjoying their ice cream from Braum's afterwards:)

The stone Derek and the boys are sitting in front of is very symbolic. I took a picture of the description of all the symbolism below:) Pretty interesting!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A note from God:)

Relax in My peaceful presence. Do not bring performance pressures into our sacred space of communion. When you are with someone you trust completely, you feel free to be yourself. This is one of the joys of true friendship. Though I am Lord of lords and King of kings, I also desire to be your intimate Friend. When you are tense or pretentious in our relationship, I feel hurt. I know the worst about you, but I also see the best in you. I long for you to trust Me enough to be fully yourself with Me. When you are real with Me, I am able to bring out the best in you: the very gifts I have planted in your soul. Relax, and enjoy our friendship.

(From Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The American Flag

I am learning very quickly that teaching my kids at home is going to be quite a knowledge-gaining experience for myself as well!!!

Exhibit A: In honor of the 4th of July this Saturday, we are learning about the American Flag, our nation's birthday, and the "Star Spangled Banner" this week. I'm sure (I hope) you know a lot of these facts, but I want to share the fun and interesting ones we are exploring over the next few days. Today, the American Flag (Again, some of these are old news to us, but nice to be reminded of)...

1) The 50 stars represent the 50 United States
2) The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that rebelled against the British Crown and became our first 50 states in the Union
3) Nicknames for the flag: Star-Spangled Banner, Old Glory, and Stars and Stripes
4) The exact dimensions and colors are very specifically regulated in order for the flag to be considered "G-Spec" (government specification) flags
5) When Alaska and Hawaii were being considered for statehood in the 1950s, more than 1,500 designs were spontaneously submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Of these proposals, one created by 18-year old Robert G. Heft in 1958 as a school project has received the most publicity. Heft's flag design was chosen and adopted by presidential proclamation after Alaska and before Hawaii was admitted into the union in 1959. Heft originally received a "B" grade, but his teacher ended up changing it to an "A" after this occurred.
6) If ever flown at night, the American Flag must be illuminated.
7) When the flag is affixed to the side of a vehicle or uniform, it should be oriented so that the union is towards the front. This is done to give the impression that the flag is blowing backwards from its hoist as the vehicle or wearer moves forward.

*Information here is from good ol' Wikipedia.

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