Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Eli is 11 months old!!!


Oh, Eli, you are a crazy one! I cannot believe you're almost a year old! I love how you are beginning to copy all kinds of noises and attempting to say words. I had forgotten how cute those sounds were:) Now for 10 fun things about you...and 10 not-so-fun things!!

Fun Things about Eli...
1. You can do crafts with us now. More like, I'm doing them TO you, but today we used yours and your brothers' footprints to make ghosts for Halloween decorations. You flashed your gigantic full-face smile when we painted your foot and put it on the paper. Justus thought that was hilarious that you were doing the craft with us.
2. You make cute little noises to be like your brothers. The other day, you were making a car noise (vrmmmmmmmmmm) with a car while I was changing your diaper.
3. You love to eat. It seems like that's all you do some days! You weigh 20 lbs. if not more, which is more than your brothers weighed at this age. (You have almost caught up to Titus.) My favorite thing about feeding you? You will eat just about anything I put in front of you. Daddy and I LOVE that.
4. You do this funny laugh where you throw your head back and open your mouth wide and go "AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA." It's so fake, but you totally do it to make us all laugh. We love seeing your personality blossom.
5. You are a great sleeper. Sometimes, you take short naps during the day and are NOT happy when you wake up (usually because you were WOKEN up by your brothers!!), but when it comes to nighttime sleep, you are a piece of cake!!
6. You can climb up to the top of the slide now! (Maybe this should go on the Not-so-Fun list!!) We have a Fisher Price/Little Tykes slide on the porch, and you have finally conquered climbing up all the way. Now, if we can just get you back down safely everytime...
7. You're getting better at sitting still while getting your nails cut! You are usually sick of it after one or two hands, though. I guess we will have to establish a FINGER nail cutting day and a TOE nail cutting day. Justus and Titus are getting pretty good at entertaining you, too:)
8. You love water. The three of you have always been good at drinking tons of water, and I am very thankful:)
9. You have a TOOTH!!! Haha...we have very slow teethers in this family, that's for sure!! You're almost a year old, and you have one little tiny tooth down there.
10. You can stand for a few seconds without holding onto anything. You even took a step the other day, but Daddy said it didn't count since it was kind of an accident.

NOT-So-Fun Things about Eli...
1. You have a temper!!! Oh my goodness, do you have a temper! You already throw temper tantrums...laying yourself flat out on the floor and screaming. You usually hit your face on the floor, which makes you more mad, and then it just gets worse and worse! Don't worry....I don't have any problem smiling and laughing about it, knowing you will grow out of the temper tantrum phase. I AM praying for you, though, because I cannot imagine what that temper will turn into when you're able to talk and storm off mad!!
2. You still don't like to have your diaper changed. You twist and scream and yell until it's over almost every time. I don't know what to do for you, buddy! Use the toilet then!!
3. You insist on standing in the bathtub or sink when you're getting bathed. Water EVERYWHERE, and of course, more screaming when we make you sit to get your hair washed.
4. You are in the home-wrecking phase. Your favorite place to wreck...the kitchen pantry. Lucky for you, your brothers leave it open often!!
5. You are a back-archer/twister/wriggler when being put in your car seat. Most of the time, I can distract you by putting a toy in my mouth and growling at you. (You and your brothers think that is hilarious.) Sometimes, though, I literally have to climb into the car and hold you down with one arm while buckling you in...not very fun for either of us!
6. That's all I can think of for the Not-so-fun list!!

We love you so much, Eli, and are thankful for another month!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Frye Annual Pumpkin Carving

The annual Pumpkin Carving fun was at our house this year. We got together for some ham, hashbrown casserole, green bean casserole, pumpkin bread, and of course PUMPKIN CARVING!! We chose our patterns (some of us choosing more difficult patterns than others...HAHA), cleaned out our pumpkins, and got to carving. We didn't finish until 10:00 pm, but it was well worth it. I look forward to this event every year, but I'm hoping that one day, maybe our kids will carve their own pumpkins and we can just watch them do all the work while we eat and hang out:)




Thursday, October 22, 2009

Boiron Give-Away for Blogging Moms!!

I am so excited to tell you about this! If you are interested in Homeopathy and helping your children fight off sicknesses naturally, check this out! If you go HERE, you can get a free sample of some of their homeopathic products for children. The only requirement is that you have an active blog. I'm not just talking about a few free pills, they sent me THREE big samples of Cough Syrup, Cold Relief pellets, and Children's Oscillococcinum. You have probably seen Oscillococcinum for adults. I took some awhile back when I had fever, aches and pains from a virus. I have never given this brand to my kids, but if you know me, I am very anti-Tylenol for myself and for my kids. Now, I CAN wait to try these ;) because I don't want my kids to get sick...However, if they do, I know I am now armed and ready to fight things off naturally! Go check it out and get some for your family for FREE:)

From Boiron's website:
New to help parents are Children’s Oscillococcinum to nip flu-like symptoms in the bud and Children’s Coldcalm Pellets, a multi-symptom cold reliever. Along with Children’s Chestal for all types of coughs, these homeopathic medicines help the body rebalance and heal itself.

BENEFITS
* Work safely and naturally without side effects (such as drowsiness) or drug interactions.
* Do not contain any of the ingredients questioned by the FDA for use in young children.
* Sweet-tasting and kid-friendly.
* No risks of overdosing.

Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Picture day!!!!

Justus and Titus had picture day a couple weeks ago, and the pictures come back tomorrow! They were so excited to have their pictures done, because the school does sibling pictures as well as individual...so they knew they would get to see each other and get a picture made TOGETHER!! Last year, Justus did NOT want his picture taken. He teared up and wouldn't "let" them take a picture, but they snapped one anyway. They ended up giving it to me for free, for which I am thankful. (I mean, how classic is a school picture with a tear running down your cheek...sad at the time, but we will laugh about it one day...I already do:)) I don't remember if we talked much about it beforehand last year, but I guess I should have prepped him more.



(sorry for the bad quality. This is a picture of the picture!:))

I made sure to do that this year, but I wasn't worried about anything since they both seemed so excited about it. Justus told me he was going to make a mean face and then a happy face. When I picked them up from school, Justus told me he forgot to make a mean face, but that he and Titus smiled. We'll find out tomorrow!!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like my favorite seasons of the year!!!


Pumpkin Bread, Roasted pumpkin seeds, Candy corn, Hot apple cider...I've always loved this time of year...not the weather so much, but the holidays! (I have to admit, though, that I actually had some love in my heart when I stepped outside the other night and felt the cool, crisp air....not to mention hearing Titus laugh hysterically when he and Justus crunched through a sidewalk full of leaves on a walk the other day.) This year, I think it's starting even earlier, because I have a new-found love for the "holiday" (is it even considered a holiday??) Halloween!!! I see my kids getting excited about getting new costumes, dressing up, decorating the house, and going trick-or-treating for candy, and it just makes me HAPPY:) I am also in love with TRADITIONS, and I've already started planning Halloween events and our annual advent calendar.

Derek and I love doing things with our kids, but we often are at a loss for free or cheap ideas. At Halloween and Christmas, though?! NOT...A...PROBLEM!!! There is so much around our community going on during these fun times. Pumpkin patches, parties at the library down the street from our house, fun events at the mall (also down the street!), etc.

If you're looking for some fun crafts for your kids, there are some great ideas here and here.

I can't wait to get pictures of the boys at the pumpkin patch and riding the hay ride!!! Have fun this season and stay healthy!!!!!!!! :) (You can check out our plans for the "season" in the right side bar!!)

Monday, October 19, 2009

This is for you, Jack:)



Playing T-Ball at the park
(Baseball will be so fun when all 3 of the boys can run around and participate!!!!)




Eli found some leaves to snack on while he watched us play




Back home to wrestle
(Eli will attack anyone sitting on the floor,
and he always comes from behind...so watch out!)




Friday, October 9, 2009

A Few things to Remember...

For my beloved friends who are concerned about getting sick this awful flu season:)

1. The H1N1 virus is not even as serious as the "common" flu! They actually said this on the news the other night.
2. Most, if not all, of the people who have died from the flu had underlying causes. (pneumonia, a compromised immune system b/c of a disease or other illness, etc.)
3. A fever is present because it is FIGHTING off the sickness. Please do not freak out about it, and PLEASE do not try to "bring it down." God is amazing, and he created this miraculous body to heal itself. Allow the fever to do its job. Help the fever do the work by resting and letting your body do what it needs to do to kill the virus.
4. The flu vaccine (those presently being given and those to come) might possibly do more harm than good. I'm not saying don't get it. I'm just saying, do your research. And know this: You can request a flu vaccine without the eggs, preservatives and other nasty things. Check this out for great factual/non-biased info. on the H1N1 vaccinations. I haven't checked all the data, so don't hold me responsible!:)
5. Wash your hands on a normal basis (don't be crazy about it), take probiotics, eat healthy, drink a lot of water, and get adjusted. I'm not just saying that last part b/c Derek is a soon-to-be Chiropractor either. (He doesn't even get paid for it yet!!) I'm just saying...boost your immune system in every way you can.
6. Clean your house with natural cleaning products, so you don't kill your body's natural defense mechanisms with gross chemicals. (Use vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil, etc.)
7. Get fresh air. Don't stay inside all the time!!! Your body needs to see the sun, and your mind needs to relax!
8. Pray for protection over your family. Pray for health!!
9. If you do get sick, just rest, drink a ton of water, and eat what sounds good to you! Chances are, your body will crave just what it needs.
10. Don't believe everything your doctor or your child's pediatrician tells you. Think for yourself and for your child, and don't run to the drugstore with the many prescriptions they hand you. Taking antibiotics or any other kind of medicine might possibly not have ANY effect on your illness. Sometimes, the "best" it will do is relieve you of your symptoms. (And maybe your symptoms just don't need to be relieved!)

Now, I am preaching to the choir on some of these things. I mean, I just stopped for a coke from Sonic while I was out running errands the other day! Sometimes, though, I think people go so overboard about getting sick. Sure, it's not fun, and if it's your child who is sick, you can feel so helpless. A lot of us only hear mainstream ideas about treating illnesses, though, and I just thought I'd throw a few OTHER ideas out there :) I just want to remind us all to embrace the knowledge God has given us, respect our bodies and their natural God-given healing mechanisms, and THINK FOR OURSELVES!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bug-a-boo

The other day, J called me out to the garage. "Mom, come see this bug! It's a WORM!!!!!" I go out, expecting to see a tiny, little worm and oooooohhh no...it was a fat, red worm (or slug, I guess?!) I kept my composure, quietly praising the Lord that Eli (who was sitting right beside us watching the "worm") did not catch and eat this disgusting creature. I grabbed a shoe box, we caught the "worm," and J and T insisted that we keep him. Justus wanted to see the nasty thing eat, so while explaining that he probably would not just eat on command so we could watch him (bleh!!!), we went out front for J and T to collect some dirt, grass, and leaves to complete their new pet's home.

I guess I am glad the boys are not scared of bugs and worms. They love dirt and all that, so I suppose I am proud of that:) And it turns out, the "worm" didn't remain in our family very long anyway. (Maybe slugs don't eat grass and leaves?!)




And I must say, I am a little disappointed in the picture I took of the slug. I promise, it was much bigger than it looks!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Whine Tasting

The fam and I went to eat and play at ChickFilthe other day (or "Chickila" as Titus calls it.) Now, when we go to "Chickila," we like to milk it for all its worth. By that, I mean we go around 4/4:30 in the afternoon and take advantage of the free play both before and after we eat dinner there. Anyway, there was a family of at least 3 little girls there, and this one girl (probably about 2-3 years old) was sooooooo whiny. We deal with plenty of whine here at our house, believe me...but there's just something different about a whine coming from a little girl. Aside from the whining, this family of girls along with the girlfriend(s) they were with were squealing and screaming their little hearts out. Derek and I kept looking at each other, and I finally said, "You think the whining is bad at our house...Can you imagine if we had THREE GIRLS!!!???"

Anyway, it got me thinking...What if God could hear our whiny thoughts as adults. And that is obviously a silly "question," because OBVIOUSLY God can hear our thoughts!!!! I was so struck by the fact that I am always soooooooo annoyed when our kids whine (and some days, it seems like that is every single time they open their mouths!) But what about me?? What would I sound like to those around me if my thoughts were audible? (And what do I sound like to Jesus?)

Well, it probably sounds a lot like my kids:

"Why??????"

"I don't WANT to!!!!!"

"PlleeeeEEEEEAAaase!!"

"Nonononononono"

"But I WANT it."

Pretty bad when I think about hearing those thoughts come out of MY head!!

Derek and I are striving to teach our children patience, humility, compassion, and generosity, among many other things. Maybe I should try teaching myself some of those!

Jude 16 talks about the grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts. I often tell Justus and Titus, "The world doesn't revolve around you." But really...sometimes it does!! We have to make a conscious effort as parents to teach our kids contentment. And we, as adults, have to work hard to avoid being conformed to this world. (Rom. 12:2) So much of the world today is focused on memememe. We are often told to take time for ourselves, to pamper ourselves, to "just do something for YOU today." Seriously??!! I think everyone is pretty much looking out for #1 already!

Lord, teach me humility. May I see the world through Your eyes, and may I learn to do all things without complaining (Philippians 2:14.)

This was my devotion the other day from Sarah Young's Jesus Calling:

Remember that joy is not dependent on your circumstances. Some of the world's most miserable people are those whose circumstances seem the most enviable...True Joy is a by-product of living in My Presence. Therefore, you can experience it in palaces, in prisons...anywhere.

Do not judge a day as devoid of Joy just because it contains difficulties. Instead, concentrate on communication with Me.

1 Chronicles 16:27 says, "Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and gladness are in HIS place."

And today's devotional from Sarah Young's book:

Accept each day just as it comes to you, remembering that I am sovereign over your life. Rejoice in this day that I have made, trusting that I am abundantly present in it. Instead of regretting or resenting the way things are, thank Me in all circumstances.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Are you ready for some Football????? (What I Learned this Week...)



Football season is officially in full swing. Have you noticed? I think for the first time ever, I'm beginning to realize why so many moms struggle through these months with gritted teeth...

We don't want our hubby's yelling and turning up the TV with each and every replay and foul called to wake up our sleeping children on what has the potential to be a quiet afternoon filled with napping.

For some reason, whenever sports are on, I always think I hear a baby crying, a child calling my name, or someone yelling out for something. I guess it's just noises in the crowd, but it drives me crazy. (And probably drives Derek crazy, too, since I'm always saying, "Will you mute it for a second?" :) )

Husband watching football on the couch=Husband eating on the couch=Kids wanting to eat on the couch (not an easy battle)

There's something about watching grown men play football that makes our grown husbands want to wrestle more, be more manly, and yell louder and more often :) Need I explain the issues with that one?

I don't know about your husbands, but for Derek, Football Season=FANTASY Football Season, meaning he is in need want of the TV AND the computer at the same time. What's a girl supposed to do??!!

Okay, I could keep going, but I think we all get the point. It's not the 24-7 football that gets to us, it's the effects of the season on the rest of life. I am half joking, but also half serious when I list all of these things, but I WILL say that I'm glad my hubby gets to have a hobby once a year...even if it does last a looooooooooong time ;) Derek doesn't get to do much for himself, let alone zone out and relax on the couch. Go ahead, Babe, turn up the TV, lounge on the couch, and enjoy your chips and dip. Just know that whenever you have the urge to tackle someone, you have 3 little boys waiting to be taken down :)

I have joined up with the "What I learned this Week" carnival on Musings of a Housewife's blog. This is my first linked post! Come join us!! :)
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