Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cute Titus

Titus was taking a nap when we went outside to play today. Justus went inside to get some water for the plants, heard Titus, and invited him to come play with us. At first, he needed time to warm up to the bright sun.

It didn't take him very long to get busy taking turns with the watering can.

And soon after, he was making his little brother laugh...and making me smile :)

We sure do love this kid!
(That would be Derek you see in the background of the last picture...
at it again with another project,
paving the driveway!!!
We sure do love our hard working Daddy and husband, too!)
Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Day in the Life

6:00 am Hear Derek's phone vibrate on the windowsill. "It's a job," he says. I quickly realize my dear husband who I thought would be home this morning will not be anymore. He gets out of bed to get ready for his substitute job and kisses me goodbye. Now I know what it feels like to have a spouse "on call!" Oh well, at least we will have a little income for a change :)

6:30 Hear Eli saying, "Mama," very quietly, and realize he has been woken up (definitely a downside to Derek getting up early for work!) Decide to ignore him for awhile.

7:25 Justus is up...WOW!!! He never sleeps this late! He says he has to pee, and I say he can stay out of his room so he doesn't wake Titus up. Eli is pretty mad at this point and has gotten sick of playing in bed, so Justus and I go get him and head to the kitchen for breakfast. We have to leave in an hour for Justus' class at the Rec Center, so I tell him to eat and then brush his teeth and get dressed. (Love having an independent child who is able and willing, on most days, to do this compliantly!)

8:00 Titus is calling out, "MOM!! I'm soaking wet!!" Go in and see that he has unzipped the top half of his footie pajamas and somehow, his bed is soaked with pee, and there is not a drop in his diaper. Make a mental note that it is NECESSARY to wash whites today, so he will have a onesie to sleep in tonight to avoid the same problem again. (The boy has issues with this, and it drives me crazy...onesies are usually an easy solution.) Change his clothes, rip off the sheets, wet pillow case (WHAT?!), mattress cover, and bedspread, and ask Titus if he wants cereal or oatmeal this morning. He says oatmeal, and we head out to the kitchen. (At least one kid is already dressed for the day! The bath will have to wait until later!! yuck)

8:30 Everyone is dressed, hair fixed, teeth brushed, shoes on, and has toys in hand (even Eli grabbed a toy to take with him...He's so funny and thinks he is one of the big boys. He just watches, learns, and copies whatever Justus and Titus do. Justus has his Ninja Turtle, Titus has his Legos soldiers, and Eli has Optimus Prime...boys are the best.)

8:35 As I'm ushering everyone out the door, I smell a poopy diaper. Lay a protesting baby on the floor to do a quick change and we head out...5 minutes late is not bad at all!

8:45 Drop Justus off at his Rec Center class and see that Justus is the 3rd kid there today. Guess everyone is running late! Tell his teacher, Ms. Bobbie, that Titus will be joining the class for the next session, after he turns 3 on March 20. She is excited, but I'm sure thinking, "No way that kid is going to be 3." Hugs all around, and the little boys and I head out to run errands.

9:00 Stop at Sonic for a couple drinks, thanks to my husband leaving a little cash in my wallet :) Titus is very excited about getting an apple juice!!! Stop at Kohl's to return something and let the boys look at toys. Eli is very thankful to be getting out of the stroller to walk around. Pick out a couple CHEAP!!! puzzles for the boys (Kohl's really does have great sales!) Eli needs another diaper change, so we do that in the car and get back in our seats. Run over to Kroger's next door to return something there and get a couple of snacks for the week. (These kids really are actually starting to eat us out of house and home. It is amazing what they go through in a matter of one meal or one day.) Eli and Titus ride in the car together, which is a treat for Eli. (Both of the seats are usually occupied and he gets stuck in the cart sitting in front of me.)

10:25 Back to the Rec Center to pick up Justus. Titus and Eli love this part :)

10:30 Head home to open the puzzles and explain various rules involved (Be careful not to mix the pieces together, because that will get very confusing; Do not let Eli chew on these, or your puzzles will be ruined; If you mess up the other person's puzzle, yours will be taken away; etc. etc.) Have fun, boys!! :)

11:00 Begin to make lunch and realize that Eli is not going to be patient about it. He fusses at my feet and finally brings me some pineapples from the pantry. I heat up some leftover Applebee's vegetables for him from my and Derek's date night, and put him in his chair to snack on zucchini and broccoli. He is happy for now. I make some homemade mac and cheese for Justus and Titus, some leftover hashbrown casserole and tomato soup for myself, and tell everyone it's lunchtime. Eli is ready for his pineapples, and I dump some Goldfish on his tray as well (stepping in sticky syrup leftover from this morning's waffles while I'm at it. Nice.)

11:15 Get a call from my sweet husband and find out he is working with 3 and 4 year old kids with special needs today!! Hear a few stories and his thoughts on the morning so far, and hang up the phone thinking about how amazing and loving he is. He is really enjoying himself and has such a heart for kids with special needs.

After getting up and down to get things for everyone and then watching the boys all finish their lunches, I start clearing the table, realizing that I have barely touched my plate. Put the chairs up on the table (part of our clearing the table process, in an effort to keep Eli from climbing up onto the chairs and then the table.) Change diapers, lay Titus and Eli down for naps and send Justus to the bathroom to pee and then to his room for room time. He picks out a few toys to take with him, and I clean the kitchen, putting away leftover mac and cheese and eating some while I scoop it out of the pot. (I really need to have more solid meals throughout the day, I tell myself.)

12:00 Throw Titus' bedding from this morning into the dryer and put diapers in the washer. Sit down to write this silly post, knowing it is kind of a waste of time right now...but also feeling somehow that it is for some reason therapeutic and fun for me to do. (I think I will enjoy looking back at these things when I don't have these kinds of days anymore.) Stop writing for now to get at least some fruit and my vitamins into my system!!

1:45 Quiet is over. Justus is out of his room and wants a snack, then Titus and Eli both wake up. I am thankful for the time I had alone!! Dish up some snacks, refill cups with water, and get back to laundry. Help Titus with his puzzle, pick up some toys, write a to-do list :), and clean up Derek's hair-cutting mess from yesterday. He cleaned some of it up this morning before he left (thank you for that!!!!!), but I went to pick up the rest. I realize it is going to be more than just a sweeping job, so I close the door and make a mental note to finish during the boys' bath time tonight. Break up some fights, fold some laundry, wipe some noses, and change another poopy diaper on Eli (that's 3 now, if you're counting.)

3:00 Derek calls and asks if I have called the people about turning our power off for the tree cutting guys. (They were supposed to come tomorrow to finish off the other half of that still-standing tree, but are changing it to Thursday now b/c of the predicted snow tomorrow. We need to make sure we have power tomorrow now, and NOT Thursday...certainly don't want to mix that up and be sitting in a freezing house on the wrong day!) I go in our bedroom for a minute so I can hear him over a crying Eli who just wants me to hold him. I close the door, talk to Derek, and I hear Eli walk away, no longer crying. I hang up the phone, and crash onto the bed, realizing how tired I am. I also realize that I have not showered today...or yesterday, so I make another mental note to get that done sometime in the near future. Back out to the kids and laundry, and, of course, Eli resumes crying as soon as he sees me. Get Eli a cup of crushed ice pieces to suck on, and he is happy. Time to clean the kitchen.

3:30 Everybody bundles up and goes out to the porch to play. Now I can really clean the kitchen :)

3:45 Empty the dishwasher, load the dishwasher. Think I hear someone crying outside, but I ignore them in the hopes that I can finish this quickly. They'll either cry until I get there, come inside, or get over it. (or maybe they're just squealing with delight, right?) I turn the dishwasher on just as Justus is opening the door for Eli (the crying one.) Sit on the floor with all of them to share the ice cup and read some books. I love random moments like these. Eli is on my lap, and Justus is acting very teacher-like. He is learning so much! I think about how hard homeschooling is going to be. When will we ever get a moment to ourselves to work on school?

4:15 Titus continues "reading" to himself, while Justus fights invisible bad guys, and Eli tackles whoever happens to be within reach. I try to figure something out for dinner. (I have NO meat thawed, no meal planned, and not much motivation to cook...surprise, surprise!) Put up the gate in the hallway and lock everyone on that side of the house. Sneak in a minute of switching over loads of laundry and start some spaghetti (God bless the person who ever started producing boxed dried spaghetti noodles and jarred spaghetti sauce...not to mention frozen meatballs :) )

5:00 Sit down to eat. Wow, guess that's an early dinner! No one but Titus wants to eat, people are whining, complaining, and downright throwing fits, so Justus and Eli get sent to Eli's room to play...knowing there will be NO dessert for them. Titus and I (for once) are the only ones left at the table. He eats ALL of his spaghetti, 2 rolls, and decides he wants to go play as well. I get a few coupons cut out while I finish up my dinner. I clear off the table, then make Derek's plate of dinner and put it in the fridge while I eat MY dessert (I cleaned my plate, don't worry.)

5:45 I gather my cleaning supplies, everyone's diapers and clothes, and tell the boys it's bath time. (Thankfully, no one ever objects to bath time...except maybe me!) I wash everyone's bodies and hair and start cleaning. I quickly realize that the bathroom is going to be flooded if I don't get everyone out soon, so the cleaning is cut short. At least I got Derek's sink done!

6:30 Everyone is dressed, I am beat, Eli is ready for bed, so I decide to not cut everyone's nails...despite how desperately they need it. It will have to wait. Turn on "Tarzan" for Justus and Titus, go put Eli to bed, and TAKE A SHOWER!!! Come clean a little bit of the kitchen (not much) and sit on the couch with my boys to watch the movie. Ahhh, I don't think I'm getting up from this one.

7:30 My knight in shining armor is home. He heats up his own plate of dinner, eats, makes Titus' bed with the clean sheets, reads to the boys, and puts them to bed. He has had just as long of a day as I have, and still he takes over like it is nothing. He even constantly acknowledges how hard I work, even though on a day like today when I did so much, the house does not show it. I sure do love that guy! I get myself a bowl of cereal, make myself comfy on the couch, and chill until my "bedtime."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I Thank You for the Cross!

Survivor Records (2009)
Tim Hughes (Isaac Watts) When I Survey

When I survey the wondrous Cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did eer such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all

Thank You for the cross
I thank You for the cross
I thank You for the cross my Lord

I love You for the cross
I love You for the cross
I love You for the cross my Lord

Thursday, February 18, 2010

14 weeks!!

For the record, baby #4 pops out MUCH sooner than baby #1 :) Here I am prego with Justus at 22 WEEKS!!!! hahahaha

And now, at 14 weeks with #4 :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Little Bit about Little E

He can say Dada, Mama, Duhduh (Justus), Hi (one of his favorite), Hey, more (one of his firsts, the kid loves to eat!! "More" can mean eat, more, milk, or drink...Basically, he just wants something in his stomach :) ), hot, and ush (shoe)

When asked what animals say, he responds with rufrufruf, neigh, or some form or fashion of a growling sound for numerous different animals. The only animal noises he quotes correctly almost 100% of the time is a dog, lion, dinosaur, and horse. Every other animal noise is interchangeable.

He loves to play with measuring cups, and LOVES it when Justus and Titus get out all of my bowls and pots and big spoons and make meals using their Memory game cards, clothes pins, and whatever else they can find.

He is infatuated with his big brothers. He yells "Daaaaaaa, or HEYYYYYYYY" whenever he sees them after being asleep or away for awhile. He tackles Justus often, lays on Titus while Titus is getting his diaper changed, and wants to be wherever they are during any free time at home.

He is still very much a Mama's boy. I weaned him a few weeks ago, and it did not affect his attachment to me at ALL! I, too, get tackled whenever I sit on the floor.

If Derek or I are sitting on the floor, Eli will walk up to us, turn around, and back his little booty right into our laps, often with a book to read or some toy to play with.

After turning the TV on (often), he will go sit on the couch and watch the static for a minute, and then get up to go turn it off, and return to playing with his brothers. (I'm not quite sure I'm proud of this one!)

The thumb-sucking has increased, and Eli now sucks his thumb when he is sitting in his chair waiting for food, riding in the car, or sitting on the couch.

He will carry on a complete conversation with you about who knows what, and he will also talk to someone on a toy phone for quite some time, jabbering to them about something apparently very interesting. When he tells us something important, he will often point and really seem to know what he's talking about. Once, he kept telling me a story and pointing outside and I just kept saying, "Oh yeah?? Oh...okay! Whatever you say." I turned around a minute later, and he was bringing me his shoes.

He is a rough and tough all-BOY! He rolls around on the floor, falls off the couch and does not cry, wrestles with Justus and Titus and often is NOT on the bottom (but even when he is, he just grunts and laughs until he gets himself out of the pile.)

He loves to play in the cup and tupperware drawers and throw everything out of them all over the kitchen floor.

He follows directions amazingly well. He will throw trash away when you ask him to, close doors, stop getting into things when you tell him no (most of the time), and will bring things to you if you tell him to.

He is CRAZY and still has his whole-face smile that we have always loved!!!

Whenever I get the camera out, he stops/drops whatever he is doing and bolts towards me faster than I've ever seen him move. (Getting pics of him doing cute things for this post was NOT easy!)

He is a difficult child with a mind of his own, a temper that leaves us with headaches, and a determination to get what he wants that wears us out....but he is such a joy. He is funny, makes us laugh, and adds so much enjoyment to our family. We love you, Eli!!!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day

Not quite sure if he's ready for this...

Titus attempted a snow angel and then
decided he would rather just eat the falling snow

Clothes line is even covered

Eating more snow

And finally, some hot chocolate :)

We did make a snowman and a snow castle, but since there were three BOYS outside "helping," our creations didn't last long!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

You da man!!

The other day, it was raining and we were all getting suited up to run some errands...

Justus: "It's okay that it's raining, Mom. Don't worry about it. I'll drink all the water. Cause...I'm the man."

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