Saturday, May 30, 2009

Thank You!

Friends and Family (and random blog stalkers that have yet to reveal themselves):
Thank you so much for praying for my father-in-law. I am happy to report that we are all packed up and ready to go first thing in the morning. It would seem that the alternative treatment that Ron had in Lansing yesterday is helping, and we are beyond thrilled that everyone will be joining us on this vacation. Again, thanks for praying, and please, keep it up!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Calling All Prayer Warriors

My father-in-law, Ron, is fighting pancreatic cancer. In fact, he's been fighting it for the past 2 1/2 years - pretty amazing considering that the doctors initially gave him a very grim prognosis. Lately, he's been having more and more pain and nausea, and his most recent doctor's appointments haven't been very optimistic. As you will have noted from my post about our Memorial Day weekend camping trip, Ron and Karen were able to enjoy a few days camping, their favorite summer pastime. Right now, we are all planning on leaving tomorrow to camp with my parents and my brother and sister-in-law in Kentucky, a trip we've been planning for several months. However, Ron has had a difficult time this week, while camping and after returning home. Today they are in Lansing, at a clinic, trying an alternative treatment to help boost his immune system to help fight off the cancer. I am asking for your prayers for Ron and Karen: that this treatment works and work fast (reportedly it can have immediate effects on how one feels), that they will be able to join us on vacation, that God will heal Ron's cancer and take away the pain and nausea. Please, friends, keep my family in your prayers!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

i {heart} faces

As always, check out i {heart} faces to check out the other awesome entries!

Memorial Day Weekend Camping

Prepare yourself. This is going to be a long post with tons of pictures. You've been warned.

Memorial Day weekend has always included one thing for us for the past several years: camping with Jeremy's parents. It's always a toss-up about how the weather will cooperate, but we always have fun.
This spring, Jeremy and I have been diligently searching for a kiddie bike trailer for us to take the kids bike riding with us. The day before we left for our camping trip, we happened across a garage sale with the exact thing we had been searching for - which means we got to test it out this weekend. Here's Jeremy on it's inaugural ride. You should know that Grayson and Jayce have loved going for rides.
We spent some time hanging out at the beach, enjoying the "sun" (you'll notice that everyone is bundled up...) and the sights.
Specifically, we watched Aunti Lauren and Uncle Jon-Jon play volleyball with their friends. Lauren volunteered to give me an action shot for the blog.
The camp ground we ended up at this year (and last year!) has an Amish gentleman come and give horse and wagon rides to whatever kids (and adults) wanted to go for a ride.
The horses names were Princess and March. If you ask Jayce about the horses, he'll tell you, "Princess went potty." That's basically all that he has to say about the horse and wagon ride.
Grayson and I enjoyed a good cuddle during our venture around the woods.
Jeremy discovered a hidden talent this weekend away: He is an artist and his medium of choice is play-doh. Jayce asked Jeremy to make a Lightning and Mader (of course - he's totally into Cars right now) and Jeremy produced them perfectly and to scale!
There was a Lightning, Mader, Chick Hicks, The King, and a Tractor. Do you see how wonderful these sculptures were?
Jayce had a great time playing with all his new cars. His favorite thing to do was to go "tractor tipping" just like in the movie. He also tore each and every one apart, taking apart all of the pieces. Jeremy was thrilled at that! Oh, and please ignore the grimy looking hand in this picture. Dirt don't hurt, right?
Last year I snapped a similar picture of Jayce on this double swing, with his little face peeking through the heart.
Doesn't Grayson look thrilled to be getting loved on? The boys were enjoying a swing with Aunti Kalena when Jayce decided to love on/attack Grayson.
Jayce helped walk the dog while we were gone. If you can see in the picture, Jayce is holding the handle to the leash, while Jeremy is actually holding onto the leash so that Lexi didn't take Jayce down.
Grayson had fun playing on the playground while we were waiting for the sunset on Sunday night.
We found this colorful ball for Grayson to play with. I love this picture of him.
Jayce had fun playing with it too. Jayce is basically like another doggie - he likes playing fetch with the best of them!
Jayce had fun hanging out by the water with Aunti Kalena. He kept picking up handfuls of dirt and throwing it into the water.
This week's i {heart} faces contest was silhouettes. Granted, I didn't get my entry in on time, but if I had, this photo would have been it. Last year we took pictures in front of this cross at sunset. Absolutely beautiful.
The whole family.
Our family.
I talked Jayce into cooperating with the pictures by promising him that he could put his toes in the water when we were done. This also happened last year, but daddy was in charge and Jayce ended up soaking wet, head to toe. This year, I took the reigns.
While he was unhappy to have been pulled from the lake before swimming, he was dry! I'm posting this picture so that you all know that he isn't an angel all of the time like some grandmas out there would like to think.
Our last day, we took another horse and wagon ride while things were getting torn down and packed up. The gentleman who owns the horses and wagon allowed Jayce to get up on the horse, March. Jayce was so nervous, but excited!
Although camping always seems to be so much hard work (with the setting up and tearing down), we really had a great time. So much so that we are going again this weekend! Wish us luck!

Mostly Wordless Wednesday

Random photos from the past month:

That's Ron (Grandpa) in the picture next to Jayce - do you see any similarities?

I was not in the McDonald's play place with Grayson and Jayce...

Fair warning: I will be posting about our weekend camping trip later today - and that will contain lots of words!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Sure Sign of Spring

Ah, spring. I adore springtime. The sweet smells in the air (think lilacs here - I love the smell of lilacs. Mmm...), the beautiful flowers, the time spent outside playing after a winter of being cooped up inside...

But most importantly, spring means it is finally time to unwrap the camper (my in-law's camper, specifically), and to get ready for camping!
That's exactly what we did just last week. That's Lauren (Aunti Lauren to some) on top of the trailer.
Yes, she is part super-human, in case you were wondering.
Are you wondering why Jeremy is looking so disgusted? No, it wasn't the job he was doing, but what he found while doing that job: a raccoon. A non-living raccoon. That's as specific as I'll get - you should be spared the gory details.
Now, we've officially packed that camper up, the big van too, along with our car, and tomorrow morning, bright and early, we'll be off on our first camping adventure with two kids. Wish us luck! See you on Monday!


A few weeks ago (see what I mean by flashback!!), Jeremy's aunt and uncle, Nancy and Don, came up in our direction for a car show and a visit. We had such a wonderful time with them, but it was much too short! I was able to find out that Nancy is an avid blog reader (Hi Nancy!), and we bonded over our love and interest in all of those families you see to the right (see My Blog List). They were so sweet with our boys, bringing up some goodies for them. Nancy even got Jayce a Cars vehicle! Does she know him, or what?!? Again, we had such a wonderful time with them, and we are hoping to be able to see them again soon (and the rest of the family too!!)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

i {heart} faces

This week's contest over at i {heart} faces is "My Favorite Photo" for a book they are putting together. As soon as I heard that, I started racking my brain, trying to determine what I would consider entering this week...

As I've been searching for a great photo to submit this week, I stumbled across this one: I love how squishy and big my baby is - and most people do too!

"I am submitting this photo into the Blurb Book photo contest. I am granting I ♥ Faces permission to use my photo in a printed version of a book for commercial use and possibly advertising of a photo book on both the Blurb and I ♥ Faces web sites."

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Ahh, Monday. I feel that after weeks of not being prepared for Not Me! Monday, I have an immense amount of ammunition for this weeks confession, MckMama-style. Hang in there, this could get long!

After promising, last week, to "catch up" on blogging and share some pictures with you out there in blogland, my computer did not throw up it's hands, lay on the floor and scream "NOOOO!!!" much like a tantrum my two year old could throw and refuse all of those nice, new pictures. Ok, it didn't, but it certainly did not inform me that our D drive was full and that I couldn't download more pictures until some space was cleared up. I have not spent this past week slowly weeding through hundreds of thousands of pictures, trying to free up that space that it wants me to. I am not completely and totally thankful that this because it forced me to look through pictures of when my first born was just a small babe. This did not make me want a new baby.... Nope, not me!

I was not looking so amazingly great that a Mary Kay lady approached me in the grocery store to offer me $20 worth of makeup and product. 'Nough said.

You would not have caught me in a McDonald's play place this week. I did not intentionally go to McDonald's just to a place for my two year old to play. Those places are gross and disgusting and I would never allow my children (yes, both!) to crawl around in one. Or play at the mall. I do not have photographic proof of both of these things.... Or of me inside of the play place, taking pictures of my kids playing. Nope, not me!

I did not sign my husband up for hard labor so that I wouldn't feel guilty taking my kids to our neighbor's pool this summer. My poor husband is not committed to several more days of deck building. He did not get a bad sunburn on his head and arms, all so that the kids and I can enjoy a little cool down this summer. (Side Note: Our neighbor's have told us repeatedly that we are more than welcome to use the pool whenever we want. I just don't feel right doing it unless we are helping too.)

Well, that's it for Not Me! Monday this week. As always, check out MckMama's version along with the hundreds of others that participate in Not Me! Monday every week. Happy Monday!

I totally did not make it to #19 this week!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mary Kay

On Thursday this week, I made plans to meet a friend and her kids at the park for a play date. Naturally, I woke up late, and rushed to get ready in time to meet her. Feeling the time pinch, I skipped my morning shower and just doused my head under the faucet to make myself somewhat presentable. I tossed my hair up into a messy ponytail and skipped makeup to try to be on time. I was still late. But that's not the point of this post.
After our park play date, I took the boys with me to the grocery store. While I was filling up our cart, I noticed a lady walking by with her cute 3 or 4 year old, curly-haired girl. I did one of those head nod things that moms do in the store as they are passing by another mom (yeah, you know what I mean, right?) and continued with my shopping. I ended our trip in the infant section, picking out a shower gift for a friend. As I turned around a corner, looking for the perfect toy to add to the gift, there was the lady with the curly haired girl. The following conversation took place, almost word for word:

Lady: Um, excuse me. Do you know what Mary Kay is?
Me: Yeah.
Lady: Do you have a consultant?
Me: No...
Lady: Well, I noticed you and your two cute boys, and I know that Sunday was Mother's Day, but I wanted to give you this $20 gift card to Mary Kay. The website is right on there. Happy Mother's Day.
Me: Oh... thank you.

She turned, heading for the check out lanes. I thought the exchange was strange, but the more I think about it, the more I can't decide which of the following three reactions I should have:

1. I should be completely thankful because some nice stranger picked me out in a store because she was drawn to my two adorable boys.
2. I looked just that horrific while walking through the grocery store (remember, no shower, bad hair, and of course, no makeup!) that some stranger felt pity on me (and was trying to boost her new *business) and gave me $20 of free product.
3. A combination of the two.

I'm leaning towards option #3, but I am quite sure that my appearance definitely played a bigger role in her picking me. I'm pretty sure I should be offended. Moral of the story: don't go out unless you've showered, done your hair perfectly, applied your make-up flawlessly, your kids have been scrubbed clean, with clean clothes and perfectly cut hair, and of course, you must be dressed in all the latest fashions. Or maybe I'm a stay-at-home mom who doesn't always have time to shower and put on makeup before leaving the house!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Are You LOST Yet??

Nearly 24 hours later, I'm still trying to wrap my head around what happened on last night's finale of LOST. The opening sequence was enough to send my tiny brain into a tailspin that it was forever trying to free itself from over the following two hours. Such good TV!!
Given the fact that I'm generally obsessed with this show and that I read about it incessantly, I went into last night's episode with a little bit of previous knowledge: it had been reported that a main character that had been around since season 1 would die. I was literally crawling out of my skin the entire time trying to figure out who they were talking about. I'd jump at every shot taken or punch thrown. Last week I think my heart skipped a beat when LOST lead me to believe (even for just a moment) that Kate had been shot. (Remember when she was walking away from Jack and the Other and the Other threatened to shoot her - then a shot rang out and Kate stopped short. I seriously thought she was a goner for a split-second.) Naturally, through this entire episode I was just waiting for the ax to fall (figuratively speaking) and for one of those characters that I have been so invested in for 5 long years to suddenly be dead.
First, Sayid was shot in the gut. Then the fight between Sawyer and Jack. Let's not forget Jack getting the toolbox to the back of the head.... I just kept waiting for it and waiting for it. Oh, and poor Juliet. (Although, it should be argued that her death couldn't be what they had been talking about - she did not become a fixture on LOST until season 3) Ok, I'm getting way ahead of myself. Let's start again, this time from the beginning:
How about that opening sequence? We've finally met Jacob, the mystical being of the island that seems to be just a man. Did you notice that Jacob wore white? And his nemesis wore black? I will present to you a theory: I'm wondering if the man in black, the one who hates Jacob and wants him dead, is actually Smokey (aka the Smoke Monster). Smokey has proven to be able to take on the personification of various people (Eko's brother, Alex, Christian Shepherd (?), etc.), so maybe this is his actual being. Until he decides to take on Locke's body. Think about it - Smokey is the one that tells Ben he has to do everything that Locke tells him, and Locke (who is actually the man in black, or Smokey) is telling Ben to kill Jacob. Something that the Man in Black (Smokey?) can't actually do himself. What a manipulation!
Speaking of manipulation, Jacob has touched all of our castaways' lives. He personally has been involved in turning points in all of their lives. He kept Kate from getting in trouble when she was a kid, he stopped Sayid from walking out in the path of that car, he was the reason Hurley got on the Ajira flight, etc. Jacob was influencing their lives before they were on the island! But the question is, why?
How excited were you to see Rose, Bernard, and Vincent again? I love the little bit of closure and comic relief this part of the storyline allowed us (Rose: Oh h*ll no! Bernard, they found us! - hilarious). I feel for these three. Don't they deserve a happy ending?
I literally watched the last 30 minutes of last night's finale two times and then slept on it before I was able to come up with some conclusions for myself:
1. What ever you do, don't take on the Losties. You will surely die. Did you hear that Phil? Radzinsky? Yeah, that's right!
2. Love is doomed on this show: Kate and Jack obviously still love one another, but they just can't be together. Sawyer and Juliet were in this perfect relationship, and it got blown to pieces (literally). Claire and Charlie realize their love, then Charlie sacrifices it all to save Claire. Sun and Jin are stuck in different time periods. Just as heartbreaking as it was when Charlie died at the end of season 3, Sawyer and Juliet were literally pulled apart which left Sawyer a pool of blubbering mess. Tears were shed. Not just by Sawyer.
3. Those people on the Ajira flight aren't as bad as I thought! They took the time to trek all over the island to show Richard Locke's dead body...
4. Which means: Locke is really dead! But who is that walking around in Locke's skin - back to my previous theory: Smokey has now taken over Locke's body so that he can "lead" the Others. What better way to do that than to take out the one who gives the orders: Jacob. I think that Jacob is the death they were talking about in the press. Someone who's been there since season 1 and a main character. He does fit the criteria. But, so does Locke's death. Even though he was already dead. But we confirmed it.
5. Juliet is a survivor. After falling down a drilling shaft (who knows how far!), she manages to wake up and beat the living tar out of a nuclear bomb, thus setting it off and leaving us.... where? Waiting for January 2010. Eight long months of waiting. Waiting to find out where the show can go from here. What is the fate of our Losties? Does the bomb really "reset" the past? If so, how does that work? Is Juliet dead? Shouldn't she be reset too? What about Miles? If the plane lands in LA (although, I don't think it's going to - did you see the "promo" for next year? Jack's eye opening in the jungle, just like the very first episode...), does that mean that Boone, Shannon, Charlie, etc will be back next year? What does the title at the end tell us - white background with black lettering. The exact opposite of usual. You know that had meaning... but what?
As always, check out these recaps for a different view of the finale:
Watch with Kristin
EW - Lost Recap
Please, please, please - leave a comment and let me know what you thought of last night's finale!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dinnertime Conversation

I'd like to let you in on our conversations tonight at the dinner table:

Jeremy had to go into work early, so it was just Jayce, Grayson and I. Jayce and I were discussing best friends. He mentioned that Lightning McQueen and Mader are best friends. So are Bob and Larry. Likewise, Mickey and Pluto. Naturally, I thought I'd take it a little farther and I asked Jayce who his best friend was. He thought for a moment, looked at me and smiled and said, "Name's Mommy and Grayson."

My heart literally melted into a blubbering puddle within my chest until he continued, "And Lightning. And Mader. And Bob. And Larry." Thanks son. At least I ranked above those imaginary characters.

Jayce has also been quite fixated on birthdays since we celebrated mine a month ago. On Mother's Day, he kept wishing me a happy birthday. By the end of the day, I got him straightened out and he was wishing me a "Happy Mommy's Day" instead. Tonight, he looks at me and says, "Happy birthday Mommy! Happy Mommy's Day! Happy birthday cake?" Seriously, this kid is a boy after my own heart. Love him.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Memory Lane

Because of the "evil machine's" recent refusal to upload anymore photos, I've been going through some of our old files and determining if there are any that we can get rid of. Mostly, I've been deleting those that are too blurry to ever use, or those that are unflattering for the photo subject, or those that are repeats of other shots. Regardless, it's been a fun trip down memory lane. One I thought I'd drag you on too.
This was one of my favorite family pictures for a very long time. We had just gotten back from camping with Jeremy's parents, and I was horribly sunburned, so Jeremy was taking some pictures of me holding Jayce to document the burn of '07. We hastily snapped this gem. Love it.
My dear cousin gave us this Snugglie front carrier to use on our children. However, Jayce was only able to use it a handful of times because of his hip problems, and Grayson has been too big for it since he was three months old. Here's a picture of Jer wearing Jayce, who was "walking" the dog. One of the only pictures I have of a kid in this thing.
Jayce and I went down to the beach to watch Jeremy try out his wet suit and scuba gear. Another hastily snapped photo that I love.
We are camping here again in a couple of weeks for Memorial Day weekend. (I think - I tend to mix up camp ground in my mind) What a beautiful place for a sunset. I hope to enjoy 3 in just a few days.
I guess I've always thought that Grayson looks like Jayce did when he was a baby. Just a slightly bigger version. I never realized just how much until I started looking through these old pictures.
Notice the sign behind these two boys - Welcome Squishy Baby 4-26-2007 Jayce Jeremy Meyers. This was the day Jayce got his harness off for good.
Do you remember the harness? Just looking at this picture brought me to tears. I can remember the way he screamed when being forced back into it after a break. How blessed we were to witness a miracle first hand - our original hip doctor told us Jayce needed major surgery when he was just 6 weeks old. God healed Jayce with the help of a much more competent doctor's hands. I truly believe that God works everyday miracles by using the hands of talented doctors.
A family photo.
Do you see Grayson in this baby? The resemblance is striking.
Jenney with Snug and Jayce. Both of these boys are now rambunctious 2 year olds that wouldn't hardly sit still for a picture a few weeks ago.
Here's Jenney from just a couple of weeks ago, with Grayson and Baby J. Hmm... I wonder how long it will be until she's holding a new set of babies?
Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me.