Thursday, February 25, 2010

Some Pictures for Grandma

While Jeremy's mom is living it up in Florida (but it's not that warm, I've heard!), we are still suffering through cold, snowy winters in Michigan. So, the other day, we headed to the backyard to play - mostly in the sandbox.
I love these hats we got the kids this year - Oscar the Grouch and Elmo. We decide day to day who wears them based on the kids' moods.
Apparently I should have chosen differently.
We did end up having fun playing.
And pouring most of the sand on the ground. On Jayce's boots. Fun.
It was a two person game.
Then Jayce had to "clean" his boot off in the snow. This was a fun game they played for about fifteen minutes.
Of course, Grayson got bored of playing and started booking it for the road. I never got pictures of that because I was so concerned about his safety (good job, Mom), but I did get a shot of him trying to get into the van. I guess he wanted to go somewhere.
I was able to talk him into some more sandbox time.
But pretty soon.....
It was time to go inside....
So we did. The End.

Friday, February 19, 2010

I'm A Big Kid Too!

This is what I caught my son doing today when it was much to quiet...
"What's up, Mom! I'm a big kid now too! Can I have a prize??"
**Please ignore the pile of clothes on the floor behind Grayson.**

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Weekend Of Cousins

Last weekend, the kids and I went to my parents' house so we could see my cousin, Jenney, and her boys. Jenney and I have been close since growing up together, and now that we are having children, we want our kids to know each other too, even if we both live away from "home". So, when Jenney told me she would be home for a weekend, and staying with my parents, I thought we just had to try to make it there.
Both of our boys are very close in age, only separated by a couple of months, so they had fun playing together for several days.
This table was put here so that the big boys would have a place to play without the little boys messing with them. Would you guess that the little boys were there playing more often?
Jayce showed off some of his puzzle-doing skills...
... and helped encourage "Snug" to try to do puzzles too!
"Monkey man" isn't much of a snuggler, according to his mother, but he did enjoy a few quiet moments with my mom over the weekend.
Little "Monkey Man" sure does look sleepy in this picture. Sleepy, but cute!
You could definitely say that the weekend was a little loud, a little messy, and a ton of fun!
I just had to include this photo because "Snug" here is just so adorable!
Nana and Jayce ended the weekend playing catch in the living room.
Check out my cousin, Jenney's, blog for more pictures of this weekend!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Growing up in a Christian home and attending a Christian school, I was always aware of what Lent was. I believed it was a Catholic tradition where a person would give up something for 40 days in preparation for Easter, the 40 days signifying the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by Satan. I've even participated in Lent once or twice before, just because.
This year is different. I've been inspired by my friend, and by her honestly and her dedication to her children. I am also choosing to give up something that is a weakness in my life: sugar. I have come to the conclusion over the past several months that I am not the most healthy person. I was drinking a 2 liter of Diet Pepsi a day and sometimes skipping meals in favor of snacking on candy or other junk. Not good. Especially for someone who is supposed to be training her children. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." I hate to think that I am training my children to not take care of the body the Lord gave them, like I have. So, I'm slowly making changes. It's no longer about how the world looks at me, because I've done that before. Now, it's about being a good steward over what God's provided me with - and being a good example for my children.
Now I've given up pop, which is actually going quite well so far. My next step is to give up sugar for 40 days, and to really concentrate on how I'm treating my body. Hopefully these are lifelong changes that my kids will notice over time.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Not Me! Monday

We've had such an exhausting weekend, that I think that this Not Me! Monday post is going to be rather short this week. We had a great time, but playing with cousins for 3 days straight (and mommy staying up way to late to play games/cards!) has really tired us out.

That being said, I definitely did not pull my kids out of bed at 6:30am this morning because I wanted to get back to say goodbye to Grandma in person before she left for her 2 week vacation. I did not throw my child in the car after he threw up his partial breakfast this morning for the same exact reason. Thankfully it seems like it was a fluke that he got sick this morning. I did not instruct my nearly potty trained 3 year old child to "just go pee pee in your underpants (pull-up)" because I didn't want to stop on the way for fear we would miss Grandma. He did not look at me pitifully and say, "But you will be upset if I go pee pee in my underpants, " with the most confused look on his face. He did not prove himself to be the big kid he is and still stay dry until we got home! That's a whole weekend, folks. Clean and dry!! We are NOT so completely and totally excited for this big step that we are celebrating with a really cool new toy!!

Lastly, I did not toss my kids in front of the Cars movie when we got home because I knew we are all so exhausted that we needed a couple of hours of "down time". This is not what I saw....

Make sure you check out all the other Not Me! Monday entries over at Happy Monday!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Big Brother

Jayce is a fantastic big brother.
Jayce has taken it upon himself to start filling in where I am lacking. For instance, when Grayson starts to climb the stairs, as they both know he is not allowed to do without an adult, Jayce will go up after him. Typically, this results in screams of panic from Grayson as Jayce tries to pull him down the stairs. I usually have to tell Jayce that his help is appreciated, but it is dangerous for him to get Grayson off of the stairs by himself.
Today alone, and we are only a couple of hours into it, Jayce has proven that he is the fantastic big brother I know him to be. Grayson and Jayce we both served clementines with their pancakes for breakfast this morning. We have a rule here that the fruit and vegetables must be eaten along with what is "good" for each meal. Grayson decided to forgo his "little oranges" and as a result, he was left sitting at the table alone for a while after breakfast. Grayson didn't enjoy this, and I tried on several occasions to show him that he needed to eat his "oranges" before he could get down and play. At one point, I saw Jayce walk over to him and try to put a piece in his mouth saying, "Grayson, you only need to eat a little bit and then you can go play!" I was really hoping that Jayce's help would do the trick!
As the boys were playing in the playroom this morning, I overheard Jayce exclaim, "Grayson, you are stinky!" I laughed and planned to go change him in a moment. As I walked into the playroom, I saw Jayce grabbing Grayons pants and diaper and pulling them away from his body to "check" him, in the same way that I do. I did tell him that was not appropriate for him to do to Grayson, regardless of if he was stinky or not. I then made the mistake of asking if Jayce would like to "help" me change Grayson. We took him to the living room floor and laid him down. As I was going to wipe, all of a sudden I saw a little hand reaching to help! I told Jayce that I liked that he wanted to be a helper, but some things are just for Mommy to do: things like getting Grayson down off of the stairs, disciplining Grayson (a favorite of Jayce right now), and changing his diapers.
It's nice having such a big helper around here.

Monday, February 8, 2010

i {heart} faces kisses

This week's theme at i {heart} faces is i {heart} kisses. I initially thought of trying to catch a cute photo of my boys now loving on one another, but time ran out, and they are sick, so it just didn't happen. I thought I would just sit this week out, but them I remembered one of the sweetest photographs I caught when Grayson was just a few days old. A little tweaking, and I thought it was the perfect entry for i {heart} faces kisses! What do you think? Constructive criticism is always appreciated!

Don't forget to hop on over to i {heart} faces to check out all the beautiful entries for this week.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Morning Church at Home

This morning, we had our church service at our own home. This is not a normal occurrence for our family, although I will admit it was a habit I was stuck in while in college. We called it "Bedside Baptist" in hopes that our Resident Adviser wouldn't catch on. I was incredibly naive and thought that I was so clever, which as it turns out, was not true. I digress.
This morning we had a little "Bedside Baptist" service at our house because both of the boys are still under the weather. Jeremy and I turned on a praise and worship CD that we enjoyed during and after breakfast. After that was through, we watched a sermon on our computer. If you haven't had the privilege of hearing Jeff Manion speak, please check him out. He's our pastor at Ada Bible Church. Jayce and Grayson got to enjoy the VeggieTales version of David and Goliath.
Grayson literally had "Bedside Baptist". This poor child is still trying to fight off this cold/junk.
I'll admit, being cozy and warm on our couch, this morning, Jeremy and I also had a bout with "Bedside Baptist" at one point or another, but I'd consider it a successful morning considering we couldn't actually go to church.

Completely Disturbing.

Jeremy found this add in the paper this morning. I thought it needed to be shared. "END YOUR PAIN! Penetrating Power of Magnets! Soothing Power of Copper! Healing Power of Jesus!"
The upper right hand corner says, "Combines the most powerful forces of Heaven and Earth! Do you believe? Wear this solid COPPER MAGNETIC THERAPY JESUS BRACELET for the most powerful healing and comfort you've ever experienced! COPPER has been relied on for centuries to ease the pain of arthritis. MAGNETS are used therapeutically to ease muscle pain, tendonitis, bursitis, back pain, poor circulation and more. And faith in the miracles of JESUS can not only protect you from physical pain, but soothe your soul in times of stress! Fully adjustable to fit most wrists. Order now at this great low price and get FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING! Satisfaction Guaranteed or Return For Your Money Back."

The saddest thing about this add is that there are people out there that will believe everything it has to say. I won't discredit the power of magnets and copper as far as a treatment for many ailments. In fact, Jeremy's dad wore a magnet around his neck for a while, and I'm sure it helped, in one way or another. But to claim that this bracelet has the "Healing Power of Jesus!" because "JESUS" is stamped across the front is just absurd.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Sickness

The sickness has taken a very firm hold of our household lately. For over a week now, at least one of our family members have been under the weather with this fever/cold/junk that keeps traveling from host to host in our house. I'm done. I admit defeat. Please, sickness, reek your havoc, and vacate our household immediately. We are officially waving our white flag. While you pack your bags and prepare to leave, we'll continue doing what we do best when we are sick: lounge. Lounge, watch movies, take Tylenol like it's going out of style, try to force food down our sore throats, rest, and sleep.

Please be out by Sunday. We have a busy week planned for next week.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Are You LOST Yet???

I really thought that the title of this post deserved a couple of extra question marks today because of the mind-bending premiere last night!
Was it me, or did you absolutely hate that initially it looked like the bomb actually "reset" history? While that would have made for an interesting twist plot, it would have made the entire past 5 years completely worthless. I was definitely thrown for a loop. Watching Kate wake up in the jungle certainly made me feel a little more at ease with the idea that the producers/writers actually know what they are doing. Just kidding. Who am I to judge? I certainly couldn't come up with this stuff!!
Ok, let's talk about the two different story lines here: the L.A. story line and the Island story line. Do we have any theories about why we are seeing these two things? I think Juliet's statement tells us what's actually going on (and my dear husband also said something last night): It worked - for the people on the plane in 2004. The people on the Island are in 2007, and we've seen that time is certainly relative on this show. Here's a thought: What if Jack managed to split time when he set off the bomb? What if they did end up landing in L.A., and somehow the story is striving to "fix" itself now that Jack has messed with things - in 2004? What if we see the basic redemptive story line in 2004 that we are going to see on the Island also? I'm actually starting to confuse myself now, so I'm going to move on.
Locke is now the Man in Black/The Smoke Monster/the major evil character on this show now. And he "just wants to go home." Where is home? My theory? I think he and Richard came to the Island on the Black Rock, Richard as a slave. Did you catch the question about Richard loosing his chains? Maybe Jacob did something to "entrap" them on the Island, and to not allow them to age. Although, in the season finale last year, we did see a ship approaching the Island, which I think we could assume that was the Black Rock. Maybe that theory just went up in smoke... haha. But this much is true: The Man in Black/Smoke Monster takes on the form of other people (dead people) on the Island. So, is Christian actually speaking on the behalf of Jacob like he has claimed? Is that where the Walt Locke saw when he was shot in the pit of Dharma dead him? Is Claire in the cabin in season 4 him? Or is she still alive? (By the way, I loved finally seeing poor Claire in the 2004 time line, even if she is a hostage. Although, it would force Claire and Kate to bond, like they did in the original story...) Ahh, so many questions!!
Last thing I want to touch on is the fact that Sayid came back to life. Here's my question: Was it Sayid? My bet is that it is now Jacob... it's just a hunch. And as we know, it's really easy to theorize about this show, but rarely is the theory proven true.
On that note, I would love to bid Juliet a fond farewell. Be sure to catch Elizabeth Mitchell on V, especially if you like these mind-bending, throw-you-for-a-loop-type shows. This is going to be a great season!
Catch a couple of great articles on last night's LOST over at Watch with Kristin and Entertainment Weekly. Oh, and EW has an interesting interview with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse you should definitely read.
Please post your thoughts in the comments section, and let me know of any interesting LOST-related material.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Not Me! Monday

Yes, it's that time of the week again. I've definitely had some "moments" this week, so get ready to laugh!

I did not go to the library this week and check out a couple of "fun" books for me to read. I did not get half way through the first book and start to realize that the story sounded familiar. I did not get three quarters of the way through and realize that I had actually read the book before. I did not finish the book anyway, because it was a good read and I didn't remember the ending totally.

I did not pull out the weekly word seek puzzle from my Sunday paper last week and only start working on it a couple of days ago, after finishing that book that I definitely did not read before. I did not start it and realize half of the way through that it was the same exact puzzle from the week before. I always remember what I've read and puzzles I've done and I never do repeats from time to time.

I did not watch the Grammys last night and laugh at all the glitzed and glammored people who were wearing 3D glasses during the Michael Jackson tribute. I certainly did not spend the whole time laughing instead of being moved by the music, or the fact that he died recently. I always respect the dead, and I never laugh at lovely tributes to them.

I did not food-torture my children this week on a couple of occasions. (Translation: We have a rule at our house that if the child does not finish an acceptable amount of their food at a meal, it is the only thing they are allowed to eat until it is gone - this definitely includes vegetables because those are the most often left behind.) At one point, Jayce did not have peanut butter and jelly for 2 meals and a snack because it took him just that long to finish it. I also did not serve Grayson peas and carrots for breakfast this week. I did not resort to hiding those peas and carrots inside bites of yogurt to get him to eat them. I would never do that to my child!!

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