Monday, April 28, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
......never ceases to amaze me. Friday evening before supper the boys worked on this box out in the yard with a few sticks and things. Before long, they began putting it over their heads. Amazingly, they had placed the eye holes and mouth fairly accurately. But what happened next was unforgettable!! Marilyn and Connie were here already and grabbed their camera, too. You can hear Marilyn laughing as she watches. I love what the boys create on their own with simple things!!:)
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This is for the mothers who have sat up
all night with sick toddlers in their arms,
wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer
wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying,
"It's okay honey, Mommy's here."
Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.
work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains
on their blouses and diapers in their purse.
make cookies and sew Halloween costumes.
And all the mothers who DON'T.
babies they'll never see. And the mothers
who took those babies and gave them homes.
collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.
have missed it for the world," and mean it.
their children and explained all about making
babies. And for all the (grand)mothers who
wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.
hungry, so their children can eat.
For all the mothers who read "Goodnight,
Moon" twice a night for a year. And then
read it again, "Just one more time."
their children to tie their shoelaces before
they started school. And for all the mothers
who opted for Velcro instead.
to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.
in a crowd, even though they know their
own offspring are at home -- or even away
at college -- or have their own families.
to school with stomach aches, assuring them
they'd be just FINE once they got there, only
to get calls from the school nurse an hour later
asking them to please pick them up. Right away.
astray, who can't find the words to reach them.
bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.
recent school shootings, and the mothers
of those who did the shooting.
children to be peaceful, and now pray
they come home safely from a war.
Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and
sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?
Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache she feels when she
watches her son or daughter disappear
down the street, walking to school alone
for the very first time?
The jolt that takes her from sleep to
dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put
her hand on the back of a sleeping baby?
The panic, years later, that comes again
at 2 A.M. when she just wants to hear
their key in the door and know they
are safe again in her home?
Or the need to flee from wherever she is
and hug her child when she hears news
of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?
universal and so our thoughts are for
young mothers stumbling through diaper
changes and sleep deprivation...
And for mature mothers learning to let go.
Single mothers and married mothers.
Mothers with money, mothers without.
This is for you all. For all of us...
Hang in there. In the end we can
only do the best we can. Tell them
every day that we love them. And pray
and never stop being a mother...
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Lane spotted this lizard climbing the house. As I was trying to take his picture, he kept moving when I was just about ready to take it. He must be "camera shy" !!!!:)
This was the start to our little s'mores experiment. We had a perfect afternoon. The hard part now is to wait as they heat up.
This is the finished product!! The chocolate is soft and runny and the marshmallows are soft and gooey!!! This took a total of about 45 minutes in the direct sunlight. The marshmallows could have been slightly softer but they were still yummy , yummy!!!:)
If you don't believe me when I say, yummy, this is the proof!! Chocolate everywhere!;)
Friday, April 11, 2008
This was part of the fun on Sunday....and I promise we did not spike their sippy cups. If you watch and listen closely, you will see the butterfly and here them yelling "get the butterfly". Lane is armed with the net and Gavin, Bryce, and Gannon are chasing it also. It was so fun to watch them run up and down, back and forth without running into each other and all giggling with GLEE!!:) They never did catch the butterfly, but had so much fun anyway. Click the play button even though the screen is black and it will start.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
On Sunday, we had a potluck after meeting. All the little ones enjoyed playing in the backyard. The adults enjoyed the great weather on the porch and visited. A great weekend!! Thanks for coming over David, Kristen, and Jacob! We look forward to more weekends together and that baby girl in September!;)
Love this picture of Jacob!!:) He is watching as the big boys are playing with a lizard.
There it is!! The poor lizard was running for cover under the porch.
So handsome, I could just squeeze the mess out of him!!;)
Lane and Jacob sittin' together on the floor.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Decorating eggs with Grandma's help.
Looking for eggs.
Lane doctoring on little brother.
All smiles at the local playground, of which we visited almost daily!!
A bad case of "Duck Bill"!!! Grandma caught them being silly with their pringles at snack time.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Friday at school was Rodeo Roundup in Preschool. His teacher helped each child make their horse. Lane's horse's name is Lightening. Of course little brother had to also be pictured with Lightening, with a dirty mouth and all (if you look real close)!!:) Kristen just showed me this weekend how to make these cute little videos with our pictures.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Mom forwarded this to me today and I just couldn't resist posting it. These little girls range in age from 8-13 and can they sing!! Truly talented!! They are the Cactus Cuties from west Texas.
Speaking of Mom, she is doing very well. The boys and I spent the week with her last week and she improved a lot. She is still uncomfortable at times and taking pain meds. some. The doctors have told her she may have discomfort for as long as 4-6 weeks after her surgery. This Friday will only be three, so she is doing really well!!! A home health nurse is still coming out to the house 2-3 times a week to assess her and help with her colostomy. She hopes to have her second surgery in early June. She has been such a trooper!! I don' think I would be doing as well as she is!:) I have quite a few pictures from our time with her and I'll post them soon hopefully. :) Enjoy the video!!