Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Sunday night as you already read, Seth and I had a great time. But when it was time to go he got very upset. He marched ahead of me to the car all mad and turned around to yell at me and said, "Mom, you're not my best friend anymore!". My first thought was Wow! I never even knew he considered me his best friend in the first place! How incredibly sweet! I got that gooey warm feeling inside like you do when you think about how much you love your child and how proud you are of them. I couldn't help but smile at him, even though this was not the desired affect Seth was trying to get out of me. It also made me realize how incredibly grown-up he is getting. A little over a year ago we had to deal with his hitting, and now he's learned that he can bite back with his words instead of his hands.

He's also learning silly things like.. potty talk. (yes lovely). Seth (and I'm sure his little friends at school) is into making farting noises and saying words like "bootie" and "poopoo" and then laughing and saying "Eeeeeeew". It's all very amusing and a new adventure for Dave and I to learn to deal with. He is really considerate, and shares his most favorite things willingly, and even voluntarily....for instance last week he had a fruit roll-up...one of those 3 foot strips that you can pretend you have a really long tongue with. Well, he had one and he asked me for help because he was tearing it into two separate but equally long peices. So I helped him, and then he handed one piece to me and said....here mom this is for you. Again, gooey feeling in my heart.

I can't say enough how incredibly proud I am of Seth. The past few months since he started school he has developed leaps in his social skills, and is now writing his own name and coloring inside the lines. He got a sticker yesterday at school for doing a great job cleaning up, and another sticker on his paper for coloring in all the Uppercase I's only. Tomorrow his class is having a Halloween parade and party. I SO wish I could go to see and support him. He's really looking forward to it. I am, after all, his best friend! (or was).

Sunday, October 28, 2007


This evening I am tired, but not like last weekend's I-worked-my-arse-off tired, but more like an I-had-a-great-time kinda tired. Yesterday as you all know our furniture arrived in the morning. I dragged Seth to the pumpkin stand in the late morning and made him pick one out (he was more interested in playing Power Rangers than boring pumpkins). In the evening we got a babysitter and Dave and I went out on a real bona-fide date! Woo hoo! You know when the last time we did that was? Yeah, I don't know.....I dont' remember. Today we had a great day too. Church as usual, with a great sermon. Then home for naps and we had some friends over for a few hours. Then Dave went to bed, and I took the boys to a fall festival at the church next door to ours. Here are some pictures. They were supposed to have hot air balloon rides, but unfortunately it was too windy and the basket was unstable, but Seth and I got a great look at the balloon up front and watched as they blew it up.

Seth and Isaiah both got their faces painted.

John and Naomi were adorable as usual.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

New Rug and Camera

Ok, so thank you to the three whole people who gave their Rug opinions from my previous blog.

I was going to get the top left-hand one but it was out of stock, and wasn't going to be in until the end of November.

So, instead I went to the store and fell in love with this one, and after Dave's thumbs-up we went ahead and got it.

Personally, I don't think the pictures do it much justice, as the dk grey-ish "orbit" is really a chocolate brown and matches perfectly with our recliner and tables. Oh, and it's a shag... it really adds a lot of texture to the room, and makes the room seem really cozy.

Also, our new furniture arrived today....but there was one teeny problem. It was the wrong couch. We ordered one in beige, this one was cardinal red. Hahahha. But you know what? I LOVE IT! It really adds some color to the room, and matches the red in the carpet. Maybe we were meant to have that one? I'd like to keep it, but now I just need to convince Dave that he likes it too.

I'd show you a picture of it, but I accidentally dropped my camera today on the non-rug section of our living room. Since then, all the pictures are coming out dark shadowy. Looks like you'll have to just read my blog for a while rather than see pictures.

(.....oh and Dad..... I need a new digital camera for Christmas.... nothing fancy.... just something simple that doesn't have a major delay when you push the button to when it actually takes the picture and a usb cable for it....please :-) )

Will my children never take a nap at the same time????AHHHHH!

This morning Seth woke up and said to me, "Mom, can we go to the ballet please?". Strange.

Friday, October 26, 2007


My friend Rachel posted this on her blog.... so I had to share it.

Found on one of my Cake Decorating message boards:

We had a "going away" party yesterday for a lady at our Little Rock claim office. One of the supervisors called a Wal-Mart and ordered the cake. He told them to write:"Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that, "We will miss you".

As the picture shows, it didn't quite turn out right. It was too funny not to keep it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

funny story

So, Monday morning I got up and out early so I could go to the grocery store and pick up the some stuff before work. I had John with me, sitting in the baby seat next to my purse. It took a while to put my stuff on the belt to check out because the lady in front of me had a big order. When I turn around, I notice John has opened my purse, but it wasn't until I actually pulled the cart back in front of me that I realized John was chomping on the most lovely of all items he could possibly have pulled out of my purse.....a tampon. And of course not only did he get upset with me for taking it away, but then I had to fish out the paper wrapper from his mouth from the top of it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Ok, so.....not the best picture in the world, but I tried. Thanks to Mom for the matching shirts for the boys!!! It's probably the closest I'll ever come to getting to play dress-up with them.

Monday, October 22, 2007


Is anything more beautiful than my sleeping children??

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Wow it has been an exhausting weekend. I had a ton of stuff on my list to do but still didn't finish it all. Saturday I let Seth watch tv a little late while I got ready to go out for the day. Then we set off for some furniture shopping (big sale) and I planned to take the boys to pick out pumpkins. There's a really cool farm out in Thomson that has a petting zoo, cornfield maze (with a scaled-down sized one for the little ones), and a pumpkin patch. Well, we found a new couch and then headed home for lunch and naps. Dave woke up in the middle of nap time with severe stomach pain and so we scrapped the trip to Thomson and went to the ER instead. After that I dropped Dave off at home to get some sleep and I threw the kids back in the car and did a Walmart run for gatorade and gingerale, among other things.

Today was a blur. I tried to make it to church, but the shower and getting ready part just wasn't happening with the kids this morning. Once we finally did get ready, we went for a walk outside (gorgeous day) and found a playground a few blocks away. Then it was back home for lunch and naps (haha, yeah that didnt happen) and then out again to the mall to shop for fall/winter clothes for the boys. I got some great deals, and attempted at a lap or two through the shoe section but that was stretching their patience a bit. (we'll try another day). Then we came home for some Dora the Explorer, and baths and bed. In between all that I cleaned the boys' room, did about 6 loads of laundry (but folded about 10), cleaned the floors in the living room and hallways, vacuumed out the couch and did a load of dishes.

The closest I got to crocheting anything was the purchasing of some cool yarn during the Walmart trip, so that was a little disappointing, but now that the laundry is out of the way maybe my work load this week will allow for some extra time for a project. Physically, my body is achey and tired from this weekend ........as anyone who as ever gone furniture shopping alone with two small children an attest to what an exhausting potential nightmare it can be......and I'm almost looking forward to the work week for some rest. Oh, and Dave is feeling much better now.

Need an Opinion.

Dave and I bought some new furniture yesterday, so now we need to get a rug to match. The couch is beige and our living room walls are beige...so I need some color. I need your opinions...leave a comment and tell me which one do you like best?

Saturday, October 20, 2007


John's walking has improved now that he's traveling along the couch. So today I got out the first pair of shoes I bought for Seth. At first, John didn't want to stand up in them, but he got the hang of it. I'm just happy they fit his chunky feet. He won't really need shoes shoes for a while, but it was sure fun to watch him try to figure them out, and a lot of fun reminiscing Seth's babyhood too.


Back in August I went to visit my grandma in Florida. Well, I finally got the pictures back that I took. Here are the best shots.

I think Grandma enjoyed cuddling with John as much as he did!

Seth on the other hand, was pretty shy around Grandma. It took him a while to warm up to her. She was amazed at how big their eyes are.

Friday, October 19, 2007

New Baby and A Capette

Wow, this week is going by really fast. I am looking forward to the weekend though. I don't really have much new to report, other than I just found out my friend Tanya just had her first baby on Tuesday. A boy! Yay! Boy's are great arent' they? This week we've had a car in the shop, and we'll probably have the other one in the shop next week. It will be such a huge relief to have them running smoothly again. Ohh! AND, I have been wearing my capette to work lately because I freeze in there where my desk is right under the A/C vent. Well several people have stopped me admiring it and upon finding out I made it asked how much I would charge to make them one. Woo hoo! So, I think I might just make a bunch of them over the next few weekends and try to sell them for Christmas money. Seriously it took me just a few hours to make and a few skeins of yarn, and if I have any leftover that i didnt' sell I can give them as gifts or gift them anyways! I'm pretty excited about getting paid to do something I love!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

How Ironic

You know that frase, "You know you'll find your keys the moment you replace them right?" Right...well. Today I finally went to Walmart armed with my husband's set of keys and had it all copied(2 sets this time), and I bought new locks for the doors ($30) to change those too. Then I came home and while the boys napped I broke a nail or two replacing the locks and woke my landlord up from her nap to give her sets of the new keys. Not two hours later I dropped the remote in the side cushion of the couch and didn't feel it so I pushed back the cushion and looked down in there and what do I see? Well....I'm sure you can figure it out. Honestly I looked in every corner of the house for those things and wouldn't they have to be in the most obvious place ever!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Growing UP

This morning I dug the long pants out of the back of Seth's dresser since it was so cold. He put one on and they were so short they looked like knickers! Wow, how tall he's gotten!! Looks like I'm going to be pants shopping this weekend!

Brrrrr That's so Nice!

Wow! After a week in the 90s, we woke up to 58 degree weather!!! It was almost cold out! Finally!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cell Phone Booths?

Ok, so.....I understand that when one is talking on the phone with one's sister or mom or very close friend that using the toilet in the middle of the conversation is acceptable. And I understand the great need for multi-tasking nowadays, HOWEVER...... have we come so far in life that even in the most intimate of moments we find it necessary to talk on a cell phone?

I must say that public bathrooms are no place for a phone conversation. When I am in my stall doing my thing, it is uncomfortable enough having someone 3 feet away from you hearing what you are doing. But then to have to worry about the poor unsuspecting person on the other end of someone else's phone conversation hearing that you ate beans for dinner last night?

So, I'm sitting in the middle stall today alone in the bathroom when someone walks in and enters next to me.....all of a sudden I hear......Hello? Instantly I think, uh oh she must be out of toilet paper or something.....so I respond......Hello. But little did I know that she had actually just picked up her phone to make a call, and then had to laugh at me (haha, no I was talking on the phone tee hee) for thinking that she would actually strike up a conversation with someone else in the bathroom. Oh.....sorry.

Seriously people....business is for the office, not for while you're doing your business.

More Birthday Pictures

Time for some SuperCake! Seth and Gabriel can't wait for a piece!

Then they go outside to burn that extra sugar. Here is Superman, Spiderman and the Red Power Ranger climbing the Spiderman house.

With Isaiah jumping on the trampoline...Watch out bad guys! SuperSeth swinging to rescue you!

The grown-ups had fun too! Here is Ashley in pink and Charity holding Naomi.

And of course the gentlemen huddled in the corner to exchange recipes. Nick(left) Dave and Josh(right).
Finally, Brenya enjoying some delicious treats.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Happy Birthday SuperSeth!

Seth's Birthday celebration started off with Breakfast with his buddy Hayden, who came down to visit with his family for the weekend. They got to go out in their superhero jammies and hats from Dave's work.

Here they are posing for the camera in their super Spiderman climbing poses. See that amazing Spidey action! While out at breakfast, I got the house decorated............

......with hours of baby entertainment. John had a blast with these balloons. He held onto those things like a pro!

Here is Seth with Hayden, Isaiah, and Gabriel (in the hamper) playing in his room and opening his presents.

His favorite? The superman costume that he didn't take off for 2 days.

More to come......

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Bunny Rescue!

Friday night Dave came home early from work (at2am) and Ashley and I happened to still be up. When I opened the door to let Dave in we noticed something crawling around in our yard. It was this bunny! Our neighbor's bunny escaped and was about to be squashed. The boys were excited to find it here when they woke up in the morning.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A Sweet Day

Today was a great day. I was asked to come in early today to cover for another worker, so I got to get out early too and spend some time with the fam this evening! For my "dinner" break at 3 o'clock I decided to go visit Seth at daycare since he had a rough time when I dropped him off. I LOVED going to visit. I was only able to stay for about 20 minutes, but it was fun to meet Seth's friends and hear from his teachers about how he's doing. They say he is one of only about 3 kids who knows his alphabet and numbers and stuff during circle time, and he blew them away today when he wrote Puppy for them for the first time. We went outside with the rest of his class and played on the playground and he was SO GLAD I was there with him. It all made me feel so proud and good, and it was SO worth being 10 minutes late stuck in traffic getting back to work.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Yay Found my USB Chord!

So he got ahold of the puffs and the top flew off. I figured he'd already made the mess I might as well let him play in them!

Hold Still

For every decent picture, I get a bunch of terrible pictures.....Thank Goodness for Digital cameras!! This is me attempting to take John's picture while Seth is running around him on the bed.

So finally I had to get Seth to sit and take the picture with him. Even that didn't turn out so well.

New Tactics in Raising a 4-year-old

Seth is definitely growing up! And not because he is tall either....he has recently demonstrated his new favorite tactics to avoid doing everything Mommy says.......stalling! (it's not really outright disobedience, just.......sort of). Tonight it was time to put Seth to bed, and what do I get? Seth walks half-way down the hall and and throws himself on the floor.....Waaa! Mommy I hurt myself!!! I have a booboo! I need a bandage!!! (oh the pain!!!)..........tactic #1. Then it's time to brush his teeth......... Mommy, I'm hungry I need some food please......tactic#2. Then we're in bed, tucked in, prayers said and.........Mommy don't leave me! the birds and trees outside are snoring!!!(as if this is a horrific thing to be scared of?) ...tactic#3. Then if all that doesn't work....... well lets try pooping. Yes pooping gets him back up out of bed and in the bathroom for an extra 5 minutes.....tactic #4. And yes, then after he has to go back to bed after the mess is cleaned up then we just try the rediculous........tactic#5........one that he demonstrated tonight..

Seth go get back in bed.
Seth walks by me, stops, and buries his face in my chest and rubs his nose back and forth.
Um, Seth what are you doing?
I'm using your shirt as a napkin Mommy.
Seth, GO TO BED.
Seth goes to bed.