Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pass the Pickles, please!

My love for crunchy dill pickles is well known. Today during lunch I espied a big, juicy one. I remarked to the kids, "That pickle has my name aaalll over it", to which Emmy replied, "Can I see!? Where are the letters?"

By way of an update, we are finally having summer here and The heat didn't bother me last year because the blood loss from my miscarriage made me cold, but this year I've had to resort to tying a kitchen towel with ice cubes in it around my neck more than once.

Josh is as busy as a guy could be. He gets up at 4 every morning to get some reading in before heading out to work around 6. He likes to gets the weeding done before the heat gets unbearable. After the cleanings are done for the day, he heads out to mow a yard or two before dinner. He's one tired guy at the end of the day and frequently falls asleep with the kids after family worship.

Joshy (recently 7) just wrapped up his first Math book and is excited to begin book 2. I hope it will be more of a challenge for him, though repetition does have its benefits. Reading has become one of his favorite subjects now that he's able to do it with more ease. He is especially enjoying the Little House series. He's growing by leaps - wearing size 9/10 jeans, and he loves to tag along on yard jobs with Josh. He's literally learning to be a diligent and cheerful worker from the ground up. It so good to see him come home covered in dirt from head to toe, grinning from ear to ear about the wage he's just earned. He's growing in character in other ways as well. I praise God for softening and changing his heart.

Emmy(5)is still the writing, drawing, card-making, read, read, reading girl. She also loves the Little House series so she and Joshy have worked out a system for taking turns with the books. She wants to learn how to sew next. We'll have to learn together. I played at sewing by hand as a girl, but I wouldn't consider myself sufficiently educated in that area. She has plans for a patchwork quilt for one of her babies. She and Addie are both hoping for kittens if we ever move out to the hills. She would dearly like to have a white one.

Addie(3)is getting to be such a big girl. She has the potty thing down cold now (Thank you, Lord!) so we are moving on to bigger and better things. She has loved to sign since she was around 18 months so we're working on learning the alphabet together. Watching the 'Signing Time' videos has already given her a good start with phrases and names. She is wild, loud, and silly like I was (am?). Also? Very bossy. She gets that from Daddy. ;)

Walter(2) (aka Walnut or Boots) is talking up a storm now. He's been listening to us sing all along and suddenly, I'll hear him singing using the right words! It's quite adorable. For the past few days he's been in Mommy boot camp to work on being more cheerful. I don't know who it's been more effective for, me or him. Either way, there are more smiles all around. :) He's still my tough nut. This morning we got up early and went to the park while it was still cool. He marched over to the tallest slide, climbed up the steps and flew down without a moment's hesitation. As far as I can recall, it was his first time down a slide. The last time we went to a park he was too young. I often say that he will be the one to make me old, but perhaps it's just the opposite.

Elisabeth is just over 2 months old now and she is the easiest, happiest, little chunk of joy. It's a good thing I didn't have her before all of the others. I would certainly have a very inflated view of my mothering abilities indeed. She is about ready to bust out of her 0-3 month clothes, and she can roll from her back to her side without any trouble. She is a conversational little girl with a soft, coo-y girlie voice. If only my cameras weren't out of commission!

As for me, I am happy and looking forward to Summer's adventures. Maybe we'll go camping this year. It could be fun, right?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Birthday!

This is Jennifer, Jenni, Jen, sister, friend. She is a godly, beautiful, kind, thoughtful, encouraging, witty, talented, wonderful girl whom I love. It is her birthday today. I think she's 27 this year.

Happy Birthday!

Why didn't I think of that?

Joshy: "Mom, I've been thinking about this for awhile now, and I have it figured out."

Me: "Do tell."

Joshy: "Well, I think we should have two rooms. A boy room and a girl room. Daddy and Walter could have come in my room and the girls and Elisabeth could sleep in yours!"
Addie: *with gritted teeth* (She loves intensely) "Ooooo, Lizzie, you are the most be-ew-tee-foe girl in all of cweation!"

"Mama, I have a new password. *whispers* It's airplane-monkeys-booger-booger."
On my birthday card from Emmy:

"Happy Birthy Mommy!"

Friday, July 09, 2010

The world's least amiable child...

has a heart-melting smile. I hope he'll learn to use it more. Screaming is his preferred weapon of choice. Better than biting like Joshy did, but oh so grating. Thankfully, his vocabulary is expanding by leaps and bounds now and I can teach him how to deal with offenses in a more civilized manner.

Recent phrases:

"Where's Ahnie Jenni's boys?"

"I pease go ow-side?"

"Shoes running!!"

"Uh oh! Poo-poo's in 'ere!"

*scowl* "Addie say,"AAAAAAHHHHHHH!"

In answer to any of us saying that we're going somewhere - even downstairs: "ME!!"

Said when he finds a lego man head: "Oh, guy!" He also says, "Oh, BOB!" or "Bob running!" when he sees our neighbor. Not that he would ever give the poor man the time of day if he came face to face with him.

"Doggies! Pease, doggies?" Said when he wants to watch 'Up'.

Nag, nag, nag, nag. Me: "Walter, I'm getting it. Please be quiet now.' Whisper, whisper, whisper.

Said when Auntie Annie was doing a most dreadful and scary thing - washing his hair. "Eeeeenghhh"
Annie: "Walter, I'm just washing your hair. Close your lips."
With a plea-filled look and a whisper: "Pease howp me?"


"Baby's seepin." "Oh! Oh no! Baby's ky-in!"

"I see it?"

"Sop! Sop it, Jossy."

White Fuzzies

White Fuzzies, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

When Addie was a newborn my sister Tammy got me a soft, creamy white blanket. Addie liked to lay on it and it soon became her "white fuzzy". She and her blankie have been inseparable for three and a half years but with the summer heating up, Miss Wrap-herself-up-like-a-human-burrito kept getting up from her nap completely drenched in sweat. One morning I told her we would have to put her beloved away until the weather cooled down and she went into mourning. Her Papa and MomMom (Josh's parents) were out shopping and found her this sweet bear to love on instead. She calls it "White Fuzzy Bear" and it is well loved indeed.

Auntie Jody Eyeballs

Auntie Jody Eyeballs, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

She was born on the day of Jody and Mitchell's wedding so I guess it's only fitting. :)

, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

Well, I tried.

Well, I tried., originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

I didn't get anything that I really love, but I'm glad to have these since she'll probably be a year old before I can get my camera fixed.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

6 1/2 weeks

6 1/2 weeks, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

6 1/2 weeks

6 1/2 weeks, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

sooc -I barely got these today before my camera shutter decided it had been operational long enough. Repairing is not in the budget at the moment. Woe.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Button nose

Button nose, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

I looked at her today and realized that her newborn look is gone. She's a bonafide baby now. That's her MomMom holding her.

He runs too

He runs too, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

I am blessed every day to see him tearing about. I can only imagine how frustrated he would be if he had never been able to walk due to his clubfeet.


JUMP!, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

We have liftoff, see?

"Ahn Jenni"

"Ah Jenni", originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

She made a good post to cling to during jumping practice.

Mr. Teasebox meets his match

Joshy never misses an opportunity to obnoxious his Aunties (and nearly everyone else) to the brink.

Lovely Mess

Lovely Mess, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

The humidity puts waves in her hair just as it used to do to Emmy's.

, originally uploaded by iamaprice(Amanda).

We've had some beautiful thunderstorms here lately. They make me miss New York.

sooc - ISO 1600 monochrome

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