Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nothing in Particular

Okay, a few of you inquired about the prayer calendar mentioned in my last post. You should be able to go here and print your own. So go, print one...print several! And USE it, USE it, USE it! I LOVE IT!

Thanks to my friend Kelly who gave me the suggestion on how to accomplish this for your convenience. You might have to sign up, but it's free. If you already have a google account, then it should be super easy.

We went to my parents last weekend and had a blast. Near the end of our trip, their power went out. We headed back a little guessed it--our power was out! So, we unpacked, repacked, and then headed to my in-laws to enjoy luxurious things like hot showers, refridgerated drinks, chi irons, and the wonderful sound of something besides complete stillness in the middle of the night!

Somewhere during all of that I came down with some sort of bug and was sick as a dog. Spent the first half of the week battling that...My sister posted some pictures from our trip to Flippin here.

If I remember right, she mentioned that our two oldest ones fought like cats and dogs the whole time, but I don't think she elaborated too much on that. It really is a little unusual for them to fight as much as they did. They have always loved playing together and for the most part get a long well. However, my mom had to referee a pretty intense argument that resulted in Jaiden making a fist and punching R as hard as she could in the stomach. He obviously knew he wasn't supposed to hit a girl, so he shoved her into the fence as hard as he could...all of this over the pony of course.

Mother, tickled as she was, had to put on her poker face and mediate. As she was driving the farm buggy back to the house she looked over and the kids were still going at it...J with her arms folded up mad and fussing with R. I was standing in mom's kitchen when they busted through the door:

"No, YOU started it!"

"Noooo...YOU started it..."

They woke up in a better humor the next day. When they did begin arguing over the pony again, mom threatened to "sell the pony" if they didn't straighten up. It seemed to work.

The rest of the week was busy, busy, busy! I still like to walk J into her classroom every morning but she insisted on being "dropped off." I insisted on taking her in and her response was, "Maybe next time."

My little man learned several new words this week. He said, "Sis-sy!" plain as day and it made his sister just beam! (and me to). He called his caretaker "Ne-Ne" which is what we've called her forever! He is also saying hat, horse, rope, ball, dada, momma and several other words. He mimicks every little thing we do.

He recently got his first pair of cowboy boots and a hat--he is so proud of them! He LOVES the horses. He SCREAMS if Mario goes outside without him, SCREAMS when we take him off of the horse, and SCREAMS when it is time to go back inside. Other than that, he is a pretty laid back guy! (A lot like his daddy) When I have to go somewhere, Mario usually has him watching calf-roping tapes when I get back. He is already trying to swing anything that resembles a rope above his little head...ribbons, belts, hatbands, video chargers, USB cords, cute!

J had her first soccer game today. I don't think they really kept score, but I'm pretty sure they beat us by more than I care to know. It is tough to keep the attention of 4 year olds, so hats off to the brave soul who volunteered to coach those sweet kids. He is so patient and good with them. It's going to be a lot of fun!


StitchinByTheLake said...

So sorry you got sick - I hate when those bugs hit. But I loved your tales about your littlest cowboy. Little boys can steal your heart and never give it away. And your precious independent girl - I have a granddaughter like that. Tougher than that boot your cowboy wears! blessings, marlene

The Garners said...

Don't you wish we could have been hiding and watched the fight break out over Banner? I was tired of hearing them fight by the end of the weekend, but it's funnier now that I look back and read about it. Mom threatening to "sell the pony" makes me laugh (I really see her going through with that, don't you? ha)

Morris Family said...

J is so cute with his hat on. It seems like cousins fight when you least expect it! Marcus and Lucas do the same thing! Kids seem to think that it is embarrassing to be walked to class by their parents...mine does!! The storms were awful...but at least you had someone to go to with power!! (I went to Megan's..can't be without it too will go crazy!)

Jacquie said...

The kiddos might fight a bit now, but they will be SO glad ya'll raised them together as much as they are. I have SO many great memories with my first cousins. We were all pretty close.

I love the photo of J in his hat (the Croc's are a nice touch - Ha).

I can't even imagine hearing Brenda say she'd sell the pony...

the Percifuls said...

Adorable picture! Yes, it was great to see you at church today. And yes, I agree... I was really impressed with how well all the kids did during the service. Hope to see you again soon! Until then, I'll keep up with you here. :)

Heather said...

Hope you are feeling better! Your kids are so precious! I use a "calendar" of biblical virtues to pray for my little one. There is a different one with a verse for each day of the month. For ex. today's says Contentment. "Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives then strength." It's awesome and I love it.
You are such a great mom- I love reading about you and your family on your blog!

Heather said...

That pic of J in his cowboy hat is toooo cute. I have loved keeping up with you guys thru jleah the past few years, and am so thrilled you have a blog again. J & J are beautiful and you are such an inspiring mother. I miss getting to see you and your parents. And, I love your precious sister like she were my sister too!! What a blessing that God placed her into my life many years ago.
Goodness...could I have been any more sappy!! :)

The Uptons said...

I love that picture of J! I enjoyed visiting with Mario Sunday, you guys are such a sweet family!

Kelly said...

I'm laughing at R & J fighting. They are more like brother and sister than anything! I'm laughing at your sweet mom having to referee!