Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday’s Nearly Midnight Musings

This morning Jeryn helped me catch a couple of horses for the ferrier.  We had them caught in plenty of time, so Jeryn got on a bucket (with his own scissors) and helped me clip one’s bridle path.  He had never done that before so he didn’t quite know what we were doing.  Fortunately his scissors were a little dull because he was doing his best to whack off a big part of the mane.  He loves to cut stuff.  In fact, every time he comes into the laundry room where I keep my scrapbooking stuff, he jumps up and down and BEGS for any one pair of the scissors in my bag.  (Which by the way, Jaiden walked in one day last week and in a real disgusted voice said, “Mom, WHY do you even have all this scrapbooking stuff when you never scrapbook??” ) Point taken.

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Not too bad…


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He was also fascinated by the horseshoer, whose name is Joey, but Jeryn called “Mr. John”???  We had to leave before he was done, and I carried him from this bucket to my vehicle KICKING AND SCREAMING.  “Wanna watch, Mama! Wanna watch Mr. John!”


We seldom let our cat inside, but usually when we get home, Jeryn wants to pet and feed (and eat cat food) with him.  Jaiden had a b-day party to go to tonight so I was pressed for time and had to get dinner going.  I let them bring the cat in to the laundry room and closed the door while I worked on supper.  I have a little desk in there, so Jaiden worked on some stuff while Jeryn tortured the cat.  When I opened the door to check on them, he was sitting on the cat with his whole body weight (roughly thirty lbs. worth).  By the time I got the camera and made it back, he was trying to stand him up and ride on his back.  I told him to be gentle and he laid his head down on him and said, “Kitty Cat soft.”

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Jaiden had an exciting week at school…they had “Zebra Day” for the letter Z introduction and they were supposed to wear black and white that day.  This was before school, and I loved how they were looking at each other :)

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Today they had a Thanksgiving Feast and had the option to dress as a pilgrim or an Indian.  She didn’t want to dress up, but she did want to wear a feather in her hair.  I can’t believe Thanksgiving is NEXT week!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tough Love, Community Group Love, Puppy Love

Tough Love: It’s hard to be a big sister when your little brother is as ornery as my baby boy.  These two are absolutely nuts about each other, but there’s not a day that goes by that he doesn’t have her in a chokehold or tackle her (“I tackle sissy!” as he says) or sail off a piece of furniture onto her back.  Or throw a shampoo container while taking a bath.  Which is what happened here:


She cried for a minute but I think it cheered her to use Mo’s “Boo Bunny” icepacks especially for boo-boos.  I felt awful sending her to school the next morning because it was bruised and puffy, but she was actually kind of proud of it. We both agreed that having a little brother sure makes a girl tough.


Community Group Love:  I just love our community group.  The other three couples have been such a blessing to us.  They are a fun group.  We had an early non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday and each brought a Mexican dish.  I made my Aunt Rhonda’s Quesadillas with Red Pepper Sour Cream Sauce.  We had tacos, side dishes, and some yummy desserts!  One of the girls in our group had volunteered to host us and so her sweet little girl helped set the tables and made some decorations. 


Here are our kiddos, Baby Ethan (right) was in his car seat in a different room so he wasn’t in the group picture :( IMG_2372 IMG_2376

Diana, Shannon, and Casie working hard while I stand there looking through a lens. ha!

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Casie had the kids tables set up on their screened in porch and when I walked out there, Chloe was leading them in a prayer before their meal.  So sweet.


My little man doesn’t get to play with any little boys his age much, so he had a lot of fun with this other little guy…


Making muscles for the camera:


It’s kind of funny because we just finished a study on parenting and every time we get ALL of our kids together, we certainly get a chance to exercise some of those parenting skills. Ha!  Nothing like finding out what works and what doesn’t right there on the spot!

Puppy Love:  And last but not least, this sweet little girl is coming home with us in a couple of weeks.  Jaiden has already given her a name. Esther.  Isn’t she a little doll?!