Saturday, October 27, 2007

Grandpa's Birthday Party!

It was wonderful to see everyone (or almost everyone) for Grandpa's birthday party! The kids are all growing up entirely too fast, and my two think Lucas, Caleb, and Marissa are just super cool. I love it!!

Jeff went by his dad's house to borrow what he had just given his dad for his birthday... a canon. Yes, a canon. What's a birthday party without good ol' redneck fun?! It was a hit, the kids loved it, and by kids I included my uncles. It took no time at all before people were scavenging for projectiles- marbles, nuts, anything that would fit. Man, I love the south!

We took the boys down to the lake and went fishing. Although we tried, the fish were just off on vacation or something. We had a few nibbles, and Addison actually hooked one right at the dock. He just learned to yarn to set the hook... well, when you are fishing right off the dock, you don't need to yank very hard or else... you guessed it... a shiny little brem will come flying through the air aiming right for you! When you are sitting in your Mim's lap during this process, witht he aforementioned shiny fish sailing at her head everything gets a little blurry (and a lot loud). From what I gather, Mim actually grabbed Addison and used him as a human shield against the fish, leading to squeels of "the fish is getting me! The fish is getting me!" and people are rolling around, thr tip of Addison's rod broke, it was all kinds of fun. I was just impressed (sorely disappointed) that no one tumbled off the dock into the water. Ah, if I had only had my video camera...

Friday, October 26, 2007


We came down to visit the family for the weekend- and fished, fished, fished! The drought has done a number on the lake in Brooks, but I think it helped our fishin' odds. We probably could have knelt down and scooped some up in a net, swimming around in that little bit of water!

The boys had a great time. Thankfully, Dad's friend, Craig, was there so we actually outnumbered the four year olds wielding hooked lines! They aren't baiting their hooks yet, but I'll work on getting them to that point soon. Asa especially loves going to pick out the one particular worm for him... the "lucky worm". Each of them caught a fair number... Asa caught three "keepers", a bass and two brem. Addison caught also caught a bass and brem worth keeping for Grandpa to clean.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

My Costume? Space Cadet.

Today was the boys' Fall Parties at preschool. I had signed up to help out in Asa's room and the room mom called a few days ago to discuss what I would be doing. I was in charge of bringing the healthy snacks, to counteract the mass amounts of sugar that will no doubt be shoveled into our children. I took shaved deli ham and mixed it with shredded cheese. I laid out Pillsbury croissants, put a little bit of the mixture on top, rolled them up and baked them. I had one for breakfast- not bad at all! I also had apples, carrots, and pretzels. At 10:45 I scooted up to the church, where my kids were donning their prized costumes. I helped set up, putting the snacks on each plate. Right after the kids came in and began chowing down, the room mother from Addison's class came into Asa's classroom... "Did you bring the healthy snack?" Wow. Did I really do that?? Come on. Do people really get their mixed up on which kid's classroom they are supposed to be helping out? We did have some extra carrots and pretzels, so all was not lost. Geez. The good news- They are boys, they are four, and they didn't notice a thing. The parents and teachers on the other hand...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sunday Nap, Interrupted

Sunday naps are mandatory at our house. After church, our bodies are hit by a state of exhaustion as if we had been drugged with Benadryl. We have no choice. The boys are fed and shuffled off to bed and we quickly collapse. In the good 'ol days, the boys would fall asleep easily. We might have to sit on their toy box and wait for their eyes to close, but it would eventually happen. Now, that's a rarity. However, they usually are able to play quietly in their room while we get some rest. Usually.

Today, we came home from church, got into play clothes, wolfed down some sandwiches, and managed to make it upstairs before our bodies completely gave out of energy. The boys' nap looked promising. They have had their bunk beds for only a couple weeks now, so they are excited about getting into bed. Jeff and I were asleep in seconds flat. I could hear them playing, but they were playing quietly in their rooms... all was well.

I woke up to hear breathing in my face. Asa's little face was right in mine, "Mommy, I need to go potty." He went potty and went back to bed. A while later, he showed up again. "Mommy, can you fix my truck's wheel?" I fumbled around without truly opening my eyes, fixed the wheel, and told him this was rest time. He went back to his room. A while later I heard him again at my bed. "Asa, get back in your room." I said with all the energy I could muster. He didn't move. "Asa, you need to go get some rest, and Mommy and Daddy need our nap." He was quiet for a little while and then said, "But Addison isn't wearing any underwear and he's stinking up the room."

With that, Jeff and I went instantly propelled upright and were in their room in seconds flat. Sure enough, Addison was in a shirt and no underwear. He had an accident. A poo-poo accident. He looked like a deer in headlights... a deer with no underwear and poo smeared up his back and down his legs. Jeff and I went from a peaceful Sunday nap to a full out HAZMAT situation in .2 seconds. He took Addison to the bath, and I stripped his bed, and began disinfecting everything the child could have possibly touched. He had been up in his bed, on the top, so he had it on the rails and ladder. The doorknobs... what else... I was a whirlwind... I was Mr. Clean on speed. But, where are the underwear? I went downstairs and Jeff was almost finished with Addison.

I asked him where he stashed the evidence. "In the utility room in the laundry basket". Now, I applaud both his attempt to handle the situation himself and the fact that the underwear actually made it to the appropriate location (see the August 5th entry on the cornfield). However, I was mortified at the realization that he had been all over the entire house doing who knows what with poo on his hands and naked body.

Okay, utility room... I rushed off the disinfect the doorknobs and sides of the laundry basket before asking him what else he had done. "I tried to wash it off my hands". The sink, got it. The bathroom door, check. The next 10 minutes were spent in a mad rush to get any invisible trace of fecal matter off of every surface I could imagine. Finally, we were content with the clean up job, redressed Addison, and let him play for another 5 minutes while we collapsed yet again on the bed to regroup. We looked at each other and laughed. Ahh, the peace of Sunday naps. "I love you" Jeff said. "I love Clorox wipes" I replied.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Star Festival

Here are some pictures from today at Bethlehem's Star Festival. It is held in front of City Hall, across the street.

You can't really tell in the picture, but Asa's balloon hat looked an awful lot like, well, male genetalia. So Jeff, of course, had to confiscate it for himself.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

First Field Trip Ever

Asa and Addison had a field trip today! They went with their classes to Washington Farms Pumpkin Patch. It was the first cold day so far, so it really set the Fall mood. We went on a hay ride, got to pet some animals at the little petting zoo, and each kid even was able to pick out their perfect little pumpkin. After we got home, Jeff made a pumpkin pie out of mine, but the boys are keeping theirs to carve.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Wild Boys

Elizabeth kept the boys for a few hours today while I went to a photo shoot. (Thank you, Elizabeth!) I just thought this was a great picture of all the boys!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Freda the Frog at Octoberfest

Freda the Frog came home with Asa this weekend. Each class has a stuffed animal that goes home with a kid each weekend. The parent writes in the animal's journal so the class can read about the exciting things they did together. Well, tonight, Freda the frog went to Octoberfest at City Cafe with Mim and Karen! First, let me say that City Cafe has great food, better desserts, and good atmosphere. With that said, it is a little quirky and the owner can be easily compared to The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. Let's just say some of our party members were reprimanded for eating their to-go desserts out of the box. On other occasions, members of our party have been told that since they don't have a reservation, if the restraunt gets busy they will have to leave. LEAVE! There is some kind of socio-cultural lapse going on, no doubt.

The music for the night was American music played by an accordian player... which I found very odd for a German festival. Thanks to Wikapedia I found that German-Bovarian music sometimes involves accordians... I'm sure that's what they must have been thinking, right? I digress. We had a great night and the boys were serinaded by a fabulous rendition of the Sponge Bob Square Pants theme song. It was a hit.