The faces behind the stories!

The faces behind the stories!
My little Loves.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Spidy makin Frosty

I just thought he was cute...being creative with his attire and his new friend Frosty.

Look at that GOOZER!!!

One morning, earlier this week, Joe was staring out the kitchen window. All of the sudden he said excitedly, "WOAH, Look at that GOOZER!" My mind jumped into trying to figure out what he was talking about. At first, I thought it was going to be a family of geese flying by. Then I looked out and saw:
It hit me. I said, "Ohhh, you mean the geyser?" He said, "Yeah, I didn't know we had those so close to home!" I just had to smile at his amazement and let it go. lol

"My Fingers Need Medicine"

Joe is taking an adventure we've all taken, about his age. He's learning to snap! He decided one day that he wanted that skill, and he is not giving up until he's gotten it just right!  The only problem is, his fingers are getting sore. Ha ha ha He's walking around the house either trying to snap, or shaking his hand to make the pain go away! He said, "Mama, my fingers need medicine!" So Cute!

He said, "I put my pit on you." :)

Fun with Mr. Magoo, as I call him. ;)

I love this boy!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Middle Hand...

Each morning, I make the boys their chocolate milk. As I'm walking up, they look at the cups and call out as to which one they want. This morning, Matthew couldn't think of the word for the cup he wanted. He said, "that one." I looked at him confused, so he said, "I want the one in your middle hand." Those moments where they remind me how little they are, make my heart smile. =)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Where does he come UP with it??

Dada has been out of town for work this week, so the boys and I have LOVED doing Skype with him! We get our digital camera all ready, get our two chairs set up to share, and call him up on the computer. While we were using the webcam, we found out there is a setting to make funny faces and different effects on the pictures. First, we did this:
We were laughing together SO HARD... I think we each had a bout of the snorts! ha ha ha 

Then, we tried out a new setting and got this:

To which Joe said, "Hey look, there's me in the 40's!"... I just couldn't help it, I cracked up. WHERE IN THE WORLD DOES HE COME UP WITH THESE THINGS???

It was sure fun finding something to make us just hurt with laughter!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Oh my sweet boys...

Today has been kind of "a day" for me. We've had rain this week and it's been cold, and if I'm honest, I haven't come up with enough things to entertain my boys. They have boy style energy and I have not given them a constructive outlet to get it out. So, they get in trouble, and I get upset and it's an icky cycle.

Tonight, I decided to put an end to the cycle. I packed us up in the car and we drove to Walmart to walk around. We had some great conversations in the car about feelings, disappointment and letting them know they can tell me if I hurt their feelings. They just told me I'm a great Mama and I'm cute (which was SHOCKING after my recent Mama behavior! lol).

We bought a $5 movie... They were SO EXCITED to watch it. When we drove home, I told them to run upstairs and get their jammies on, and then we'd have some family time on the couch watching the movie. Well, as I was cleaning up downstairs, things just didn't sound quite right upstairs. So, I made the journey up those stairs to find havoc:

Joe had pretended to pee on Matthew's bed.... so, Matthew really DID pee on a toy of Joe's that was in his room. Joe got upset at this and spit on Matthew's face... neither of them had their jammies on.


So, the family time is denied... They both got spankins and had to spend time alone in their rooms and feel the ouch of knowing their actions cost them their movie time with Mama (Dada is out of town for work).

So, after cleaning the pee... I am in my office for a few minutes of breathing before I go back upstairs! ha ha ha  I've decided I am going to go into Joe's room, call Matthew in there and read them a book and put them to bed. I don't know that I've been the greatest at showing forgiveness/grace once the "moment" is over, and the discipline has been given... I don't keep bringing things up, but I don't make a distinct "You're forgiven" line either. So, tonight I am going to share with them that I'm sorry we had to lose our movie time and I was really looking forward to it...but we'll have a book together and we can start again in the morning.

This isn't a "funny" blog really... but, I just didn't want to forget this whole pee and spit episode... I know I will want to bring it back up sometime far down the road! ;)

We Prayed, He answered and Joe said, "Duh!"

Last night, as I tucked the boys into bed... we prayed, as we do every night. I confessed to the boys that I was not looking forward to going to church in the rain with them, and we prayed that the Lord would give us blue skies to go love Him with our friends.

This morning, we woke up to the most beautiful blue sky with puffy white joyful clouds and the sun just twinkling on all the left over drops of water.

I came downstairs, after getting ready for church, and said, "Look Joe, it's not raining!"  He looked at me and said, "Well, you did pray about that, didn't you?"... It was said with a tinge of "duh" in his tone.  I wasn't even to church yet, but I just heard a full sermon in a sentence from my 6 year old boy!

Joe, when you're older, if you ever see this... hold on to THAT faith! When we pray, and believe, and it's according to the Lord's will... IT WILL BE DONE!! Mama needed that, "Duh" from you this morning to be reminded myself. The world can try to steal that knowing, that deep gut awareness of the Lord's greatness in our lives and around our lives. DO NOT let that faith slip from your awareness because it is a strength about you and I am proud to see it growing in the core of who you are. I love you son, and I'm so proud to be your Mama!
This was actually taken yesterday, this morning there were even less clouds...but Joe and I loved this big white puffy one!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Just too handsome not to share!

This picture of Matthew is from Joe's birthday weekend. I just saw it, and wanted to share. My little guy is getting so big and he's just SO handsome!

A new found LOVE!

OH MY GOODNESS! I'm on a quest for falling in love with "healthy" things, so I'm trying new recipes.  I found a recipe for "Creamy Avocado Dressing" and then toasted a piece of whole wheat bread, spread the dressing on it, sliced tomato, and sliced onion... I'm telling you, IT IS GOOD!  I know a lot of people who would love a new fun healthy snack, so I just thought I'd post it!  Here is the recipe for the Creamy Avocado Dressing!:

2 Ripe Avocados, chopped and pitted
2 Spring Onions, finely chopped (I wasn't sure what that was, but used scallion onions)
1 clove garlic, minced
sprinkle of sea salt
sweet lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar*Optional (I did not use it, but they said it would make it tangier)

Prep: Chop up onions, garlic and avocado. Place in blender, then add lime juice, add water until desired creaminess, sprinkle in sea salt and any other spices you may like... Viola!

They listed it as a simple dressing for salad... but, I didn't feel like making a salad, so I used it for something else... and I'M HAPPY I did!


My Little Peg Legged Pirate

My Little Peg Legged Pirate... That is my pancake mix box. When I was done making their breakfast, he put it on his leg and said, "Arg Matey!" ha ha ha Their imaginations crack me UP! We had fun with pancakes this morning...strawberries, pineapples, bananas... They loved the colors and the adventure of it, I loved getting fruits in their bodies!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fireman Blues Diverted

Matthew has recently experienced one of his first material possession heartaches. On the right is his favorite pair of "Fireman Shoes." These shoes have been with him for a very long time, and have consistently been the favorite. They light, they have fire on the toes, they are just INCREDIBLE to a 3 year old boy! The only problem is, they are size 9 and he is a size 10. He had a battle of which pain hurt the worst... the pain of shoving his foot into those shoes, or the heartache of letting them go.

One day, the boys and I went to Nordstroms to pass some time. We did not intend to buy anything, but we were looking around. We ended up in the kid's shoes section, because I wanted to get their feet sized. Low and behold... FIREMAN SHOES! On the left, you see the shoes that caught my eye and soon after caught Matthew's heart! Talk about FIRE on the toes, they LIGHT UP!

The problem was, those shoes were $50, and this mama would not spend that on a 3yr olds pair of tennis shoes that he might grow out of at any given moment OVER NIGHT. *tears from both of us*

To my shock, aww, and delight... I found them on a website for $29.99. Now, that would still typically be WAY too much for me to spend on shoes that he could grow out of over night... BUT, I had to get those little feet out of those size 9 shoes and I just couldn't bare breaking his tender heart. Matthew is not a child that "wants" for much. He doesn't pick up anything at the grocery store, he didn't beg me for the shoes even... He did have a sad face, but he understood that we could not buy them when we were at Nordstroms.

My son is a shoe guy now. Ha ha ha. I've started a problem that one day I'll probably talk to his wife about, but I've decided I can handle that. I don't know who's face lit up more when Matthew got to open that box. It was my delight to give him this gift, and this is our official farewell the Fireman shoes he's loved!

Let's Sum it Up...

I was just "talking" to an old friend from my college days (I put talking in quotes because it was going back and forth on Facebook!). He has a handsome little boy and a very cute little girl, and I had made some comments on the pictures of his kids. I laughed after I wrote to him about my boys... This is how I summed it all up: My boys are a taste of heaven and a touch of torture all wrapped up into cute little gentlemen!

I think that is a pretty accurate summation and I just wanted to remember it.

Guts and Beeping...

Joe has a new fascination... "Guts." As we were leaving his school today, there was a piece of trash in the parking lot. He thought for SURE it was a bird, and I just crushed it. Then, he started to ask about guts. He wanted to know if he could see HIS guts. I said, "Well, we can look up guts online and show you what a person's guts look like, but the only way we will see yours is if you're dead." He was unhappy with that answer. ha ha ha  Then he said, "Mama, what IS guts?" I told him it is all of our organs and blood inside our bodies. He said, "So, you mean like our hearts?".... I said yes. He said, "Oh man, then that bird isn't beeping anymore is he?" I smiled and said no. I love that he's still small enough to "mess things up"... He meant "Beating" because the heart isn't beating... but, when I talked to him about hearts, he got it mixed up and said "Beep"... and I didn't want to correct him. The boy is so smart, it's fun to hear him be small with his understanding sometimes. So, I'm the one who made the GUTS come out of the bird so he couldn't beep anymore... All that, over a piece of trash.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Starts With...

We were at the grocery store earlier today when Matthew had an epiphany. He exclaimed, "MAMA!!" Now, when he did this exclamation, we were quietly walking along and he just about scared me! I said, "Yes Matthew?" He continues: "Cookie starts with Cook, so we need to get a cookie, so you can cook!" Ha ha ha!  Lucky for him, the lady at the bakery gives them a free cookie every time we go in there... Not so lucky for me, I ended up with a migraine and didn't get to cook! Darn!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Joe's Handsome Hunk Moment!!

This is, once again, one of those moments where I just WISH I had my camera. If you could imagine a woman holding her 5month old baby girl in one arm, holding the hand of her 2yr old boy in the other, and trying to push a stroller through a door. (side note: maybe a good moment to put the baby IN the stroller, but I wont go there....well, any more than I just did! lol)

That was the picture as we were leaving McDonald's today. The poor thing was so darn cute with her beautiful children and she had JUST taught her 2yr old son manners to wait while a disabled man came through the door with his wheelchair first. She was just CUTE.

We were waiting "in line" to go out the door when Joe jumped into action. He saw her struggling and ran over to get the door. He said, "Let me get ahead of you and I'll hold the door for you." ... collective, "Awwww" rang out.

Just as Joe opened the door and was a total handsome hunk of a 6 year old, I heard a voice. It was a young 20somethin guy who decided to say, "I was just about to do that." I could not help myself. I literally burst into laughter right there. I looked at him and said, "Busted by a 6 year old!" ha ha ha He smiled a bashful smile.

I was so proud of my son! The guy who almost was a handsome hunk definitely got a great lesson in how to get all the ladies to say, "Awwww." It would be fun to be a fly on the wall and see if he leaps into action next time, instead of thinkin about it!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Waiting for Dr appt. He said, "I feel boring." aww

My sweet boy got the flu. Today, now that I have time to post this, he's feeling better... but I just thought he was so sweet when we were waiting for the Dr's appt. I said, "Are you ok buddy?" He said, "I feel boring." Awww  He wanted me to be touching him all the time. That is my hand on his cheek and he would throw a panic attack fit if I was not skin to skin with him. He had a 102.6 temp, poor guy. Isn't he just cute? =)

The Cake Devistation

This is the model of the cake Joe had requested from Aunti Stina for his birthday. Each year, the special event is the deciding on theme and structure of the cake...and seeing what she does! She's amazing with cakes and Joe was SUPER excited for this one!
I wish I had a picture of how far she had gotten. It had everything except the Batman (which Joe had requested to have on top instead of leaning on the top tower). She got to town at 10pm on Wednesday night and started baking. I woke up at 2am with my house smelling like cake. Not sure what time she went to bed. Since she's been here, time at our house has been spent on making the cake. It was so close to done.

Today, Joe is at school and Christina and her family are at Disneyland. I was getting some things ready for the party tomorrow and had set up Matthew on the computer with preschool games. Eventually, I came into the kitchen to get Matthew a snack. When I opened the fridge... GASP. This is what I saw:
What do you DO??? Oh man. My mother in law was on the phone with me and she just began asking me not to kill him! ha ha ha I asked Matthew if he had done it. He said yes, and I sent him to his room. My stomach turned, I felt sick. All her work. All her time on vacation. *sigh* 

Matthew is still in his room. We had a talk about, "How are we supposed to have a birthday party if there is no cake?" He said he feels bad, but I left him in his room to think on it. The real reason is because I just don't know what else to do and I don't want to bring him down here and keep bringing it up... since I'm still in shock.

So, the cake Demolisher is in his room while the Mama takes some deep breaths. I hope Aunti Stina can work some magic and I hope Joe learns a great lesson in forgiveness. ;) ... wow. A family memory has just been made.