Thursday, June 25, 2009

Brown Eyes

I am sitting here looking through all the pictures of my kids, and am able to recall exactly when the pictures were taken and what we were doing. I'm so glad that we have this kind of technology that we can capture memories with our family.
When I look into their little faces the are full of such happiness and life. There are times when I am not the kind of mom I should be to them, but they are always so forgiving. I pray every day for patience as a mother and a wife. I pray that I can be a good example of what a Godly woman looks like.
I want a lot of things for my kids, but I am also very grateful for what God has already given me in my children. He has given them big hearts, loving hearts. I can see how much they love other people, even before they meet them. Erin especially, every where we go she sees other kids and calls them her friend before she meets them. When we go to the park she is always looking for someone she can play with. Erin and Aiden also play so well together, I can tell that they really love each other. Aiden really doesn't like his sister to be away from him for too long.
While most moms wish for their children to have blue eyes. I LOVE my BROWN eyed kids!!! Thank you God for my brown eyed kids.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Great Idea

This is a little story for those who know my Erin Marie and her signature line "is that a great idea?" I'm not really sure when she actually started to say this but it is a common phrase used repeatedly throughout the day. Usually when she is trying to get me to do something or give her something and she follows up the suggestion with "is that a great idea mom?" hoping that maybe if I think it's a great idea I will do it. Other times I've heard her use it is when I tell her we are going to do something and she thinks it's a great idea, she will rephrase the suggestion as if she came up with the idea on her own and then say "is that a great idea mom?" Whenever family talks about Erin usually this phrase is used as an example of all the silly things she says.

Now on to my story. Even though I notice how much she uses this phrase it did not occur to me that she was aware that this was her famous line....until today. As we were coming home from VBS this afternoon Aiden was asking where his daddy was. So I explained that daddy had to go to work. This is how the conversation went:

Aiden: Daddy hone? (home)
Me: No baby, daddy had to go to work.
Aiden: See daddy at work?
Me: You want to go see daddy at work?
Aiden: yes.....great idea?
Erin: No Aiden, you don't say is that a great idea, I'm supposed to say that.
Me: *laughing*

It was so funny to hear Aiden use Erin's famous line, and even funnier that Erin was upset by the fact that he used it. Aiden used the phrase again tonight, trying to get me to let him go swimming. So it seems that he has picked up on the power of the phrase "is that a great idea?" I am blessed with two beautiful children who are always giving me reason to smile and laugh.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Our trip to the zoo

This was actually after we came home and she was suppposed to be "resting"

She was probably telling me another one of her "great" ideas

Lovin on my babies!!


Enjoying the fact that Aiden got out to walk for a bit.

Aiden not enjoying the peguine puffin house
Love them!!

Daddy and his "mini me"




We took our wagon this trip, it was the best idea we've had, they did great! We had snacks and drinks all ready in their backpacks.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Adventures in House/dog sitting!

I have been house sitting since Sunday night. The plan was to actually stay over there for the time they are out of town so that Eric and I could have some family time and pretend that we live there. This is an awesome house with an amazing kitchen that one of these days I'm going to try out. Anyway Erin and Aiden had spent Thursday - Sunday out on the farm with their grandparents. (Eric and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary on Friday) So I was expecting the kids to be pretty exhausted and thought they would need a night in their own beds. I was of course correct.

Sunday night I went to the house to check on the dog and feed all of the fish. That went well I just didn't like having to leave the dog in his kennel over night, but we did thinking that we would be able to stay with him the next few nights.

My first adventure was this tiny little frog that lives in a little aquarium I kept staring at him waiting for him to move and nothing. So I thought to myself, how am i going to tell them that on my first night i have already killed one of their pets. I am not a frog lover so you know this was way out of my comfort zone, I stuck my finger in the water to see if this frog would move. Finally, he scooted a little...that satisfied me and I went about my duties.

Monday morning came and Erin came in at 6:30a.m. I immediately thought to myself " this is not good" She normally sleeps until 7:30 or later. I was anticipating very a very crabby girl by the afternoon. I was correct yet again, Aiden even slept in and was still crabby. So I knew we had some work to do on getting them back to their regular schedule. I am not an extremely scheduled person but we do try to do naps and bedtime around the same time so that they are getting a good amount of sleep. I was realizing that it would not be a good idea to try sleeping in a strange house where they don't have their own beds, so this began my real adventures in house/dog sitting.

Monday morning after I was woken up so early I decided to go let the dog out and make sure he was OK before Eric went to work. So I go in my pajamas because who's going to see me. So I go and all is smooth sailing. I also took the kids over in the afternoon and we played with the dog and gave him some exercise. That was fun, the kids enjoyed it, this dog is a lot more tolerant of my children than our own dog. Although I think that if my dogs didn't have them in their faces all day long they might be ok with the kids too. So we went home and I knew I needed to go back over there to feed the dog and fish again. As we got later into the day we had some awful storms so I waited until it was safe and went over there not knowing what to expect. Thank you Jesus that he protected their house because I was not sure what I would do with all of those fish. All was well and we went over a couple more times before the night was over.

Tuesday morning I had the same routine, Erin up early, I go check on dog in my pajamas. Only this time I forgot that while this family was gone they were having their house power washed. To my surprise I was greeted by a bunch of strange men staring at me as I tried to walk in the house without being noticed. I was in my PJ's, hair pulled back, glasses on, not my best look. Although at least I put my hair back, because I'm not sure what they would have though if I left it down, (it is not a good idea to go to bed with wet hair) So my plan is to get in let the dog out and get out as quickly as possible. It worked out well until the getting out part, some how the dog got super fast powers and before I could turn around to block him from getting out he was already out. Use your imaginations here....I am running after a dog, in my pajamas with my purse and keys in my hand looking quite foolish and he went right for the guys working on the house. Everyone who has a dog knows that when you lunge at a dog it will run. I was trying to be as gentle as I could and tiptoe close to him to try to grab his collar. I'm pretty sure he was toying with me because he would sit very still until I would reach for his collar and off he would go again. The men were nice enough to help me and they coaxed the dog to them, because of course the dog will go to a complete stranger. I got him back in and got out of there as fast as I could.

Luckily before that big episode I had talked to the owners and we worked out another plan and I was able to take the dog to another person's house for them to watch. Which actually worked out well because when I went to pick him up the guys told me that he had been barking the whole time. I'm sure the poor thing was a little scared of what was going on at his house. So now I just have to make it through without killing any of their fish and I'm good to go.

In the mean time I am still trying to get the kids back on a good sleep schedule. We have done well today. Erin and Aiden slept until 7:30. I know some may look at this and say..."what's the big deal it's only an hour difference." but I say "Oh what a difference an hour makes" Ha ha...cheesy yes, but so true.

Soon I will have pictures. We have zoo pictures and our first swim of the season pictures.