Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I just happened to notice today that Daegan's socks were peaking thru the end of his shoes. I'm embarrassed to think how long he has been walking around with holes in his shoes.
So, we threw them away - and he cried! UGH! The tragedies of childhood.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This is going to be a photo dump/memory lane entry for 2007 (since I've only been blogging this year, I hate for you to have missed our highlights from that year).
This is my favorite one of the boys together, all playing on the deck with their baby new (2-months old) baby brother
These lollipops were a bad idea from the start, but we had them anyway
I used to decorate cakes for people for pay, but this is the only one I've done for my own kiddos
Daegan had to get seven stitches in his forehead after being pushed into the door frame by his sister on the way to Sunday School
Monday, September 28, 2009
Capps wasn't sure it was a safe idea, so he took a shorter ride via Uncle David
The rope swing was also a big hit, but I didn't take that many pictures. You got on the swing on this rock and jumped off. The other end of the swing dangled over the creek before you headed back toward the rock.The kids were disappointed to know that Louisa was only being baptized once, they were hoping for a repeat of the afternoon another day very soon!
I can't complain about 'cheap entertainment'.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Well, if you are a local reader you know that we have had a lot of rain. From Sunday lunch until Monday lunch we got 7 1/2 inches at our house (and last year we were struggling with a drought?). Up on a hill is appreciated right now.
Today Jason took the kids to work with him (this was only possible because he is working at a friends' house) while I went to physical therapy (round 3 was quite a challenge as I had to play catch with a weighted ball while standing on the tip toes of my one bad foot/ankle - the other foot was not allowed to touch the ground). Anyway, as I was driving to pick up the kids everything around us was flooded. Everything! Again, happy to be up on a hill!!!
Now when is the sun going shine again?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday the kids woke up and played downstairs (without coming up every five minutes to see if I was awake) until I finally got up and got everyone a bowl of cereal. I made cinnamon rolls and coffee and headed back to bed. The kids allowed me to just rest and watch cartoons with Daddy (actually Daddy watched cartoons while I slept) until 11:15. I finally got up, got some laundry going(which still has to be done on a do-nothing-Saturday), made lunch, played on the computer and then ran to Wal-Mart (also a necessity on a do-nothing Saturday) and then I laid in bed the rest of the day watching football (I love football season!!). I made a yummy new experiment of feta-stuffed chicken and then watched more football after the kids went to bed.
Like I said, I don't 'do nothing' very well, but I think I did pretty good this time around. Today we ate lunch at Mom and Dad's and came home to some more football, cereal for dinner, and haircuts (because I just couldn't handle it any longer). I'm a little frustrated that it is Sunday night and I can't run my 5k because of my ankle, but I'm trying not to take it out on Jason. :)
Monday - here we come!!
Friday, September 18, 2009
As for table manners, I have to confess, I'm not as picky as I should be with these. I decided a few weeks ago that we would have one manner a week that we would work on at the dinner table. First week, was the one that bugs me the most- "No talking with your mouth full!" I have no desire to see what the kids are chewing. Because of too many drink spills, last week was put your cup at the top of your place mat when not drinking - not in harms way right next to your elbow. This week was to pull your plate towards you and eat over it, not sit two feet away from it so that half your food hits your chair rather than your mouth.
I think next week will be to actually stay in your seat, with your bottom touching your seat for the entire time we are eating - as we say here at the Brown house, "No, crouching at the table!"
Tabitha, you last picture made me laugh because we have the same thing here. Although, I never put the positive spin on it as missionary practice. :)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Anyway, my table was near a lady selling Wooden Brain Teasers. She had lots of different types of puzzles. I bought one called the Crazy Four. I don't think I can do it justice to try to explain it, but when you put all four cubes it in it's 'sleeve' you can see all four sides and you are trying to get each color on each side (I'm sure I just butchered that description). Here is what it looks like:
Capps is our child that we always challenge with these things because he is a puzzle person. He is a five-year-old ??? (still looking for the right description). He wanted to try it tonight and got it figured out in less than five minutes. No lie!! My parents were here for dinner and can testify (if a Grandparent's testimony is worth anything?).
Of course, he wanted a picture:Jason said his nickname has just jumped from "Monkey" to our "Retirement". :)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
After waiting four months, I finally saw the orthopedic specialist about my ankle today. After looking at x-rays and doing a few "strength" tests, he said the ligament on the outside of my ankle was the problem. The terms he used were "ankle ligament laxity" and tendonitis. Because of this, the muscles around my ankle have weakened. My peroneal tendon is loose and every time I run it causes inflammation. Therefore, he is sending me to physical therapy. He said it should only take 4-6 sessions to strengthen the muscles so that the ligament can heal and so that the tendon will stop slipping. He was pleased that there was no arthritis on the xray and he felt like it should heal fine. He made me promise that if I was going to be running that I had to get good running shoes and continue to get good running shoes (don't ask me how old my shoes are - maybe you could call me cheap?). I will be going to meet with a recommended salesman that will analyze my foot to tell me what brand would be best for my foot and the way I run. He said he felt like I could continue to walk my 5Ks (not run) until the Physical Therapist gives me the ok to run again, which I will definitely be pushing for.
(fingers crossed) Here's hoping this is it and the problem will be healed soon.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Today, while he was eating breakfast, I went to take the garbage out and when I came back inside, I could sense his panic. When I asked him what was wrong, he said, "Oh, I didn't know where you were - and you know" (in his cute slur) "I hates to be alone".
Oh, I love my little monkey!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
For a week-and-a-half, Jason was working an hour away, so he was working long days to make the trip worth it. Most nights he got home after the kids went to bed. I joked (ok, maybe complained) that I wasn't cut out to be a single mom.
Then, I had my sister-in-law and her four kids over for dinner. She was in the middle of 17-days by herself, while my brother was overseas taking a class for his International Business Masters.
While we were talking, we were discussing the fact that my cousin is about to endure another year 'alone' (with her five children) while her husband is overseas serving this country in Afghanistan.
What was I complaining about?
I just saw a special about military families. They were interviewing these young children talking about their fathers being overseas. One 11-year old boy has only seen his father for 5 months out of the last 2 1/2 years. One 13-year girl was really struggling because her Dad had already been gone for 13-months and was about to have to go again for another 13 months.
What was I complaining about?
Unfortunately, it will probably be my first response to complain again about Jason's late nights. But I pray that I have a better perspective and just be thankful that he has work.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
At one point, I had four children on the program and we were getting 16 gallons of free milk each month (4 per kid) and we were using every bit of it. I still am not sure I completely understand it, but Jason says the government wants a healthy nation and this is one way they strive for that. My kids are definitely milk drinkers now and I'm not sure I would have offered that much milk to my children, so I guess it helped us be a little healthier. We also eat an egg meal once a week, my kids can't believe that some people eat eggs for breakfast.
Anyway, today I went to pick up my vouchers for the next quarter and they were having a W.I.C. Farmer's Market. This is a new program that our county has been given the opportunity to try. All the produce they are giving away has been grown in our county. It, obviously, made my trip to the health department a lot longer than I had planned, but I got a big box full of: 2 cantaloupes, a bag of apples, a head of cabbage, a bag of okra, three eggplants, a bag of peaches, a big bag of squash and a few onions. We got to choose what we took - other options were potatoes, red peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers and jalapeno peppers. (Yes, I chose cabbage, okra and eggplant!!)
Free yummy food just makes me smile!!! Now, how do you cook eggplant?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Here is Mac sporting new Elmo underwear this morning. We'll see how it goes!