Monday, January 31, 2011

Not Enough Time

Porter was here from 3 to 5 playing with the boys. Angie came to get him and apparently that was just NOT enough time to play. So, she took my boys home with her and they came home at 8. Jack is already planning what he will do next time he goes to Porter's house. I'm glad my boys have such a good friendship with such a nice boy. Those cute girls too of course, they are involved in Jack's plans after all.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Movie Nights

Movie nights at home, movie nights with the whole family at the theater, movie nights with my girl friends, movie night with Timm. I love just sitting next to someone, enjoying the same thing, knowing we are all having fun and not having to talk. It's just nice.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My In Laws

They raised a very nice boy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I like how they shut.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sinking In

Today we rewarded our children for learning a lesson. That always makes my day.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Movie Time

Jack has had yet another adjustment to make. Daddy is gone during the day again so it is back to just the two of us. This week as soon as we drop off the kids at school, he goes into my room, climbs on my bed, pulls the blanket up and waits for a movie. We have been watching movies on Hulu and snuggling every morning. Oh, and usually I find him gazing at me and smiling instead of watching the movie at least once every morning.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Book club is going to be at my house today and I'm excited. I love book club. Because of book club I can totally say that I need to be left alone, I'm reading for book club.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Full Time Friends

We had a little experiment with the boys this afternoon. As a punishment for all of their fighting this morning we grounded them from each other for 2 hours. They both had to act like they were an only child. They not only didn't have anybody to fight with, they had nobody to play with or help them out when they needed it. After the two hours we had a good talk about how a brother is like a full time, live in friend. I think it sunk in if only for a little while, we will see. The best part though is how they both watched the timer like hawks. Andrew even did a count down.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Little Helper

We were getting ready for church this morning when I looked into the living room. What I saw was probably one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Jack was standing as still as he could and talking to his big brother Andrew, while Andrew knelt in front of him buttoning up his vest. Nobody asked him to, he just wanted to help Jack get ready. The sweet look of concentration on his face was absolutely priceless. I really am the luckiest mommy in the whole world.

Friday, January 14, 2011

It All Lines Up

Don't you just love it when you want to go do something, you call somebody, they already have plans and invite you along? Then, miraculously, you are able to do exactly what they have planned? Yay for not having to plan things!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I took Jack in for his 3 week post-op appointment today. The doctor kindly encouraged him to sleep at night since we are trying to break him of his habit of working himself up before bed. It's a long habit that used to be fully justified, but now there is no reason to be afraid to sleep. As we were driving home Jack told me he wants to go to Africa. I asked him why and he said that it never gets dark in Africa and you don't have to go to sleep. I tried telling him that it does get dark there, but he's pretty sure I have my continents mixed up. Who am I to argue with such a smart boy?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Laying Low

I've been laying low and taking it easy and everyone is not only letting me, they are encouraging me.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I was trying to talk to Apollo today so he wouldn't get grumpy. He really doesn't like it when he feels ignored. With my voice gone I was worried about he would act. So, I got up real close to his cage and talked to him as much as I could. Which is to say, I whispered to him. The crazy thing is, he started talking back to me, quietly. Of course he doesn't know how to whisper (yet), but he got real close to me and talked quieter than I have ever heard him talk. Do I have a cool bird or what?

Monday, January 10, 2011

No Voice

I have absolutely no voice today. When people say that they lost their voice you think of them as squeaky and whispy. I wish, I can't even get a squeak out. The amazing thing is, my whole family is trying so hard to listen to me. They turn to see what I need when I clap to get their attention. They gave me a whistle and we set up a system. 1 whistle for Hollee, 2 for Ali, 3 for Eli, 4 for Andrew, 5 for Jack and one long whistle for Timm. They even gave me a white board to write messages on. Of course the kids still need to remind Timm to look at me after he answers, you can't see hand signals and notes when your back is turned.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Timm can't sleep at night. He's too nervous. He's also too cute.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hide And Go Punch

Timm and Jack went to JCPenny today. Jack thinks it's funny to hide in the clothes racks. TImm didn't see him so he loudly called, "HEY!" There was a couple arguing and they thought he was talking to him. The man gave him a very dirty look. Timm cleared it up and all was well. That is, until he told me the story. When Jack heard that a man gave his daddy a dirty look he was indignant! He said to me, "I wanna punch that guy in the face!"

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


We had a nonstop day, but guess what? Timm got some of his books today (half of them were not there). Boy am I glad I'm not him. That's a lot of numbers and diagrams. He will do great. We are all very proud of him.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


It's Timm's birthday. Can I just say I like that guy? He's a pretty awesome husband, father and friend. You all should be jealous.

Monday, January 3, 2011


Andrew leaned in to tell Timm something. TImm leaned in too. Andrew beckoned him closer. No, closer. A little bit closer.......... BURP!
Then he ran.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Whole Night!

Not only did Jack sleep all night without waking up in pain, all the kids slept till 10! It was the best morning ever! We slept in, we had breakfast and we all piled on top of each other and watched a movie. Good times.