Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New couch

I felt like such a grown-up when I got my first 'real' job as a teacher. In just a few weeks I had to rent an apartment, move north 70 miles, buy a washer and dryer and my first furniture; a couch and recliner. I remember going to Sears Home (which no longer exists) and walking to the back, to the clearance section. There were two couches that would fit; a floral print and a blue plaid. I kid you not, I chose the blue plaid so my future husband would like it too. How silly is that?! I also bought a pink recliner; we call it the big pink chair. It has an integrated phone, massage, and heating element, although the last time it was plugged in was in my old apartment.

William decided that we would get a new couch about 2 weeks ago. My couch has been deteriorating badly. It sags from years of everyday use. It is covered in bodily fluids. In fact, early in our parenthood I bought an upholstery cleaner just for that purpose. The fabric began to wear thin and we started looking for a new couch. Then 6 months ago I leaned on the arm of the couch and heard a rrrriiiipppppp. So we invested in a pricey slip cover, after all it looked nicer than the blanket we had thrown over it. We washed the slip cover a dozen times too - more fluids (thanks, kids).

But on a Sunday night at 6 pm Caskey and I decided to have pizza. I treated myself to a coke with my pizza. William climbed up onto the couch and proceeded to dump the soda ALL OVER. The entire can was dumped on the couch. I am sure after many hours of cleaning and sopping up sugary soda the couch would have been saved. But it wasn't really worth it, not after all the wear and tear this couch had been through.

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We rushed out and bought a new couch right away. But it was hard to let go of all the memories that first couch were a part of. We brought home our first three babies to that couch, we propped them up and took pictures and late at night Caskey and I took turns sleeping on it while the baby would sleep in the bouncy. Good-bye blue plaid Sears couch.

Connor's Bike

Last year Lainy Ann got a bike for Christmas. Well, this year Connor got a bike for Christmas. I know the experts say not to compare your children, but its hard not to when they are so drastically different. Today, December 26th, we finally took the bike outside. My patient and understanding Connor has waited 24-hours before trying out his gift from Santa.

He is doing a fantastic job on it. Riding it fast down the street. He is so polite too, "Daddy when we go down the street and back to the house, can we go again?" I wish we had more flat concrete so the kids could ride their bikes all the time. Right now Lainy Ann's bike is kept at Grandma Lou's and we have to go to the park or in the street to ride the bike.

UPDATE: He has already fallen, 5 times. He is SUCH a boy. Whoever says that a boys attributes are a factor of nurture versus nature is just crazy. He came in from outside filthy. I have never seen Lainy Ann that dirty, ever. He has dirt under his fingernails and streaks of dirt across his face. He told me that he went fast like Lightening McQueen and he fell five times. The first time Daddy caught him. He cried the first time and hiked up his pants to look for blood. When he realized he was fine he hopped right back on the bike. Subsequent falls were just as quick. I think we will be heading to the park later this week.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Staying Home

I love traveling to Oregon for Christmas. I love seeing the snow and the excitement of being on vacation. I love the old traditions of having Christmas at the school house and just hanging out doing nothing. I enjoy the jello salad, mashed potatoes and stuffing. The kids have a blast running around, playing, and knowing the rules have been relaxed for the day.

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Cemetary

Today we visited the cemetary. Finally, after 2 years and 3 months the twins headstone has been placed. This is the first joy I have felt in regards to their loss. It really makes me happy to see they are acknowledged and not forgotten.

I hope you like it as much as we do.

Headstone DONE

Thursday, December 13, 2007

He doesn't Speak

But he is definitely communicating. He just pushed the high chair all the way into the living room and banged on it yelling, his favorite word, "Aaaahhhh". I guess he is hungry. :-)

He has really figured out how to get his point across. When he wants milk he gets me to follow him into the kitchen, points to the cupboard with the bottles, tries to open the fridge where the milk is, and waits (semi) patiently while I fill a bottle.

And when he finds his pacifier or blanket it is pure delight on his face and a giggle in his chest.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Fairies in our World

LA: Mom, for my 6th birthday party I would like it to be fairies.
M: We will see, that's a long time from now.
LA: Its because I want to be a fairy when I grow up.
M: Why?
LA: Because fairies fly and I want to fly.
M: You can be a pilot and fly airplanes.
LA: I would rather be a fairy.
M: Well, you know fairies are pretend. (I regretted saying this immediately.)
LA: Really? There aren't any in our world?
M: Well, I haven't seen any.
LA: But I see one right there (out the window).
M: Oh, what does it look like?
LA: Well, its far away, so its hard to see. Its trying to get through the clouds but its wing is caught in a cloud and the rain [in the cloud].
M: What color is it?
LA: White like the cloud.
M: Well, maybe I am wrong.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Santa Came!

I know its still early in the season, but Santa visited our house last night. I didn't see him, in fact, no one did. But he must have been here, because he left behind some very special gifts. This morning when my kids went to get their bananas there were 3 neatly rolled red pieces of paper. They were tied elegantly with gold and red ribbon. They were magical. Three bananas were set out with three matching scrolls.

I was quite surprised as they weren't there when I went to bed last night. The kitchen was clean and all the bananas were together, at the back of the counter, but someone had moved the bananas and added a surprise!