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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday

Rory woke up perky and feeling 100% yesterday, but Camden and I both have sore throats. I'm hoping it doesn't last long!

I've been reading Parenting With Love and Logic the last several days. The whole premise of the book is teaching your children that there are consequences for their actions by using empathy instead of frustration and anger with them, but by immediately doling out the consequences and no second chances. They talk about finding a key phrase such as "uh-oh, it's so sad that you chose to disobey. It seems as if you need some quiet time in your room." Or things like "feel free to keep all the toys you pick up" (and you quietly gather up the ones they don't and they can earn them back with chores). Well, I tried it yesterday and found that it is very difficult to change the habit of just getting onto them and nagging them! Rory did very quickly pick up on that key phrase and I heard her around the house singing to herself, "uh-oh, it's so sad." I'm going to keep working on it because I do think the concept is pretty sound.

Camden is LOVING baseball. It's a good thing because the practices and games (which haven't even started yet) are taking over our lives. Does it seem extreme to anyone else that a 5 year old has two 1.5 hour practices, one scrimmage game, and one real game all within six days time? Yep, that's our schedule this week.

Grocery shopping, trying to feel better, and a baseball scrimmage are on the schedule for today. I better get started on my grocery list!

Zoe Pearn: Wild

Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday

Our weekend was fairly uneventful; busy enough to be fun, but quiet enough to be relaxing. We had family movie night Friday night and watched Nim's Island (which was really cute). Camden was enthralled as usual when the TV is on, and Rory is learning how to ask a lot of questions. We heard "what dat guy doing" and "why she crying" and "who is dat?" all night. Watching TV with her is starting to be alot of work!

Unfortunately, Rory's got a little cold and we ended up staying from church yesterday. She has been quite cranky and most definitely a mama's girl the last several days. Well, she's always a mama's girl, but especially so when she doesn't feel well. I thought she was doing better, but she started running a fever yesterday afternoon and then coughed her way through the night. Hopefully, she'll be on the mend today.

A few random things from last week/weekend:
  • "Have you ever had a ladybug poop on your Bible, daddy?" No surprise that this one's from Camden during lunch yesterday, and he was absolutely serious.
  • "God did it" Rory answered when I asked her who tore the page in her book.
  • Potty training is reminding me that I am the least patient person on this planet. And it's only been a week.
  • Does anyone else think Rory is a boy's name? She's been referred to as a boy by countless medical personnel in the year she's been home (not face to face, just on the phone when they hear her name), and I just saw a boy Rory on a TV show. Apparently, not everyone has seen Gilmore Girls.
  • Rory has gotten a little choosier about her clothes, specifically shoes. She wants to wear them all the time and wants to choose her own. Her new white Easter shoes are her current favorite.
  • Camden has been drawing "cogs." I have no idea what they are, but he likes to describe them in GREAT detail as he draws them. Over and over.
  • Rory has started "reading" books. I LOVE this stage. I remember when Camden started doing this too. She starts every book with "one day. . . " and then says, "sooooo . . . " in between phrases. Her favorite is still Maisy Goes Shopping. I may have to purchase that one so we don't have to return it to the library.
  • Two fabulous things happened this past week: (a) we found out we're getting a tax refund for the first time since we've been married (almost 12 years!!) and (b) my parents scheduled a visit in 2 weeks! I'm seriously excited about both these things.
  • A Korean figure skater won the world championship Saturday night. Not only is Kim Yu Na the first Korean skater to ever win an international skating championship, she also broke scoring records Saturday night. She is beautiful as well as a great skater. Rory was pretty taken with the whole ice skating concept and loved the spins!
  • I've been working on the alphabet with Rory. She says h*ll for the letter L. The 7th grader in me cracks up every time.
Zoe Pearn: You Rock

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wii Instructions

Rory likes to pretend she's playing the Wii. She always gets the same little box of pretend food to use as her controller. In this video, she's showing me how to play. I particularly like how she keeps telling to me look at her - clearly, something she hears alot. :)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Finally Friday

This is one of those weeks where I'm struggling to find blogging material (not to mention my insomnia is back in full force and I'm too tired to form coherent sentences) so I'll just leave you with the pages I've scrapped this week (apparently, I've felt creative since there are so many!).

Dani Mogstad: Pop Goes the World

Dani Mogstad/Libby Weifenbach: That's How We Roll
(available tomorrow at SSD)


Credits: here

Lauren Grier: Rock On Chicks Rule
(available tomorrow at SSD)


Lauren Grier: Rock On Bad Boys
(available tomorrow at SSD)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Workin' on SSD Rewards




You Are Twitter



You are energetic to the point of being hyperactive. You are the ultimate multitasker.

You don't have much of an attention span for anything. You like things short and sweet.



You can't help but let everyone know what you're doing, even if it's just what you're having for dinner.

You are big on sharing what's going on in your life. If anything, you share too much!






You Are Chocolate



You are dramatic, charming, and downright addicting.

You have a strong personality, and and people are drawn to your fabulousness.



You are stimulating and exciting. It's hard to get tired of you.

You are incredibly likable and popular. You live a glorious life.

A few videos

Just a few silly clips of the kiddos. Rory is copying the last pose of a singer on American Idol.


They were a tad wound up right before bedtime.


We're beginning our first full day of Rory wearing big girl underwear (cause I'm sure you were dying to know that). I'm not complaining because this has been very easy so far, but the child either has a bladder of steel and holds it for 6 hours OR she goes every 10 minutes all day. We may never be able to leave the house again.

On that note, I'm off to make scrambled eggs for breakfast. Enjoy your Thursday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Zoo

We had so much fun at the zoo yesterday. The weather was perfect, and the kids loved it. I think Camden enjoyed being with the other kids as much as he liked seeing the animals. One of the mothers brought along two friends with her: the girl is 9 and the boy is 13. They were the most responsible, well-mannered, helpful, sweet kids I have ever seen in my life. It was amazing. The 13 year old boy helped corral the babies, was a good friend to the bigger boys and was just incredible. As I was telling Brian about it last night, I told him that the mothers were all asking where we could get one just like him, and Camden piped up and said, "Good news, mommy. You've got one when I grow up."

The whole group: two almost 2-year olds, a 2 year old, a 5 year old,
a 6 year old, a 9 year old and a 13 year old. We are quite the entourage!


Caden and Rory (the little boy who was with her in Korea)
Enjoying her corn dog
We made it home yesterday afternoon just in time to crash for a little while and then headed out to Logan's to celebrate 5 years with Camden. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and ate his body weight in peanuts.
We're headed to the hospital today to get a chest x-ray for Rory. I am seriously dreading it. Pretty sure I'll be making a Starbucks run to help me get through it. Maybe a "Winnie's" chicken mcnuggets and "dip" will help Rory.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday

The kids both woke up in rare form yesterday morning (and early as well). We were all showered, had breakfast, had taken a walk, and were playing outside by 9:00! I wish I could say there were good moods all around, but the early morning combined with the late night before and no nap on Sunday made for cranky kids (and a tired mommy) by lunchtime.

Rory cracked me up yesterday as she walked around the house talking about Mary Moose (a.k.a. Mary Ruth - a lady from our church who stays in the nursery with her and happened to be over at church yesterday).

Rory, by the way, has not had a wet diaper since Sunday morning. Clearly, something has clicked in her little brain.

We're headed to the zoo today with the little boy who was in the same foster home as Rory in Korea. We haven't seen him for a year so I'm sure he has grown alot! He also has a 6 year old brother, which should be fun for Camden. Tonight we're eating at Logan's (Camden's choice) to celebrate his 5 years at home. Sounds like a fun day to me!


Lauren Grier: C&Y Monster Party

Dani Mogstad: Pop Goes the World

Monday, March 23, 2009

Seriously, 5 years?

Somehow, five years have passed since we went from a family of 2 to a family of 3. Let's take a walk down memory lane.

Our first peek at Camden (ignore the bad scrapping - clearly, they're from my early days.) I remember so clearly standing in that airport thinking that after all the hurdles we went through to be parents, someone was actually going to walk through those gates and just hand me my baby? Didn't seem possible.

His escort was so sweet. I'll never forget the tears in his eyes when he kissed Camden's head before leaving. Now that we've traveled to KOrea with Rory, I realize we weren't nearly grateful enough to this man who took care of an 8-month old on a 24 hour trip.

Our first nap together - he was so cheerful, and then just dropped off to sleep.

A few weeks after he arrived - I love those little fat cheeks so much. They didn't last long - he grew up so fast! Despite a few sleep issues in the beginning (which thankfully only last a couple of week), we had such an easy transition with him. Even though I can look back on pictures of him and see the uncertainty in his eyes, he really did settle in well. I will always regret not being able to stay home with him and experience every baby moment. It's what made us so determined to not adopt again until we could make plans for me to quit work.

Year number 1 (clearly, I was not a scrapper yet since I didn't even take a family picture!)

Year number 2 - that cheesy grin cracks me up!

Year number 3 - we had the best day at the park.

Year number 4 - Rory had just arrived home, and he was feeling quite jealous. It was good to have a day just to celebrate him.

Year number 5 - he's just so big these days!
Camden has baseball practice tonight so we're not celebrating until tomorrow (and believe me - he would much rather go to baseball practice than celebrate). We let him choose where he wanted to eat, and he chose Logans because of all those free peanuts. I think he loves throwing the shells on the floor almost more than eating them!

Our weekend was a bit crazy. Rory and I ran lots of errands Saturday morning while Brian and Camden went to a men's breakfast at church and then headed to baseball practice. We always get lots of comments when we're out usually consisting of how cute Rory is. Lots of times people try to talk to her and most of the time she is more than willing to talk back - she is generally quite the little social butterfly. I've been noticing the last week or so that she is not responding nearly as much. Well, this little old man tried talking to her. When she didn't respond to him after several minutes, he looked at her, said "you no speaka da english?" and walked off. One of these days maybe I'll just be able to laugh off those comments, but for now they get on my nerves.

It seems as if my girl is ready to potty train. What was my first clue? The fact that she asked me FOUR times yesterday to go potty and actually went! It's like a lightbulb went off in her head! I guess I need to get something besides diapers in this house.


We finally received Camden's baseball schedule yesterday and it looks as if we'll be eating/sleeping/breathing baseball for the next two months. He has 2 - 3 games a week until the first week of June! We thought they would mostly be on Saturday's, but there are lost of weekday games scheduled.


Rory picked up a little stomach bug somewhere and spent most of last night writhing around in pain. I hate it for her - she was so pitiful. She was up so often that it was 1 a.m. and I hadn't been to bed yet. She did sleep straight through after that and is still in bed so I'm hoping she feel better this morning. It didn't help that she missed her nap yesterday afternoon and was so tired (her mommy and daddy and aunt and uncle might be to blame for that since there was a serious Guitar Hero/Rock Band competition going on).

We have no concrete plans for today other than I'm definitely doing some housework. I think the weather is supposed to be perfect outside so I'm sure we'll spend a good part of our day enjoying it.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Doctor visit

I hope that we never have serious medical issues with Rory because I'm not sure she'd survive the doctor's appointments. The child goes into serious panic mode as soon as a nurse or doctor enters the examining room. Our visit yesterday was not easy. I feel so bad for her because she is so upset - I'm talking screaming so hard that she is choking and almost throwing up, and she would only get louder every time the nurse or doctor opened their mouths to speak. Not fun for anyone involved. The good news is that she's perfectly fine and growing. She now weighs 23 lbs, 14 oz (7th percentile) and is 34 inches tall (19th percentile). She had to have a TB skin test so we go back tomorrow to have it checked and experience the fun all over again. I'm guessing the traumatic visit was the cause of her screaming at naptime and then sleeping less than an hour. She woke up crying and was very clingy the rest of the day.

I'm tackling closets today in an effort to become a little more organized. Not sure I'll finish it all in one day (have you seen how many clothes Camden and Rory have?), but I'm going to try.

A few random things from this week:
  • Yesterday before naptime Rory said, "guess what, Mommy? I wub you." This makes two times she's told me now. And the "guess what" part is so cute.
  • Camden woke up extremely helpful yesterday morning and in a good mood. He also talked non-stop from the moment he got up until the moment I dropped him off at Gram and Gramp's house. When he got home, the first thing he said to me was, "we worked like slaves!"
  • We had a potty training incident last night with Rory that makes me wonder if I could get away with sending her to kindergarten in diapers.
  • If I hear one more He-Man or Mario Cart story from Camden this week, I might go insane. How many times do I have to pretend to be interested?
  • Rory found a book yesterday that has been buried for several months. She picked it up and immediately started saying phrases and words from the book. How does she remember that? The last time we read it, I'm pretty sure she wasn't even talking.
  • I'm a big fan of chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, they never seem to turn out quite right for me. I know it shouldn't be hard to mess them up, but really - they never turn out right. I tried a new recipe this week, and they were fantastic (think crisp on the outside, chewy in the middle). All normal ingredients, but some different measurements and ways to mix them (i.e. an egg yolk and melted butter)
Our weekend is fairly full. Brian has a men's breakfast to attend tomorrow and then baseball practice for Camden in early afternoon. I'm going to a Mary Kay party tonight (I'm pretty sure it's been since before I was married since I've attended one of those), taking Rory to get the TB test checked Saturday morning then picking up my consignment sale items and making a library and Target run.

You know the potty incident I mentioned earlier? Well, here's Rory's "trying hard" face. Something tells me she's not quite giving it her all.


Lauren Grier: Raspberry Jam mini kit
Robin Carlton/Zoe Pearn: A Little Flirty

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday

I'm running late so I don't really have time to post this morning, but two funny things happened and I couldn't resist.

First, I went to get Rory up this morning and she was jumping up and down in her bed saying, "I see Gram today, I see Gram today." Normally, she is VERY slow to wake up and quite cranky, but not this morning!

Second, we're headed to the doctor this morning for Rory's physical. At breakfast, Camden prayed, "And please help Dr. Heil to figure out why Rory isn't listening very well." He was serious as he could be. Apparently, our pediatrician is going to straighten out all behavior problems today.

Emily Powers: Nature Boy

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Balance

I told Brian last night that it felt like a good day because I had balance - something that doesn't seem to happen often in my days. Not only was there sufficient time to play/sing/read with the kids, but I got alot done around the house, exercised, scrapped, had a good devotion in the morning, talked to a friend, visited with my sister, cooked supper, and still had time to watch American Idol last night. If I could just get that much done every day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

About the Kids

Camden:
  • Every meal is his favorite. Every day at breakfast it's the best bowl of cereal/biscuit/poptart he's ever had. Every lunch and supper we're having his favorite chili/peanut butter sandwich/lasagna, etc. I guess it's a good way to live - enjoying every second.
  • He's big into counting these days. For example, he had 2 pieces of pizza, 9 Pringles, and 20 M&M's yesterday at lunch.
  • We've struggled with his self control pretty much ever since he turned 2, but he is getting so much better and learning to control his temper and tantrums.
  • He loves baseball. Seriously loves it. Last night after practice Brian asked him what his favorite part was, and he said, "Just all of it. I love all of it."
  • He can play for hours on end with a paper wrapper that he folds up into imaginary army men, or with a little set of magnetix that he sets up as a battle, or with playdough that he builds into an army. Do you see a theme here?
  • This isn't always the case, but he is currently in a helpful phase. He thinks it's the best thing ever to vacuum or help put the groceries away. So far, he's still not a big fan of mating the socks or folding towels, but I'm determined he'll learn.
  • He loves for me to read books to him. In fact, if I'm reading one to Rory (and it doesn't matter how babyish or girlish it is), he'll stop whatever he's doing to come listen. He doesn't have a favorite - he'll listen to anything I'll read.
  • Like a typical boy, he's not a big fan of brushing his teeth or taking a bath. Too bad for him I'm a mean mom and make him do both regularly.
  • He and Rory are finally getting along better. Don't get me wrong - there are still lots of screams and fights, but there are also alot more peaceful (although very loud) moments. Their new favorite game is wrestling. So far no one has been hurt. They even hug each other when they have to be separated. Seriously precious.
Rory:
  • I always said that once she started talking, she'd never stop, and she's proving me right. The child repeats almost every word that I say, Brian says, and Camden says plus adding her own words and sentences in. It is never ending. Her voice can be quite loud and high-pitched. She's much louder than Camden ever was. It's such a cute age because she is learning so much.
  • The first words out of her mouth almost every morning and after naptime before I can even get to her bed are "read a book?" Her favorite book right now is Maisy Goes Shopping and There's a Dragon Downstairs. Unfortunately for her, they're library books so she's only got a couple more days to enjoy them.
  • We hear alot of "mommy do it" around here. She most definitely is a mommy's girl. At each meal, she watches and the very second I finish my food, she is asking to sit on my lap to finish her own meal. She gets upset if Brian does much of anything for her and has been known to sob just because he gets her out of the car seat instead of me.
  • Last night at baseball practice, she asked to play baseball, and I told her she could play when she was a big girl. She must have repeated the phrase "my play baseball big girl?" one hundred times last night.
  • She is still very attached to her red towel from Korea, especially when she's upset or tired. She is almost desperate to rub it across her lips during those times. And even though she is not all that affectionate, if she is being especially sweet, she will rub the towel across our lips because that's what comfort represents for her.
  • She is starting to show some clothing preferences. So far, not fighting me on anything, but when something new shows up at our house, she wants to try it on and it's hard to get it off her!
  • After I dressed her for church on Sunday, she went in to Brian to get her regular praise, and he told her "nice hairbows." She looked up at him and said, "nice shoes."
The kids were both so good yesterday even though they missed Brian and we spent several hours in two different grocery stores. We all went to baseball practice last night since it was a nice evening. I've decided soccer is alot more fun to watch because Camden played the entire time. In baseball, we spend most of the time waiting for Camden to have his turn so in 1.5 hours of practice, there are only a few minutes of action.

I did meet an interesting mother at practice last night (I say interesting because it was the kindest word I could come up with). Within the first few minutes of meeting her, she had (1) introduced herself to Rory, then promptly told her to go play up on the hill in the mud; (2) asked "is she adopted" in a whisper as if it were a secret, (3) told us that they were adopting a girl from Mongolia because there was no way they were going to take a chance on having a third biological boy, (4) when she told her sister that Rory wasn't potty trained, the sister said "well, she should be." Interesting times at baseball practice. I'm pretty sure Brian is going to be the baseball practice parent from now on. No one bothers him while he grades papers on the bleachers.


I've finally figured out how to upload videos from the camera to YouTube so you might see a few more of these. This is just Rory after naptime yesterday.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring Break is Over

I took a little blogging break (if you hadn't noticed). Both our computers had major virus issues last week, and we literally spent hours working on them, upgrading computer security, etc. I think we're finally about straightened out, but it's been a mess!

So in the last 4 days, we registered Camden for kindergarten, applied for a passport for Rory, the kids got to see a baby goat being born, I got a haircut, I got to spend 4 hours at home alone while Brian took the kids on a "date", visited with old friends from Illinois, went out to eat with the grandparents, took zero pictures, watched way too many cartoons and read LOTS of books because of the crazy weather, missed a MOPS meeting because of the ice (yes, ice despite the fact that we broke heat records earlier this week), shopped a few kid clothing sales, and I think that about wraps it up.

When we (or others) tell Rory that we love her, she will occasionally respond back but she is just repeating back to us - she's never said the phrase to us. On Saturday she came up to me, poked me with her little finger on the leg, pointed to herself and said "I wubba you" then pointed to me. My heart melted!

We're getting back to a normal schedule today. Brian went back to work, and the kids and I are grocery shopping. I imagine they're going to be a bit off today and will be missing their daddy. Camden has baseball practice tonight, and it can't come quick enough. He has been bouncing off the walls while we've been stuck in side the last several days so I think an hour and a half of running the bases should help.


Dani Mogstad: Little Buddies

Dani Mogstad: In Your Easter Bonnet

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Floppy Pigtails

We've discovered a new hairdo, and I can't stand the cuteness.






We had another nice day yesterday and took a long walk yesterday morning. It's so nice to have Brian home for spring break. The kids played outside quite a bit and Camden got to shoot his B.B. gun with Brian (don't worry - I kept Rory on the other side of the house). I also managed to get 6 loads of laundry washed, dried, folded, and put away.

Unfortunately, Brian has to spend one of his spring break days going to a science conference (at the request of his principal) so we're on our own today. It's chilly and rainy so we'll probably take it easy.

Random bits:
  • During a commercial break on American Idol last night, I flipped to 17 and Counting, which is a show on TLC about the Duggar family. You know, the family with 17 kids and she's pregnant with the 18th. They were in a baby store and the mother oohed and aaahed over the hooded towels like they were a new invention. Seriously. The woman has EIGHTEEN children and doesn't have any leftover hooded towels?
  • This whole daylight savings time isn't working out quite the way I thought. Not only does Rory lay awake for nearly 2 hours every night playing, she isn't sleeping in like I thought she would. Which means, of course, that she yawns her way through the daytime and I have to wake her up from her afternoon nap so she doesn't sleep through supper, and she does not wake up a happy camper.
  • I'm feeling bad about the number of pictures I post of Rory versus Camden. But you can only take so many pictures of a 5 year old digging holes in the yard - and that's how he spends most of the day! Plus, his hairstyle doesn't change.
  • I've been trying to teach Rory my name. It's apparently working since she spent yesterday calling me "Missa Mommy" (as in Melissa Mommy).
  • Camden is embracing the south these days. He'll say "yes, maam; I sure will, maam" in an extreme Southern accent.
  • If you're a scrapper, you should definitely check out Scrapbookpictures.com. They're having a sale - a big enough sale that as of yesterday, I'm now up to date on printing my scrapbook pages.
  • I need to stay away from all stores that might carry little girl clothing. It's all so stinkin' cute and I can't seem to resist buying them for Rory. If you'd like to shop, however, email me at camdensmommy @ gmail dot com and I can send you a printable Gap 30% off coupon good for 3/12-3/16.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Home Videos

Even though I spent 2.5 hours in the waiting room yesterday in a gown that dragged the ground, sitting in a chair too high for my feet to reach the floor, it wasn't too bad. I learned my lesson the first time I had a mammogram and took a book with me so I got lots of reading done. I got to see Andrea and ran a few errands, came home and worked on house stuff, then finally collapsed on the couch when the kids went to bed.

Rory and Camden had a good time with Brian. They ended up going to Gramp's house to see new baby chickens and got to see two baby goats being born. Thank heavens that hasn't led to many questions from Camden. I am completely unprepared to answer those sorts of questions to my 5 year old. Although he did come tell me that Oreo (another goat) was going "to lay a baby goat."

We have nothing big on the agenda today. Brian is working on our taxes (never a fun thing since we NEVER get a refund, just a request for more money), and I'm having a laundry day. Today is supposed to be the last nice day for the next week so I'm sure we'll spend quite a bit of it outside.

Here are two home videos (Brian says to warn you they are not his usual masterpieces - just plain videos) mostly for the benefit of grandparents.




Monday, March 09, 2009

Monday

Well, it's day one of spring break, and I'm celebrating by leaving the kids with Brian and getting a mammogram. Fun times. Actually, I don't mind so much - not that they're alot of fun, but I'm happy to do preventive maintenance as I like to call it. I'm also going to stop by and see Andrea and Kelly (Christian's mom and sister) while I'm kid-free and in town. I've got a couple of errands to run, and I will relish every second of not dragging the kids in and out of carseats!

The weekend's weather was so nice, and the kids played outside most of the day Saturday. Camden had baseball practice Saturday night so we made it a family event and all attended. I think in his fatherly pride and typical optimistic spirit it's possible that Brian
overestimated our son's natural ability. He did do a good job of listening and his skills seem normal for a 5 year old boy (just not necessarily ahead of the curve - Brian had me expecting a little baseball genius). Camden certainly enjoyed himself (while we were bored out of our mind watching them crocodile catch the ball between their hands on the ground). We're really impressed with the coach. He seems very knowledgeable in coaching little boys and seriously has more patience with those 9 boys in that 1.5 hours than I've got all week with my own 2 kids. As we drove home, Camden said, "mommy, I just love baseball. I mean, I just love it."
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Friday, March 06, 2009

Let's Play Ball

Last night was Camden's first baseball practice, and to say he was excited would be an understatement. He's kind of a talker anyway, but when he's nervous or excited, he really talks so we heard all about it for hours before practice. Brian said he did a really good job of listening to the coach and a good job with everything he was teaching them. Actually, his exact words were, "either our team is sorry or Camden is way ahead of the curve." Seriously, Camden has looked forward to this day as long as he was even aware of sports - his favorite toy has been a ball from the time he came home at 8 months old, and he's wanted to play baseball since he was 2! One funny moment at practice is that he was very concerned with keeping his bat clean, and the coach kept drawing a line in the dirt so he would know where to stand at bat. Brian said Camden kept wiping off his bat before he'd get ready to hit. Yeah, that's pretty much been the same since he was a baby too! I snapped a quick picture as he was leaving - he's so handsome (and big!) these days.
Rory's got her own accomplishments these days. She came running into the room the other day and said, "I do it myself!" She sure did! Obviously, the shirt is a little wonky, and notice the inside out and backwards pants. So cute!

And she has literally spent hours, HOURS I tell you climbing up onto this rubbermaid and into the laundry basket. Camden used to love (and still does sometimes) to play in the laundry baskets, but Rory's little legs aren't quite long enough to climb into them until she discovered she could use the rubbermaid to climb into the basket. This little game has seriously entertained her all week long. Unfortunately, the rubbermaid is going to the consignment store today. I might have to find another one just to keep the game going. The climb is accompanied by a "look at me, mommy" every single time!

climbing . . .

almost there. . .
made it!
While watching American Idol last night, Rory started giggling and said, "mommy, she shakin' her booty." And she kinda was. Oh, Rory who is TWO also said to me, "I give up naps, mommy" as I was putting her down for a nap yesterday. Ummmm, I don't think so!

Brian's spring break starts at 3:15 this afternoon when the buses leave school so you can imagine he's quite excited. We're trying to ignore the fact that there is rain in our forecast for the next 7 days.

Our plans for this weekend are pretty slow. The kids and I are running to the consignment store to drop off some of Camden's clothes, to the library to drop off some books, to the grocery store to pick up some meat that's on sale, and then Camden has baseball practice Saturday evening, and church on Sunday. I happen to be one of the few people ready for the time change - it's full daylight at 6 a.m. and my kiddos are getting up earlier and earlier. Hopefully, the time change is going to help!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

House Rules

I've had the idea in my head for quite a while of having a list of "house rules." Not rules like don't hit your sister, no backtalking, etc., but a more general list of principles with Bible verses to back them up that everything else would fall underneath. I want Camden and Rory to not just be able to follow a list of rules, but to understand why those words or actions aren't acceptable. I ran across this list several weeks ago, and I've been waiting to get started until I could come up with the perfect way of displaying them, teaching them, etc. (you'd think that part would be easy since we have an actual elementary teacher in the house). I've decided there's never going to be a perfect time so we're diving in this morning. I'm going to hang them on the refrigerator for now, but maybe someday I'll have them displayed in a more permanent way. Here are the "rules."

Obey - Eph. 6:1
"Children, obey your parents. . . "

Respect Others - Matthew 7:12
"Do to others as you would have them do to you. . . "

Tell the Truth - Prov. 12:22
"The Lord delights in those who are truthful."

Be Thankful - I Thess. 5:18
"In everything, give thanks. . ."

Work Hard - Phil. 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."


Lauren Grier/Shawna Clingerman: Keep You Forever

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