Monday, April 30, 2007

Playing House

Overheard today...
"Jericho, do you want to play house?"
"Okay, you be the mommy and I be daddy."
"Alright, and here's the baby."
"No, not a baby! How about a dog, okay?"

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Spin

My youngest son enjoys swinging in his outside swing. It is one of the few places that I can set him down and he will be happy for more than ten minutes. Today I did just that. I set him in his swing so he could watch his brother and sister entertain him. Every so often, one of the older children would push him a little. I would observe the interaction from the kitchen window, venturing away for only the briefest of moments. Unfortunately, one of these moments was not so brief as it should have been. I returned to find my daughter releasing the swing that she had just twisted up. The swing, with the baby inside, twisted wildly. I ran out the door, stopped the swing (which still had a couple of revolutions left,) unbuckled the baby, and lifted him up. I watched his little eyes try to focus as I waited for the barf that I thought was inevitable. Fortunately, that didn't happen and the baby seemed fine. My other two children couldn't quite understand why Ransom didn't have a good time.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Then What?

Jericho likes to plan ahead. He likes to know exactly what is going to happen each day. For example, today when he woke up he asked, "What are we going to do, Mom?" My reply, "Eat breakfast." "Then what?" was his next question. I proceeded to outline our whole day for him, each time receiving the query, "Then what?" or "What's next?" Finally, after one such question, I came to the summation of our day and said, "Then we go to bed." His response, "Oh, man! I don't want to go to bed!"

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Planting at the Park

The kids enjoyed planting flowers and playing at the park on Friday with our church friends.

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Nature Trail Tales

Today we went to a nature conservancy at Los Rios Ranch in Oak Glen. It was great for the kids to get outside and enjoy the creation that God has given.
The moms and kids from our church that went.

Jericho is holding his nature trail guide. He loved looking at the bird on the front and saying, "That's cool!"

Mommy & Ransom
The kids in our group on the "Poet's Bench"

Scottie, Mrs Briget, & Hero

I believe these are Sequoias.

Red-winged Blackbird
No, I don't know the name of this flower, but I am sure my mother in law does.

Apple Tree Blossoms

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

This Week

Well, this week has been quite busy, so I will try to give some brief updates about what has been going on.
Ransom had his appointment with the urologist. Great news, the hydrocele appears to be going away on it's own. Hopefully it will completely go away by his next appointment in October.
Also, I was able to enroll Hero at Community Christian School. I was glad that I got there early since there were only two spots left. I got one and the lady behind me got the other. Now hopefully Hero will test well enough to get into first grade.
Hero had her physical and TB shot. This went as well as could be expected since Hero's greatest fear in life is a needle. Unfortunately she also had to get a blood test as well. She screamed so loud for this part that she didn't even notice the needle being inserted. In fact, after it was over she said that the lady hadn't even used a needle. Glad we got all worked up for that.
Usually this is such a busy day for me but since preschool was canceled and we didn't have church tonight, it was not so bad. I had an eye exam and the kids were watched by my grandparents. The exam went quickly and I was able to visit with them afterward.
The biggest mistake of my day was letting my kids play with play-doh. As some of you may recall, this is not my favorite kid pastime. I was operating under the assumption that this would be a good activity to develop their fine motor skills. Of course the baby decided it was time to eat while they were playing. I wrongly assumed that they would be okay on their own. Did you know that if you add enough water to play-doh it becomes just like clay? I found this out the hard way.
That's this week so far. Much more fun times to come.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Sitting Alone

Ransom has reached another milestone! He can sit by himself for about three minutes at a time without tipping over. Of course, when Mommy wants to blog about it, he wants to sit on her lap instead.