Thursday, March 20, 2008

The difference 5 years makes

I know this might seem kind of random, but it's interesting ... to me, at least ... When Lillie was three months old, we took her on campus and took pictures. There is a statue behind the chapel there that we like, and we don't know who it is supposed to be or anything, but it's this man praying and he is holding his hands cupped. We were a little silly that day and we laid Lillie down in his hands and took a picture. Last weekend, when we went back for a visit, she was hanging around the statue, so I put her up there and took another one. The first is from April 3, 2003, and the second is from March 16, 2008 ... almost exactly 5 years. What a difference!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Another day in the life...

Today does not like me. Today's story must be told.

This morning, Wes woke up feeling awful. He needed to stay home from school, so he called and let his 'team' know that he wouldn't be coming in. I didn't feel very well either, but I had my one day of 'awful' on Tuesday, so I got up and did what I had to do. I got the kids dressed -- Lillie in her school t-shirt for her field trip today -- and had to leave 15 minutes earlier than normal, also because of the field trip. The kids ate their waffles in the car as we drove to Sophie's school to drop her off first ... and when we got there, I realized that I took my poor tiny kid to school with no backpack and no lunch! I carried her in, my poor little no-lunchbox, no-backpack, short-sleeved baby in the 43-degree weather (because the high is 74 today), and had to drop her off in the cafeteria with the office manager because we were there before 8:00. After asking Mrs. Addie if Sophie could just have a school lunch today (for 5 bucks!), I left my screaming, crying, reaching-for-me baby and rushed out to the other kiddos in the car.

So, then I started driving, planning to go to the other kids' preschool, needing to get there just in time to drop Harlan at his class and arrange seating for any other kiddos who would be riding with me, and then I realized that I never packed a snack for Harlan. His lunchbox, he told me when I asked, was on the kitchen floor, obviously empty. I called Wes, who groaned at me from the pillow, and he agreed to get some crackers and a juice box together for me to pick up on my way to the school. After hanging up the phone with him, I heard Harlan whimper, "Mommy..." and I looked back just in time to see him PUKE all over himself and his clothes and his car seat. I called Wes again and said, "I know you're home today because you're sick, but you also have to take care of a kid who just puked. We'll be there in five minutes. Welcome to a day in my life." Then my low-gas light came on.

We had about five minutes to get Harlan and his car seat out of the car, clean up the mess, call the school to inform them that I was coming, and get there. Harlan felt fine and played the whole time we were gone. Meanwhile, at the science museum, Lillie and her friend Jacci (the two in my charge) were very good and had lots of fun. But I hadn't had time to eat a very good breakfast, just a granola bar. And since I am still under-the-weather with this cold or whatever it is, I started feeling a little woozy. No, I did not pass out or anything dramatic and scary like that; I was just hot and dizzy. I came home, told Wes that I really needed a fried-egg-and-turkey-bacon sandwich on a biscuit for lunch, and crashed on the couch for an hour.

Now for the happily ever after ... well, happily ever now, at least: I feel much better after food and sleep; Harlan seems to be perfectly fine; Wes is better and has now gone to school; the weather is warm enough that Sophie's short-sleeved t-shirt should be just fine; and the car has a full tank of gas. I guess we were really lucky that Wes was too sick for school this morning because otherwise, I would have been home with Harlan, and Lillie would have gone on the field trip without me! So, even though today doesn't like me, I am thankful for blessings in disguise!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Lillie reading some more!

This is another video of Lillie reading. This story is from the same book. It's about Ariel (the little mermaid). Enjoy!

Lillie reading!

I am posting these mainly for the grandparents' benefit ... but everyone is welcome to view if you're interested. They are short; each story is about three pages.

Here is a video of Lillie reading a story from her Disney princess beginning reading book. This one is about Jasmine (from Aladdin):

Friday, March 7, 2008

Stranger Danger!

Today as we were driving out of the Target parking lot, Lillie started talking about strangers, and how she didn't like them because they might take her. Don't get me wrong; I am not making my kids paranoid, but I have given them the normal instructions: Don't go with someone you don't know, etc ... so I thought that was the perfect opportunity to review our address and phone number. I told the kiddos that if anyone ever takes them away, to look for a phone and call 911 and give their names and their address and phone number. Lillie did pretty well remembering it all: 645 Newland Street, Jackson, Mississippi ... she only needed a little prompt. I'll work on that. Harlan, however, when it was his turn, said, "My phone number is 345 Jack-issippi!" I think I need to go over that a few more times...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

An outlet for the energy!!

And here's one from today. It was Harlan's second gymnastics class! The parents sit upstairs, so you'll get the aerial view, but it's still fun! Harlan is the one with the white shirt on ... and, yes, there is ONE other boy in the class! He isn't the only one! He's a natural at jumping and running and climbing ... now, if we could just get him to follow directions...


So, Sophie's class has been learning about dinosaurs lately, and I thought you would enjoy this little video I took yesterday. Watch for these things:
--Sophie's funny face (only one of many!)
--Sophie's awesome ROARRR!
--She says "dinosaur" at the end so clearly you wouldn't even believe it if you didn't see it!