Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sterly Berly is Three!

We had a great time celebrating Sterling's birthday yesterday. We invited three of our neighbors over for cake and ice cream. (Of course it was Costco cake Annie, would I ever PAY for anything else?)

I never get tired of seeing them "get" things. He didn't really understand/care that is was his birthday until the cake and balloons and fun stuff started happening. And then he understood. He was so excited and so happy. Afterwards, when it was time for bed, I was helping him brush his teeth and he was crying,(he didn't want to go to bed) and telling me it was his birthday and that he didn't want to go to bed. He then asked me if it would be his birthday tomorrow? He of course cried harder when I told him it wouldn't be. Good old Sterling. You can count on him for dramatics....

The first picture is funny. We did everything outside, and when Brandon called the kids into the backyard so we could start, Sterling grabbed his chair and put it right in front of the table and sat down. It was too cute.

The next picture if humorous to me. Now, you have to understand my love for cake to really appreciate why I thought it was funny. Earlier in the day I had gotten out our camping chairs and just randomly opened them up. When I was bringing out the cake and stuff I asked Brandon and Mom to move them over to the table area. They lined them up in a half circle facing the table and when I turned and saw them, it looked like we were going to worship the cake. I laughed out loud. It was probably one of those moments where you had to be there, but several of my readers will understand and laugh with me! OH MERCIFUL AND WONDERFUL CAKE......

Happy Birthday Sterling!

Monday, August 18, 2008

I'm not sure why....

but for some reason, I don't feel like it's a real post if I don't include pictures. Isn't that dumb? I haven't posted in a little while because I've been too busy ::lazy:: to get the camera out and upload some pictures. Oh well, I decided to do a quick little update anyway.

Brandon's surgery went well. He's recovering and healing very nicely. On that note, out of self consciousness, I wanted to say something about all of this. I did not make/coerce/force/bribe/or beg Brandon to do this. He decided on his own free will and accord that this is what we should do. I did have many long conversations with him, expressing my thoughts and fears and concerns either way. Just wanted to throw that out there....for those of you who may be wondering/accusing. LOL! He is back at work full time and so far is loving his new office/command/what ever you call it when they are in the military. He'll be glad when he can work out again. Two more weeks and he should be free of all restrictions.

The kids start school tomorrow. Mixed feelings on that one. I love/hate having them here all the time. I'm kind of weird in the sense that, the more they are here the more I want them here, and the reverse of that is true as well. I haven't figured it out yet. You would think it would be the opposite. I'm hoping for positive experiences here in Missouri, but I'm fully prepared to keep the boys home if it doesn't work out in the public school system.

Stephen will be attending the upper elementary school that is only 5th and 6th grades. He's excited that the school is new to all the 5th graders. It puts them on a more even playing field that way. I'm glad for him too. It's gotta stink always being the new kid. I did it a couple of times and it wasn't bad, but he's done it more than a couple....

Sebastian is always excited about school and can't wait to go back. He was sad when summer break started. I hope it continues past the fun grades. He'll be at the elementary school down the street.

Spencer is starting preschool and will go on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. He has been ready for school for a couple of years. At least in his mind. Trust me when I say it's a good thing we don't send our boys to Kindergarten before they are six. His teachers will thank me I'm sure. He's very focused, and likes for things to be a certain way. He is getting better about doing things the way others want him to. I think preschool is going to be good for him.

Sterling is going to be three on the 27th. Sometimes I forget he's still so young and then other times I can't believe he still acts like such a baby. He keeps me guessing and on my toes and guessing about my toes! We'll make it through though. If my Mom made it through me, then anything is possible.

Seth is still sweet. When he's not being rotten. But isn't that the case with all of us? He's all of a sudden grown up. He has a older sound in his voice and his laugh and his mannerisms. It's so true what the say about kids growing up faster when their are so many ahead of them. He decided that nursing time was over for him about two weeks ago. It made me sad. I'm not ready for him to not be a baby anymore. He just handed me my glass of water and said, "here Mommy." I've never had one be so vocal at such a young age. It's a lot of fun.

I've decided to start making my own cloth diapers. Yes, I'm crazy. Raise your hand if you didn't already know that........yeah, that's what I thought. Defiantly not a news flash. Cloth has become so trendy, that the prices are getting outrageous. Plus, sewing is a useful skill. Once I get good, who knows what I may attempt. My parents are here right now and my Mom brought her sewing machine with her. Hopefully between the two of us, we can figure out what to do. It should be fun.

Did I mention the fact that we have neighbors who have four children? Ages 11, 7, 5, and 3? Boy, girl, girl, boy. The kids have had so much fun playing together. Their mom and I are going to start walking together every morning at 6am. I'm glad to have another walking partner again.(miss you Annie)

Life is good. We are blessed.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Our continual vacation

With Brandon being on leave still, it seems like we're on a perpetual vacation. I could live like this for a while.

Wednesday, we went down town Kansas City and checked out what was down there. While we were down town, we checked out this place called Kaleidoscope. It's an interactive creative art place. It's owned by Hallmark and it's totally free. The kids made a ton of arts and craft type things. We had fun watching them enjoy themselves and run around. We also checked out an exhibit called Moneyville. It was another FREE hands on "center" for kids. It was all about money. From how it's made, to how long it lasts, to how to invest it, and a boat load of other info. They even had a million on display. Below you'll find a picture of Brandon hugging the million very tightly! There was a little farmers market set up in the back with plastic fruit and money so the kids could pretend. I followed Seth back there and while watching him play, made an interesting observation. The market was filled with girls, while to my right, the interactive investment video game station was overflowing with boys. We are so very different in our divine design aren't we?

Yesterday, we went to the coolest petting zoo/farm I've ever seen. Not only was it clean and well maintained, it was free too! We had a great time. Well, if you don't include the goat that tried to eat the skirt I was wearing. I seriously had to PULL it out of his mouth. It was crazy. Totally wish I had that one on video. Enjoy the pictures.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Good times in Missouri

I don't have anything special to talk about really. Just thought I'd share a couple of random pictures of the kids. We are enjoying Brandon's time off from work.

Here is Seth looking at himself in a mirror. Don't mind the messy room. We were still unpacking.

This was yesterday after we went on a bike ride to the park.

Notice anything new about my family sticker?

Pictures of our new joint

I've had several requests for pictures of our house. Here they are in all their glory...LOL. Really though, I'm glad we don't have to sell this place. It was hard trying to get some good shots and I'll still didn't get any good ones. Hope you enjoy the view.

It very much has the feel of a VERY LARGE apartment. Except for the fact that it has a basement. It's been so nice to call up maintenance whenever there has been a problem.
We're very comfortable here and this house is most sufficient for our needs.

Come see us sometime!
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