Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My kids do this weekly thing at church called "Awanas". I wasn't so sure that I wanted them to attend because honestly, it seemed pretty nerdy. But they LOVE it. Maybe they are nerdy? Not possible... (Hey, I know Jude needs a haircut).
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
This afternoon as I was putting laundry away, I noticed that Jude was poised and ready to pounce from the end-table in the living room over to the loveseat. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence in our household. In fact, because of all of the leaping from furniture to furniture that occurred all summer long, we decided to get Jude a LARGE trampoline for his birthday last year. We still have the trampoline, and yet he still is leaping across the living room. But this afternoon I also noticed that Jude’s usual “direct hit” might be skewed a bit because of a coat laying across the loveseat. Before he pounced, I sternly gave him a, “No. No. No. No. No. Don’t jump over the furniture.” just as he was about to take flight. I was too late.
Jude smacked his thigh right on the arm of the loveseat and the crying/wailing/screaming that ensued was quite a delight. (As I’m writing this, I just heard Noelle say, “Jude! Get off the stinkin’ pot!” as Gavin replied “Noelle, it’ll be forever.”) Back to the crying/wailing/screaming...it was long and loud. I decided to take advantage of this moment by 1: cleaning all of the boogers off of Jude’s face and out of his nose that had built-up from the cold he has and 2: ripping the Yoda bandaid off of his right arm that had been there for no less than 9 days. No cuddling or sweet-talk could comfort this boy for a good 10 minutes.
At one point, through tears he yelled, “I’m bliiiiiind!!!!!”
to which I couldn’t help but giggle and say, “You aren’t blind.”
“Yes I am.” little man replied through tears.
“Honey, can you see?” I asked.
“Yes.” said Jude.
“Then you aren’t blind. Blind is when you can’t see anything.” I inform him.
The crying stopped and we moved on with our lives.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
We've had a handful of bouts of homesickness since we've moved to Salinas 18 months ago, but this recent bout has been pretty bad and left us making lists of all of the things we love and miss about the Northwest. Constantly dreaming about all of the things we miss in WA has made some days pretty miserable and heart-wrenching around here. In order to maintain some level of perspective, I decided to instead make a running list of all of the things I like about living here in Salinas. Surprisingly, this list hasn't been as easy to come up with as I had anticipated, but I'll leave it open-ended and add to it as more come up. Here's what I have so far...
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
For Jude's 5th birthday he was given a whole slew of Buzz Lightyear gear. He has these cool armbands that shoot red "circles", (not sure what they are supposed to be, but that's what Jude calls them) and wings that have buttons on the front that when you push them they say, "Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue!" and "To infinity and beyond!" among a few other things. Pretty great gifts since he's still playing with them a year a half later.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Now, there is a simple solution to this problem, but I've come to accept that this is just how its going to work for now...