Archive for April, 2008

You are Stupi….endous

April 30, 2008

Tanner’s eyes remind me of Jim’s.  They both look like they have lace in the iris.  He is wearing that yellow hat almost every day now.  Cute.

Ever the comedian my little Ty.

This week I was in Tori’s room and heard an argument break out in the bathroom.  Ty was in the process of calling Tanner stupid (a word not allowed in our house).  Midway through the word, he caught me out of the corner of his eye as I was approaching to address this.  On a dime, he changed stupid to stupendous.  Sounded something like this…”Tanner you are STUPI….ENDOUS!”  Wow!  Now THAT is impressive!  Reminded me of something I did when I was about his age that my mother loves to remind me of.  She gave me a set of instructions that I was apparently less than impressed with.  When she turned around, I raised my hand pretending like I was going to swat at her.  Mothers have eyes in the back of their heads you know and she quickly turned around and caught me in the act.   Quickly, my raised hand turned into the hand motions of Deep and Wide and I broke out in song.  :)     The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree does it?  ;)

Later in the day I asked Ty if he knew what stupendous meant.    He said “Delightful”.  :) :)

 

 

Ty’s visit to his opthamologist was long overdue and now I feel bad that I didn’t get him back in sooner.  It seems that his right brain is taking over for his left and he is losing vision in the left eye.  It isn’t “terrible” right now but the Dr. said that if this keeps up, he may eventually lose vision in the left eye.  I was pretty shocked to find out that we will need to patch his right eye for 2 to 3 hours a day until he is NINE OR TEN years old!  Good gracious that is long!  He is not enjoying it and poor baby asks me every 5 minutes if patch time is over but he is at least obedient about it.  We were using sticky patches but now that I have his glasses in (yes he now needs to wear glasses full time), I bought over the lens patches.  He is not acclimating to the glasses real well yet so I am limiting his day use trying to build up the time.  I had hoped that if he could see better with them that he would like them but he says they hurt.  Is the prescription wrong?  Are they giving him headaches?  Is it just a “getting used to it” thing?  Time will tell I guess.

Do you know one stinking pair of glasses was about 250.00 and that was WITH insurance?!!!  The total cost would have been over 500.00 without it!  I did buy upgraded Nike flexible frames, transitional lenses, and anti reflective so that of course boosts the cost but still…  He looks pretty adorable in them don’t you agree?  

Notes for Mom:

Appointment was on 4-7-08

Prescription:

Right: (Sphere) +0.50; (Cylinder) +0.50; (Axis) 90
Left:   (Sphere) +2.00; (Cylinder) +0.75; (Axis) 90

What is my name?

April 28, 2008

Tanner is out today working with his dad (writing this on Saturday).  I am sure he is missing Tori.  Lately, whenever he leaves and comes home he quickly tells me how much he missed her.  He calls her “Sunshine”.  He is getting just so mature lately.  I love how he keeps giving me descriptions of things and then adds “it’s because”…and launches into the explanation.  Soooooooo like his Dad.  Jim is one to give me explanations like that as well.

I wonder if Tanner will be as onery as Jim with a dry sense of humor?  I suspect so.  Jim and I live very stereotypical male/female lives.  He does all outside stuff and fix it stuff and I cook, clean and take care of kids. (Sidenote:  he could stand to improve his gas filling skills.  Can’t figure out why I everytime I want to go somewhere there is no gas in the car. ) 

Lately I have tried to be less co-dependant and have tackled a few things on my own.  Jim’s mom is a Jane-Of-All-Trades and it is kind of embarrassing when your MIL has to tell you “Doni – don’t try that.  Just leave it for me.”  Hee hee!  Anyhow, I wanted the fan blades painted in Tori’s room and I didn’t want to wait for Jim to take them down.  Surely I could handle a screw driver?  I did call and ask if I could get electricuted if the fan was off.  Was that a silly question?  So I did manage to get them down but somewhere in the process lost a couple of little tiny insignificant washers.  Jim asked me why in the world I removed the fan blades myself.  :)   I wanted to know what the big deal was about these dinky little parts.  My friend Laura came over and I asked her if she would be concerned about accounting for every little silly washer.  She said yes.  (LOL)He said the blades could fly off without the washers and he refused to put them back up until we buy new ones.  The blades are now sitting on the diaper changing station and I realize I am no better off.  That endeavor didn’t save any time did it?  Then I tried to paint polka dots on a metal tin using my MIL’s stencils.  They kept bleeding and I had to quit.  She took one look at my work and took over.  I think I will leave stencils alone from now on too.

Recently Jim told me that I am parking in the wrong spot and too close to the car.  He told me to pull the right tires into the rocks and stop when I hit the front sidewalk.  I told him that I might run over the bush in our front yard if I do that.  He said it wouldn’t matter because I couldn’t kill that bush if I wanted to.  Okay fine.  A couple of days later we are pulling out of the driveway and he says “Babe!  Look what you did!  You have totally parked on our bush!”  Oh if you could just see my fuming expression.  I was ready to launch into a tirade about getting specific permission to use my weapon of mass destruction on that bush and then I see the glint of humor in his eye. (I drive a Ford Excursion)  Sheeessh he drives me nuts sometimes.  You know he never actually uses my name either.  I think he pretty exclusively only calls me “Babe”.  I like that.  Tanner and Ty still say “mommy”.  What is my name anyhow?  I might forget.  I don’t mind.  Babe and Mommy are much better.

Sassified

April 24, 2008

That black and white picture of Tori that I posted recently that I loved so much inspired me to take some b&w of the boys.  While I love these pictures, I am realizing that there is something about deep pools of dark brown that really give that “liquid” eye effect and I couldn’t really recreate it with Tanner or Ty.  Ty has pretty dark eyes too but not like Tori’s.  Her’s are still BLACK.  You almost can’t see the pupil.  I wonder if they will stay that way?  They sure are fun to photograph that dark! 

I am having a mommy wants to scream kind of afternoon.  All I stinking want to do is post process some of Amanda’s pregnancy pictures and it’s now 3:30 and I have yet to even start.  (a)  Tori is being a typical tiny one today – really wanting mommy at every second.  Not that I am complaining about that but it makes it difficult to do anything.  (b) Ty is supposed to be sleeping but keeps calling me.  (c) Tanner is bored and looking to me for entertainment.  (d) My internet is going slower than the freeway during rush hour.  I got everything done this morning so that I could have some mommy time and I still am not managing to get any.  Grrrrrr….  Okay enough of the vent.  Hopefully I can type through a fussing baby and she will fall asleep in a second. 

Back to Tanner…

He will be seven on May 22nd! He is feeling so grown up lately.  He seems to have really matured since our family received the blessing of another member.   He also seems to be coming out of his shell more and more.  This last week he has made me giggle several times with his comments.  Just sounding grown up.

Last week I asked him what he wanted for lunch and he didn’t know.  I gave him some options and he finally chose something.  A little later I asked the same question of Jim and added leftover pizza to the lineup of options for dad.  The minute Tanner heard me say that, he swung around and said “YOU should have told me that!”  As sassy as it sounds (and kind of was), Jim and I got quite a giggle out of it because it was very atypical of Tanner.  Felt like a glimpse of our future teenager.

In the same week, he said something else fairly sassy that made me laugh.  He actually was being more patronizing than sassy.  I was telling him about something and midway through my description he turns his head and starts talking to Jim.  I say “Hey!  I was in the middle of telling you something!”  He says “Mommy I CAN talk AND listen.”  LOL!  Oh really?????  Why do I sincerely doubt that?  Wasn’t that such a “man” thing to say?  I begged to differ.  (I didn’t ask him to repeat what I said though because what if he could?  LOL)

Then there is his sweet side…

Jim bought me a massage for Christmas and I just got around to using the gift certificate.  When I got home I was telling him that the massage therapist was awesome.  Tanner, overhearing our conversation, walks by and says “But was she kind?” – :) :) .  Glad to know that he is realizing that character counts. 

Tori is a wee bit quieter now.  She is sucking on her fingers – darn it.  I am really really trying to swap the pacy for her fingers because I don’t want a thumb sucker on my hands!  Not sure I am going to win this one. 

I have a whole passle of pictures to post but have had no time for post processing or blogging this week.  The nursery is ALMOST done so I expect to put up pictures next week.  That has consumed a lot of my time this week.  I L O V E it!  The kids bedrooms in our house are quite small so decorating can be a little more difficult because of that but her room turned out even better than I had dreamed.   

 

One More Song

April 20, 2008

There is an old song called “One More Song” that I have always appreciated the lyrics to.  Had this song on the brain this week in light of something Tanner said to me.

A few months ago, our church made a decision to move the children out of our adult worship service and in to their own service.  Change can be hard and most of us parents enjoyed having our little ones with us during the first part of the morning worship before they were dismissed for children’s church.  However, I have to admit to a sense of relief when this decision was made.  It is really tough to wrangle two boys while trying to worship.  I have talked and talked to them about it but the bottom line is…our worship service was ministering to my heart but it wasn’t on their level. End result?  Mama couldn’t worship and neither could the boys.  This change seemed to solve both issues. 

The service change began while we were under house arrest with Tori so the boys have only been in the childrens worship service for a couple of weeks now.  Last week on our way home from church Tanner said “Mommy I love church and I really love to sing now.”  Wow!  Throughout the week he asked me “when is it going to be Sunday?” and I heard him singing his heart out to the Christian radio in the car.  One day I told him he had a very nice voice and he said “I know.  I like to sing now”.  Ty wants to play the guitar or the drums.  :)   Some of the children are taking part on the children’s worship team and that is inspiring too.

Another awesome thing about this is that my brother, Daniel, is the children’s worship leader.  He has such a sensitive heart towards the Lord and is so dedicated to teaching our children what worship is.  I haven’t observed the children’s service to know what my brother is saying to my children but whatever it is…my kids are “hearing” him.  The message is speaking through loud and clear in their love for their own service. 

The chief end of man is to glorify God and how better to do that then with our obedience and our worship.  I have been so moved by the softening of Tanner’s heart towards worship.  What was once a meaningless activity to him is now a meaningful expression – and he loves it.

 

One More Song

Sandy Patti

CHORUS
As long as there is time, and one breath left in me
There will always be one more song for you
And as Long as there is room, for one more voice in praise
And a need, for a word of love and truth
To help my brother through – there’ll be one more song for you

VERSE
You were there with your songs of laughter
Words of hope for my fears
But what are songs when no one will sing them
What are words when no one hears.
There were times Life became a question
When I asked, no one knew
‘til I found the answer in you.

CHORUS
And so, as long as there is time, and one breath left in me
There will always be one more song for you
And as Long as there is room, for one more voice in praise
And a need, for a word of love and truth
To help my brother through – there’ll be one more song for you

VERSE
Love is in the air around me
hope abounds everywhere
Living life in the arms of Jesus
Learning how to really care.
Everyday is filled with purpose
All the old is made new
And I know I owe it all to you.

CHORUS
And so, as long as there is time, and one breath left in me
There will always be one more song for you
And as Long as there is room, for one more voice in praise
And a need, for a word of love and truth
To help my brother through – there’ll be one more song for you

And so, as long as there is time, and one breath left in me
There will always be one more song for you
And as Long as there is room, for one more voice in praise
And a need, for a word of love and truth
To help my brother and sister through
There’ll be one more song for you