Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Remember the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!? Well, Alexander makes a statement in the book: There was kissing on TV and I HATE KISSING!!. Camden is NOT Alexander.

Today is Joel's day off. We were just hanging out with the boys when Camden said, "Daddy, kiss Mommy." Joel kissed me on the cheek. Then Camden said, "NO! Kiss Mommy on the wips!" And so Joel did. Then my ever so observant son said, "Now kiss inside your teeth!"

The perspective of a child is priceless!

Monday, February 27, 2006

My Miniature Bob

As most of you know, my brother Bob is the "moneyman." When I was in high school I would borrow money from him for various things...he was rich! Bob has always been good with money. He is a good saver, yet generous to give and meet a need!

I think Camden is a miniature Bob. He walks around the house looking for loose change (we keep ours in a jar) and is saving up for a train. If I remember correctly, Bob started with the loose change as well.

The other day Camden came to me with his hands full. His change wallet was in one hand, and his other hand was full of coins. He said, " Dis money won't fit in my wallet, so I fink I have to go to Toys R Us and buy a train."

Manipulative, yet so cute.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Temper, temper!

Well, it has been a long week as a parent. I've always been under the impression that if you are consistent then your kids will respond in a positive manner. Everything I read says be consistent. Everyone tells me, just be consistent. WE ARE TRYING TO BE CONSISTENT!!!!!!

It doesn't always work. Just ask anyone that was in the Toys R Us on Tuesday. They'll know.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Stop, and let me tell you...

Yes, yes, I know...it has been a while since my last post. Well, for all of you who frequently read my blog (both of you know who you are :) here you go....a post just for you.

Last week we were on vacation in New Hampshire. It took us 16 hours to drive there thanks to the blinding snow in New York. Yes, we were there for the Nor'easter that seems to have freaked out the entire midwest but not a single New-Englander. We enjoyed our visit out east, but there's nothing like your own bed!

On our way home we stopped in Niagra Falls, Ontario. Yes, the view is great from their side...and parking is 50% cheaper. It was 35 degrees so we bundled the kids into the stroller ( I love my new stroller...it's a Schwinn SC906) and walked along the banks of the falls. It was beautiful. The mist was coming off of the falls and freezing to the railings, the trees, the bushes and the buildings. It was stunning! To me it seemed like everything was encased in glass....very cool indeed.

Joel is at the church right now preparing for a surprise celebration for Mrs. Wagner (our pastor's wife). We are honoring her for her years of behind the scenes service. The deacons have put it all together and have not even told pastor. Mrs. Wagner would have put a stop to it if she found out (she DOES NOT like the limelight....oops!) It will be fun to surprise her. It's an all-out affair with a sit down dinner and wedding-like decor.

Camden was singing a song today that he learned in Sunday School. You know it as, "Stop, and let me tell you what the Lord has done for me." He sang it with a different perspective: Stop, and let me catch you..... I had to laugh. He sounded so sweet and sincere!

Monday, February 06, 2006

You've gotta be kiddin me!!

Last night I saw the opening ceremonies for that hugely promoted football game that I can't say the name of because I don't work for ABC. What a farce!!! A moment of silence to remember Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks????? What do they have to do with football? They may have been influential people (or products of media stunts, but we don't have space for that here) but c'mon now! Either stay away from politically influenced statements, or give us both sides of the coin. I'm nearly certain they did not mention our soldiers serving all over the world because that would have indicated some support for them and our President.

Enough rambling. However....can someone tell me WHY Aretha Franklin is so wonderful? The woman is NOT a good singer and Aaron Neville is worse! Around here she is made out to be some dream singer.....ugh!! Their "duet" was an awful representation of our national anthem!

By the way, I was for the Seahawks last night. I don't have a good reason except that there was so much media hype for the Steelers this week. All of the editorialized news was about Jerome Bettis...blah, blah, blah. Sorry Zach and Uncle Greg! It seemed like the news media made a big push for the Steelers this week....so I rooted for the Seahawks out of spite. They lost, and I felt bad...but it is still only a game. :)

Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

A ramble of my own

So it's been a few days since my last post. Camden was up most of Wednesday and Thursday nights running a fever. He does this every couple of months. Josiah had his four month checkup (four months, already??) on Friday, so I called ahead and they squeezed Camden in for an appointment as well.
They did a rapid strep which was negative, but I have to call tomorrow to get the lab results to be 100% positive that he's not carrying anything. Josiah is running a fever too, but I think his is from his shots.
At any rate, we (the boys and I) stayed home from church. They're acting fine, but I can't put kids in Sunday school and nursery if they are running a fever, besides, I don't want them to pass something on to other kids. We are, however, joining Joel and the teens at the Wipfs for our SuperSnac (to watch the big game that I can't say the name of because I don't have the rights to it but it's a SUPER game held in a big BOWL called Ford Field.) I called Matt and Rachael and they don't mind the sick kids at their house.
Tomorrow night we leave for NH...to drive through the night. We'll be there for a week. This is the first time Joel's been there in 2.5 years. It should be a ton of fun, as long as mom makes lasagna and Dad doesn't feed Camden too many M&M's (ha ha!).

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Remember the saying, "Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink."? That's how I've been feeling lately. The city has been doing work on our pipes (ours as in the town) on random days for the past few months! IRRITATING!!!! I never know when they are going to work on them. Sometimes it's for 2-3 days at a time. Sometimes it's for an hour. I know when they are working...not by looking out my window but by looking at my water. It turns orangy-yellow and tastes disgusting. It cannot be used for anything except flushing the toilet (the water in there is already yucky, duh!)

Joel left for the office today and a few hours later I discovered the yucky water. Unable to shower, do laundry, wash dishes or even take a drink......I was frustrated. He called the water department for me because I was seething! Just notify me a day ahead of time...that's all I want. Oh yeah, they did that once.....then didn't show up. They said not to use the water from 8 am to midnight.....and didn't show up. IRRITATING!!!!

Our water is fine now. Josiah got his bath, I got to do dishes and wash clothes. There's a huge puddle at the end of our driveway that we'll have to content with once it freezes.....but at least we have water.

Just for Bob

This is just for Bob. Jen will understand as well. For the rest of you, just enjoy!

Barry, Barry bluebarry
Banana Fanna, Strawberry
Fe, Fi, Fo, lettuce