"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Is she real?

Clayton got into a discussion with my 7 year old niece, Emily.

Clayton: You know Hannah Montana isn't real! (with attitude)
Emily: Yes she is...she is a real girl.
Clayton: Well.....she is not real like Scooby Doo is!! (The greatest comeback ever)
Emily: (stunned)
This was funnier in person, but I love how Clayton thinks.She is not real!!!But, THIS is Real!!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Talking Machine

Oliver has really started talking well over the past couple weeks and has also come out with a really funny personality. Recent sentences:

Look at dat bud over der (look at that bird over there)
Mommy be seeping?
Ready set jump!
One, two go!
I get out of here.
I hungie, can I have dinder?
Train goes up and down, up and down.
A butterfly!!..in dat pool over der.

We went swimming yesterday and he wanted me to let him go. I persisted on telling him that he couldn't swim by himself. He persisted on letting me know he could. A friend of mine had some water wings, you know, the little blow up things that go on the arms. I put them on him and off he went. He swam all over the pool and was so proud of himself. He is so persistent and so independent. He loves his brudder and wants to do anything with him. He is also so headstrong (obviously). It is difficult to be a two year old and have this trait, but in the future this will be great. He knows what he wants and will do what he needs to get it. He is a bundle of energy and loves just running outside. He is not a fan of watching tv. At two, he has no idea who Dora or who the wiggles are. I really thought the boys had similar personalities, but as Oliver has come into toddlerhood, he has really made a name for himself. They are so different!!! Pictures to follow. I have been a lazy picture taker and blogger this week. Sorry to dissapoint. Still recovering from vacation.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Empty Nest

I am so sad....my sweet baby birds have grown up and have flown away. They must have done it this morning because they were there yesterday. Now we have an empty nest sitting in our tree. What a neat experience this has been for all of us to see!!


We went to Lowe's this morning for the Build and Grow program. The kids loved it plus it was free!! They got little aprons, goggles and their own special hammer. Today they built a planter. Clayton really got into it. Oliver just liked to hammer the table. Poor Daddy on his crutches!!After the building of the planter, the boys got to pick out their own flowers to plant. Here is the finished product.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar??

....or plate in our case. When I left for the gym, there were about 8 cookies on this plate. When I came home, there was only one. Joel said he only had two, one is left on the plate, so that leaves us with 5 unaccounted for. Clayton is asleep on the couch. That leaves us with one possible suspect..........but he looks so innocent.
**Note to self and others with cookies on a counter: lock them up and put them in a high place or a two year old sneak will eat them ALL!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Sleeping Arrangements

While I was on my trip, Oliver's new tent arrived. I couldn't wait to get home and see it. He actually loves it. He has taken a nap everyday since the tent arrived. This is the greatest thing ever!!!! I highly recommend this if you need to keep your toddler safe and sound in their crib. A true life saver.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Recovery Mission

After four days in Chicago with the last day being the busiest with LOTS of shopping, I needed a day to recover. Well....the recovery ended up being for the house and boys...not for mommy. I kept my niece this morning, so we headed to the park and then to the pool. As she was leaving, Clayton said he didn't feel so well. The poor boy had a high fever and also began throwing up. Fun!! I knew something was wrong when he fell asleep on the couch at 2pm. Oliver has also been very clingy today. It may take the same amount of time I was gone to get things back to normal.
After 8 loads of laundry and hours of folding, I am calling it a day.

I am so glad to be back home. I missed it!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Day Three of Chicago

Today we started early and headed to the Field Museum. This is the Natural History Museum....WAY better than the Dallas Museum. The really cool part was seeing "Sue"--the largest, most complete t-rex in the world. I have been educated over the past two years about dinosaurs since Clayton's love for them since he was three. I really enjoyed seeing all of the Dino bones....Clayton would have loved it so much. I took some good pics for you, buddy!! Here we are waiting for the bus. We have gotten pretty good at this. We then headed to Millennium Park. This park was so pretty. There are tulips blooming everywhere and a giant bean sculpture in the middle of the park. We had a blast taking pictures with the bean. If you look closely you can see all four of us in the bean. We hit Michigan Avenue hard core after Millennium Park. We had a great time bargain shopping at the giant Nordstrom Rack. We spent hours in here. I left empty handed--thank goodness!! We also had some yummy cupcakes. Erin was very excited to find a coke. Pepsi is the drink of choice here. YUK!This evening we headed to the Navy Pier and ate at a not so great mexican restaraunt. This was a really neat place to walk around....although our evening was cut short by some rain. We took a cab to the Hancock tower, and went 94 floors up to the observatory. It was really scary when they made us walk out on the beams and nearly fell 94 stories. Just Kidding!! A fun photo op. We spent a lot of time here trying to get the best one. The day ended with a mile walk back to our hotel in the pouring rain. It was still fun though. I am so sad our trip will be ending tomorrow, but I will be so glad to see my boys--all three of them.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Day Two of Chicago

We had another great day in Chicago. Today we experienced the public transit. We rode the bus all over town. I thought it was pretty fun!! We headed to the museums. Nearby the museums is Soldier Field (where the Bears?? play). Then we went to the Aquarium. Clayton, you would have loved this. We were starving after this, so we headed to the nearby hotdog stand. I had the yummy Chicago style hotdog. It was the best meal by far....and the cheapest ($6). I am hoping to grab another tomorrow. We sat in the park that overlooks Lake Michigan, and also the skyline of downtown Chicago. It is such an incredible site. Then we headed to the Adler Planetarium. Here I am trying to scare my mom!!
Really not much exciting here!! Just a bunch of stars and planets. After a long bus ride back, we felt we deserved a Ghiradelli hot fudge sundae. After the indulgence, we headed to see Blue Man Group. This was incredible. I wish that I could of taken some pics of them, but it wasn't allowed. The Blue Men threw a huge glob of jello out into the crowd and it landed right in my lap. Pretty exciting!! After the show, we attempted the "El", but were not too successful, so ended up in a taxi. We ended the evening with a late night dinner at the Grand Lux Cafe. I split a BLT with Erin.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Girl's Trip

Me, my two sisters and my mom are on a four day getaway to Chicago (thanks to my great Mom). We are having a blast. I told Clayton I would send pictures everyday, so here is the rundown for today. We arrived to the really chilly and windy city around noon. We took a taxi ride. This was pretty fun for a few girls from the 'burbs. After checking in to our hotel, we headed out for a fun day of shopping on Michigan avenue. We spent several hours shopping and then walked many, many, many blocks to get to a pizza place called Lou Malnati's. I had the best Chicago deep dish pizza. It had fresh spinach, mushrooms, and roma tomatoes (Joel is gagging right now). YUM!! Then we headed to the broadway musical Jersey Boys. It was great. We are now headed to bed to get ready for a busy day tomorrow. So much to see, so little time!! Also, HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY to my sister, Erin!! It was such a fun day to celebrate her.