Friday, February 5, 2016

Interview with Lucas

February 5, 2016

Lucas, age 6, interviewed by me.
1. What is something I always say to you? 
-I love you
2. What makes me happy? 
-Snuggling, mostly
3. What makes me sad?
-Me being bad
4. How do I make you laugh?
-Guess what, chicken butt....
5. What was I like when I was child?
-I don't know
6. How old am I?
-I don't know, guess--19
7. How tall am I?
-19" probably almost
8. What's my favorite thing to do?
9. What do I do when you're not around?
-I don't know because I'm not there to see. -guess--cleaning up the house & running errands and dates and meetings
10. What am I really good at?
11. What am I not very good at?
-Not working
12. What do I do for a job?
-Computer stuff & phone stuff (mystery shops)
13. What is my favorite food?
14. What do you enjoy doing with me?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bluebird Gap Farm

About 25 minutes from our home, in Hampton, VA, there lies a hidden treasure called Bluebird Gap Farm.  Today I took the boys over there, even though we didn't get there until 45 minutes before closing and it was overcast & drizzly today. They had a blast!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Advent 2015

This will be my home-base post for our Advent 2015 Season! :)

Nov. 29-Put Up & Decorate the Tree
Nov. 30- Vinnie sick, family t.v. time
1- Small Craft
2- Bluebird Gap Farm & Awanas
3-Lucas nuerology appt. & Daddy 1/2 day!
4-D.C. trip with the Putnams
5-Decorating at Gram's House
6-Church & Christmastowne with the Putnams!
11-Lucas 6 Yr Old Check-Up (Game Night with Nuemeyer Family?)
12-Mom to Cookie Swap-Guys night!
13- Church & Drive Through Nativity 
14-Co-Op Christmas Party 
24- Christmas Eve at Gram's & Church
25-Christmas at our house
27- Church 
31- Happy New Years! Happy 301th Birthday Uncle Mandy!

Activities to Add:

Cookies for Fire Dept.
Christmas Movies w/ Hot Chocolate & Cookies
Look at Christmas Lights
Send Donation to NJH
Oriental Trading Co Crafts
Handprint Ornaments

Triple R Ranch Dec. 10-19 Christmas in the Country:
(757) 421-4177 Triple R Ranch invites you to Christmas in the Country to celebrate the Holiday Season! A tradition since 1987, Christmas in the Country is a FREE community event where you can enjoy the ranch atmosphere, numerous activities, and the fellowship of your friends and family. In addition, we work well over a month in advance to cover our buildings in Christmas lights to give you a spectacular view! 

Avalon Church Train Show
Avalon Church of Christ 12/4-12/12 many different times available like 12/4 6-8:30 pm, Saturday 10 am-8:30 pm

Monday, November 30, 2015

Why we don't do "The 4 Things" at Christmas in our House

So, I've been seeing this type of image go around on Facebook for the last few years and I got inspired to respond tonight.

We don't do the 3 or 4 thing rule at our house at Christmastime and that's OKAY. Its also okay if you do it!

I do the best I can not to give the boys frivolous gifts throughout the year, and they don't get many "treats" that are worth more than a couple dollars either.  That doesn't mean they aren't completely spoiled, but I don't buy them $20 toys for no reason, ya know?

Throughout the year the boys get "spoiled" with gifts at certain times.

Valentines- a small gift
Easter--a few smalls gifts+ candy
Summer- Passes to Busch Gardens/Water Country USA
August-Vinnie's birthday--5-7 gifts that they really want
October- Lucas' birthday--5-7 gifts that they really want
Christmas- About $350 total between the boys, with a pretty even split & a close number of gifts for each kid to open

All year long, as a parent, it is my responsibility to make sure they have clothing.  I buy clothes for all the members of our family as they NEED them.  Both kids got a couple special fun things as gifts during their birthdays. (Minecraft shirts for Lucas & Jurassic Park shirts for Vin)  It is also our job to make sure they have towels and other normal things for living a healthy life.  While a fun electric toothbrush is a good stocking stuffer, I wouldn't put their normal $1.25 for 2 brushes pack of tooth brushes in their stocking.  Its my JOB to make sure they have clean toothbrushes available.  (an electric brush is a luxury though)  I don't think that #2 or #3 on this list are "fair" to have as Christmas gifts.

We don't *DO* Santa Claus, but my children both believe in Santa & will assume that some of their gifts came from Santa.  They also know that Mama has been making a Christmas list all year long and that many of their gifts come from their parents.  They can have the fun of Santa without Santa getting the credit for all the gifts under the tree.  In the past I have had some gifts unwrapped (usually stuff I got second hand) and then others wrapped...and the unwrapped stuff was from Santa.  This year I don't have any secondhand gifts but we'll probably unwrap some of their stuff.

We always let the boys WANTS lead us in what we purchase for Christmas gifts. This year they are all about toys-to-life video games.  So, that's what they are getting.  LOTS of video game stuff.

It has been our tradition since Lucas' first Christmas, when he was 2 months old, for Tim to pick out a collection of books for the boys.  They've got quite a library of classics and he actually reads them to them!

So, we actually DO, do the #1 & 4 things on the list above, but not because we feel the need to LIMIT what the kids get for Christmas.  Those are just personal choices we made.  As they get older we'll probably even cater the books to things they've asked for or that we know they'll enjoy.  For now, Tim picks the books.

This year I'm a bit bummed/let down by the Christmas stash, since I don't think a big pile of video game stuff makes for a very exciting Christmas morning, but I know the boys will be beyond themselves with excitement over their new games & accessories.

As an adult the fun part of Christmas is GIVING gifts. I don't expect anything in return & I'll be okay if the only present I unwrap is from my kid sister. (Mom gave me a new artificial tree as a combo. birthday+Christmas gift)  I LOVE to see my boys spoiled rotten on Christmas. They may think that Santa gets the credit now, but someday they'll learn the truth, and they'll appreciate all that we put into making Christmas magical and amazing for them. :) Their joy brings me happiness.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

December's Attempt at an Advent Calendar

This year's advent season was a flop.  We had so much going on that we didn't really do a whole lot to make Christmas special or keep the "season" alive. Hopefully 2015 will be a better year for us!

Dec. 1
Dec. 2--decorated the tree at Grandma & Pap's with Mandy
Dec. 3--decorated our tree
Dec. 4--Sleepover with Grammy & Grandpa (Pap in hospital & Mom went to be with them)
Dec. 5--Go to Emporia for weekend
Dec. 6-7--Emporia
Dec. 8--No school Croup :(
Dec. 9--Family Movie Night
Dec. 10--Waiting on Jesus Craft & new toys from Grandma & Pap
Dec. 11--Program at school
Dec. 12--Bake cookies
Dec. 13-14--Mommy sick
Dec. 15--Babysit Lia, Lucas got to go to James & Missy's
Dec. 16--Grocery Shopping
Dec. 17--Cubbies Party & Mom & Vinnie dinner date
Dec. 18-19
Dec. 20-- Lucas spent day with Grammy & Grandpa
Dec. 21--Church
Dec. 22-23
Dec. 24-Christmas in Emporia
Dec. 25--Christmas at home, Dinner in Emporia

I don't have any amazing pictures or even details.  Dad was in the hospital from the 4th-20th and it was a very hectic time.  Vinnie was sick, I was sick, we were just way run down.

Friday, May 1, 2015

What a Doozy

Wow! I could never have anticipated how long and tiring our trip to Colorado would be!  I did take detailed notes almost every day so I have every intention of getting our story up here on the blog.  Unfortunately, Vinnie is *VERY* sick right now.  He's running high fevers, coughing and struggling to maintain an O2 reading over 93%.  I am still recovering from our 24 hour long day of travel home & no full-nights of sleep following.

Please continue to pray for us & look forward to hearing about our amazing journey to National Jewish Health!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shopping List for Denver

These are the items that I need to shop for and purchase before we fly out...some of the items are things we can BORROW and return when we get home.

2 Full Size Suitcases (borrow)
3 Carry On Size Suitcases (borrow)
3 Heavy Duty book bags (like Jansport--for carry on toys/food, etc.) (borrow)

TINY tube socks--like XXS for 3 year olds to play soccer x 12 pair (preferably in colors since they will show)
SMALL tube socks--approx size for a 4-5 year old to play t-ball x 8 pairs

Sheets-from Mom

CeraVe lotion x3

Vanicream lotion x3

Reclining Stroller (suitable for a 27 lb child to nap in) w/ cargo area -- From James & Missy