Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
It's warm inside. We're playing video games and doing crafts. Getting some wrapping done. Made and ate brownies. Tried a new recipe with Chicken, garlic, parmesan, cream and bacon. Yummy.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
See...quite the improvement.
Friday, December 19, 2008
And every Wednesday night, Ryan comes home with a new "something" that was won during his adventure...beloved tatoos, skill crane stuffed animals, and this week...3 gelatin glowing tentacles that made their way to bed and glowed every time he moved. Creepy.
The day is not without a bitter sweet feeling however. Many of these veterans suffer not only from physical ailments, but also, from dimensia. Most cannot even communicate and sit unresponsive. It is such a great feeling when you see a flicker of light or a smile across these faces. For some, the visit was a bit overload and just wanted us to go away. I'm so proud of the men & women who went on this venture. Their compassion and willingness to lay their hands upon these "strangers" who fought for our freedoms is truly humbling and inspiring.
Okay, I have to run. I am brought to tears with the overwhelming emotion of the great memory. Enough said.
Peace. Love. Joy.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Ice covered wipers that refuse to defrost.
1-mile backup of traffic to turn on US-12.
Prayers that the last car approaching the back-up sees the back up in time.
Drop off boys and stomp down the slippery slope to the front door.
Head off to the village for some more work.
Pump gas in drizzly rain/snow. Slowest pump in the world.
Home at 7:30.
Ate the most delicious too toasted frozen pizza rewarmed in the mircrowave.
Two boys steal most delicious 2nd piece of pizza.
Rewarded myself with 2 mini-ice-cream-sandwiches (Couldn't stop @ 1)
Tyler to bed.
Mom to bed.
Ryan to bed with mom.
Jim to work.
Fell asleep to Polar Express.
Woke up to end of Polar Express b/c Ryan wanted the channel changed.
Turned off tv.
Said to Ryan, "Go to sleep."
Last memory of the night...Ryan says, "But I want to watch it again."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We had some fun play time with bowling pins (surprise, surprise) before the boys ran upstairs (alone) to play. Jim and I enjoyed a few minutes to talk while I cooked a yummy Hamburger Helper gourmet meal. I made it kinda healthy by adding some black beans to the mix :) C'mon folks...let's see how creative you get when you've been up and running since 4:00 a.m. and your babies are hungry as soon as you get home from an 11 hour day with drive time.
As per usual, dinner was followed up with bathies since TyTy is covered head to toe with the meal du jour. Tonight, Ryan decides that he wants a shower. Initially, I think he made this choice b/c he knows showers are fast and he wanted to challenge Daddy to a bowling match. Once he got in, however, he took the longest shower of his life enjoying the stream trickle down his face and stomping the run off to make it splash. Ryan is really good at washing his hair and lathering up. We're trying to help him become more self sufficient since I am still choosing clothes and dressing him in a hurry to help "my" morning go along efficiently during the week. On our days off, we are trying to encourage him to help himself. (This is a hard task since Ryan is very jealous of Tyler and wants to be held, fed, and sit on our laps like Ty does.)
Ryan came up to bed soon after I got Tyler down for the night. Daddy delivered Ryan, blanket, and Christmas Tree Cupcake before he left for o/t work. I hope he enjoys the crumbs in bed!!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here's a picture of Ryan opening his challenge present. On Sundays, Ryan gets to open a gift that was lovingly donated by his great aunt Char if he has a successful potty training week. It's week #2 of the program and Ryan is doing a great job.
Friday, December 12, 2008
We each had a little sit down time before I left for work. Tyler and Ryan practiced their 1,2,3 jump routine and it sounds as if these might be Tyler's first words. They're not quite clear, but the intention is clear. Anyway, we all belly laughed. The boys laugh because the jumping was fun. Jim and I laughed because their laughs are so cute.
I had a meeting in the evening and Jim said he asked Tyler if he was ready for night night around 8:30 and Tyler walked to the stairs. Then he laid his head restfully on Daddy's shoulder before getting comfy in the crib. Ryan was still up at 9:30 when I got home. They were watching a basketball game that Ryan made me suffer through the game even after Daddy went to work. (Daddy's been working some o/t.) The game finally ended and Ryan fell asleep at 10:00. I relaxed and watched Private Practice.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It's Bowling Night! Jim and Ryan take off for the lanes and Tyler spends hours setting up his own pins and throwing balls to knock 'em down. Folks, I'm telling you...this is the kids 3rd set of pins over the past year and have entertained them for hours!
Tyler and I settled down after some games and snuggled on the couch watching Mickey's Christmas Carol. What a good lesson. Tyler really loves Mickey. When Tyler's pillow finally fell off the couch from his squirming, he went down to the floor, laid his head down and fell asleep 2 minutes after Mickey was off the air! I spent some time working on my scrapbook. It's a lot of fun.
Jim says Ryan was extra intense this week at the alley. Friends commented on his good behavior which makes Jim proud. They even noticed how Ryan just takes it all in. It's one of Ryan's favorite nights of the week.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I enjoyed working last night. It is a very task oriented job and I like the fact that the tasks are accomplishable in a sitting. My full time requires juggling many tasks that take 30-45 days to resolve and can be hectic to track. The main downfall of taking on a second job is taking even more time away from my family. Daddy took good care of them and seems to take it all in stride.
One of the things I am liking most about December is the Christmas music. The music is especially magical this year because Ryan is really interested in hearing, learning, and singing the songs. Of course he loves Rudolph and Jingle Bells, but it is especially impressive that he is asking for the "Jesus on the mountain" song. (Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere. Go tell it on the mountain. Jesus Christ is born!) He loves talking about Jesus. Even Tyler is starting to babble some of the tunes. So cute.
If you are looking for a good Christmas CD, I was given a CD by the artist Jewel a few years ago and I am still loving it. My other favorite is by Josh Grobin.
Ryan has picked up the habit of using the word hate an awful lot. I always tell him that Jesus wants us to love everyone. "Even monsters?" he asks. "Especially monsters," I say. It is a lesson I am trying to embrace myself.
Peace. Love. Joy.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Ryan is loving candy canes. He insisted that Daddy buy a package to hang on the tree.
Ryan was very intense about the game and sat on Daddy's lap the entire night. At the end, the crowd rushed the floor. I wasn't really sure what the end score was due to some intense people watching...but Ryan assures me that Michigan scored 81 points and is surprisingly finding the number 81 around the house today (Heard around the house: "Hey Daddy, Michigan scored 81...Look!" in response to a score of 81,000 he had on a computer game today.) The kid has a good memory and is a real fan.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
We went to U of M vs. Duke for a fun Basketball game today. U of M upset Duke and it was great. Ryan was so into the game. He sat on Daddy's lap the whole time. Papa Ralph joined us while Grandma Ellen and Papa T. took good care of Tyler.
Before the game we visited and played bowling in the living room. The boys love having company to play with.
It was a really good show :) Jim was sweet enough to shoot this really horrible picture of me, but I am glad I have a picture for my album.