Friday, May 28, 2010

The unexpected....

Today we were given some unexpected weather, tornado mixed with rain, thunder, lightning, and lots of hail.

It came down fast and hard leaving no spot untouched.

The wind was fierce and whipped limbs from trees.

In our area there were trees totally uprooted and substantial of roof damage.

After the hail stopped, the rain was still coming down at a steady pace we knew what would be coming next.....The Creek!!! Yep, our backyard would soon be under. So, we'd need to get out there and gather up a few items that could wash away.

Elizabeth and William suited up and headed out. Arthur and 4 children were at the store, this being Memorial weekend the store is busy with boarders. So, Elizabeth and William were our flood crew today, and they did a mighty fine job ;)

Elizabeth took down the volleyball net in record time. See the creek behind them had already started making it's way out into the yard.

William did a fine job gathering up the sports cones, and putting the balls back in their proper spots. I believe he enjoyed his time out in the rain, it was an adventure making feel like one of the bigs.

Within 15 minutes time of Elizabeth and William coming back in the house this is what our backyard looked like.

Then the power cut off, and we were without power for about 2 hours. The water is now down and we are left with a mess.

We are thankful that none of our neighbors, family, and friends were harmed in the storm. Yes, we may all have some clean up to do but, it could have been much worse.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Who is that???

You know your getting old when.....
The 3 year old looks at your wedding picture hanging on the wall and ask....
*The 3 yr old: "who is that mama"?
* Me: "that's me and Daddy"
* The 3 yr old: "NO it's not"
* Me: "yes it is, that was when Daddy and I got married"
* The 3yr old: (now chuckling with a smirk) "you kidding right mama"
***sigh**** Yep, we are getting old! Good thing we find humor in it through the eyes of The 3 year old ;)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A few pictures from our week end....

On Saturday we attended
Melissa (my niece) & Rob's
It was a beautiful day so we thought it
would be a great day to take a few pictures.
So here are a few random shots,
along with some new ones on the sidebar....

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

8 months old....


turned 8 months old
on Mother's day.
Ruth Ella has been a very busy girl this past month,
here are a few things she accomplished.......

*She went on a trip out of the country, to Canada
*learned to wave bye-bye
*she learned to say mama and bye-bye
*she learned how to pull her brothers hair :)
*she learned how to sit up in a slippery tub while taking a bath
*she now loves to be outside
*she learned how to eat finger foods like cheerios and such
* she discovered the great art of crawling
*she also figured one other thing out squealing....ugh!
yep, she likes to squeal to get our attention or just for the fun of it.
Cute as she is when she does this it's something that we are trying to break NOW,
before it's not so cute :)

Our baby is getting big fast and now starting to hit one milestone after another,
faster than we care to think about it.
So, we are soaking it all in so as not to miss a thing.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A broken arm...

On Tuesday of last week Jonathan was playing on the fort in the side yard and fell off and broke his arm (story told to us by Stephen who was with him outside). He came in the house crying and showed Amanda and I his arm and a few scratches on his face. He dried his tears within a few minutes and was back out the door again to play. After dinner the children when out to swim, Jonathan joined in but only for a few minutes. He got out and told us his arm hurt. Arthur looked it over and it looked OK. The next day Jonathan seemed OK, but a few times that day said his arm hurt. We looked at it again and it still looked just fine, he even managed to swim that evening after dinner with no complaints. So, Thursday morning rolls around and as I watch Jonathan trying to get dressed I see he isn't using his arm at all. I call him over and look at his arm A-G-A-I-N this time I see it is a little swollen and warm like as if it had a fever in that area. Now I knew we must go to have it looked at.

Here is the biggest reason Arthur and I had such a hard time knowing if Jonathan's arm was broken or really needed to be seen by a doctor. Jonathan's communication is still very limited, meaning he speaks only about 50 words and not all of them very clear. His sign is pretty good but the processing to put it all together to convey what his needs or wants are aren't always clear either. So this stumped us. You see Jonathan by nature is a pleaser, which is good and bad! The good is that he is sensitive to others feelings BUT the bad is he wants to tell you what he thinks you want to hear. For instance when we would say "Jonathan does your arm hurt"? He would sometimes shake his head yes and point to his arm and say "ouch". Then he would look at us like did I give the right answer. There were times we would say "Jonathan how does your arm feel does it hurt"? He would then give us thumbs up and say "good" smiling shaking his head in agreement like we wanted him to say yes....Oh this can be so confusing to us and to him as well.

Taking him to the doctor 2 days after it was broken was very odd. I wondered what the doctor would think or say about not bringing him in sooner. The doctor took a lot of time and care with Jonathan talking to him and caring for his arm. Before we left the doctor told me that he would have had a hard time knowing whether or not to bring Jonathan too.

Jonathan has a buckle fracture which was caused from him trying to catch himself when he fell. It should be healed within 4 to 6 weeks and he'll back swimming again before we know it :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day....
is it truly just one day out of the year?

I don't think so, I believe it's
365 days a year!
Here are a few examples....

*the snuggles I receive each morning
*family devotions
*the holding hands while out walking/shopping
*giggles and smiles
*the smell of baby breath
*giving baths
*piggy back rides
*hand and nose smudges on the windows
*watching infants turn into toddlers
*reading story books aloud
*talks about the Bible
*kissing a boo-boo
*rocking a baby
*watching children run
*watching toddlers turn to kids
*Lincoln Logs
*tasting children's cooking
*a scribbled picture
*first words
*night time chats with teenagers
*the glow of life in their eyes
*baby wearing
*watching kids change into young adults
*board games and snacks
*first time drivers
*funny faces
*a new life lesson
*singing songs
*dreams of the future
*Barbie dolls
*cotton candy
*tears of joy and sadness
*watching my children sleep
*listening to a CD
*backyard football
*big girls day outs
*watching boys learn to build
*playdough sculptures
*the babies smooth soft skin against your cheek

*a few wild flowers picked from the yard and placed in a plastic cup
and given to me to display on the living room table

Yep! that's just to name a few!!!
Mother's Day is every day!

I'm a Mother to 10 wonderful gifts
ranging in age from
18yrs down to 8 months,
each one created so unique.
Life is never dull
and always full.
I wouldn't want it any other way ;)