Matt has never paid for a haircut, which means I’m stuck cutting his hair all the time. And I cannot justify paying for my children’s haircuts either.  I give Jack the same haircut I give Matt, only much less frequently.  Lily’s hair is cut in the same fashion I cut my roommates hair in college–straight across.  However, this is the last time I cut her hair.  It’s not boy-cut short, but it’s definitely short.  No more pigtails for Lily for quite some time. 😦  Though, she’s probably happy about that.


God is so good.

On one sweet morning, Matt and Lily were cuddling in bed while we were in Colorado.  He taught her two songs…”Jesus Love Me” and “God is so Good”.  Lily loves to sing at the top of her lungs, “God is so good!  God is so good!  God is so good!”  Words can’t express how awesome it is to hear those words from a two-year-old.

And this evening, she found my little New Testament book and was toting it around, calling it her Bible, though she can’t read it or even enjoy any pictures.  As she went to bed tonight, she took it with her, opened it up, and begin singing, “God is so good! God is so good!”  It was precious.

Super-star mom projects

I’ll be the first one to tell you that I am not a super-star mom.  I’m not that creative or motivated, but there are times when inspiration/conviction hit and I do some great stuff with the kids.  Most of the ideas come from the Disney FamilyFun magazine we subscribe to, but every once in a while I come up with my own.  Our latest and most exciting project has been caterpillars.  Last year, my mother-in-law, Cindy, planted some parsley in her garden because she heard they attracted butterflies.  Well, as it turns out, they don’t attract butterflies necessarily, but their caterpillars.  So, we planted some parsley in our garden and, eventually, we got caterpillars!  In order to better observe what happens in the life of a caterpillar, we dug up some parsley, planted in my tallest container, and placed some caterpillars inside.  In about a week, two turned into a chrysalis.  After about another week, they turned into butterflies–black swallowtails to be exact.  We let one go immediately, but we are still holding onto the other one, feeding him a napkin soaked in honey water.  We actually took the whole container to Colorado with us because we knew the chrysalis was about to break open and we didn’t want to miss it. 

You can see one caterpillar, one chrysalis, and one caterpillar starting to turn into a chrysalis.Our black swallowtail!

Our next project included making homemade hummus with a red pepper, only the red pepper looked more like an octopus.  The kids LOVED this project and ate it up in about 5 minutes.  I really wish red pepper wasn’t so darn expensive. 😦 

We also made strawberry mice.  It was super cute project, but way too much effort for the results.  They were gone in less than 1 minute. 

Our last project was more creative.  I was going crazy with bored children one day (since it was 105 degrees outside) and decided to decorate Jack’s bedroom window.  We tape plastic wrap to the window and painted it with Elmer’s glue.  We then tore up little pieces of tissue paper and placed them on the gluey, plastic-wrapped window.  Lily was so proud of her work!


The Joy of Parenting…

in a serious and sarcastic sense at the same time.  This past weekend Lily came down with some sort of flu-like illness.  She had diarrhea all day Sunday, then spiked a 102 fever that night.  But that doesn’t stop us!  We decided to spend Labor Day morning at the park with the Timlers.  Lily was acting her normal, active self at the park.  Adrienne brought doughnuts and Lily was just dying for one, so I let her have it.  Then we went swinging…(writing all this down makes me realize that I don’t think through things well).  She swung a lot because that’s her favorite thing to do.  Until, she turned around and let me know her tummy hurt.  So, I sat down in the swing with her in my lap.  She promptly fell asleep.  Then,

She vomited.  All over me, soaking me with wet, warm, strawberry doughnut vomit.  And you know what…

I would do it all over again, even knowing she would throw up, just because she fell asleep in my arms for a few sweet moments.


Update:  The last two weeks of our lives have been rough on the wellness front.  The next day after the park, Lily came down with croup.  No big deal, right?  Well, not this time.  Lily’s throat was so swollen, she was using her entire body to breathe, even during the day.  We were up all night, in and out of the bathroom with a hot shower running.  The next morning we went to the doctor for steroids, which reduced the swelling in her throat.  She did recover relatively quickly, but on Friday, Jack came down with the same thing and had to stay home from school.  Saturday, I came down with what Lily had early that week.  Fortunately, it was just the nausea, which prevented me from drinking or eating anything.  My doctor prescribed Zofran for me, which helped.  My dad was the hero for the day…he came to take care of the kids while I laid in bed.  It was awesome.  Monday morning, though, Jack got it too.  He was pretty much throwing up all week.  Our trip to Colorado involved taking a bucket every where we went.  Even though Jack and I were recovered, our tummies were still very sensitive.  The altitude and curvy roads made things difficult for us.  However, Jack was quite the trooper.  He threw up right before a hike, but led our group the entire way without complaining a bit.  I’m glad to be home and illness-free…for now.