Monday, August 18, 2008

Thank God for Kids

I grew up in a house that listened to country music. Like 80s country music...
Think Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers, Oak Ridge Boys and Bellamy Brothers. Oh yes, I lip-sang with the hairbrush to Crystal Gale (hair down to her feet).

Well I heard this song recently and it completely took me back to Christmas time as a five year old and I just sat and listened to the song. And now as a mom, I can love it on a whole new level. I just loved the words, so I am sharing it with you. Pretty much whether you like it or not! hee hee! No really, take the time to listen and soak in the words.

I think I will make my sister cry... well, maybe not cry, but choke her up a little!

Plus you can look at old and new pictures of adorable kids that I know and love:

Thank God for kids Lyrics:
If it weren't for kids have you ever thought
There wouldn't be no Santa Clause
Look what the stork just brought
Thank God for Kids

We'd all live in a quiet house
Without Big Bird or a Mickey Mouse
And Kool-aid on the couch
Thank God for Kids

Thank God for kids there's magic for a while
A special kind of sunshine in a smile
Do you ever stop to think? or wonder why?
The nearest thing to Heaven is a child

Daddy how does this thing fly?
A hundred other where's and why's
You really don't know but I try
Thank God for Kids

When I look down in those trustin eyes
That look to me, I realize
there's a love that I can't buy
Thank God for Kids

Thank God for there's magic for a while
A special kind of sunshine in a smile
Do you ever stop to think? or wonder why?
The nearest thing to Heaven is a child

When you get down on your knees tonight
To thank the Lord for his guiding light
And pray they turn out right
Thank God for Kids

Thank God for Kids

Christopher's first tooth!

Hurray!!! It actually popped through last weekend, but you really couldn't see anything... let alone try to get a picture of it! This means I don't have to try and get him to sit still for xrays! Hurray! Hurray!

This one is almost ready to come through!
Colton's Journal for todayI thought this was cute so I thought I would include it:
He was to write 3 things "I love my brother because"
1. he is so special
2. he loves me and he can walk
3. he is my frend.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Are we home yet?

So you book a hotel room on a fairly well-known site, which you have used numerous times before. You expect to have a place to sleep that night. Then a computer malfunctions (somewhere in the hotel computer world), and your room is given to someone else. It makes you a little irritated that this has happened. Then apparently everyone in the world has descended upon Salt Lake City and there are NO VACANCYs in a 300 mile radius. (Seriously, this would be where I exaggerate, but there were no rooms.) We started heading north, thinking well, we'll hit the next town and there will be something. Nope. Conventions, 30th Anniversary PowWows, some type of Mormon thing... no rooms. Most of the hotels actually had little paper signs that said "NO VACANCY" taped to their doors. I left two separate hotels in tears. Harumph.

Enter into our situation: 4:24 a.m., Dennys, Jesse drinking half a pot of coffee (he doesn't drink coffee), I have downed a couple of Red Bulls, Colton doesn't even wake up when we carry him into Dennys and lay him down in a booth, and Christopher is so delirious that he goes back and forth from laughing to whining. We just couldn't keep our eyes opened. I thought it would be good to document with pictures...

Christopher... whine... giggle... whine... giggle.Colton... zzzzzzzzz
So what do you do? It was then, at Denny's, at 4:30, that we decided we couldn't drive anymore. We spotted a 24 hr WalMart, bought a couple of pillows and $5 blankets and slept in the car. Here is us when the sun came up...
Oh, Jesse, what a trooper
...sleeeeeeeeppp, precious, sleeeeeeeepp...
oh, yea, did I mention that we had the dog with us? Yeah, the kennel was full too.
Here's the boys, the next day,
waffles and is good.
Apparently it is like this all summer long.

I need to build a hotel with 1000 rooms in Salt Lake City.
I'd be rich.

Friday, August 08, 2008


Welcome to the Tiki Village. Alicya is Luau Lily, I'm Fruity Fran and Marissa is Tiki Ty!So here are a few shots of Vacation Bible School from Parents Night, yesterday. I didn't really get that many since I wasn't feeling so well and I just forgot to go around to the other rooms to get good shots of them. Basically we turned the sanctuary into a pirate ship, along with our room (crafts) was a Tiki Village, Under the Sea (floor to ceiling blue tarps with fish all over), a deserted island, the top deck of a ship and then a shipwreck. The kids have had a great time and so have we!

Me with Gina Jellyfish (aka Annette Dea)Marissa and AlicyaSteve and Christel
The picture doesn't quite give a correct perspective on how big this ship is. The main mast is a telephone pole...
P.S. Yes the hat was homemade... a woven rug and a bunch of fruit from the $1 store, hot-glued together.
Yes it was pretty uncomfortable and heavy. I used maxi pads on the inside for padding.
Yes it was all worth it!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Quick update

So I have been crazy busy with Vacation Bible School. If you have ever been involved with anything at GFCC you will know that they don't do anything halfway. So as a girl that also doesn't do anything halfway... you can see where I am going with this. Plus the two lovely ladies that I am working with in my room are 15 (Marissa) and 13 (Alicya), so I think I can keep up!

We have two more days of VBS and on Friday afternoon we are going to get Colton from Salt Lake!!! I think VBS has been a great distraction from having my usual I-really-miss-my-little-boy mental breakdown!

In other news Christopher has really taken off this week with walking, but once he is down, opts for the reliable crawling. I also tried "helping" his teeth pop through (read: torture, with baby Orajel and a semi-frozen spoon). I am really praying that they appear before August 20th, so I won't have to take him to the dentist (not a pediatric dentist, which I would have to drive to Helena for) for X-rays on his teeth... er, gums. Somehow I don't know how they are going to accomplish that. All I can picture is both of us covered in lead aprons with me trying to get him to keep one of those bite thingys in his mouth without him squirming long enough to get a decent X-ray. Plus I am getting really tired of the constant diaper rash and crummy attitude (Christopher's, not mine). Also tired of the horrified look I get from people when I tell them he is almost 16 months and doesn't have one tooth. And their rebuttal of "Oh I've heard it is better for their teeth if they stay in longer." Hmm I guess we'll see. I'll keep you posted.
(sorry if that came across as excessively whiny).