Friday, October 31, 2008
Posted by Emily at 2:50 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
From the pumpkin carving - All the kids with the pumpkins (& Kyle!)
Ben driving the new van (note the truck in the background)
The new van - Sorry bad picture but it is blue and a Honda Odyssey (really not that excited I know!)
And I just thought this was a funny picture. Yesterday we had Evan our neighbor who is Ben's age over to play and I was making up our bed when the boys started jumping on it! They had so much fun!
Posted by Emily at 11:57 AM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I thought I would take the title from one of my favorite books as a kid. Ben has had the worst day ever. He has had allergies really bad this week with the changing weather so he woke up with a stuffy nose. I almost didn't send him to MDO but he loves it so much and I knew he wasn't sick so he went on. I got a call at 11 that he was screaming and they couldn't get him to stop. They had come in from the playground and he just lost it. I got there about 20 minutes later and he was still screaming. Don't really know why. He is cutting some teeth so I guess he was hurting - yea I forgot to mention the teeth earlier. He hasn't eaten in 2 days because of the teeth so that could have been why he was screaming because it was time to eat. So I picked him up and calmed him down. He had a haircut scheduled so we just drove around until the haircut so he could sleep. All afternoon he was just sort of pitiful but he didn't take a nap. We went outside before dinner to play. He was riding in the wagon with one of his friends and he fell out the back and busted his eye!!! Blood everywhere and it immediately puffed up and he broke his glasses. Really it was a bad day!! So tonight he got to eat ice cream for dinner and watch TV and movies all night! Hopefully tomorrow will be better - it can only be better.
Here is his puffy eye. He is 19 months old and already he is on his 2nd black eye. Of course we are supposed to be getting his Christmas pictures made on Friday. We will see how it looks tomorrow! Also a picture of the broken glasses. Hopefully they can fix them at the eyeglass place or else we are buying another pair! YEA!!
Posted by Emily at 8:53 PM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Grocery Shopping - they had the neatest kid sized grocery store
Checking out the giraffe
Playing with the chimps
Uncle Andrew & Aunt Kelly with Ben (don't ask about the Wake Forest t shirt - we don't understand!)
Scaring the mountain lions
Posted by Emily at 2:46 PM
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Last night we took Ben to see the Veggie Tales Live show. I have been a fan of Veggie Tales for many years. They first came out when I was in high school and it was cool to like them back then (ok so maybe not really cool but it was ok to like them). I remember a lot of the songs from back in the day. Now Ben just likes any cartoon so I let him watch Veggies because I can stand to watch it. It actually has some adult humor in it that I like.
So we thought it would be fun to take Ben to the live show. We met up with our friends the Hancocks for dinner and then went up to the church (it was at our church) where we met up with the Powells. So to get the scene. We are packed on a tiny pew (it was one of the 1/2 pews in the back) with 7 children and 6 adults. The sanctuary is packed and it is all fun and exciting. I really did feel like I was at a rock concert or something. It was a strange feeling. All these screaming people.
Posted by Emily at 2:00 PM
Monday, October 13, 2008
Last week was fall break for the schools here in Huntsville. Although Ben is not in school it did affect us. We didn't have a lot of our normal activities all week (no Bible Study, no MDO). I had told Matt at the beginning of the week that it might be a rough week for me because I wouldn't have any breaks but I was wrong!! Our week was packed with all sorts of fun activities. We went up to the Nature Trail on Green Mountain, we had play dates, we went to the Botanical Gardens, and we went on "secret adventures!" Ben even went to work with me a couple of times (no childcare was available so he just hung out with me at work - I didn't accomplish too much but did what I had to do). It was a great week. We were more busy than usual. We got to see lots of our friends and experience lots of new things. I love having a flexible little guy who is up for whatever I throw at him.
Posted by Emily at 3:16 PM
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Today at the Botanical Gardens. Looking at the train.
We even dressed them alike today.
Posted by Emily at 12:48 PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
"If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:11
Those of you who know me very well know that giving is not one of my strong points. For much of my life, I have struggled with giving away things (money, gifts, etc.). I have seen such a huge change in my life in the last few years. God has really been working to in me to give me a heart that is giving (and if you can believe it a heart that actually enjoys giving). I think becoming a mom has changed my heart in this way so greatly. When I look at Ben I just want to give him the world!! Anything and everything should be his. I walk through Walmart and I want to buy every toy there and give it to him.
This past Saturday, I got up early and went garage selling. It was the big garage sale here in our neighborhood. I only had $26 as I headed out. I really didn't need anything but I just thought I would check it out. I came back 2 hours later with no money and a car full of toys (and I mean full to the top - I could not have gotten one more thing in the car). I only bought things for Ben. Every house that I stopped I found something that he just "had to have." I even begged one lady to take a check so I could buy Ben a great Christmas present (I got a great deal on Little People!). I was so excited and couldn't wait to get home to give Ben some of the things that I had gotten (don't worry I did save most of them for Christmas
Then it hit me as I remembered the verse above. I finally understood it for the first time. Just like I spent all morning searching and seeking the perfect toys to give Ben, that is what Our Father wants to do for us (but He is even better at it than we are)!! He wants to give us the world but we don't let him! He has so much for us but we limit Him. It was just a very powerful and humbling thought! Thank you Lord for loving me that much and thanks for working in me to give me a giving heart.
I thought I would share one of my favorite finds from the garage sales... A Cozy Coupe car. I remember these when I was little and I always wanted one. Ben loves playing with them a friend's houses and at church. I was so excited to give it to him. He LOVES it!! He played with it all Saturday morning and then Sunday when we went out to the garage he started squealing. I could tell he was excited that it was still there! I guess he thought he was only going to have it for the day. He is so cute in it because he can only go backwards!
Posted by Emily at 2:03 PM
Monday, October 6, 2008
We went to the Tate Farm pumpkin patch on Saturday. It was so much fun!! When Ben walked in he literally said Whoa!! There was so much to see and do. We went on a hayride and got to pick our own pumpkin. There was a petting zoo with farm animals. They had all sorts of little kiddie climbing things which Ben loved!! There was a hay maze and a pumpkin gun! So much to see and do!! We took so many pictures that I couldn't include them all but here are some of the highlights. Thanks to Uncle Brett and Aunt Joanna for going with us and helping us out. It took all four of us to watch after Ben.
The thing Ben loved the most was climbing up into a cotton picker they had turned into a slide. I love this picture because he is holding his cup and trying to figure out how he is going to go up the ladder.This was the cool slide!
The pumpkin shooter!
Posted by Emily at 5:26 PM