Monday, July 30, 2007
"After mommy and daddy went to bed, Spencer got sad because he couldn't find his Care Bear. (Bedtime Bear) I climbed out of my bed (he's in the top bunk) and looked a little bit for the bear for Spencer. Then I said a prayer by Spencer and asked Heavenly Father to help us find his Care Bear and to help Spencer to have good dreams and not be scared if he had to sleep by himself. Then I sneaked out of our room and looked outside on the deck to see if it was there. It wasn't. It was really dark in the living room, but the light on the stove made a blue light that helped me see. I couldn't find his care bear, so I went to bed. In the morning, Spencer said he didn't have any bad dreams and his care bear was in his bed!" (the bear was in his bed the whole time-I had given it to him earlier-it just got twisted in a blanket)
First of all, it is a tad scary that he got out of bed and wandered in the dark and we didn't have a clue, but it is a very good feeling that 1. he cares enough about his brother's well being enough to get out of bed and look for the toy. and 2. he thought to say a prayer and ask for Spencer to be comforted.
These children are the messiest, naughtiest boys I know some times, but times like that remind us that they are also sweet and loving and we are proud to be their parents!
Friday, July 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
This afternoon I decided to walk on the treadmill while I re-read parts of my Harry Potter book. (note book in picture) (I read so fast yesterday that I needed to go back to some parts) When I get done with the walking, the boys always want a turn walking. Today was no different so I let them have a go. Watching them be so excited to walk on this silly treadmill made me think about how sometimes it's such drudgery to me and I needed to change my attitude. These kids love to walk and be active. Why can't I be that way too? So, I took pictures of them, printed them and hung them on my wall. I want to be like them. Excited to do something that will only improve my health and make me feel better. I guess this is just another reason we've been instructed to be as little children! Pictures are below.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Like I said, the interview seemed to go very well. They gave every indication that they intended to promote Travis after his training. This is good news. The training program is 12 weeks long. He will do his regular duties at his store and 4 hours of training per week. After the 12 weeks he will do some training in a different store for however long they feel he needs it. Then we just wait until an Executive position opens up for him.
We want to thank everyone who has supported us through all of this. We deeply appreciate the prayers and supportive comments from everyone. We know that we wouldn't have gotten this far without the Lord's help and we appreciate everyone putting in a good word for us. (o:
After the interview we headed over to Travis's parents house where she made us a lovely celebratory dinner. Travis passed out on the couch for an hour. I think between not sleeping much the night before (who has ever slept well before a big interview?) and that terrible traffic, the poor guy was exhausted. Needless to say it turned out to be a pretty great day!
Monday, July 16, 2007
We will keep you all posted on the outcome of Wednesdays interviews, but it looks promising. Travis has a new boss named Kelly. He is really nice and Travis already likes him. He's a hard worker so far and has a lot of great ideas that will help the store. Plus, he's supportive of his team and wants to see them succeed. Yahoo for new bosses!
The boys are healthy and happy. Connor now believes that throwing metal cars at peoples heads is great fun, so we've been working on teaching him that's not okay, but he's two and reasoning isn't his strong suit.
We hope you all have a super fabulous week and we'll be back to post all our happy news (positive thinking!!!) Thursday.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Some of the other animals she brought.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
This is the main climber toy that they had. Off to the right was a huge red barn that had bathrooms and a kind of gym type place that they were doing summer kid camp stuff in. To the left was a barn and yard for the free petting zoo. (It was closed yesterday)
This is the train that was by the big climber toy. Notice in the background the red petting zoo barn and the old house was an old home from 1885 that you can visit on the weekends and see how people lived in the 1800's. (We peeked in the windows. )
This is by the WSU gardens. It was a fun little climber toy, but just not as good as the big one!
This was at the little Dino Park. We had to cross the big bridge and hike up a steep hill to get to it, but it had a beautiful view.
The Stegosaurus was their favorite.
There is a lovely spot there that we spent quite a bit of time walking through. It's a big garden area taken care of by WSU (Washington State University). There are several garden spots, each done differently. There was a scented plot where everything smelled wonderful (like lavendar), there was a Chinese garden, a butterfly garden... I should have taken notes on all the different types they had.
These bunnies were hanging out in one of the gardens. They let us get pretty darn close before they ran away.
Hanging out in the gardens.
And here we are picnicing. There were several picnic areas, but they wanted to sit on the grass beside our car. If you look closely, you will see Joseph wiggling his tooth. It fell out shortly after this picture was taken.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
The weather was very hot for Seattle. One of the nicest 4th of July's we have had in a very long time. It got close to 90. Most people in the summer would say no big deal, but we Seattle folks just don't get along with heat. We are mild weather people. So, until the shade crept across the yard, we had to find ways to keep cool. The best way? Sprinklers!!!!Spencer was really bothered by the heat. More than his brothers. He preferred to just sit in the shade and eat lemonade Popsicles.
After the sprinklers, and while Spencer took a rest, we turned on Steve Martin's "Pink Panther" movie. This is one of the boys favorites and one of the very few non-educational films we let the boys watch. It was made for families and we have to say there are some pretty funny things and sayings that happen that really make the boys laugh. Here is Connor getting ready to watch the movie. His shirt was in the dryer. Notice his favorite blankey in the whole universe is with him. That thing was puffing dirt like Pigpen by the time we left.
The boys love smoke balls because they aren't loud, they make pretty colored smoke, and Daddy runs with them and they get to chase him. Here are a couple of pictures of the boys chasing Daddy and the smoke. This is a funny one! Travis's parents were sitting innocently watching, when Travis tossed a smoke ball behind them. The smoke pretty much surrounded them.
Joseph took his earphones off for this picture. (see bottom picture for closeup of that)
This is just a cute one of Connor watching Whiskers the cat eat his dinner.
And finally, here we are roasting marshmallows to make gooey smores. Note the earphones Joseph is wearing. He didn't like all the noise from the fireworks in the neighborhood, so he got them out and wore them around for a couple of hours. Funny kid!
All in all we had a wonderful time.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
So, here are a couple of pictures of my boys and their exciting weekend adventure! I only wish you could see just how dirty Joseph was. The lighting was good enough to hide most of the dirt on his face. (o: Oh, and Spencer is showing us his little owie that needed a band-aid.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Anyway, it was great for the boys to cheer on the survivors and to walk in memory of the Aunt Kim they never got to meet. The only real negative was about 1 1/2 hours into it the skies opened up and soaked us to the bones. We ended up leaving a bit early because we didn't want the kids to get sick. (which they did anyway) So, here are a couple of pictures from our evening. There are tons more, I only selected a few. Oh, and the rainbow was on our way to the event. We looked at it as a good sign.