Friday, April 15, 2011

These Kids

Good golly, you'll never believe what happened this morning. I was bathing Linc, and he suddenly stands up at the edge, places his hands down on the edge and with a ton of force, propels himself over! I thank God I was right there, was looking, and was fast enough! My hands grabbed his slippery shoulders as he was upside down now, his head maybe one inch from crashing into the hard tile floor! I then leaned into him and slowly spun his wet body around on the outside of the tub and lay his side down on the floor. Oh. My. Gosh. Had I not been able to stop him, he very well might have cracked his skull or broken his neck. That is terrifying to me. Please pray for future bath times. Wendy news--changing keys now so we can all laugh after that scary bit! Last night James made her an ice cream cone at the Chinese Buffet, and as he handed it to her, she said, "Thank you, Daddy! It's just the way I LOVE it! Vanilla and chocolate, my two FAVorite kinds, AND the kind of details I love on it---sprinkles!" Funny that she said, "details." And at a furniture store the other day, she was pointing out an ottoman or something she liked, and I could hear her as she was with Daddy around the corner. "Look at this good MATERIAL on it!" "Material?" Really? Funny. And Linc did something so wonderfully sweet the other day. He had climbed into the cabinet under the tv, and dropped a small but heavy speaker on his hand and fussed. I rushed over, comforted Linc and shook my finger at that mean speaker, saying, "No no, bad speaker! No hurty Lincy!" Linc then looks up at me with a small smile, places his big chubby hands on either side of my face, leans in and "MmmA!" kisses me on the lips! I felt such pure love and joy! And it was so spontaneous. It was his idea! He felt inclined to kiss me then in that moment. Reminded me of how James first told me he loved me. After his birthday dinner, in my parents' foyer, he placed his hands on either side of my face and told me he loved me for the first time. Awe....

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spa, Egg Hunt, Vet School, Oh My!

I begin with this sweet pic of Wendy from yesterday. I'd picked up some MOVIES along with books from our library, and she was in a chill-axed mood, wanting to feel cozy with her Pooh Bear and JC Penney, the other bear. This morning, I took the kids to the church, dropped them off in the kid room, and...
Our Bible study went to the spa!!!!!!!! Below, friends getting pampered...
My turn! Our teacher treated us all---awesome, right?!
Earlier this morning, Wendy in front of her calendar. Here's what we do--Each month, I make a new calendar for her. For every night that she stays in bed after the bedtime routine, and stays put and quiet until morning (doesn't wake us for something like a stuffed animal missing under a blanket or something), she puts a sticker for that night. When the calendar is full, she gets a $5 toy. In the mornings, I draw a new pic for her to color, and slide it silently under her door. Then, if she's been awake a while, she knows she can bolt out with all of her spirited self! This is what works. If we slack, she wakes in the night, hollers out, comes into our room super early, thinking it's a new day already, etc!
I've been experimenting with her hair...

Last Sunday, she wore the Easter dress MY grandmother made for me to wear! It's got to be 28 years old or so.
I had this idea a while ago to have an egg hunt for Wendy and some of her friends from school! The fellow moms were on board, and it turned out so well, with grilled dinner and lots of stuffed eggs--all a shared effort! We were the first ones there and I just started snapping a few pics right off the bat. I saw this one as it appeared on my computer and thought, "Some things never change..."
Wendy and Friends.

My little girl~
The day before, James and I took the children to the Vet School Open House! I'm SO glad James read about it first online because of "this here event"---Glad she took along Pooh Bear for the experience!

Resident Wendy is ready for her first surgery!
"What do you think we should do, Wendy?"
They decided to splint and bandage his broken knee (my idea). Afterwards, he asked her if they should cut him open in his belly or chest and insert one of the buttons or colorful puff balls (selection contained in a vomit bowl), and he held a scalpel over Pooh Bear, who lay there helplessly, hooked thread beside him. Wendy said, "No!"

Linc crashed on the way home. Tired boy.
But don't think Sister had all the fun! Linc loves dogs.
A special canine presentation--soo way cool how these dogs can sniff out anything buried anywhere!

Before we reached the campus, we made one quick stop at a garage sale. I had one dollar with which I bought a broken gun for Linc, I know, bad mom, and a chef's hat for the Woo Loo!

Look what my girl did with her lunch the other day!


Sunday, April 03, 2011

Les Adorables

So, once again, I find myself needing to do a major update, so to begin with, just the other day, Wendy wanted to swim, but we've no pool to fill, so suits on, and into the tub! And they made their own splash area! I love the way the camera caught the drops of water! So, this was a sort of ghetto pool hour, and oh so much fun! Just like big sister, Linc loves to drink from the faucet. You know what? Come to think of it, James likes to, too, so perhaps these little larvae inherited that tendency from their ole man! It's so cute.
I was trying to come up with an activity for Wendy one afternoon recently, so egg-dying! We got a dozen eggs, boiled them, and then I got two packages with the prettiest glitzy contents including glitter and stickers. Wendy was in Heaven. She wouldn't eat one, even after seeing how lovely it looked, and sliced with salt n' pepper, so we gave a few to her teacher the next morn!
James and I went on a baby moon to Rock Port! We thoroughly enjoyed the peace, quiet, seafood, and each other. We wound up talking about our kids, of course, and missing them pretty early on.
I love him more and more with the passage of time. James is my soul mate, I know that's cliche, but it's the truth.
We visited the Lexington, and I was overwhelmed by this vessel, the role it played, the men on board and their weighty responsibilities. My father was an officer on deck (on the bridge), so here I am posing in the approximate area, and my dad recalls the early mornings on deck with sentimentality as this was when the cooks would bring up fresh cinnamon rolls.
We stayed at a haunted bed n' breakfast, y'all! WooooooOOO Haaaa HaaaaaAA! We had a lovely time. The couple were very interesting, the husband shared the history of the house with us, in detail, and made amazing Eggs Benedict in the morning!

Spring Break---I took the kids to a park to play with Wendy's friend, Meghna.

And one day, I took them to the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory.
Big Man Hands...Already.
While there, she complained of her ears hurting...."Uh oh," I thought to myself.
So, as you can imagine, we made an appt. and were at her doc's the next day. Double ear infection and bronchitis. (Since then, Linc's been treated for double ear infection, and now I'm on meds for a sinus infection.) Allergies are particularly bad this year, and I, for the first time in my life, have 'em. Headaches, drainage, horrid. I guess my body changed after having Linc, cuz that's what the doc says.
We frequent the Chick Fil A's and Linc and Wendy enjoyed the outdoor play area one day.

After Spring Break, it was to La Vernia for Mr. K's retirement/birthday party! Mr. K is James' sister's father-in-law and a great family friend. When we got in, James and his father sat and chatted a while, enjoying the fantastic early evening temp. outside.
Gorgeous Grandma gave Wendy a ride!

Aunt Tiff and Uncle Chris came by...
I LOVE this age. I love how his face is evolving. My little love bug----wif a cowboy hat on!
The jealousy Wendy used to express all the time, I think it's pretty much gone! Yay!
Mr. K was surprised!
Linc, at this time, was not feeling well. He loves to hang out near the dogs...Oh, by the way, our church has an amazing cat, sooo sweet and lets all the kids and babies pet her! I want a cat again.

Little James and Wendy exerted tons of energy in this bounce house! Tiff was so smart to rent one. She knows kids.
Jamesy Wamesy.

Before we left, we spent some time out in front, and the kids really enjoyed playing with Grandma's Easter decorations!

So with all this sickness, it's tissues galore. Well, don't you think this tissue box is ironic? Stupid, I think.
Wendy stopped biting her nails! She's got a manicure kit now! I'm so happy!

Linc at his 15-month check-up and confirmation of his ear infection. He'd lost weight, due to his sickness, so was 25 lbs, 32 in long and head is 49.5 cm. He loves tools of any kind. He can check out his OWN ears. Leave him alone, y'all.

Wendy gave Pooh Bear a check up. He's old, we decided, but still tickin' on!
Wendy is Pinky, and Linc, The Brain.