Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This picture is dark but it's of our "guide" knocking on the inn door and us discovering there is no room in the inn. Quade decided to join him on stage.
My sister andrea played one of the villagers (they had an amazing village set up).
So the week before christmas i decided to take the boys to see santa. It was a great tradition in my family...get all dressed up, go downtown, eat at the "tearoom", ride a train, and then go see santa.
We got to northpark to get a ticket to see santa. When we got there it was all set up for santa (like a comfy home with fireplace and tree). Quade looks at me and says "Where's Jesus?"
HA! what a sweet boy! I told him this story was about a nice man named "Saint Nicholas" and he was known for giving toys to children. He was good with that.
Fortunately Price did not have any comments or questions. =)
Here is the pic from the event:
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
This year we celebrated Christmas on the Friday after Thanksgiving with my family. So the boys received half of their presents early. I thought i would let other mommies know about a couple of "winners" in case you are in need of ideas as well.
Price got a "Fisher Price Sing-a-long Stage". I figured he would like the lights now and it would be something he would continue to enjoy over this year. Well, i didn't realize how much Quade would like it as well. So far it has been the favorite toy of Christmas. Here are some pics of the boys playing with it. It's $34.97 at Walmart with 97 cent shipping: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5716943
Yes, Quade is sitting on his "potty" while Price is in the Bumbo. =)
One of Quade's other favorite presents this Christmas was a "learning tower" from my parents. He can climb up onto it and then help me in the kitchen. He thinks it's great. He has helped me make cookies, wash dishes, put together salads, etc. It's a bigger ticket item and takes up a a lot of kitchen space, but if you have a grandparent that wants to get you something and you need ideas. Here you go:
Sunday, December 9, 2007
This is the first year Quade is getting really into Christmas and he is adorable. Here are a few of my favorite memories so far for Christmas 2007:
1. Putting up the Christmas tree while drinking wassel (warm apple cider)...Quade and I danced hand in hand to christmas music. (i wish i could freeze that moment in time!).
Picture mommy looks good in
Picture quade looks cute in (mommy has crazy eyes!)
2. Driving down our street at night, when we saw our first decorated house and I pointed out the lights to quade..."wow"... then we immediately get on the on ramp to interstate 75 and in true Dallas fashion there is traffic in both directions. I hear Quade's sweet voice from the back seat: "Look mommy more Christmas lights!"...sure changes your perspective on traffic!
3. Reading portions of scripture for advent each night after dinner and one night quade says, "Jesus in the christmas tree after nap?" (um, what?) "Quade, Jesus is in heaven, but he can also be in your heart". Quade responds with "Jesus in my tummy. Jesus with daddy at work. Baby Jesus in my crib"...precious!!
4. Driving to the grocery and i say "Uh oh it's starting to rain". Quade responds with "Jesus made the rain. Jesus made the grass. Jesus made raisins!" Thank you quade for making me appreciate God's creation.
5. Quade using keys to assist Josh Kruse in singing christmas carols with our friendship partners from china.
6. My most favorite memory was sitting on the couch with quade and price by the lit christmas tree and Quade makes price laugh his biggest laugh so far, which makes quade laugh and then price laugh again. God is so good!
The best news is that it is only December 9th! so many more memories are yet to come!
Monday, December 3, 2007
I made the conscious choice to enjoy motherhood. That may sound silly. But other mothers can agree that motherhood can be draining and the joy can be diminished by the mundane duties of dishes, laundry and diapers.
I had a "come to Jesus" moment last Monday and Bruce made a simple yet profound statement..."it's most important to me that you enjoy our two boys". WOW! I was so caught up in grocery runs, picking up toys, discipline, cooking dinner, paying bills, and returning emails that i was missing the joy of my boys!
(tilt your head to the left while watching...sorry, it's so hard to find a good camera-lady these days)
*and yes you did hear Bruce in the background discussing his bodily functions with Quade.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
ANYWAY, I thought it was notable that Bruce's relatives were at the first thanksgiving AND this year it was Price WINSLOW's first thanksgiving. =)
Here are pics of the event:
Monday, November 19, 2007
"I got Bible...I got Jesus!"
"Where Jesus go?" (as he flips through his toddler Bible)
"Look Baby Price there's Jesus!"
"Jesus ride a donkey. Yee Haw!" =)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Its a website: http://www.heartsupport.com/
Here is how Jon describes it:
"Heart Support is community based online help for those suffering from depression, addiction, eating disorders, self injury, and suicidal thoughts. "
Its an excellent resource if you know anyone who needs some counseling or support for any of these issues, but is resistant to seek face-to-face help.
Check it out!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
|What American accent do you have? |
Your Result: The West
Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.
|The Inland North|
|What American accent do you have?|
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ANYWAY...I appreciate all your support and prayers b/c we had an absolutely wonderful family weekend.
If you can't read the sign, "Fried marshmallows, Fried Snickers, Fried Pralines, Fried Oreos"! Um, Yeah...unfortunately it was still a bit early in the morning for me to try any of these forbidden treats. However, an hour later I got myself a Jumbo turkey leg (see below).
So sweet! Quade's line "Big cowboy, hat, talking"
Saturday night our friend Holly offered to come and watch the boys so we could go out on a little date. Needless to say we took her up on it! We went to a place we would highly recommend: Times Ten Cellar wine bar (http://www.timestencellar.com/). We sat outside on their patio sipped wine and had a flourless chocolate cake...yummy!
After church we went to the park for lunch with our friends the Kruses and their 3 boys. It was an absolutely beautiful day.
That afternoon I took a nice nap and then Bruce watched the boys while I went out to dinner with some of the girls from our small group. We went to Sangria (a tapas restaurant). We sat out on the patio, had great food and fabulous conversation.
So a wonderful weekend all in all and to top it off...
Monday: Quade was good at school!! yea Quade!
AND...Monday night Price slept from 11 to 5!!! YEA PRICE!!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
There are a few phrases that Quade uses frequently to express himself. I thought I would document the ones I find most amusing for future reference. (thanks Erin and Jina for the idea).
The phrase "So happy now" is used for the obvious contexts. He particularly likes to use it when he has asked us for something and we say 'yes'. (e.g., Q: lollipop? H:okay Q: so happy now)
"No like this..." is used frequently throughout the day to express general dislike. I have heard the following hilarious variations: "No like this, dudes." and when listening to the radio "No like this song!"
"Firetruck. No push me. Time out! 2 minutes all done"
Lately Quade has been disciplining his toys when they misbehave. The good news is our home is no longer full of ill-mannered playthings.
Mom's favorite: "Two guys"
Whenever I am holding both quade and price, Quade will say "two guys" and lean in for a hug. It's precious!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
4. How old is your man? 34
19. Who pays when you go out? Depends on who is taking charge of the kiddos and who can grab their credit card fast enough...usually Bruce pays
24. Who asked who out? I asked him to go the symphony with me (my parents had season tickets they weren't going to use) I drove us down to Indy. It was wonderful. Afterward we went to the airport to pick up his little sister who was visiting.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Who do you think is easier to manage: a toddler or a newborn?
Things to keep in mind:
-there is a difference btwn individual newborns...case in point, quade was a lot more difficult as a newborn than price as been, so far (same goes for toddlers).
-things that are easy to manage with toddlers are harder with newborns (sleep) and vice versa (independence).
-newborn phase really only lasts about 3 months, toddlerhood lasts about a year/year and a half.
-toddlers can verbally communicate their wants (although it may not be what YOU want), whereas newborns use crying as their primary method of communicating (eventhough it seems toddlers only have tantrums and whining as their means to communicate).
Monday, October 1, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Here is the link to a video montage he made of the pics. I think it's only available online for the next 2 weeks: