June 5 -
"Lollipop" by the Chordettes is Bella's new favorite song. So it's no wonder she was drawing lollipops
of all sizes on her drawing board today. Now to teach her more than two
words of the lyrics...
June 12 -
Bella: I crazy
Me: That's because you're mine.
Bella: Mommy crazy, Bella crazy. (Then, she fumbles with her fingers before holding them up properly.) TWO CRAZIES.
Beautiful day to be outdoors. Worked in the
vegetable garden and picked two beautiful bright yellow squash. Ethan
enjoyed cutting the grass and the girlies have been out all day. Kabobs
for lunch kept there from being a break in play. :)
Bella's singing the beginning of the My Little
Pony theme song, but the ahhh part is the line from Coldplay's "Paradise"
June 17 -
After a superhero themed grill out on one of the first truly hot days of this mild summer (naturally), Brian, Ryan, and Dad went head to head in the First Annual Father's Day Mento Geyser Wars. I think Brian's geyser won, but Ryan's performance was most America's Funniest worthy.
So there's some kind of bird right outside our
house that sings all night long. Loudly. The first night or two I
thought it was kind of cute and interesting. Now I'm just starting to
think it's psychotic.
June 22 -
Fairy Rose had a lovely time at Fairy Garden camp
June 25 -
Psycho Bird is at it again!
June 27 of the summer of extremes -
Today is still at a beautiful 77, but the
forecast for the next five days is 100, 108!!, 100, 104!, 104! - then it
cools down to the nineties. That, my friends, is crazy.
Ethan has set up a spa. He charges 30 cents
for a lotioned foot massage and an additional 20 cents for a pedicure.
He's almost done with his second customer.
July 1 -
Rosie won free birthday cupcakes on a Facebook contest. I have the best friends.
via Brian ~ It appears that the alternator belt just broke
on the van. Thankfully, Alicia was at church,so she has a cool place
to wait for the tow truck. [Yeah, and the car broke down right after he lost his job and is still waiting to be fixed, but God was gracious, a church friend came and brought the part and worked on it, the out neighbor mechanic fixed it the next morning all at no charge.]
July 7 -
Rose: I used to think heaven was like you can
just ask and have a piece of cake or a cup of water or a cup of milk and
someone would bring it to you. As often as you want. And you would
never get fat!
Iced coffee + donuts + grapes = a breakfast picnic at the lake!
My little sister Rachel's profound observation today - "Generally people are happy when they're eating steak."
July 11 -
I just wrote Happy 7th Birthday in the
artificial snow on the door. Seven. How can that be? The way the
years fly past us. It takes a mama's breath away.
Turn from old ways, lift your eyes
For the kingdom of God is here
(Hillsong, "The One Who Saves")
Brian asked Bella, "Who is the bomb diggity?" Bella replied, "I'm Green Lantern, I AM the bomb diggity!"
Brian's grandma finally moved into her newly built apartment at Brian's parents' house today.
July 19- 15 years married to my love.
The girl who went to Men in Black on her
honeymoon and Armageddon on her first anniversary, finally got to see a
strictly romantic movie on her anniversary. Finally saw The Lost
Valentine. Loved it.
July 21 -
Cleaned up the most epic throw up in my career
as a mother. It covered half the bathroom, and took a whole roll of
good paper towels to eradicate, in addition to the towel and bath mat
that I just threw out. Crowned this eventful night by drink my coffee
black for the first time. It really wasn't so bad, and Rachel and I are going to be thinner by Christmas or kill each other trying.
working and listening to elevator music. On purpose. He actually said,
"What? Don't you like this song?" And I told him that if it was playing
in an elevator, I would get off on the wrong floor.
We read the book, "What Do Babies Need?" So before we began, I asked Bella. She didn't hesitate. "Chocolate milk."
Walking in the sun today, Bella commented,
"It's a hot day." I smiled and agreed, and she continued, "Hot days
make my hair wet." She paused, "and cold days make my hair dry." :)
August 1 -
Sign left on Ethan's door tonight:
Do not disturb I'm sleeping (consiquences bellow)
1.dropped from the killer canyon
2.drowned in beta lagoon
3.strung over Violent Volcano
"You may kiss the bride." That's
just not fair. The groom's allowed to kiss the bride, but the bride's
not allowed to kiss the groom. When I get married, I'm not doing it
like that. They're going to say, "You may kiss each other."
Every time we get out of the van, Bella has to run to her garden to "check her oh-ma-toes." She eats every red one. If there's more than five or so, she might share one. :)
from Brian ~ This morning at family worship, when we read
the words, "And you shall be my people, and I will be your God," Bella
(3) exclaimed, "Ah! [her word for yes] I will hug him! I will be happy!"
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name
My poor little orange garden spider has no
luck. Every night she builds a beautiful web outside my front door.
And every night someone walks through it or, like tonight, a storm
washes it away. She even got smart this time and built it beside rather
than over the steps and slightly under the edge of the porch where I
was sitting watching the storm. But the wind got so strong that it
started blowing the web back and forth (almost into my face!), and about
the time I moved to Brian's lap, then started getting soaked and
running back inside, another web had bitten the dust.
August 12 -
13 meteors in a little over an hour - 4 were absolutely epic!!
Watched these with my sweet Anna girl, the only one I could wake up. :) It was on her bucket list after all. I saw three in about 30
seconds and came running in to get them, but we waited a good ten
minutes to see the next one. But once we saw a really big bright
fireball with a long trail, we were pretty hooked. We screamed after every big meteor then giggled because we were probably waking the neighbors in the middle of the night. The ground was so wet we had to sit in chairs and got the worst crink in our necks. And as we would
slowly head closer to the door to come back in, we'd see another good
one and watch a while longer. :) So grateful for that hour and a half break in the cloud cover. What a wonderful night!'
August 15 -
from Brian ~ Bella came outside while I was praying
this morning. She must have heard me ask the Lord to bless me, because
she walked over and placed her hand on my head.
from Brian ~ Tonight as I put Bella to bed, she said, "I
bless you, daddy!" She put her hand on my head as I placed mine on hers
and repeated the words with me.
August 19 -
Bella picked so many of her grape tomatoes
yesterday that I had to save leftovers in the frig. I warned her that
they would be could and she cringed through eating the first one, then
said, "My ohmato freaked me out."
There are so many mosquitos around our house
right now that I'm sitting INSIDE being eaten just from people going in
and out during the day!
Jesus is in me and Bella is in Jesus.... And
Bella grow up, be like Jesus. And Rosie grow and be like Jesus, and Anna
grow and be like Jesus, and Ethan grow, be like Jesus, and Mommy grow
and be like Jesus, and Daddy grow and be like Jesus...And everyone will
say, they be like Jesus! ~ Bella, age 3
August 20- First Day of School
Bella, while hanging around Brian's neck - "I will love you, and kiss you, and call you George."
August 21 -
my sweet husband's facebook status: This is for all the homeschool moms getting
ready for a new school year this week. You're the moms that are up all
night -- not because you are worried where your children are or what
they are doing. Your children are all safely tucked in bed. You're up
all night turning your home into an atmosphere of education. You're up
all night making sure everything is just right - the curriculum, the
field trips, the games, etc. You will have the fruit of your hands. Your
works will praise you in the gates.