Trip and Such

We got back on Tuesday from a week-long trip to Tennessee. Craig's grandparents and mother live there, and we had a good visit. We all slept in the same room - Kate on a little chaise (off which she fell the first night), and Lainey in a crib (except for 50% of the time when she was snuggling me in our bed because she wouldn't go back down in the middle of the night). They did pretty good most nights, and pretty awful a couple of the nights, but we made it through, and aside from the first morning back home when Lainey woke up for the day at 4:50am and Kate at 5 am, they seem to be adjusted back.

Tennessee is different. First, I haven't been car sick in a long time, and there were at least a few rides where I almost needed to stop from sickness. I'm not sure if it's the country roads, sitting in the back seat, or a comination of the two, but that was no fun.

I love the accents I heard. I sat in Kate's Bible class on Sunday morning because she cried and got kicked out Wednesday night (ha), and I could barely contain myself while the kids and teacher were talking. One little boy, as we came in the class, said to the teacher, "Dawn't say her Daddy's nayume or she'll cra!" (Don't say her Daddy's name or she'll cry!") And a little girl there was such a pistol - the teacher said, "Now Gracie Ann, does God take care of you?" and the girl said, "Naw." Anyway, I loved listening to them, and they were the cutest kids.
Also, the guy doing the announcements at church was talking about a lady who used to attend that congregation and he actually said, "She used to live out the road just a piece." ha!

We did get to eat at Chili's - ours up here closed down a few years ago, and we used to go there all the time. I have to say I wasn't as impressed as I used to be...Craig got to eat at Cracker Barrell (I didn't go b/c Lainey was napping and they had to go early to get his sister to the airport), which he said was delicious, and he brought me some fried okra back.

Aaaand...we went to Walmart about 3 times during the week. :)

We had fun with Craig's family. Kate and Lainey warmed up to them pretty quickly, and we got to have a good discussion about baptism with Craig's cousin, who is in college and recently joined a Christian group there. We played a lot of rounds of "Golf", a card game we taught Craig's grandpa and mom. And Kate loved their dog Cheko - every morning she would want to go into the room where he was and say good morning to him before saying hi to anyone else. Made me almost want to get her a dog. Almost.

The Saturday before I left, I went to a friend's baby shower where I knew no one else. I met this friend because she is the wife of a guy that used to work at First Tech and play basketball with Craig...we just had them over for dinner once and the rest is history. Anyway, a word to the wise: if you are at a baby shower and playing game, do yourself a favor and lose the game on purpose. It's very akward to win because no one really cares if you win. It's totally anti-climactic and a little uncomfortable. But did you know that a baby ant is called an antlet? Now you do.

Craig's birthday is on Thursday, and Lainey's on the 19th. I can't believe my tiny little baby is going to be 1 year FLEW by! I had a party for Kate's 1st birthday, but she had many more "friends" her age, and I'm not sure if I'll do much for Lainey's. It seems silly to me considering she has no idea what's going on, but we'll see. Maybe I'll stop being a stick in the mud and think of something.

Kate is doing fine...think she might be teething those molars. She's had a high fever the last 2 days, and super cranky/clingy with no other signs of sickness. And when I took her to the dentist for her first cleaning a couple of weeks ago, the dentist said she was getting her top molars in. Poor thing. She is not a napper anymore, and she actually took 2 naps today!
She has also recently learned to sing all the US states in alphabetical order. II did not push that on her - she begs me to sing it over and over so she can learn it. Nut. :) But it brings me back to my childhood when my sisters and I used to see who could sing it faster. :)

Lainey is starting to say more words. She's a slower talker than Kate was, but just in the last couple of weeks, she's really doing more things. She's almost walking...I just know in the next few weeks, she'll be there. And although she'll try to say almost everything, most is not decipherable (is that a word?) except for All Done, Kate, Da da, Yeah, Outside, and other little ones like Bath, Dog, and Drink.

I'm about to be an aunt again! My sister Jamie is due tomorrow, so any minute now! Can't wait to meet Carter.

Happy February! I love Valentine's Day...always have.
  • robynbobm
    :) I love your updates. Your kids are so cute! Seems like forever since I have seen them though.
    I think you just gave Tambi more ammo for her no games at baby showers stance. It's true, no one cares who wins if they don't, especially when not everyone knows each other.
    I am amused at the way people in other parts of the country talk too. Things like "some better" and whatnot. I bet it is really cute when kids do it.
    by robynbobm at 02/05/12 8:27PM
  • turner120995
    Tennessee is a huge state. Where were you?
    by turner120995 at 02/06/12 8:25AM
  • trekkiemom
    Great always. Kate is so cute and funny. She was just a tad ansy about Bible class on Wednesday...almost cried...but seemed to remember, "Hey I am home! Time to get to work!". She settled right in no problems. :-)
    by trekkiemom at 02/06/12 9:51AM
  • turner120995
    No, the closest "Major" town is Lewisburg, where I grew up and the home of The Walking Horse Breeders Association headquarters and where there are more pencil factories! :) Murfreesboro is just the town where I graduated from college. Shelbyville is that little place in between.
    by turner120995 at 02/07/12 8:36AM
  • stylinmama
    I should let you read Chris's dad's emails sometime. If you love to hear Southern talk, you'd love those. ;) Glad you guys made it back safely and had a good time. I haven't been on here in forever and I was surprised when your name was lit up. I can't believe Kate knows the state song already. I guess it's relatively easy to learn because of the tune, but I feel like Anna should get to work on her math equations or something! ;) I didn't realize you like Valentine's Day so much. I'm getting less and less fond of it. But I'm sure we have different experiences with it. :)
    by stylinmama at 02/07/12 11:02AM
  • sarahmarcelle
    Glad you had a good trip! How neat that Kate's singing a song from when you were a kid and liking it so much!
    by sarahmarcelle at 02/07/12 12:38PM
  • beavermom
    Love your updates! I miss seeing you and watching your girls grow up! Come visit soon!
    by beavermom at 02/07/12 4:44PM
  • turner120995
    I am not surprised that you did not hear of Lewisburg. Shelbyvillans are that way!
    by turner120995 at 02/08/12 8:20AM
  • sarasponda
    I want to hear the state song!! Can you take a video and post it? I would love for Emily to learn it, I have never even heard of that. : )
    by sarasponda at 02/08/12 3:06PM
  • sarasponda
    So cute! Thanks for sharing the video. I love it. : )
    by sarasponda at 02/12/12 4:10PM
  • carolattheriver
    Were you in the "secret pal" group on pleonast a few years ago? She was my secret pal! Makes it even crazier, huh?!
    by carolattheriver at 07/12/12 6:41PM
  • stylinmama
    There are other guys from Chris's work doing the Warrior Dash too. He tried talking Craig into it, but the full fee cost was a little pricey. I wish Craig's work would sponser people!
    by stylinmama at 07/22/12 1:54AM


We've reached it. The age of "Why, Mommy?"

On a walk the other day.
Kate: "Why are you walking, Mommy?"
Me: "So I can get exercise and so we can get to Granny's house!"
Kate: "Why are we going to Granny's house?"
Me: "To play with Anna and Ben."
Kate: "Why are we going to play with Anna and Ben?"
Other questions included, "Why are we on the sidewalk?", then "Why is the sidewalk a good place to walk?" and "Why is Granny's street right there?" and "Why are we walking on Granny's street?" and "Why is that Granny's house?"
It's never-ending conversation around here. :)

I have a little hooligan on my hands, too. Today I was making cookies for Craig to take to the men's class tonight, and I got Kate up from her quiet time in her room as the first batch was coming out of the oven. I gave her a cookie to eat at the table, and took one to eat myself while standing in the kitchen starting to put away the containers of ingredients. I placed my (half-eaten) cookie on the cutting board on the counter, and turned to the opposite counter (with my back to her). I heard her walking in the kitchen and said (without looking) , "Kate, are you done with your cookie?" .... "No." "Ok, stay at the table until you're finished." When I turned around to grab my cookie, it was no longer there. Hm. Guess who stole it? It wasn't Lainey.
Oh, and by the way, the questions in this whole scenario included, "Why are you stacking those cookies? Why are you putting them on a plate? Why is that called plastic wrap? Why are you making another batch? Why will there be enough for the men's class?"

I hope you are all having a good new year. I have many goals...I wouldn't say official resolutions, but I guess I'm resolved to complete my goals. :) I'm excited about many things, and prayerful about many things, and overall just loving life and thankful to God.

Also hoping for some snow this weekend - Kate asks me almost every day if we'll have snow soon. :)

  • ryan_s
    Those were good cookies. I had some tonight at the men's class.
    by ryan_s at 01/14/12 1:46AM
  • Tambi
    I'm just waiting for Eva to start talking more. ACK! Said and Prisca think I'm a walking dictionary, so whenever they ask me something, I go tell them to grab a dictionary. Or we'll google it and I'll make them read it. Sometimes I get so sad about them growing up, but when they all start in, and asking why this, why that, it's nice that I can send them to figure it out without me. But the constant whys drives me crazy, the add in the how is this made, where does this come from, did God make this, is this/that a sin? It defiantly gets overwhelming. Sometimes I have to tell the kids to stop talking, especially when we're all in the car. Then it's just Eva with her babbling. Even she gets overwhelmed and will start screaming at them. Even Eva has her limits. :D And I'm pretty sure I've had a few yummy things snatched from me while I wasn't looking.

    We've been talking with our kids much more about the blessing they have, and how truly blessed we are that Omar has a job, we have a home, food, warm water. It's hard for them to grasp just how fortunate they are. This last year has flown by, and I'm trying to savor it. When I put Eva down for her nap today, I just had to stare at her and thank God for not only blessing us with Eva, but all our babies. I've been praying more and more for wisdom in training-up our children. It's scary for me. Not the education part (well, high school math freaks me out), but the spiritual part. I want so much for them.

    It was nice to see your family last Sunday. Your girls a so cute, and Lainey with her blue eyes and dark eyelashes. They reminded me of Prisca's when she was a baby. But Prisca's started to turn green around one.
    by Tambi at 01/14/12 2:23AM
  • Tambi
    Wow. Sorry for the book.
    by Tambi at 01/14/12 2:24AM
  • trekkiemom
    Good times at the Foster house! I love your kids! They are absolutely wonderful. I hope I am around to see what becomes of Kate...she is so funny and strong-willed...she is going to be a GREAT servant for God and I know you and Craig will harness your talents and channel that in God's direction. She is very blessed to have you both!

    Love the cookie story...they must have been yuuuummmmmmyyyyyy!
    by trekkiemom at 01/14/12 10:58AM
  • robynbobm
    Giggling here, hooligan is a word I have been using more lately. :) I don't know that Jon has been big into why questions yet, I think he is more of a "what" question dude.
    by robynbobm at 01/14/12 2:18PM
  • beavermom
    Ah, the "why" stage. Their little brains are so thirsty for knowledge! Sometimes it's interesting to turn it back around to them and ask, "Why do YOU think that is so?" You will get some insights into their little minds!
    by beavermom at 01/14/12 5:47PM
  • spinningbee
    Whenever I am with a "Why" child I respond with things like: "You tell me", "Because of Science", "It's a non-issue", "It is above your knowledge at this point". Just for humor's sake. If you come back with a really educated-sounding answer, sometimes they stop asking why.
    by spinningbee at 01/16/12 7:55PM
  • carolattheriver
    Those questions are just too funny! Kyle and Claire both went thru that stage. I remember Claire asking me on a long trip how old she will be when Kyle is 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and so on.... I don't think the question asking was ever to the extent that Kate's are. I bet when you go to bed that you are mentally exhausted.. but in a good way!
    by carolattheriver at 01/16/12 10:02PM

New Year

Wow. Our family is loud. You'll often hear the line from It's a Wonderful Life, "Mary, why'd we have to have all these kids?" spoken when we all get together. :)

We had a great Christmas. A little too good for Kate, I think. She really lost interest in opening presents, and we didn't push it much becuase we didn't want the whole, "That's nice, what's next?" attitude about gifts. But we totally could have gotten away with one present for her, I think, and it might be a good idea.
My grandparents are in from Colorado, and we're having a great time.

Had our annual viewing of "Meet me in St. Louis" tonight. One of my favorite movies. Ever.

We're good. Kids are great. Kate constantly says funny things. One of her latest is casually suggesting that maybe in the future, I'll become a little girl, and she'll become a mommy, and she'll tell me things like I tell her to do. I think this is her way of comforting herself...she enjoys thinking that maybe one day she'll get to boss me around. Makes submitting to my authority easier to swallow, I guess.

Maybe if I start updating more, I'll have more interesting things to say. And maybe it will encourage others to update. I'll give that a shot. Because I have a feeling that about 5 people will read this, and half of them probably won't see it until a week or two after it's been posted. :)
  • sarasponda
    I saw it the same day you posted. Do I win a prize? ; ) Aw, you guys watch Meet Me in St. Louis every year?? I love that movie too. Tootie is such a kick.
    by sarasponda at 12/28/11 8:18AM
  • juliev
    I check pleo almost every day. I just don't have time for writing lengthy thoughts. My short bursts of brain activity end up on FB. :)

    I've never seen that movie, but after hearing all of you talk about it for so many years, I found it on TV and set it to record this year. It is now waiting on the DVR, so I can be enlightened.
    by juliev at 12/28/11 9:50AM
  • trekkiemom
    I check Pleo nearly every day and well, you know how my fb visits are ...only of necessity. Glad you all are having such a great visit!
    by trekkiemom at 12/28/11 3:31PM
  • elizabethk
    I check Pleo daily...but I'm bad about updating! :/ So glad you all had a great christmas. I love your new picture...the girls are adorable!! :)
    by elizabethk at 12/28/11 4:04PM
  • sarasponda
    Didn't even notice your new pic earlier! So cute, love it. : ) Best wishes for the new year. Miss you guys.
    by sarasponda at 12/28/11 4:12PM
  • beavermom
    I normally check Pleo daily, but have been enjoying having Jordan home, and haven't been on the computer much lately. Hope you have a blessed new year!!
    by beavermom at 12/29/11 4:16AM
  • robynbobm
    Kate makes me giggle. :)
    by robynbobm at 12/29/11 5:41PM
  • jenkegley
    I read it. :) Beautiful picture!
    by jenkegley at 12/30/11 12:24PM
  • niffer
    I haven't watched 'Meet Me In St.Louis' in a loooong time! :)
    by niffer at 12/30/11 5:00PM
  • jodimn
    I had to laugh at your line about having all of these kids because I was thinking the same thing on Christmas day!
    Love the family picture.
    by jodimn at 01/01/12 6:42PM
  • Tambi
    I can't wait to see your family again. I was totally bummed when I missed out going to Sunset when Omar preached a few weeks ago. But the kids were super excited to tell me about your babies and laineys cheeks. :)
    by Tambi at 01/03/12 12:09PM
  • Tambi
    Oh, and I haven't seen Meet Me In St. Louis in years. I bet my girls would love it. I'll have to see if they have it on Netflix.
    by Tambi at 01/03/12 12:10PM
  • sarahmarcelle
    I looove Meet Me in St. Louis!
    by sarahmarcelle at 01/04/12 2:58PM
  • robynbobm
    Haha, exactly.
    by robynbobm at 01/06/12 12:55AM
  • kiss_the_rain
    Kate is so funny :) you won't ever beat the dog story from your last post though.
    by kiss_the_rain at 01/06/12 1:10AM
  • carolattheriver
    Well I just read it and it's only been about 2 weeks.:) I still enjoyed it and still need to watch meet me in St. Louis! I say that every time you suggest it and then I forget about 10 minutes later... I guess that's mommy brain for ya.
    by carolattheriver at 01/10/12 8:11PM

Watch your birds and dogs

The other day when we were walking, Kate saw a bird on a telephone wire and said, "Mommy, I want to squeeeeeeze the bird and BREAK it!!"
I said, "Kate! Why would you want to do that? That would hurt the bird!"
No response.

I ignored it and figured it was a one-time thing. A few minutes later, she spots a dog and says, "Mommy, I want to squeeeeeze the dog and BREAK it!!"
I said, "Kate, that's not very nice. Would you like it if someone squeezed and hurt you?"
She said, "Yes, I do."
Hm. I just told her I didn't want to hear that anymore.
"Okay, Mommy."

I tried to control my laughter. I guess it wouldn't be funny if she actually showed violent tendencies or something, but I know where she got it - we have a book about stuff that's "not okay". I think it gave her ideas about bad attitudes.
I'm not a huge fan of the book anyway - it seems like one of those books that is of the thinking that you shouldn't tell your child "no", but instead tell them what they CAN do. Like, "You may not squeeze the cat, but you CAN squeeze some clay." Whatever. That book is going in the trash.
We have another one that is about sharing, but it's not really - it's more about offering someone a distraction so you can be selfish. It'll say things like, "My snack - you can't have any!.... But we can get you a box of your own." Or, "My new doll! You can't play with it...but you can play with this doll!" It's going in the trash, too.

Yes, I'm censoring my daughter's board books. Sue me.

Well, enough of that. Things are good here. It's day to day. Some days are wonderful, filled with proverbial sunshine and rainbows. Other days feel not-so-good, but it's the nature of having little kids, I think. It's helpful to try to keep myself upbeat on days that have potty accidents, tons of disciplinary efforts, lack naps, etc, but for the most part - I just remind myself that tomorrow is a new day, and count my blessings. And usually the next day is filled with plenty of obedience, lots of hugs and kisses, and fun activities.

I'm leading our next ladies' class on "Courting" - basically the process of choosing a mate. So, I've been working on that study for a little while, and also having a pretty in-depth discussion on Facebook with an old friend from high school that I connected with at our reunion last month. It was prompted to my response to her post about how wonderful the legalization of homosexual marriages in New York was. I'm thankful that she has so far been mature enough to discuss the Bible with me without "walking away" or getting angry.

That's about it!

  • robynbobm
    LOL at Kate. I censor books too. :)
    by robynbobm at 07/25/11 2:20AM
  • jenkegley
    It was a book being read in my oldest's class that prompted us to look into and eventually start homeschooling. So, censor all u want, girlie!
    by jenkegley at 07/25/11 10:02AM
  • juliev
    HA! It is so hard to not laugh at things like that.
    by juliev at 07/25/11 10:57AM
  • kiss_the_rain
    Good for you, i don't like books like that either. That's pretty funny though :)
    by kiss_the_rain at 07/25/11 8:36PM
  • beavermom
    Sounds like you are on the right track! :) Hang in there!
    by beavermom at 07/27/11 2:10AM
  • carolattheriver
    Cailou, I think that's how you spell it, is a program on public television, and he a lot of times shows bad behavior,,, then learns his lesson in the end, but I have stopped letting my kids watch that, too. I felt like it was giving them bad ideas on how to act instead of picking up on the "lesson learned" part.
    by carolattheriver at 07/27/11 8:17AM
  • Tambi
    How funny! Kate is such a sweet girl, and she plays and shares really well with others. :)

    I've also had to ban a few books and shows from the kids.
    by Tambi at 07/29/11 11:52AM
  • lifeisgoood
    "Yes, I'm censoring my daughter's board books. Sue me." You. Are so funny to me.

    by lifeisgoood at 08/29/11 9:36PM
  • kris
    Okay, the Kate story made me laugh, and cringe at the future conversations that will arise with Molly! Good for you for being proactive and censoring her books! Way to go mama.
    by kris at 09/02/11 8:19PM
  • lauriw1030
    I agree! Censor all you want or need. We have and still do.
    by lauriw1030 at 09/03/11 12:35PM
  • robynbobm
    Saw your comment to Ryan and it made me think of this blog I read today. [Link¦]
    by robynbobm at 09/24/11 2:43AM
  • robynbobm
    by robynbobm at 09/24/11 2:44AM
  • trekkiemom
    Thanks, Lindsay!
    by trekkiemom at 09/27/11 10:20AM

Good News and Bad News

The bad news is that my brain has been taking vacations every now and then.
The good news is that even though for about 2 months, I've considered my flat iron broken because it wouldn't heat up warm enough, it really wasn't broken and was just turned down to the lowest setting. When Craig asked what I wanted for my birthday on May 1, I told him I wanted a new flat iron. Good thing I didn't get one...a couple of weeks later, I discovered that I failed to properly check the setting. Duh.
The other good news is that even though for 2 days, I assumed there was an issue with our (new) laptop because it would not find or connect to any wireless network and told me the connection was broken, when I finally got time to troubleshoot, I realized I had hit the wireless "off" button on the keyboard. Sigh.

Life is good. Lainey is an angel baby so far. She sleeps great at night, goes down easy for naps, and smiles, coos, and as of yesterday-giggles.
Kate is full of energy. She hops everywhere. Which is just like I was as a kid - my parents used to call me Tigger. She learns so many new things everyday, and tests me in so many ways every day, too. It's a challenge to be tough on your kids when they are challenging you because you just want to be a loving, kind, calm parent. But we are trying to make sure we have a good balance of control and love, as Dobson would say, and praying that it works out well. :)

Kate turned 2 on the 19th of May, and we had a great birthday party for her last Saturday. Craig's mom stayed with us for almost a week, and we had a good time. Craig went to the Netherlands for 5 days this week, and I soooo wanted to go with him, but Lainey needs me, and we have no passports for them. It was sort of short notice, too, so hopefully the next time he has to go, either just me or all of us can go and take an extra week to have a family vacation. It'd probably be a challenge to have two small children over there for vacation, but I can't imagine leaving them for a week, even though it would be SPLENDID to have a vacation with Craig by ourselves.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!
  • robynbobm
    Lainey is sweet. Kate is wonderful too, she has such sweet manners. Every child has some foolishness bound into them, but your girls are adorable.
    by robynbobm at 05/27/11 1:20AM
  • sarasponda
    I hope you don't mind me saying that the things you wrote make me feel better. I am not the only one. : ) Sounds like you guys are enjoying yourselves. Wish I could meet your girls.
    by sarasponda at 05/27/11 8:48PM
  • niffer
    by niffer at 05/28/11 12:44PM
  • beavermom
    You have a lovely family! Wish we could see more of you! And don't worry- you aren't losing your mind- every mom has mommy brain occasionally! ;) But I have no babies or toddlers in my house anymore-so what will be my excuse?
    by beavermom at 05/28/11 3:56PM
  • carolattheriver
    Just got to read this. I can't tell you how much better I feel after reading it. I am so scatter brain lately. And the kids can really test me sometimes too and I just wonder when it will finally sink in that what they are doing isn't ok!!! LOL!!
    by carolattheriver at 05/31/11 2:06PM
  • robynbobm
    Yeah, I felt so bad when I saw Shelby's pictures and realized I had forgotten it was Tuesday. I would have been there, tired though I was. :/
    by robynbobm at 06/01/11 12:57PM