Monday, October 27, 2008
A sea of red, yellow, and orange leaves on a grassy hill,
I use it to describe the towering waves of the ocean.
A bolt of lightning crashing across a midnight purple sky;
Wow is what I say when I gaze up at the bright stars overhead.
It is a sheet of white snow covering everything in sight,
It describes the devastation and rebirth nature can create.
Wow is what I say when I reach the top of a mountain peak;
It describes a beautiful sunset filled with orange, pink, and purple,
The chirping of birds on an early spring day.
It is the tip of a funnel cloud making its way towards Earth,
It’s how I feel as I look out across the vast ocean.
Wow describes many of nature’s wonders and surprises.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Opening gifts on her bed, I'm not sure who Carson thinks he is.
McCall hasn't had a birthday party the past few years. She always tells me that it is too much work and not to worry about it! This year when I asked her if she wanted a party, she came up with the same response. I decided she is too accommodating and I would have to throw her a surprise party instead! It was the best! She had absolutely no idea and the look on her face last night when she walked into our garage was priceless. She just kept throwing up her hands and saying, "I just can't believe this, I had no idea!" over and over again. It was so hilarious.
The big SUPRISE moment!
We had 22 friends there to wish her Happy Birthday (next time she tells me she doesn't have any friends, I will remind her of this fact). We did a Spook dinner, where you make up different names for each of the foods, drinks, utensils and napkin. The dinner is served in 3 courses and the kids don't know what they are ordering, they just have to guess based on the made up names. Four of my wonderful friends came to help out and I don't know who was laughing more the kids or the adults. We had one child order jell-0, vanilla ice cream, green salad and a napkin. We also had two kids that never ordered a fork through all three courses, spaghetti and all. Except for the little girl that threw up all over the place twice and who's mom wouldn't let her go home(a funny story for another post), It was really fun!
This is why I find parties stressful...little ones who need you at the most inconvient times.
We finished the night off with some great party games. The icing on the cake was a visit from our sweet neighbor, Debbie Palumbo who moved away last year to Minnesota. She was in town visiting for the weekend and she stopped by for a visit. It was the perfect ending to a really fun night. McCall kept telling Mark and I thank you and how it was the best birthday ever.
Maddie, who didn't order a fork
1. She LOVES chocolate!! I had to capitalize love because she really does adore it, just like her mama. We both feel that it deserves it's own food group at the top of the food pyramid...hmmm actually I guess the bottom is bigger, so let's put it there.
2. She is a wonderful sister! Wow, Mark and I couldn't have picked a more perfect 1st child. She is such a great example of goodness to her younger brothers and sisters. She is super conscientious and takes really good care of her brothers and sisters. She is practical, extremely responsible (more so than Mark and I combined) and has a fantastic imagination.
3. She loves to read. This is actually a love/hate quality. I love that she loves to read because it is a passion of mine as well, but I hate it that she can get so engrossed in a book that she can sometimes block out the entire world (especially when I'm requesting help with a chore). Quite literally if it is a really good book, there could be a small war going on in the same room and she would never know it! Seriously though I love that she is so passionate about her books and that she can summarize them so nicely for me. Although I don't have a lot of time to read at this stage in the game, I feel like I read a ton because of her wonderful summaries.
4. She is very gracious of others feelings. I realized this summer how much I have to learn in this department and McCall is a great teacher. One afternoon McCall had a little friend over and they decided to have a tea party with their American Girl Dolls outside. She had gotten a little tea set from American Girl about 6 months before, but had never used it. She felt like this day was a special day and she finally decided to use it. Unbeknownst to me, they took the tea set outside. About 20 minutes later, McCall came inside with her friend and a broken plate from the tea set! I just looked at her and said, "What happened? I can't believe that broke you just opened it." She replied, "I just dropped it mom." and then walked away. Later that evening, I saw the broken plate and was so bugged that she hadn't been more careful. She was sitting at the table, so I said, "McCall, I can't believe you broke that plate." She then started to cry and said, "Mom, I didn't break it, so and so did! I didn't want to make her feel bad when you asked, so I said it was me so her feelings wouldn't get hurt." OUCH! I felt so bad. I wish I had extended McCall the same courtesy she had extended her friend with regard to her feelings. She is so good about putting herself in someone else's shoes and then doing her best to make sure that no one gets their feelings hurt. I've kept that little broken plate to help remind me of how fragile others feelings are.
5. She is willing to try new things! Whether it is a new food, a new sport, or a new way of doing something McCall is willing to try new things and put herself out there.
6. She is confident. I love that she has her own opinions and isn't afraid to share them in a very polite way (most of the time). I love that she doesn't have to love all things that every other girl loves. She doesn't care if she has the latest fashion. She is happy with who she is and the opportunities she gets to have. She usually doesn't compare herself to others and is okay being interested in things that others may not be interested in.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
McCall watching Parker at his game.
We are in the midst of another fun and busy weekend. Although it has been wet and rainy here this weekend, the kids had a great time participating in their various sports in the rain. There is something so fun and refreshing about the first rain of the season.
Parker came home soaked but with a huge smile after football on Friday night. He was up and ready to go again at 8 the next morning for his soccer game. We don't know what we fed him, but I wish I could remember because he had the game of his life. It was so much fun to watch him because he was always at the right spot at the right time. He was so fast and seemed to have an unending reservoir of energy. Luckily I got to see him score before I had to leave to take McCall over to her game. His team won handily with a score of 8-3...go Lightning!!!
Parker immediately after scoring. He gets a little embarrassed with too much attention.
He handled the ball so well yesterday, this play in particular.
It was cold and wet. McCall trying to keep Carson warm.
McCall playing left midfielder taking the ball up the field
Carson and Gracie
I wasn't able to attend Carson's game, Mark reports it was equally as great. Carson plays with a really sweet group of boys. They are great little soccer players. He works hard, but things don't come as naturally to him as some of the other players. Carson wants to score a goal so badly, but this hasn't happened yet. Before he left for his game yesterday he came up and told me that he had already prayed twice that he would make a goal in his game! It's like a dagger to the heart each time he tells me this and then it doesn't happen. It's hard to see him want something so badly and work so hard for it, but not have it come to fruition. Mark said he was really hustling and putting all of his effort into it, but it just wasn't his day. I just try to explain to him that all positions are important and necessary for a team to do well.
Carson giving it his best shot.
He loves playing goalie
When we weren't playing soccer yesterday, we were able to catch some of our church's General Conference. It was great! We played a fun little game and our kids actually ended up listening to several talks! Never underestimate the power of sugar! We got Booed on Friday night, which is always one of our kids favorite things about Fall! It put them in the Halloween mood so much that they made a spook alley for Mark and I on Friday night.
Spook Alley Participants
Conference kids. We had two friends Aidan and Clara who joined us.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Immediately following the race and finding out her time.
She dressed this one up with a tutu, but don't be fooled it is still a swimsuit.
Klein Allister (Cutie Pie) Pulley
Our good friends the Hersams whom we love so much!
Ever wonder how many people you can fit on one golf cart?
We only lost one the whole summer! You learn pretty quick to hang on,
I know, Bay should be wearing a helmet. Mark with two of his loves (his bike & his Bay)
Bayden was so sad it was time to go in, you can see the tears in his eyes. He is a happy soul though and I got him giggly so hard he had to stop crying.
We had a few too many of these, I ran out of things to make with them.
We had so many tomatoes I actually had to can them. It took 3 5 gallon buckets of tomatoes to fill 12 quarts.
Yes, the face says it all. Bay patiently waiting for his pie. This is the same look we all had.