Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
I was a little surprised to hear his reply. He vehemently said, “I don’t want to be big like Daddy, I want to be big like GOD!”
How, exactly, do you follow up a statement like that?
Monday, 29 March 2010
I have tried asking, cajoling, reasoning, begging, bribing & threatening to get him to stop eating the sugar, all to no avail. Lately my tactic has been to remind him just before he enters the fellowship hall that he isn’t allowed to eat ANY sugar off the tables, & he replies, “I know, Mum, no sugar.”
Once we get home, I always ask him if he ate any, and last week he told me, “I only ate a little bit, so you wouldn’t see me do it.”
PChad told me that it was reported to him that Asher was observed as he put a full spoon of sugar in his mouth, but before closing his mouth he took the spoonful back out & returned to the sugar bowl…
I guess he DOES listen sometimes! And just think of the restraint that would have taken!
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
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Thursday, 25 March 2010
I told him, “That’s right, but what about you?”
He thought for a minute, then replied, “I don’t have a sun hat, so I’ll just use my raincoat.”
In that case, we’ll be pretty easy to spot at the beach!
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
“Sure!” she replied.
“When the movie the-a-tor is over, can you take me back home to my mummy right way? Because I’m starting to miss her already.”
This comes as a bit of a surprise to me, since Asher doesn’t seem to be one of those kids that has real attachment issues, but there haven’t been too many instances that he has gone off with someone else all by himself either.
Miss Julie did some quick thinking, just in case there might be an issue, and said, “Well, the movie isn’t going to be too long, and when we’re gone Mummy’s just laying down for a nap. She’s not doing anything exciting.”
After that there were no issues, so I guess he just wanted assurance that he was getting to do the more exciting thing. And even a week later, he randomly says, “Miss Julie came to my house & took me to the movie the-a-tor, and I ate POPCORN!”
I’m just glad it was such a positive experience for him, because we still can’t get him to sit through a whole movie at home, even when we make popcorn to go with it.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Watch this space for the upcoming giveaway!
A few days ago, she was summoned to breakfast, but apparently that was not what she wanted to be doing at that moment. She sat in her seat & cried a bit, then said, “Chancery crying,” and continued her crying right where she had left off.
Sometimes talking to her can get confusing, I asked her if she’d like to go play in Asher’s room, she said, “NO!” When I verified, “No?” she agrees & says, “Yes.” So I ask, “You WANT to play in Asher’s room?” “NO!!” she yells at me, like I’M the confusing one.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
Me: “Asher, I asked you to pick up your juice & bring it to the fridge. Now, I need you to be a good listener & go get it, please.”
Asher: “I’m sorry to hear that you want me to pick up my juice, Mummy. I will go and get it for you now.”
Of course, there is the possibility that he understands the phrase perfectly & he’s just being ironic… sometimes I wouldn’t put it past him either.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
So, I broke down yesterday & pulled out the little potty for her. She has thoroughly enjoyed sitting on it, to the point that I have to tell her that it’s time to get off the potty sometimes.
Much to my surprise, the second time she sat on it yesterday, she immediately wee’d in it. I don’t think she really understood what happened, but we all cheered for her and she started clapping too. Asher has become a great encourager. He likes to sit right beside her on the floor & offer her drinks.
The truth is, I’m not ready to get her potty trained just yet. Not because I’m not ready for my little girl to grow up, but because I’m just not convinced that she is old enough to be able to tell us when she has to go, and have the ability to hold it when there’s no washroom nearby. Besides, do they even make pants for a 19 month old?
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
PChad stopped him just after he said it the other day, and asked him to say “yes” instead. But Asher explained, “I say ‘Mm-hmm’ because you say it & I want to be just like you!”
So, PChad told him that we only say “mm-hmm” instead of “yes” when our mouths are full of food because then we aren’t allowed to talk with our mouths full. So far so good, we are having less instances of “Mm-hmm” throughout the day, but is seems they have increased at the dinner table.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
I told him, “And you get to have some popcorn while you’re there too.”
“Yay!” he exclaimed, “Popcorn is my most favourite food!”
He did really well sitting through the movie until about the last 10 minutes. I thought that was pretty impressive for him, but it turns out that the reason he got squirrely then was he had to wee. Apparently he drank a lot of juice during the movie.
It’s nice to see him so excited about these little outings, and maybe someday in the not too distant future, WE can be the ones to take him to the movies!
Monday, 15 March 2010
I told her, “Chancery, we aren’t ready to eat yet. We haven’t prayed yet & we need to wait for Daddy.”
The next thing I heard was, “Lord… bless… us… ANEN!”
She was taking care of the things that were stopping her from eating. She then climbed down from her chair & went to the door to PChad’s office & said, “Ding-a-ling!” (Our dinner bell sound).
She’s pretty bright, and very determined when she wants something.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Asher – 3.5 years
Chancery – 1.5 years
Asher: “Yes, I am so glad I brought Russell.”
Asher: “I didn’t touch her.”
Friday, 12 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Asher said, "Sure, let’s get that all better,” then gave it a kiss. I find it interesting to hear things that I have said, but never really thought about. I don’t really remember ever saying that, but once he said it to me, I’m pretty sure that is the exact way that I respond to him when he asks for a kiss on his owies.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
I think she was missing her daddy & had decided that the best way to get him to spend some time with her would be to block the door to his office so he wouldn’t be able to get in once he was home.
I watched her for quite awhile before she noticed me, & she was determined to get the books lined up properly. If one started to tip, she was there to set it straight again. I think we may end up with another family member who needs everything to be straight & in it’s proper place.
Monday, 8 March 2010
Followed closely with, “NO, that one’s mine, Chancery! You can’t have THAT one!” when she reached for the toy he had been eyeing.
I guess his generosity does have it’s limits. Which makes me even more thankful for moments when they work together like this:
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Friday, 5 March 2010
Carolina Isle is the story of 2 cousins from very different backgrounds who are tired of their respective lives. Luckily, it just to happens that they look almost exactly alike, so they hatch a plan to trade places, both imagining the other girl’s life to be more desirable.
I have to say that there were elements of this book that were a bit predictable, but the over all storyline had me captivated right up ‘til the end. In my opinion, Jude Deveraux has a real gift of hooking the reader & keeping them on tenterhooks through to the last page.
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
My Mom sent me this oven mitt a few weeks ago, & I decided it was time to get rid of one of the old ones I had b/c it was pretty grungy. So, it didn’t take long to get pressed into service.
A few nights ago, as I was setting a hot dish on the table, PChad asked where I got the oven mitt from. I told him it was from my Mom, & it was a Seattle landscape. He disagreed with me that it was Seattle, and told me to look harder at what it was.
Do you know what he sees when he looks at it? Sydney Harbour, Australia. I figure that the company that marketed them thought, “Hey, Seattle & Sydney look a bit alike, why don’t we bring the Sydney oven mitts to Seattle & try to sell them there as well? We won’t even have to come up with a new design!”
So, my question for you is, what city do YOU think it is?
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
In this book, we continue to follow Andi as she figured out what her own faith looks like when she lives across the country from her parents. While not always making the “right” choices, the choices she makes (I felt) were very true to those that a girl in her situation would make.
The other central character in the book, is a wife & mother of two small children, whose husband is out of the house for weeks at a time due to his hectic schedule in the movie making business. Again, there is a certain realness to her character that is refreshing in the Christian fiction genre. When her husband is gone, she resorts to eating junk food much of the time & just has a real difficulty coping with managing the household on a very limited budget while her partner is away, and for the most part, unavailable to her.
I would definitely recommend these books. It seems to step away a little bit from the predictability that has been present in the first three series, and is shaping up to be a very realistic series.