Saturday, January 22, 2011

We've moved

Check out our new blog at Our 3 Gems!

I planned on doing a big blog redesign for the new year but my desire to learn neat tricks with blogger and html has waned. But since I got the blog name I really wanted I am going to permanently switch over. See you there!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Things they say

Mommy, "Steven, what do we do at church?"

Steven, "be quiet."

Mommy, "what else do we do at church?"

Steven...blank stare.

I've got to work on that.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Memories 2010

Santa visits Preschool

Santa at the Jingle Bell Run

Hum ... what do I want for Christmas?

Steven: "Yummy!"
Mommy: "really, more candy?"

Daniel "safety" Boone

Lyla the Red Nose Reindeer

What could be better than TWO supermans?

Hangin' with my Big Cousins

Our next Top Chef!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Santa was good to us this year!

Our only hang up on Christmas Day was trying to find an urgent care and pharmacy that was open for the holiday. Sickness struck again! Lyla was coughing and miserable but she wouldn't let that stop her from having fun so she was also letting herself get overtired. We finally decided that she needed to get checked out but the urgent care that said they were open from noon to two, lied. We decided to page our doctor on call and he was very helpful. We got her a prescription and we could see the difference by the next morning. Merry Christmas, Dr. Talbert!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas with the Leitner Clan

This year we celebrated Christmas with the Leitner's at Tracy's new house in Iowa. The Borts, Forsties, Clarks and Grandma Ham and Papa Gene were there. It has been a very long time since we have been together for Christmas and we missed having my brother Chris and his family. However, they may have the right idea staying in the warmth of Arizona for the holidays because we got about 6 inches of snow on the morning of Christmas Eve.

We arrived at their house on Thursday night and settled in to the guest bedroom and sitting room for the kids. The space at their house was never-ending, there was actually room to move and places to put everyone! Someday we'll have a house that better accomodates guests!

Christmas Eve was fun, lots of playing with the cousins and eating of good food! In the afternoon we went to church in Ames. Tommy decided to come along with Lyla even though we knew she would be a handful - and she was. She is just not ready to sit still. So, Tommy took her to the narthex after the first song and I guess she threw a fit. It wouldn't have been that bad but they had overflow seating out there and those people weren't interested in her show. So Tommy decided to put her in the car, drive around and look at Christmas lights. Meanwhile, I was in the church with Steven where he sat still for awhile but then started to get antsy. I have a dry erase board in my purse for him to play with and he was thrilled when I pulled it out, until he somehow dropped the eraser cap and couldn't find it. He got on the floor and looked for it and I searched in my purse and under Papa Gene's coat. Then Papa Gene let Steven have his handkercheif to wipe the marker. Finally, the lady sitting behind us found it in her purse! A Christmas miracle!

Back at the Borts, we ate dinner (stuffed shells, yummy!) and gathered for gift opening. It was a lot of fun. The kids tore into their presents! Lyla and Steven got so many fun gifts from their cousins and grandparents. We were afraid all the presents wouldn't fit in the car on the way home!
Emily then entertained us with a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

After stories, the kids got ready for bed and Steven put out a cookie for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. I don't think he understood what I was talking about but maybe he'll get it next year!

We woke up Christmas morning to find that Santa knew that we were in Iowa this year. Our stockings were full and presents were under the tree!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Moments that make it all worth it!

Last week with Steven was pretty tough. There was something wrong with him but we couldn't figure it out. He would wake up at night screaming at the top of his lungs. He did it Wednesday night and I brought him to our bed and he slept the rest of the night. Thursday night was another matter. For nearly four hours we were dealing with his screaming and crying, eventually he must have just tired himself out and fallen asleep. We were Zombies on Friday.

But, there was a moment at the Clark Christmas that made all of that melt away and bring a sparkle to Tommy and my eyes.

After Steven told Santa that he wanted superheroes for Christmas, Tommy was on a mission. He searched high and low for the perfect superhero figure for Steven. Toys-r-us, Target, Amazon, and then finally he struck gold on Ebay. Superman in all his glory, every joint possible was moveable and he had a molded plastic cape. What could get better than that, you ask? Well, the PJs Tommy found at Target a few days before we left. He found a set of Superman AND Batman PJs (on sale, nonetheless)!

We were so hopeful that Steven would be excited about these gifts, we really needed a pick-me-up after a couple of trying nights as parents. We felt terrible because we could not figure out what was wrong with him and he would not be comforted no matter what we tried. So gift opening came on Saturday and ...

Steven ripped open the box of PJs, sucked in his breath and RAN over to Tommy practically throwing his sister and cousin out of his way so that he could strip down and get on his new Superman PJs right there and then. It was the best moment, just what we wanted!

To be rewarded as a parent is to see your children at their happiest. We got a big reward on Saturday and that moment will be sealed in my heart for a long time.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Clark Family Christmas

This weekend we celebrated Christmas with the Clark family at Heather and Charley's in Pea Ridge. It was touch and go for awhile because Ava had the croup earlier in the week and hours before we left Kansas City Steven's teacher called to tell us he had a fever. As I was driving him home from school, I was talking to Tommy on the phone about our options. Steven knew exactly what we were talking about and chimed in with "I am feeling better, mommy. I am not sick anymore." Little rascal. I wonder sometimes if they can manipulate their little bodies so that they can torment their parents!

We decided to take a risk and drive down Friday night and everything ended up fine. They both have colds now, and I hope we didn't infect everyone, but it was a great weekend and worth the risk!
On Saturday morning, the kids woke up and could hardly wait to dive into the pile of presents under the tree. We could have lost one of them under that mountain!
They waited so patiently for the signal to go and then they let loose - wrapping paper was flying everywhere!

Steven got a Coon Skin hat, Dinosaur Train, puzzles, matchbox cars, farm set (with longhorns), a drill tool set (with goggles), Skippyjon Jones books. Lyla got finger puppet books, a baby doll bed, a doll stroller, a sit-n-spin, Christmas books...oh, I am forgetting something I am sure! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful family to share with during the holidays.

And Aunt Heather sure does cook a mean Christmas dinner!