Sunday, June 29, 2008

Shannon and Shannon

My very good friend, Shannon, came down from College Station with her new baby girl, Julia. We had lunch at Thai Cottage. It was yum. Shannon just got back from China with Julia and we shared our adoptive experiences. Shannon and I have known each other for over 25 years. Isn't that a long time? Anyway, we always try to get together when she comes down or when we go up to College Station and our conversations just fall right in where they left off. Isn't that nice? There's no getting reacquainted--it just feels comfortable immediately. I like that. I like the friendship that feels that way and that you don't have to "work" on to get it to fit. Isn't it that way with God? No getting reacquainted every time you bow your head...He's our ultimate friend who will never leave us nor forsake us. I'm so thankful for friends like Shannon who reveal to me friends like my Saviour.
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Kiss and make-up

Aren't they precious? Harley (my niece) and Marymae got to play with some of my make-up that was going to throw out. Harley did a pretty good job of getting the make-up where it belonged. Marymae, on the other hand, missed....Hee Hee. When she saw herself in the mirror, she was shocked at how she looked. I think she truly thought she got her make-up where it belonged. But, I can't knock it, ya know, I know grown ladies that don't fare much better.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

8th worst city in the U.S.?

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Jerry and I took the kids downtown for a little exercise. We rented one of these pedal cars (called a surrey) and road around with the kids. They had a great time. Then, we stopped along the bay front and got a snowcone. As we were doing all of this, I thought about Corpus Christi recently being called the 8th worst city in the U.S. The factors used to determine this rating were pollution, schools, arts and entertainment, culture, etc. Well, I decided that the people rating Corpus were wrong. Surely, 8th in the U.S. is extreme. For this day and this time in my life, Corpus Christi is the best place to raise my children. I think the people writing the article were people who looked at statistics sitting in a cubicle somewhere and have never been here. I looked along the bayfront and it occured to me--I am where I want to be. We couldn't have been happier. God has blessed us (even in the 8th worst city in the US).

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Kids say the darndest things....

We went to lunch today with a group of friends from church. Marymae sat across from a friend of mine who is really good with kids. They played a couple of table games (like hit the bottle lid with the straw kinda stuff) and I guess Marymae felt pretty comfortable with her. Marymae had to go potty and left the table to go and came back and promptly told my friend, "Every time I go t.t., my petunia is killing me". Oh my gosh! I about fell on the floor. We've been having a little trouble with a possible bladder infection, but I didn't think she'd just bust out with that. I ended up having to explain what a petunia is....and more details about that than I really cared to discuss. Geez.

Friday, June 20, 2008

What is this stuff?

Benjamin loves water. He cannot figure it out, though. He tries to grab it with his hands, pinch it with his fingers, push it/pull it, etc. I never thought much about water, really, until Benjamin studied it so hard trying to understand it. Look at the look on his face--deep concentration. Hmm. I take so many things forgranted like water. It's nice to learn a lesson through my child. I know he's thinking, "This is wonderful!"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Taking a bath in the sink

I love to bathe my babies in the sink! It is so much easier on my back. Marymae can bathe herself, really, but when I'm in a hurry, I can bathe them in the sink and be finished quickly--aren't they cute?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I just had to share.

I just had to share this picture. Does everyone think their kids are this cute?
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That dog is no dummy!

We're dog sitting this week for Holley's parents who are in Colorado. Their dog, Archie, comes to stay with us whenever they go out of town. Archie learned where to sit when Benjamin is at the table. As soon as I load Benjamin in the chair, Archie is right there under him. Hmmm, smart dog.
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How much toilet paper do you need?

Oh my! Momma's sweet something got into the toilet paper. He had a real good time. I think he ate some too. Stinker.
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Front view of the new do!

Oh Allen. He loves his new do! He puts gel on it so it'll stick straight up. He wants to keep it after camp for a couple of weeks. Jerry is thinking about doing his hair too. I'm sure AEP will love having one of their supervisors with a mohawk. I wonder if that's in the dress code.

Monday, June 16, 2008

What in the World...!

Allen went to camp this week with Jerry. Look what they did! Boys! Apparently, Jerry (the boy's counselor--mentor?) took our clippers to camp just in case anyone wanted a buzz or whatever. Well, Allen wanted a mohawk, so Jerry gave him one. Then, another kid in the cabin wanted one, and he gave him one (with the boy's parent's permission, of course). Then, another kid wanted one, but his parents wouldn't let him. How many mohawks is Jerry going to have to do? Anyway, my homeschooled, Christian, sweet, intelligent boy has a mohawk. Would you think he was so precious walking by him on the street? What in the World!?! And, am I going to let him keep it when he gets home?
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Aransas Pass Pool Pics

We had a pool day last week and had so much fun! If you've never been to the Aransas Pass Pool, you gotta go. It's a blast and very kid friendly.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Little Boy Blue

I decided to use a "Make a Plate" kit from Hobby Lobby and do Benjamin's footprint. I colored his first foot blue with a washable marker and stuck his footprint on the paper, washed it and went to do the other foot. He didn't like that idea one bit! He started pitching a huge fit. I continued until his foot was colored and went ahead and put it on the paper next to the other one. By this time, he was purple from screaming and sweating because he was so mad at me. I decided I'd skip washing his foot and just let him down so he could calm down. He crawled around the rest of the night with a blue foot.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Have you ever been scared of a bug crawling on your butt when you sit to go tinkle?

Well, have you? As you know, I walk at Hilltop with a group of ladies. Often, I find myself in the girl's bathroom with Marymae. Well, nine times out of ten, I find a bug in there. Can you imagine sitting on the potty in that bathroom and having one of these bugs crawl across your hiney? That's one of my biggest fears. Check these bugs out. Most of them were found in the girl's bathroom at Hilltop, go figure! So, beware booties everywhere--there are bugs in there.
This is a cottonwood borer. He's pretty, huh?
Allen and I aren't sure what these are yet. We found them mating and froze them that way--I had to take them apart to pin them. (Allen wouldn't touch them. He was all grossed out.)
Praying mantis
This is a white line sphinx moth. Cool, huh?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Benjamin's first word!


Benjamin can say his first word! You won't believe this, but it's not momma. It's not daddy. It's not milk or nursing or even boobie. Nope. Watch the video; then, tell me, do you think we take too many pictures?.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

He looks so big!

I snapped this shot of Jammins asleep in one of those nasty seat things at HEB. (Of course I had his highchair cover--thanks Jana) Anyway, I uploaded the picture and was shocked to see how big my baby is. He looks huge. I hate realizations like that. Slow down, sweet baby.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Holding the door at Grandma's house

I was heading out of my mom's house the other day and was taking Hogan, Gates, Marymae, Beck and Benjamin with me to McDonald's. The four older kids decided they would all hold the door for me. I couldn't resist putting Benjamin down with them and snapping a quick picture of my four door holders.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I don't like clowns, mom! I don't want to go see one!

A friend of mine told me about a clown that was going to be at the library today. I decided Marymae, Benjamin and I would go. I was getting ready and dressing Benjamin and told Marymae to go get her shoes on. She wanted to know where we were going and I told her we were going to go see a clown at the library. She wanted nothing to do with that. She told me, "Mom, I don't like clowns, I don't want to go to the library!". For a split second, I almost didn't go. But, I couldn't recall the last time Marymae saw a clown and was really scared of one, so we went. We got there, she plopped herself down and LOVED it. She watched and actually sat still (except for the times she kept inching closer to the clown) the entire time. Benjamin did too. He was mesmerized. After the whole thing was over, she had to get her picture with the clown and give him hug after hug after hug. So, I think she decided she likes clowns and I'm glad we went. I love it when things turn out this way; honestly, it could have gone really bad if she had been scared of this guy. Hmm. Does that make me stupid or does that make me smart?
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Jerry's nieces

I thought since I posted a picture of all my nieces and nephews I'd do Jerry's family also. This picture was taken earlier this year. My boys are the only boys in the family. Unless Larry (Jerry's brother) and his wife have another baby and it's a boy, my boys have to carry on the Young name. They're the end of the line. Personally, I hope they have BIG families with lots of kids and that they need a "hands-on" grandma always around to help. Anyway, Jerry has six nieces and added to our three there are nine grandkids on Jerry's side. There are 11 grandkids on my side, so birthday parties for us are typically family only since we a ton of kids.