Saturday, June 28, 2008

Andrew's Talent

Today was the primary talent show. Andrew practiced all week long. He planned on singing a song and playing his drum. He had a hard time narrowing down which song we wanted to sing. He couldn't decide between "If You're Happy and You Know It," "Little Einsteins," "I Hope They Call Me On A Mission," or "Do as I'm Doing." He had gotten really good at keeping the beat with each of those songs. I was trying to sway the vote to the first song, but he really wanted to do the last song. That is until we arrived. Then he informed me he was singing "Little Red Caboose." I wasn't worried. He knows that song really well, and he had even worn his engineer hat that Grandpa Bud gave him. "That will be adorable," I thought to myself.

Andrew sat nicely and listened to the first two performers. He noticed they were using a microphone. He became very excited. He ran on stage when it was his turn. He took off his hat. The following is his entry in the talent show. You will see, it was a COMMAND performance.

The last thing he says that is a little hard to hear is "They aren't listening to me." He was referring to the grown-ups who were sitting on chairs. They would not stand on top of the chairs like he had directed them to do.

I am not sure if his talent was being a leader or being a comedian. Perhaps it was a little of both. I was rather surprised that all of the children did exactly what he asked them to do. I love my little Andrew, even if he marches to the beat of his own drummer. Actually, I love him even more because he marches to the beat of his own drummer. (Or in this case stands on top of the drum and refuses to be the drummer). He is so unlike me. He is so willing to do his own thing. I hope I never squelch this part of his personality. I truly want him to develop his God-given talents and not be a cookie cutter kid. He is exactly who I needed to help me learn how to be a Mommy. I am so glad he is my first child. I love you my little non-drumming boy.

*Disclaimer: I know my face looks like I am upset with Andrew, but actually I was just in a lot of physical pain. I didn't take the pain killers this morning so I could drive to the talent show.

See You Later, Papa

We said see you later to Papa on Wednesday. We will miss him and are counting down the days until December 22nd when his tour is over. While he was visiting, Nana and Papa bought the boys these cute shirts and we had fun taking lots of photos for a project I am working on. I will post about the project when I am completely finished. We love you Papa! God be with you till we meet again.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


We were blessed to meet our cousin Avery this week and to see Lara, Emily, Gabi, Masen, and Madylen, too. We all met Daddy and Uncle Ben for lunch at Kimonos, of course. (We go here every time our cousins are in town. If we try and go any other time, Andrew wants to know where Masen and Grandma are)! Ryan was so excited to talk to Avery. He kept shaking her hand and they were blabbering together. She is so precious!

When we went back to the house we played outside. Andrew showed them how to paint the house with water. We played bubbles and on the swingset and on the trampoline, too. The time was too short, but it was fun to be together.

Monday, June 23, 2008

FHE Treat

Our FHE treat tonight was yummy and very messy. Not sure which boy enjoyed them the most. We made my cousin's chocolate covered frozen bananas with rice krispies and sprinkles during the day. Andrew could not wait until it was time for treat. They were so fun and easy to make and so messy to eat!

Green Beans

Our beanstalk, as Andrew calls it, produced these yummy fellows. I picked about a pound today and we ate them for dinner. I steamed them and then tossed them with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese and spices. So fresh and so good!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

54 Ways to Have Fun At Myrtle Beach by Andrew

Hi! I am Andrew! My family just got back from a trip to Myrtle Beach! I learned a lot about how to have fun at the beach, and I thought I would pass along these cool tips with you.

This is our family van packed to the brim. You have to make sure that you bring lots of fun things and yummy food with you.

This is me and my brother ready to go on our 5 hour drive.

#1-Pack lots of fun music and dvds to make the car ride fun.

#2-Rent a really cute beach cottage one block from the beach.

#3-Throw on your swimsuit as soon as you get there and go Look for seashells.

#4-Hangout in the shallow part of the water, if you didn't change like I did.

#5-Learn how to look for crabs with your net from Aunt Rachel


#7-Meet all of the dogs on the beach. (We couldn't pass a single dog the whole week without Ryan stopping to say hi!)

#8-Take a sunset walk with your Aunts and your net.

#9-Take a sunset walk with someone you love.

#10-Keep Searching for crabs with your favorite net

#11-Run to some more doggies

#12- Stay up all night playing Karaoke Revolution (or Scrabble or Spoons or Apples to Apples or Wii Sports)

#13-Wake up and take an early morning walk with Nana in the water.

#14-Go to Broadway on the Beach and Feed fish and ducks

#15-Go to Build A Bear. This is my new cat. His name is Licorice.

#16-Let your brother join in the fun. This is Ryan's elephant, Stampy. (Daddy named him).

#17-Go to Hard Rock Cafe

#18-Play with the Hard Rock Harley

#19-Eat lunch there with your family.

#20-Share your french fries.

#21-Ride motorcycles

#22-Get your Daddy sick on the teacups

#23-Take a ride inside a giant caterpillar that wraps itself in a cocoon while it spins backwards. It was the best ride! I loved it! Play there until you are completely exhausted. Skip naps and then go home and go to bed!

#24-Go back to the beach again in the morning. Help your Mommy "Pat" the sand to make a big sandcastle! I like to pat the way I like to do everything else...very enthusiastically and with my whole body.

#25-Help your daddy carry buckets of water for the moat.

#26-After nap time, dress your little brother up like a tourist a have playtime at a local park.

#27-Check for trolls under the park bridge. (There weren't any trolls but there were ants. They bit my little toe)! "Why would they do that Mommy? That wasn't nice! We don't bite! They bit this toe, but not this one, this one, this one, or this one. Just the pinky one!"

#28-Hang Around some more on the playground.

#29-Take pictures with Mommy's camera!
(I did a good job with the camera. I wish they would let me use it more).

#30-When you get back to the beach house, have a balloon fight.
We were having a hard time filling up the balloons on the outdoor hose. I had an idea.
Me: "Hey, I have an idea. Maybe, we could use my P*NIS! That might work to fill the balloons! Is that a good idea?"
(They used the sink instead).

#31-That night Mommy and Nana went to see the One at the Alabama Theater. They had a great time. Daddy and Papa went to go see the Hulk. Ryan and I went to bed!

#32-Wake up and go out to breakfast for Rachel's birthday.

#33-Spend the morning at the beach alone with your mommy while your daddy and papa go on a dolphin tour on jet skis! (Daddy says it was a blast, but I think we had more fun on our mommy/son date).

#34-Aunt Rachel loves dolphins. This was part of her Happy Birthday. Emily went, too!
(Emily and Rachel also went on a wildlife preserve tour. They got to play with baby tigers, apes, and elephants. Boy, Ryan would have loved that. But you had to be 6).

#35-Go to an all you can eat Seafood and Mongolian Grill Buffet!
(My brother tried to eat all of the fruit on the buffet by himself).

#36-Attend Dinner Theater Starring: Daddy

(Most of the grown-ups went to a Murder Mystery Dinner theater one night together. I stayed home and went to the beach with my mommy and brother. They only let kids 14 and older and grown-ups who don't get spooked by CSI episodes go to the House of Blues Show ).

#37-Watch your daddy go up to a reluctant stranger and receive instructions on how to eat his first crawdad.

#38-Find a minigolf that has a train you can ride. Convince the train driver to let you ride again when you are all done playing.

#39-Learn how to do a victory jump from Papa.

#40-Make par by yourself for the very first time!
(The same hole took Mommy 6 shots. I made it in two).

This part was not fun for me! I couldn't get the ball to listen to me! It would not go in the hole. I was really frustrated and cried. I wanted my mommy!

#41-You can't stay sad forever. Next you must recover from your heartache and try again.

#42-Try and keep up with (or runaway from) your family.

#43-Watch your little brother look for the ball at the 18th hole.

#44-Make S'mores. If it is raining outside, just use the lighter to toast the marshmallows.

#45-Make sure they are nice and gooey.

#46-Smear it all over your lips. Then you can give Mommy....

#47-a big chocolaty marshmallow kiss (if she will let you).

#48-Load up the wagon with towels, sand toys, water toys, and snacks until there is no room left for you or your brother. Walk to the beach with no shoes on.

#49-Dig a big hole and take a nap buried in sand.

#50-Help Papa and Nana build a castle.

#51-Stand in the middle of the castle.

#52-DEMOLISH the castle!

#53-Don't let a severe thunderstorm dampen your last night at the beach! Find some indoor fun! Hang upside down on the velcro wall at Leaps and Bounce.

#54-It is a great place to be silly with your mommy and daddy, and to make fun of your brother's hair.
(enlarge for the best view)

#55-Eat Lasagna with your family and clean up and get ready to go home in the morning.

This is a video of me on the way home. Leaving the beach is NOT a way to have fun! I wish I could drive! I would make the car turn back around and we would go back to stay forever!