Thursday, July 29, 2010

"The Plan" according to Andrew

Andrew just returned from playing at a friend's house.  He was playing with much older boys.  Older boys who play like older boys play.  My Andrew is a five year old who still doesn't really completely grasp the subtle nuances of make believe fighting.  Here is our conversation we he returned home. 

Andrew: Mom, there was a BIG CRIME SCENE at J's house.
Mom: Really, were you guys playing good guys and bad guys?
Andrew: There was this big kid and he was holding down my friend and my friend said, "Help me!"  So I told the big kid, "Excuse me, but please let go of my friend."
Mom: Did that work?
Andrew: No...he wouldn't let go, so I kicked him in the BOTTOM! (Andrew spins around on one foot and karate chops the invisible enemy).
Mom: You really kicked him or you pretended to kick him? 
Andrew: I really kicked him and then he threw me on the couch.  So I did this.  (more elaborate karate chops and twists and turns).  Then he threw me on the couch again.  Then I gave him a choice.  "If you get off my friend I won't give you a Jedi slam, but if you won't I will give you a Jedi slam."  The crime scene raged on enemy to enemy again.  Then we went to eat lunch.  Then afterward it raged on again.  We had to fight, fight, fight.
Mom: It sounds like it was a pretend fight.  Did you like playing like that?

Andrew: (exasperated) Mom, I had to help out my friend!  I asked the big kid nicely to stop, but he didn't.  So I helped my friend.  Being a helper is following Jesus's plan.  If I had not helped J, that would be bad and I don't want to follow Satan's plan. So, um, I chose the right.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

We didn't get popcorn or cracker jacks, but our family had a wonderful time at the new Dash Stadium this weekend.  It was the first time that we had taken the kiddos to a ball game.  They had a great time!  The stadium is new and clean. The entertainment between each inning is fun and helps keep the kids' attention for 9 innings.  (We are hoping next time we can get our walking girl out on the field for the baby races).  We ate cotton candy,  shared a drink (which we kept running to the water fountain to refill), rode the carousel, and jumped in a bounce house in the Kids' Zone.  Molly and I even made it up on the big screen.  (Which I was thrilled about, seeing I was pretty sweaty and redfaced in the 100 degree heat).  But despite the heat, I am excited and ready to return soon.  They have these great Chick-fil-A nights that include your tickets, hats, and Chick-fil-A meal for less then the cost of a ticket on a normal night.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Family Pics

We were able to go with Grandpa Bud, my sister Shana, her new baby Rylee, and my Grandmother Stone to have our portraits taken this week.  Isn't Rylee soooo sweet?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cousins Camp Disco Dance

Molly on the Move

Molly's 14th Month

Molly is moving up in the world...literally and figuratively. She has mastered climbing up and down the stairs, into chairs, onto tables, onto toilets, and into the bathroom sinks. I have started stacking chairs on the table when she is awake, much to her dismay.She managed to climb in the high chair to reach and to throw Chad's laptop on the floor, thus necessitating the purchase of a new hard drive. She is finally taking a couple of steps and is able to bend over to pick up a toy and stand back up. Her vocabulary hasn't increased a lot, but she has no problem communicating her thoughts. She is a happy little girl, as long as she is getting her way.

She loves the color pink and claps every time she sees something pink. She plays peek a boo. She blows kisses constantly, and she loves to give real kisses. She leans over and instead of "smooching," Molly clicks her tongue and gives you a kiss. Molly loves to play with her baby dolls. She carries them around the house, she sings to them, and she rocks them. She also throws them out of the doll stroller so she can climb in herself. Molly has cut 2 bottom teeth and half of a tooth on top.

Her Grandma Mary came to visit and brought her this special quilt. She has made each of my children a quilt. Molly clapped when she saw it (it was pink, after all) and snuggled right up to it at nap time.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cousin Camp

We were not able to get everybody together for our traditional summer vacation with Chad's family this year. So Chad and I decided to host a Cousin Camp for the NC grandkids. I had 7 little ones ages 1-6 for 24 hours of fun and excitement! We had a great time and hope to make it a yearly tradition. I hope one summer ALL 18+ of the cousins can come.

We started the day with an Opening Ceremony. We went over Cousin Camp Rules for Fun, sang songs, danced, and read stories. This pic is of them playing Simon Says.

We went on a Scavenger Hunt together, taking turns reading the clues. We included pics of the locations for the non-readers.

These punching balls were the treasure at the end of the hunt. Masen's came undone and made a really "fun" noise. So everyone else decided to deflate theirs and blow them up again repeatedly to duplicate the sound effect. They laughed themselves to tears.

We came inside for a snack. Here is a pic of Alex showing off his missing tooth.

We changed into our swimsuits and played outside in the pool, water table, and slip n slide the rest of the morning.

We came in for lunch and some quiet time.

We played Bingo and won Silly Bands, played Hullabaloo, did puzzles, and held a little family quiz game. It was funny to hear their answers. They are all still a little unsure how this whole family thing works. Madylen told us that cousins were not her family because they did not live in her house. When I asked Ryan to tell me the name of one of his Daddy's sisters, he pointed to me. I told him that Daddy was Lara and Emily's brother. He gave me this "You must be crazy look." and another one of the kids, I can't remember who now, "No, Chuck is Aunt Lara's brother."

After game time, we did Art projects. The shrinky dinks we did as a whole group. Then I selfishly stole some one on one time with each kiddo to do sand art while the others played in the play room together. It was nice to be able to chat with each of my nieces and nephews. Because they love playing together so much, it is hard to develop the personal relationship with each of them as individuals that I really want to have with them.

We headed back outside after our quiet activities for fun in the backyard. They had a great time performing stunts on the swingset and trampoline. We ate yogurt pops outside, and played until we just couldn't take the heat anymore.

The rest of the afternoon is the part that Andrew has declared "The bestest, greatest part of Cousin Camp." I pulled out all of our costumes and the kids played pretend and planned out a movie they wanted to make. They were hilarious. What wonderful imaginations these kids have. They practiced their movie for an hour, with the script changing every time. Of course the general theme of Star Wars (with a ballerina and Bat Girl) stayed the same.

(very serious Jedis)

We ate dinner backwards, starting with dessert...SMORES! Daddy and Dominoes pizza delivery guy arrived about the same time! Hooray!

Chad filmed the kids making their movies. (We will put these up tonight...the software for my new camera is not on the computer yet).

We popped popcorn and watched our movies on the big screen.

Finally it was time for bed. The cousins helped set up the tent. We read stories and scriptures inside the tent and closed with a song and prayer. We turned out the lights and said good night. Then they stayed up in the tent taking turns telling stories until 9pm, when we told them it was time to go to sleep.

The next morning we ate blueberry pancakes and bananas for breakfast and played until our families picked us up.

I had so much fun with these sweet little ones and can't wait until next year! I already have ideas brewing. (If these weren't enough pictures for you, I can burn a cd with all 300 I took). LOL