Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Buying the Dentist a New BMW

Okay, maybe my kids are getting too used to having their antics posted on the blog. Well, Katie is anyway! She has a very funny new habit. Whenever she says/does something that makes me laugh, she says, "Katie quote! Is that going on the blog, Mommy?" Mmmmm. And of course, it does! Today's story involves both little children, however.

Saturday we spent the day with Jeff's family in Hart County. His parents have a great place out in the country and Saturday both his brothers and their families were there too. Katie and Joe and their cousin Joel were outside playing, hitting the pecan trees with sticks -- to make the pecans fall down. So, Katie stepped behind Joe, and he whacked her in the face with his stick on the backswing! Now earlier in the day we had been discussing that Katie's right front tooth was just about ready to come out. Knowing our family, can you guess which tooth came flying out of Katie's head? Of course it was not the right front tooth! It was the left one. So I guess now she'll be able to sing, "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth". The ironic thing about all this is that Joseph has fallen several times in his accident prone life, always managing to hit his right eye or his front teeth. Jeff and I have been joking that Joe, not being content with trying to knock out his own teeth, has started in on Katie's. Oh, and guess which tooth of Joe's is already dead from trauma to it? The left front of course!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Super Spider Boy and The Artist

(The red on Joe's left knee is marker from the aforementioned "Tell me about 'Dod'!" incident.)
(The art Kaity is working on is a "stained glass" window sticker, a gift from Nannie and Papa.)

Another Busy Week

So after the craziness of the Coffee House this past weekend, I really wanted to have a relaxing week. Yeah, right! Monday Joseph had a follow-up appointment about his ear infection. Dr. Johnson gave him the all-clear! I was very glad not to have to discuss the options if Joe's ears had still been infected. Most of you know that Joe tends to leave the intitial consonant off of his words. Hat for cat, hired for tired, etc. His sister is "Datie" and our Heavenly Father is "Dod". (And it's much funnier to hear, "Tell me about Dod!" than 'God'!) Well, I've been doing a bit of homemade speech therapy with him and Dr. Johnson says as long as Joe's showing improvement with it there's no need to see a professional.

After Joe's appointment, we did a little grocery shopping, then school in the afternoon, then church visitation (FAITH) that night. Tuesday was fun because we had Katie's birthday money to spend! She got some craft supplies at Wal-Mart and then went to the $5 Christian book store in the outlets. Katie offered to let Joe get a book, too, from her money. We shopped all over the outlets for a winter coat and ended up going into Athens anyway! Target had some really cute coats and we got Katie one there that was on sale. We had enough left over to get her a couple of sparkly, girly belts and candy for them to share.

Tuesday I ended up making a whirlwind trip to Augusta! My friend Chrissy's grandmother was in Augusta after having broken her arm badly. Chrissy was very worried about her and wanted to go see her, so we went! It wasn't quite as easy as that, but Todd's parents offered to keep their three, and Ken and Cheryl graciously kept Katie and Joe for the night. We left about 8:00 pm Tuesday and got back at 7 on Wednesday. I floored Jeff by being the one to drive the whole way. :) We stayed the night with Mom and Berk, which is always fun. And I ended up getting to spend the day with (Jeff's brother) Joe and his wife Jennifer.

Thursday we all had dental appointments. It was Joe's first visit and he was a trooper. He did great -- I only had to mention Mr. Spoon once and his mouth flew open for the dental hygienist! Katie was a good big sister and went first. She kept saying things like, "See, Joe, it doesn't hurt at all!" "Look, it's the tickly toothbrush!" "You'll get a lollipop!"

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Coffee House

Saturday night, our College and Career Sunday School class hosted a Coffee House at the church. Four of the people in our class came over Friday and helped me cook/prepare the food. A couple went along to run errands for the event on Thursday and Saturday morning. We had a lot of laughs getting everything ready! We made hot cocoa mix, oatmeal cookies, apple dip, mini cheesecakes, and apple cider. Saturday we picked up flowers and pumpkins for decorations, plus door prize stuff.

During the evening we had a karaoke machine going, a Nintendo Wii, a Playstation 2, ping pong, and air hockey. Two of our friends gave their testimonies. They were both incredible! We gave away two door prizes -- a Chick-Fil-A gift certificate with a WOW (Christian music) CD, and a Starbuck's card with flavored coffee. Both went with cool coffee mugs and lots of Hershey Kisses.

The pictures were taken on a disposable camera, so the quality is pretty poor. Sorry!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Katie Quote

On Katie's birthday, we played Monopoly as a family. Well, three of us did -- little Joe had scored an unexpected visit with Nannie and Papa! I ended up winning -- which doesn't happen often -- and Katie came in second. You are welcome to draw your own conclusion about who went bankrupt first ... :)
After the game, Katie walked into the kitchen to her daddy and me and stated, "I think our family is a little bit like me playing Monopoly. Half broke."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Kaity's Birthday

Our little girl is seven today! We are celebrating at the bakery for lunch and birthday cake. Katie is giddy with excitement on her big day! Jeff took the day off, and I think that's probably her favorite part.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Funny Jeni Story

I'm always telling on the kids, so I figure it's my turn now! I loaded up the car this morning to go run errands then realized I left something in the house. Our car has this flaw in the ignition so that you can take the keys out without shutting the car off. So that's what I did. I got what I needed from the house and went on my way. Our first stop was the shoe store. I pulled up, parked, and shut the car off. That's when I realized the keys were NOT in the ignition! My heart stopped. In my mind's eye I could see the keys laying on the chair where I had tossed them. Just as quickly though, I instinctively reached for my back right pocket, from which my keys are nearly always hanging. Thankfully, this time was no exception! I was so glad I had them with me -- could you imagine having to explain how I managed to drive ten miles away from my house without my car keys?!

One of our errands today was to get the children's pictures done. A local photographer had agreed to do "school pictures" for our homeschool group at a great price. I hope to have some to post in a few weeks.