Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Here's a few odds and ends again. Seems like life is so much crazier during the summer!
- We are gearing up for the First Annual McKay Family Weekend, July 2-6! We are meeting my brother and his family, my sister, and my parents at Rock Island State Park in Tennessee. We are camping and we are all very excited about that! I'll be sure and take lots of pictures and videos, and post them when we get back.
- Luke has four teeth now, and probably five by tomorrow. It seems like all his teething is starting to pay off, but it has made nursing interesting to say the least! He is walking along the furniture, and standing for short spurts on his own. It looks like he will be walking soon!
- The other night, Jeremy and I were brushing up on our card playing skills (getting ready to cream everyone at the McKay Family Weekend!), and he was messing around teasing the kids that he was going to give them all new names. Caitlyn's new name was to be Gnarly Charley, Kylie was Hippopatomus Girl, and John David was Short Round. I'm not sure where exactly these names came from! Anway, Caitlyn was quite upset with her new name, and as usual was getting dramatic about it. Jeremy finally said that she could keep that name or she could have the new name that he had for her. She asked what it was, but he said she had to choose beofre he would tell her. Caitlyn picked the new name, figuring that it couldn't be worse tahn Gnarly Charley, right? Wrong! She was hencforth known as Hairy Mole Girl. Kylie picked up on this and continued calling her Hairy Mole Girl for the rest of the night, much to the annoyance of Caitlyn. Kylie was really picking at her. It was so funny to watch! I know, we're weird!
- Lastly, but certainly not least.......Yesterday we were at Walmart and Caitlyn asked me, "What is a retard?" She had apparently heard a boy at church say this and was wondering what it meant. She was talking quite loud and people were starting to look so I told her that we would talk about it when we got to the car. She though she had said something wrong so sge apologized. I told her that it was just something that mommy wanted to talk to her about in private. When we got to the car, I explained that sometimes people are born with a condition that makes their brains not work right. They might talk a little louder or have trouble understanding things, but that's just how God made them. I then used an example of someone we know, and she seemed to understand. As we were getting out of the car at home, John David said something about it again, and Kylie asked, "What does that mean?" So, I explained it again. Talking about their brain not working right, sometimes they talk al ittel oud, they have trouble undertsanding things, etc. I was trying to explain it the best way I could, and still be simple enough for them to understand. Kylie looked right at me, and with a straight face asked, "Like Caitlyn?" I couldn't help it....I started laughing! She was so serious! Caitlyn was quite insulted, and said, "Kylie! I do not have trouble understanding things!" She does talk loud often though! :D
Posted by Angie at 4:35 PM
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Okay, so since I told Jeremy's embarrassing "snake" story, I feel I must even it up by admitting my bee story.
I am deathly afraid of bees! I am not sure when this started, but the buzzing combined with the fact that they sting you terrifies me. I think this intense fear came from two things:
1) My little brother is allergic to bees. He's only been stung once that I remember, but his arm swelled so big I thought it was going to pop, and we had to take him to the hospital. To a kid that's pretty scary, and I remember my mom mentioning that if he ever got stung close to his neck that his throat could swell shut and he could die. Hmmmm..........now I'm starting to realize just why I am so afraid of them! :D
2) When I was about five or six, we lived in a little house in Markle, Indiana, and under our front porch there was a bee's nest. One day I was playing on the front porch, and I remember trying to catch a bee with a plastic cup that I had. For some reason I was trying to cover it quick with the cup when it landed on the porch. I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I guess at that age I was just curious. Anyway, all I remember is that I actually finally caught one, but the others came to it's rescue. I don't remember exactly how many times I was stung that day, but I know it was more than two or three. I was a little traumatized by the fact that they ganged up on me. This was scary and the buzzing noises seemed scary at the time too.
But I am getting distracted. Onto the bee story........a few weeks ago a very large bumblebee got into our school room somehow, one of those big fat hairy ones that buzz really loud! Apparently my fear has rubbed off on Kylie, because she is scared of them too. She was quite upset, and wanted me to do something. I was thinking, I can do this....I'm the mom....I am an adult. I got a cup and thought that I would just catch it up against the window, except it was in the crack by the window sill and the cup idea was not going to work. So, (this took all the courage I had) I got several pieces of paper towel and tried to catch it that way. I thought I would squish it fast before it could get me! I took a minute to gather myself. I grabbed it, and after what seemed like forever (probably more like ten seconds) it stopped wiggling and buzzing that horrible buzz. The whole time, both the girls are anxiously waiting at the edge of the school room just as scared as I am. I was so proud of myself! As I went to pick it up off the window sill and take it to the trash, It started buzzing again! I hadn't actually had a hold of it. I was just sort of smashing it, but I couldn't feel that because I had so many layers of paper towels! At that moment the fear got the better of me and I took off running and screaming. The girls followed suit, and Kylie, in tears, yells, "Call daddy!" So that's exactly what I did. My first question was, "Can you come home?" He could tell I was on the verge of tears, and concerned asked, "What's wrong? Are you okay?" I proceeded to tell him what was going on, and he laughed at me! I was terrified, and he laughed! He did help though by suggesting the vacuum. So, still on the phone with him, I snuck over to the bee with the vacuum tube and sucked it up. It made this horrible sound and I could feel it hitting the inside of the tube on the way in. I screamed..... again, and Jeremy laughed....again. The girls and I then asked the obvious question that was on our minds, "Is it going to fly back out?" After he stopped laughing, Jeremy assured us that it was in their for good....he thought!
We have since recovered from the bee incident, but the first time we used the vacuum after that, Caitlyn looked at me and said, "Is Daddy sure that the bee's not going to fly out?" :D
Love you all, and thank you to God Almighty for my fearless husband!
Posted by Angie at 2:02 PM
Monday, June 22, 2009
This past week we had some animal encounters that I just had to share. First, early in the week, the kids and I discovered that once again we have a bird's nest full of baby birds in our chimney. the incessant chirping grates everyone's nerves. In the words of Caitlyn, "Those birds are annoying!" The kids and I realized that one of the birds had fallen down into the bottom of the fireplace and was flapping around frantically trying to escape. Since it was a baby bird and I assumed it couldn't fly yet, I stupidly opened the firplace door. The bird flew right out of the fireplace and smacked into the windows in teh sunroom/schoolroom! Thankfully it was just stunned, but it would not let go of my fingers. It was just sitting in my hand, holding on for dear life. I decided we would put it into a cardboard box until Jeremy got home. The first thing out of Kylie's mouth when it started flying around the house? The same thing that went through my mind, "Call Daddy!" Anyway, it apparently didn't like the idea of being put in a box, and off it went flying again right into the window for a second time! This time, I could tell it was a little more than just stunned. Per Jeremy's instructions, I put the bird on the back porch. Luckily, Jeremy was on his way home, and after some prodding from him, the bird took off flying much to the girls' relief.
The second encounter we had came on Thursday night in the midst of a rain downpour. We were eating dinner, and Jeremy's chair sits directly next to the back door. He was watching something intently in the back yard, then he gets up and slowly sneaks out the back door. I assumed he was trying to catch something, but I had no idea what it was. He had this look on his face like he was six years old again and stalking a frog. He finds such joy in catching things to show to the kids. A second after he went out the door (at this point the door was open enough for me to see what was going on) he jumps on what appears to be a snake. Only, I knew it wasn't a snake because this same toy had fooled me before. Jeremy was quite disappointed that he had "caught" a rubber toy snake! :) In the pouring rain at that! I told him it was too funny not to blog about. :)
Love you all, and thank you to God Almighty from whom all blessings flow!
Posted by Angie at 10:50 AM
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I wanted to update you on our new website My Four Monkeys. We launched on May 11th, and have been growing every since! It has been a lot of fun, but work too. If you get some time be sure and check it out! Just click on the image above.......
Posted by Angie at 1:11 PM
This past Sunday night I had nursery duty. I love watching Abby and Luke play! I took these short videos of them in the nursery. Abby is the daughter of our good friends the Robinsons. She was born about eight weeks after Luke. The girls joke around about Luke marrying Abby someday, but John David gets angry. According to him, he's going to marry Abby! :)
Love you all and thank you to God Almighty for healthy children!
Posted by Angie at 1:02 PM
Posted by Angie at 1:00 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here's the video and pictures from Luke's haircut. I didn't get much video, because I started crying. :( So, the rest is in pictures! I'm not sure why it got to me, but when i saw those blonde curls falling on the floor, I couldn't help it. Luke looks so much older now. He's quickly turning into a toddler!
Posted by Angie at 3:04 PM
Monday, June 15, 2009
Posted by Angie at 1:40 PM
Friday, June 12, 2009
Luke has started doing this funky crawl thing that I just had to share on video. He has discovered that he can move quicker this way than with the "classic crawl". Hope it makes you smile! We get some good laughs out of it!
Posted by Angie at 2:42 PM
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Not sure if that's how you spell it, but I had to share these pics of Luke. He has only one half cocked tooth on the top. Doesn't he look like a redneck baby! :) I love it. The other one next to it is coming in, so I wanted to get a picture before he cut the next one. Love you all, and thank you to God Almighty for answered prayers!!!!
Posted by Angie at 2:46 PM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Posted by Angie at 8:17 AM
Saturday, Kylie donned a blankie cape, her Christmas elf slippers, and her brother's sunglasses. She was "flying" around the house, so I asked her if she was Supergirl. Oh no, she was Miss Cockroach, Superhero. Apparently Miss Cockroach can only save the world with her hair slicked back with water. She was having a blast, imagining the world in peril, and only little ole her to save it. Not surprisingly, her antics soon inspired other little superheros to pop up in the house. It was so fun watching them "fly" around and save the world. Oh, to be a kid again!
Posted by Angie at 8:08 AM
Recently I posted about some funny things the kids had said. Well, they are on a roll! All three of the "big" kids have said some pretty funny stuff here recently. Here are a few of the highlights:
~John David (after watching mommy groove to the Knight Rider theme song): Those are some fancy moves momma!
~Caitlyn (very upset): Jared told me that "Girls go to Jupiter to get more stupider"! (Haven't heard that one in awhile!)
~John David (after seeing a friend, Tyler, who had been away at college): I missed you. Where were you?
Tyler: I was at college.
John David: Oh, I thought you were dead.
~John David (to his sister): You're freakin' me out!
There are so many more, but I can't even remember them all right now. Just thought I'd share some laughter!
Posted by Angie at 7:45 AM