"I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete." John 15:11

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Philip Funnies XVI



Philip: Can we play outside when it's slippery?
Me: You have to be really careful if you go outside.
Philip: I'll go easy on it.

Grabbing a huge block of snow and taking a bite out of it:
"Now I have my whole dinner."

After playing in the snow for about an hour:
"My hands are so cold, I can't even believe my hands."

After tucking his stuffed bunnies into his bed, Philip comes downstairs.
"Everyone needs to be quiet because my bunnies are hibernating."

Me: Did you play outside at school today?
Philip: Yes, we went outside for 45 minutes.
Me: 45 minutes! (Class is only 2.5 hours)
Philip: Too long? We just went outside for 5 hours.

Philip: When I get older, I am going to be a car driver...but where will you sit?
Me: Pointing to the passenger seat. Well, when you are first learning to drive, I'll sit here.
Philip: And Daddy will sit in the back?
This is a funny/sweetie. I love that Philip can't imagine going anywhere without Mom and Dad, even when he gets older.

"Trust me, I've been doing this for years."

After turning off all the lights on our main floor one evening, "This is going to be the best dark ever!"

On the way to a baby shower, Julia was starting to fall to sleep.
"Wake up, Julia! I want you to see the (yet to be born) baby!"
"Do you think Julia will be bigger than the baby?"

Pointing to a structure he built, "This is my Acenodder."

Seeing some droppings outside:
Julia: What is that?
Me: Hmmm, I don't know.
Philip: I think it's from Santa's reindeer.

Playing Mom's Night Out:
"My Mom's Night Out is the best! They have bathrooms there and sleeping beds!"
Sounds like he knows what a Mom wants (minus the wine).

"...and out!"

Saturday, February 14, 2015

January Journal

January seemed to fly by this year, which is always welcome in my book since I am not a fan of winter!

Yes, we made our gingerbread house in January

We saw some snow this month. The kids loved it, especially Philip, and we spent hours outside. I got them a sled this year (last year I didn't think about it until after the stores had all sold out), so that was a fun addition to the snowy festivities.


Body surfing works too!

I took a photography class at the beginning of the month and am trying to experiment with the settings on my camera. I also went on a day-long retreat for my bible study program, Walking with Purpose. It was a wonderful day!

Andy went on retreat the last weekend of the month and had an amazing experience. He also spent much of the weekends preparing for some major presentations he will be giving in February.

After dinner Bible stories with Dad

We took the kids duckpin bowling one weekend and they loved it. This was the first time they were able to last through a full game! We also took them to a bounce house place on MLK day when Andy was off of work.

Julia beat us all

We were able to participate in the March for Life as a family this year. The weather was perfect and it is always an inspiring day when you see so many young people stand up for life! We also visited a couple Catholic schools this month and we are praying about what will be the best option for Philip next year as he enters Kindergarten.

The kids are a lot of fun. They have started to go off and play alone together for short bits of time. It is amazing, and oh so helpful to have them occupied (without getting into trouble) for a while. They started off the year on a healthy kick, trying to exercise with me each day. Their zeal has since passed, but it was fun and so cute to see them trying to imitate the moves on my exercise DVDs.

Philip is convinced that summer is nearly upon us, now that Christmas is over. He likes to find out when he will be different ages, "When will I be 9? When will I be 16? When will I be 43? He also likes to ask us, "Do you promise?" especially when we haven't agreed to what he is asking for yet. "Can I have a special (dessert)? Do you promise?" And he cracks us up by randomly telling us, "Speak the truth!"

I'm afraid that Julia has a case of the twosies and she is getting increasingly impatient and hysteric about lots of little things each day. I am trying to wrap my head around this whole paradigm shift - Philip (who was tough from the beginning) is getting easier, and sweet little Julia is getting to be the challenging one.

Julia is very much into being independent and especially exerts herself when getting into and out of the car.  She is getting into more trouble these days, but is often quick to snap out of it. When she realizes she is being taken to the stairs for Time Out, she will quickly tell me, "I'm going to be nice." Sometimes it's true, sometimes it isn't...

She loves stories, but it can often be difficult to read to her because she is constantly interrupting to ask questions. She also continues to "read" stories on her own and it is amazing what she remembers from different books and also fun to hear what she makes up. She usually makes up a sentence for each page and then repeats that sentence 3-4 times before turning the page. She likes to have us sit down and read a book aloud while she sits next to us reading her own. She also loves to ask "Why." I know all this inquisitiveness will serve her well. Julia is enjoying being at the counter with me while I cook and also likes to "wash the dishes," which always leads to puddles on the floor and wet clothes, but at least she stays busy for a while! She likes to know who gave her each article of clothing, book, and toy she owns and will let us know who she got each thing from when she is using it. I have certainly got a sharp one on my hands!

These two little ones are growing up much too quickly for my taste, but they sure are fun to watch!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Julia's Jokes II

At the playground:
"There are two slides here. One for Daddy and one for the cat."

Seeing my pjs.
"Maybe one day I can get jammies like those. "
Pointing to her ballerina footie pajamas.
"Maybe you can have some like these one day. When you get tiny, you can try these on."

While watching a show where Santa loses his reindeer:
"Mommy, Santa lost his donkey."

At the tree farm, which was a pumpkin patch a couple months earlier. Julia noticed that the pumpkin patch had been mowed over and asked, "Why is it all pump'ed out?"

Trying to zip up her jacket:
"It's not zippening!"

"This is baby Jesus. I'm not baby Jesus. I'm a girl."

"Now I'm going to drive to South Carolina. Everyone hold on tight!"

After showing her some new socks, Julia wondered why she needed new ones.
Me: Well, you are getting older and so your whole body is growing, including your feet!
Julia: My feets are growing up! Why are my feets growing up?

Me: Why don't you read a story?
Julia: No, I  can't!  'Cause I'm too old!

Andy: Who do you want to pray for tonight?
Julia: Ummm...Christoff and the reindeer.