Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Flying Squirrels... or not

My dog has a habit of having his barking sessions at the neighbor dog or a passing pedestrian during naptime. This bothers me. If you are a mom you know how nice and wonderful and much needed naptime is. I take lots of careful planning to get 3 children down for a nap at the same time so I can do things I need to do! So when the barking started today, I race outside ready to ream the dog for barking, but he is looking up and barking... which is odd. So I look up and see and hear two cute fuzzy little squirrels playing way in the top of a tree! Wally quit barking when he saw me, but just as I looked up I see one of the squirrels DROP right out of the tree and THUD on the ground! I went over there to see if it was hurt, but it fell in the neighbor's yard (which is a good thing cause even an injured squirrel has no chance of survivial in my yard of dogs that would think it's a play toy!) I couldn't see it, so I can only imagine it survived somehow and scurried off... Just thought it was really odd. I've never seen a squirrel fall before. They are usually really good at hanging on. Maybe it lived... we'll go with that!! At least my kids are still asleep! Here's a pic... my finger is pointing to the part of the tree they were in and you can see how high up it was. Not sure why I am so facinated by this or why it deserved a blog entry!!

Okay, well the top of my finger anyway...

He tries to look innocent!
Guess this is what he really thinks of me!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Avery's Thanksgiving videos

I meant to put these up sooner, but didn't! This is Avery's very cute Thanksgiving songs. She was the one singing loudly and out of tune, but it was still precious!!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A word from Avery

Avery enjoys calling her grandparents on the phone and chatting with them. This particular occasion she had called my dad and was hoping to talk long enough to avoid naptime! Here's how the talk went:

Avery: Hi Pa. where are you?

Pa: I'm at work.

Avery: Where's Gran?

Pa: Well she's at her work. Did you want to talk to Gran?

Avery: Ya, but she won't call me back. (It had been about 2 minutes since she left a message)

Pa: She's probably just busy at work, but she will call you back. She's not like Grandma and Grandpa that are REtired. They get to stay home now, but Gran and I still go to work each day.

Avery: Maybe if you're tired one day you can stay home from work too!

he he he!! I thought it was very cute what they hear and how words get mixed up!

101 Things I am Thankful For (in no particular order)

Geezz! I am such a conformist!! I am copying Traca's copying of Jodi's blog idea! So here's my list:

1. God's Grace
2. My loving husband, Ken
3. The sweetest 4 year old, Avery
4. God's Blessings
5. My busy little baby girl, Jillian
6. My laid back slilly little boy, Eden
7. baby squeals
8. healthy kids
9. gracious friends
10. Mom groups
11. Fuzzy little heads
12. nastalgia
13. Christmas Traditions
14. Christmas lights
15. sausage balls (Christmas morning breakfast tradition)
16. my comfortable couches
17. Thunderstorms
18. Air conditioning (I would melt in the summer)
19. Chocolate
20. my dogs
21. My kid's Grandparents
22. My home
23. Indoor plumbing!
24. e-mail
25. facebook (sorry I've really gotten addicted!)
26. The Back to the Future movies!!
27. Baby Einstein Videos
28. books
29. Cute little baby clothes
30. New Recipes
31. Tivo!!
32. Those few nights when the babies sleep all night long!
33. My own bed
34. Google
35. Jesus Dying for me
36. Fat free yogurt
37. Overnight Dates!
38. Prayers
39. Little, tiny, blonde ponytails
40. The fact that my poodle still loves me despite the additions of husband, dogs, kid, kid, kid!
41. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!!
42. Mom's Night Out
43. Baby sitters
44. Nates in Addison
45. SMILE
46. MOPS
47. Fireplace fires (really missing my fireplace in San Antonio)
48. Quaker granola bars
49. Warm Homemade bread YUM!
50. That I still anticipate Christmas
51. naptime!!
52. Seriously... NAPTIME!!
53. Christmas Music
54. Remembering
55. Valley Grove
56. Wee School
57. Fast food
58. Home Cooked meals
59. Quiet house (One day I can be thankful for this again!)
60. That I have friends that value the simple things like their wooden spoon!!
61. My compact camera
62. Being a SAHM
63. Dr. Pepper
64. That I am still able to breastfeed
65. Cold Weather
67. Unconditional Love my kids have for me (right now)
68. Forgiveness
69. Swimming Pools
70. Wind chimes
71. Birds singing (but not early in the morning)
72. Quilting
73. Diaper Genie II
74. The smell of Cinnamon
75. The smell of Coffee
76. Knowledge
77. Wisdom
78. That I can eat potato chips and still somehow turn that into the perfect milk for babies (albeit not the best version)
79. Laughter
80. Christmas Trees
81. Snow
82. The Ocean
83. Cruises
84. My sister and her new family
85. My ability to copy things (What I lack in creativity I make up for in being a copycat)
86. "I love yous" from Avery and Ken
87. Sweet hugs for no reason
88. Ken's Job
89. Baby Giggles - no sweeter sound on earth!
90. Amazement of a growing child
91. Bright Eyes
92. My growing patience
93. naps for me (rare, but wonderful)
94. That my 4 year old still takes naps!
95. Jon & Kate Plus 8 (Yup stole that one from Jodi, but that show makes me feel better!)
96. fuzzy socks
97. cuddly babies
98. Cuddly 4 yr olds
99. Post-it notes
100. My diaper bag
101. Learning new Things