Sunday, March 28, 2010

Who my children are right now

My Olivia has hit the "I'm over 2 months old now, so I'm not going to spend all my time sleeping anymore" stage of life. Because she was a preemie, she is still small for her age (she's on the curve though). At her 2 month check up she was 3.8 kg (almost as big as Jeremy was at birth). The comment I get most often from people is that she looks like a little doll. And she does. She's very cuddly and loving (it's amazing how much she speaks through her eyes.) She's starting to smile socially - today you should have seen the big, big smiles she had at church, so lovely! She's also starting to spend time playing, looking at different patterns, noticing her hands, interacting with her's really neat to have another little person around discovering the world.
My Jeremy boy is creative, investigative and very loving. He is cuddly and funny. He is social and very, very 3. He insists that his name and age are one. Up until March 5th he insisted on being called Jeremy 2. Now that he is 3, he is Jeremy 3. If I had to guess what he would be when he grows up at this moment, it would either be an actor or a scientist. He's quite a ham with different voices and characters. He will at any moment be a frog, cat, dog, octopus or elephant. At the same time he is noticing everything (so much so that I have to remind him to watch where he is going when he is walking, otherwise he's asking questions about airplanes, bird nests, squirrels, cracks in the walls...He calls pine cones pineapples and pineapples pine cones. He looks up to Elijah as the person he most wants to be like, copying most everything he does. He is comically dramatic. When he found out that Jonathan ate all the french fries the other day (which Jeremy though he should have had some) Jeremy told him off with such righteous anger, beating his chest for emphasis, and then folding his arms into a big pout. He is very loving and gives the best big hugs. Jeremy loves playing with trucks & cars and watching Cars too. He is a sweet, sweet boy.
My Mr. Elijah is right now my most intense child. He loves with a passion and gets angry with a passion. He feels things deeply. He is very bright and constantly amazes me with what he can read, know and remember. He is completely enamoured with his little sister (he prayed for a sister you know, for years) and sees himself as her stand in care giver/protector. Elijah is quite athletic and love, love, loves hockey. Most recently he's become quite crafty, making things. Any paper, cardboard or stickers that he can find he will claim and turn into art. And he's such a pack rat, refusing to throw even the smallest scrap away. He's also very loving and cuddly (I'm quite a fortunate mom to have these cuddlesons). We snuggle together being all cozy. His teacher told me how much she enjoys having him in her class, that he has been a good influence on some of the rougher boys and that he is so kind to some of the littler kids. He's a great, imaginative storyteller. He finds comfort in togetherness, but enjoys his own downtime too. He is my sweet, sweet boy.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Visitor

"Well, there's a creature we've never seen before", declared Elijah looking into our back yard. Maybe he hadn't, but I knew exactly what that creature was, a raccoon. Yes, an injured raccoon found its way onto our backyard patio. It did leave eventually, after I had visions of calling in animal control (a much more costly process than you would think). Gone for a week on its own until yesterday when Jeremy looked out and said, "Mommy, there's that raccoon again"...sure enough there he was drinking rainwater off a patio table. We don't have any food sources out there, but we didn't think about rainwater. Jonathan scared it away this time. Now, how to keep it away? My mom told me ammonia would work (obviously not after a night of rain), but we are worried about putting a corrosive substance out where the kids play. Obviously, I'm now checking every nook and cranny before sending the kids out to play, very vicious creatures raccoons are. Please neighbours, don't leave out any food to attract this raccoon back in (I know it was the same one because of the sore leg it has).

Saturday, March 20, 2010

the Write Way

I've toyed with the idea of writing books, or a book for a lot of years...seriously a lot, probably since I was about 8 and was first recognized as having some sort of creative writing talent. So far, I haven't pursued it. (these blogs are my outlet for writing). I've certainly been inspired and written down ideas, characters, settings, conflicts, plot outlines. I even completed a first chapter once, but that's as far as it's gone. Lately, I've been wondering if I should do something more. But how? How do you go beyond ideas? Do you outline and then write? Or, do you just go for it, get it all out of you and see where it takes you?
I know, or I've heard that your own life experience is the best way to go - write what you know - and there is a time in my life I'd like to write about. In some ways it wa the worst year of my life and others the best, because it led to the best in my life. Maybe I should take from that?
I would love to do what Francine Rivers does, write well and for the glory of God. Could that be in my future? Or, maybe I'm just daydreaming again...we'll see.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Elijah's quote of the week

Elijah, "I'm pretty sure I'm going to be Spiderman when I grow up."

Brain, don't fail me now

I am about to admit something terrible. I need help. I can't find the birth certificates for me or the 2 boys. We have Jonathan's. We have Olivia's. I can't figure out what I did with the other ones. And I need them, ASAP! I have to renew the boys' passports. Help! Any ideas?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I miss the Olympics

The Olympics this year were wonderful if you are a Canadian, which I am. There was something real community building about it, more than any other Canadian event in recent memory. Sure, for me part of the love came from it being in Vancouver. Having grown up nearby there was an element of home, getting to see places that are so familiar to me. And my mom was there, one of the many spectacular volunteers that made this event go so well. I rediscovered that I love curling and became hooked on it. My kids discovered speed skating and turned our living room into an arena. And we all loved the hockey. Maybe there was something about this being an Olympics in the time of Facebook, where friends across the country (and the world) were all watching and commenting together. Watching the Canadian Olympians was like watching your friends and neighbours compete. You know people like these people. Canadian men like Jon Montgomery celebrating through the streets of Whistler and Canadian women like Joannie Rochette, brave in the face of great loss. We all heard and felt victory with Sid the Kid's goal that stopped the nation in its tracks (literally, Air Canada had to delay a flight as the passengers wouldn't leave the TV monitors in the airport). We are a nation of diversity, but we clearly can and did come together in a sense of national pride over those 2 weeks. I miss it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Another Elijah-ism

"Another Chevrolet for my discount!"

I have no idea what it means, it makes no sense at all, but he declares it whenever he sees a Chev. Additionally he declares, "Another GMC for Jeremy's discount!" when he sees one of those. Boys! You try to figure them out :o)

Something I liked from an email

The next time you feel like GOD can't use YOU, just remember...

Noah was a drunk

Abraham was too old

Isaac was a daydreamer

Jacob was a liar

Leah was ugly

Joseph was abused

Moses had a stuttering problem

Gideon was afraid

Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer

Rahab was a prostitute

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

David had an affair and was a murderer

Elijah was suicidal

Isaiah preached naked

Jonah ran from God

Naomi was a widow

Job went bankrupt

John the Baptist ate bugs

Peter denied Christ

The Disciples fell asleep while praying

Martha worried about everything

The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once

Zaccheus was too small

Paul was too religious

Timothy had an ulcer...

AND Lazarus was dead!

No more excuses now!! God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Things the kids say

I have to start writing these down because they are too cute and I know I'll forget them.

Elijah, "According to my conculations..." Me, "calculations"...Elijah, "no Mom, I'm conculating"

Elijah, "oh Canada we stand on guard for leaves"

Jeremy "the anjulance goes to the hostible"

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