Friday, October 31, 2008

Things can get a little rowdy 'round here

Poor Lewis, he's really cute when he cries. He's battling a case of Major Mucus right now. (tmi?)
Colson was not happy I snapped this photo of him after he told me it was "so sad for children" that I said "no" to him watching a street sweeper on YouTube. The troubles of a 3 year old are difficult.
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The life and times of a 7 month-er.

Lewis has got moves. This is a frequent maneuver of his, up on all fours like a bear. It's somewhat like a pilates move because he just gets into position and stays there for a bit before he comes back down and does his army crawling. It's a wonder he can lift his body at all, by the size of that noggin'. It's really cute. I was looking back at pictures of Colson when he was 7 months (Lewis turned 7 mo last week). I couldn't believe it when I saw him in the pictures standing and holding onto furniture. I thought to myself, "Surely, Lewis won't be doing that. Impossible." I eat my words.
The other night at dinner, Lewis attached himself to the back of KC's chair before he fell and hit his head on the ground. This is a taste of what I'm talking about:
Yes, here's the inevitable tumble. Some may call me cruel for taking a picture of him crying before I soothed him. What can I say? He's a second child. (at least I moved the chair onto the carpet because I knew the likeliness of a tumble was high. And although it looks like he may have, Colson didn't push him from inside the chair.)
Life is good again. It's so funny how dramatic little babies are. It's pretty cute.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

We adults have friends too.

Here are the family-men. I think I take this for granted. This community truly is a fabulous place to be and I forget what a blessing and joy it is to have Husbands and Daddies taking their jobs seriously. Our families and church community could not be here without them.

And these ladies are much better at carving pumpkins than I am. They are sweet and godly women. This community needs them too! These women and friends remind me of something I've wanted to post on for a while now, and that is celebrating the Sabbath. Something that has been cultivated in this community for some time is the idea of Sabbath feasting. It's a way to celebrate our God-given day of worship and rest. A day to remember Him. It's a way to sit down together with loved ones to eat and drink and to enjoy ourselves, remembering the Lord's Day, getting ready to worship (if you feast on Saturday night) or celebrating the Lord's day after worship. The Lord's day is a joy, and this feasting and fellowshipping is something that I hope our children will remember being a delight as they grow up with fat and jolly little souls. Our Pastor's wife has a good introductory article on Sabbath feasts here if you'd like more. And the sermon yesterday was incredible, building on the culture of Sabbath celebrations and having this day bubble up and pour out on our neighbors, on the needy, on the widow, on the orphan, on the stranger, on the world.

I don't post too many pictures of our friends (KC's and mine). I think it's because I feel a lot more comfortable about putting a camera in a kid's face rather than an my friends. I don't want to be annoying, and kids either like the camera and make faces or they really just don't notice you.
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This is Ridley. These boys remind me a lot of each other. As you can see, Colson's rancher/farmer theme is going the distance.

Look at this property! Gorgeous view of the Palouse. We had a grand time roasting our food over a fire (including s'mores of course), carving hideous-looking pumpkins, drinking cider, and just hanging out.
Look at this handsome Peter boy. This is Ridley's little brother, what a Cutie-pie!
Ridley, Colson thinks you are "pretty good". He just said so.
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Farmer Rum

This is Colson's Hard-Workin'-Man Farmer Outfit. I just had to share. He's so excited about it. Being a farm boy is serious business.
Here he his, a farmer on his trike. But don't let him catch you calling it a trike. It's really a tractor, a combine, of course.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Colson Quote, take 2

This post is a shout-out to all you mommies out there that have to deal with this subject matter on a daily basis. And to all you grand-mommies that have put your time in...

Colson (yelling as he approaches from his bedroom): I WENT POOP IN MY PANTS A LITTLE BIT. I WENT POOP IN MY PANTS A LITTLE BIT.

I'll be honest, I felt like cursing, "a little bit."

I'm glad that God makes light and humor of some of the trials in our lives. It makes telling stories much more fun.

Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Colson Quotes

Me (in mean guy voice): "I am a bad guy, and I have Lewis."

Colson: "No. God says, "Thou Shall Not Kill!" But if you love people then you will be a good guy"

-at the dinner table on Monday night -

Colson: "Will you pray for me? That I would be a hard-workin'-man?


The child is too much for me. Just about everyday I tell him I'm going to kiss his face off. After I kiss him he asks for his face back.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More on Simeon

These little dudes are great buddies. They completely crack me up. It's amazing what happens to Colson's imagination when they are together. It must help to have a dragon-fighting partner! They are usually scheming about monsters and dragons and crushing them down. They naturally are conquerors, and it's fun to see it explode when these two boy-brains get together.

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simeon at the orchard

I just love this picture of our little friend Simeon at the apple orchard. The color of the trees in the background, the apples around him, and the look on his face are just priceless.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Tidbits from a Lord's Day

First off, yesterday's sermon was fantastic. If you are concerned about your money and our economy, this is for you. You can listen to it here. It should be updated sometime today.
I've been digging my heels into the nice weather, and yesterday happened to be the perfect fall day to spend outdoors. We went to an apple orchard, got reprimanded for climbing to the top of an apple tree (can you blame us? That's where the best apples were), let the sun perfectly warm us in the crisp air, and had a great time with friends.We spend the rest of the afternoon at a beautiful park.
Fall is stunning. The colorful trees look like fireworks. I could handle fall lasting for another 3 months.
This morning we're back to the daily. We're on the brink of a new phase. Lewis is starting to be interested in Colson's toys (and he's getting his army crawl down to an effective transporting maneuver). This means that sharing is going to be very important and much instruction is about to take place. He was getting frustrated already with Lewis wanting to eat his garbage truck. Never a dull day!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dear Julie,

Colson gives a thumbs up to the new duds. So does his mama. Thanks Nana.
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Don't ever trust 'em when they insist they are not tired:

And Lewis has no reservations about letting you know he's not satisfied. This pitiful face is so cute!
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

boys and things that go

The only thing that this book is missing is a section on our boys, because they are definately things that go. As you can imagine, this is a favorite. What is it about little boys and "Things That Go?"
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