Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Words Worth Remembering

Alethia:"Look at those pretty daffodils!"
Cai:"I don't see any?"
Alethia:"They are all over Cai."
Cai:"What are daffodils cuz I don't see any dogs."
Alethia:"Daffodils are flowers."
Cai:"But sometimes they're dogs too."
Alethia:"No. No they aren't.  They are always flowers."
Cai:"But sometimes they are white doggies."

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Cai:"When I cough it makes noises."
(aka-I have a croupy cough)

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Me:"Cai don't take that car from Jude, baby."
Cai:"But he took it from me and I'm driving it down the slide."
Me:"Ok, but could you go in and get him one to drive down the slide with you?"
Cai:"Ju-Ju, you wanna go in and get a car for you to drive?  You can do it!  You are a strong boy."

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Cai:"Doos all bees have yellow jackets?"

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Jude:"Nah-nah?" (where's Rainy?)
Me:"Rainy's at school buddy."
Jude:"Ah-mah." (Oh man!)

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Me:"Cai, now don't freak out if I can't find your Batman socks.  We will find some socks, they just might not be the exact ones you are looking for.  You're not gonna freak out are you?"
Cai:"No I not gonna freak out."
Me:"You're done freaking out?"
Cai:"Yeah, I think so."

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Cai:"I'm just getting a sip of water cuz I'm really tired...(sigh)"

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Cai:"When is Zeke going to be done with his homework and come to bed?  I can't even remember what he looks like or what jammies he has on!"

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Cai:"What is that thing?"
Alethia:"I don't know..."
Cai:"I wondoe if it's going to be loud."
Alethia:"mommy said it isn't"
Cai:"I think it's going to be super loud."
Alethia:"No, it's not."
Cai:"What's it going to do?"
Me:"Guys, it's just an iron.  It's like a curling iron for clothes.  It's not going to make any noises, I promise."

(yeah, we don't iron much around here, ha!)

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Cai:"Oh come on Zeke, don't cry! It can be a 'the best day ever'!"

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Cai:"Maybe daddy can be a fixer guy when he growsded up cuz he is good at fixin' stuff."

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Alethia:"Aw, look how cute he is!  I like his cheeks."
Cai:"THOSE are NOT cheeks, THOSE are nibbles!"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Take 5

Band:  Metaform

Song Title:  Letters To The Void

Robbie Robot set for 5 min...

Go!

Five minutes. It's all mine.  But then again, when you have kids, NOTHING is all yours.

Our shed practically got blown over a few weeks ago in one of those crazy wind storms.  I decided to call insurance about it and they are covering the removal AND replacement of it.  WHAT?!  How awesome is that!

I was a little giddy as I set my timer for 3:30am to get up and watch the blood moon last night.  I knew it was going to be overcast but I was hoping to see something.  In fact, Zeke learned about it in school and wanted to get up and see it too.  So when the time came around we crawled out of bed and saw the most beautifully deep red tinted sky.  The moon was tucked far into the clouds so we couldn't see it but the sky proclaimed its brilliance anyway:-)

This is Holy Week.  This year has been a little different.  Usually we do little activities throughout the week to signify different events, but this year we are watching the book of John.  We are spreading it out to finish on Saturday.  The kids have been enthralled by the real-life picture of those actual events!  Their faces...

Timer off...

PUBLISH

Monday, April 14, 2014

Remember When... (34 memories for 34 years)

Remember when...

you used to woo me with your foot massages?

we could literally ride in the car together for hours and not say a word?

we had our DTR and it lasted a full 2 min. and my reply to "so what do you think about our relationship" was, "well, I like what we've got", and then we went in our separate tents to go to sleep?

I gave you that hideous plaid hoodie for our first Christmas?

we ate in silence and just stared at each other during our first date at Monterey's?

I was so terrified of the terrorists right after 911 that you held me in your arms that night until my panic attack went away?

you made that huge sign that said "I like you Tasha Litke" and taped it on the wall right outside my class in college and I was mortified?!

I pretended to get crushed in the mosh pit at the MXPX show so you could "protect" me?

I had  my car accident and you badgered the town to cut down the "historic tree" outside my duplex?

we communicated through email while you lived in Uganda and I was missing you so terribly in Greenville?

we went out on the boat for a date and you jumped out to tie it to the dock and I fell in the water? And then you asked if I could just go ahead and swim out to grab the boat since I was already in the water?

we had to wipe down your dash with RainX WHILE trying to drive Iggie with no power steering?

you got me up at an obscene hour to watch the sunrise and we drove to the peaks.  I refused to hold your hand because I just wanted to be in bed asleep...but then you proposed?!

we used to get up religiously at 5am to get a workout in before we headed our separate ways for work?

we snuck into Furman to watch the fireworks for our 1st 4th of July?

we jogged to Blockbuster to rent movies?

we lived in our little apt. in Greenville and we could hear that obnoxious lady blowing her nose and closing her kitchen cabinets through the walls?

you dressed up like Buzz lightyear for little Ben's birthday?

you called the firetrucks on the fire behind our seminary town homes?

we had our late night dinners after working security for that odd shift?

playing racquet ball at seminary (and kicking my butt!)?

we first found out we were pregnant with Rainy and went to "play golf"?

remember when I killed the grass because of the kiddie pool like a week before moving out of our seminary apt. and we scrambled to find the quickest growing grass seed we could find so we could get our deposit back?

we used to sit outside on our back porch, drink coffee and play games in seminary?

you were the associate pastor/ missions pastor/ worship pastor and youth pastor all at the same time?

we used to take Rainy and Zeke to the school park on Sunday nights after church in Charlotte?

you agreed to let me paint our bedroom purple?

it took HOURS to put up those stupid IKEA mirrors?

we sat at our kitchen table in Charlotte after being there a few short months, and finally decided to launch our own ministry?

we lived in Charlotte and we kept running into that guy with the bright red hair? He would show up in the most random places EVERYWHERE?

you always used to find a household project to do while trying to get out the door for a gig?

we lived on support and saw the Lord provide for us EVERY MONTH, even when the numbers made no sense on paper?

we used to be able to spend our vacations reading and laying out for hours in the sunshine?

I moved your home office to the kitchen?

I'd fall in love with you all over again, but I'm quite enjoying growing old with you!
Happy Birthday!
Thanks for being MINE:)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Story Time With Jude


Before any proper reading can occur
"bubby. pee pet. cubo." (ie-bubby, pillow pet and covers) must all be located and placed just so

Me:"A furry guy wants to take a bath"


Me:"then he throws cloths and smells the yellow one"


Me:"then he takes a bath and...yes it's a froggy"


Me:"...and then he...yup bear and..."


Me:"...then they had family hugs and..."
Jude:"ah dun. bye-bye!"


Me:"Oh you want the snail book! I love this one"
"the snail had a friend..."
Jude:"look, look! bunny!"
Me:"yes, bunny and...oh ok..."


Me:"and the snail had googly eyes and a..."


Jude:"no, no!"
Me:"Yup, the puppy has a nose..."


Jude:"no mo. k. bye bye."


Me:"There once was a little girl who was sitting down to eat..."


"...and then she saw a cat..."


"and she got some clothes on."


Me:"and..."
Jude:"ah-done. bye bye"
Me:"uh ok. mommy's gonna take a break from books for a little bit."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time It


The timer on my phone is one of our favorite things around the Colony household.

We even have a name for him: "Robbie Robot"

Sometimes he makes the kids cry with his abruptness, but it's hard to argue with him, ya know?

I set Robbie on my phone for EVERYTHING!

He helps motivate us to clean up our room, or get our homework done, or countdown minutes until the next meal (that one's for Cai;).  We set him for disciplinary actions and for picking up sticks around the yard for some extra money.  He also counts down between bathtub rotations and toy exchanges, or helps us get faster at our multiplication facts.

You name it, we've timed it.

I have started doing something new though.

I've begun timing myself!

I don't have all day to work on projects, I have 5 little people making sure of that, ha!  I do, however, have 10 min. to clean out the refrigerator, or 30 minutes to do a quick clean-up of the misplaced things around the house.

Just today I decided that the weeds had gotten way too out of control.  Alethia and Cai were crafting gifts for siblings and Jude had just gone down for a nap.  My to-do list had surprisingly dwindled (I'd been setting the timer a lot today) so I grabbed my gardening gloves and set Robbie for 1 hour.  It helped to know that I had a specific time frame to work.  It motivated me to keep going.  I tried to make little goals along the way to see if I could get to "that point" before Robbie went off.  If I hadn't have set the timer I probably would've gotten too carried away and worked well into the afternoon, forfeiting homeschooling the littles, playing with them, getting dinner prepared before the 2 older littles got home from school or even getting some other office work done.

If you are having a hard time tackling stuff around your house I'd encourage you to set the timer!  Everybody has 10-15 minutes to chip away at a task that continues to hang over your head.  You might not get the entire mountain of laundry folded, but you can at least make a mole hill out of it:)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take 5

Band: London Grammar
Song Title: Strong

Timer on 5 minutes... GO!

I decided that sometimes I'm just going to write. Unedited. I'm not going to go back over it and read and reread it to make sure it is grammatically correct.  Or even if it makes sense. and of course no pictures or links.

It's just me, my music and 5 minutes of time:)

I just reminded my kids, again, to take their food outside.  I could care less if they carry around bags of crumbs and pretend like they are on their trip across the world to Uganda, but let's keep the little crumbs outside.

I went to Once Upon A Child today to see if I could get some money for Jude's old stroller.  It's a super nice one and in excellent condition, except for a little dime sized dirt spot, that I accidentally forgot to wipe off.  So of course, by the time I trek 3 of the colony members with me inside the store, first thing in the morning they decide that they "stain" made it unsellable.  I guess it's to Craigslist it will go.

Rainy was so keyed up after gymnastics last night, and the excitement of her field trip today, that she didn't pass out until Josh and I were snuggly in our own bed for the night.  That girl would talk all night long if I allowed it.

I've decided...

*Timer OFF*

Done.

~PUBLISH~

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Another Transformation ~ of the wood paneling(ed) living room variety

BEFORE

I could only find pictures from a couple of Christmas's ago:)


AFTER
an entire month full of:

catching spare minutes in the afternoons or a free hour or two after the Colony is in bed
a lot of sanding
multiple canisters of caulk
priming a couple of times
filling in a butt-load of holes
prying out old staples from who knows what
cleaning up after every ounce of free time we actually get to work on the project
only to have to set it all back up when we grab another few minutes
a few mishaps between wet paint and curious colony kid palms
a couple of final coats
more trips to Lowe's than I'd like to admit

and we finally have...


I'd like you to take note of a few things in the photos
just to prove that I am not here for bragging rights

1 - the 2 dead plants on the fireplace
I can't even keep a couple of herb plants alive, ha!


2 - the basket of toys behind the couch
because I couldn't find a single minute with a mess-free living room
where there wasn't at least a basket-full of toys or kids:)



...or BOTH!
and this particular day they were actually playing sweetly TOGETHER:)
and I'll take that over a mess-free house ANY day!


We actually had to pay money to make this room transition,
but you better believe we made those Christmas gift cards go as long as they could:)
We had the painting supplies so we just needed the sand paper, paint, primer and caulk.

We chose the paint color "wet cement" from the Valspar collection at Lowe's

Monday, April 7, 2014

Not Me Monday ~ toilet paper ration edition

I did NOT get a shower first thing yesterday morning

Wait, I actually did!
Sundays are the one and only consistent day that I do actually get up and showered before the rooster crows

But seriously, my kids did NOT wake up extra early this particular Sunday morning

Nope, they are great sleepers.
Always
And never need me to tell them to get back in bed because "oh no, no, no. it's too too early. get back in bed and go nite-nite"
Nope

but if they did happen to get up at least it would just be to go to the bathroom

nothing like an early morning "I just have to poop, mom" to get the day going

and so I would continue on with my getting dressed for church routine while that particular child carries on his, um, business

so I suppose this scenario wouldn't be particularly that bad

unless, of course, he decided to use half a roll of toilet paper to wipe himself
causing a flood of sorts, in the bathroom

Nope
We have excellent plumbing in this house
it could TOTALLY take that kind of abuse, no problem

but if this DID happen
we would all stay calm and collected and would NOT

result in 4 Colony kids running up and down the hallway screaming that the toilet is "overfloating REALLY big" while the other child is left jumping up and down in his crib squealing because he feels left out of all the excitement

If this WERE to occur on a Sunday morning (when I'm not leading but Josh is so he's gone) I clearly would disrobe my long, flowing maxi dress that I had just finished putting on to take care of the pee/poop water flood and VERY QUICKLY place some yoga pants and t-shirt on, right?!

Because it would be really, REALLY annoying to have JUST gotten out of the shower, clean and refreshed, and presentable for the first time since last Sunday, only to step ankle deep into that kind of mess with a pretty dress on

But if I did step in both feet, pretty dress and all, I would do it all with grace and compassion, NEVER slamming the door behind me and yelling out to the Colony, "somebody go get the baby out of his bed and tell him to be quiet PLEASE.  Leave me alone in the pee water, cuz this is awesome!  Thank you for this!"

because this good mama NEVER uses sarcasm
because that's just not nice

but maybe if those words did come flooding out of my mouth I would have a quick heart check
(every once in a while my hearts reels my mouth back in, thank God!)
then just resign to the fact that it's not worth fixing right now
slush on over to the commode, water spraying and all
turn the water off
pick up the remaining dry things off the floor
lay every beach towel and rag out on the floor that we own
take a deep breathe
open the door and quickly shut it behind me
change dresses
and leave the mess for later

and then begin hanging this particular colony member's toilet paper ration near the toilet for him (with twine of course, because that makes everything look nicer) to use from now on


Man I'm glad that never happened yesterday!

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PS-Don't worry, YOU will not be held to the same toilet paper ration if you come over for a visit:)