Monday, January 30, 2006

Healed with a Kwiss

Our little fellows are still sick. Last night Elijah woke up every hour-or two hours to cry, nurse a little and then fall back into a fitful sleep. Today he's only taken one 15 minute nap so far, so I'm a little worn. However, I have two funny stories for you from the past week.

The first has to do with this picture.
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On Wednesday night last week, we got home from somewhere, and the boys started playing with Andrew's black, toddler sized "truck" that I found by the dumpster in Watertown (if you remember the story and the pictures). I went into the other room for a minute. Greg took Andrew into the bathroom to brush his teeth, and I became aware of the sound of someone still playing with the truck in the living room. When I went back in there to check, I saw Elijah, on his hands and knees (he started crawling a little last week!), picking at the front of the truck. I picked him up and saw that he was covered in drool and sparkly stuff (it's hard to see the sparkles in the picture, but I'm sure you can see the drool). Upon further inspection I noticed that the glittery headlight stickers were partially missing... yup, you've got the rest of the story.

On Friday I was doing something on the computer and Andrew came over to me, upset about something. "Need THIS!" he kept shouting, pointing up towards my head. I couldn't imagine what. My head? The cealing? The window? What? What? I leaned down. "Show me."
"Need THIS" he said, pointing to my lips.
"You need my lips?"
"Need kwiss"
"You want me to kiss your lips?"
"No, kwiss my teef!"
As it turns out, he'd bumped his teeth on something, and so of course the only way to heel an "ouch" is with a kiss. How could I have been so dense?

Saturday, January 28, 2006

A life more simple

Yesterday morning I woke up at 5:30 to the sound of Andrew, coughing violently. As it turns out, it was also Elijah. Not sure where they got it from, but now they have fevers too. Anyway, Greg was at work, of course, and I had to get out of the house, so we went to the grocery store, which is right down the street. As soon as I put the little guys in the "car cart", there were smiles all around, and people kept stopping to say hello. This may have been why:
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Do ya think?

Since moving here, I've slowed down with my posting. To those of you who have sent me emails, I apologize that I'm terrible with timely responses. I am trying to catch up, and will get back to you (Alicia!!) as soon as possible.

Here is a slice of our lives since moving to GA in the first week of October.

The first Sunday we were here, we started going to this big church near us (well, big for NY state -- about 500 people).

Within two weeks, I was leading the worship for Wednesday nights.

Soon after, I was asked to be on the worship team on Sunday mornings as a vocalist, and Greg started running sound for their second Sunday service.

A few weeks after that, I was asked to direct the music (and choose the songs) for the Christmas play, and Greg was asked to volunteer as sound guy.

I started a moms of preschoolers/babies group (not MOPS, but same idea, just independant), and we meet at least twice a week for playgroup and Bible study.

Since getting back from Christmas vacation, I've joined a gym with two of my friends, and we work out almost every morning. Free childcare, and we're all getting back into shape!

Also, besides knitting (of course for all the Christmas gifts this year!) and crocheting, which I've mentioned before, I've also taken up spinning and dying my own yarn. Don't believe me? Check here. Yes, I'm obsessed, but it's amazing.

I'm going to try to post more (although I didn't make any New Year's resolutions!!), but since I've been neglecting this blog so much, I just wanted to let you all know why. Our lives are great, but busy! We love what we're doing, and it would be so cool if we had more hours in the day to get even more of everything done. We say "no" to suggested obligations all the time, so imagine how much more could have been on this list! This, believe it or not, is our simplified life.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The curious ways of Greg

Greg will try anything multiple times, even if his experience with that flavor or food is bad every time. He hopes he will learn to like each new thing that is brought to the table. After many tries in many different settings in the past 4-1/2 years of marrage, here is the running list that I have to keep in my head of things that Greg, even after many tries, just doesn't like these ingredients or dishes:

Chicken on the bone (but loves chicken soup and chicken based soups)
White chicken meat
Lima beans
Brussle sprouts
Tomato based soups (although he likes tomato soup)
Nuts in things, especially baked goods (although he will occasionally enjoy a main dish with nuts in it if the crunching doesn't disrupt too many of his bites. He likes pesto with pignoli nuts.)
Artichoke (unless it's the canned, pickled kind)
Apples (unless they're baked, but not in a pie)
Pie (or anything with pie crust)
Any ice cream besides Edy's Dreamery Vanilla (only available in pint-sized -- you should try it, it's that good)
Pears with skin on (the skin makes his teeth sticky)
Soda, esp. cola (although he'll occasionally enjoy a good quality root beer, cream soda or black cherry)
Bananas that are not mostly green
Yogurt (although he's starting to come around a little with that one)
Wine (except one super expensive white [name unknown] that a General bought for him one night at dinner)
Beer (he'll give it another go in Germany though -- we've heard it's a whole 'nother world of beer there)
Lemon (hints of it in a dish is fine. Lemon bread is not.)
Cinnamon candy (although he likes real cinnamon in/on stuff, including savory dishes like in Greek and Indian food)
My mom's honey whole wheat bread (which I make, and haven't met anyone else in the world who doesn't love it)
Cake (even pound cake!)
Dried Coconut (he likes coconut flavor, but hates the texture of coconut flakes)
Pancakes (but loves crepes)
Bacon (loves turkey bacon though)
Steak (too troublesome with all the cutting and the chewing)
Cottage cheese (although I've whirled it in a blender as part of casseroles and he thought it was good all together, and he does like cheese curds)
Squash (except summer squash and zuccini, and then mostly only when I make it)
Sweet potato/yams
Pizza (except Jonathan's and sometimes mine)
Cookies that are hot from the oven
Parmesan cheese (although he likes Romano)
Bleu Cheese
Brie Cheese
Hot tea (except Chai)
Sweet tea
Candy (he'll spring for the occasional reeses pieces or jelly bellys, but only likes them right then in the moment after he buys them -- doesn't like to keep them around)
Also, he only likes to eat dessert "on his own terms". Meaning, only if he thought of it/made it/wanted it first.

For those of you who have actually stuck with me here and read through the massive list, you may wonder if he'll eat anything at all. The wierd thing is, he does enjoy many, varied foods -- just not those. =)

Also, for those of you who've just decided never to have us for dinner, don't dispair. Greg will almost always eat whatever is set in front of him. And he'll probably never tell you if he thinks it's bad. =)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Sleepy head

Happy Festival Of Sleep Day! Celebrate by going to bed right now!!

Still here? Oh. Ok. New news: Elijah got up on his hands and knees to "rock" a week ago, and has been doing that ever since. Exciting? Yeah, I thought so. Now go to bed.