Christmas w kids

Its really good to experience Christmas w kids & I’m discovering this moreso w each year.  I love their questions:

  • why do people celebrate Christmas if they don’t believe in Jesus? – David
  • who has the last birthday of the year in our family? Answer by Isabell:  Jesus
  • are we having birthday cake for Jesus’ birthday?  – Benji
  • what made the men from the East who came to give Jesus presents, “wisemen”? – David
  • what were the shepherds doing in the field at night when the angels came to visit?  Were they staying up late when this happened? – David
  • what are we doing for families that don’t have enough money for Christmas? – Isabell

They’ve asked me LOTS more, but these are just a few off the top of my head.  Kids can really distill things to the most important points – cutting through the fluff.  I love it! 

bellie_kid_ethiopiaIsabell is really excited because she’s in our church’s kid’s Christmas program this weekend as an actor, singer, dancer & cheerleader.  She’s SO EXCITED!!!!!  Benji has his Jr Kindergarten program on Wed – he’s Gabriel.  I think he makes a very fitting Gabriel – announcing w great joy, enthusiasm & volume the birth of Jesus.  I think David kind of prefers the cerebral approach to the season.  Whatever the case, they’re all fabulously unique & I am more than in awe of them & their observations.

thoughts & cough remedies

Ok, here are some things running around in my mind:

  • famI hope Benji did ok staying at mom & dad’s last night
  • I hope David does well on his Mesopotamia & Germ tests today
  • I hope Isabell enjoys her date w Reece tonight – he’s planning what to do.  Any suggestions?
  • maybe we should get a donut at the armenian donut shop, mmmmmm
  • looking forward to lunch w Lacey
  • I hope Shelly & I get to work out this weekend
  • My weekend projects include:  chapel prep, Greek prep & finishing Lord’s Prayer series
  • gotta figure out groceries for next week
  • would like to get my computer back – its been sick for like 2 weeks now 🙁
  • slopes are starting to open up for snowboarding!!!!!

Need a little help:  can you pls give me suggestions as to how to get over a cough (chest congestion)?  Would be GREATLY appreciated!

Louisiana – fun times!

I’m sitting in the New Orleans airport w Reece & I’m thanking God for the conference we just attended.  We heard some really great speakers & got to have some great God time, as well as hook up w some long lost friends & make some new friends as well.  Getting out every so often is really refreshing – it can give you a new lease on life!

We’re really looking forward to getting home & being w our kids – I made mom look at all my kid pics on my blackberry during breakfast.  This is one way that I know I miss them! 

God really spoke to me & encouraged me during this time away – some I’ll share a bit later.

Things I’m looking forward to:

  • members class in the morning
  • getting into Philippians again
  • working on the Lord’s Prayer:  give us today our daily bread (so excellent!!!!)
  • getting to work off some of the delic food we ate down here
  • putting my kids to bed tonight
  • hearing God
  • worship this weekend!

fun with my kids

Ok, any parent is crazy about their kids & I’m no exception.  So here are a few cute things I’ve observed in the last week:

  • David’s take on Halloween:  why would you celebrate something that’s creepy?
  • Benji’s take on pirates:  a pirate’s best weapon is a lie
  • Isabell’s take on LOUD praise & worship in the car: roll down the windows & let the praise out!

Some jokes:

What do you call a cow w a twitch?  beef jerky

Why can’t you write w a broken pencil?  it’s pointless

What do you get when you cross a snowman & a dog?  frostbite

Just a little fun for your weekend or a nice Mon greeting.  🙂

things I like about my kids

I like lots of things about my kids, but here are a few:

Isabell – I like how she’s a strong person.  What she puts her mind to, she accomplishes.  She’s also very sweet, kind & super smart.  She loves Jesus lots.

David – I like how he’s always thinking & he often looks for ways to help me.  He wrote a worship song the other day & sang it for me – left me speechless.

Benji – he’s always happy and very snuggly.  He also is a source of endless energy – even when he sleeps, he moves alot. 

Here’s something cool too – last weekend, Isabell, David & I cut up 12lbs of strawberries & no one complained – they were happy as clams!  Amazing.

I really like my kids.  They’re fun, insightful, joyful, kind, spiritual, intelligent, strong, fun . . . .  Having kids has been one of the most delightful things in my life.  Having kids is challenging & very fulfilling.  There are moments of definite frustration but also moments of total amazement.

4th of July

Last year was the 1st year that any of our kids got to stay up late to watch the fireworks – it was more fun to watch & listen to Isabell’s reactions than to see the fireworks themselves!  4th of July is classic summer – grilling, hot, family, fireworks, freedom, punks, barefoot, watermelon, relaxing . . . .  it’s good to be in summer.  On this day we celebrate the founding of our nation – a great nation.

What are your fav memories from the 4th of July?  What things do you most like about our country on this 4th of July?

Does anyone have a good smokey gazpacho recipe?  Also, we finally got benji’s passport after going to the post office 2x, acquiring his birth certificate from the safety deposit box in the bank, filling out the new forms since the others were old & expired, paying $85, and unfortunately being grumpy at the 1st post office worker.  There are times I wish I would be a nicer person.

passport

Today, we’re taking Benji to get his passport renewed.  As a kid, they only last 5 yrs before expiring & he’s about due for his new one.  His old one has a pic of him when he was about 4months old – extremely cute & almost all of the pages are filled w stamps from various countries.  I looked at the passport yesterday & was extremely amazed that this little guy, who is not even 5, has been around the world – AMAZING!! 

Anyways, the passport renewal / application process for kids is pretty extensive because there have been instances of divorced parents “stealing” their kids & moving them overseas.  All that is to say that both Reece & I get to go to the postoffice with Benji & all of the documentation & a check for $70 to renew his passport.  It will probably take about 2months to get his new one.  We do lots of interesting things for our kids & this starts the minute you find out your pregnant (including giving up coffee).  I wonder what other interesting things we’ll be doing for and with them as they grow up. 

preparation

As I’m writing, my kids are getting ready for their swim lessons today:  swim suits, goggles, flip flops, towels, sun screen etc.  Reece always says, “proper prior planning prevents poor performance.”  This is extremely true for swim lessons.  When I don’t prepare well, they get sunburns, have stingy eyes and ride home grumpy – an all around bad experience that could have been good, if I had prepared better. 

This is a great lesson in life – preparing for what’s ahead.  Now my kids don’t always know what’s going to be happening & its my responsibility as their mom to do my best to make sure they’re ready for what’s around the bend.  They need to be adept at various skills before they can move onto to the next challenge (even if they don’t know what the challenge is).  Same with God.  I think He’s always preparing us for what’s next.  Thankfully, we can trust Him even more than ourselves, that He will keep us prepared for what’s coming – even swim lessons.  😉