Caleb received his blue belt tonight. A blue belt is halfway to a black belt. Caleb, we are proud of you!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday night the Power Team was at PawPaw and Granna's church. We took the boys and all of us really enjoyed the night. Caleb and Luke were really into all of the feats of strength that the guys did. The Power Team guys talked about how when kids are in elementary school they will tell you right away what they want to be when they grow up, as well as their dreams and plans for the future. But then the kids get older and for whatever reason they lose their dreams. They said when they ask middle school and high school age kids, they do not get much response.
Then I read a blog post about the same thing. How we lose our dreams. We get married, have kids, buy a house, accumulate bills and we are just living day to day and our dreams die. I am on a quest to take back my dreams. Dreams for my future, my marriage, my children, and my family. Even silly dreams like one day beating Aaron in something. :) The problem with not dreaming is that we lose our hope.
"For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Friday, July 25, 2008
Caleb attended a Space Camp all this week. The picture he is holding is of him trying on an actual space suit worn by one of the astronauts that walked on the moon. He got to try on the boots, and he came home very excited that he had worn boots that had touched the surface of the moon. (I think that is pretty cool, too.)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I mentioned Katie in one of my other posts. But she deserves another mention. Katie is 19 years old and is working and teaching at an orphanage in Uganda. She herself has 12 children living with her in her house that she is taking care of. She has raised money to send 150 children to school. You have to read about her. I am blown away by Katie.
The boys and I had a great time camping with my parents. The trip made a big impact on Luke. He wanted to build a camper out of Legos. Then he wanted to build a campsite. So he built a picnic table, fire, tent, even gravity chairs. At Luke's campsite there is a hungry dog to feed, too. I thought Grannie and Camryn would enjoy seeing this.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
This has been the summer of ball games for us. Last week we were in McKinney visiting my family. On my Dad's birthday we went to a Collegiate game to see the McKinney Marshalls. It was the most fun I have ever had at a baseball game. The kids all had a blast too! At the end of the game the Marshalls let the kids come into the dugout and take home a game ball. Well all of the big cousins went and got a ball. Caleb was in the bathroom and missed it. When he came out he ran over to the dugout, but all of the balls were gone. He was pretty upset and I thought he was going to cry. I told him it was alright and we started to walk to the car. When we got to the parking lot my dad took Caleb with him and walked up to one of the players who was getting on the team bus. He asked them for a ball for Caleb, and they gave him one. Caleb was so happy, I think PawPaw was his hero that night.
This morning Luke asked me if he could have a pack of Sweet Tarts. I told him no candy before breakfast. A few minutes later I hear him in his room with the door locked. When he came out I asked him what he had been doing in there. He finally told me he had been eating the Sweet Tarts in there. Then tonight he did it again, I heard the door lock and when he came out he had eaten another pack of Sweet Tarts. Then he asked for a M&M cookie. I said no you have had enough sugar for tonight. Then he climbed on the stool and opened the pack of cookies and grabbed one. The above picture shows what sugar does to him.
I have a competition problem with Aaron. I want to beat him, but it just doesn't happen. When we were dating my parents had a pool table and a ping-pong table. I tried to beat Aaron at both and I was never succesful. Then one fateful night I had my game on. I was about to pull off the impossible and beat him at Ping Pong. I won the match, and let me tell you there was a lot of celebrating on my part. I could not believe I had beat him. Then Aaron said something that chilled me to the bone. He said, "Lori I was playing left-handed." I was so mad, that I could only beat him if he didn't play right-handed. Well flash forward some 13 years. We took the kids to Colorado Canyon for some games and Putt Putt. Up through the first nine I was tied with Aaron, and I thought just maybe I can beat him. I thought how sweet it would be. But then my game fell apart and he beat me by 10 strokes. Maybe one day I will beat him.