Saturday, April 25, 2009

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Oh, oh, oh!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!
(From Mary Poppins)
We had a super windy day today, perfect weather for the boys to try out their new Star Wars kites they got for Easter. Lukey had trouble getting his kite up in the air. Caleb's kite stayed high in the air the whole time. Lukey kept yelling out to Caleb, "Awesome kite flying, Caleb!" The boys had a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day flying kites.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Five for Friday

1. Flowers are blooming in our back yard. The wonders of spring.

2. Caleb was proud that he could right his name on the etch-a-sketch.

3. Lukey and Caleb love their Star Wars shirts that Aunt Amy sent them.

4. Caleb got a haircut by someone other than mom. Before picture is above. After is below.

5. Caleb presented his science project to his Physics class at Co-op. His project was on Potential and Kinetic Energy. He did an awesome job!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Surprising happenings at church today

1. I met a woman at church whose name is Cinnamon.

2. It was Biker Day. There were about 30 motorcycles parked right outside the door. After the service they had a blessing of the bikes.

3. The Pastor used The Matrix and The Dark Night as examples in his message.

4. During worship a biker led We Will Ride. I like that - a biker saying, "Yes Lord, we will ride with you."

5. The worship team sang Sweet Home Up in Heaven. It is to the tune of Sweet Home Alabama.

6. We enjoyed the electric guitar solo during worship.

7. We learned about Bikers for Christ.

8. After church Caleb told me his favorite song is Born to be Wild. This from the boy who at his brother's birthday party at Build-A-Bear made this bear. Should I be worried?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Red = Fire

Last week Caleb had his testing for his red belt for TaeKwonDo. Testing is a big deal. First they warm up together.
Then they are called by rank to do their form in front of a panel of judges (black belt instructors). Here is Caleb about to do his form. I asked him if he gets nervous in front of the judges and he said, "Of course not, why would I be nervous?"
Then they have to do sparring. Yes, they punch and kick. They wear gear and there is strict rules for sparring that are enforced so that the kids hopefully do not get hurt.
Then about a week later the kids find out if they passed their testing. Caleb passed and is now a red belt. Here Caleb had just received his new belt. Red belt is the last belt before black!!!

His next testing will be harder. He will have to do the red belt form (which is called the fire form), sparring, and break three boards (with his foot, elbow, and hand). I know Caleb can do it and he won't even be nervous.

From Us to You

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's birthday. She is a super lady. In honor of her birthday I am listing five of my favorite memories with her.

1. When I was 5 years old, Julie was in Girl Scouts and Mom was one of the leaders. I was too young to be a part of it. One afternoon all of the girls were coming over for a Girl Scout meeting or party or something. My Mom spent the afternoon getting everything ready for them. She made cupcakes for them. She told me, Lori you need to go up to your room while the Girl Scouts are here. I was kind of sad, but I went to my room. Before the meeting started I was in my room thinking of what I was missing. I heard a knock at my door, it was my Mom. She gave me a cupcake and said here this is for you. She also gave me a hug and I think a little pep talk on how my special time would come.

2. When I was 9 years old, our church had an outing to go to King's Dominion, an amusement park in Virginia. The day came and I was sick. Dad, Julie, Joe, and Tim left for the big day of fun. I stayed home. I remember lying on the couch, feeling very sad about the fun I was missing. I guess I started to feel better, but I remember my Mom saying since I had to miss out on the fun of the amusement park she had a special surprise for me. She took me to the animal shelter and let me pick out any kitten I wanted. I remember walking through the animal shelter and seeing so many little kittens. I saw a little orange tabby and knew it was the one I wanted. We went home with the little kitten and I named it Precious. She was my special cat. To my nine year old self, there was hardly anything better than a kitten.

3. For part of our lives when one of the kids had a birthday, they got to go out to eat by themselves with Mom and Dad. Anywhere we wanted to go. When I was turning 13, I asked to be taken to Red Lobster. At Red Lobster Mom and Dad told me I could order anything off the menu. I remember I ordered something with lobster. They brought my plate out with the lobster and the melted butter to dip it in. I remember eating it and thinking it was the most delicious food I had eaten. My parents also took me to the Optometrist to get contacts for my birthday. I was so tired of wearing glasses. With my contacts and my lobster I was living the good life. Thinking about it now I wonder how much did that meal cost compared to our family's weekly food bill.

4. When I was in high school, I was in the band. Any other parents out there with kids in band know the work the band parents are asked to do. My mom, busy with three other kids, a part time job, being a pastor's wife and all that entails, plus laundry, cooking, and cleaning, always volunteered to help with the band. My mom worked as a chaperon for numerous band competitions, she helped set up backdrops for marching band shows, she helped me sell and distribute a lot of pizzas for fundraising, and took me and picked me up from countless band practices. I am sure my Mom had better ways to spend her time than riding a school bus with 50+ sometimes obnoxious kids. But she never complained and always did it cheerfully.

5. When I was in my senior year of high school, I had a part time job at the cookie place in the mall. Some Saturdays and also summer days I would work a full shift 1 to 9. When I would work all day my Mom would come to the mall and bring me a plate of food from the family dinner I had missed. My co-workers would oh and ah over the food. They thought I had the best mother. They were right.

I could go on and on. Little notes in my lunch when I was in school. My wedding. My birthday. The birth of Caleb and Luke. Her support of my homeschooling. Her sharing of any and every book or item we might use for homeschooling. How she sends me coupons in the mail. I know I am missing a thousand or more ways that Mom has served me. Serving others is one of the things my mom excels at. She is a servant and has a servant's heart. Thank you Mom for teaching us kids how we should live by your actions. I only hope I can show my love for my family the same way you did for us.

I love you. Happy Birthday.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

This is what I found

Luke decided to dump out all his clothes from his drawers.

Six Years!

On May 1st we will have lived in our house for six years! The azaleas in the front yard were the main thing I noticed when we looked at the house for the first time. I remember thinking, how nice it would be to own a house with a pretty yard. We do love our yard and our house. Now nothing is perfect, but it is good for us.

Now that's a lemon!

One of the families at Co-op has a lemon tree in their yard. They gave out lemons. We were so excited to get one. Immediately we came home and made lemonade. It was so refreshing- I want a lemon tree!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Because Camryn wants to know


Yes we watched American Idol. My favorites of the night were:

1. Adam- I think that he can sing anything. The song and performance made us smile. He is my favorite.

2. Danny- I don't know why, he is just likable. Aaron and I think it would be great for Danny to finish in the top 5. He could make a Christian CD and would probably be very successful.

3. Scott- I have not really liked his voice, but last night his song was great. My theory is that Scott did so much better this week than last week because this week they told him he was wearing jeans and a cool leather jacket. Last week they told him by the way you are wearing pink pants.

Caleb's favorite was Adam with Anoop a close 2nd. (I have never heard Usher and didn't get Anoop's song.)

Some observations:
What was with the high hair on everyone? Adam and Scott both had big poofy hair. (The spellcheck just informed me that poofy is not a word. I never knew.) And Allison's spiky hair was more distracting than her clothes.

Who will leave tonight? It has to be Megan.

Caleb voted extensively (like for 30 minutes, until we made him go to bed) for Anoop, Adam, Danny, Scott, Kris, and Matt. None of the girls received his vote. Sorry girls.