Thursday, September 3, 2009


Yesterday turned out to be such a blessing and I even had fun cleaning house. Amazing how God works in our hearts! Thank you for your sweet comments!

MC and my sweet friend Jennie! She came to visit a few weeks ago.

What a summer! I cleared off the bulletin board for the next round of art work. Three weeks into the school year and I dare say it's nearly covered once more.

MW got some dirt in her eye and insisted she needed a band-aid. (she was really okay) T rigged this up for her.

Little Man insisted he needed one too...until he got one...and hated it.

Before I really get going, are you aware of the March on DC? It's part of the Tea Party Movement. It's not a Republican vs Democrat march. It's a march, a movement, about defending the Constitution. Here's a brief bit from their website:

We’ve had enough of the out of control spending, the bailouts, the growth of big government and the soaring deficits. And we reject the future tax increases to pay for all of this spending and debt down the road. We are gathering on 9-12-2009 to deliver our message in person that we’ve had enough!

Please check it out.

Also, please watch/listen to this song. It ROCKS. We've been listening to it a lot itunes. MW is learning the words to it and gets absolutely pumped up when she hears it. And of course, the little man thinks anything MW does is awesome! He's rockin' out to it as well.

Today I have been humbled. Twice.

First, it was 8:30am. We live 5 minutes from school. MW is supposed to be there between 8:35-8:45. We head out to the car. My arms are loaded down with diaper bags, lunches (T3 has MDO today and MW is walking over! Hooray!), the baby, my purse, you get the idea. I unlock the car and realize the kids toys are still scattered over the driveway from yesterday afternoon...

Wait, I have to tell you about yesterday afternoon.

I let the kids play outside. It had been raining. I let them dig in the dirt and play in the mud...which turned into a literal mud slinging contest. Then I let them turn on the hose. You have never seen two muddier children. While they slung mud, I made dinner.

At one point I looked out the window and T3 had dumped his lemonade into the dog food bowl and was on all fours "drinking" it. I stuck my head out and said, "No drinking out of the dog's bowl!" At which point MW picked up the dog bowl and spit a mouthful of lemonade into it. Evidently she'd already partaken.

This isn't from yesterday...I didn't take any pics. Oops. But note the kids new fav. thing to do! (see the bungee cord...T drilled a hole in the back bumper of the jeep. They like to pull each other around in the "wheel chair" aka tonka truck.)

Which is also a dump truck...

Back to this morning...

So the toys are all over the driveway. I tell the children to help me put them away. Of course, little man begins playing. MW got things put away. I told them to get into the car. Now it's about 8:33. Both children completely ignored me. T3 wanders around the driveway arguing that he just "want to play" while MW argues with me about the location of a bucket that "needs to be moved." Finally, I raised my voice (oh, yes) and said, "SILENCE!" And they were quiet.

I put them in the car and got everyone buckled. At that point it was about 8:37. All I had to do was get the dogs in the house and I'd be good to go. I called to them. Scout obeyed immediately. Warrior totally ignored me. I marched over to him (on the opposite side of the driveway) and got his collar and began walking him towards the kitchen. He starts howling like I'm hurting him and tries to snap at me (not a bite, but a "leave me alone" snap). I reprimanded him and picked him up to carry him in. By then, I was drenched with sweat and I'd raised my voice at the kids and talked to the dog as if he was human, explaining to him that he "would learn to obey the first time." I got in the car and as I pulled out of my driveway I saw my neighbor standing at our fence watching. Taking it all in. He had a big smile on his face. A knowing smile. I have no doubt he watched and heard our entire interaction.

THEN I drop MW off (we were almost late) and drop a note off with the school secretary. She looks at me with a grin and said, "Do you know what your daughter said?"

I'm racking my brain, a little worried to find out.


"She came into school a few days ago and the first thing she said to her teachers was, 'My daddy's been havin' diarrhea.' "



  1. oh me, oh my. T3 is awfully masculine driving that barbie jeep. :) loving the pretty pictures. but something's missing...oh, wait. it's the face behind the lens. YOUR pretty face. love you

  2. I am dying laughing... this post and the one before are my 2 favs!! Keep it real sister! See you tonight! :)

  3. I need a copy of that pic! Cute post - can't wait to see you guys!

  4. I'm so jealous! You are the BEST photographer ever!! I need tips!

  5. I love the picture of MC and Jennie! Cute! Thanks for your sweet note. I do wish we lived closer. If y'all are ever this way, please let me know. Or maybe we'll be at home the same weekend sometime.

    Tell T Go Dawgs...I like his visor. Football season is here!

  6. You crack me up! Just ask my mom about the time she had all 3 of us int he car ready to go to the mall and had to run back in the house for something, came bake out and I was no where to been seen. She found me int he sand box covered in sand, head to toe. She made me go to the mall like that.

  7. Thank you for this. Just like Darby said, I am dying laughing! J was wondering why I was laughing so hard all of the sudden. Miss you and those cute kiddos-can't believe how big MW is getting.

  8. Laughed out loud!!! Will does that kind of stuff all the time. He tells people how they had to pull him out with salad tongs (from me) and tells about the time Daddy shot the mouse in the Graceville house.
    I know the pains of trying to get to school on time. It can certainly become the yelling time. I have to be in constant prayer about it. I will remember you as I pray for myself.
    Thanks for the laugh!!
    Love, Misty

  9. That was hilarious! I can see myself just that way in a few years.

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  11. Oh, J! I was nodding my head through the entire post (I can actually picture that neighbor smiling knowingly!), and that last bit about MW made my day. I just HAD to share this post with my mom. Her and I burst into giggles when we came to the end. :) Thanks for making us smile. Your pics are awesome btw! Love ya!

  12. Great post! We all can relate having little ones! You are so cute!

  13. andi said,

    Had so much fun seeing you last night. I hope that you are doing well today! Can't wait for Saturday.
    Bring on the DIRT!