Solon's Eye Update...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
We had Solon's annual eye exam for his amblyopia.  You may or may not have noticed his right eyelid droops lower than his left.  It has been this way since first time parents, we didn't find it odd at all and the doctors didn't mention his condition until he was about 6 months old.  It is hereditary but neither Scott or I have had this condition so we must have both been carriers of the gene...
Thus far, at each vist, we have had no reason for concern as his vision was perfect.  Unfortunately today when we went in, the doctor found that his left impaired eye is weakening and Solon is using his right eye for most of his vision.  Of course our hearts dropped as we were hoping that he would outgrow the condition.  In order to strengthen the weak eye, Solon will be wearing an eye patch on his good eye for 2 hours a day in the morning, this enables the weak eye to do all the work.  Solon is not excited about the patch, despite my attempt to get the really cool, fancy eye patches.  (Especially since he is scared of band-aids for some reason)  I am hoping to have him wear the patch primarily right away in the morning so he doesn't have to wear it in public all the time but I know there will be times he has to.  We go back in 6 months for a follow-up and we will be praying that his vision is equal again in both eyes and there is no need for surgery nor continued eye patching.  We do know at some point he will need cosmetic surgery to fix the muscle (tighten it up) but we are hoping if his vision improves, we will not have to do that until his teenage years.  At that point, they can do it without putting him under anesthesia. 

I know this is minor in the scheme of childhood illnesses but it gives you such empathy for parents going through things with their kiddos.  As a parent you want to protect your children, keep them safe and help them to be healthy.  Thankfully, we know he is in the greatest physician's hands and we know God loves him more than we do and He will take care of Solon and his precious eye.  Until then, we will follow doctor's orders and PRAY Solon will wear the patch.  The other route is medicine that blurs his good eye and I REALLY don't want to have to go that route.   Thanks for your prayers.  We have a very, happy, healthy little boy and we love him so much!

Babbling Vera...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
It has been a while since I upload a video but Little Miss is just so active these days...a picture wouldn't do her justice.  Hope you enjoy her babbling, she has some very important things to say these days!  I just wish I knew what she was telling me....soon enough, soon enough!  She is a happy baby girl though!

A party in the tub...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

We have a party in the tub now that Miss Vera can sit in it all by herself...such a big girl.  Both kiddos enjoy bathing together, splashing, and giggling!  Solon even shares his toys with his little sis...

Vera is 8 Months Old...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Our Baby girl is 8 months old...yes you read that correctly, 2/3 of a year old...AH...if she was not so much fun and at such an interactive stage, I would be sad at how fast she is growing up.  She is still my baby and will be forever but she is starting to look more and more like the little girl God has made her to be.  She continues to be a delight to our soul and we love to kiss her, snuggle her, laugh with her, and I especially enjoy rocking her to sleep at night and hanging out just a little longer than necessary just to hold her close!  But let's see what Little Miss V is up to in Month 8...

  •  She is scooching everywhere, I would not call it a crawl but she can get just arout anywhere she wants to go!
  • She is now starting to feed herself puffs, crackers, and cheerios and her hand-eye coordination has vastly improved, as she can now get the puffs in her mouth quite well.
  • Mommy got sick a couple weeks ago and my milk supply decreased and so we are back to getting up in the night (despite my milk supply being back to normal)...sleep training is in order AGAIN!
  • Vera takes a catnap in the morning for about 30-45 minutes (normally in her carseat) and then an afternoon nap from 1pm-3:30pm.  She goes to bed between 7:30-7:45pm and wakes up for the day around 6:45-7am with a nighttime feeding at about 2:30am and 5:30 am (AH!).
  • Vera eats 3 meals a day - generally a fruit and cereal for breakfast, fruit and veggie for lunch and veggie or yogurt for dinner. (she likes the yobaby brand yogurt).
  • She recently figured out how to go from laying down to sitting up (I found her the 1st time in her bed sitting up) and she has showed us several times how she does it.
  • She is very sturdy sitting up now
  • She likes to stand up and can hold on to furniture pretty well by herself
  • recently started disliking being confined in anything including her jumparoo, prefers to be on the floor
  • can be occupied with toys for short periods but doesn't like to be left alone too long
  • Goes through about 4 diapers a day, wears size 3 diapers
  • Wears mostly 6-12 month clothes or 9 month clothes
  • has more shoes, hair bows and dresses than I do in her closet :)!
  • Loves her brother, laughing at all of his antics...
  • Is very talkative, babbling all the times...
  • Loves to be sung to and it will soothe her when she is tired (she especially loves the song Wheels on the Bus)
  • Fascinated by bubbles
  • Likes to swing on the new swingset and ride in the little red car
  • Loves to be outside, most content outside sitting in the grass
  • Still working on using a sippy cup...not much luck yet
  • Still REFUSES to take a bottle or formula (so mommy it is)
  • Loves her orange veggies and most fruits but grimaces when we do peas or green beans
  • Is getting up on all 4's

We are amazed at how sweet, lovable, content and happy our sweet little girl is.  We love her more than words can express and love watching her little personality unfold before our eyes.  She is a ray of sunshine and we thank God for her every day.  We love you Miss V....we can't wait to see what you are up to next...I have a feeling you will be moving shortly :)!

Being a BIG brother...

Friday, May 18, 2012
Being a big brother is not for the faint of have to share your toys, sing to a crying baby, share mommy's lap, keep your toys out of the reach of little hands, occasionally tackle, make funny faces, read books, kiss her goodnight, go in and say good morning, play in the bathtub together, pass down your old toys, kiss and hug her and tell her you love name a few...luckily Solon gets an A+. He was born to be the best big brother and I know the cat fights are coming but in this moment I am going to bask in the love these 2 have for one another...because as much as he loves her, she loves him and there is just something special watching the relationship between siblings blossom...
Solon got this little red car when he was V's age and now he likes to drive her around...and pop a wheelie or two (don't worry we were RIGHT there)...and she LOVED it of course...she would bob up and down to signal more!

...and then of course Daddy would take Solon on a super duper crazy ride to complete the night!

Mops Fashion Show Review...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Remember I told you, I recently gave a little Fashion 101 talk to my local mops chapter - what fun we had...four brave mamas volunteered for me to come over and rummage through their closet and pick out some pieces. Then after my little talk, we divided the other moms up to help them put together 3 outfits.  A day-day outfit, a date night outfit, and a church outfit.  Then, we all brought an accessory to exchange and had fun picking out new things for free...who doesn't love that!  I didn't know there were so many scarf-phobic people in the world...I think we convinced them there is nothing like a good scarf especially when you can find them for nothing at Wal-Mart and Target!  We sure did have fun!
Our brave models - they did awesome!

Our Accessory Exchange table - one mans trash is another's treasure (see those green beaded bracelets, they were my treasure!)
Some serious thought went into planning the attire....

Mom style...nothin' to be ashamed of...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Some people scrapbook, craft, garden, collect things, antique, and the list goes on and hobby lately has been upcycling my current wardrobe in an effort to make mom style cool again...bring the cool back to mom jeans, if you know what I mean!  However, when it comes to a budget for fashion, let's just say it is about slim to none, when I have extra money, it goes to my kids (who can't turn down a fluffy little tutu in lemon?). 

But I love to get dressed in the morning, to me it is the same as making my bed.  I make my bed every morning (Scott asks me why since it just gets unmaid every night) and my answer is always the same, it helps me feel ready for the day - separate day from you know what I mean?  When I get dressed in a cute outfit, I feel put together, ready to conquer the world (or atleast the 2 little ones I have at home), and am confident for the day ahead! 

I used to be scared of the word fashion, there were so many people more fashionable than me...BUT the older I get, the less I care about the world around me.  I have to find what makes God and me happy!  Now fashion to me is not where I find beauty, there is a great scripture, I recently memorized that speaks to that clearly...

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles or the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes, instead it should come from your inner self.  The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that is of great worth to the Lord.  1 Peter 3:3-4

Beauty comes from the inside and radiates out, fashion and what we wear on the outside should only enhance, magnify or illuminate what lies underneath...

So why care about fashion...

When I had Vera and I looked into her beautiful eyes, I knew I wanted to teach her, show her, and help her to see the beautiful young woman God uniquely made her to be.  I also know that mothers play an influential role in how their daughter's perceive themselves.  In a nutshell, Vera is watching me and my actions I take toward my body, If I treat it as the Holy Spirit's dwelling place and love it, nourish it and care for it as a piece of God's mighty art work, she will see my actions and hopefully follow suit.  We know actions speak louder than words.

So with that being said, I recently sat down with my local MOPS chapter to discuss the tips, trends and talking points of budget-friendly fashion for mamas!  I thought I would share with you too...

Summer 2012 Trends

  • Pastels (specifically mint green)
  • color blocking
  • nautical (including boat shoes)
  • Colors that are hot: orange/tangerine, blue, red
  • floral prints
  • anorak and trench jackets,
  • dresses
  • scarves
  • gladiator sandals
  •  ballet flats (try orange or red)
  • cardigans (especially colors like strawberry, deep lavender, bright blue, peach, yellow)
  • lace (try as a cami – layer with a cardigan – try on a shoe)
  • clutch handbags
  • pops of neon (especially orange) – try in a shoe or accessory such as a bracelet
  •  shorts (the more tailored mom friendly higher wasted kind are in style – wahoo!)
  • black and white outfits
  • metallic (like shoes and accessories – out of the box thinking but it is OK to mix gold and silver)

Closet Staples
  • Little black dress
  • Classic trench coat
  • Good fitting pair of jeans
  • Layering tank tops (start with black and white)
  • Crewneck sweater in bright color
  • Cardigan
  • Black pants
  • Blazer (roll sleeves or slouch for a more casual look) - on my list still....
  • Short sleeve tees (start with black and white and add color for dimension)
  • Scarves
  • Classic purse in tan, black, brown or punch of color
  • Ballet flats (try animal print, neon, metallic, red, or orange – they act as a neutral and can go with anything ;)
  • Metallic sandal (metallic is a neutral)

Some Additional Statement Pieces (don't splurge here - more trendy)
  • Silk bloused shirt in a floral or stripe
  • Maxi dress or skirt (in a stripe or print)
  • Belt (to belt over a cardigan or your dress)
  • Sparkly top (for a night on the town – place under cardigan or blazer and pair with pants and heels)
  • Patterned shirt (cardigan, sweater, shirt)

My Top 10 Tips:
  1. Check your motives with God 1st, fashion should not be where we gain our self-worth or find our beauty!  1 Peter 3:3-4
  2. It is not about how much money you spend…you CAN be fashionable on a budget!
  3. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit, so it is our job to take care of it
  4. Be true to who you are, look at what’s in but know your style and how you can incorporate into your wardrobe - you don't need to buy the whole outfit off the manequin, chance are you have what you need to make the super cute outfit at home with just 1 of the items!
  5. Love what you buy, don’t impulse buy…if you need to, take it home and look in your closet, to see if it really work and don't feel bad about taking things back, I am horrible about on the spot shopping, I need some time to digest and think about outfits!
  6. Consult trusted friends/family - my mom, sister, and sister-in-law get texts from dressing rooms asking if this pair of pants or shirt looks okay - even better they shop with me and get me out of my comfort zone...if you don't know ask a friend or if you see a style on someone you don't know, compliment them and ask them where they got it!  It will make them feel good and you learn - win-win in my book!
  7. Rule of thumb is to think of 6-7 things to make up an outfit
  8. Look for coupons, deals and steals…I NEVER pay full price, it will go on sale sooner than later (sign up for store emails so you can keep an eye out)!  Shop from the back to the front of the store - their best deals are in the back OF COURSE! 
  9. Don’t just shop willy-nilly, know what you need, what you are looking for and stick to that!  I have a list of things I want and need - I shop from that, otherwise I end up with a lot of really cute tank tops and nothing to go with them ;)
  10. Jean/pant shopping – go out by yourself and take EVERY pair of pants into the dressing room, I just took 30 pairs in one day I swear but I came out with one pair I really loved so it was worth the time!Get over the number on the label – it is very subjective and you are the only one that knows the size you are!  Remember you are BEAUTIFUL IN GOD'S EYES!!!!

My favorite places to shop for good deals:

ü  TJ Maxx/Marshall’s – you have to dig and you might not find something every time

ü  Target – look online for coupons for clothing

ü  Old Navy – great clearance section, good prices for trendy items

ü  Forever 21 – have great trendy and cheap jewelry, etc (you don't have to be 21 or under to find cute accessories there!)

Remember to take a risk, we are our own worst critic, no one in their right mind is going to come up and say "You look awful today!"  Chances are they will say, I really like your outfit!  Come on mamas, let's take the fashion world jeans are cool and it is okay to look cute in the midst of spit-up, toys and fun...dress-up is not just for the little ones, sneak into your closet at nap time and whip up a cute little outfit - trust me there will be a little pop in your step when you do!

Vera's Dedication Brunch: The Nitty Gritty...

Monday, May 14, 2012
You know me, I love to plan a when Vera's dedication came up...I swung into action quickly.  We decided on a feminine pink brunch!

Our menu consisted of...doughnuts (per a little 2 year olds request from a local bakery - yum - so I obliged ;), a cinnamon bundt bread (made by Scott's mom), quiche cups (pinterest recipe), shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, veggie tray, fruit tray, coffee, pink lemonade (of course), iced tea, coffee, and cake!
The brunch round was complete only after my grandfather insisted we pass everything again :)! 
One of Scott's co-workers makes cakes and they are super cute but taste even better.  We ordered the almond cake and it melted in your mouth - Ah-MA-zing!  There were not too many leftovers which was a bummer for me!

We, of course, opened presents while the guest of honor slept the day away!  She is one special little lady and we were glad we could celebrate her in this very special way!

Vera's Dedication to the Lord...

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
Matthew 19:14-15

We had the honor of dedicating our beautiful blessing Vera Ann to the Lord on May 6th, 2012 with Pastor Larry Yeoman (he did our premarital counseling, so fun that he can join in our journey).  We were surrounded with family and friends as we asked God to help guide us as parents to shephard our young daughter's heart so that she would grow into a loving, compassionate, kind-hearted, God-fearing women He designed her to be.  She is a sweet, precious gift for sure!

As parents we were charged to come with scripture to share with the congregation.  Scott and I chose these too - as we have both committed them to memory as we walk daily in the role of parent.

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 
Ephesians 6:4

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them upon your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home, when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Deut. 6:5-7

After the beautiful service, we treated our guests to a yummy brunch and fellowship...thanks to all of those who remembered our family in prayers and thoughts on this special day.  We are thankful to have such wonderful people God has placed in our lives to help us as we raise our children for the Lord.  They are above all His!

Our prayer for you Vera Ann is to Love the Lord with all your heart, learn to obey and follow Him, treat others the way Christ taught us to, and follow your dreams and the journey God has ordained for you.  He goes before you and prepares the way and we will hold your hand and pray for you all along...we love you more than words can express and that is just a shadow of how much more God loves you sweet girl!

My Top 10 Organizational Tips...

Friday, May 11, 2012
Okay so I am kind of a type-A personality and recovering perfectionist but I do believe in order in the makes for a happy mom and when mama is happy everyone is happy!  So I thought I would share...I heard at a recent MOPS meeting that 80% of your life should be organized and the other 20% you can let here you go, this is how our house rolls...
#1 I have recently started meal planning for lunches and dinners for 2 weeks at a time, that is right I only go to the grocery store once every 2 weeks (now I generally go to Target on the opposite week because I have a LOVE for all things Target)...My thought on going once every 2 weeks is one less time we have to go with 2 little kids and I have saved about $35 each time off my bi-weekly budget of $200...I have less opportunity to impulse buy (yep I am the reason people put the fun items on the end caps) because I type up my meal plan and then have a corresponding table of grocery items I cross off as we go...I also take my own bags because it takes me less trips to get it all in the house!
Now my meal plan is not perfect, it is a living, breathing document - life happens after all - so this is a used meal plan, see things got shifted around throughout the 2 weeks...I also write on all my meat what the meal is so I don't accidently use it for something else! (learned this the hard way)...if you try this remember it takes time, you might have to run out to get a lemon and that is okay (that is where going to Target comes in handy :)
#2 Corresponding grocery list divided into categories in order of how the store is layed out and how I shop in is the little things that make the most difference I tell you!  I was forever forgetting things when it was just one large list where milk was listed next to frozen sausage, they are on opposite sides of the store!
#3 My calendar - yep we are old school around here - but I write down all of our appointments for all of us on this and it is write by the door so I can check it as I pass in and out!  I also attach all upcoming invitations, schedules, notes, etc.
#4 I have a cleaning schedule.  I looked at my week and what we have going on each day and then planned what I would clean on each day (because otherwise I was cleaning some things ALL the time and some things NEVER).  It depends when exactly it is accomplished during the day, Solon loves to help vacuum so sometimes I do it during nap and sometimes I do it while the kids are awake - just depends on the day! I also do spot cleaning each day with Solon and clean up the toys before nap and bedtime with a little ditty titled "Time to Clean Up"!  Now if I don't get to a day in the week because we are doing something else, I don't freak out because I know I will come back to it the next week or I will play catch-up the next day.  I recently had guests and I didn't feel like I had to clean for hours on end for their arrival...which was nice!  Doesn't mean my house is "clean" all the time by any means - I go by the rule "Cleaning a house with young children is like shoveling while it is still snowing!"  I have learned to embrace the toys ;)!
#5 Mail Center - okay so this looks like "organized chaos" organized being that it is in a basket BUT it works for us - remember it has to work for you.  I place all mail Scott needs to deal with in here and he checks it throughout the week, takes care of what needs to be paid and the rest waits there until he files it away in his filing cabinet o'fun in the basement backroom.  I also clip all pertinent non-food related coupons to the side (aka haircut and clothes coupons).  I keep all restaurant coupons in the SUV.  I keep stamps, address book, and notecards in a basket above the fridge...
#6 Shoe and Coat Center...okay so I believe moms shouldn't do EVERYTHING around here...even the littlest ones can be trained to help out.  Solon has his own shoe bin, he knows when we get home to take his shoes off and put them in his bin.  (most days he is very successful maybe more than anyone else - wink, wink!).  We don't have a mudroom (note I want one in the next house!) so we turned our basement stairs into one since it just happens to be next to the back door.  A shoe cubby and hooks work great!  We rotate out seasonally the coats so they don't attack you as your go downstairs.  I also store my diaper bag and spare purse there as well and a basket of hats, etc.

#7 Usable kid storage - goodness sakes there are a lot of toys in the world and we own about half of them I we found this table with baskets to store them away.  We have a basket for tractors, baby toys, balls, and misc.  We also turned our front coat closet into a toy closet by adding some additinal shelving and storage containers.  Our rule of thumb is a few toys out, play and then put them away before getting something else out.  We also rotate toys upstairs and downstairs... you would be surprised how much more fun toys can be in a new location - who would have thunk?  I also love that all BIG toys are in the basement (aka the train table and plastic little tykes house) and everything upstairs can be concealed away so I have an adult space from 1-3:30PM and after 8PM!  A clean floor does wonders for my relaxation!

#8 Everything must have a home or it better find a new and different home!  We have a great home but we use every square inch and I don't deal well with clutter or piles so it has to have a permanent home somewhere otherwise we say good-bye...

#9 Regular spring cleaning - if we didn't wear it last season or I can't remember folding it in the laundry recently, we either donate, place in a garage sale pile or trash...even for the kids there are things that didn't work right or didn't wear, chances are the next kiddo won't wear it either...

#10 Do things you can on the spot...put the laundry in the hamper, put your dishes in the dishwasher rather than on the counter, wash dishes while cooking dinner, clean immediately after the meal...if you don't want to do it now, chances are you still won't want to do it later...just do it now! 

**I also blog once a week on all last week's happenings and schedule it to upload every day or every other day at can find that function on the left side under post settings and click on schedule!  Love that feature...just so happens this post was typed a couple of days ago!
My home is not perfect, pile free, or spotless but I am a happier mama and our days are smoother with these tips in place - take what you can, toss if you can't...

Just call me...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Yep that is my new name according to Solon...I guess he just can't decide if I am mommy or daddy so he just decided to call me "Dommy!"  and now he thinks it is funny so it is sticking...note to self, do not draw attention to things ;)  So just call me Dommy aka Erin or mommy!

Nature's Carpet...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Vera prefers it to the blanket I layed her on...I would place her on the blanket, turn my back and she would be back in the grass...she was very intrigued so much so that she placed a nugget of dirt in her mouth (don't worry I promptly extracted it which made her VERY mad)...she one uped her brother, he has never tasted dirt...

Do you ever just think wow!...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Do you ever just look at the world around you, stop and ponder all of God's goodness and see God as the artist of all artists...there is just something about dandelions that have gone to seed that I find absolutely beautiful (in someone else's yard of course!) and even more beautiful teaching my son how to blow on them and watching the little seeds float away in the breeze...much like the dandelion, we are to be the very same way spreading God's message like seeds in the never know which seed will take root!

A special bed...

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Solon gets SO excited when this bed gets wheeled out of the basement backroom in its little suitcase, plugged in, turned on, air flowing into it and linens laid on top making it into a bed...this bed means Nana and Papa or Grandma and Grandpa are coming for a visit and Solon just LOVES that!  He also loves to make sure it feels just right by jumping on it, laying in the pillows and leaving his lion flashlight for them just in case they need to look for the moon in the night (he believes you need a flashlight to find it :).  Luckily for him, this bed is seeing lots of use lately!

Just a little project called the swing set...

Saturday, May 5, 2012
About a month ago, we pulled the trigger, forked over some cold hard cash (rather a credit card) and purchased this swing set for our kiddos.  We ended up going with a Rainbow brand box kit.  Although, many of their sets (which they showed us first) start at $5000, we told them we were more in the market of a kit we could build ourselves and then they escorted us to the 2nd backroom showroom with the "cheap" stuff and alas we found our good ole "ford" model!  What sold us on this kit was EVERYTHING was included, no nickel and diming for every swing, bolt and accessory - it was one set price for everything which can NOT be said for the vast majority of swing sets out there.  Many places such as Menards will quote you a price but then you factor in buying wood, the slide, swings, etc. and the total adds up QUICKLY.  Plus, this came pre-stained, wood pre-cut with rounded edges and pre-drilled...made assembly MUCH easier for Scott and his dad!
Also, the 2 women (Nana and myself) participated by suggesting insisting that we take time the night before (after the kiddos went to bed) to sort the large bags of hardware and and 2 large boxes of wood labeled H102 and 331, etc...which the boys later told us was the greatest thing that we had ever done for them (well maybe that is an exageration but they were very appreciative).
We, of course, chose the last weekend in April thinking it would be beautiful just like all spring but as you can see by their attire and head gear, it was the chilliest it has been since January!  But they worked hard and got the structure assembled from about 9AM - 6PM on Saturday!  Good job!

We have been enjoying it ever since and note we are back to wearing shorts!  There are just a few details left to batton down but the kiddos are enjoying swinging together, going down the slide, up the rock wall, and hanging in the "clubhouse"!

Solon likes having a "park" in his backyard...and so do we!

What's ice cream truck?...

Friday, May 4, 2012
Well, Papa and Nana had never had an opportunity to buy ice cream from an ice cream truck...we were happy to share the experience with them, especially Solon!  In good ice cream truck fashion, it drives slowly down the street playing circus-y music...Solon prefers the old fashioned good humor bar (vanilla ice cream with chocolate shell).  Solon can hear that truck a mile away, luckily we have a little stash of money because this is 1 thing I have a hard time saying no to!

A Soccer Practice...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

One of the dads we know is "coaching" soccer to a group of little boys from my moms group on Tuesday nights at a local park.  The boys go through a few soccer drills (before they drop like flies to go play at the park nearby).  Solon especially liked running between the cones - he is a really good runner, probably because he practices multiple times a day inside and out!  Scott and I laughed because on the way to practice, 1 little boy was kicking his ball BUT Solon was dribbling his soccer ball like a basketball - guess we have to diversify the sports we teach around here!  One of the drills was to kick the ball into the goal which Solon did and then proceeded to do shake his tush in a victory dance...that a boy!

A few more Solon-isms...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The excavators were not working in the field the other day and he said "mommy, they are at home sleeping in their bed."

Last night I was swinging Solon around really fast and layed him in the grass to which he said, "The grass is circling"

"Mommy I want Jesus in my belly" as we riding in the car today and he was reading his pocket bible.


"Mommy my belly is empty"

Happy May Day...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Happy May Day!  I love the old way, the cliche, kids playing with their neighbors, talking over fences, playing til the sun goes down, kids running between yards, riding bikes, and doing things kids have been doing for decades...That is why I love May Day!  Something I did as a child that has not gone out of date with iPads, cell phones, and netflix - just good old fashion fun with ding dong ditching and leaving a little cup (or bag if you are like me and forget) filled with popcorn and candy!  Solon, of course, had an ok difficult time parting with the candy!  We filled our bags with homemade popcorn (you know the seeds put in a paper bag kind and pop in the microwave - works great), dum-dum lollipops and tootsie rolls!  Solon "wrote" his name on each one and off he and daddy went to "quickly" deliver the loot!  He is quite the runner and escaped a couple of times without being caught but his buddy Caleb was ready for him and caught him about the time they both reached the cornfield...what fun!
preparing the bags...while chewing on some candy (1 for me, 1 for you mantality ;)

...ditch (note the little boy already at the door but he didn't know to chase Solon!)

Happy May Day - May you find a little happy today!

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