Friday, April 18, 2008

Boys and Bikes

Headline news for April 18, 2008: Alex and Trey are training wheel-less! I came home today around lunchtime only to discover that Big Sister Saunnie helped the little brothers learn to ride their bikes. Alex is pretty incredible...he can even stand and ride, and boy is he proud! Trey still needs a little help getting started, and turning those handlebars is tough ("my bike's wusty, so it's weawy hawd, Miss Wauwa", nodding his head emphatically for extra effect), but he only had one slight run-in with a truck--so all in all, it was a successful undertaking. Garrison impressed us all by popping wheelies up and down the street (Saunnie said he was completely airborne at one point!).
I have amazing brothers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wisdom...and whizzing

Well, I am currently fighting a nasty cough/cold...praying it away so I feel good to go to the homeschool convention!

I am so thankful for this warmer weather. I am pretty sure this house has reached maximum capacity of "boy inside" for the winter! C'mon spring and spring forth in full!

There have been lots of funnies lately, but it's so hard to remember them now as I am sitting here with time to type! I need to get a little notebook for my pocket I guess! Lots of one-liners have brought me laughs lately, but here is a short one for ya!

We were with my mom this weekend and Alex said, "If you could ask for one thing, Didi, what would it be?" Garrison piped in with his two cents and said, "Well, I would ask for wisdom like Solomon did." (MY son!) Alex (one of Tom's twins) responded, "Well, since Garrison is the wisdom of our family, I would go ahead and ask for something else!" Through my giggles, I said, "Alex, it isn't that you don't HAVE the just don't choose to use it as much!" He said, "Yep!"

Whatta ya do with that?

It was quite funny to all of us! I had no idea this is how Alex saw our family, but it sure explains A LOT!
On another note, I thought I would share some photos of little Miley puppy who has gotten very big...okay well, big for a Yorkie! This is her lying on my pillow with her turtleneck sweater on. She got her hair cut and Saunnie said she looked really strange with her long neck so we tucked her into her sweater! Tormenting EJ and peeing on the carpet leaves her worn out as you can see here! The one beside it is from when she was a baby.

You know that whole thing about dogs not peeing in their crate or where they eat or sleep? Yeah...well this one does. She even squatted over her water bowl once and went. I'd like to think she is that much of a princess that she wants a toilet, but I think she is just really that oblivious. Any training suggestions are welcome. We've tried all we know and all we've found...the crating, the puppy pads, food/water at specific times. She's gotten some better, but still we find spots. My only other thought is to put her on a leash and take her out to the same spot every 15 minutes or so for a few days!

This is our second Yorkie and they have both been a pain to train! I don't think I would get another one.

This is Miley's wind-blown look! She was trying to snuggle by the neighbor boy to get warm. You can see what a tall Yorkie she is.

Here she is with of her favorite people!

(You won't find any pictures of her with Saunnie because Saunnie doesn't like her much! She even locked her in the pantry one time!)

And one more...some close-ups of our little darling...

By the way, I am adding Laura and Saunnie to this blog as authors with me. They have much better memories and a different perspective of life in our house! I'm sure you'll enjoy!

Monday, April 7, 2008

More pics!

Alex and Josiah racing down the slide!

Joleen buying her train ticket!

Julianna and Garrison selling train tickets!

Curious Alex meets Curious George!

Trey on top of the world!

Hee hee hee heee....are you thinking what I'm thinking??? Wouldn't it be nice if these were legal at home??? ha ha ha

Pile up in the giant snake!


The Zoo!

Tom's sister, Julie, brought her four kiddos up for some Spring Break fun. We are postponing our break until the first week of May when we will take our history vacation!!! We are going to West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. We have just studied the Civil War era for school so we plan to to see some fun stuff! But we had a great time rearraning some school work to enjoy the zoo and Children's Museum with cousins...Julianna, Josiah, Joleen, and Joshua. Here are the pics of each set of cousins born about 28 days apart. No! Julie and I did not plan that, but we sure have enjoyed it! I adore all of my nieces and nephews and treasure time I get to be with them. Even though we are closer now, I still don't see them as often as I'd like! This picture of Joshy cracked me up. I didn't have a fourth one with Julie and while I was taking pics of each set of them, Josh made this pitiful face like he was looking all sad he didn't have a buddy! (It's okay...sister Erin had Zephaniah a month after Josh was born!)

So Much Happening!

We've had lots going on since Tom returned from Miami. It was actually Alex's 7th birthday that day! We had a fun dinner at the Red Robin! We were sooooo happy when they opened one here. It was one of our fav restaurants in Washington! We celebrated with family at home too, but will probably have Alex and Garrison a party together sometime after our vacation at the beginning of May. Here's a couple of pics...