Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Andy is enjoying Matt's empty room because our room is full of his things! I am going to have to find a different holding place. Our room literally has towers of Lego's and other things - there is hardly enough room to move! Please continue to pray for Matt and us as we continue to raise a Godly young man.
Monday, September 24, 2007
As a result of his behavior, however, we removed all his things from his bedroom. Andy and I have been discussing ways that we can really impact Matt's heart as we have been continuing to see a decline in his attitude. He's ten and we believe the temper tantrums and angry outbursts need to be under control. Matt values his belongings. We are hoping that by earning his belongings back he will also be learning new behavior patterns and, more importantly, new heart attitudes. Please pray for us as we walk through these murky waters! God has given us a precious gift in our son, he is incredibly smart, and thinks circles around us at times. Pray, that with God's help, we can reach his heart and mind. An encouraging note is that he handled the removal pretty well. He got a little teary eyed, but didn't throw himself into a tizzy. That's hopeful!
Kids Club starts up tomorrow night and I won't be attending. I'm a little disappointed, but Andy and I have also decided that Matt needs to stay home from all extra activities until we start seeing real changes. It will be hard, but hopefully, this will help grow the compassionate, loving young man we know is in him. Pray for Andy as he begins his evening activities again, for safety, energy, and the ability to balance life.
Friday, September 21, 2007
After the lighthouse we stopped at some shops up in that area. My mom LOVED these shops! The kids loved them because the shop people were smart and put in a playground! Daniel thought the slide and swings were great. At one of the shops Sarah and I purchased matching necklaces. She was so excited! We also bought matching t-shirts that she would like us to wear to Kids' Club this week. We'll have to see what the weather is like back home.
After shopping we headed home and hit the beach. We thought we were just going to walk - but ended up getting soaked up to our thighs! I should have just put the kids in there swim suits, but it had started to cloud over again and I thought the water may have gotten chillier. I was wrong! The kids had a great time splashing around.
Daniel was again fascinated by the crabs. Today we caught a Daddy crab - it was so much bigger than the all the others we had seen so far!
Daniel loved looking in the bucket of crabs we had caught!After the beach we all jumped into the pool. It was the first I had been in all week. The wind was just too chilly for me - I know - I'm a wimp! It felt good today. Daniel has become a little dare devil. He now jumps into the water and goes under up to his forehead! It is quite amazing! I have to start looking into the YMCA membership and get him into swimming lessons while he still has no fear of the water!
We ended our day by ordering pizza for dinner and packing up to head home. We will only be going half way - stopping in Pocomoke City, MD. They are supposed to have a NASA Space/ Air Museum near there somewhere. Matt will be excited. I think I am ready to get home and continue "normal" life. I think the kids are, too. Though I think Daniel thinks we have moved and this is his new home! It will be interesting to see what his reaction is to being back home!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
We got home around 2:00 pm and put Daniel down for a nap and I decided to lay down too! It felt so good to take a 1 1/2 hour nap! Matt and Sarah played, while Andy dozed as well. After nap time the kids went into the pool - yet again! The pool temperature jumped up to 88 degrees and they were loving it! I finally got some pictures of them enjoying the pool. It's hard to believe vacation is almost over. Only three more days and we have to leave - why does vacation seem to always go so much faster than real life? I am, however, starting to get the "ready feeling" for school. We will have a long stretch of school before a vacation day. I am starting to pray about attitudes even as I type - both mine and the kids!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
We are hoping the weather will get better soon. We are planning on visiting the Dunes and Kitty Hawk tomorrow. Daniel was a riot last year on the dunes and I am anxious to see what antics he performs this year! Could be interesting! Matt is excited about visiting Kitty Hawk as we didn't really get to see the whole thing last year - he wants to see the NASA part of the museum. He dreams of orbiting the earth and exploring the stars some day! I hope he does!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sarah was finally able to ask the question of what those little black "purses" are that we always find on the sand at the beach. The gentleman told her that they are often referred to as "mermaid purses" but they are really skate egg sacks. After the skate hatches the purses are light and often wash up onto the beach. Here curiosity was finally satisfied!Matt braved touching a sea urchin. He would never do it before. So I touched one and told him how it felt and then he tried. He really liked it! He even spiked his hair later tonight to look like a sea urchin! He is so funny!After the aquarium we came home and Matt and Sarah immediately jumped into the pool. I really think they are part fish - especially since the air was so cool today - with a wicked breeze. But the temp of the pool is still 87 degrees, so I guess it was warmer in the water than anywhere else! Daniel took a nap and I was able to start my second book. I had been reading a book called "Quaker Summer" for weeks - it was a hard one to get through - not my favorite. But it did end well. It finally got good at page 302 - out of 336 pages! It is not one I recommend. I am now reading "Before I Wake" by Dee Henderson. I am so excited - she is one of my favorite authors! I am going to go down now and read for a few hours while Andy and PopPop watch the Eagles game.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
My mom and I took a walk down to the beach and enjoyed the view of the crashing waves. We hope it warms up a bit this week to enjoy the beach. The ocean is actually at 76 degrees - warmer than the air. Maybe we'll get there tomorrow if the weather is sunny.
Daniel has been a riot in this house. He loves running all around the spacious area - especially on the decks! He is definitely going to be getting cabin fever when we go home! Here is a picture of him trying to escape - again! It's a good thing this house has great locks!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
After spending about four hours at Jamestown we drove to the beautiful Outer Banks. We are here in the most beautiful house I have ever seen! The kids love it because there is a heated pool and a great basement full of games, pool table, TV, etc. I love it because there is this cute little reading room with windows all around and a wonderful view of the ocean, plus decks all around the house with hammocks and rockers! I can't wait to read tomorrow!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I am getting used to my baby looking like a boy. It is really funny to look at him with that short hair and see a completely different child, though he is still the same rambunctious kid. He is also sweet. One of my favorite things he has been doing lately is coming over to me, blanket in hand, and saying "I hold you?". Isn't that sweet! I really love this phrase of his. I know one day he will get the phrase correct - "Hold me!" - but until then, I let him hold me! I have to keep remembering these sweet moments when he is being a little monster - like this morning. He just would not let anything be - the cat, his brother and sister, things he isn't supposed to touch. He was really testing me! I couldn't wait until nap time! When he was finished with his nap, he walked out of the room and told me "I sleep!". He seems a little better now - not so crazy. I need to start roomtime with him - I am a little behind in implementing this concept. Matt and Sarah were already doing 30 minutes of roomtime at his age. After we come back from NC I plan to be implementing several major changes, such as putting Daniel in a bed, moving the crib out of Sarah's room, a major new chore/ work schedule, and a new discipline strategy as all three kids are in need of new standards and I am in need of more consistency. There are several things we see in each child's character that we would like to "work on". One of the things Andy and I will be working on during vacation are these new plans. Please pray for wisdom and clarity of thought as we try to work out what is best for our children and family.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Christy (below), my mom's wonderful hairdresser, has given all my children their first haircuts. Daniel was the worst by far. He refused to sit in the chair unless I sat down with him. Then we had to fight him on putting on the cape. Finally a small bag of Swedish fish persuaded him to sit on my lap with a cape and cooperate. I was unable to video tape the event or even get any photos as I went by myself. Oh well! Andy loves the new style - I am missing my baby. But it was time as everyone was starting to call him a her! It was inevitable, but I really hate it that they have to grow up! Such is life!
Monday, September 10, 2007
We had a great time. I didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked - it seems every time I sat down to read the sleepies took over! I did get a lot of rest, which is something I was in desperate need of! I even went to bed at 10 pm last night! Almost unheard of for me unless I am sick! I am hoping to change my ways as far as going to bed late. My new goal is to go to bed by 11 pm and wake up at 6 am. We'll see how it goes! Right now I have to get a ton of laundry done by Thursday!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Today was an alright day of school. I felt miserable when I got up. I feel better now, as sometime this afternoon things finally broke up in my sinus' and I can breathe! Sarah got up early and immediately started in on her work. She constantly amazes me! She was done long before Matt. For some reason, Matt likes to go SLOW! I try to prod him along, give him incentives, praise him, threaten him! But nothing seems to light his fire. So, I have to just let him go and learn that his actions have consequences. Right now, any school work that is not completed before we go to the beach on Thursday, gets done at the beach house. It's all up to him! Pray for him, that he would start taking charge of his work and that I would be the teacher he needs me to be!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
We had a great few days in the country with Andy's parents. They are so great for letting us crash their house for days at a time! We are a rowdy bunch and they just take it all in stride! I was finally able to get out to their barn - we store lots of stuff their - and PURGE!!!! I am a purger - I love getting rid of stuff. My only problem is I often get more stuff. This is something I am really trying to stop doing. Anyway, my mom has blessed us abundantly with clothing - our running joke is that she thinks we have twins of every kid! I had been storing the kids clothes in the barn for years, thinking we would have more children and could reuse the clothing. God has seen to bless us differently. So, I went through all the clothing, picked out my favorites of the boy stuff for future use with Daniel and got rid of all the rest!!! I gave most of it to my close friend Donna who God has blessed with six children!! She was so excited - which made me so excited! I have struggled in the past with whether or not to sell the clothing to make money for other things. Hence, the keeping of the clothing. But God has just been laying on my heart the fact that I have been blessed so abundantly by 1) not having to buy the clothes in the first place and 2) that He will continue to supply all our needs. He is such a great and awesome God!!!!
We are home for four days, three of which we will be doing school. The kids will be doing school on Labor Day! We have the past few years, so for them it's not really a holiday - they will be thankful come May when we are all done and Philly kids still have almost two months of school. They don't actually start school until September 10th! I don't understand how they get all their days in. It seems they always have off. I'll have to get a school calendar and see how it all works.