Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Busy days

The babies are on the move. When they are put on the floor they go everywhere. Carson has discovered the beauty and wonder of power cords and makes a beeline for my computer cord. Brady loves the little door stoppers that are all around and heads for those. They are hilarious. Brady crawls like he's freestyle swimming - or a prancing pony - he lifts his hand way up high then brings it down, then lifts the other hand way up high and brings it down. It's very cute. Carson is very determined and accurate - he sees what he wants and heads straight for it, undeterred by obstacles. They are really fun to watch!

Emmie loves "school" still, and hates to be put off with what she thinks isn't "real school" while I'm homeschooling Riley and Logan. If I give her a worksheet she always asks "is this REAL school?" She still says funny stuff all the time - recently she informed me that sometimes even God is exhausted. (After I had said "I'm exhausted!") I asked her what she meant and she said "You know, He is exhausted, the Lord is exhausted." As in the song He is exalted.

Logan always has a project going or is planning one. Every empty box has potential in his mind. He often asks me to go to Home Depot and buy him wheels to put on something and make it go...I haven't yet.

Riley is such a cheerful upbeat presence in our home - I am very often thankful for her. I told her recently that she is one of the greatest people I know out of all the people I've ever met! It's true. Her temperment and gift mix is such a great addition here in this crazy family. She loves to read, and plows through books all the time.

Jeff's dissertation is nearly done! That's pretty huge. He has to send it in this week. There are a few tweaks that need to be finished, but it's nearly there. He goes to defend it in March. What a relief it will be to have that monkey off. He's not allowed to pull a Rob Ritz and jump into something else right away! Not that I'm not proud of Rob...

Anyway, January blew past and life is crazy but we're trying to just enjoy the kids and keep our heads above water. People tell me all the time that it goes so quickly and to enjoy them while they're little - I know those people have forgotten what it's like to have spinach projectile-vomited all over the kitchen and laundry so backed up that no one has clean underwear and who knows what you have in the fridge to make for dinner and just when you sit down one of the babies has a diaper oozing out the sides. That's why I blog - it helps me enjoy the better parts of all this!

I'm feed them spinach! wow.
sooooooooo funny. emmie's comment. i laughed right out loud (like i did with debbie's joke!) i had to read it aloud to David, then to Mark when he came in ... enjoyed hearing what they're up to.
i'll see you in March!!!
WOW!!! Yes, those moms are indeed saying that "hind sight"... it's like forgetting how bad labor/delivery actually was! (I say it too cause I can hardly believe a year of my life has gone by with little Evie!) Your kids are amazing. I enjoy knowing that each child of mine will have it's own unique skill set, personality & temperament.. and all that will make a unique & hopefully fun chaotic family. :) That's awesome Ri likes to read so much, and man... Log, can we say "engi-NERD"!? (little hong in the making). Em cracks me up, even 2000 plus miles away - and the twins, can't believe they are so big already. And you! You've survived it all AND YOU HOMESCHOOL!!!!!! My hat is off to you - in awe and admiration. I'm such a sissy. It's "hard" for me with just Evie and 2 seems daunting. (And btw, Jeff.. yeah, he needs a break!)

Thanks for the update Judy! I enjoyed it.

:) Tami
I enjoyed your update. Just yesterday Jimmy and I were saying how blessed we are to have Jewel(in reflecting on your comments about Riley). She is just such a pleasure to sweet, cheerful, ready to serve and obey. God was kind to give us such wonderful firstborns, wasn't He!?! I loved reading the comments about all of your children.

And congratulations to Jeff on finishing his dissertation. I know you are such a help to him (proofing and all) that I am sure you should get an "honorary" doctorate too!!!

We miss you all, but God has kindly and faithfully provided us with a loving church family here in Tallahassee. If the Lord wills, we still would like to raise our family at BCLR. We will just have to see what God has in store for our future!
We love you guys and we are very
proud of you and the great work
you are doing with the family and

Love Grandad
great post judy! you're such a good writer- i've missed your posts of great length! i know those are few and far between these days though!

love you guys!
Ohh the doorstopper thing all makes sense now. That is where he headed everytime I turned my head.
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