Thursday, June 28, 2012

There she goes.

 Almost two weeks ago, we celebrated my Jeep's 200,000th mile on Sunday, and the next day, parts under the hood started cluncking and melting and smoking, and eventually not running. Since it will probably need a new engine, along with other things, and we didn't want to invest a lot of money into it, we decided to just have it towed to the junk yard.

We called the insurance company to find out if they covered the towing, and how to get the car removed from our insurance plan. The representative informed us that we could file a claim for free, and an adjuster would be out to look at the car, possibly cover the expense of a totalled/unfixable car, and in the meantime, pay for a rental car for us to use.

Well we have been waiting since then for the adjuster to come out and look at the car. This morning, the event we have been waiting a week for, finally occured. 

In my mind, I envisioned the guy attempting unsuccessfully to start the car, then lifting the hood and smelling the stench of melted parts. Then (in my vision), he would get out his checkbook, and write me a small check, for which I would be very grateful.

Well, today we were rushing out the door to meet some friends for a picnic at the park, and sure enough, here he was. He looked at the car, took pictures, and then said that the car has been too well taken care of to call it a total wash. So instead, they would have to tow it to a mechanic for diagnostic testing, to see if the problem is fixable, and for how much. 

But eventually, we made it to the park.

In the afternoon, we heard a rumbling outside, and we ran out to see that the tow truck had come. Bella & Grady were excited to watch, and asked a million questions.

I love how they are almost identical in their posture and how they are holding their hands.

Bella: Where is he taking mom's car, Grady?
Grady: I don't know, Bella.
Bella: Why don't you have any clothes on, Grady?
Grady: I don't know, Bella.

There she goes. Bye bye car. We will miss you. Sniff sniff.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


This is what happens when I go outside to put the chickens away.
It's eyeliner, and she didn't realize that I was watching her. I think she was trying to wash it off. Or maybe I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt, and she was really just trying to further her mess making.

"Uh oh, mama."

This guy has no excuse. He has way too much fun being naughty with her.

Last week, I was folding laundry and Lilly took a (washable) marker to the carpet, her face, and her whole body. And the week before that, I was cooking dinner, and she found a paint (permanent) marker to color the carpet and desk with.

I'm beginning to think that I should avoid household chores.

Good Morning!

Lilly's winking face.

This has been a very common scene in the backyard lately. Tropical Depression Debby has been bringing some serious rain.

The pond is overflowing, and the fish are about ready to swim onto the backporch.

And this is the scene in the front yard.

My poor Jeep sits and waits for the insurance adjuster to come and tell us if she's worth anything. We have been waiting for a week now. Perhaps they are busy with storm related problems, or maybe the adjuster doesn't like to come out in the rain. I don't know. What I do know, is that until he comes, we have a pretty little rental car for 2$ a day, and if he wouldn't come for a year, I wouldn't mind!

The rain has paused for a little while, so my little loves are out enjoying fresh air, and frogs. Grady collected 14 frogs, and put them in the baby pool.

At some point between these two photos, Grady lost his clothing. Like I said before, I'm not quite sure how it happeneds, but it does.

Just like Bella is sweet and gentle with the chickens, Grady is very protective and careful with his frogs. He wanted to make sure that little sister was not hurting them, and knew how to hold them "the right way".

Yuck. You can only imagine the amount of handwashing we do around here!

Have a great day, and enjoy the sunshine while you can, my friends! 

Monday, June 25, 2012

What a weekend!

This has been a whirlwind weekend for us. It's the ebb and flow of life that keeps it interesting and fun, but good grief, sometimes it's exhausting.

I ended the weekend by asking my parents "not to be rude, just wondering, when will you be leaving?" Isn't that terrible?! I really was just trying to plan for the rest of the evening, dinner, clean-up, etc... but then when I fell asleep on the couch while they were still there, I think that just put the rude cherry right on top. I'm so sorry mom and dad!

The beginning of this weekend, started with the normal morning activities. Those activities include: half body dress-up, half body undress, chicken holding, and driving a chicken around on your lap in a car that is way too small.

When I put Lilly down for a nap, Bella laid and down on the couch and fell asleep, which is rare for her (in her second dress of the day). I really can't remember the last time she fell asleep on the couch. It did, however, give me a chance to get a picture of this sweet sleeping babe.

Friday night was the kick-off of our church's Vacation Bible School. I don't think I've ever done a VBS over the weekend, but it was so fun. Our message was shining God's light, and was coastal lighthouse themed. There were great seaside decorations, a boat and a dock, a huge lighthouse with a spinning light, crabby hats, and more. There were fun games, and stories, and crafts, and of course, dramas, skits and songs with hand motions.

Saturday morning we went back to church for Day 2. On the way home, the kids were singing the VBS songs in the car. Bella was trying to teach Grady and Lilly how to snap, and they were all singing so nicely, that I wanted to take a picture of the sweet moment, so I held up my camera and took the photo below.

Then the following ensued: Lilly wanted to play with her neshy, Bella tried to take her hand off of the necklace to teach her how to snap, Lilly screeched loudly, and then grabbed the necklace away from Bella and it burst into a hundred little plastic pearl beads all over the rental car. And the neshy is no longer. It was a very sad moment. I did not photograph that.

That night, before bed, Lilly was sitting on the potty, crying "neeeeshy, peeeeeeease" complete with pouty bottom lip. A small part of me laughs at the ridiculousness of it all, but not in front of her, of course.

Before the bedtime potty and the pouty lip incident, we had dinner with some good friends. There were chickens to hand feed and tadpoles to catch, there was fishing to do and dress-up play.

Sunday morning, we went back to church for the VBS finale. We pretty much did the VBS thing in "big church" with the songs, motions, a slide show and a skit, and the grown-ups were able to participate, and see what the children had been learning.

This was a song/skit about trusting in Jesus in all of life's stages (sickness, sadness, as a child, happiness and love, and old age). My shy Bella Grace played a little girl and Bryan played Jesus, and both did a great job.

Participating in this event has been such a blessing. The women and men that gave so generously of their time and money to invest in so many children (including my own) are inspiring. It was a privilege to be able to spend time with them this weekend and get to know them a little better. I am thankful to have this church family to call my own.

After church, we went to lunch with my parents, celebrated my mama's birthday, and then I fell asleep on the couch and probably drooled. The end.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Some things that are true...

Here is a list of some things that are true. This list could go on forever, but it is Friday, so I will keep it short.

1. Bella likes to wear dresses. Sometimes she goes through three dresses a day. She would rather wear a dress than anything else.

2. Lilly likes to wear her pearl "neshy". She wakes up, and immediately starts looking for it, or fusses "neeeeeshy". This must have been a really hectic morning, as she thinks that perhaps two neshies might be a good idea.

3. Grady does not like to wear anything at all. He starts out each day fully dressed, and somehow, by lunchtime, he is down to his skivvies. I don't really know how it happens, but it does.

4. I love this picture below. This is true, I love this man that plays "monster in a cocoon" with his children, and whose eyes wrinkle when he laughs.

 5. Another thing that is true, we released our butterfly on Thursday, and today it came back. So I sang to it in my best Mariah Carey voice:

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly

I don't think we were meant to be after all, because I'm pretty sure the butterfly laughed at my singing... or maybe that was the neighbor. (Another reason I need more land, so that the neighbors don't hear me singing in my best Mariah Carey voice.)

 6. It is true, these kids love each other.

 7. I love this country.

8. Seeing these boats make me want to take a boat ride.

I think that's all for now. Have a great weekend!