Tuesday, July 31, 2007
His current obsession is cars, especially anything having to do with Lightning McQueen and the Cars movie. He can also recognize and identify many types of cars from his own Matchbox car collection and on the road, including Mini Coopers, cars with no tops (convertibles), Jeep cars, Herbie cars (beetles), hot rods, Grand Prix's, GTO's, Mustangs, police cars, cement mixers, and the list goes on. He sure has a lot of Matt in him, although we've noticed that this car fixation is taking a toll on his basketball skills (his previous obsession).
In other Ella news, she is officially pulling herself up to her feet. Seems a teensy bit early to us, but she is very determined. She is also knocking over floor lamps, crawling under beds, pulling her brother's hair, and getting stuck in tight spaces. I think we have our hands full with this one.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Ella Jeanne with her future husband, Xavier Dean (get it?...their names ryhme)
Three Katie's! My friend Katie (left) with her son Xavier and Baby #2 (coming soon); our friendship goes back to when we first met as three year olds at church. My other dear friend Katie (center, and the Thursdays in the Park organizer) and her son Drew; we go back to those wonderful years known as junior high. Both of their friendships has meant so much to me through the years and it's fun to watch our kids become friends too.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
To my credit, I have never let a child roll off a bed (a common offense in the Bad Mom Club) but apparently I do let them fall down stairs (Dylan has also taken a couple of tumbles, but he was much older). At least it will give them something to talk to their therapists about someday.
And I know, I know...the gate is definitely going up today.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Now...does anyone need a house?
Sunday, July 8, 2007
"Five years ago Dr. J. Matthew Sleeth and his family lived in a big house, had two luxury cars, loads of money, and lots of stuff. As chief of the medical staff at a large hospital, Sleeth was living the American dream--until he realized that something was terribly wrong. As he saw patient after patient suffering from cancer, asthma, and other chronic diseases, he began to understand that the Earth and its inhabitants were in trouble. Feeling helpless, he turned to his faith for guidance. He discovered how the timeless lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity, and stewardship taught in the Bible could be applied to modern life. The Sleeths have since sold their big home and given away more than half of what they once owned. In Serve God, Save the Planet, Sleeth shares the joy of adopting a less materialistic lifestyle, and reveals what was easy and what was hard about the changes his family has made. Drawing on science and religion, Sleeth builds a bridge between environmentalists and mainstream Christians. He and his family are harbingers of the creation care movement, which calls on all those who love God to love our planet. Sleeth shares how material downscaling led his family to healthier lifestyles, stronger relationships, and richer spiritual lives. Serve God, Save the Planet is more than a book: it is a prescription for taking personal responsibility for global survival."
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Go ahead and read it, let me know when you're done, and we'll discuss.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
After a busy week with three showings, last week was a slow house week. One funny thing that happened though is that we found out that one of the couples who went through our house are customers of Matt's. We had heard through the realtors that they recognized Matt's picture, but we didn't know who they were. They ended up coming in last week and buying a car and told him they went through our house. They were the couple who had it narrowed down to our house and another one. Unfortunately for us, they ended up buying the other house (newer and slightly more expensive), but they had really nice things to say about our house which was encouraging. They told Matt they had been through a lot of houses in our price range, and ours was definitely one of the nicest. The upside of this couple not buying our house is that they would have needed to be in by July 22 which would have left us "homeless" for a couple of months. Pictures of our house are on-line now, so hopefully that brings some more traffic. We are still trusting God and staying pretty stress-free :)