Wednesday, September 30, 2009

sweet home above

my kids are obsessed with heaven. i'm happy about it and all, but they ask questions that i have NO idea how to answer. by 9:30 this morning, here are just a FEW of their inquiries...

1. will you have a big kitchen in heaven?
2. what does jesus eat?
3. does jesus wear shoes?
4. does he wear man shoes like papa wears?
5. what color are the houses there?
6. will you be my mommy there? (i was pretty impressed by this one because i've never talked to them about us being different there. i have no idea where she {blakely} pulled this from)
7. does jesus sit on the couch and drink wine? (lovely)

speaking of heaven, for those of you who don't know, i spent most of august and part of september pregnant and sick. i would lay on the couch most of the day and when the girls would want to do something or go somewhere, i would say "the baby's making mama sick". i felt like a bad mom, but i literally didn't feel like moving. anyway, they became used to the little guy (since we were convinced it was a boy. we did the ring test and the ring test never lies) taking me away from them, and would ask all day long how i was feeling. i ended up miscarrying on labor day, and brett and i were faced with the task of telling k and b. i told them that i wasn't sick anymore because the baby was no longer in my tummy. of course they asked why, so i proceeded to tell them that god sometimes chooses to take the baby straight from a mommy's tummy to heaven instead of sending him to our house to live with our family. i didn't know if they would remember, but that night after i had put the girls to bed, blakely called me up to her room. when i got there, she said "mama, i want to talk about the baby". every night before i put them to bed, we would talk about the baby in my tummy and how they were going to help me feed him and change his diaper and be sweet big sisters. when she brought it up that night, i was afraid she had forgotten and that i would have to tell her again the baby was gone. instead, she said "is jesus holding the baby? is he being nice to him?". sweet little angel. well, kennedy has been battling a cold all week now, and seeing that it didn't seem to be going away, this morning i finally broke down and gave her tylenol. they both love the taste of it, so to convince me that she needed it too, blakely faked a few pitiful coughs, and said "i need it too. that baby in heaven is making me sick". i'm thinking she might try and get some mileage out of that baby for the next few years.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

parkas and picnics

fall in in the air! evidently, kennedy thought winter was...



i think it's been hot for so long that she forgot what cool weather feels like, so this morning when we went out to play play-doh on the deck, she ran back in, insisting on putting on her coat and hat.

this afternoon was a different story. a pbj picnic in this beautiful fall weather...



i love georgia! when we lived in orlando, the thing i missed most was having 4 seasons. i love how by the time we're tired of one spell, the next season rolls around. nothing like fall to welcome us in and refresh us after summer's heat.

Monday, September 28, 2009

starting young

if you budget, you know how the end of the month is....
so we decided to do a family date tonight on $4 and some change. the girls were really sweet and obedient today, so after dinner, we told them we were going to go to the dollar store to get them some scissors, swing by kroger to get ice cream, and come back home to cut paper (thrilling, i know) and have an ice cream night. they ran around the house squealing "dollar tree! dollar tree!". brett and i were a little amused that when we said the dollar store, they knew the name of it. as we pulled into dollar tree, blakely exclaimed "i love dollar tree. it's my favorite thing to do!". i love that they're so easily entertained and grateful. we hunted down the kid scissors, let them pick out their color (kennedy blue and blakely green), and they happily left the store, not asking for anything else. i'm so proud of the way they're happy with little. they've got their share of flaws, and brett and i as parents have more than our share, but if there's one thing i'm thankful for, it's that they (for now atleast) are content with little. brett and i have said over and over again that the timing of him starting his business, 2 years ago this month, couldn't have been more perfect. if he were still in corporate america, there's a good chance that tonight we would have went to a nice dinner, taken our kids to target to pick out a princess dress or something fun (not every night, but if we wanted them to have a treat as was the case tonight), and maybe have ended the night with complaints of what they wanted that they didn't get. i love that we ate grilled chicken from the tyson plant (more on that later), went to dollar tree, and bought edy's on sale at kroger for $2.99 (plus a dollar off coupon of, course). i love our little family and i love knowing that we've got everything we could ever want in being together and being healthy. i'm not saying it won't be fun if brett's company takes off and we can have gourmet dinners. i'm just happy to know that we feel content either way, and that we are hopefully raising our girls to feel the same way. oh, one sad thing to report, is on the way home, blakely cut her hair with her new scissors! i've been waiting 3 years on the kid to get hair and she cut it! she said "i need to make my hair short". really? could it really get much shorter? i thought those kid scissors didn't cut things. guess i've got to watch more carefully so she doesn't chop kennedy's. i know it's hair and it will grow, but if yall know my kids, it's not exactly a speedy process. atleast fixing it is one less thing i have to do every day...