• want me to do something for you?

    when we get home, from anywhere, we wash our hands.  we have one bathroom, on the second floor, so the kids all head up there.  the first one up the stairs, gets to wash their hands first. sometimes, someone needs to go to the bathroom as well as wash their hands.  i’ve asked that when that happens, that person wait and go last so the other kiddos don’t have to stand there waiting, just to wash their hands. this morning after being out a while and returning home, wilbur was the first one up to the bathroom and only needed to wash his hands.  amelia was next, and then orville. …

  • the big…35

    35 years old.  me. oh.  my.  word! how did this happen? 35 seems like the real deal.  35 seems like an adult age.  but i don’t quite yet feel like an adult. about 15 or so years ago, i was babysitting for a family whose mom was around 35.  they had a house, three kids, and a mini~van.  and she seemed so grown~up to me.  now i have a house, three kids, and a mini~van, but i don’t think i seem that grown~up. this day has been coming, for 35 years in fact, and i’ve been approaching it from two camps.  camp dread and camp bold. camp dread locks me…

  • an early birthday present?

    the kids have VBS this week, 6:30pm~9:00pm.  josh and i have date nights. tonight we went to sam’s club and then red robin for dinner.  we weren’t craving it, or even really terribly hungry, but we hadn’t been there in a long time.  and we hadn’t had a date night in a long time(aside from last night).  and we don’t know when we’ll have a date night again(we’re not counting tomorrow night). we sat down.  we ordered.  i wanted to make a quick trip to the bathroom.  on my way i noticed a group of men.  i thought, “that’s nice, they must work together and are just getting dinner at…

  • two cars

    on our way home from vacation Bible school last night… me:  tomorrow morning, boys, we’re going to get new tires on the van while sis is at school.  then tomorrow night, before VBS, we’re dropping the van off at the car fix~it place to get the air conditioning fixed wednesday. amelia:  will we still be able to go to Bible school tomorrow night? me:  yes.  why wouldn’t we be able to go honey? amelia:  because the van will be getting fixed. me:  don’t we have another car? amelia:  oh yeah, i forgot. orville:  remember?  we have daddy’s car and our van. me:  you mean, daddy’s car and mommy’s van? orville: …