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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Funny Sayings from Caedmon

While Caedmon continues to keep us hopping, we haven't shared his latest antics with you. I've been trying to keep a log of his funniest sayings. Since we are deep in the throes of potty training, some of it is not appropriate for Internet publishing. However, here's a smattering for you to enjoy...

C-boy: How is a unicorn different from a horse?
Me: It has a horn.
C-boy: Honk! Honk!
Me: Not that kind of horn
C-boy: Beep! Beep!
Me: Do you know a different kind of horn?
C: honk or beep
Seeing that we were getting nowhere fast, I scrounge up a photo of a rhinoceros.

Keeping with the horn theme:
Tom's mom has been staying with us. When she is here, we encourage her to speak Mandarin Chinese with the kids and Caedmon has picked up a good bit. He now enjoys asking her what specific words are in Chinese and often as we are driving somewhere, she will point out things and tell him about them in Chinese. One day she began telling him the Chinese word for car. Caedmon wasn't quite picking up what she was saying so she switched to English and said, "[This] is the word for car in Chinese." Caedmon replied, "or beep beep."

Caedmon's all time favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Thus, his favorite restaurant is the Cafe at Central Market Grocery Store. However, when he can't get it there, he's happy for me to make it at home. Last week, Tom was working all night so I made Caedmon mac 'n cheese for dinner. As he was digging in, he said, "Mom, aren't you so happy that yourself made macaroni and cheese for you and me?"

Caedmon also continues to have a sweet heart for Jesus. Libby had a stomach bug a few weeks ago and we had to take her to the pediatrician. On our way home from the doctor visit and the pharmacy, Caedmon announced, "I will pray to God for Libby that she gets better." And, he proceeded to launch into a prayer. Most every prayer these days begins "Thank you Jesus for mommy, daddy and baby Libby." (and at meal times, he often thanks Jesus for the same thing over and over). He was good at getting to the point in this prayer and I was so blessed to see his love for his sister and his faith in Jesus.

We've also started memorizing Scripture. I've been wanting to do this with Caedmon but hadn't been good at getting started. Two weeks ago, his Sunday School take home papers had a memory verse on them so I decided that was my cue to get started. He has done a great job but it is challenging to get a not quite 3 year old to memorize "word perfect." His first verse was "He cares for you." He did a great job with the verse but the reference has been a bit more challenging. In case you are wondering, you can find that verse in "by Peter 5:7." (or as we keep reminding and explaining 1 Peter 5:7).

Caedmon had his finger in his mouth. Caedmon's 5 year old friend says, "Caedmon, it's not good to put your finger in your mouth."
Caedmon replies, "I know. It's a bad habit."

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Our Latest Travel Adventure...

On one of our first dates, Tom took me to see the musical 42nd Street. In it, one of the characters talks about having a "grand, Grand, GRAND adventure." In the early days of our courtship, this became a theme for us. We would often talk about the grand, Grand, GRAND adventure our life together would be. Although we may occasionally say the word "grand" with a hint of sarcasm, our life together is definitely an adventure! Our most recent adventure of the traveling sort took us only halfway across the US so don't get too excited. There will be no dreamy photos of sandy beaches and blue oceans in this post. Alas, we did spend a few days with family, which will also be a treasured memory in the future.

Tom had a week of vacation during the beginning of March and while we considered the notion of flying off to some exotic locale we came to the conclusion that March is not all that pleasant weather-wise in a good bit of the world. Also, there were still a few important family members who had yet to meet Miss L and a few more who hadn't seen either of our lovely offspring for a while. Thus, we hopped a plane to Pennsylvania with plans to take a midnight drive south to the Carolinas to visit Tom's family.

It was Tom's family in South Carolina who had yet to meet our little lady. We had been trying to arrange a trip there for some time but the logistics continually stumped us. Tickets between TX and SC were a little pricey not to mention the fact that it would involve renting a car and lugging car seats with us...all for a weekend trip. Finally, we decided that if we rolled the trip into a visit to PA, we could borrow my parents' car and make a 9 hour trek for the visit. My parents also have car seats for the kids and we could borrow their pack n play and high chair for the baby girl. Much easier and less stressful than any other option...or so we thought!

We arrived at my parents' house on Friday afternoon with plans to begin our journey late that evening. Everything seemed to be falling easily into place as my dad and Tom packed the car and we settled in for our drive. However, Libby quickly realized that she was supposed to be in her bed sleeping and this was NOT her bed. She proceeded to cry for a solid hour (or was it two?). Two hours into the drive, Tom was contemplating a u-turn to head back to my parents' house. Libby finally gave in to sleep. 5 hours into the trip as we both were feeling quite sleepy, the thought of turning around surfaced again but we decided to press on.

We arrived at the home of Tom's family (grandma, aunts and dad) early Saturday morning. They were surprised and excited to see us! Tom loves to give surprises so we hadn't really informed them of our plan to visit. Nothing like having a family of four show up on your doorstep at 7:30 am! As Tom was unloading the car, I sat down on the couch, trying to settle the kids into their new surroundings. The Weather Channel was on the TV and I caught a phrase "Weather Advisory." As I continued to listen, the weather forecaster announced that there was a winter storm warning for the entire Eastern Seaboard from Sunday through Monday. Our plan had been to make our return trip to Pennsylvania on Sunday night. Alas, once Tom heard the warning, we made a quick decision to shorten our stay. Yes, we began our drive back only 11 hours later! 19 hours of driving in 30 hours of time. Now that's an adventure!

Alas, Tom's family was so excited that we came to visit them. The kids had a lot of fun and despite not wanting to get into a car again for a long, long time, we were happy to bring some joy to them! Here are some pictures of our short time there:

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