Proud Parents

I am a happy wife with a loving husband. I have three adorable, sweet, and energetic children. Our intention with each day is to serve the Lord. Our blessings are numerous.

Monday, February 26, 2007


Andie got her first big girl panties today. She was so proud. This is her posing in front of her mirror. Evan is in the background taking off his pants so he can pose in the mirror, too.
Nothing much cuter than two giggling kids fighting for mirror time to check out their undies. It's all potty talk these days for me.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Nurse Maid's Elbow

Andie was climbing up the slide to Evan, who was already at the top. Evan tried to help Andie up the slide. He pulled her by her left forearm. The result was a dislocated elbow for Andie. It took me a little bit to figure out the situation. I didn't see him pull her up. So I have to rely on a 3 year old version of the story. All Andie can get out between screaming is "Ewan hurt." I vagely remembered something that I wanted to call a nun's arm - But it's called nurse maid's elbow. The name came from nurse maid's caring for children. If the child ran off and the nurse jerked his arm, it would commonly dislocate. So anyway, we went to the ER. She had an x-ray of her elbow. Just moving her arm around for the x-ray pretty much fixed it. The doctor moved her arm around a little more and, like magic she was back to normal. She was back to playing and laughing instantly. Kids are amazingly resiliant!

To put this in perspective: Andie got a purple balloon. The balloon happened to pop only minutes after she had received it. She sulked over the balloon for a week. "Purple bayoon pop" (said in the most pitiful voice - repeatedly) Her daddy finally got her a bigger and better purple balloon to make his baby girl happy.

But dislocate her elbow - and nothing. It's like when it was fixed, all memory of the incident was erased. So I guess she can be tough, but not when it comes to her favorite color purple.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Funny Evan Story

Evan is many things. But for this story we will talk about his challenging and strong-willed side. It has taken about a year for me to get Evan to stay in bed at bedtime. But his inner self couldn't let him give up. Yeah, he'll stay in bed - but he has to take it to a new level. He has to try various things to see what my response will be. Well, about three times I have found him completely naked in bed. This is out of defiance mind you.

I went to pick him up from his Tuesday/Thursday school today. His teacher came up to me giggling & embarrassed. She told me there had been an incident. Yes, Evan stripped down for all the 3 yr old class to see. I was truly stumped. Boy, I was hoping that was the kind of thing he would only try at home. I understand when he did this at home, he was trying to push my buttons. But why here? What was the payoff?? Anyway..... the journey continues.