Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, the 20th, Chad and the kids had a little party for me. Chad bought me three dresses from Dress Barn. He and Elisabeth made my favorite meal, Beef Stroganoff (and I have to say they did a better job than I normally do!). They decorated and even got me a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. I felt like a queen, too. So sweet...
The children were fighting over who was going to hold my hand while walking downstairs (They made me hide in my room while they cooked and decorated); Budge and Meagan finally won out while the others pouted. In fact, Lauren didn't even come downstairs for about 10 minutes because she felt so badly about the whole thing.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I am on my way to children's choir in just a few minutes.
Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls are in the oven.
Brian and Budge have their friends the Griffins over for the last time before they head back to the Philippines tomorrow. They won't see them for several years. Budge and Matt will be teenagers the next time they meet. No more little boys. It makes me sad to think that far ahead. So, the boys got out of chores for the afternoon. Elisabeth griped a little bit, but I told her that the next time she has a friend over that she won't see for several years she won't have to do chores either!
We are just returning from spring break. We were actually home most of the time--spring cleaning. But we sure do feel good about the majority of the house now. Just a few more things to get done.
Please pray for my first midwife, Lynda Hitchcock. She brought my first two babies into this world and recently found out she has cancer in her breasts and bones. She is in the hospital with only 15% kidney function. We are unsure of her salvation. Please, please, please pray for her to be saved.
Now a few recent pics of interest. Tyler is so cute right now that most of my pictures tend to be of him. I'll do better here in the future with trying to get all of the children in.
The focus isn't good, but isn't his pudgy little hand so cute rolling the dough in the sugar?!
This is how he arranged them on the cookie sheet. (After he left the kitchen, I rearranged them. I just couldn't help myself.)
I have so many things to share, so many thoughts swirling around in my head. I'll be back tomorrow!!!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
What a week! Two entire days spent at the school helping a new teacher, who has really not graduated from college yet, get her feet underneath her a little better in the area of teaching. We want everyone to succeed and feel good about what they're doing!
Derek is still not feeling himself, and I'm not sure what the problem is. Since he had the flu, he has been extremely clingy to me and cries the minute he cannot see me. He does not play but sits by me all day and follows me from place to place. He will only sleep in his own bed for short periods of time and then wakes up crying and comes into our bed. I'm not sure if this behavior is somehow related to his having the flu or if there is something else wrong with him. We're not big on taking the children to the doctor, but I'm seriously considering it. I wish we had a naturopath near here. I don't know of one at all. My dad found a medical doctor with a bent toward natural things. Wouldn't that be wonderful?! Please pray for Derek.
Next week is Spring Break at the school, and we are going to sneak away Monday to a little hotel with a waterpark about an hour away from us. The lady Chad spoke with said that there were no other reservations that night (at least not yet), so we will have the whole place to ourselves! Yeah!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I will still not be able to go to church tomorrow because the two little boys are still running fevers. Tyler is the most sick. He is still running quite a fever (for the 5th day in a row now) and both of them are coughing quite a bit. If he's not better by Monday, I am going to take him to the doctor. Tyler had to sleep in his car seat so that he could breathe okay. Derek has thrown up three times now from coughing too hard. Poor little men.
Life at the Vest house is certainly never dull. There is always something exciting going on. Always something to do. Always someone to spend time with. Always someone to eat with! ;)
If you get an extra minute, please pray for my little ones who are still sick. Budge once again has a dry, hacking cough, which always concerns me because he has had pneumonia so many times that his lungs are weak, and he is always susceptible.
Oh, one more thing. We left our little dog in the garage with food and water and a place to do her business while we were gone overnight. When we returned, she was nowhere in sight. She is not at the dog pound and has not returned, so we're not sure what to think about what happened to her. Of course, none of us are too terribly broken up about it, just mildly bothered at the most. Chad is ecstatic that she is gone because she has been quite a pain lately, never having mastered the art of letting us know when she needed to go outside!
I'm thinking about starting my spring cleaning in the next week or so. I like to get it done before it actually warms up so that when it's warm (which takes quite a while to happen around here) we can immediately enjoy the outdoors and have a good time. But for now, I think I'll just think about it and try to put together a plan. ;)
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
...Clap Your Hands!
Sunday night after church I had just finished feeding Tyler and was kissing one of the girls goodnight. As I looked back down at him, he was just lying there clapping his little hands! This is his first time, and we were so elated with him. He is so cute!