Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New ride and more ABCs

Well, our car was considered a total loss.  So we had to go car shopping.  We really do not enjoy car shopping.  Nothing about it is fun, especially when you're in a hurry to find something.  But we found the perfect solution- a minivan!  But it's a cool minivan.  :) LOL.

Here are our farewell pictures of Taurie...
Hannah actually cried when they hauled it away, she realized that the car really wasn't coming back!

Here's our new minivan!  I love it.  I think it gives us the extra room that we need and it looks pretty nice too! :)

After the last flood, Dan contacted the borough and they supplied us with free sandbags.  We spent a couple of days filling them with sand (also provided by the borough) and then we constructed 'the wall.'  We hope that it will prevent the water from entering the garage/basement.  We really haven't had much rain since the last flood, so we're not sure how it works but we don't mind!  I don't like being nervous every time it rains anyway!!  The wall is going to be there until something is done to fix the problem.

The kids are doing wonderful!  They continue to grow and change every day.  Noah is everywhere and has started experimenting with standing without holding onto to anything for a few seconds at a time.  He hasn't taken any steps yet, but I'm sure it's coming!  He now has 2 teeth that you can see in the picture below!

Since the weather warmed up a little this week, we pulled out the wormie sprinkler that our good friends got for Hannah.  She loved it!

We have continued working on the alphabet with Hannah.  She is doing awesome!  She can visually recognize over half of the alphabet, even though we're only on the letter H.  She loves to point out letters every where we go.  It's funny to be driving and all of a sudden she's yelling "There's an A over there and a W over here."  She also loves to say what letters are on t-shirts.  Each week we make a letter (from here) to hang on our wall (in our living room!)  Here's what we have so far.

The other day when we were at the store I saw a really neat puzzle, but I didn't like the price tag.  After thinking about it for a few days, I just went ahead and made one.  I think it turned out great, even if it's not a wooden puzzle.

I guess that's about all for now.  I just started attending a women's bible study that I'm excited about.  You can read about it here.  I have heard very good things about it.  MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) has also started up for the year, so we're busy running around!  I'm a DGL (discussion group leader) this year, so if you think of it pray for me.  I'm not much of a leader, so we'll see how it turns out!  :)  Until next time

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flood- round #2 (and hopefully the final round!)

Ok- maybe I need to be more careful with the title of my posts!  I did NOT mean that the flood was fun and that I wanted to live through it again.  Well, 2.5 weeks after the first flood, we flooded again.  This time we had over 2 FEET of water in the basement and garage.  Luckily we didn't have too many things in the basement.  But there was our deep freezer and our washing machine.  Also, we had moved our shoes and Dan's (clean) power tools back in there.  We had to purchase a new washing machine, have the furnace serviced again (this time the control board was damaged) and we aren't sure if the deep freezer is working at this point.  Oh and the insurance company considered our car a total loss, so we're currently car shopping!

If this wasn't enough, the day after the flood Hannah got her first bloody nose.  She tried to climb onto the bean bag that was sitting on the couch (my fault!)  I moved the bean bag and everything off the floor so I could vacuum and forgot to put it back.  We were outside dealing with the cleaning our wet/muddy things all day.  We came in and I started working on dinner while the kids played in the living room.  I heard a thud and ran to the living room (which is right off the kitchen.)  There was blood everywhere.  It was crazy!  Thankfully I got her calmed down and the bleeding slowed pretty quickly.  She was back to her happy, dancing, singing self in no time.  :)

We've been pretty busy with the flood cleanup, so we haven't done too many fun things.  I hope that we can get back to normal soon, and get a car- then we can do some fun stuff!!

Another thing I thought of that we lost in the flood was our whole lot of potatoes that we grew in our garden... very sad.  We also lost half our onions in the first flood.

The water in the basement...

The aftermath that is our driveway.

The lovely sinkhole that was left in our front yard.  The borough did cover it, but we had to tell them it needed to be covered.  (Although they told me that the entire ground around it is ready to fall at any moment....)

We did have a bright spot in the last couple of weeks- Noah got baptized!!  He looked so grown up.

Our first family picture!

Hannah, Noah and their cousin Meava.  What a cute bunch!

Thanks for letting me ramble, I'm sure this post doesn't make much sense.
So I will sign off for now and leave you with these...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Flood and fun times

Yes, you read the title right.  Flood and fun times.

First the un-fun stuff.  Our basement and garage flooded one night a couple of weeks ago.  I knew it was storming because Hannah woke up and couldn't sleep, but the rain didn't sound any worse than we've had before so I didn't get up to check.  We didn't know anything had happened until we got up the next morning and a neighbor mentioned the crazy weather.  It sure was a mess in our basement!  (And there's still more to be cleaned!) 

All of our shoes used to be lined up along the wall below Bucky (yes, the deer has a nickname)... we found shoes way in the back room.  It must have been a crazy, swirling mess down there for the shoes to travel down the long hallway and into another room.  (And we slept through the entire thing.)  Most of the water was gone when we woke up.  But the mud and dirt were still there.

This picture just amazes me.  How one earth did this jar get off the shelf and filled with water, but never broke?!

Water level in the basement.

Water level in the garage.  Yes, it got into our car, but only the floors got wet.

Thank the Lord, our insurance company is covering the damages (due to the sump pumps we have in the garage!)  They sent a company that came, dried and cleaned the floors.  We are still waiting to hear whether the insurance company will pay to have someone remove and clean behind the paneling.  Hopefully we'll hear something soon.

Now on to the FUN times.  The kids!  They are truly the light of our lives.  Sure, parenting is hard, but hearing these two giggle together is just priceless.  They love each so much and truly have a lot of fun together.

Here's Noah showing off his new found love of standing.  He loves to stand all the time.  We all know where that walking!!

He is quite the explorer too.

Hannah is loving our 'school time.'  Although, I admit that we don't do as much as I really would like to.  We are getting into a routine of sorts.  The basement fiasco did throw us a week behind, but we're back into it now.  We are mainly focusing on letters right now, which Hannah is picking up very quickly.  We start the week by introducing the letter, writing down a long list of all the words that we can think of that begin with that letter (including people we know) and coloring that letter.  Throughout the week we are enjoying books that we borrow from the library that start with the letter of the week.  At the end of the week we create a letter from Totally Tots Blog.  Hannah is really enjoying it so far.  I hope to start working on numbers too.  But I have to ease into it.  I am still trying to get everything organized.

Here she is doing her letter puzzle, which she finished in a few minutes with no trouble at all!

These are the letters we've made so far that I have pictures of.  I will post the others soon.  :)

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy Birthday to my husband

"This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice!"

I rejoice that the Lord created you.  You are a wonderful, caring person and I am glad that the Lord has given you to me.  You are a wonderful father who gives so much love and joy to our children.  You bring such joy to my life and I feel honored to call you my best friend.  I hope you have an absolutely wonderful birthday.  I love you.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Growing Children

Why do babies grow so fast?  They sure don't stay babies for long.  Here is a quote that I have come across more than once that I really like (and like in the Bible, if it's repeated more than once, then you know it's important):

Cleaning and scrubbing will wait ’till tomorrow, but children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs! Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep. – Ruth Hamilton

So, if you happen to stop by my house, be warned that it will be messy.  But hopefully there will be happy kids running around.

Enough with my ramblings and on to the kids!  Noah has learned to crawl, pull to standing, sit unsupported and go from crawling to sitting all in the span of under two weeks.  So many milestones all at once!

Hannah is growing and developing in other ways.  We have been working on recognizing letters, doing one letter a week.  We're only on letter B, but she can recognize at least 5-6 letters now.  She will point them out where ever she may be.  It's amazing how she just soaks everything in!  She loves learning and doing 'school time.'  If I start slacking and not pulling stuff out for her to do, she certainly reminds me! :)  The other day while I was pulling out her worksheets (per her request) she put her arm around my shoulders, squeezed and said "Mom.  I like you."  She blows me away with how sweet she can be.  She has become a very compassionate and caring young girl.  She will caution me when I'm in the kitchen:  "Don't burn yourself, Mom!"  "Watch the hot stove."  "Don't cut yourself with that knife." or "Don't choke!"  LOL.  It's crazy to hear her say some of the things I say to her.  She also comforts Noah for me, if I can't get to him right away (like when I'm cooking dinner.)  She'll go to him and say "It's ok, Noah.  Mommy's coming for you.  Calm down."  She's a sweetheart!  Another great thing she has started doing is asking Dan how his day was when he comes home and we're chatting over dinner!  :)

A few pictures from the last few weeks.

Please forgive the drool... it's in almost every picture of Noah (has been since he was born!)  He always has his mouth open.  LOL.

Riding in Hannah's school bus.

Hannah is wearing her baby in a 'wrap' like Mommy wears Noah.  :)

Chillin' outside.

The kids together!

Check out their faces!  They enjoy each other soooo much.  Now that Noah is a little bit older, most times when I'm taking the kids in the car by myself, all I hear are giggles and laughter from the backseat.  I love it!

He is sleeping in this picture, while holding his foot.

And they're off!

I made a makeshift bulletin board for Hannah's 'school work.'  She loves it!  She's so proud of her coloring and worksheets, that I felt bad just putting them in a folder.  Now we have a place to display her work for the week.  (Yes- it's in the living room!  We don't have any other place to put it right now!)

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I hope to post more about the garden soon.  I have lots of pictures of the garden to share with you.  :)