Monday, February 28, 2011

Full of hot air

Sam LOVES to blow bubbles and air out his lips. We like to say he's full of hot air. And anytime he catches us doing this, he's hilarious. Enjoy the CLIP.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Rock Levi's!

G.G. Shirley and Phil gave Sam these handsome Levi diapers, which he sported with pride this week. Enjoy!

Check out that tush!

Unlike Henry, who didn't have hair until he was almost two, Sam's locks are growing longer by the day...he even enjoys it when I comb his hair after his bath. Sam just smiles and coos while I sweet.

96, 97, 98, 99...100. Whew! It takes a lot of work to keep this figure!

Thanks again G.G. Shirley and Phil for the mighty fine diapers! And thanks to all of our family and friends for your prayers for Shirley this week. Open-heart surgery was Friday morning and she is doing remarkably well.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


A friend (you know who you are) sent me the following email and I enjoyed it so much that I thought I would share it with you...well, that and I'm struggling to think on my own after waking up at 4:45 AM to workout. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did...and that you learn a new word - paraprosdokian.

"A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists."

1) I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way, so I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
2) Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
3) The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.
4) If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5) We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. (my personal favorite)
6) War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
7) Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8) Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
9) To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; To steal from many is research.
10) A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.
11) Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.
12) I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.
13) A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.
14) I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
15) Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
16) Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?
17) A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
18) Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
19) A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.
20) Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chillaxin on a Sunday afternoon

Only in Oklahoma can you have back-to-back winter snow storms and then a bout of 70+ degree weather. The last week has been AMAZING and we've taken every opportunity to enjoy it. The back door to our kitchen has been permanently open this week, Henry has jumped in every pile of leaves in our backyard, and Sam experienced his first ride in the red wagon. It's been a good week.

This afternoon after church, the boys (all three of them) and I enjoyed some time together in the backyard. When he wasn't busy burying his Mickey Mouse characters, Henry helped (sort of) daddy bag leaves, while Sam and I played on the back patio. Forgive me for inundating you, but Sam was in a particularly smiley mood and I had a hard time narrowing down my pictures. Good thing all I have is a small point-and-shoot camera...right now I'm saving my pennies for a nice fancy camera. When I finally have enough dough saved up for my new camera, and start taking pictures with it, then you'll really be in trouble!

Henry was beginning to feel a little left out, so he took it upon himself to climb into the laundry basket too.

Poor Sam...he's starting to feel a bit scrunched

Can you tell he's excited when big brother finally decides to get out?!

Taking a breather in the leaves

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another milestone

Can it be possible that Sam is already 8 months old?! My how time continues to fly.

Some of the things Sam loves to do at 8 months include:

1) Sitting tall and proud, like a "big boy" as Henry would say
2) Watching his big brother like a hawk
3) Splashing in the tub...again, with big brother
4) Snuggling with mommy. I call Sam my "snuggle bug"...he LOVES to cuddle. And I can't think of anything better
5) Puffs - he's learning to feed himself and actually can insert puff into mouth about 50% of the time
6) Grinning...he doesn't laugh as much as Henry did at this age, but he's always smiling
7) Rolling. Sam can roll from one side of the living room to the other
8) Puppies and kittens. Sam goes nuts anytime he gets within arms reach of a live animal
9) Apples and pears - his favorite purees

Sunday, February 13, 2011

GG Shirley

Henry and Sam's great grandmother Shirley was in OKC for the weekend, which was a real treat since she spends half the year in Arizona and we usually don't get to see her until late April/early May. The boys enjoyed their time catching up.

I remember when I use to be able to touch my toes like this

Who has ornery written all over him?

Both Henry and Sam got a special Valentine from great grandmother Shirley - a $2 bill! My late grandpa, Paul, and grandmother Shirley used to send a $2 bill in every birthday, Valentine, Christmas card they sent. I've saved every one.

Apparently, Henry thought it would make a nice hat

Yes, they're already hitting and wrestling with each other...Sam is going to be one tough cookie! Little does Henry know that Sam will likely outgrow him in a couple of years...make that months...and will soon seek revenge.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cold Nakedness

Well, it's a good thing we purchased our new kitchen tile last month because this month we get to buy a new water heater! Yea! (Can you sense my sarcasm?) Last night as I was preparing, or attempting to prepare, a bath for the boys, I noticed the water was not getting warm. Wade checked the water heater and LOW AND BEHOLD...a leak. The wealthy folks at Western Mechanical came out to inspect the leak this AM and declared it totaled. We needed a replacement. Ugh.

But we made the most of our time last night...waiting for the re-lit pilot light to provide warm water. I had already stripped the boys down to their birthday suits, so rather than put their clothes back on, just to take them back off 30 minutes later, I let them run (and/or roll) around like crazy naked men. It was amazing how the fresh air affected them. You'd have thought I gave them each a pound of sugar.

Some of my favorite naked moments -

Is it just me, or does Sam look annoyed at big brother?

Hello, Mr. Blue Eyes

I swear, it's the strangest thing...both our boys have blue eyes and neither Wade or I do. Weird.

"Now...where did I leave those darn spurs?"

And this is Sam just 10 minutes ago...such a sweetheart. I could stand at his crib and stare at him for hours.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snow Day (x4)

I never thought I'd live to see the FOURTH day OSU closed its campus! Unreal. When I was in college, I can barely remember school being cancelled for one snow day. And even more surprising is that the Foundation closed three of those four days too! This means I got some extra special days with my men.

Okay, please don't judge, but I let Henry go out in the snow today...ear infection and all. He LOVED it...he'd been itching to get out and enjoy the powder since 7 AM. At 4 PM, I finally caved. Grandmas - He had two layers of EVERYTHING on...promise.

Neighbor Pete let us borrow his sled!

Taking a breather on the curb

With the Thompson's snowman

After I coaxed Henry inside, he was able to sneak out the back door and had his tractor in hand before I could catch up...and so, the second 10 minute warning was given and the dead bolts to all other doors were locked.

Plowing the way for John Deere

A casualty

Surveying the scene

And when we weren't playing in the snow, I was busy making Sam sweet potatoes and apples for the following week. Yum, yum!


Chop, Chop!

Let the steaming begin

And like magic...ta-da!