Brief Moment #21

Katelynn turned 3 months old yesterday!  Time goes by WAY to fast when they are babies.  We are trying to enjoy our moments of baby smiles, laughter, and watching her as she discovers new things.  It is also a big blessing that Isabel and Elizabeth seem to enjoy their baby sister so much.  She has truly been a blessing for all of our lives over the past three months.  I will just hate to see the baby moments go!

Brief Moment #20

Cassie and I finally went to church!  We had both been talking about it and decided to finally do it.  We decided to check out a church that was right across the street from our house.  It looks like an older brick building on the outside, but once inside it looks like an old-time log cabin church–complete with wood floors and ceilings.  This church isn’t in the country, but it does remind me of one of those old time country churches.  It was a good experience and we are both talking about continuing at this church.  She even mentioned that it would be a nice church to get married in.  Hopefully this will turn in to one of those blessings that can simply change lives.  The people of the church were very friendly and helpful, while the preacher seemed to do a good job of teaching with a bit of humor.  Sunday seriously made my day!

Brief Moment #19

New York City has implemented a great way to share the arts around town.  New York City has strategically placed pianos at some of the city’s best known spots and ANYONE can play them for free.  This is a great idea and one that will get some major attention from other cities.  I hope this works out for them.  This gives the citizens access to make some music and to be heard and seen playing in front of some amazing places.   I wonder who the first person will be to pluck out a song on each of the city’s 60 pianos.  Quite cool.

Brief Moment #18

Katelynn has started to giggle.  Every time Cassie and I look at her and make a weird clicking sound with our mouth’s, Katelynn just gets the biggest grin and giggles.  It is so cute and funny.  She is also holding her head up quite well and trying to actually sit up, but without success yet.  It is quite neat just noticing all of these little things and how fast she is learning to do stuff.  Time does go by fast, but every minute of it is a happy time.  I should add that she is now three months old.

Brief Moment #16

I got an early Father’s Day on Saturday morning. I woke up to the kitchen being decorated with “Happy Father’s Day Papa Bear! We love you!”

Later in the day, I got to work (completely thinking that it was Father’s Day, too) and found out that we were a day early. We both had a good laugh over that, then I realized that I got lucky enough to get a whole Father’s Day weekend!

Brief Moment #15

Thursday we took the girls to the library. Exotic Aquatics put on an animal show for the girls. The girls ran to the back of the grounds, scared of the baby alligators and crocodiles. Then the girls got to go up and pet a couple of large snakes-one Boa constrictor and one Python.

We all had a nice day at the library and got to get our pictures taken with a nine foot, 40 pound Python.

Brief Moment #14

I finished my second book for our library’s Summer Reading Program.  My goal is to earn 2 library book bags by the end of this thing so that we have environmentally-friendly ways to carry all of our books home from the library.  We have the chance to earn small prizes for every 5 books read.  I am going for 2 $3-$5 library gift certificates.  All I need is $4 for the two bags and the hope that some are left!!  It is their centennial year in town and the bags are pretty cool!

I just finished reading “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.  It was an amazing book and one I highly recommend to anyone.  Randy was a college professor who found out that he had only a few months to live.  He decided to give a last lecture as a going away gift to his family friends.  His lecture and book abound with his thoughts on life, what he thinks is important, and how precious time is.  This book is the first book to tear me up.  Not once, but at least four different times!  It also makes you smile.  A lot.  It isn’t to sappy and overall, it is a very positive book with great guidelines on how life should be lived and what is important.  It was a great read and I do suggest that everyone should look in to reading this great book!  There.  That’s my book report.  You can watch the original lecture by Randy Pausch by clicking here.  That should motivate you enough to buy the book, or do like I did and check it out at your local library!

The first book I read was The Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.  Another highly recommended book that lays the basis for much of today’s conservation and environmental works.

If I have to read, I might as well read some good books that make me think.  So far, both of my selections have been great.

I told my dad what I was doing this last week when he visited and he asked “Well how do they know you have read them?  You could mark down that you read them and get the book bags.”  I told him that that would be lying and cheating, both values that I never want my kids to see their father do.  I would rather work and earn them.  At least I will have peace of mind and the kids get to see their dad actually work for something to benefit the family.  I hope my dad picked up that lesson and maybe found out a little more about me, as well!

Brief Moment #13

The girls ate so good that I decided that I should get them some ice cream and play with them.  The ice cream lasted about 5 seconds (I think we all ate to much dinner) then it was out the door for some frisbee and ball.  The girls have been practicing playing frisbee with me.  They are finally starting to get to the point where they can throw it good for their ages.  Isabel is seven and Elizabeth is three.  Something special happened tonight, though, that had never happened before.  Neither of the girls have been able to CATCH the frisbee.  I let it fly to Elizabeth and she clapped her hands together and caught it!  Yeah, Elizabee!!  She is three and finally can say that she has done something before her big sister!

After seeing Elizabeth’s amazing catches (she caught it three more times) Isabel got inspired and told me that she wanted to catch it.  I would hold out the frisbee and ask her, “Are you going to catch this thing?”  She would reply, “I hope so, but I don’t know.”  I looked her in the eyes and told her to say, “I WILL catch it.”  She did and laughed.  I lobbed the perfect flight to her and, What do you know!  Isabel caught it!  That made me SO VERY PROUD of her!  Most of these things are just a change in thinking.  I am trying to teach them that by THINKING they can do something, that will enable them to actually do it!  Their faces were both lit and I could tell how excited they were to be able to do something like that.  It was also a good ‘lesson’ moment for me.  I do believe that anyone can do anything they put their minds to.  It may take practice, work, and some effort, but you can get there.

Brief Moment #12

After The Package, The Strawberry Festival, and Katelynn giggling, there was still plenty more room for fun in our day.  We took the $20 my mom had sent in The Package and bought an awesome meal for dinner.  We cooked BBQ Western Ribs, garlic and butter fried Green beans, baked sweet potatoes, and homemade biscuits.  It was delicious.  Mommy played a ‘mystery food’ game with Isabel and Elizabeth-blindfolding them, feeding them, then asking each of them what the food was.  The game seemed to work, as all of them ate really, really well!  Good job, Girls!