December 30, 2010

Time to get my OINK on!

I decided to ANNOUNCE this, so that I feel one more nudge of accountability toward completing my goal.  I registered myself to run half of the Flying Pig Marathon this spring. 
Training began a few weeks ago, however
it is in full swing starting next week!

Upon searching for a train picture, I found this cartoon. hee hee

December 23, 2010

Jingle Bells

My family holds an annual talent show during our Christmas party.  Lydia proudly demonstrated a few of her gymnastic tricks, and Luke played the piano.  He's been working hard, and we were very proud of him!!!!

December 20, 2010

Photo Recap of our last couple weeks

Breakfast with Santa at Luke's school.  Luke had his fingers up listing the items he's wishing for.  Lydia was more fond of Mrs. Claus. 
 This was on our porch.  I wonder what Craig ordered for me for Christmas!  (I'm being sarcastic).  I know AND I already have taken it for a late night spin.  Now I can keep up with my two kiddos!
 Here's the front and back of a t-shirt quilt I made for my sister's family.  I've never made one, but I think it turned out pretty cool!  It fits a queen size bed.
 Before the first true snowfall even ended, we headed out to have some fun.  Even Craig and I took our turns sledding.  SUCH FUN!
 I read about a neat craft.  We froze ice cubes tinted with food coloring and poured them into a pan to freeze.  Then we hung it by a ribbon on our front porch.  It looked sort of cute until after a few hours the food coloring somehow dripped out of the ice!  I guess it was more dense or something, but it literally washed right out and later in the day we had two clear rings hanging.  It was fun to make though!
 Time to make cookies!!!  Lydia couldn't stop wiping her shirt with her floured hands.  If you look closely you'll see she even has flour all over her face.
 They seemed to have a great time and absolutely LOVED decorating them with icing, sprinkles and candy!

That's all for now...

December 11, 2010

Use Your Big Girl Voice

Luke got home from school today and Lydia
greeted him with a sweet yet silent smile.
He asked her an important question.
The actual question is irrelevant.
Then it began...

Lydia answered the question by tossing her fingers and hands around in the air.  They were deliberate movements, and her eyes stayed locked with Luke's.
In a frustrated and raised voice I heard Luke bust out with,
"Lydia! I don't understand sign language!" 
He asked his question once again.
She flailed her hands and arms again.

Then he stormed off.

Apparently both Luke AND Lydia are fully convinced
that SHE DOES know sign language.

- and in case you're wondering...
NO, Lydia does NOT know sign language.
She DOES, on the other hand, know
how to tick off her brother.

December 7, 2010

Run For Your Life!

I suppose it might be milestone in child development
for a three year old to shout this
at the top of her lungs to her older brother:

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

... followed by two psychotic children
sprinting across the kitchen floor!

We're definitely entering a new phase
in our daughter's life, AND I LOVE IT!

December 5, 2010

Back To Bed

Saturday, Dec. 4th, 2010, 2300 hours, yes... 11pm!
Lydia's bedroom light is on and she's gotten fully dressed for Sunday's church service.   Poor thing.  She thought her few hours of snoozing was actually her entire night of sleep.  Oops. -  Back into her p-jams and back into bed.  We'll try that again in 10 hours.

December 4, 2010

I Forgot To Flush

Sometimes I get so caught in being an adult that I forget to play.  I think it's been worse since Lydia's become old enough to be Luke's playmate.  Less and less they ask for me to join in their games.
Well today was finally an exception.
In fact, Craig hopped on the bandwagon as well and we were all laughing hysterically at our homemade fun.

Luke likes to be timed at running- usually it will be sort of like an obstacle course.  The four of us were in the living room, and we used a timer to time Luke as we'd design and redesign the course.  Eventually he settled into this route and repeated it a couple times to beat his own best time.

1. Start on the tile by the fireplace.
2. Run upstairs and turn Mom's nightstand lamp on and then back off.
3. Run to the basement and circle around the pole.
4. Run back to the main floor and flush the bathroom toilet.
5. Run to the finish line by hitting Mom's foot.

We laughed and laughed as he would return each time completely panting and fatigued!
Well then the excitement hit a whole new level.  Somehow, someone suggested that I DO IT. 
***That "someone" by the way,
had his feet kicked up in the recliner.
As you may know, I never quite back down from a challenge, so I got in my best runner's stance by the fireplace and the READY, SET, GO!  I was off!!!  I hustled through the route- it was WAY harder than I thought! 
When's the last time YOU ever ran up a flight of stairs?  AND try TWO sets!
I truly was running as fast as I could!  I was also bursting laughter the whole time!  I got up the basement steps and sped quickly to tag Luke's shoe.  I was immediately relieved until I was reminded that I FORGOT TO FLUSH THE TOILET!!!!   UGH!  I busted a move into the bathroom... swoosh..... and ran back again to tag the shoe.
MAN!  I seriously was huffing and puffing.
So then I dared Craig to try and beat my time.  Happily, he didn't want to miss out on the fun, so he got into his runner's stance and BANG- off he flew through the house.
Long story short, he TOTALLY beat our times.
It didn't end there though.  I did it second time, and also Craig did it again!

It was a majorly immature thing to do.  I don't know that most responsible adults would run like maniacs through their homes, but we utterly enjoyed ourselves.
What about Lydia, you ask?   Well, she invented her own fun.  For over a week now, she's been a "puppy".  Seriously, she crawls on all fours and barks.  It's strange, I know, but I think it's age-appropriate, so we haven't called the psychiatrist just yet. 
Back to the main topic though, she competed the course too, but as a puppy.  Needless to say her time was so very long, but she had a bunch of fun in character and that's all that matters.

Lesson:  Don't forget to play today.
It will be TOTALLY worth the effort!