This One’s For the Grandparents : )

Daniel meets John David
Today I’m uploading lots of videos of our children that will probably only be interesting to the grandparents.  This one’s for you, Granddaddy, Nana, DaddyO, Nonna, Granddaddy and Grandma Cunningham!!  : )
Dan loves babies.
Dan loves baseball.
John David was VERY sleepy after having his first bath at home.  He did not enjoy the bath.  For little ones with a cord, they cannot be submerged in bath water.  They hate being cool, so it is really best to bathe them wearing their towel, but peeling off the towel on each portion you need to wash as you go and then covering them back up.  I’d forgotten that, so J.D. endured his first bath naked and crying.  Poor baby.
The swelling had gone down just enough today for me to return to my own underwear and my maternity yoga pants.  : )  I <3 yoga pants!  (to fully understand this caption, see yesterday's post:  The Postpartum Phase…)
supporting our team in good times and bad..  : )
He managed to kick himself completely out of his swaddling blanket.  Oh well.  He looks a lot beefier in pictures than he looks in person.  In person, he’s a cute little string bean.  
See how I need a new camera?   I can’t tell you how many pictures I have to delete b/c they are blurry.
  Alan just bought a desk (seriously necessary) off Craig’s List today for only $100.  It’s a roll top desk identical to the ones that both sets of our parents have.  Super nice.
  Do you think buying a better camera on Craig’s List is a good idea?  Or do you think it would just mean it wasn’t good enough for someone, so we probably won’t be satisfied either?  Thoughts?  You know Alan is all about buying things second hand, and I’m actually really happy about that.  Why pay $500 for something if you can find that same thing for $100?  And there’s not a single thing wrong with that desk.  
   We are enjoying our week of resting at home.  I had all sorts of ideas for things I could get done this week, while resting in my chair.  So far I have accomplished very little of that.  Reading makes me fall asleep, and I just haven’t had the energy to work on the boys’ baby books.  I mostly just feed the baby, sleep, and eat.  I’m sort of like Garfield.
  Thank you so much to our friends who have visited, brought food, signed up with the Park Moms to bring food, etc.  
  We feel so welcome here.
  Joshua has asked us a few times recently when we are moving again.  We told him we’ll be here for a while yet, at least until he’s in the 3rd grade.  Joshua said, “I want to stay here forever.”  We feel the same way, Joshua.  It is rare to stumble upon such a great community.
  This verse aptly fits me right now, as I am relying so much on others during my c-section recovery:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 
 If one falls down, his friend can help him up.   But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?
   Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Our Epic Memorial Day Weekend

Joshua’s creation from this morning…an airplane FULL of passengers….

This is the very best, best, greatest, most wonderful kind of Saturday!  Everyone is home together.  There are no baseball games, no soccer games, no scouting events, and no commitments of any kind.

  Alan and I noticed a couple weeks ago that this is our only weekend before the baby arrives that fits that description, so we decided to protect it as our “last family weekend” before our world gets turned upside down!

   As I mentioned before, Alan took yesterday off.  Plus he gets Memorial Day off.  That makes this a seriously long weekend.  We could’ve even left town.  Of course, that’s not as much fun when your 35 1/2 weeks pregnant.  I’ve been reading in America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money about inexpensive ways to do a “home vacation.”  They mentioned mixing days to sleep in and chill at the house with days full of activities, to keep it feeling like vacation.

   We are trying to make ourselves live more thrifty.  After all, we are about to be a family of SIX!!  Then there was the whole buying a boat thing……so you might say we’ve done enough “discretionary spending” for 2013.  ; )

  So last night we took the boys to see the movie Epic, on opening night, only we went at 3:50pm.  All went surprisingly smoothly!  We even took Daniel, ya’ll!!!
   We bought a giant, refillable bucket of popcorn, and we took paper bowls with us to make for easy sharing.  We actually had to cash in on the free refill.  Our family of 5 went through two full buckets of popcorn!  We also discovered that Daniel loves soda……judge all you want, but he wouldn’t leave our cups alone.  We didn’t actually buy him a soda.  He just kept drinking ours!
    What was really cute was Daniel sitting on Joshua’s lap for a little while.  I was wishing I had a camera for that!  Dan really looks up to Joshua!
   Poor Alan.  The boys waited until the two most exciting moments of the movie (which was actually a pretty good movie!) to announce they needed to go to the bathroom.
   This was a highly family friendly, non scary, non controversial movie.  Even Caleb and Daniel were able to enjoy it.  Caleb didn’t even need to wear his noise muffling ear phones!

  After the movie we took the boys to Toys R Us and let them spend their money.  Joshua bought the Lego Batman movie, and Caleb bought a boxed set of Toy Story characters.  (I’m getting him Toy Story 3 and Bullseye for his birthday).   Daniel played with different balls all through the store but didn’t ask for anything.  Gotta love a good 2-year-old!

  It’s bothering Joshua that Caleb has all this money, and yet he prefers to spend it on toys rather than video games.  And yet, Joshua hasn’t stuck to saving for the DS3 he wants so badly either.  That money just burns a hole in his little pockets.


  We’re thinking about taking the whole family on a field trip to a theme park nearby.  It’s a theme park for little kids, so it doesn’t sound as intimidating as a place like Six Flags.  The thing about Alan and me is…..we’re hesitant to commit.  Therefore, we haven’t decided yet.

  We had thought we’d be spending this weekend doing some swimming….  Instead it is 57 degrees outside!  Alan said the Bible says that in the end times you won’t be able to tell the seasons apart….interesting…..

Daniel, wearing the headphones.  We bought those for Caleb last year, as he is very sensitive to loud events like ceremonies with cannons or movie theaters.  This was the very first movie (Epic) I’ve ever seen that 1.)  was not loud and 2.) had no inappropriate previews!   Hallelujah!
**Embarrassing/ Funny Moments with Kids***
  Funny things happen all the time, but when I go to write, my memory fails me!  One story I do remember from this week:
   I was at the playground after school, and I asked Daniel, in front of all the other moms, “Where’s the baby?”  I just wanted to see if he’d point to my belly…
   Instead, he started trying as hard as he could to lift my shirt so he could show everyone my actual belly.
   Everyone laughed, but I think I’ll not ask him that question anymore.  ; )

“Even a child is known by his doings…”

Bargain Wednesday:
3 boys’ shirts, 2 pairs of boys’ shorts, 1 pair of tennis shoes in new condition, 1 pair of roller skates, and 1.5 bags of Swim Diapers ………..ALL FOR $24…….Hurray!

  Daniel and I had a morning out on the town today.  He is such a great sidekick.  I love that when I go out with him, I get compliments on how well behaved he is.  Of course, that’s not too difficult with only one child.  It’s when you have two little boys, wrestling with each other in public, that’s when it gets hard!!  I guess I have a couple more years before I have to do that with ‘littles’ again.  

  First, we went to Game Stop, priced the used Nintendo DS’s (still overpriced, if you ask me), and bought the boys a used game they can play on the PSP.  It was to fulfill a promise I’d made to Joshua….

   Be careful what you promise.  They never forget a word you say, when it is to their benefit!
***Best Library Kid Award***
    After Game Stop, we went to the library and picked out 12 books, at varying levels and interests to cover the wide variety of children we are accumulating…  Even at the library, Dan was a hit.  There was one two-year-old in the back throwing a fit, another one that fell and then screamed and screamed, and then there was Daniel…..sweetly putting together a puzzle and then pushing around his stroller, nice and quiet, as usual.  : )   
   I won’t lie.  It sure was nice to be the one with the sweet toddler b/c I have been in all of those other situations as well!!  I used to leave Caleb at my parents’ house every time I took Joshua to the library, when Caleb was Daniel’s age.  ……and that’s why living near grandparents is a DO!  
**Bargain Shopping with Dan**
  After the library, and a quick stop at Burger King b/c Daniel kept saying “eat”, and I had no food….we donated some items to the thrift store and did a little shopping as well.  Daniel played with lots of different toys at the store while I shopped, but he didn’t ask for a single, solitary thing.  LOVE this boy!
**Book Recommendation**
  Alan’s been wanting me to read Shepherding a Child’s Heart , by Tedd Tripp, for a while now.  Unfortunately, I hardly ever read anything these days, so I just now got around to it.  I had read the first few chapters and hadn’t seen any earth shaking ideas, so I was rather surprised when I got deeper into the book and it turned out to be AWESOME.

ALL parents should read this book.  But don’t judge it by the first few chapters.  Those are good too, but the practical, application part, is in Part II of the book.

  I’ve had a lot of trouble with Joshua and his attitude lately, but thanks to this book, I have a solid, uncomplicated, plan on how to deal with it!  I may share more about this book in a future blog post.  It’s that good.

my thank you note from Caleb.  : )
The picture is a little blurry for you to see the great details Joshua put into this picture he drew in Art class.  Alan and I were impressed.  They had to draw an illustration based on a book they read.  As you can probably tell, the story did involve the character becoming a major news story.  Those are reporters set up on the lawn, as well as news cameras flying overhead.

…And this is Joshua’s space rocket, from the Cub Scout Space Derby.  He named it “Knuckles Story Hey” (He spelled Hey ‘ha’).  The character drawing is of Knuckles, a Sonic the Hedgehog character.
Speaking of the Space Derby, my friend Amy sent me a really good picture of Joshua, Xavier, and Jack at the Space Derby.  However, it’s not available to upload from iPhoto….which reminds me of a new computer thing I’ve learned!  I have to restart my computer to view newly downloaded photos.  Isn’t that weird?  But at least I know how to fix it now.  I’ll post that photo next time, I guess!
Oh!  And last but not least…..Alan’s cousin, Alyson, came for a visit, and we had a great time.  Don’t let her young face fool you, Alyson is also a proud mommy of two littles, and she’s a GREAT mommy at that.   Thanks for taking time out of your trip to visit with us, Alyson!!

 Caleb’s monkey, Monkey Monkey, came along for dinner.  He’s had that monkey since he was 1 1/2.  Nonna bought it for him at the Pine Mountain safari place.

 No idea what was going on here…..but Daniel is admittedly cute…..not my most photogenic moment though…ha

 hehe  We love those crazy little boys!

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