Saturday, September 18, 2010

We Would Need to Buy Stock…

in Band-Aid if we still lived in Minnesota. Ellaina insists on covering EVERY mosquito bite with a band-aid. There aren’t nearly as many mosquitoes in Texas, but we are still going through a ridiculous number of band-aids. Though it is better than bloody bites from her itching them too much :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

“Now I CAN Fly!?!”

IMG_5011Braden got his Buzz Lightyear costume in the mail Friday. The first thing out of his mouth was…”Now I can fly!?!” I couldn’t tell if he was asking or telling me. It is so cute how their little minds work.

A couple weeks ago Ellaina had her wings on and said sadly “I can’t fly.” It was as if her heart had been broken with that realization.  It didn’t stop them from jumping off the fireplace together and pretending to fly. Braden with his Buzz costume and Ellaina with her wings. They are just so much FUN!

A New Kind of Movie Night!

Tonight we headed to the park for “Movie in the Park”. The kids and I were joined by the Campbells, and Christie and the kids.

It was a little hot, but there was a nice breeze to keep it comfortable. We brought a lot of movie junk food and spread out the blanket. The kids all did really well…even on their sugar high :) The movie “Astroboy” kept their attention for the most part, so that was perfect. It was cute to see all the kids playing and lounging together watching the movie (or not watching the movie at times). We couldn’t have asked for more…unless Daddy was with us. He always make fun times more special :)

Praise God

I am finally ready to blog about this. It has been hard to think about, not so much because of what it was, but because of what it could have been.

I have a studio at the front of my house. I usually keep my lights out when I have a couple sessions throughout the week. Due to the little fingers in the house, I am diligent about unplugging them after every session. Last week after a session, I didn’t pull the background up and put it away, so I didn't see that I left the backlight plugged in.

Ellaina and I were in the kitchen when I saw a light flicker in the studio room. I asked her if someone turned on one of the studio lights. After she told me Braden did, I went in to turn it off and unplug it. I was shocked when I saw the flickering light was actually a fire. The black plastic snout had started on fire and fallen to the ground. I kicked my background out of the direction of the fire and ran to the kitchen to grab a towel. After batting the fire out with the towel, I sat stunned. So many “what ifs” started running through my head. It didn’t take long for the tears to start flowing.

What happened was Braden turned the light on. The light bulb was covered by the black plastic snout. Over time the light bulb got hot enough to start the plastic on fire. Thankfully our floor is a wood laminate, so the fire didn’t take off and there was no damage to the floor. The baseboard has some burn marks on it and serve as a constant reminder every time I look at it.

There were angels watching over us that morning. My background was about one inch away from the fire. If that would have caught on fire, the flames would have gone right up the background onto the ceiling. There could have been a dozen scenarios like that, we definitely were and are blessed. Yikes, it still makes my hair rise to think what might have been.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sooooo BIG!

IMG_5007Today was the first day of school for the kids, and the very first day of school ever for Braden. I took a couple pictures of them inside, since it was raining. Then we anxiously headed to Cottonwood, where Ellaina wanted us to drop Braden off first. As soon as we turned down his hallway the screaming got louder. There was no mistaken this was the young kids hallway. There was screaming and crying out of every room, and some emotional parents standing in the hall contemplating weather to go inside or not.

Braden did really well for the first couple minutes. There were so many parents in his room trying to console their children, that it took a little too long to unpack his bag. By the time we were ready to leave, he had begun getting a little teary. With so many kids crying, I couldn’t blame him. I would have been surprised if he didn’t.

Ellaina, on the other hand, just wanted a lot of “hugs and kisses mommy”. No tears and no having to pull her into the room. It was an easy transition. When I picked her up, she even asked when she gets do it again! Music to my ears :)

Braden was playing when I got to his room. The teacher said he was great and “one of the good ones”. That made me smile because as I left his room this morning, I felt so bad for the teachers. It looked very overwhelming. I was glad to hear Braden didn't add to the stress. All in all it was a GREAT first day! I am so glad they both enjoy it!  IMG_4990 IMG_4996

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Weekend!

On Saturday we had friends over for some college football and a cookout. We had such a nice time, and as you can see by the pictures, the kids did too :) We cleared out the studio and put the toys in there for them to play with. We also brought down our TV to put on a movie when it was getting late. It was a nice way to kickoff the football season. Especially since the kids played so wonderfully together :) IMG_4977IMG_4985