Friday, December 25, 2009
we did not...
1. ...have any overnight stays in a hospital.
2. ...reach our family deductable.
3. ...ski even a single day (though we were in Winter Park for five).
4. ...contract H1N1 (yet).
5. ...add on to our house.
6. ...invest in any toxic assets.
7. ...take the dogs for a single walk.
8. ...visit one movie theatre together.
9. ...have any more babies.
10. ...hang Christmas tree lights on our house.
In so doing (or in not so doing), we made a very important observation: you really can't see your own lights. You can only see the neighbor's lights. So in order to get into the Christmas spirit, one only needs festive neighbors such as ours (thanks B, E, and G!):
favorite quotes of 2009...
1. "Bye Bye Poopie. See you tomorrow!" - Mia
2. "What About Me!?!" - Brianna
3. "Milp" - Hadley
We're a bit concerned that when a child can verbally ask to be nursed that maybe it's time to switch over to the cow....
most adorable moments: (click to watch any of the below)
1. When Mia first learned to pray.
2. Hadley singing Frank Sinatra with her Papa.
3. Brianna on a talking spree.
most heroic moment: Dad catching Hadley with one hand while still filming (see video#2) .
best vacation: lake trip and worstell wedding
worst drive: lake trip and worstell wedding
worst day of the year: family photo day
best day of the year: when we got our photos back
meanwhile, on the latest episode of "So You Think You Can Dance..."
most difficult challenge of our lives: pottytraining
greatest feat: hadley takes her first steps!
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a purposeful and rewarding 2010.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Team Deeble: 3
1st Quarter: a strong showing out of the gate. The deebledaughters slept til 7:30 (Dude!), our dear friend "Miss Sharon" came over and watched our two youngest so that Elise and I could spend some 2 on 1 time with Mia. Incredibly special time. Then, I took Brianna shopping - we went to the library, the grocery store, and she helped me pick out some new boots.
2nd Quarter: also a strong quarter of play but with a major setback at the end. A small mutiny occurred on the way to NAP time that caused TeamDeeble 3 penalties, a personal foul, and a stiff fine for inappropriate conduct.
3rd Quarter: starting out extremely strong. All 3 have been asleep for 2 hours. After their waking, we attempted to bake cookies for our neighbors. This was a disaster and required a quick audible by Elise (our QB). Coloring books and crayons kept us in the game.
4th Quarter: some bickering among the star QB and the back-up QB (dan) got the 4th quarter off to a rocky start, resulting in Dan coming in and pulling off some late heroics to finish off Team Meltdown.
All in all, a fairly solid effort by the good guys and, it seems, the win has lifted the spirits in the locker room as well. After his post-game interviews, Dan was seen heading to the showers. He and Elise crossed paths in the tunnel where he reportedly gave her a slap on the butt and said, "good game."
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
therefore, it's my most important day.
it is also my most exhausting.
i find that - to keep up with my girls - I have to be proactive, otherwise I will get pummelled and left for dead. so this morning I woke up with a new gameplan: I was going to approach the day as many football coaches approach a game....by quarters.
It dawned on me that a whole day from start to finish of taking girls to the potty, washing bibs, preparing meals, roughhousing, getting them in carseats, out of carseats, wiping noses, reading books, cleaning up, then uncleaning up what i had just cleaned up, etc...was just to much to get my arms around (i know, i know...i'm talking about just a day, when my blessed wife has to think in terms of years).
So I broke the day up into quarters.
1st Quarter: wake up through breakfast.
2nd Quarter: post-breakfast through 2:00PM nap time
3rd Quarter: post-nap through dinner
4th Quarter: bath, books, bedtime
My goal, you see, was to win more quarters than I lost and...to own the 4th quarter. I've kept a small scorecard. Here's how we did:
Oh yeah. We killed today. We decorated a Christmas tree, I raked/mowed leaves, Mia and I ran errands and had a lunch date, girls were hugging, they were sharing, there were new songs written, no one bit anyone,...I mean, it was a really good day and I'm sticking with my new strategy.
Elise is a bit worried, though, that I'm taking the football analogy a bit far. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that, after dinner, I shouted "It's the 4th Quarter baby!" and then made everyone raise 4 fingers in the air as we hit the showers - err, bathtub.
And God answered one of those prayers.
The picture below really says it all as Elise and our two oldest were ready to throw in the towel by day 4. This is not to say that there weren't great moments (such as Papa and Hadley sharing the Karaoke machine - post pending) nor that Butde and Papa didn't bend over backwards to make our time as relaxing as possible. It's just that the girls got sick. All of them. Fevers and snot galore.
One moment rises above the rest in my head, however, and it happened to be within the first hour of our 12-hour drive home. Our mini-van's dvd went on the fritz and we couldn't get it to work at all for the first 6 hours of our trip. So I just remember driving down the mountain with Hadley screaming, Mia sneezing, Brianna crying, Elise wacking on the DVD player - all the while a Veggie Tale's CD blared through all 8 speakers: "I've got JOY JOY JOY JOY down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart. I've got JOY JOY JOY JOY down in my heart - where?...."
If only we had brought the dogs.
P.S. We later got the dvd player to work after the girls fixed it. No kidding. It still required Elise to whack it every 5-10 minutes in order to make it work which prompted me to say "score one for the team" each time.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Video #1: Competing Melodies
Video #2: Mommy Won't Sing and Daddy Can't
Also notice the excellent save by Daddy during the last 7 seconds. Hadley sneaks up on him, trips over his leg, and Daddy somehow (SOMEHOW I SAY!) manages to catch her head in the palm of his hand WHILE simultaneously capturing his own heroism on tape.
Video #3: Mommy Knows Best, Always, At All Hours, From All Angles.
This video can be best enjoyed with a transcript:
Mom: "Someone's gonna get seriously hurt."
Dad: "I know."
Mom: "Theeere it is."
Dad: "Whattya think?"
Mom: "She's holding her breath."
Dad: "Oh, ya think so."
Dad: "It's pretty quiet..."
Dad: "Oh yeah. You're right. You're right."
Much to my chagrin I discovered the day before that both of the big girls had been wearing shoes a whole size too small for them. So Mia's complaints about her shoes were valid. Oops!!! Do you have any idea how hard it is to keep up with three girls with extremely fast growing feet. I literally had their feet measured about a month before.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Well this particular day baby Mia was crying and so Brianna told that she would hold her. She went and sat on the floor and them Mia got in her lap. Hadley of course tried to play as well.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
2. Daddy: "Hadley, no headbanging."
3. Brianna & Daddy:
d: Brianna? What are you doing to Hadley?
b: I'm putting lotion on her feet.
d: Where did you find lotion?
b: From my mouth.
d: Bri, that's not lotion. That's saliva.
b: No, it's lotion.
4. Mia, while playing in the creek at the Arboretum: "Dude!"
5. Elise, commenting on my sermon from Sunday in which I talked about a big argument we had gotten into: "I think you really undersold just what a jerk you really were."
Monday, October 19, 2009
Dan has been super busy with work due to the church moving to its new location on November 1st. Woo Hoo! And I, Elise, have been practically home bound for two weeks with cold, rainy weather and three sick kids(two "Terrible Two" year olds and a feisty 1 year old). My goal at this point is just to survive. I have learned at a whole new level why they call it the terrible twos.
Potty training two strong willed 2-year olds with an equally as strong willed one year old and two neurotic dogs almost put me over the edge last week. Imagine a mom who is claustrophobic in a TINY bathroom, with a huge step stool, a children's little potty seat, three girls and two tiny dogs. One girl is screaming that she wants to "do it all by herself", the littlest girl is either dangling from the sink, or opening and closing the cabinet door or worse the bathroom door. While the other two year old is trying to drive her noisy ride toy into the already crammed bathroom. And then if that wasn't crazy enough having one dog who was apparently having a nervous breakdown huddling between my legs.
I have a whole new appreciation for the "Serenity Now" Seinfeld episode. Needless to say we all survived. And this week is already looking so much better. Today it is 70 degrees. The sun is shining. We got out of the house. Mia is pretty much potty trained. I have given up on Brianna. And I took the offensive in our main floor bathroom: removed Hadley's favorite climbing stool, put door stopper on the door, rubber banded the cabinet doors shut and my favorite REMOVED the batteries from the obnoxiously loud ride toy.
Still considering putting the dog on Prozac!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Hadley had 7 little friends and their parents over for her party, in addition to her mommy, daddy, nana & poppy, and two aunties. Her friends are pictured below: