Monday, April 30, 2007

Simply Linus

My kids never cease to amaze me. Sometimes it's the things they say or understand. Sometimes it's their joy in the little things. Sometimes it's just their pure energy! 2 things happened yesterday that made me stop and marvel at Linus.

Linus has already picked me handfuls of dandelions this spring. He is always so excited to give them to me... I love the expression on his face as he hands them to me. Yesterday, he picked some more dandelions and brought me a couple and handed some to Greta too. Then he held the last few in his hand and asked Dustin to help him write a note to his friend Abby (she lives right across the street and was born 1 day after him.) The note said: "To Abby from Linus. I got these flowers for you because I like you." She wasn't home at the time so he taped the note to her front doorstep and left the flowers on top. How sweet is that? I know lots of women who would love to receive something so simple (and wonderful) from their husband. Linus will be an amazing husband someday if he keeps this up!

Last night Linus was talking to me about when he, Miles and my mom's neighbor's grandson were stung by bees when they stepped on a ground nest almost 2 years ago. He said: "Miles was stung 18 times, Mason was stung 8 times and I was stung 10 times. That means Miles was stung 8 more times than me and 10 more times than Mason. I was stung 2 more times than Mason but 8 times less than Miles." It was like he was reciting a story problem. He hasn't even started kindergarten and his math skills seem sharper than mine!

I've got a puker!

Greta woke me up at about 1:30 a.m. ..... she had thrown up all over her bed. I got her changed and cleaned up and her bedding in the washer, her bed remade and it happened all over again. I finally made it back to bed at 4:15 after 3 more episodes. She woke up this morning, had a little juice, and threw up again.

I feel so bad for her. She keeps telling me that she's hungry. My kids don't usually get this kind of sick. I've been blessed with kids that usually bypass the throwing up. I'm praying that Miles and Linus escape this... in this case, one is definitely enough!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Spring training

Today was Miles' first Saturday of spring training through Community Ed (it was supposed to start last week but was rained out.) He did a great job today! He was nervous but after a few minutes looked like a natural out there. The best part was hearing him encourage the other kids when they would make a mistake or miss a ball. I was so proud of him!

Friday, April 27, 2007

a visitor!

We were lucky enough to have Aiden come visit for a couple of hours this afternoon. Linus and Greta were all over him but he didn't seem to mind. It's always fun to have a baby around the house!

more April birthdays

Two of my brothers celebrated birthdays this past week. Nate turned 37 on the 22nd and Noah turned 36 on the 26th.
Nate (top picture) is a middle school science teacher in Dassel/Cokato. He is also the single father of 2 boys. His ex-wife left him and the boys when they were 1 1/2 and 7 months. She has been in and out of the boys' lives ever since. Nate has done a great job of keeping balance in their lives. Most importantly he has been very cautious while speaking of their mom, never saying negative things about her or her absence.
Noah (bottom picture) is an elementary school teacher in Becker. He had a less than desireable group of friends in high school and made some very poor choices. He has done a fantastic job of turning things around for himself... he has a wife (who is one of my greatest friends) and 3 wonderful kids. He worked really hard when going back to college and got his degree a couple of years ago. Any child that has him for a teacher is truly blessed!
I am blessed to have them as older brothers (even though I may not have admitted it growing up!) They are great examples of what a man should be. Plus, they share my love of The Price Is Right. Happy Birthday guys!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Garage Sale season is here!

Greta and I stopped at our first garage sale of the year today on the way home from bringing Linus to preschool. Most of the stuff was WAY overpriced but Greta came home with a small container full of Barbie accessories (shoes, brushes, phones, etc.) for 50 cents. I love a great deal!

still working on it...

We don't have tickets to the Price is Right yet but I'm following up on some leads. Thanks to everyone who has been putting effort into making this happen for me! I'll keep you all posted...

Monday, April 23, 2007

a wrinkle in our plan

I got a letter from CBS/The Price Is Right on Friday saying that "our request for tickets cannot be accommodated at this time." I immediately called Dustin at work (because he is the only person who could truly understand the direness -is that even a word?- of the situation.)

I'm going to write back and call the number they sent along with this letter. The website says they still have tickets available. Is the website wrong or is the person who replied trying to give me a heart attack? We've looked on ebay for tickets but there are none for when we're going to be in California. Plus, people are trying to sell the tickets for $250! These are tickets that you get for free and aren't even guaranteed a spot in the audience!

I'm not giving up on this. I WILL meet Bob Barker and spin the big wheel!

Saving the world one worm at a time

On the way to the bus stop this morning there were worms everywhere. Once Miles and I got to the bus stop, we saw 2 gradeschool boys stepping on and squishing some of the worms. Miles has learned a little about worms in science; how they help clean the environment by "recycling" garbage and compost. I saw him picking up a handful of worms on the sidewalk and putting them in the grass. I asked him if he was saving the worms and he replied "Not just the worms mom, the world!"

Hockey Haiku

I have to admit that I don't think I've ever watched an entire hockey game from start to finish. Last week Dustin turned on the Wild game and I really tried to get into the spirit. It really didn't work for me but I was inspired to write a little poetry.....

Eyes searching, straining
Where did that little puck go
It should be hot pink

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Grangma Pat

To most people, my mom would probably seem like your average joe. She was the oldest of 7 kids, helping mother her siblings. She went to the U of M for awhile but didn't graduate... she chose the role of wife and mother over a degree. She had 4 boys in 5 years, waited four years and then had me. To most, she's average. But I find her an amazing woman.

My mom has struggled with depression her entire life. It went untreated for a very long time. I spent the better part of my teenage years and early twenties holding on to a lot of anger and hurt over things that she said and did before she got help. I'm not sure what it was that prompted the forgiveness process but one day I realized that holding on to those feelings was only dragging me down. What she went through all of those years was just as bad as what I had to deal with and she did it while raising 5 kids. A few years later, when Miles was born, I was able to let it all go. There is something about having your own child; the realization of overwhelming love you feel that makes you truly appreciate your own parents. In that moment I knew that she had done the very best that she could and that was enough.

Today is my mom's 65th birthday. My only wish for her is to find salvation through Jesus. I can honestly say that my mom is one of the smartest people that I know but somehow she can't grab hold of God. She's read the Bible several times over and can quote scripture better than I can. We've had many conversations on the subject and I feel like she really wants to believe... she just doesn't (or won't) take that last step and commit to Him.

So if you think of it while you're praying, please add her to your list. I am hopeful that one day soon she'll take the plunge!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Linus' prayer

Heard from Linus tonight when I was tucking him in (keep in mind there was no food present):

"Dear Heavenly Father,

God, thank you for this food and please bless it to our bodies. Thank you for the whole world. Well, except bad guys. Please help Miles to do good at school so we can get those tickets to the Mall of America again. Please help people so that nobody has to die. Unless they get too old. I mean, if somebody gets shot or something let them just fall down and not die. Help our whole family to eat healthy so they can all be strong like me. That's how I got my big muscles and that's why I can beat my dad at arm wrestling.

In Jesus' name we pray, Amen."

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Odds and Ends

I'm think I've finally kicked whatever bug I had that was making me feel like junk. It started Saturday (On Sunday I had to leave Easter festivities early) and lingered for a few days. No one else in my house is sick, praise God!

The boys had their 6 month check up at the dentist yesterday... no cavities... Yipee! The boys had a great time hassling Dr. Dennis because he is a huge Yankees fan. Linus made sure to tell him that "Twins rule, Yankees drool!" Greta will start joining us on our trip to the dentist next October, after she's turned 3. I can't believe how fast my kids are growing up!

Dustin and I will be heading to the Twins game tomorrow (tickets courtesy of Dustin's dad's gift of the flex 20 plan.) I've already made my "Circle Me Bert!" sign so if you're watching the game tomorrow night keep your eyes peeled... maybe our mugs will be on TV.

Our trip to Los Angeles is in stone now. We've booked our flight, hotel and rental car. Our tickets to The Price Is Right and The Tonight Show will hopefully be on their way soon. We will be leaving MN the evening of Monday, May 28 and coming home the evening of Friday, June 1. We got a pretty good deal on a package because we'll be there during the week. I'm am so excited I can hardly stand it! If anyone has any suggestions on restaurants/sights/tours we should hit while we're there let me know.

I'm so pumped that not even a snowfall in April can bring me down!

Monday, April 09, 2007

One more reason my husband rocks!

Just about everyone has got a list of "things to do before I die." It might not be down on paper or even totally organized in your head, but it's there. Some want to climb a mountain, visit a far away place or be on a pro sports team. I want to be on The Price Is Right before Bob Barker retires this summer. It looks as though this dream may happen.

Today Dustin let me in on a little secret he's been keeping. He has been planning, for some time now, to take me on a trip for my birthday. We've never had a real vacation together, not even a honeymoon. So at the end of May we will be heading to sunny California in hopes that my dream may be realized!

I'm trying not to get my hopes up (too far at least.) Even with our tickets, we are not guaranteed a spot in the audience. And even if we are in the audience, I may not be chosen to "Come on down!" That said, I can't help but be excited. Even if I only make it into the audience I will count it as a success!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Are you ready for some baseball?

Happy Twins Day!! Tonight is the first official game of the season... the Brown family is very excited!