Giving Thanks (inspired by)

Thanks be to God, Father, Son and Spirit, for the abundance of good things he pours on His children.
We are but few, but His blessings are many.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

pre-wedding photo shoot

bowtie, blankie and fingers :)

Aunt Mary Anne!

blonde curls X2 makes me want to hug them both!

Disheveled girls!

"Mommy don't I look like Batman in this?"
Yep, me and batman! He was quite the dancer tonight!

Seth wore a tie for my sake!

mom n baby! On my hip, where he likes to be!

This is exactly what it's like! :)

yummy yucky

Peter's new trick.

Inspired by the book: 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day in the Life: highlights

Yesterday I did a "day in the life" photo extravaganza.
It happened to be a day that I had the girls, too.
Here are some of the highlights!

What a sweet big sister!

Enola's purse: 
her new big thing.
She carried it everywhere.
In this picture, she is also wearing Tinkerbell high heels.

Meanwhile, the boys yell and ride and bash stuff:

Snack time!

She is walking like a pro now!
So sweet!

They all seemed to need extra snuggles, attention, and arms that day,
so we went to the place where all of things things are in abundance:

My first baby, loving on the babies!

Below: Red rover!
I love that it never gets old!

They mooched snacks off the big kids.
Then, they sharee:

Marcus got several piggy-back rides.
He knows how to "work a room!" :)

I found Peter carrying this around:

popcorn and rocks.
Not the best snack for babies.

We return home..
or are they off to work?

They choose to be dogs:

Deandra is not crazy about the trampoline!

Enola loves it!

I feed them lunch, and I am the meanest mommy ever.
(There is a spot on the banana. and also, they are tired.)

They nap and I take no pictures.

Then, time for the girls to go home!
By sweetie!

Oh, and today we came up with a name for the Vandercar's van:

The VanderVan!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pete and daddy...

Pete was finally seen at the ENT- his ear infection is gone now... so they aren't going to do any tubes. there is hope he will grow out of this problem- especially if the warmer weather breaks this cycle of infections.  

If it doesn't and we think he has one again, we are to take him there, and THEN we will discuss tubes. He did fine on his hearing test, so that is good.

Friday, April 13, 2012

a dinner song.

Watch this first:

See the ridiculous Cook version here:

and the baby Cook version:

Monday, April 9, 2012

Ready to party!

To Eldon, on your third birthday

Dear Eldon,
You are going to love age three.  I can't wait to see how you grow and change in this coming year!

You are my little buddy right now, my constant shadow and "helper." 
Every morning when I gather the laundry, you see me and come running. 
"Make it go wishy-washy?" you ask. 
I say, "Yes, do you want to watch?"
You run towards me yelling "Yaaaaay!"

me close it?

You help me load the machine, excitedly pointing out the things you recognize. "That's Rainy's! That's daddy's shirt!"  Once, when we put in your beloved Elmo socks, you looked at me with worried eyes and asked, "Hurt Elmo?"
"No honey, it doesn't hurt Elmo. It just makes him clean and fresh."
"Clean and fresh!" you cheered, and you did a little dance.

Washing your blanket is still something of a wrestling match inside your little heart. You are always eager to get it clean, especially if you can see a spot on it, but once it is in the water you worry and worry until it is done. 
"Blankie all clean?" Not yet, honey.
"Clean and fresh?" pretty soon.
"Nice and dry?"  A few more minutes.
And so it goes until it is nice and dry and clean and fresh. Then, finally, arrives the moment when we take it out of the dryer. You hug blankie like he is your long-lost best friend on the world, singing "All clean! all clean!"

I love how you appreciate soft things right now, like blankie, your two pillow pets, Elmo, and even Tigger:

You gave me a huge compliment the other day when you asked for my hand. I gave it to you, and as we walked along you patted the top of my hand and said, "Mommy soft."

I can't resist adding this picture of you:

You are so proud of your big-boy accomplishments!  You love your underoos (especially your Elmos, or any of Elmo's friends!)  Sometimes I try to put them on your head in the morning, and you think that is hilarious but you refuse to keep them there. "No mama. Elmo butt!!!"

You still have opinions about many things, and very strong opinions at times!  You do not fall to the ground in fits as much any more, but you still know how to give a good ugly face:

Sometimes it is completely phony!

Your sisters still think you are adorable, and you like that they think that.
They read you books, and try to keep you out of trouble.
You don't always love that.

Last night Aggie slept in your bed with you. She said "Mommy Eldon was such a good little boy! He's so sweet! Can I sleep with him again tonight?"
When you are feeling especially kind, you even share a corner of your blankie with them.
That melts my heart!

You and your brothers are the best of "frenemies!"

Sometimes I don't even try to sort out who teased who and who hit and who broke what and who bit a chunk out of which arm...

But sometimes, you get along great, and all you need at the end of the day is a bath and a hug.

Mom loves you so much! Happy happy third birthday!!!

May God bless and keep you,
wrapped in the soft love of your family,
and safe in the love of Jesus.

"I will never leave you nor fosake you!"

Sunday, April 8, 2012

like who?

This kid really pulls off the casual look, too!

Marcus's new chore is to sweep the floor after meals.

He actually does a pretty good job! With his usual Marky flair of course...
today, broom guitar....
Der ner ner ner ner ner ner!!!!
"Mommy look! Nana does this sometimes, did you know?"

Do  you really, mom?

Easter moment...

Marcus in his suit.


I put it on and said, "Oh Marcus! You looks so big! You are so handsome I can hardly stand it!"


He hugged me and said, "Mama...
I think getting bigger might be a little bit fun."

Easter morning at church...