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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We've had so many storms here lately, and most of them have been happening either at night time or, worse, in the middle of the night.
When you have little ones, storms that come in the middle of the night generally translate into toddlers who end up in your bed in the middle of the night. At least, that has been our experience during our Illinois thunderstorm seasons, anyway.
As previously stated on Facebook earlier in the week, you can be certain that our queen bed will fit five people--however, it will not do so comfortably. So, Shane and I have sort of been playing musical beds lately. When we are
wrenched out of our deep, wonderful, peaceful sleep awakened at night by one or more boys creeping into our bedroom, we get up and 'make the switch'. One of us will sleep with two of the kids in our bed, and the other will go into the boys' bedroom and sleep in Colin's bed (the most comfortable and roomy of all of their beds) with the remaining child.
And, of course.....they return to sleep, and have a wonderful night of peaceful dreams.
We wake up (if we ever slept at all) with backaches from being in contorted positions and bruises from where they've kicked or smacked us sometime in the night.
A couple of nights ago, while putting Ethan to bed, he began to cry. Colin, ever the helper and wonderful big brother, grabbed his blanket and "Neena", his stuffed animal, hopped out of his bed and said, "I'll lay with E, Momma!"
And, he did.
And, Ethan loved it.
This has been the habit now for a couple of nights in a row.....Shane puts Colin back in his bed once they are both asleep, and none is the wiser. I'm not sure how long it will continue, but I just love that little protective instinct that Colin is showing. He has such a heart for his brothers!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
We had some crazy storms roll through here last night--major enough to apparently make some news on the National Weather Channel! Here are a few pictures that we snapped
while we were supposed to be "taking shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of the house" out of our back door during the storm, and shortly after.
Lake Merritt has returned! To the boys' dismay, however, it was gone by this morning.
Shane checking out our neighbor's tree across the street--it split the whole tree in half
Another tree split right around the corner. Literally, there was damage on every side of us, but we had NONE in our own yard! We were praising God for that!
Welcome to Catlin! Don't mind our mess, please.
Here is the link to a local article (and better picture, actually) of a train that was derailed by either vicious winds or a tornado that touched down. This is one mile east of our house....tornadoes were touching down all around us, apparently, but thankfully there was no major damage.
You can see part of the train is half-sitting on the tracks....
And, from the opposite angle....
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
The boys outside before the wedding with Brooklyn, the flower girl.
One of my favorite shots of the day
One of my other favorite shots of the day.
This kid just steals my heart every time....
The boys with Grandma MJ in the nursery before the service
Shane and I
Okie dokie! Grab your Kleenexes.....here they come!
Becca and Ryan. Awwwww!!
I love weddings!
The kids on the way back down the aisle--they did great!
On to the reception. The food was great, and the boys really got their groove on!
Col and Cam with Daddy--another fave picture
Becca dancing with Cameron....
Someone made the mistake of 'modeling' some breakdancing....as you can see, both Colin and Ethan (in the background) gave it a whirl as well!
I still crack up looking at these pics of Colin boogieing down....
I think this may have been Col doing the electric slide.
Yes....I'm quite serious.
E got tired pretty fast, and decided to curl up with another party pooper. *giggle*
(That's the father of the bride--our Pastor. One of E's favorite people!)
Congratulations Ryan and Becca!
It was such a fun night, and we were thrilled the boys got to be a part of it.