Monday, December 16, 2013

s wisdom

 the other day little S was telling me about a conversation she had with her class. Her teacher asked them what traditions their families have and what they know about Christmas.

i asked her what she said.

S responded that all she could remember was that Jesus is the light of the world. 

pretty good answer i thought.

then she leaned forward, as if to break it to me, and said

"mom, not every one in my class is catholic."

i told her that i bet there are a lot of kids with different religions in her class.

she said in a very serious voice "*emma is not even catholic."

oh. i said. well what religion is she?

"she's a vegetarian."

on another note, we were lucky enough to get a brief visit from my cousin from indiana. her flight was cancelled and she was stuck here overnight. we were so happy to have her and her sweet little boy come and stay with us. she's a photographer... she snapped some awesome pics.

my poor baby boy has his first ear infection. he hates his medicine. it has been a real challenge to get him to take it.

hopefully he will be feeling better soon.

little D is home from school today with a nasty cough and R is still sleeping... you know what that means.

'tis the season i guess.

*names have been changed to protect the innocent

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

visit to indiana

back in october

we took a trip to visit my grandparents.

i was so excited.

it was quite an ordeal to get all of the kids, minus the baby... we took him with us


we happily got on our flight and enjoyed the 3 hr flight in silence.

pdubs woke up as we were landing and said he felt like he got hit by a truck.

that's right. completely glassy eyed, fever, kick your butt to bed, sleep all day


such a bummer. 

we had big plans to really live it up.

oh well.

he rested and my gram and i hung out and 

stared at the baby all day.

fine with me.

my grams house. heaven, right?
the house where i took my first steps & had my first taste of chocolate

gramps was really enjoying holding the baby for the first time

fall leaves. my fav.

paul did rally one rainy afternoon. we went to a riley festival and enjoyed an elephant ear.

we also had to take the baby to our fave apple orchard.

he also rallied for a game night.

i think that really did him in.

i found this old letter my gram had written in 3rd grade.

i love her fancy writing and her sweet sentiments.

i can't think of much else i'd rather be doing than going through old photos at my grandma's house.

even though i have done it hundreds of times, there is always a new story to go along.

and always fun to see the pics again and again.

and since i'm at a different age when i do this, i have a different perspective.

when my grandma wrote this to her mother, my great-grandmother, after whom i was named,

 was about the same age i am now.

she was raising 6 kids, 5 girls and 1 boy

her husband, mother and sweet daughter had already gone before her

and all within a short amount of time.

but somehow she managed to push through and make sure my gram and her siblings

all had happy memories of their childhood.

pretty amazing if you ask me.