Friday, February 23, 2007

Henry the Toolman

Henry is pretty crazy about guns. I think we have three posts about them so far. Anyway, he found two toy handsaws and these safety glasses and used the saws as what? You guessed it…guns! He also uses a hairdryer and a curling iron as guns and pretty much everything else. I really don't know where the fascination comes from. He hasn't watched violent TV or movies, hasn't even been around a lot of boys (two older sisters, ya' know). Today Kate was playing dog and Phil said, “Look at that bad dog!” Henry immediately stopped what he was doing and said, “Where’s my gun?” Very protective...yeah, right.

He’s a different superhero every day and usually wears his rubber boots (because that’s what superheros wear), his apron (he thinks it’s a cape) and some shirt that makes him think he’s a superhero. Today he was Superman.

Today he says to me, "Mommy, you don't stink anymore." I don't know what he's talking about, but I don't like it.

Kate and Addy got new bedding this week and it’s very girly: mint green and pink with roses. Henry loves it and wants to sleep in Kate’s bed at night. Last night, we found them both asleep in her bed. It’s such a juxtaposition of little boy and little girl; kids are crazy.

I'm going to have to claim the Kercher dorky genes on this one

Kate's Beeks and Her Vocabulary

I hope this picture doesn’t offend you…this kind of picture makes me laugh, no matter how many times I see it or what mood I’m in. All Kate wants to do lately is write her alphabet or copy country names off the globe. All the sudden our little airhead is studious.

Kate listens to everything and sees everything, she just has a selective memory. Anyway, she’s been trying out new words lately. Her latest three are affiliated, tremendous and necessary. Whenever she tries out a new word (that she doesn’t know the meaning of, by the way), she says, “Am I allowed to say (tremendous, etc.).”

She still likes to let loose, though, and be a total scatterbrain and her favorite phrase is still, “I forgot.”

Addy's Laundry...and just Addy

We’ve had some nice days here this week, which has been so wonderful. Addy had a great time hanging laundry in the back yard one day. Of course, it wasn’t warm enough to actually dry, but at least we saw the sun!

So, I thought I’d write a little about each kiddo for those of you who don’t really know them or just want to know more. Addy is such a serious girl who sees in black and white only, no grey.

This is a typical conversation with Addy:

Addy: “Mommy, what’s healthier; chips or candy?”

Me: “Neither; they’re both unhealthy.”

Addy: “Well, which is MORE unhealthy?”

Me: “Addy, they are both unhealthy.”

Addy: “Well, if you chose one, which would it be?”

Do you think God thought I needed to learn patience, that’s why he chose me to be her mother?

Here’s another:

(Me, putting on mascara)

Addy: “Why do you put that on?”

Me: “Because it makes my eyelashes look longer, thicker and darker.”

Addy: “Isn’t that like lying?”

One last one:

(Addy sees an billboard on the side of the road)

Addy: “What’s that?”

Me: “It’s an advertisement; they’re trying to get us to buy their product.”

Addy: “That’s evil; they shouldn’t try to get us to spend our money.”

Anyway, she’s a great kid. She just thinks too deeply sometimes for my patience. So, I guess the problem is with me.

Back in the Land of the Living

Whew! The last couple weeks have been really tough. We've had two with walking pneumonia, one UTI, one with a sinus infection and one with a minor surgical procedure. Who gets to be the nurse? We’re all healthy now and it feels great to actually see through the fog and get the house back to some semblance of normal. I’ll hopefully get some pictures on here today or tomorrow…I have some good ones.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Beautiful Day

On Sunday we had an oasis of beautiful, sunny weather in the midst of our usual cold, dreary, Germany winter. The kids had fun playing outside all afternoon and we ended the day with a marshmallow roast. Now we're back to the cold and rain and overcast days...

Friday, February 02, 2007

Phil's Job

If you're interested to see what Phil really does, check out this local article. It's an article written about his squadron, describing his job.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Miscellaneous Kiddos

Addy is wearing the shawl and hat her great grandma Barlow-Ponder gave her. She got a lot of compliments on it at church. What a sweet, serious girl she is. Phil gave her an old microcassette recorder we've had for years and she happily spent the last few days filling up the tape. It's the little things...

Kate is looking so grown up. It's not just my opinion; others have commented on this lately, too. Here she's wearing a dress the Triets gave her for her birthday. Even though she still loves pretty things, she's not wearing dresses every day anymore. It's sad...

Okay, so Phil will kill me when he sees this. Henry is totally boy, but he also likes to be involved with the girl things. These are actually part of the Pretty, Pretty Princess game. He went to bed tonight with Kate's mermaid toy. The fin comes off on the bottom and he says, "oh, you need to go potty, okay." and takes the fin off for it to pee. He runs around the house switching from Spiderman to Superman and throws webs on us. He is quite duplicitous.

Henry is quite resourceful to get his own "gogurt."

Henry's 3rd Birthday Celebration

We still had some jet lag going when we celebrated. After dinner and before presents and cake, we found Henry sacked out on the couch.

Does this look familiar? {hint - check out the Christmas post}

Grandpa and Henry Get Haircuts

Henry's second consin, Rhonda, came over to cut Grandpa and Henry's hair.

My cute kiddos

We were in very cramped quarters in the States. It was a 2 bedroom apartment, so Phil's parents had one room and we had the other room. The kids would go to sleep in our bed and then when we were ready to use the bed, we would transfer them to their respective "beds" on the floor.

Henry's Birthday

Henry's birthday (January 10) fell while we were in the States, so we had a mini celebration there. He never would have known if those few gifts were the only ones he would receive. Makes you think...