Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Sneak Peak

In preparation for Halloween (and trick-or-treating), Max, Annie, and Charlie tried on their costumes.  Here is a sneak-peak of their costume choices. 

~Don't worry if you can't see Max in these pictures.  His goal is to "blend in" to his surroundings.~ 

Annie finally decided to be a black cat. 

Charlie is going to be a lion.  A really cute Lion.

Max participated in our school Character Dress-Up day.  We had a Character Parade.  The costumes were fantastic!  Such neat ideas. 

And here is my costume for this year.  The first grade teachers joined me in being the characters from the book The Crayon Box That Talked.  It was a quick and easy costume for us to pull off the day before the parade.  Try not to laugh too hard!  :)

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Charlie Brown"

Max was only 4 (Annie was 2) when I found out that we were having another boy.  We were trying to decide on the perfect name for our little surprise.  Mack and I narrowed it down to Charlie or Spencer.  Since we liked them both, we decided to let Max and Annie have their input.  Annie didn't care very much, but Max certainly did.  When we told him the two names that we were considering, his eyes lit up. 
"I don't like Spencer, but I want Charlie Brown to by my brother!" 

Max truly thought that Charlie Brown was growing in my stomach.  In one way, he wasn't too far off!

Both Charlie's can be a bit whiney.  Especially if things don't go their way.

But unlike Charlie Brown, my Charlie is silly, proud, loving, and a bit wild.

Happy Thursday!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What a Mess!

Last night we finally carved the four pumpkins we had picked at the pumpkin farm.  One of Max's friends decided to help.  I am not sure what in the world made me think that doing this inside was a good idea (or with 4 children), but I knew that I would end up doing most of the work.  Since dinner was on the stove, I figured that I could multi-task when the boys got bored.

They helped for about 10 minutes. 

There were seeds everywhere...not just on the table.

Since I was left with the pumpkins (and the mess), I gave them my best worst effort.

So here they are.  One guy was too pitiful for me to photograph.  I keep telling myself that the kids don't know the difference.  I'm pretty sure Max knows they are dumpy, but he hasn't told me as much.  After the mess they made, hopefully he knows better!  Now for roasting ALL those seeds we saved...


Saturday, October 23, 2010

You Probably Heard Him...


Oh my word.  This day started with a challenge.  I took all three children to by Target to pick up presents for the birthday parties we were headed to this morning.  This is a situation that avoid at all costs.  There is nothing fun about taking three small children to Target by myself.  Not at the ages of 7, 4, and 2.  Let's just be honest.  They want everything they see.  Who can blame them?

I can honestly say that neither Max or Annie ever pitched a fit in public.  They were so easy at the ages of 2 and 3. 

Here are Max and Annie at age 3.

Charlie is making up for their lack of causing me embarrassment. 

I knew I was in trouble before we ever got there.  I had to take three children to the toy section of Target....and not buy them anything.  They don't need anything.  I had "the talk" with them on the way to the store.  Max and Annie understood our purpose for this Target trip.  I even had them repeat to me what we were going in there for....and what we were not going buy.  Charlie, however, missed "the talk."  He spotted a Thomas the Train toy and picked it up.  It was all over at that point.  I let him look at it, but then I took it from him and put it back on the shelf.  You may live far away, but I bet you heard him.  He threw himself on the floor and gave out a scream that I didn't know he was capable of.  It sounded as if he had been ran over by the cart.  People came running (Target employees included).  I know they all thought he had fallen out of the cart.  I quickly announced that he had not fallen and that this was his reaction to not getting a toy.  The employees smiled and walked away.  The women, no doubt mothers, just shook their heads.  One mother seemed to be angry at me.  The other two women both nodded as if they understood.  Charlie continued to scream and cry as we walked through the store and while we were checking out.  Several people pointed as us.  Some laughed.  Some rolled their eyes.  It took all of my self-control not to yell at those that were irritated with us.  "What?  You think I am enjoying this?"  But I didn't.  I paid as quickly as I could and got out of there.  By the time we got to the car, he was over it.  It was as if it had never happened. 

You know what scares me the most?  He isn't even three yet.  Yikes!


*It was pretty easy for me to get over as well...once he hugged me and said, "love lu!"

Friday, October 22, 2010

An Afternoon Snack

This sweet little girl hates to get dirty.  She washes her hands and brushes her teeth many times a day.  My sister claims that she isn't such a "clean freak" at her house.  I have yet to see any evidence of this first hand.   

But when it comes to eating, nothing gets in her way.  She wears half of her meals on her shirts and needs more then one napkin.  Often, she skips the napkin.....and the table.  I recently found Annie sitting in Mack's old recliner with this in her hands.

Yes, that would be a piece of fried chicken.  Cold.  Apparently she was hungry.


(My computer is officially dead.  I will have to keep using Mack's for a while.  In the meantime, all of the people in my pictures will look as if they have yellow/orange skin.  This is due to my husband refusing to let me alter the color on his laptop.  Sorry!)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

GREAT News...

Yesterday we got some good GREAT news! 

Great News #1:
My sister saw her Nephrologist (kidney specialist) at Emory.  When I received the long awaited phone call, I was excited (to say the least) that she had good news.  Her doctor informed her that her blood work, along with other tests, indicate that the chemotherapy treatment is working.  Now granted, we will have to wait until her therapy is completed to know for sure that it worked.  Her treatments will continue for 6 more months.  At that time, we will know if her kidney disease is in remission.  Even though she has to endure this *not-so-fun* medicine, there is a big positive to it.  As for now, she does not have to change the chemo to a stronger, more miserable, dosage. 

Great News #2:
As a preventative measure, Jennifer's doctors recommended that she be tested for the breast and ovarian cancer gene.  The correct name for this test is BRACAnalysis testing.  Since both my mother and one of her sisters have had breast cancer, Jennifer's doctors felt that having this information would be beneficial.  If I have read correctly, women who have this gene have an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  If a woman tests positive for this gene, her risk for developing breast cancer dramatically increases.  "Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, MD, a Breast Health Specialist at the Mayo Clinic, estimates that 20% of women who carry BRCA1 mutations will develop breast cancer by age forty, 51% by age fifty, and 87% by age sixty."  How scary is that?  The ovarian cancer risk increases as well.  Since Jenn has this rotten kidney disease, the doctors felt that this information would be beneficial to know.  Unfortunately, her kidney disease wouldn't allow aggressive treatment if she were to develop either of these cancers.  Since the gene is hereditary, my mom was tested.  She is NOT a carrier!  Therefore, the odds of Jennifer (or I) having the gene is very slim.  This, of course, does not mean that we will not develop either of these cancers, but our normal risks are not increased. 

This news made my day!  I can't tell you how relieved I am that her treatments are working.  After all she has been through, she deserves this good news.  To all of you that have been praying for her, THANK YOU!  Your prayers are working. 


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkins, Funnel Cakes, and a BIG Corn Maze!

1st things 1st:  My laptop is very sick.  I can't seem to get the colors on my husband's computer to even out.  If everyone is yellow, I apologize.

This is Jaemor Farm. 

And THIS is their corn maze.

Each year Jaemor Farm creates an amazing corn maze.  They really outdid themselves this year.  The maze, in the shape of the USA, covered 8.5 acres.

The maze is difficult.  Just when you think you are on the right path, you end up back where you were 20 minutes before.   

Each state is represented.  There are boards with information on each state.  I thought these were very neat...the first few times I saw them. 

Max loved the maze.  He made it the entire 1 hour and 35 minutes (and LOTS of hills) without a single complaint. 

Annie enjoyed it for a little while.  After about an hour, she stopped and put her little hands on her hips.
"I can't take it anymore, Mommy.  I'm done."  Poor thing, we were in the middle of the USA...and not even close to getting out.  She tried to trick Charlie into getting out of his stroller, but he caught on.  No such luck, Annie. 

Finally, I passed a few of the workers.  They gave me a few hints.  Even with the clues, our total time in the maze was about an hour and a half.  Whew!

Charlie loved the tractors!

Max loved the apple sling shot!

This year, if I heard them correctly, Jaemor Farm has produced over 250,000 pumpkins.
And at this price, I can easily see how they sale so many.

We really enjoyed our day!  Well, most of it. 

Max and Annie were NOT impressed by the bathroom situation.  Seriously, I bet the asked at least 100 questions about these things.  "Why is the tee-tee blue?  Why doesn't it flush?  Where is the sink?"  You get the point.

BUT, they were impressed with the funnel cakes.  They were soooo good!

How great would it be to make funnel cakes at home?  Yummy!

All in all, it was a great day! 

Happy Fall!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brave...(and a link to a giveaway!)

My sister is brave.  I mentioned in a previous post about Jennifer's battle with kidney disease.  Right now, she is in the middle of a chemotherapy treatment.  Many people are successful with this treatment and go into remission for at least 5 years.  On Tuesday, we will find out if this treatment  is working.  If not, there will be a change in the strength of the chemotherapy.  This is definitely NOT what we want.  With the current dosage, she is able to function (and I use that word loosely) and continue to teach.

However, she is at the breaking point.  I have NO idea how she is continuing to work and parent these sweet babies.  She NEEDS rest, but refuses to let this rude disease dictate her life.  On the weekends, she goes and goes and goes.  Soccer games, BMX racing (the children), picnics, bike rides, walks, etc.  It is her goal to spend as much time as possible with her husband and children...even if she is too tired to lift her arms. 

Instead of giving in, she has stepped up to the plate.  Yes, her children see that she is super tired and swollen, but they have not seen their mother as "sick." 

Jennifer and I spent the day together on Tuesday.  We had lunch and shopped a little.  By 5:00, she was done.  She made it a lot longer than usual...because she hadn't been to work AND had gotten a lot of sleep the night before (her children were with me).  When I looked at her on Tuesday night, I asked myself how in the world she is able to do all that she is doing.  The only answer I could come up with is that "she is strong." 

This is my first time blogging about a "giveaway," but I really want to win this for my sister!  Lisa Leonard-It's the Little Things is one of my favorite blogs to read.  She is very inspiring...and has fantastic taste in jewelry.  She designs and creates amazing pieces.  Lisa is currently going through a tough time where she has to be brave.  Her son, David, will have heart surgery at the end of the month.  She designed a new necklace that she calls "Brave Love."   Right now, she is giving away 5 of these necklaces.  5!  If you know anyone with a brave heart, this would be a perfect treat for them. 

I promise you will find something you love in Lisa's Store.  I could purchase one of everything!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Lack Thereof:

To Be Without Something.

My sweet babies were all born without something.

A backside (tooshie, bottom, butter bean, rear, keister, bum, fanny, derriere, etc.).

They get it honest. 

Even with a diaper on.....

Bless their hearts.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

C is for Charlie....and Cute!

He was cute when he was little.  As in, really cute.  Chunky, squishy, and lots of little rolls (which I LOVED conscidering Max was skinny and Annie was tiny).  And his eyelashes...oh my word.

He is cute when he is shy.

And when he is mad...most of the time.

He is cute when he is silly (and I think know he knows it).

And when he is confused...still cute.

When he is focused...Cute.

Even his tooshie is cute!

*However, it will be much cuter when he is potty trained!*


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I Am Psychic

Well, not really.  But I can predict things.  It hasn't happened yet, but it will. 

These will cause bodily someone in my family.

It may not be Max, but someone is going down.

He doesn't believe me.  Can't you tell by looking at his face?

They are bigger than him.  And they fit!  They say that you can look at a puppy's feet to determine how big he will get.  If this is true with humans, Max is going to be TALL.

Say a few prayers for Max all of us!

Friday, October 1, 2010

When You Learn Something...


We all learn something new every day...if we slow down long enough to watch and listen to the world around us.  Sometimes it is something simple.  For example, how to make a cute paper pumpkin or that the tongue of a frog is the length of half of the frog's body.  You know, real important things like that.  :)

Sometimes we learn something more complex.  Something that stops us in our tracks....and breaks our heart.   

This year I have a student that has opened my eyes to a world that I can't comprehend.  A world that NO child should live in.

This pumpkin won me over the first day of school.  My heart goes out to all children, but especially those that need a lot of love.  Pumpkin needs so much.  If only I could bring him home with me and give him all that he needs.  I had been informed about Pumpkin.  By many.  You know, it is a child that comes with a folder thick enough to require two hands to carry.  There was no doubt that Pumpkin would require a LOT of patience. 

Yesterday I heard something that I have heard come out of the mouths of students many times over the years.  However, it normally is JUST a sign of love and nothing more.  Yesterday, it meant so much more.  Pumpkin looked up at me (while we were having a very serious conversation about behavior and inappropriate words) and said, "Mrs. Turner, I wish you were my mommy.  I really want you to be my mommy.  I promise I will be good for you." 

It took every bit of my being not to bust out into tears and tell Pumpkin that I would love to be "Mommy."  When Pumpkin walked back in the room, I went to the bathroom and cried.  No, I sobbed. 

I wish I could be a miracle worker sometimes.  I wish I could fix this child's life.  So for the next 140 school days, I am going to be that mommy...for 8 hours a day.