Monday, December 31, 2007
We did have a bit of a scare last night. Sarah woke up bawling last night. She screamed and thrashed, and kicked, and nothing we did calmed her down. She wouldn't answer when we asked what was wrong. Finally after about ten or fifteen very long minutes, she calmed down. She still wouldn't tell us what was wrong--if she was sick, in pain, had a bad dream, or whatever. She held her Scooby Doo (thanks, Uncle Dave!) and chatted for a few minutes, then asked to go back to bed. She was sleeping peacefully after a few minutes, and she slept in late this morning.
Best we can figure, she had a night terror last night. A bit different from a nightmare, night terrors are more frightening for the person having to watch (I'll second that!). My mother says I had them frequently as a child, and they do seem to be somewhat hereditary. :-p But at any rate, we all survived, and Sarah is perfectly fine today. We are going to get out in a bit for some fresh air and gift card spending. Nelson is thinking of using his gift card to purchase a new camera to replace the broken one, so you may have fresh new blog pics real soon! :)
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Today we got news that she is doing a bit better now, which is a relief. But if you feel led, we would certainly appreciate your prayers.
We received some gift cards for Christmas, so we have been enjoying spending those. We used a gift card to eat a meal at Chili's, then headed to Bristol for Speedway in Lights. Bristol Motor Speedway decorates itself with thousands of Christmas lights every year (some of them animated) to raise money for charity. When we told Sarah we were going to look at the Christmas lights, she proclaimed, "Because Jesus is the Light of the world!" (At least something from the Advent study sank in!). We enjoyed looking at the many lights, then we stopped in the middle of the track at Christmas Village. This is basically a mini-carnival, with food and rides. Nothing fancy at all, but fun for the kids. Sarah rode the merry-go-round twice, then took a couple of train rides. We started to get really cold, so we also got some hot chocolate to drink. We will drive back to Bristol sometime soon to take Sarah to the ice-skating rink that is also set up at the Speedway. :)
We did some shopping today, still spending those gift cards. :) We may have them all spent before New Year! :-D
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
As a Kids' Community volunteer, I got to be backstage before the big event. Interestingly, even small children experience stage fright. One girl complained that her stomach hurt. Another had a mini meltdown. Sarah burst into tears for no apparent reason at one point. High stress for something that was supposed to be fun!
And then the big moment arrived. The children filed in single file--and one girl tripped on the stairs and lost a shoe. Brief moment of confusion, but she finally made it up onstage and the rest of the kids trooped up behind her. The director signalled the children to begin singing. They did, with one especially enthusiastic youngster singing louder than everyone else (and also a beat or two off from everyone else). :) Two girls on the front row began tussling over the same microphone. Sarah watched this for a few minutes (singing all the while) and decided that she too would like a microphone. She also decided that she would like her OWN microphone. Right in the middle of one of the songs, she waltzed past the other children and planted herself in front of a microphone at the end of the stage! I hope I am describing this adequately, but it was hysterical to watch in person!
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures from the big day. Later we will have some video. :)
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Here is Sarah, dressed and ready for her special breakfast rendezvous:
Sarah thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast. In honor of the Grinch's creator, Dr. Seuss, the restaurant served green eggs and ham. Sarah not only ate the colorful meal, she created her own drawing of it! Here's her picture of green eggs and ham:
In addition to the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat attended the event. Here is Sarah posing with the Cat...
And finally, the guest of honor, Mr. Grinch himself. Sarah was so excited to be able to "meet" the Grinch. She loves the storybook, and we read it together most days. She loves the animated half-hour special and requests to watch it on pretty much a daily basis. So getting to meet the Grinch was a real treat for her!
One last picture before we left...
Since our "real" camera is dead, we used Nelson's cell phone to take these pictures. I think they turned out well, though, and hopefully they'll give you a good idea of our fun breakfast this morning! :)
Friday, December 14, 2007
Unfortunately, though, vacuuming is a fact of life; you can only neglect it for so long. And today was vacuuming day. I warned Sarah that I would be vacuuming. She immediately covered her ears and bolted for her bedroom. This tactic worked great...until I was ready to vacuum in there. As soon as I entered her room with the vacuum, Sarah started screaming and crying hysterically. She was so distraught that Nelson could hear her all the way in the living room, even over the noise from the vacuum! I didn't make any attempt to vacuum the corner where Sarah was cowering in terror; I basically just did the "middles" in her room.
I finally finished the dreaded deed, and Sarah tearfully asked if I was done and if I had put the vacuum away. I told her I was indeed finished, and I sat and cuddled with her for a moment. I reminded her that the vacuum wouldn't hurt her. "It did a time or two ago," she responded.
"It did what?" I asked.
"It hurt my feelings," she replied.
"How did it do that?" I questioned.
"It doesn't when it's put away," she insisted.
"Does it scare you?" I probed further.
"The big one does," she confirmed. "The little one is okay!"
"So do you want me to use the little one?" I wanted to know.
"No, you've already used the big one!" she immediately protested, obviously not wanting to take the chance that I might continue the vacuum torture.
Sigh. So now I am left with two choices...leave the house in dusty, unvacuumed shambles, or send my daughter into terrified conniption fits. Neither option works that well for me, if you want to know the truth!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sarah playing (bet you didn't know that laundry was so much fun, did you?)
Like father, like daughter...
Sarah looking sharp...(she LOVES these boots).
Sarah trying Mommy's pajamas on for size...
We have some video captured on the camera as well, but we'll have to figure out how to convert it to a format that the blog will accept. Stay tuned for that!
I haven't forgotten my promise to post pictures of our home, all decorated for Christmas. Unfortunately, our camera has died, so I can't take any pictures to post! :-p I have tried taking pictures with my cell phone, but they didn't really come out that great. :( So just use your imaginations for now! :-p
Guess what! On Sunday at church, Sarah's Sunday school class will be singing during the service! They will sing "Away in a Manger" (motions included) and "Joy to the World." I can't wait--I know it will be sooo cute. My parents will be attending, and my dad has promised to bring a camera, so hopefully we will be able to post pictures of that. :)
Sarah continues to enjoy our Advent study and "talking about God." She is always enjoying the toy bird my dad got her for Christmas. It's one of those that echoes back what you say to it. She is having the best time talking to the bird and hearing the bird squawk her words back to her. I personally am starting to find the darn thing a bit annoying, but toymakers don't have parents in mind when they come up with these things. Fortunately, it DOES have an off switch. ;) And I have to admit, it's fun to watch her get such a kick out of it. :)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
She continues to enjoy our Advent study time. "Let's talk about God," she said first thing this morning. And later this afternoon, while she was watching an episode of Curious George, she burst out with, "Jesus is the light of the world!" So some of it must be sinking in!
This weekend, I will try to post some pictures of our house all decorated up for Christmas! Including our Christmas tree, all lit up because "Jesus is the light of the world!" :)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
On a completely different note, I got my new glasses yesterday. Ugh. It's been 16 years since I've worn glasses; I like my contacts, thank you very much. I'm having a really hard time to adjusting to this whole glasses thing. Everything looks weird to me right now, and I keep bumping into things because they're a bit distorted. I hope my new contacts arrive soon!!!
Monday, November 26, 2007
I must confess I experienced a moment of panic. Sarah is fairly well-behaved, but she is also an active three-year-old. Because I had forgotten that there were no children's classes, I had not come prepared with books, or paper and pens, or ANYthing. Oops! How were we going to make it through the sermon?
Ah, but it's the beloved Sunday School teachers to the rescue! Sarah decided she wanted to sit with Mr. Kirk and Ms. Heidi and their daughters. (One daughter, Lydia, is in Sarah's class). And Ms. Heidi HAD come prepared--books, coloring books, crayons, and Apple Jacks! Sarah danced enthusiastically to the music during the singing portion of the service, then colored and ate Apple Jacks through the sermon. She did a fantastic job, thanks to Ms. Heidi's foresight. :) Whew! And to be fair, ALL of the kids in the service did great. I don't think most of the adults in attendance were even aware of the fact that all the children were present.
Moving on now, I HAVE to tell this story from yesterday evening. However, I feel it will lose its impact, being told via text. You just won't get the full effect without hearing Sarah's voice. But unfortunately, it was one of those spontaneous moments that no one ever knows to record, so I'll just do the best I can here. Use your imagination, and hopefully you'll be able to see the humor.
We were getting Sarah ready for her bath last night. Sarah was not happy at the prospect of bathtime; she had other things she wanted to do. She got quite defiant in her resistance, even covering her ears with her hands so that she couldn't "hear" what Daddy was telling her to do. A quick swat to the rear, and Sarah tearfully put her clothes into the laundry basket and headed toward the bathroom. Discipline over, Nelson switched to "comfort the crying child" mode. Sarah, however, continued to sob miserably. Nelson did a game that my dad used to do with me and "shook the meanness out." (Please don't get upset; of course the shaking is very, very gentle--it won't hurt her). Sarah cracked a small smile, but didn't stop crying. Giving up, Nelson started running the bathwater. Once the water was run, he realized that Sarah was trying to tell him something through her tears. He asked her what was wrong. And here is where it gets hard to adequately describe, but here goes. In the most pathetic, tearful voice you can imagine, Sarah whimpered, "I need you to shake the meanness out of me again!" I still laugh thinking about it!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
We'll start with Sunday (good place to start, huh?). We went to church as usual. During Sunday school, when storytime was over and the kids were just playing freely, Sarah was a pirate! She had a hat, an eyepatch, and a toy sword, and she went around saying "Arrr!" I wish I'd had a camera with me, but I don't usually take it to church. So you'll just have to use your imaginations!
After church she summarized the Sunday school lesson with "God made everything. He made the grass and trees and the Lord!" I never could quite explain to her that God IS the Lord. God made everything; therefore, He must have made the Lord! She was quite insistent. Ah, the theological ramifications of this....
Monday Nelson had a paper he had to do for school. Sarah tried unsuccessfully a few times that evening to get her daddy to play with her, but he kept telling her he had to do his homework. Finally, Sarah went to go get her markers and her big drawing book. She settled down next to Nelson and told him that she was going to do her homework as well. She continued this the next morning; the first thing she told me when she woke up was that she needed to get her homework done. What a studious family I have!
Sarah is very particular about certain things. She has a good bit of those firstborn perfectionist tendencies. She has a pair of pink and purple bedroom slippers that she had not worn in quite some time. Tuesday evening she was trying to use a pair of red shoes as her slippers, but they were too small. Her toes were getting squished. I told her she ought to wear her pink slippers instead. She said disdainfully, "I can't wear those! They have a string!" Well, I went to look at the offending slippers and sure enough, a purple string hung loose from one. Nelson cut the string, and Sarah declared the slippers fit to wear! She's been happily wearing them every since!
Wednesday we did make it to Kindermusik (yay!). I didn't manage to get there with the camera though. :( But Sarah had a great time singing, dancing, and playing the handbells.
Once Kindermusik was over, we visited with my parents for awhile. My dad took us out to lunch, then treated us to coffee and hot chocolate from the coffee shop. Sarah LOVES hot chocolate. She tolerates the hot liquid better than any child I have ever seen. Starbucks actually sells a child-size cup of hot chocolate, and she is just delighted to have her own cup to drink while I have coffee and Nelson has chai. The coffee shop we visited on Wednesday didn't have a child-size cup, so she wasn't able to finish it all, but she still really enjoyed it.
For Thanksgiving, we headed back to Greeneville for lunch with my parents, then drove to Erwin to see my grandmothers. It was a damp, dreary day, and the weather is really getting colder, but we did have a lovely Thanksgiving celebration. :)
One last little story before I close this epic-length post (I shouldn't try to do a whole week at once!): as we drove to Greeneville yesterday, Nelson quoted something and said, "Thanks to Charles Schultz." Sarah responded, "Thanks to Charlie Brown!" I have NO idea how she knew to associate Charles Schultz with Charlie Brown--maybe it was just a coincidence. But it was pretty funny!
I have a friend who posts video clips on her blog, and maybe one of these days I'll figure out a way to do that as well. Until then, you'll just have to be content with text and occasional pictures. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! :)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Sarah is still very young, but I already have a multitude of things I would like to do differently--times I "flipped her too soon," if you will. But as yet, I have no subsequent children to see if the rest of the pancake analogy holds true. I don't know if Lauri or Bill are reading this, but if so, here's a question for you: since you are third and fourth children, respectively, do you feel like "perfect pancakes?" How about you, TJ? ;) Any "perfect pancakes" out there who want to chime in on this? ;)
On a completely different note, Sarah is STILL mourning the lost Kindermusik class. :( I hope she can make it to next Wednesday!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
A couple of days ago a package arrived from Grandma and Grandpa Butterworth, addressed to Sarah. We opened the box, and inside found a beautifully wrapped Christmas present for Sarah. So I put it on top of Sarah's dresser and told her that we couldn't open it until Christmas. For the next two mornings, Sarah woke up saying, "It's Christmas!" and I would tell her, no, not yet. She would be kind of bummed for a few minutes, but then go on her way. I figured everything was fine. Silly me...
Yesterday Sarah waltzed into the living room holding a lovely purple sweater and proclaiming, "What a beautiful Christmas sweater!" (It is, by the way. Grandma's skills are amazing). She had grabbed my two aerobic steps, stacked them to give her the added height that she needed, and climbed up to grab the present from the dresser top and unwrap it! She's incredibly clever--not to mention determined!
I scolded her for opening the package when she was supposed to wait until Christmas, causing her to promptly burst into tears. She asked if we could rewrap the present and wait until Christmas. So I put it back into the wrapping paper, stuck it down into a gift bag I had, and put it on top of her armoire. Surely there is NO way she can get anything down from the top of that! (Knocking on wood here...)
So, Grandma and Grandpa, you have my apologies that the Christmas gift was opened a bit early. But it is back in its packaging to be opened again when Christmas actually gets here! Meanwhile, I will have to think of some way to keep all the Christmas presents out of Sarah's reach. I have a feeling that the top of the armoire may get very, very crowded....
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
So I had planned to take my camera today, and take pictures of Sarah enjoying her class. But alas, I wasn't able to do that. I mentioned in Monday's post having some eye trouble. I've been to the doctor, I have new glasses and a new set of contacts ordered, but they are not here yet, and I canNOT get my left contact in for anything. My left eye is just too irritated. And trying to drive to Greeneville half-blind didn't seem like a very good idea! So we stayed home today. :( Sarah is quite bummed about this and keeps insisting that it's not too late to go to Kindermusik. She has a second reason that she is saddened too; since Kindermusik is in Greeneville, we always go visit my parents once class is over. So she's also asking about her "Mike and Mumsy." (I'm sure that they are a little blue over the missed class/visit this week as well, truth be told).
Anyway, as she's played today, she built a tower of Legos that she has named Garrett (one of the kids she plays with at my mom's house). She has fed "Garrett" spaghetti and ice cream, and at one point put the Legos on the couch next to her and told me that Garrett was driving her to Mike and Mumsy's and that they had both buckled their seatbelts. She also had to "fix" Garrett's eyes at one point, because they were "broken." I think she's been paying attention to my eye trouble and our trips to the eye doctor! Lol.
So here's hoping that on some other Wednesday I will be able to take pictures of the beloved Kindermusik class! Until then, here's an older picture from a class a couple of semesters back. Hope you enjoy it! :) And check out http://www.kindermusik.com/ if you want more info about the program and its available products. :)
Monday, November 12, 2007
I have an appointment myself this afternoon, witih the eye doctor. It's time for my yearly eye exam anyway, but my left eye is giving me problems so I am going to have him look to make sure I don't have some kind of infection or anything. After this, I am hoping to be done with doctor visits for awhile! :-p
Friday, November 9, 2007
Other than that update, I don't really have anecdotes or anything to post today. So I thought I would do something a bit different and just share some "resources" that I have found helpful and would recommend. Check them out; some may be useful for you, some not, but they're all worthy of at least taking a look! :)
1. I know we all get a lot of our news these days online. The Internet contains a wealth of news and information sites! I bet we all have several news sources that we like to read on a regular basis, right? Wouldn't it be easier to have all those resources in one place? Well, you can. Go to http://www.crayon.net/ and create your own newspaper! It's great; it offers all the sections that a "real" newspaper would (U.S. news, world news, politics, etc.), but you choose the sources under each heading. They have lots to choose from as you set up each section, and you can even add your own. But once you've finished, you have all of your favorite news sources at one handy site! Cool!
2. http://www.literaturepage.com/ and http://www.bartleby.com/ Both of these sites enable you to read classic works in their entirety online. I have read Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie books, and there are ton more that I can't wait to read! Yeah, the library will have a lot of the books available here, but probably not all of them, so these are pretty great resources. Happy reading! :)
3. Moving to offline resources now, I am currently reading the book Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond. Craig A. Blaising, Kenneth L. Gentry Jr., and Robert B. Strimple are the contributing writers, and Darrell L. Bock is the general editor. It is part of a series called Counterpoints by Zondervan. It is a really fascinating read. It covers all three major views (premillennial, postmillenial, and amillenial) of the millenium. A leading theologian makes the case for each viewpoint, and then the other two respond with their critiques. Will it change whatever viewpoint you currently hold about the millennium? Probably not; after all, none of the writers convinced the other two! But it is still worth reading, and it gives you a great overview of all three beliefs and the foundation upon which all are built. You can purchase it at http://www.amazon.com/ or http://www.christianbook.com/ if you are interested.
4. Finally, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult is an incredible read. It is the first novel I have read by Picoult, and she is an amazing writer. You empathize for all of the characters and become so involved in the story. The ending took me completely by surprise, and it is now on my list of all-time favorite reads. I will definitely be looking into other books by this author!
Well, that's probably enough for one day! :) Have fun browsing these if you're interested, and if not, I will try to have something to suit your fancy some other time! Have a great weekend, everyone!!! :)
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Sarah, meanwhile, has not been nearly as upset over this whole event as I have been. She cried quite hard for a few minutes, then got over it. She's been playing happily and seems to be her normal, cheerful self. She's a tough girl!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Anyway, we do wish you a very sincere (albeit belated) happy anniversary. I hope you enjoyed your special celebration, and may you have many more to come! :)
Love, Karen and Nelson and Sarah
Friday, November 2, 2007
Soooo...guess what Sarah wanted to be for Halloween! Yep, that's right, my little princess dressed up as one of the original Disney princesses on Halloween night. And yes, I have pictures. :) I even have included a bonus pic of Sarah in her Cinderella t-shirt holding her Barbie doll! Enjoy! :)
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Anyway, the English language is crazy and inconsistant. So for a toddler learning all the rules and such of grammar, it gets confusing sometimes! Her mind processes that adding "ed" to a word puts it past tense. So when we're tossing a plush pumpkin back and forth today, she excitedly proclaims, "I catched it!" After all, that's the rule, right? Add an "ed" to make it past tense? Too bad English has as many exceptions as it does rules!
Another example of her incorrectly applying the rules: a reader reads. A runner runs. An eater eats. So what does a doctor do? To Sarah, he docs! She frequently brings her "tools" to me and says, "I'm going to doc you, Mommy!" The last time we visited the doctor's office, she told me that she didn't want to be "docked."
Then there are the words that she has heard and wants to use but has NO idea what they mean. So when she doesn't want something she disdainfully says, "That's too clumsy for me!" It makes no sense whatsoever in the context, but she loves the word clumsy! (Maybe her mommy having the nickname of Grace has something to do with that? Hmmm...) Then there was a couple of days ago when the collar of her pajamas was causing her discomfort and she tearfully said, "The neck is cooperating me!" What?! I'm not sure exactly what she thinks clumsy or cooperating mean, but obviously something got confused in there somewhere!
Sarah also enjoys using the word "indeed." And this is one that she actually gets right! It is so funny to hear "Yes, indeed" or "we will indeed" coming out of the mouth of a 3-year-old though. It makes her sound so grown up! Until the next time she says she "catched" something anyway. :)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Okay, seriously, my sister-in-law (love you, Tara!) suggested that a blog might be a good way to stay in touch with all our out-of-state family and friends. So even though I have NO clue what I am doing, here is my feeble attempt to give those who would like to be "in the know" a glimpse of our daily lives.
As a SAHM, most of my days revolve around home and Sarah, so of course the first entry would have to be about her. ;) To set the scene, I was doing my morning Bible study on the living room couch. I finished up and set the Bible down next to me. Sarah started flipping through the Bible, "reading" it. She said, "God made the world, and trees, and flowers, and fish, and cookies, and flowers, and grass, and shirt!" (God making the world has been the subject of her Sunday School class for a few weeks now). I agreed with her that yes, God did indeed make everything. "He even made you!" I told her. "Yes," she said, "that makes us happy!" And I had to agree that I was very happy that God had made her! ;)