Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Growling and Sreaming

Apparently growling is the way we talk around here now.  At least if you're a boy under the age of 5.  Both boys have taken to growling for two different reasons:  One growls when he's happy and the other growls when he's mad, has to do something he doesn't want to do, or has to be near his sister (the horrors).  You guess which one is which.  The first one is adorable and if you growl first, he'll do it right back, laughing the whole time.  We all take turns growling with him around the dinner table...it's so cute!  The other one growling, isn't that cute, especially when he's growling, "Mommy, you are not the boss."  Seriously, he growls this to me.  At least he's cute when he's growling with the other one!
Now, take a guess at who prefers to scream instead of growl.  This one screams when happy, sad, excited, gotten an owchie, when a fork/spoon drop on the floor, when food is cut the wrong way (even if the provider isn't aware of food being cut wrong until they see it fly across the room and hears the screaming), mad, when a brother takes something, sits nearby, comes close, walks into the room, has something first, and even while playing with baby dolls and pretends to scream for the babies "No, I'm babies mommy and babies are screaming."  Did that last one give it away?  The cute growler is turning into a not so cute screamer.  To give the cute growler credit, he can't express himself with words as the other two, but you think his head is falling off when really someone took his pink stroller.  Don't judge the boy, he doesn't know his colors yet.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Molly is 3 today!  Happy Birthday Molly!  I can NOT believe she is 3, where has the time gone?  We had such a fun weekend of celebrating, with more to come tonight when she picks what we are eating for dinner...shocker, she's still debating!  She is so my daughter!

On Saturday, we had a few of her friends over and had a Kindermusik princess party!  We danced, leaped like frogs, spun around in our Bilibos, which we all LOVE, and made princess or prince (for the few boys who were there) wands.  She finally, finally decided on Dora for her cake and the decorations, which is perfect because she loves Dora!  She wore an adorable tutu that her friend Sierra gave her as an early present and just loved having all of her friends here to celebrate with her!  During prayers on Saturday night, we were talking about her party and thanking God for a wonderful day when she got teary eyed about Papa, Grandma, Boppi and Mema not being at her party (is that a hint that they need to come visit?).  What a sweet little girl!

This morning, her actual birthday, she woke up to streamers on her door (a family tradition on every birthday!) and presents to open.  One of her brothers had a hard time not telling her the presents, "When is Molly going to open her doll house toys?"  "When is Molly going to open her water table?"  So, I think the only real surprise were the outfits sent by Boppi and Mema...oh well, he's only 4!  So far she is enjoying jumping on the sand/water table box with Will.  I took the gang to the Houston Zoo today, thinking I was nuts because there is no school and 80's degrees, and we had a fun time!  Well, Jack and Will had a fun time!  Molly kept tripping and saying she was hungry, finally she rode in my friend Kami's stroller and Molly was a lot better!  Thanks Kami!    Now, everyone, even Jack, is sleeping after our fun day!  Like I said before, she is deciding where to go for dinner and it's up in the air.  For the past few days, she said Chick-fil-a but now she doesn't know where!  I love her!

We are so blessed to have our Molly!  Our life would be so boring without her and we our better because of her sweet, loving ways!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I have a friend

My kids love reading the book "I have a friend" written over 30 years ago and features the Sesame Street gang before Elmo.  They love it!  It shows all the Sesame Street characters having fun with their friends, from having picnics, sharing sodas at Mr. Hooper's Store, and wishing each other rotten days (can you guess which character is that?!).  At then end, the book asks if you have good friends and my kids always say YES!  And then list everyone of their friends!  So sweet and cute!
The past few weeks have been a little up and down for the Brewers.  We have gone through something that has been life changing, eye opening, and emotional.  Through it all, I have been reminded how many wonderful friends we have been blessed to know and I would like to share with you a little about who they are!
My sweet husband....I love this guy!  He has been my rock, strength, and shoulder to cry on!  We have grown closer together and I am lucky to say I married my best friend!
Play group friends....they not only helped with our children, but also brought delicious meals, gave unconditional love and support and keep asking what they can do to help!  You've done enough and I don't know how I'll ever repay you!!!
Small group and church friends....Ditto!  You guys have listened to our prayers, prayed for us, sent meals and flowers, and cried right along with me!  Wow!  We are blessed!
Kansas love...We have so much love from our friends in Kansas!  Thank you for being here for us from so far away!
Is this turning almost into an acceptance speech, life for some type of reward?  I'll stop when the orchestra begins to play!
God...He truly has a plan for all of us and He is AMAZING!  If you don't know how wonderful God is, I'm so excited to talk to you about Him!  In times of sadness, He has helped me see joy!
Thanks for letting me gush and brag about all of my friends!
Side note:  I haven't actually written on here what "this" is all about, but I would be happy to talk personally about it...just don't want to get into the details!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow day?

Growing up in Iowa and Kansas, I'm used to snow, ice and freezing cold temperatures. I walked to the bus stop in ice and snow, wearing my uniform jumper with bear legs in the freezing cold temps.  I went sledding everyday after school, made snow angels and igloos, and embraced snuggling by the fireplace and hot cocoa.  Now, after living in Texas for nearly 3 years, all of my fond childhood and young adult memories are gone.  I HATE the cold and snow, never really liked the ice, and hibernate inside when the temperature drops below 60.  Don't judge.  When you celebrate Christmas in shorts and t-shirts, ride your bike and play at the park in January with the temps reaching the 80's, wouldn't you HATE the cold?  No?  I love summer, heat, humidity, bring it.  I have the hardest time staying warm, but how easy is it to cool off?  Jump in the pool, go inside to the a/c, eat some watermelon.  To get warm....drink hot chocolate, but only my hands warm up.  Sit by the fire but only one half of my body is warm.  Yuck!  My poor kids don't even have winter coats...it was 78 on Monday!
All week we heard on the weather about the "huge" amount of snow and ice, the dangerous conditions...."snowmegedon" they said!  By Thursday night, schools, airports, and cities were closed due the the horrific weather expected Friday.  Keep in mind, on Thursday, the temps were in the 30's, no rain, snow, or wind.  Our kids were so excited, snow!  "Just like what we see on TV" shouts Jack.  We had plans, big plans for the snow.  "I'm going to have a snowball fight like on Elf, build a snowman like Frosty, and roll around in it."  Wait, do we watch too much TV?
Friday, kids wake up and eagerly look outside to see...nothing.  No snow, a tad bit of ice, and chilly.  The news acted like it was a hurricane instead of a little ice.  It was so funny watching everything on the news!  Poor kids!  Oh well, they'll be outside riding their bikes on Sunday when we're back in the 60's.  I'll be thawed out by then, I hope!  Right now, I'm wearing tons of layers, under a huge fleece blanket, fire in the fireplace, and my heater set way too high!  I'm also reminded again that I love summer!