Sunday, September 28, 2008
Jessi & her friend Kory
Jessi & her friend Katie
It's hard to believe fall is already here! Snow is just around the corner, in fact,
Thursday, September 18, 2008
They were playing so nicely today and being barefoot in their jeans for some reason made me remember the first pic. I remembered it wrong as you can tell by where we took the updated one but that's ok, they are just too cute! The Lord had to make them that way so we'd keep them after all the mischievousness they get into!!
Oh, and just so you know, Laura LOVES her big brother, I didn't stage her at all, she did this all on her own! Say it with me now, awwwwwww!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Our first pet was a beta fish. Jenna received him for her 4th b-day. She named him Swiper. He was an easy pet to have, didn't require too much maintenance. I tried to find a picture but couldn't readily find one.
Our next pet came soon after Swiper died, over 2 years later. Jarod received two tree frogs. We had to do the cricket thing which nearly did me in. Weekly visits to the pet store plus live crickets in our "cricket keeper" became very tedious. We set Jimmy and Goddard free almost a year later at a friends pond. This may seem mean but, I have to tell you, it was a better fate than my sister-in-laws frog! Less crunchy, that's for sure!
That was the summer of '06. Jessi had been asking for a snake and John and I just weren't on board. We were already starting to talk of Europe possibly for our 15th Anniversary and thought dealing with a pet would be a drag. Well, Jessi took it to the Lord. That's great and all, that's what we want the kids to do. But I certainly didn't expect Him to answer her prayer, HER way! While our whole family was serving in Biloxi Oct. of '07, Marc, who had come with us from Horizon, got to talking and discovered the snake he was looking for a home for, was just what Jessi had been praying for. We brought him home just before Thanksgiving. Thankfully, we can purchase frozen mice to feed him. It's nasty but I don't have to do any of it. Jess takes care of it all. We tried, ONCE, to feed him a live mouse. While he enjoyed it, it proved to be a bit too traumatic. Having the mouse in a little cage for three hours while we waited to feed Rodriguez didn't help. We even named the mouse, Tinker Jr., that was a bad mistake! We figured Rodriguez would come in fast and get the mouse first try. Nope, we got to witness about 20 min. of high pitched squeaking, and a crazy snake and mouse chase all around the cage. We all jumped every time Tinker jumped and some of the kids turned away when Rodriguez finally did catch her. We have some pictures but I'll spare you. That's an experience we don't feel the need to repeat, EVER!
So, we've had Rodriguez for almost a year and Zach, a youth kid from church, was asking around seeing if anyone wanted his gecko. John and I talked it over and decided that Jarod would probably love it! Another plus, it eats meal worms. They are dormant in cold temperatures so you just keep them in your fridge for easy storage and feeding of the gecko. Jarod decided to keep the name Zack had given her, Geico! We just brought her home Sunday so haven't really seen her much, plus she's nocturnal. We woke her up this afternoon for some blog photo time. She cooperated quite nicely. Jess picked her up but she didn't seem to be too fond of us all staring at her yet. We'll wait another few days.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Jarod and Laura received a new valance, sheets and Leah and Jenna's old bunk bed. Plus, Dad painted an orange stripe around their room. They love it and so do I, it's awesome! As you can see on Jarod's dresser, a new pet joined our family. More about pets another day...
Wow, I see why Realtors use wide angle lenses to take pictures of homes they're selling!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
They have no family in town so Poppy has become our resident 2 year old a couple times a week. You forget how energetic a 2 year old can be! Not the mention the fabulousness of NAP TIME! Poppy is a great little girl and Jarod and Laura are thoroughly enjoying having someone to mother, instead of always being mothered themselves! Lucy's mom, Mike's fiancee, is doing a great job of scheduling all the Dr.'s Appointments, not to mention taking care of Poppy!
Please remember to pray for Mike, Lucy and Poppy!