Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Go, go", "Ball", and Easter

Austin doesn't really talk. He says "Mama" only when he cries and "Dada" just as a babbling noise. But the other day when I woke the boys up from their nap in the afternoon, we headed down the stairs and Austin waved his little arm in the air (as if shooing Tyler along) and said "Go go!!!". Clear as day. I laughed and thought, "where did he get that???"... then I realized that I say that almost EVERY time they are going up or down the stairs because they take forever, dawdling and what not. So I'm always saying "go, go!". So that was hilarious. And THEN, on Saturday after we picked them up at Doug's parents house, he said "ball", pointing at his new ball that he got from Gramma during his two night stay.
Needless to say... he USED to be quiet. :)

Also, two weeks ago (or was it 3 weeks?) we celebrated Easter at Great Grandpa and Grandma Roberts' house with lots of cousins and aunts and uncles. Tyler and Austin were the only two kids that could walk so they got to hunt for Easter eggs by themselves. Though, it was really just Ty. Leann Burgess, our cousin, was sweetly trying to get Austin to pick up ONE egg and put it in his basket for a picture... it was soooo funny because she was so patient and it took at least 10 minutes for Austin to pick it up... and then he threw it at her (in a loving way... he thought it was a ball). A very fun Easter. Austin, cousin Lucy and Tyler

P.S. My mother -in-law, Michele, took these pictures... so I have to credit her!!! Mine wouldn't be nearly this good! :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Haircuts and Howarth

Yay for Saturdays at home with the WHOLE FAMILY!
We had no plans, either... soooo nice. It shows how busy we get when we can't remember the last time we hung out just the four of us. Well, it was a beautiful day (finally after all the rain!) so we dsecided to head to Howarth Park in Santa Rosa. Howarth has a great playground, picnic areas and a ton more. We rode the miniature train (much to Ty's delight).....

Then we headed to a picnic table to chow down on the lunch we packed. (Had to chase down Austin a couple times to get him to eat, since we were "sans high chair"). We had a great time in the sun.

Also, on Thursday I took the boys for a little haircut trim. (My sweet Mom-in-law was treating us to Easter pics at JCPenney the next day... yay!). First Ty went and was such a big boy (he loves getting his haircut)... then it was Austin's turn. I told the lady "Oh, I can sit down and hold him for you" (Which is what I've always done because he's just a little guy). She says "Oh, no... he's fine!" So she sits him up on the booster seat just like Ty was, like a big boy. He only tried to escape once! :) I couldn't believe he was old enough to just sit there.

I know it sounds goofy... but sometimes strange little milestones creep up on you! Here are some pictures of my big handsome men (after haircuts)!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Oh how suddenly your problems seem so small...

Yesterday we were informed by our church prayer chain that a dear young couple we know (guy grew up at Hessel) who live in SoCal now; have a son that was diagnosed to leukemia. He's 2. They have to start chemo right away. Horrible is such a slight word in this situation, isn't it? Gut wrenching heartache filled me when I read the email for prayer... and I'm not even his mommy.

God likes to give us reality checks. He gave me one in hearing about this. I can be so ungrateful for the simplist things... like health. My entire family is healthy... my husband, my two boys... even my mom, dad, brother, mom and da-in-law, sister and borther-in-law and niece. I get frustrated when Tyler ignores me.

Obviously this is human nature. It's how life goes and we do our best to glorify God and become more Christ-like in the midst of daily activities. But I think gratefulness for where were live, food on the table and healthy kids and loved ones can help in this process... because God has blessed us: in little and big ways.

The Bishop Boys happily playing in the snow.