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Appreciation Project July 16-19

July 19, 2010
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July 16 AP 197– Being able to scoop up my boy late at night and cuddle and talk with him until we fall asleep.

July 17 AP 198– A good experience at Indianapolis Museum of Art. I’m pretty sure that was the first time I’d ever seen Monet, Rembrandt, O’Keeffe, and Van Gogh paintings in person.  I’ve always been drawn to Van Gogh, but this time I got to examine all of the textures and color effects up close.  Awesome.  Just awesome.  And I also learned about other painters I’d never heard of, having never taken any sort of art class or researched on my own…  like Pissarro and Seurat.  Yeah, you know that really famous pointillism painting- A Sunday Afternoon something or another- with all the 1800’s ladies with umbrellas and other folks lounging by the water?  I never knew that was Seurat…  and that he kicked off the whole Neo-Impressionism movement.

July 18 AP 199– My new bible and bible case. I did without carrying a bible around for a long time (um… 15 years), but I decided I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity to study and learn more, so I invested.  Aaaaand I love it.  I mean, I’ve always had my big clunky bibles at home, and I used my Droid Bible App for a long time, but there’s something about actually having it in my hands and turning the pages…  I don’t know- maybe it’s that I grew up in the ’90’s.

July 19 AP 200–  The book of Job: “My redeemer lives!”. This Sunday at church our worship music leader talked about the book of Job.  I LOVE thinking about the book of Job.  I know I’ve journaled about it before.  Job was a righteous man who God had blessed, and Satan questions Job’s character and faith and God is all, “alright- I’ll back off of Job and you can do what you’d like and I know Job will still be faithful.”  And, well, all this terrible, terrible stuff happens to Job.  Job indeed stays faithful to God while his friends sit around and try to figure out the reason for all his misfortune…  and in chapter 19 Job says, “I know my redeemer lives! And in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed , yet in my flesh I will see God!”

And my FAVORITE part is when God finally speaks up and he is all, “What’s up with all of these people who have no idea what they are talking about?  I will question YOU and YOU will answer ME!  Who marked off the Earth’s dimensions?  Surely you know!  Have the gates of death been shown to YOU?  Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the Earth?  Tell me if you know all this! Surely you do know because you were already born!  You’ve lived so many years!”

God is awesome.

Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
And who told the ocean you can only come this far?
And who showed the moon where to hide till evening?
Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Chorus:
Well I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer lives

Ye-e-eah
The very same God
That spins things in orbit
Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Now I know, my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within me cry
I-I-I know
My Redeemer

He lives
To take away my shame
And He lives
Forever I’ll proclaim
That the payment for my sins
Was the precious life He gave
And now He’s alive and
There’s an empty
Grave!

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/n/nicole_c_mullins/#share

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Mmhmm

June 4, 2010
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May 25 AP 145– Air conditioning!  Hallelujah!  We spent a few days in 80 degree weather with no air (again. For like the millionth time since we moved in last year).  I’m pretty sure I died at one point in time.  Although I’m a fairly good sport because I DID live in an apartment in Mount Vernon without air for an entire two years.  Anyway, it turns out our system must have been in bad shape (duh) because the guys from Alpha and Omega spent ALL day on the 25th putting in a whole new air conditioner.  And glory be, I can walk down my hallway without breaking a sweat.  And Ben can sit beside me without wearing a surgical mask to filter my stench… on the days I shower.

May 26 AP 146– Learning how to let my house be messy without worrying about it.  This is a work in progress.  But at least the idea is in my head and I am tackling it.  BOTH of my boys are windstorms.  At no point in time has anyone ever muttered the words, "Was Ben/Adry just here and I missed him?"  No, because you can’t miss them.  I will pick up and wipe down and windex and vacuum and change sheets and scrub and mop and sweep (as I did TWICE this week and I assure you, you can’t even tell) and thirty minutes later it’s right back to where it started: fingerprints, crumbs, soda cans, junk, and toys strewn everywhere.  It’s not that I am complaining about my boys- it’s me and my own expectations.  The new me is going to embrace this chaotic, messy life (because God knows if I want more kids it’s only going to get worse) and enjoy every minute without worrying about straightening or cleaning or OMG DON’T TOUCH THE WINDOW, STICKY-FINGERED CHILD, I JUST WINDEXED!

May 27 AP 147– A new pool and pool time fun!
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My boy was waiting patiently for Daddy to finish rubbing sunblock all over him.

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Squirt gun fight with Guggle Yayub!

More Pool Fun Pictures AND Video

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Valentine’s Weekend

February 15, 2010
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Well, Ben and I planned a date night for Saturday night- dinner and a movie.  Then my dear brother, who was alone this weekend with a girlfriend all the way in Baltimore, asked if we had plans.  Ben and I figured that we spend a lot of alone time together and an evening with just the three of us would be nice.  So Matt joined us for our Vday date.  If you consider the fact that Alexz was there in spirit, it was sort of a double date… right?  But it was a good, chill, relaxing night out.  We ate at Applebees and saw the Mel Gibson movie Edge of Darkness, which was very decent.  I had wanted to see Up in the Air, but Matthew informed me that it was not a good Valentine’s movie.  So I still want to see that before the Oscars.

Video: ‘ELLWOOD’.  In the car on the way to the movies, driving past my brother-in-law Josh’s place

On Sunday, Valentine’s Day, my mother prepared a delicious meal of baby back ribs, chicken, broccoli, cranberry apple salad, homemade bread, and potatoes. The Jordans supplied an Oreo ice cream cake for dessert!
The table set:
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She put a box of chocolates at each place setting and underneath each plate she taped a little Valentine:
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Everything was cute and yummy!

The afternoon was spent shopping for a few baby things for Jamie, a bit of boy-on-boy violence in the kitchen (I suppose it made sense when Jamie said she was glad she was having a girl, heehee), and enormous icicles: (Under the Cut)

More pictures n stuff

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Sledding in a Winter Wonderland

February 7, 2010
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T. Matt Teaser

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The hill we went to. The one which I could not walk up to save my life. My (rain)boots have NO traction whatsoever. I had to hold onto tree branches and/or climb on my hands and knees and/or hold on to one end of a sled while my brother grabbed the other end and climbed up. It doesn’t even seem that steep, but it was slick slick slick.

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Scioto River

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Jacob attempting to sled standing up

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Jacob failing

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Taylor sledding

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Becca being pushed by Ben

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Jack on the best sled of all, The Butt Sled as well called it.

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Me and Jacob

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Matt

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James, Jacob, and Matt

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Matt on his awesome ski. Yes, he and James found a pair of skis and made foot straps out of a belt (I think?) to put on each of them.

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VIDEO: Matt on his ski

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They were doing the penguin huddle shuffle to stay warm

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James peeking up

Last video: Jacob on The Butt Sled… and also a kid who looks like he was injured, but he was okay. Just a little sore.

Bonus Picture: Laundry Adry
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Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

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It snowed ALL DAY on Friday. It began around 9:00AM and kept at it until sometime on Saturday. I never heard the total number of inches we got, but it must have been close to two feet.

It was beautiful. I loved it. Adry loved it. He begged to go out and play in it. So we played in the snow while we waited for my cousins, Jack and Katie and their son Logan, to drive down from Mount Vernon to join us for the night.

‘What’s that you say? Your cousins drove an hour-long drive on a good day during the biggest snowstorm of the year?’ Yes. We are THAT awesome and they love us THAT much. Plus, they had free tickets to the Blue Collar Comedy Tour at the arena that they didn’t want to waste. But mostly because we are awesome. They stayed Friday night and Saturday night and we had a fun-filled snow weekend with them.

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Under the cut you will find more pictures of Adry in the snow, and also pictures of Adry and Logan playing together.

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Thanksgiving ’09

November 28, 2009
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***All videos have been added!!***

Thanksgiving day was a pretty good one. Truth is, is started out pretty rough. I had spent the entire night previous trying my very best to get to sleep and got a grand total of one hour of restless shut-eye. Usually I can tolerate one sleepless night- it happens fairly often- but this had been the fourth night in a row during which I got less than four hours. By day four of sleep deprivation I am usually sick and cranky. So there you have it- I woke up sleep deprived, sick, and cranky.

So, Ben drew a Lavender Soak Epsom Salt bath for me and put a plate of peanut butter toast by the tub. Oh man, I felt like a new person as soon as I got in. I’d never had an Epsom salt bath. It was glorious and it saved my Thanksgiving day for sure. I AM THANKFUL FOR EPSOM SALT! And for a husband who took care of me.

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One day he will smile for pictures!

 

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I snapped like 5 pictures of Matt and Adry, just of the two of them naturally- they weren’t posing- and in every single one Matt was making some sort of funny face.

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The turkey… which I didn’t eat any of. I don’t remember the last time I ate turkey on Thanksgiving. I have to save stomach for all of the awesome food I like so much more.

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The Food Woman in Action

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T. Matt and his iphone
Adry’s new name for Matt is ‘Uncle T’. He never could say ‘Uncle Matt’, but he can say Uncle T. It comes out ‘Guggle Gee’, but at least ya’ know what he’s tryin’ to say.

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We ate by candle light.

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Boys… playing with the fire, of course.

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I think they were both saying, “OHwee OHwee OHwee OH” because the plate was hot. My brothers—they sure are a lot alike for how different they are.
And by the way, Jacob is serving himself the best sweet potatoes in the entire world.

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OK, so I learned a couple of things this Thanksgiving about Adry and motherhood.
1) Adry LOVES eggnog. I mean PURE LOVE. I’ve never seen this kid love anything like he loves eggnog, and I’ve never seen a person love eggnog like Adry Padry does.
2) I will NEVER EVER EVER again let him drink 2 full sippies of eggnog before Thanksgiving meal. He ate MAYBE 2 bites of all that wonderful delicious food because he was full on eggnog.

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I, however, ate ALL of this. And it was awesome.
Green beans, corn casserole, best sweet potatoes ever, church potatoes, cold broccoli casserole, some other casserole that I don’t even remember, stuffing, homemade rolls, hot broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes with sherry turkey gravy, another casserole I forget, devilled eggs, and there were a couple of dishes I didn’t serve to myself including the turkey. Mom worked hard and she did good. I’ve been craving leftovers!
A couple of hours after the meal I was cramping up like crazy. My tummy with its ‘Oh, hai- I’m lazy and I don’t like to contract!’ issues was NOT happy with me. At all.

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Well, there you have it- one of the two bites he took.

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The Symphony of Thanksgiving Meal– NOM NOM NOM NOM

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Hutch’s family Thanksgiving meal tradition: grandpa making sure everyone eats at least one black eyed pea
Our Thanksgiving meal tradition: eating mass quantities

VIDEO CLIP: Jacob was determined to eat every last bite on his plate(s). This took place at the very end of the meal, and he was so full he was eating one little potato cube at a time. It looked like he was about to go into a coma and face-plant his plate.

 

VIDEO CLIP: Earlier during the meal dad was telling a story about the largest table he’d ever seen in his life and he described it as AWESOME! But when he said, “AWESOME!” he jerked his head forward- very Farley like- and his glasses fell off. My brothers found this VERY amusing. This video takes place post-meal and Matt and J are talking about it again.

VIDEO CLIP: This is just regular post-meal talk. The more I watch it the more I get a kick out of the very end of the clip when dad uses this low, quiet voice that trails off when he says, “The… National… Boooard”. Like, what? What was that, dad?

After the meal with my family Ben, Adry, and I went to Ben’s parents’ house to visit. It was around that part of the day that I felt like my insides were rolling around my abdomen shaking angry fists at me.

Meanwhile Adry entertained and danced to the Baby Einstein Vincent Van Goat intro song on repeat. Kid is crazy for Baby Einstein. He spent time with his Great Grandma Ellwood, Great Aunt Kristi, Cousin Blake, and his new Aunt Brit. He ate mints and cheesecake and then once again would not eat any real food. I wish I could’ve gotten some pictures of him with some of the family members.

That night we went back to my parents’ house for some movies and games.

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Mom made some sort of apple pie dessert concoction, parfaits, the same “ooey gooey amazing yumminess” that I loved so much last year, and she bought some cupcakes from Mer’s Cakecupery business.

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Behold: Ben with his parfait. He purposely ruined this picture with his creepy face, and ya’ know what? I am posting it IN SPITE. He thinks he will make a funny face in the photo and so I won’t post it. Well, Mr. Ben. I hope you’re happy.

We ended the night with our traditional Thanksgiving day movie ‘A Christmas Story’, the traditional story-telling by Ben of why he DESPISES ‘A Christmas Story’ and REFUSES to watch it (something about when his brothers watched it for 24-hours straight whilst reciting every single line and making Ben go clinically insane for life), our traditional suck-it-up-’cause-we-gon’-watch-it-anyway response, a game of Uno, and the movie ‘Tommy Boy’.

Also, Alexz and Becca eventually joined us. I missed them during the meal, but apparently they had families or something that they ate with. I think I said something to the effect of, “WHAT?! They have FAMILIES?!” and Jacob said, “I KNOW! They should just… kill them… or something… and come here with us” and I ignored him because I was kind of creeped out. In his defense, I believe he was in a casserole coma and had no idea what he was saying.

***I am so thankful for the time I get to spend laughing with my family. I love them more than anything.***

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Thanksgiving Eve Family Day

November 25, 2009
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Our At-Home Family Day in Pictures

Adry enjoyed watching his daddy hang Christmas lights outside.
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And also had fun trying to shove rocks in the air conditioner.
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Shoveling leaves! Hopefully this means he’ll be a good helper when he is older. (Perhaps to make up for a mischievous baby/toddlerhood? 😉 )
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After outside play we came inside to enjoy cinnamon rolls and Christmas decorations.
He loves this magnetic Christmas tree.
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Playing with Daddy! All in fun. No daddies were injured.
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Then it was nap time. He was so worn out.
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Later in the evening we watched Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving.
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We love the Charlie Brown holiday episodes.
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Ben and I had a good time watching our little guy goof around.
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And then we attempted to get a family shot of all three of us!
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Nope, didn’t work. Try again.

We DO have a family of THREE, I swear! Adry managed wriggle away, get up on the couch, and kick Ben in the head.
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OK, well… this one will do. At least all three of us are in it.
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Like Father Like Son. Same Face.
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VIDEO CLIP of Adry’s ‘Sad Face’

 

It was a good day.

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