Tuesday, January 22, 2008

An Electric Epiphany

The past few days here have been pretty chilly. We woke up this morning to some snow on the ground and it has stuck around thus far. In order to stave off the winter and help out one of my husband's dreaded dilemmas I decided to give him a great birthday gift...drumroll...

An Electric Blanket!

Now pre-electric blanket this is what our nighttime routine would look like:
Me: Okay, I'm going to get ready for bed are you ready too?
PRB: Well, I've got about 7 more pages in my book to read and then I'll be there.

Time elapses where I wash my face, do the polka, brush my teeth, solve some math equations, smile in the mirror, and sing a few verses of "It's a great day to be alive."

Next, PRB enters our room closes the door, turns on his reading lamp, and comes into the bathroom to get ready for bed. Now, I exit and remove our lovely decorative pillows from the bed and crawl in and try to cocoon myself to create a nice resting place ideal for sleep for the next 8 hours.

Me: Brrr! It's so chilly in here!
PRB: Will you warm up my side of the bed too? (which means will you make snow angels in the bed to create friction to hopefully warm up the cold sheets)
Me: But I am already so cozy in my spot...
PRB: But my side will be so cold...

So I relent and make sure my arm and leg reaches far enough to warm up his side of the bed. Then he finishes, changes clothes at lightening speed, and tries to hop in bed as fast as he can to avoid being cold. He throws back the covers releasing the trapped heat--bummer. Next he writhes around like a fish out of water to try to warm up his side to his standards and then he says...

PRB: These sheets are just so chilly! I'll probably never get warm in here!

Now because this seemed like a problem with a solution, I went out to buy an electric blanket to help out my husband. I found the perfect one that has this great pre-heat feature that will turn on and heat your bed for 30 minutes right before you're ready to go to sleep. So, when I see the night is winding down, I go hit the pre-heat button and then our sheets are just warm and cozy by the time we head to bed. Now, with this one solution we have no more chilly sheets, no more crazy writhing, and no more cold winter beds. This is an electric epiphany...


Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Week in the Land of Moore

Upstairs
Downstairs
In the car
Off the chairs!

Building blocks
Mismatched socks
Spiderman
Noggin knocks

Pop-tarts
Lego carts
Trumpet frogs
Throwing darts

Milk is "Moo"
Where's your shoe?
Coco pebbles
Flush the loo!

The Muppet Show
It's time to go
Pack a lunch
Noses blow

Lots of hugs
Finding bugs
Drawing pictures
Toy tugs

Read this book
Funny looks
Bath time
"But he took..."

Basketball
Whew y'all...
Clean-up
Dinner calls

Changing diapers
Face wiper
Monster Crunch
Boys are hyper!

Chuck E. Cheese
OJ please!
Police costumes
Mickey D's

Night light
Tuck in tight
Bible Story
Kiss Goodnight


We wouldn't trade our time with the boys for the world and we loved every minute of it...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Meet the Boys

This past week we had an interesting experience. In the matter of mere hours, we became Mom and Dad to 4 boys! Now, they are not permanently ours, they were just ours for the week. We helped out The Moore family by taking on their kiddos while they went to London, England. Now let's introduce the starting line-up...





Benjamin "The Bouncer" Moore
Age: 6 1/2 years














Timothy "The Train-Man" Moore
Age: 6 1/2 years








Samuel "The Mighty Mite" Moore
Age: 2 1/2 years








Jonah "The Disposal" Moore
Age: 11 months




Now that you have met everyone, let's explain their descriptions.

Benjamin is always bouncing wherever he goes. He's in constant motion! He loves Legos and doing things precisely. A good helper and always concerned about doing things the right way, like making sure we always had directions to wherever we went.

Timothy loves trains (and anything that you would consider transportation)! He seemed to always be working on a train track on scooting a train on the floor. He is also very caring and definitely tells you how much he likes you and loves you.

Samuel is the ultimate little brother. A mighty mite that tries his best to keep up with his older brothers. He likes to do what they do and say what they say. He is also a very good older brother himself and gives Jonah lots of hugs and kisses.

Jonah is the best eater in America! He will take on any food you put in front of him and be sure to have plenty of it! He is so good natured and just happy to be wherever you are. He will give smiles and laughs all of the time and he is also just about to become mobile. When he gets those arms and legs coordinated he will be motoring all around the house!

Now in the next post I'll tell you about ALL the things we did...

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Where have we been?

The past few weeks have been adventurous for us. We have been traveling for Christmas and managed to do some other fun things in the mean time. So where have we been?

December 14: Start of the road trip back to TX. We had to leave then in order to beat a snowstorm that was descending upon Louisville. We also got to spend the night in Jackson, TN with The Dockerys some of our most favorite people in the world.

December 15: Arrival into the great Lone Star State. We managed to meet up with our friend (Phillip's former roommate) Rodney Reed while both of us were traveling down the highway. Isn't it fun to meet up with friends in the most unexpected places? So Phillip was able to ride in the car with Rodney for a while so they could catch up. We ended up at Kyle & Lori's casa in Houston.

December 16-21: We hung out in Houston. We did some Christmas shopping, lots of playing with John Thomas, looking at Christmas lights, and had many laughs with our wonderful family and friends.

December 21-22: Short jaunt up to College Station for Phillip and his dad to play golf and to pick up Granny, Papaw, and Clifton to take them back to Houston for Christmas Eve festivities. Phillip and I also had a wedding to go to in Houston on the 22nd so we were going to make it back no problem, but we ran into a little trouble with our communication and planning. So we furiously showered, packed up our stuff, ate lunch and still managed to get to Houston with 10 minutes to spare! It was a close one, but definitely a fun family memory of packing 5 grown folks into a Hyundai (which John dubbed a Hyun-die) and John holding my makeup mirror in the back seat so I could apply my makeup flawlessly.

December 22-24: Back to Houston for a Panini Party at Kyle and Lori's and Christmas Eve dinner and presents. We had a Mexican food Christmas Eve filled with plenty of fajitas, queso, and sopapilla cheesecake to go around. We also got to see Justin & Erin and all the boys open presents Christmas morning in Idonesia through the wonderful web cam. It was so great to just see their smiling faces for a little while and hear the squeals of joy from the boys: "Yes!!! Spiderman!" or "Look at these jets!" We also had a giftcard exchange where we ended up with giftcards to Kroger and Best Buy. Then the grand finale was opening up tickets for a family cruise in July!! Everyone in Phillip's family will be going, all 17 of us! Granny & Papaw, John & Debbie, Justin & Erin, Kyle & Lori, Phillip & Cami, Chad & Christina, and Alex, Isaac, Luke, Jack, and John Thomas. Whoa this is going to be fun!

December 25-Present: We headed up to Abilene on Christmas Day to join my family. We had our traditional Christmas Day lunch at Mama Sug & Papa's and got to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins there. When we came back home we opened up presents with my parents. With the surprise there being that we came away with a new TV! My parents gave it to us and then my mom managed to surprise my dad and get him one for Christmas also. So that was really fun! The rest of our time here has been filled with good food, a trip to the Alamo Bowl to watch the Aggies, hanging out with friends, and relaxing.

We will head back for Louisville tomorrow and arrive in town on January 4th. Then we will have ourselves an adventure for the next week, but you'll have to stay tuned for the next chapter...