Friday, November 30, 2007
If you look very carefully, you can see the dangling earring he has been wearing ever since!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The director of the school begins chapel with a prayer and then holds up a striped bag. ALL the kids scream, "What's in the bag?" and she calls on a few kids, then gives a few hints and calls on a few more. McIver told me this morning that he wanted to guess it today so we talked about the different things she might have in the bag. (Last chapel, she had a banana in the bag, so it really could be anything.) Anyway, she finally called on McIver and he guessed it - a tool box. But, what I didn't know is that he had peeked into the bag earlier this morning before school while she was talking to someone else. In fairness to McIver, he did admit to Mrs. Ellerbrock before chapel that he knew what was in the bag and she still chose to call on him. He was very pleased with himself!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Will & Olivia on the tram tour - we went behind-the-scenes at NASA's Johnson Space Center and saw the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility where the astronauts actually train in true-to-size mock-ups of the space shuttles before each mission.
In front of one of 5 'blast off engines' (as McIver called it) on the Saturn V. We were all pretty impressed with the size of the space ship.
The current exhibit is Circus: Science Under the Big Top. They had everything from how a human cannonball works to how performers can swallow swords. McIver was excited about lifting the dumbbells in the clown tent.
Olivia waited not-so-patiently to walk the tightrope. I wasn't sure that she would end up doing it, even after the long wait, but she got all buckled into the harness and zipped right across that wire. She was at least 8 feet off the ground. I was so proud of her!
Will, Pop & McIver manned the turkey fryer (with a little help from Murphy!).
Saturday, November 24, 2007
We came home from Target today to discover the left-over apple pie totally DESTROYED on the kitchen counter. It had only been loosely covered with saran wrap so I assumed that Murphy had managed to get to it while we were away. As I stood in the middle of the kitchen shaking my finger at Murphy and telling him he's 'not supposed to eat people food-it will make your throw up-how did you even get to it,' Olivia interrupted to tell me that McIver had climbed up on the counter earlier that morning because he wanted some pie.
So, I turned to McIver and started shaking my finger at him reminding him that he's 'not supposed to get food without asking mommy or daddy first-applie pie is not a healthy thing to eat for breakfast, etc.'
McIver said: I wanted to ask, but you were in the shower and I didn't want to bother you.
We went to a friend's house tonight for a 'left-over dinner.' I was a little nervous to go without Will (he's on call) but she assured me there would be plenty of big kids (her daughter is 14) who would help watch out for and entertain Olivia and McIver.
About half-way through the grown-ups' dinner, McIver came downstairs asking whose house we were in. I pointed out Margaret to him and he walked over to talk with her. She pulled him up into her lap and asked what was going on. He told her that the big kids had put him into time-out. She asked why and he said he had thrown something down the steps. Margaret, trying to reason with him, very gently asked what would happen if he threw something down the steps at home.
McIver said: Well, we don't even have steps at home.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Nanoo, Pop, Cacoo and Grandma Janet arrived in Houston and we met them at the hotel. After a tasty TexMex lunch, we shopped til we dropped (which doesn't take long with a 6 & 4 year old in tow) at the Galleria. The kids visited Santa and told them their Christmas wish list (including a Shark Boy & Lava Girl outfit which I can't find anywhere online so I'm not sure such a thing even exists!). We made our way to Build A Bear where Pop was kind enough to indulge Olivia, McIver AND Cacoo. Once O & Mac had enough, we walked back to the hotel with Grandma Janet so they could swim in the hotel pool - GREAT FUN! The best part of the whole day was that Olivia and McIver spent the night at the hotel!! They thought they were something else!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
We couldn't make it to church this morning b/c of McIver's fever yesterday (although he seems to be fine this morning). So, Olivia decided that we could have church at home. She set up chairs in the living room, turned on a Bible song CD, found bread and a bowl, water and a cup and she and Mac took turns giving each other communion. Hearing my children offer communion to each other, "This is the body of Christ, the bread of Heaven. This is the blood of Christ, the cup of salvation," was awe-inspiring. After too many days of being cooped up with a tired, sick child, this was definitely a much-needed God Moment!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Here is who I'm so excited to see: