Wednesday, November 30, 2011

what daddy wants

i asked wes today what we should get chase for christmas.

wes: "let's get him an iPad."
me: "he already has one of those.  what else can we get him?"

wes:  "i want to get him a bible."
me: "he already has one of those too.  can you think of anything else?"

wes: "well then, let's just get him a gun."

what more could a mississippi boy want?  an iPad, a bible, and a gun.  it does my heart good to know i'm raising this one right!!  :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

they said it

william: (as he is headed out the door) "mama, we have S show and tell tomorrow.  i'm going outside to see if i can find some sedimentary rock."  he's 6 going on 73.

wes:  (as he is eating a jolly rancher) "when this jolly roger gets small, then can i chew it up?" i think we have seen one too many episodes of jake and the neverland pirates.

william:  (out of the blue) "mama, when you make my sandwich next time, i want you to make it on the brown bread.  it has more vitamin B."  he obviously thinks i'm failing as a mom and forcing them to be nutritionally deficient.

reed:  (from the backseat) "i kick it old school, mama." if you don't have any of the Go Fish cds, you're missing out.

wes:  "mama, do you have another baby in your tummy?"
me:  "ummmmm...no.  why?"
wes:  (gets up from the table at supper, walks over to me and grabs my boob) "well, what's this?"
the suppressed laughter from his father didn't help things.

this is my life.  awesome.

Friday, November 18, 2011

shoebox time

three happy boys with shoeboxes that are sure to make three other little boys somewhere in the world very happy as well!!



to fill your own shoebox, click here and get packing!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

success

when you come in from an afternoon outside with feet that look like this....




i think you call that day a success (at least in little boy world).  mama, on the other hand, is quite horrified by the wal-mart feet.  she is also quite thankful for washrags and irish spring.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

i'm getting him a camera for christmas

wes likes to mess with stuff.  his stuff.  your stuff.  it doesn't matter.  if it's there, he is probably going to get it, and take it apart.  or tear it up.  or break it.  or color on it.  or get it dirty.  or all of the above.  whatever it is will not be like it was previous to wes getting his hands on it.  everybody in this house knows this firsthand.

so when he recently developed a fascination for my camera, you would have thought that i would have locked it up somewhere.

i have two cameras.  my big one is for when i need a good picture.  my little camera is for when i don't want to wag the big camera around!!  my little camera used to stay in the kitchen by our phones.  notice i said used to.  a few days ago, i walked in to find wes sitting on the floor pressing every button he could as fast as he could.  in an attempt to get him to stop trying to mess with it, i thought i'd take the opportunity to actually teach him how to take a picture.  that satisfied his curiosity, i thought, because he took a few and put it up.  i deleted the pictures of the wall, and we were all happy.

well, i was happy until i was backing up out of the driveway the following morning to take them to school.  that was when i saw my camera lying in our driveway.  i wasn't happy.  it was wet, frozen, and it wouldn't turn on.  i wasn't happy.  i just slowly walked back to the car, held it up and glared at my middle child with what i'm sure was steam coming out of my ears.  "oh yeah, i forgot to bring it inside yesterday."  i wasn't happy.

after some thawing out and recharging the battery, it actually worked again.  and i found out that wes likes to take pictures.  i also found out that a camera outside in the afternoon is a good way to find out what goes on in the neighborhood!

he started out in the kitchen by taking a picture of his older, "i-don't-mess-with-stuff" brother.



and then he documented that brother coloring something on paper with a marker.  (notice this brother colors on paper...he doesn't color the back door florescent yellow with a giant highlighter)


then, i found out that my floors could use a sweeping.



our bricks are still white.


his girlfriend/sister/best friend came over to play.



and she was obviously his little accomplice in this "take mama's camera for a spin" day because the next picture was this...


the sidewalk is still there.


my mums are looking fabulous...even if they do have a scooter lying in the middle of them.


our pumpkins look pretty good, too.


our neighbor was in his tree cleaning up his yard.


william was helping.


this is just a snippet.  my camera's memory was full of pictures like these.  the funny thing is that he's not bad at taking a picture.  of course, he got in trouble for taking my camera, but after seeing the fun that he had with it...i have definitely added a camera to his christmas list!  mine are locked up, but i'll gladly get him one of his own.  maybe this is my opportunity to channel his energy from destroying stuff into a useful hobby.  if not, at least i'll get to see what went on outside that day!  :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

new favorite day of the year

reed started off the halloween festivities at school last week with his halloween party.  since the boy isn't even a fan of putting on a jacket, he for sure wasn't wearing any sort of "real" costume.  so, he went as a football player.  a cute one!


they had all kinds of games set up for them to play.  after they played a game, they were supposed to get some candy.  all the other kids were just running around grabbing candy.  mine was all about the games. forget the candy!




he was obsessed with the "go fish pole."  he kept taking the m&ms off and tossing them back because he wanted to catch a real fish.  those m&ms weren't going to cut it!!


and then i drug him out kicking and screaming because he wanted to "play games more, mama" and "i want my go fish pole!" so while all the other kids stocked up on candy, we ended up with one bag of m&ms and two packs of smarties.  you'd think wes would have taught him better than that.

on monday, we hit up the reformation party at church.








AND THEN...we went trick or treating.

after the first house, wes turned around with wide eyes and said, "can we go to another house?!?!" when i said yes, he did a little happy dance and responded with "i'm so excited!  this is my favorite day!" i mean, what could be better?  you ring a doorbell, they give you candy.  it was really fun to see their excitement as we made our way around the neighborhood.




i asked several times if we could go home, and each time reed would holler, "no! i not go home yet!" so we made our way around the hood before coming home to hand out candy.  before i was able to give out directions about how to hand out candy, one kid scored big time when wes gave him about 15 reeses.  after handing out almost all of our candy, i gave them about 10 minutes to feast on whatever they could get in their mouths before bedtime.  (who says i'm not fun?)


the funny thing is...they go for the crazy stuff like pixie sticks and green tootsie rolls.  that's fine with me because it leaves more snickers for me!!  :)   as we put them to bed, wes said, "i like trick or treating.  how many days 'til we do halloween again?"  based on that (and the 14 pounds of candy still in my pantry), i'd say halloween was a success!