Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Oregon Coast

We recently went to the beach in Florence. It was an absolutely beautiful January day. Cory and I took over 300 photos and I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

Silly Cade

Yesterday the boys and I drove up to Grove Christian Service Camp where Cory is working. On the way there Luke was whispering to Cade that I probably would get lost on the way to camp or on the way home because I didn't have a map. Hearing clearly what he had "whispered" I said not to worry because the map was in my head. Cade said, "You ate the map?!"

Last night at dinner I gave each boy six M&M's for after their meal was finished. Cade was taking a very long time and when I came back to check on him, I found six slobbery M&M's on the table. I guess he did follow directions in that he did not eat them -- he just tried his best to suck most of the candy coating off of each one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Zane is enrolled in a 4-week Saturday basketball camp. This last Saturday the camp leader told the kids that if they each gave ten high-fives during the session they would get a surprise at the end. I noticed Zane getting high-fives from the coaches and one boy. At the end of the session the coaches started passing out calendars as the surprise. Zane didn't take one. Cory and I walked up to Zane and I asked why he didn't take his surprise. He said, "I only got 3 high-fives." Just about that time another coach came by and offered Zane a calendar. He spoke too quietly for the coach to hear and so I told the coach Zane's dilemma. The coach smiled and then gave him a high-five, followed by another coach doing the same. Zane then accepted the calendar. I was very proud of Zane for being so honest when I knew how much he would want the surprise. I told him I thought he was the most honest boy there.

Another basketball story: Luke asked me what it means when a basketball player puts his hand up in the air. I said that it meant the player was ready for the ball. Luke said, "No. It means that you have to go to the bathroom." Yes, of course, that is what they told the kids at basketball camp to do if they need to use the restroom.

Luke's artwork

Awhile back we went to see Dr. Holo for Luke's 5-year checkup. We filled out the usual form that charts how Luke has grown in motor & cognitive skills. On question number ninety Luke was to draw a picture of a person. As you can read below, points are given for each body part included in the picture. When Dr. Holo looked at his artwork she was so impressed that Luke included a heart in the person. She said that in twenty years she has never seen a child do that. Later when I was explaining Luke's emotional side Dr. Holo referenced the picture and said that it was so interesting, given his emotional character, that he included the heart. I completely agree.

The second picture I've included is one that Luke drew of himself and me. I love my hair, heart & muscles.

Monday, January 12, 2009

How to love Jesus, by Luke Gant

I can hear Zane (6) and Luke (5) in the bedroom talking:

Luke declares, "Everyone should love Jesus."

"I don't know how to love Jesus, " said Zane.

Luke responded, "I know how."

"How?" said Zane.

Luke said, "Love other people."

"And?" asked Zane.

"Obey Him," Luke said.

"And?" Zane asked again.

"Try to be nice," concluded Luke.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Hi-Tech Tattling!

Being that I have three small boys at home I tend to hear my fair share of tattling. Today, however, was different. Today, tattling went hi-tech! Zane brought me his digital camera and showed me a video that he recorded of Luke and Cade's altercation!

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