Wood or Woods?

Monday, November 13, 2006

Sibling Fun and Games

I figure I had better get this down before I even shower, so I in my robe have decided to get a few events down before I forget (like I have for the last 6 weeks).
I'm getting my clothes out for after my shower and I hear Grant say to Zoe: We are the wrestlers, who's going to throw the first punch? Zoe smiles and sayes "I AM." Then the kind of response I remember hearing as a child comes out of Grants mouth, "No Derrek is." Then Grant continued to pretend to wrestle with his friend from school. Zoe, in her 2 and a half year old younger sibling role thought it was so funny to see Grant 'air wrestle' with an imaginary person. I guess I should count myself lucky that Zoe felt included instead of methodically ousted from the game. Hey, I'm glad they are getting along!

Lately it has been a fun event for college students to take something off Zoe's plate, such as a cheeto or a grape. She is a sojourning eater, so she is not at the table at all times during a meal. Senario goes like this: While Zoe is away, someone will begin to take an item of food and announce it by calling "Zoe, I'm taking your _______" Mike and I look at eachother and whince. We know what is coming. A blood curtling scream, then a crying petite little bouncey flash of blonde hair comes zipping to her seat to give one very pouty look at the perpetrator as well as the announcement "That's MINE!!" The same person doesn't do it 2X. We are all thankful for that. You've heard it said, 'don't feed the bears' I say, 'don't take food from the girl!'

We had an episode this AM. I was being nice, fun mommy (usually a mistake) and gave the kids their hot cereal in these cool glass bowls on a pedistal. To make it Xtra special, I gave them the last of our raspberry lemonade (red drink) in some glass mugs with a pedistal. Oh so elegant. Well, as you may have seen into the future of this scenerio, the red drink in front of Grant spread itself all over the cloth chair he was on and the very carpet we were dining on. Mom doesn't respond well to this sort of thing, especially drinking her coffee. After making sure Grant knew that this was a very bad thing that has happened and projecting how long it will take to clean such an experience, he got sent to his room.

I'm cleaning, cleaning, cleaning (good mommy!) He comes down and apologizes, then let's me know he wishes he was in a different family. I affirm I understand why he might feel this way, I apologize for flying off the handle and tell him I love him. We talk about what fruit of the spirit would have been good to show during this. He says "LOVE" quite rapidly, I say "yeah and self-control and patience. Then I share why I'm glad he is in our family. He responds, "I understand how you feel Mom, but I still wish I was in a different family."

We have a lot of understanding going on in our family, but, it doesn't always change things. :)

He has since went 'swiming' with Zoe on their blue sleepingbags and made snow angels on our white love seat. He seems to be re acclaimating to the Wood family pretty well.

Well, we've had our 8th or so snow storm. The snow stays for a few days and melts and the sun comes out. So far. One day soon, It will not melt, I'm sure. That will be OK I think.

Two Montana things I may not have mentioned: No sales tax. The majority of people around the state get election day off. MSU was closed, public schools had a half day and I don't think we got the mail that day. These people are VERY serious about voting. It's pretty cool, but it suprised me.

My neighbor told me of a 'yard sale' last week that was in a very new and affluent neighborhood that ADVERTISED in the paper that everything was free. Wow!

Better shower before the day gets away from me.

Sibling Fun and Games

I figure I had better get this down before I even shower, so I in my robe have decided to get a few events down before I forget (like I have for the last 6 weeks).
I'm getting my clothes out for after my shower and I hear Grant say to Zoe: We are the wrestlers, who's going to throw the first punch? Zoe smiles and sayes "I AM." Then the kind of response I remember hearing as a child comes out of Grants mouth, "No Derrek is." Then Grant continued to pretend to wrestle with his friend from school. Zoe, in her 2 and a half year old younger sibling role thought it was so funny to see Grant 'air wrestle' with an imaginary person. I guess I should count myself lucky that Zoe felt included instead of methodically ousted from the game. Hey, I'm glad they are getting along!

Lately it has been a fun event for college students to take something off Zoe's plate, such as a cheeto or a grape. She is a sojourning eater, so she is not at the table at all times during a meal. Senario goes like this: While Zoe is away, someone will begin to take an item of food and announce it by calling "Zoe, I'm taking your _______" Mike and I look at eachother and whince. We know what is coming. A blood curtling scream, then a crying petite little bouncey flash of blonde hair comes zipping to her seat to give one very pouty look at the perpetrator as well as the announcement "That's MINE!!" The same person doesn't do it 2X. We are all thankful for that. You've heard it said, 'don't feed the bears' I say, 'don't take food from the girl!'

We had an episode this AM. I was being nice, fun mommy (usually a mistake) and gave the kids their hot cereal in these cool glass bowls on a pedistal. To make it Xtra special, I gave them the last of our raspberry lemonade (red drink) in some glass mugs with a pedistal. Oh so elegant. Well, as you may have seen into the future of this scenerio, the red drink in front of Grant spread itself all over the cloth chair he was on and the very carpet we were dining on. Mom doesn't respond well to this sort of thing, especially drinking her coffee. After making sure Grant knew that this was a very bad thing that has happened and projecting how long it will take to clean such an experience, he got sent to his room.

I'm cleaning, cleaning, cleaning (good mommy!) He comes down and apologizes, then let's me know he wishes he was in a different family. I affirm I understand why he might feel this way, I apologize for flying off the handle and tell him I love him. We talk about what fruit of the spirit would have been good to show during this. He says "LOVE" quite rapidly, I say "yeah and self-control and patience. Then I share why I'm glad he is in our family. He responds, "I understand how you feel Mom, but I still wish I was in a different family."

We have a lot of understanding going on in our family, but, it doesn't always change things. :)

He has since went 'swiming' with Zoe on their blue sleepingbags and made snow angels on our white love seat. He seems to be re acclaimating to the Wood family pretty well.

Well, we've had our 8th or so snow storm. The snow stays for a few days and melts and the sun comes out. So far. One day soon, It will not melt, I'm sure. That will be OK I think.

Two Montana things I may not have mentioned: No sales tax. The majority of people around the state get election day off. MSU was closed, public schools had a half day and I don't think we got the mail that day. These people are VERY serious about voting. It's pretty cool, but it suprised me.

My neighbor told me of a 'yard sale' last week that was in a very new and affluent neighborhood that ADVERTISED in the paper that everything was free. Wow!

Better shower before the day gets away from me.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Bozeman Life

Life here has been good. We are finally feeling settled for real. We got a couch, well, a futon, last week so now we can sit easy! Grant likes yardsaling. Many places have a free toy pile. Zoe doesn't like them. Too much "no touching" and not enough running free. They cramp her style. She does like the donuts we get for breakfast though!

A few East / West things I've noticed (or maybe just Bozeman) is that two weeks ago we got flyers in the mail from all the grocery stores advertising case lot sales. This happened to be the same weekend it snowed. Anyhow, we got 24 cans of mushrooms, green chilie (chile rellano casserol lives on!!!), stewed tomatos, cream of whatever soup. I guess it's going to get cold. The parking spots for on campus housing have electrical outlets in front of them to hook up heaters so your car will run in the winter (yikes!), and this is my favorite, the yardsale adds tell you what time the stuff is free. So a 7AM yardsale will advertise that everything is half off or free at say 2:00. Hey, thanks for the heads up!

One of the first things that really caught me off guard is the front page newspaper headline one day in August. "The state is on high alert." I quickly began reading to find out what terrorist activity has occured. None, thank goodness, the air quality was so bad from forest fires it hurt to breath as well as roads were being closed down due to lack of visibility.

Wednesday night meals include potato bar. . . as a meal. Speedy Gonzales is also a favorite: Fritos topped with chili, and cheese. You are free to add onions and sour cream if you want the deluxe.

Grant & Zoe's favorite thing is to run through the sprinkler (when it is warm). On the move here they started noticing sprinklers in fields in Colorado or something. Then they would yell "SPRINKLER!!!" every time they saw one. They notice when the neighbors are sprinkling their yard. I never knew how the humidiy deprived them of such fun :)

The speed limit by our house is 70 mph. Not Driftwood, but 19th, the street you turn onto Driftwood from, is 70. Where ever the speed limit is not posted, you can go that fast, Crazy!!

I always appreciated our news station in Blacksburg because it gave coverage of what different churches were doing. We usually watched on Sunday PM, so it might have been just that night, but still, it was an appreciation of the Christian culture. The newspaper covered some churches and religious topics. Sorta absent here.

Well, I started this post over a month ago, so I had better finish up so I can start a new topic next time :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

2 blogs in one month- inconceivible

Every night the Grant & Zoe want to pray for Nathan, Jeremy, Derek (Zoe always makes sure he is included :) and Mr. Dan and Miss Lisa. Friends are precious near or far. Grant and Zoe argue whether Amy or Devin is going to be at the next Campus Ministry event. Zoe is sure that Daddy is running with Amy when he is not home when she wakes up in the morning.

As for here and now, the kids think maybe we are telling them stories when we say we are doing something with the students and then drive to the church building. They expect to go to campus and pick people up. The Malibu is not rigged so well for that though. The building here has many hallways with classrooms and stairs that 5 year olds can get lost in quite easily. Grant & I working together to keep him from getting 'lost'.

We have been overjoyed with the relationships that have begun being built! Students have been dropping by just to hang out. We had our first laundry taker last Tuesday night after Devo. SUPER!! We hope it continues. We have been blessed and we are eager to share the wealth.

I think Mike has grilled 3 or 4 times, but other than that I've been the meal prep person. It has been really fun. I am suprised at how much I enjoy it. I have been given another new family roll : financial person! Exciting & scarey. Pray for me. This is big and new and important!!!

The Library here is fun. The every other Friday Grant doesn't have school we go to the activity time for 3-5 year olds. I always come home with 25 + books. We love it. One Friday Grant & I got separated. The children's area is upstairs. I was looking and looking, I even started calling quite loud for him (yes, in the library even!), well he came to me from downstairs. Apparently, he looked all over downstairs and even went out to the car to look for Zoe and I. YIKES!!!! We had a huge streetsmart talk right then and there. The librarian came over & after I told her what happened she had a little talk with him. He said he thought I forgot about him. :( Quite on the contrary.

There is a second grade girl named Galina that lives down the street and rides the bus with Grant. They play on the playground together too. She has been a good friend to him. Her mom goes to the busstop in the AM also. She baked our family brownies yesterday as a welcome to the neighborhood gift. They were yummy. She goes to BSF also.

Across the street from our house is Reese. He is 4 and there is a serious magnetic attraction between Grant and Reece. His family is very kind. We had dinner at their place one day and they gave us apples from their tree. We bought a food dehydrator at one of our oh-so-many yardsales we've enjoyed. We shared some of our dried apples with them.

About 3 doors down the road is Ruby. Taxi will find any way possible to go and play at her house. Ruby's owner Peggy comes to our house weekly to return our Taxi. Ruby the black lab is always there as an escort to Taxi's return. We recently discovered that Brian, Ruby's male counterpart in ownership makes log furnature. We have not purchased a couch because we are holding out for log stuff. I don't thing there is a couch out there for under $1400.00. OUCH! Brian offered to help Mike make a couch. Hmmm, you give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him to fish... and you have the possibility of some super coooool furnature. I'm pretty excited.

It snowed two weekends ago enough for Grant to through some snowballs. My parents got to get a precursor of the winter to come, as they were visiting that weekend (intending to visit before the weather got bad!)

We had a college retreat last weekend at Rock Haven. It was a cute little camp for our 20 campers. Our kids are (finally) getting to the age were I can participate in some of the singing AND hear the speakers. Hallelujah!! The topic was on Spiritual Intimacy with God. Excellent stuff. I was pleased to have a few focused conversations with a couple of the college girls. Something I have been longing to do, but have been unsuccessful due to motherhood. I am not anxious about it (most of the time), I pray and wait for opportunity. I am thankful opportunity came.

In BSF we are studying Romans this year. Last week we talked about how our lives before Christ as Lord is not a waste, it is all part of a path that brought us to Him as well as a preparation for what lies ahead, meaning he will use our past for his glory. I love that. I don't have to be ashamed of who I was just because I am different now. God is my strength in weakness, and not to be cliche', but he has rescued me. How can I not give Him glory for that. He did what I couldn't do. I've been chewing on that thought a bit this week.

Zoe, our beautiful little person has so much to say about everything! She gives commentary on why she did, didn't or was about to do something. She likes to read to her dolls as well as keep them in line. She pretends that she is going to Morning Star some days, that's Grant's school. Grant is quick to correct her. She askes me quite a bit who her preschool teacher is (that is her BSF preschool teacher). She says, "Is Mrs. Hanson my teacher?" "No, Zoe, that is Grant's teacher. Your teacher is Miss Bev." It is cute the ways she wants to be like Grant.

Zoe changes her clothes I don't even know how many times a day. She has lots of girl friends her age at church. There are signs of little girls on our block, but I haven't seen them yet. Whenever we go to a store she always announces at with shrill delight, "they have baby carts & car carts!" That is carts that have built in baby seats and regular shopping carts that have a car front with steering wheels. I don't think she really knows which stores have these things, she is wishfull thinking indeed. I have learned it is best not to argue with her about it.

In our quest to shop kinda local when possible, we have found that there are 7 major grocery stores here. Crazy! Even crazier, there are about 5 places to get your oil changed. I paid $35 at JiffyLube today to do that. I actually paid more because I let them do some other maintanence. Yikes! I paid $12.00 at Monroe Muffler on Wednesday (ladies day) in Blacksburg. I guess I better shop around.

Mike & I went on our first date here, last Thursday. We went shopping at a Vintage clothing store (way cool hats!) and a place called Sacks. A thrift store that is doing a word play on Sacs 5th Ave. I came home with some cool black boots. We went to a Mexican Restraunt the kids would have gone crazy in and disturbed the ambiance. Then we walked downtown to Leaf & Bean and listened to an awesome acoustic guitarist sing her own songs. We then went to the Food Co-op where they had a BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION!!!! We only stayed about 30 minutes for consideration of our babysitters, but as you may know, Mike sorta pries me out of my reserved side every so often and well, we danced to the last song. This is funny if you consider that we were pretending to clog; just like we did in Floyd, VA. But see, in Floyd, we were 'clogging' with about 30+ other cloggers that knew what they were doing. At the Co-op we were it. All three of the people in the audience waved at us as we left. I wouldn't be suprised if they were rolling on the floor laughing by the time we made it to the car :) Oh well, it was fun.

Before I go I have to tell one more Grant story: He was supposed to draw a picture of when he was little and now that he is big. For his little picture he drew me holding him, swaddled in a blanket, pooping on me!!! True story - when he was born he pooped on my stomach as the nurse was handing him to me for the first time. He LOVES that story. He used lots of different colors for his drawing and drew a rocking horse and a crib and a rattle. Very detailed. On the Big side he drew a big picture of himself, solid foods and a pair of underwear. I guess he knows what it means to be a big boy. It cracked me up. I love to see glimpses of what is going on in a childs mind!

I don't know if the blog automatically logs the date so: Sept. 26 2006!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Alpha Blog

Here I write while Zoe is asleep and Grant is at Kindergarten. I began BSF today and, of course, Mike is at work. All is as it should be at this moment in time. We are settling well into the new house. Taxi likes the back yard and doesn't usually get out. The Library in Bozeman is pretty cool. There are dirt trails all over but I hear it might snow in the next few days (farther in the mountains, but still!)

Grant's answer to "how was your first day of school?" was... " I colored too much so I didn't get to play with the toys!"
Welcome to academia, son! :)

To be continued during another nap time