Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sammy's 3rd Birthday

So last Thurs our little Sammy turned three! He had a very fun birthday and birthday weekend. We have a tradition around here that the birthday boy, girl, etc. gets their favorite food for their birthday dinner. Tom gets Red Lobster (which, by the way we all enjoyed on Sunday evening because it was Tom's birthday...I'm so glad he likes Red Lobster), I get Fratelli's pizza (it's so good!), Livvy usually asks for asperagus, corn-on-the-cob, french fries and shrimp (she has expensive taste), and Sammy...well, Sammy loves mac-n-cheese. So I made homemade mac-n-cheese for the first time in my life. He liked it but I don't think he thought it was better than good 'ol Kraft out of the box. Oh well, it was the thought that counts.

That night he got to open his present from Grammie and Pop-pop. A big dump truck! He was so thrilled. Lately he's been hooking up his dump truck to his trike and "towing" it around the house.

That weekend we had our annual Baker family getaway at Ft Tuthill. My parents, our family, and my brother Rob, Beth and their three that's six adults and six kids, not bad odds. My parents rent the big cabin for all of us to stay in and it is lots of fun...especially for the kids. They just love being at the cabin with the cousins, playing in the woods and going on hikes.

Friday night after pizza we had birthday cake. I had Sammy look through a book of different party cakes, dinosaurs, trucks, balls, etc. and he wanted a train cake. His absolute most favorite book is The Little Engine That Could. So, I went to work on making him a train birthday cake that looked, or at least resembled the Little Blue Engine. I'm not sure if I totally accomplished my goal, but I think it turned out really well and, the most important thing, Sammy loved it!

Here's some little snip-it's of Sammy this week: upon putting the fireball in his mouth that was the light on top of the Little Blue Engine, Sammy said, "This is spicy...but I can handle it." "Follow me guys." "But I don't want to." Pray that Sammy makes it to his fourth birthday;).

Monday, September 28, 2009


Truly the Lord gives good gifts to His children. Whether the gifts are just in the small everyday things like a roof over your head, a quite morning to sit, enjoy some coffee and reading some Scripture before the kids wake up, special times with family, etc. Or the unexpected gifts like getting a screaming good deal on a new car for Tom because his old one up and died (thanks dad and mom!!), or the siding on the walls holding up the roof over your head getting painted for just the cost of the paint by a friend at church who wanted to bless you (thanks Doug!!). We feel so blessed! The car is just what Tom needs for his new job, safe, reliable, low mileage and good gas mileage. The house getting painted and now able to withstand the elements, and looking like a respectable house is so fun - we still can't believe it's ours!

This is what the house used to look like for those of you who might have forgotten:

Here's the new and improved home sweet home:

We still don't live in the addition side, but it's coming...all in God's perfect timing.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Weekend Fun

I watched four of my friends kids Saturday morning while she was at the Bible Bee with her older four. The kids had so much fun playing and working together. I figured since I have 7 kids on hand I might as well get some work out of them. Tom just started a new job (today being the very first day - just training stuff this week) with a home health care agency called Amedisys. He'll be spending quite a bit of his day in his car driving to people's homes. I thought it would be nice to have his car all nice and clean on the inside and out. I had the kids empty his car of a year or more's worth of papers and other stuff, and then give it a quick wash. The car looks so much better and actually halfway decent...and the kids had fun. Yeah!

Tom finished the gable end!! Before getting it painted, he's got 3 more pieces of siding to put on the south side, the trim around the insets of the doors and windows, and then caulk all the vertical seams and around the openings. It's getting there.

For dinner we had meatloaf pop-ups, potato pancake wedges and corn-on-the-cob, which the kids helped me schuck.

We pulled a couple of our carrots just to see what they were looking like - not too shabby.

School Fun

We officially started home school - kindergarten for Livvy and preschool for Sammy (Sammy just sits in on Livvy's lesson and learns what he is able, so I'll call it preschool). It's been really fun so long as I don't mentally skip the next four years and start worrying about how this will all look when Livvy will be in fourth grade, Sammy will be in second grade, Ben will be in kindergarten (give or take) and who knows who else might be toddling along at that point. Breathe. One day at a time.