Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Oh, while we're on the subject do you think it would be wrong to put the invisible fence collars on two twins who always run in separate directions when I take them outside? I realize shocking could possibly be construed as child abuse so I thought of an invention along the same lines as the invisible fence. The kids wear "devices" (collars sound bad) and when they approach the boundaries instead of the warning beep dogs get they would hear mom's pre-recorded voice saying, "Jon Wesley Dodd you get back here this instant!" That is just an example name and in no way implies that that child is in need of discipline :) Don't you think that would be a great invention. However, as I used my real voice to yell at them to return and they kept on running (in opposite directions) it occurred to me that my invention has the fatal flaw that hearing the mother's voice must actually cause the child to obey. Hmmmm, back to the drawing board!
Um yeah, gross and what??? I gotta stop eavesdropping!
homeschool and what parts belong to boys and girls :)
Monday, June 29, 2009
I think Will and Wesley like them! They won't stay out of them. All I can say is thank goodness there are 2 of them!!!
And while it's hard to put into words how regretful we feel for what we've missed and how blessed we feel to rest in the assurances of heaven, as usual Jackson's prayers say it all:
"Dear God, thank you for today and for Ryan. Please tell him happy birthday from me. Let him always be happy and to have a great time. Thanks. Amen."
So, to my angel of a nephew happy birthday! Holding you again is one of the sweetest things I anticipate when I get to heaven!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This is my favorite picture. Though it isn't the best shot of everyone (though I adore Will peeking around Jon's leg), it is incredibly special because it is a picture of Jon with our 4 kids right where it all started. They are standing in the exact place where Jon proposed
(Hey, I told you fishing was important in our family!).
It was a hot, exhausting day full of adventure, but all our days seem to be that way lately so I guess it was appropriate. It really meant a lot to me being there with all the kids on Father's Day.
Jon, if you kneeled (on both knees) with my diamond dangling below a huge chicken liver and proposed to me all over again I'd...
say "yes" a thousand times because while you are my best friend, the prince charming I never felt I deserved , the answer to all my prayers, the one who makes me laugh more than anyone, someone I could spend every waking moment with and never run out of things to talk about, the person who can make the most mundane task fun, and many more wonderful things
most importantly you are a great father and the best gift I could've ever given my children was having you as a father.
I love you, Jon!
Wanna go fishing?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Even better, he's decided he likes brushing his sister's hair and does a great job. He is very gentle (though very liberal with the detangler) and Ashton is much more patient with him doing it than with me, by far! Besides it's extremely cute to see...
Will looks like he is really about to catch one. There wasn't really a bug anywhere near him. He was just imitating big bro and sis:
Daddy did a great job buying the flowers again this year:
I had to secure 10 tickets or would've been in big trouble with her many adoring fans, including Aunt Heather (who is now hoping she's having a girl!):
Nana was there of course and gave her a beautiful ballerina necklace:
Gram and GranBobby were there as usual:
And Mawmaw and Aunt Joan got to come for the first time:
Just when we thought the fun was over, we were treated to another performance, lucky us?
3 costumes, 2 hours, 2 awkward hip hop dances, 3 exhausting trips by me to the dressing room for complete costume changes, 10 adoring family members, dozens of pictures, 1?? high recital fee, + 1 beautiful ballerina= priceless.
So, here are some beautiful pics I took during dress rehearsal. Of course, my favorite costume (of her three this year!) was the beautiful ballet one, made even more beautiful when two beautiful girls twirl:
2 ballerinas and one in training:
I was really excited about their tap song because it was "Movin' Right Along" from the Muppet Movie which was the exact same song I tapped to years ago in my brief ballet career!
The grand finale was thier jazz song from HS2- "Fabulous"-P-E-R-F-E-C-T! It has been her signature song since she first heard it 2 years ago. She already knew all the moves from the movie so just had to learn some new moves which were sassy and cute.
She was in little girl heaven!
A glimpse of the sassy: