A Gracious Place

Monday, March 05, 2012


I got Miranda and Johnny a couple of beat up old scooters at a resale event last week and they love them. They've been zooming up and down the sidewalk ever since. These pictures remind me how thankful I am for the setup we have with our apartment. It's so nice to walk out the front door and have some space for the kids to play. Our old apartment went straight into the parking lot, not to mention the stairs. Also, with this apartment we walk right out the back patio to the pool. It won't be long until we spend more time out back. It's weird to see them here in jackets because it's been in the high 70's the past couple of days.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Miranda is attending AWANA this year. It is her first year and she is in Cubbies (3 and 4 yr olds). She really couldn't be more excited. It is not at our church, so I am excited for her to meet new friends and have a completely new experience.

Being the involved and responsible parent that I am, I read the brochure and saw that this week was Parent's Night. I got a sitter for Johnny so that Miranda could have my undivided attention. I pumped her up about Parent's Night and how excited I was to go and meet her friends and teachers and see what she does at Cubbies. So we head to Cubbies, camera in tow, of course. We get to the classroom door and one of her leaders is handing out a paper announcing Parent Night...next week!!! Oops! I try to not make a big deal out of it because poor Miranda has this kind of disappointed, confused (perhaps horrified) look on her face. I'm glad I am getting this "embarrassing my child" stuff out of my system before she gets too old and it really does bother her:-) She didn't seem to mind at all that I was the only parent there for "Parent's Night" once we got in the door and she introduced me to her little friend.

The little girl Miranda is standing next to her in this picture and in all of the following pictures is the friend she has been telling me about. They are both "Luv E. Lambs" so they sit at the same table. Miranda never leaves her side. Wherever "C" goes she goes. I asked Miranda why she likes her so much and she said, "because she has a nice voice, and pretty hair, and she doesn't hit". I'm not sure how much Miranda has experienced other children hitting her, but it's definitely a great quality to have in a friend.

She also told me that her favorite part of the night was snack time. Now I see why. She got a mini cupcake and a cookie!

The relay they did for game time cracked me up. It was Miranda's (and I am sure many of the others) first time to do a relay. They loved it! It was hysterical.

Here you can see the intensity of it and my second fail as a Cubbie Parent. Dan (a Cubbie graduate) was telling me that I absolutely had to sew the patches on because you could always tell whose parents hadn't sewn on the patches because they were halfway falling off. No problem, right? I mean I make clothes for Miranda I can sew a couple patches on, but we were running late and I didn't feel like lugging out my machine. I thought, "I'll iron them on and then stitch over them later, they'll last one night". Well, the first patch stayed on for the first five minutes and then the second one fell off sometime after the relay. There are supposed to be four numbers and here there are only three.

I had a great time and I can't wait for Parent's Night again next week!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Piece of cake"

The training wheels are off! It really wasn't as painful as I thought it might be (except for the factthat she is growing up way too fast). We spent a weekend in Kansas a few weeks ago and Miranda had fun practicing on a cruiser bike (a bike without pedals that you just learn to balance and glide on). I think that helped her have a lot more confidence. Dan and I just passed her back and forth couple times, and then tried the same thing down a grassy slope for longer distances. A few pushes on the pavement and she was off..."Piece of cake!"


Friday, August 19, 2011

Connecticut Vacation

DSC_4827 by dandeelines
DSC_4827, a photo by dandeelines on Flickr.

We had a wonderful vacation with our friends John and Ellen Buerger and their daughter Aubrie (who will be 3 in November like Johnny). They invited us to go to the house John shares with his extended family. It is a beautiful old house with a lot of character and a lot of history. The lady (Aunt Susie) who is the main caretaker right now has 10 grandsons who frequent the house. Needless to say, there were tons of trucks, cars, and diggers that Johnny adopted as his own. The kids loved roaming free in the big yard, playing on the small beach by the river, fishing off the dock, swinging on the swing, eating outside, and just enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and slower pace. Not to mention the cooler weather, so that we could actually play outside. They got to play in the rain the first day we were there. They acted like they hadn't seen rain in a long time...wait, they hadn't seen rain in a long time!!!

Ellen and I enjoyed exploring the local Goodwill, TJ Max, Herb's Country Store, and resale shop during nap times each day in an old blue pick up truck. It didn't have any AC, but that was good for us because we live in AC 24/7 right now. John and Dan grilled up some delicious lobster! We went to the ocean one day and had a blast. The weather was perfect. Miranda found a little jellyfish that washed up on the beach. She adopted that slimy thing and held it the whole time and made a home for it in a bucket with seaweed and sand (and named it Bella:-)). She really likes slimy pets. She has loved several worms to death already.

I was a little worried about being close to the river with the kids, but Johnny only fell off the dock once (no worries, Dan was right there). This happened after he got carsick on our way out to eat and also managed to get a bead stuck in his nose, so it seemed really minor in comparison.

Enjoy the pictures! Just click on the one above and it will take you to Flickr. (Same ones I put on FB, btw.)

Monday, May 02, 2011

First Duet

Here are Miranda and Johnny singing, "The Lord's Prayer". They are quite the pair. Miranda is definitely carrying them, but Johnny hangs in there:-)

Saturday, April 09, 2011

The Birthday Party

Miranda had such a great birthday party a few weeks ago. It was made very special by Papa and Nana coming down to celebrate with us! Here are some pictures from the festivities.

Miranda with our friend and cake decorator extraordinaire. She even put fairy dust (glitter) on top.

I love their little conversations...

The three little fairies...

and their fairy wings.

More conversation.

The girls table

The boys table

Johnny got an urgent phone call.

Enjoying the cake


Mommy and Miranda

Johnny got another urgent phone call.

The big surprise!

A pretty happy little girl!

Monday, April 04, 2011