Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Amber Hughes Shoemaker, Parnell, is very aware of the positive effects adoption can have on a child.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Cookie Monster and Mario…a.k.a. David and Matthew
David is our little Cookie Monster, he lives up to this name on a daily basis. So when we found this shirt at the store one day, we just HAD to get it for him.
I tried to make it a little more “costume-y” by drawing horns on him. Matt insisted they were eyebrows since the original Cookie Monster doesn’t have horns. Either way, he looked pretty stinkin cute.
The tale of Matthew’s costume: One day I went to St. Joseph and stopped by this awesome thrift store. I always find lots of clothes for the kids at super cheap prices. I was stoked when I found these red overalls. I immediately thought of Matthew and how he had been raving about wanting to be Mario for Halloween. I couldn’t wait to get home and show them to him. I just knew he would love them…and he did. But then later, he gently broke it to me that Mario actually has blue overalls and a red shirt. He even gave me a reassuring pat on the back, saying that he was completely ok with it. He said he would just be “reverse-Mario.”
I think about these times when I’m pulling my hair out with him. Because in the end, he’s a pretty amazing kid.
So, Matthew loved his costume. I added a mustache with liquid eyeliner and he pulled it off amazingly. He posed up and down the square so that I could get an adequate amount of pictures.
…and posed some more.
Funny story: While we were walking down the square, Matt scooped up David and put him on his shoulders because we were getting ready to go through a big crowd. A few minutes after we passed them, Matt stopped and said with a frightened expression “Wait…where’s David?” It only took him a second to realize that he was on his shoulders. Of course I took a picture as a reminder of the hilarity.
The kids got plenty of yummy goodies that Matt and I thoroughly inspected and tested. (as only a good parent does.) A good time was had all around. I can’t believe that Halloween is already over. Where did the year go?
Did I mention that Matthew posed a lot?
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
We decided on a Saturday to do it and sent Matthew off to spend the night at a friends house.
"How hard could it be to paint his room?" We thought.
Well, it turned out to be a little more difficult than we thought. But that's just how things go.
Me, trying to be optimistic say "Oh, it will dry darker. Go ahead and put some on the wall and see."
So he does, and guess what...it was PURPLE! Not a blue with a purplish tint, but super dark PURPLE.
Note to self: take the paint swatch home and look at it in the lighting of the room, both during the day and at night.
We weren't due to get any money till that next Wednesday. So we had Matthew and David camp out downstairs. Matthew was just itching to know what his present was. He was digging for clues when he asked me why we couldn't just move it into my craft room. (which is David's closet) But when I explained to him that it was much to big to move and definitely wouldn't fit into the craft room he was stumped.
Wednesday finally rolled around and we went and got the paint we wanted. (the day before we got the swatches and checked and rechecked to make sure it was blue and not purple.)
We would paint during the day and then get cleaned up before Matthew got home from school. It would have been pretty obvious what we were up to if we came downstairs covered in paint.
Friday came and it was the day of his birthday. We wished him a wonderful day at school and dashed upstairs to finish up. We didn't get finished until well into the afternoon. But we accomplished our goal to finish it on his birthday.
After he got over the shock of the surprise he ran over and gave us both big hugs and kisses.
It was a lot of work, but seeing his reaction made it all worth it. I sure do love that little guy.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Our dog died last Sunday.
We'd had him for around 6 years. His name was Daxter (or Dax, or Daxie-poo, or the unflattering nickname my mom gave him the last time she visited. *snicker*)
He'd been with us through the best of times and the worst of times. The highs and lows. The lefts and rights. (you see what I'm trying to say here.)
He was much beloved by Matthew and a loyal companion and running buddy to Matt.
Although we'd had him awhile, he was still very much young at heart. Extremely hyper-active and very playful. And although he had all of those qualities, I feel that I must share...I couldn't stand him.
We obtained Dax the same way we obtained a few of the pets we've had over the years.
Matt: "Hey babe, I was wondering, would you like to have a
Me: "No." (Mentally preparing to stand my ground)
Matt: "Oh....well I thought you'd say yes. I already got the (insert animal)
Me: *sigh* (mentally giving in) *rolls eyes* "whatever, as long as I don't have to feed it, or take care of it in any way."
I have to hand it to him, I mostly never did have to take care of Dax or any of the other random pets we've had. I say mostly because there's always that rare time that I have to do it. But it's slim to none.
Now I will also say that I have also brought home a couple of cats. But I came to realize that it's enough work for me to take care of the kids and the house and feed the monsters that live in it. So I swore off bringing any pets home until I feel I can manage it. (it probably won't be any time soon.)
So, that's how we got Dax.
Sunday night, Matt decided to go for a run. He never goes at night, only in the mornings, but he has to pass his PT (National Guard Physical Test) and he's been trying to run as much as physically possible.
He then took Dax with him. He loved to go running with Matt.
Just the week before I went walking while Matt went running and we were outside stretching and talking. Suddenly we became aware of a whining sound. It was Dax, standing outside his doghouse shaking and whining at us. He knew Matt was getting ready to go run, and he wanted to go.
When Matt came bursting through the door he told me this is what had happened:
They were over by the bridge (about a mile away from the house). Matt was running on the left and Dax was over on the right. *Dax never could stay by Matt when he ran, he was always ahead or behind, sniffing or checking something out* Matt saw the car coming and figured the dog would get out of the way.
But the car got him right in the head and he died instantly.
Poor Matt was pretty shaken up, he started carrying him home, but the dead weight was just too much for him. Plus he realized he was a mile away from home, and he really didn't want to carry his beloved dead dog all the way home. So he came back and got the car and we buried him that night.
Matthew was pretty upset the rest of the night. He just sat in my lap and cried. And I cried right along with him.
Now Matthew knew good and well that I didn't like that dog and I
But I explained to him that I would miss the look on his (Matthew's)
Plus I have to admit, that dog was loyal.
He would get off his chain and go running around town. But 10 minutes later he'd be back on our front porch. He always knew where home was. No matter what...or where.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Last night he set his alarm for 7am, but when my alarm went off at 6:30 I could hear him rummaging around. Come to find out he had gotten up as soon as he saw the sun and gotten dressed. He had even brushed his teeth!!
The only downside to him getting dressed early was that he had a whole hour before he could leave for school.
So he put on cartoons and squirmed on the couch and asked every 5 minutes if was time to go until it was actually time to go.
He and Matt then walked up to the school where Matt said he gave him a hug and a kiss and ran off to meet up with his friends.
I just hope he'll be just as excited every day of the school year as he was today. But that's probably just wishful thinking. I'm sure I'll be dragging him out of bed and rushing him out the door in no time.
The day after the cucumber discovery Matthew decided to extract it from the brick. He armed himself with a hammer and loads of patience. Surprisingly it only took him about 5 minutes to completely free the cucumber.
He proudly brought in the square cucumber where we discovered it was not 2 cucumbers, but actually1 that had folded into itself. He then ran outside to track down his friends and brag about his awesome discovery.
But before he did that he snapped a few pictures of his beloved square cucumber. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with the pictures I saw when I downloaded them onto the computer.
A day later the poor cucumber met its end when it was dissected to see what it looked like on the inside. For the record, it looked just like any old cucumber...only it was perfectly square.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Mom said that it probably started off like any other cucumber, only it had found a brick to grow in
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Along with the birds we also had a hummingbird and some really pretty butterflies. But those were way too fast for me to capture with my camera. It was really serene sitting there watching the birds and butterflies that morning. At least until the afore-mentioned rhino showed up. Oh well, he's a cute little rhino.
After I was done taking pictures of the birds I discovered my next subject. It was an opportune time to get pictures of the boys. They were both dressed and in pretty good spirits.
Of course David couldnt' have cared less about all of this. He was just happy being outside and stomping through the grass. I picked a flower for him to hold and he did just that, allowing me to take pictures of him. I kept trying to get a picture of him smelling the flower, but he was too quick for me. Then of course because he saw his brother doing it, he was pretending to eat his flower as well.
Of course no photoshoot is complete without a few goofy picutures.
After taking pictures of the boys I went around our property to take pictures of this years garden. I always like to look back at the year before and see what we did that yeaer. This year we decided to extend our garden and have 2. One in the front where the old house used to be, and one in the back where we had it last year. We made the one in the back slightly larger.