Thursday, May 31, 2007
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:50 PM
So you all know by now my son's fascination with trash and recycling. He had a really hard time this week since the trash man came a day late due to the holiday. Usually the trash man comes on Tuesdays while Kate has therapy and Jane (a wonderful wonderful lady!) comes and plays with Seth. They go on a hunt for the trash man. Well...Jane came and the trash wasn't out! Pretty traumatic.
But...trash day came and he was all excited. He told me he was going to play trash man/recyclable man...below in a series of three pictures...you'll see my little mastermind at work...
1st: He takes all the "trash" (every toy and tub in the house) to the curb (the hallway in the kitchen.)
2nd...the "trash man" comes and picks up the tubs and dumps them...notice each tub is turned over...just like the "real trash man."
3rd...All the trash is at the dump.
The "trash" has to stay at the dump for a while...but then finally, we can put everything back in the tubs and he'll do it all again the next day. He loves it...his imagination is at work...and he just talks to himself the whole time he's playing "trash man" Several times throughout, he'll come to me and tell me "We've got ALOT of trash and or recyclables today." I just keep telling myself it's his way of playing, and it gives me a chance to organize and clean the toys every other day or so!
Seth running after the "real thing" The neighbor saw him enamored with the trash man and said..."think positive, maybe he'll become a hydraulic engineer and design the trucks"
Added note: Today...when I went to the pantry...every food item that is pre-packaged and in a box was on the shelf and the boxes MIA...must be "recyclable" day.
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:35 PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Since summer is "unofficially" here and it was really hot today...we thought it would be fun to go swimming in the backyard. I blew up the little kiddy pool with all intentions of that being for Kate and getting out the sprinkler for Seth. Well, Seth just hopped right in with Kate and the two of them had a blast. How fun to see the two of them in the beginning stages of playing together. Amazing how much fun 6 inches of water can be!
The pool has inflated padding on the bottom, and combining that with it being slippery...it was a little challenging for Kate to sit. She took a couple face dives into the water (We'll just call it "therapy")...but after a very quick cry to let me know "mom, you are supposed to catch me," she was back splashing and chewing on toys.
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:12 PM
As mentioned in yesterday's post...Andy and Seth made the front page of the Portland Paper. The article is now on their website...check it out!thecr.com If you look after today (Tuesday) it might be under the local news link...under the title: Tradition of Honor.
I'm so proud of Andy...he made a promise to his grandfather and has continued to put out the flags for many years. It is fun to see Seth get in on the tradition too!
Posted by Krista Layman at 1:00 PM
Monday, May 28, 2007
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:02 PM
Friday, May 25, 2007
Funny Moment in the life the Laymans:
Have a great holiday weekend! God Bless!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:58 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Just one more ounce....We went in for a weight check today. Kate came out just one ounce shy of 16lbs, our goal for the past 3 weeks. She was cute...she was bouncin' on the scale...hopin maybe it would bump her up!
Dr. Jim was pleased with her weight gain and her sitting up. He thinks she will probably always be a tall thin girl! I remember talking to our cardiologist way back and he said he would be happy with 16lbs at a year...we still have over a month, so we're optimistic that she will certainly surpass that goal! YEAH KATE! And all this after pretty much cutting back to just 5 bottles a day...she (and mom and dad) have slept right through her 5 am bottle the past week.
Have a great day!
Posted by Krista Layman at 4:58 PM
In an event that has happened only 3-4 times as a mother of 2...both my kids were taking naps at the same time today. They both just conked out on the couch/floor. As I was adoring my sleeping beauties...I noticed they both had their thumb in their mouth (Kate's was inside her pacifier!) It must bring such comfort as they are both avid suckers of thumbs and pacifiers/thumbs.
I'm always on a search for comfort. I'm on the computer now at midnight since I couldn't get comfortable in bed. Since having Kate, I've never been comfortable in regards to temperature. (I'm so hot...all the time) I want to be comfortable with Kate's health...with how clean the house is...with my relationships...with my spiritual walk...with the time I spend one on one with Seth...with my weight...the list goes on.
I often find myself looking in all the wrong places...usually food! Perhaps if I just learned from my kids and stuck my thumb in my mouth, I'd be a lot better off. I know where I need to go....God. I found encouragement from this tonight!
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
Many think that when God comforts us, our troubles should go away. But if that were always so, people would turn to God only out of a desire to be relieved of pain and not out of love for Him. We must understand that being comforted can also mean receiving strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our troubles. The more we suffer, the more comfort God gives us. (From Life Application Study Bible)
And Lord knows I need the strength...for the big things in life like Kate and for the little things too! And...I want to be the comforter (another reason Kate was brought into our lives!)
So, I have a new mission...next time I need comfort for whatever reason...I'm sticking my thumb in my mouth and reading a passage of scripture...God will bring me comfort! He is just that good! Maybe not as quick as chocolate...but a lot more eternal!
Posted by Krista Layman at 12:05 AM
Monday, May 21, 2007
Seth and his proud stash!
He drags all the bins and boxes "all by myself"
As far as Kate...it doesn't take much for her to find joy...her pacifier taking 1st place right now! But taking a close 2nd is paper..what is it with paper and babies? (She can't have it for long before Seth takes it to the recycling bin though!)
Kate...what a ham!
Posted by Krista Layman at 6:12 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Kate sitting in the grass...loving every minute of it.
Her toes just wiggle and she pulls the grass and puts it straight to her mouth!
Why is it that we have to have things taken away from us before we really appreciate what we do have..at least I find this true sometimes for me. I don't want to take things for granted. I don't want to live my life assuming everything will stay the same or the way I expect it to. I do want to look at each minute as a gift from God. I want to find the good in all things.
I was reminded of this at church this morning as our pastor preached on Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to His purpose.
I love how the scripture says: all things--the good things and the bad things. God is working for Good...AMEN! I know...bad things are going to happen in my life...it's inevitable. But in the meantime, may I enjoy/embrace/appreciate/acknowledge each good thing and know that God is working the next time something bad happens.
BTW...Larry, my father-in-law, is doing great! He has never felt better and did not even get sick after this last round of chemo. WOW! Praise God...and there you go...Romans 8:28 at work again! What a God we serve!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:05 PM
Friday, May 18, 2007
Argument (ar*gyou*ment) n. A discussion that occurs when you're right, but he just hasn't realized it yet.
Bar-be-que (bar*bee*q) n. You bought the groceries, washed the lettuce, chopped the tomatoes, diced the onions, marinated the meat and cleaned everything up, but he "made the dinner".
Clothes Dryer (cloze dri*yer) n. An appliance designed to eat socks.
Diet Soda (dy*it so*da) n. A drink you buy at a convenience store to go with a half pound bag of peanut M&M's.
Eternity (e*ter*ni*tee) n. The last two minutes of a football game.
Exercise (ex*er*siz) v. To walk up and down a mall, occasionally resting to make a purchase.
Grocery List (grow*ser*ee list) n. What you spend a half hour writing, then forget to take with you to the store.
Hair Dresser (hare dres*er) n. Someone who is able to create a style you will never be able to duplicate again. See "Magician".
Waterproof Mascara (wah*tr*pruf mas*kar*ah) n. Comes off if you cry, shower, or swim, but will not come off if you try to remove it.
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:06 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
This is so important....
If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT!! THIS IS A SCAM!! They only want to see you naked.
I wish I'd gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid.
This made me laugh...a much needed laugh on a crazy, hectic day. Thanks Deanna for passing this along. Here, I thought it was all serious at first, since I've already found 2 ticks on me this year. But obviously...
Isn't it great to get a good laugh! I'm saving up all my funny jokes and pictures for a weekly installment, I'll call Funny Friday. Check back later this week.
Hope you find something to laugh about today!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:32 PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I did get an hour of contentment...those teeting biscuits really did the trick. I highly reccomemd them, however, they are a mess! Straight to the sink for a quick bath after this one!
Have a blessed day!
Posted by Krista Layman at 2:32 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Seth and mommy enjoying a day on the lake!
What a nice day...what a joy to be a mother. The day started with breakfast in bed after a good straight 71/2 hours of sleep (thanks Andy!) Then, Seth and I (as well as my parents) had a real treat today. We were invited to Mother's Day Brunch at the Lake Tippecanoe Country Club thanks to my brother's wife's parents (got that?) Walt and Linda Buroker were so kind in inviting us and letting us induldge in some wonderful food---fresh shrimp! YUM YUM. Thanks so much!
Side note: Andy and Kate were invited too, however after much discussion, we decided it might just be too hard and long of a day for Kate, so Andy so graciously offered to stay home with her while Seth and I enjoyed the lunch.(What a sweet guy!) Seth even got a speed boat ride with his cousins on the lake after lunch.
It was nice to spend time with my mom! What a role model and inspiration for me. I admire her in so many ways, but the thing I appreciate most is that she is always willing to drop/stop/change her plans to help us in our moments of need and/or crisis!
A mother is one who takes the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.....that's my mom! I love you mom...you have taught me so much about being a mom and raising my two little ones. You are the best!
BTW...I lucked into a pretty great mother-in-law too! Thanks Cathy for all you do and are! Love ya.
Motherhood...is there any other greater privilege or responsibility in the entire world? Thanks, God, for giving me my family and guiding me along the way.
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:07 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2007
So...tonight Seth is helping me put several months of receipts through the shredder. I'm not too amazed when he notices the receipts from Kroger and Meijer (two of our most visited spots!) However, he continues to look at each receipt and in his own special way tell me where it is from:
Walgreens: "the medicine store"
Scotts: "the doughnut store"
Do It Best: "that's where Pampa and me got new mower parts!"
Star: "the bank where I get a sucker"
Midwest America: "the bank" --we go there once a month to pay our car bill
Babies R' Us: "the baby store"
Lowes: "the flower store"
Applebees: "where we went and it was too crowded" (3 months ago!!!!)
Blockbuster: "the movie store"
CVS: "the store in Portland with grandma" (we never go to CVS...but Grandma does!)
Kohls: "the shoe store" (that's where we bought his last pair of shoes!)
Pizza Hut: "the pizza store"
And...a month or so ago, he saw a business card with the St. Vincent Hospital Logo (3 birds) and proceeded to tell me that was Kate's doctor--it had been at least 5 months since we had been there!
So...Andy and I sit in amazement asking each other: is this normal? Is he super smart or is marketing just that good? Obviously, at the age of 2, he can't read, however the symbols/logos/store names mean something to him and he gets it!
I'm curious...all you moms out there...is this normal? Not to brag on my child (but I will!) is he just super observant and smart? Or...perhaps since Seth is our first to "grow up", maybe this is "normal" for this age....any way, I'm impressed!
BTW..you don't have to have a Google account to leave a comment...just do it as anonymous and sign your name at the end of your comment!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:41 PM
We had a garage sale this weekend...what a beautiful weekend to be outside and get rid of our junk and make a little extra money! Seth had a great time...Kate loved watching people...Andy took great care of the kids and I got a killer of a sunburn....who knew in May?
Garage sales must be really hard concepts for almost 3 year olds. Seth loves going to garage sales and looking for treasures. However, when it came to selling some of his "treasures" he wasn't quite sure. It was so funny...he was outside with me, wearing an apron like mom's with a little bit of cash in it. A lady gave him a quarter for her quarter purchase...Seth was quick to take the quarter and offer her a dollar for change! Yikes! He kept telling daddy that mommy was giving away money and wondering why people want to buy our junk. He was also very confused when we closed up shop and all of our stuff wasn't gone...(We'd be out there till 2022 trying to sell some of that junk.)
Kate enjoying a windy sunny day!
It was confirmed today...one man's trash is definitely another man's treasure. But whatever it may be.. may we all find our true treasure in Jesus Christ. God Bless you all!
Posted by Krista Layman at 8:00 PM
Friday, May 11, 2007
We all scream for ice cream at the Layman house!
So, we ended up bribing Seth with a stop at our favorite spot, "The Scoop" for ice cream, if he smiled nicely and behaved during our photo shoot this evening for our church directory. Well...the only one of the four of us who took a decent photo was Kate...but we ended up at ice cream anyway.
Seth absolutely loves it...he loves picking out a new flavor each time...especially getting to taste the flavors....anything pink, blue or brightly colored is a hit with him.
Kate...I wish you all could see her when it comes to ice cream. She just squeals, smiles, grunts, licks her lips and obviously enjoys every bite. I guess it will never hurt with the weight gain...however, we are going on midnight and she is raring to go!
It's funny, how blessed we felt tonight with our family...simply eating ice cream together. What a joy to be able to get out...and have Kate enjoy one of the "finer things in life!" Today...I am so grateful for ice cream...sometimes, it doesn't get any better! And....I highly recommend a new flavor: Monster Cookie....YUM YUM!
If anyone ever has the hankering for ice cream..give us a call!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:30 PM
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
2. Seth: Seth had a great time helping us unload mulch. He kept trying to use daddy's shovel..but once we gave him his own shovel (Thanks Nana!)...his reply was: "This is great!" We had to laugh...he kept telling Andy: "Get to work, Help me! I can't do this all by myself."
3. Andy: Andy has been working hard with his academic team at school. A couple weeks ago they placed 2nd in the state! YEAH! He spends a lot of time after school with the kids and researching. We are all very proud of him!
I am so grateful for my family...each working hard in his/her own way...I am confident of this, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil: 1:6) Thank you God, for working in our lives...we are blessed.
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:28 AM
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Saturday afternoon we picked Seth up and took him to Grandma and Pampa's (Andy's parents). The guys went fishin' while the ladies went to the ladies banquet at the church. I guess Seth already has the "fishin" lingo down and says the fish he caught is "THIS BIG!"
How great to see Pampa out fishin, even during chemo treatments!
After dinner, Seth went back to camping and more fun with the boys. He came home exhausted this afternoon...but with lots of fun stories.
We are so blessed to have such wonderful grandparents who take such a vested interest in our little ones lives. Thanks for making it a very special weekend for our little guy!
BTW...Kate had a great time at her first Ladies Banquet at grandma's church in Portland...and got lots of oohs and aahs at Baby Day this morning at our church. "I know I'm cute!"
It was a busy weekend for all...but feels so good to be busy!
Have a great week!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:07 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2007
"This is pretty neat!"
--We've been to church as a family the past 4 weeks. Although she doesn't always stay quiet for the sermon, we are getting a much need spiritual refill, meeting people and finally getting a chance for her to wear all her adorable dresses.
--With flu season over and the weather nicer, we have finally been out and about: to the zoo (twice already), to the park, to garage sales, to ice cream (her favorite) and for lots of walks.
"All this 'out and aboutin' really wears me out!"
My friend Deanna had a wonderful blog the other day where she talked about that ever so common phrase: "The Grass is Always Greener..." Wow, have I been feeling that way the past few months, feeling like everyone else had it better. In her Blog, she cited a speaker she had heard who said: "The grass is only greener when it is watered and fertilized" Wow! Slap in the face! I have truly realized: My grass is green, my life is blessed...God is good! As mentioned above, good things are happening...I just really need to be intentional about watering and fertilizing my life: whether it be through prayer, a great conversation with Andy or a friend (even with 4 kids at McDonald's), a hug, an hour in the sunshine flying a kite in the park or just a simple smile from an innocent child who thinks you are the world.
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:18 PM
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:18 PM