Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inquisitive Minds Want to Know

If you have a child that has gone through the toddler years yet, you know that you answer questions ALL DAY, EVERYDAY! A lot of those are the same question over and over. I am not complaining for a second. For a long time, I felt like Case had a pretty good vocabulary for his age, but just couldn't put the words together to make sense. Now, he cracks me up with how he can put words together, and repeats them over and over when he realizes they make sense to me. This is a conversation we've had at LEAST 25 times today:

Case: "Where'd Daddy go?"
Me: "He is in Mama and Daddy's room, cleaning up"
Case: "Oh, Daddy's cleaning?"
Me: "Yes"
Case: "Where'd Tanner go?"
Me: "He's sleeping in his crib"
Case: "Oh, Tanner, nap?"
Me: "Yes"

The exact same conversation then immediately starts over. I've determined that he is so excited that I understand what he is saying, that he wants to say it again and again. I figure it will probably build his confidence more if I give him a serious answer each time, so that he knows he's getting his point across. It's so hard not to laugh, though!

Case has also realized he can get Tanner's attention by getting in his face and saying "Yoo Hoo, Tanner". Matt and I absolutely lose it when he does it. So, of course, now he realizes he'll get a laugh out of doing that, and does it all the time. It's funny how he learns something new and gets stuck on it. He says "Bible" when he wants to sing the song "Jesus Loves Me". So, we can be in the car and he just says "Bible" over and over, and we sing the same song over and over. Hey, he's learning, right??:) I absolutely love this age, even if it has the potential to grow many gray hairs!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Celebrating February 11...90 years ago

When I was learning to talk, my parents say that they were trying to teach me to say "granddaddy". It came out "Can Can", and it stuck. My mom's dad is Can Can Holmes, and my dad's dad is Can Can Baston. Well, today is Can Can Holmes' 90th birthday, and it was so fun to be a part of celebrating it!

Can Can and Mama Holmes live in an assisted living home in Darlington, SC. We had a little party for him there today, and it was a lot of fun. My mom and dad brought snacks for anyone that wanted them, and my sister, Kimberly, sang a few songs. There were a bunch of people that came to support him, which was so cool to see. I tried to put a video at the bottom that I took of Kimberly singing, but can't get it to work right...maybe I can get it later...I'm not great with computers, but I'm determined to figure it out!!

Anyway, in honor of Can Can's birthday, I thought I'd list some of my favorite memories that I have of him and my grandmother:

1. They always came and spent Christmas with us. I'll never forget when I was in first grade. They got my brother, Matt, and me sleeping bags for Christmas. We were so excited!

2. When we'd go to visit them, (they lived at North Myrtle Beach) they'd play games with us. We played "Red light, green light" and "Mother May I?" a lot!

3. Can Can wanted SO badly for my brother to learn morse code. He always would get Matt to sit down with him and talk about it. I think the farthest he ever got was "dah dah dit dah dah dah". (That's Matt's name!)

4. Can Can always went to Hardee's to get us breakfast. Looking back, I can't believe that I loved that so much, but I definitely did!!

5. Can Can and Mama Holmes assigned us drawers in a dresser in their house. When we'd go to visit, we'd always give them "sugar", then go running to our drawers to see what they put in them.

6. When we gave Can Can "sugar", he always wanted a kiss on both cheeks. He still does this!!

7. The best memory is "Charlie". That memory will always be remembered. Can Can has a song that he sings about a horse named Charlie. While he sang it, he would bounce us on his knee, like we were actually riding a horse. He did this with Tanner today, and he loved it, just like all of the rest of us did!

Happy Birthday, Can Can!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Adventures in Parenting...without heat

The last 24 hours in our house have been very cold! Our thermostat decided it was tired of making the heat come on, so it just didn't. Matt is usually very easy to reach during the day, while he is at work, but yesterday, he was in meetings all day. I finally got to talk to him at 2:30, only to tell him it was 59 degrees in our house! He came home and called a guy to come fix the heat. The guy discovered that it was the thermostat, replaced it, and left. Little did we know, when he was out, in the dark, looking at the unit, he broke a wire of some sort. That wire kept the heat from ever coming back on. I went to sewing club (woot, woot!) at church, and came home at 10:00, only to see that it was still soooo cold!

If you are a parent, you know that when tough stuff happens, you figure you will be fine, but it's just not okay for your children. All I could think was that Matt and I could climb under the covers, and make it through a cold night, until someone could fix the heat this morning. Thinking of the boys being cold though, was not going to work. Case, I can wrap up in blankets, but the whole SIDS scare just makes me uncomfortable doing that with Tanner. (I just heard on the radio the other day about a woman that lost her 5 month old to SIDS...just not taking that risk.)

So, it's up the stairs we go, to the room over the garage. It has a separate heating unit. We put Tanner in the pack-n-play up there, and Case slept on a mat. Matt and I slept on an air mattress, directly next to the stairs, so that if Case tried to go down by himself, he'd have to crawl over us to get to them, and we'd wake up. You have to consider every possibility, so you can hopefully prevent the unthinkable, right?!

In all of this, I was just praying....first, that the plan to keep Case away from the stairs would work. Then, that Tanner would sleep ok, and not keep us up all night. Finally, that the heat issue would be an easy fix and not cost us a fortune. Guess what! God is faithful. I definitely shouldn't be surprised, but it never ceases to amaze me that God is just that cool. He never promised that obstacles wouldn't pop up every now and then, but He did promise that He is in control. I hesitated to talk about this, cause I know there are SUCH bigger issues that people have going on, but it is a reminder that God is in control of all of our issues; big and small. Psalm 46 is a great reminder of this.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel[b] is our fortress.

8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”

11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.