With the grandparents graciously coming all the way from Iowa to babysit the kiddos while Chris and I go on vacation, I thought a lesson in the language we speak around here might be helpful. The kids say lots of simple words that are pretty clear. It's the more obscure words that I thought they'd like a little practice with. The video below should have them fluent in no time. Just 26 days to study!
With little ones running around all day, patience is at the top of our prayer list. In fact, I thought I was patient - I could patiently drive behind the person driving 45 mph down the highway, wait in line at the store - until having kids that is.
"Momma, when is this thing coming?"
The most recent test of patience was purchasing and assembling their new Step 2 Adventure Lodge. We waited for our tax return to buy this online back in February, was back-ordered until March, and finally arrived after much anticipation and one day of Mari sitting at home waiting for the package to never arrive (UPS must have called the wrong number - ours - telling us a package - not ours - was being delivered and someone needed to be home). On a gorgeous 80 degree Saturday, we excitedly began organizing the 8 million pieces and started the assembly process. This thing was going up in no time and we hadn't even had an argument yet. Then came step 35, which called for a U-bracket. "Honey, where's the U-bracket?'' So I call Step 2 on Monday to have them overnight the U-brackets to us. We were pumped to finish this project the following weekend, but it was 40 degrees and raining so it didn't happen. We finally got it all finished this past weekend after a trip to Lowe's to buy a bolt that was already attached.
The finished product (with a few tweaks)
"Can you believe we thought this thing was fun?" (Sophia)
Now, we try to exercise patience every time one of the kids walk in front of one of the others swinging and gets kicked in the side of the head. It is so hard not to laugh sometimes.
"Woohoo! Walk in front of me I dare you!" (Coco kicking up his heels on the big boy swing)
"I will conquer this great slide!" (Noah)
"I'm not so sure I'm supposed to be doing this." (Finn)
We felt like we needed to celebrate our huge accomplishment and the fact that we are still married so we grilled some steaks, ate al fresco and downed some ice cream on an absolutely perfect spring evening.
A beautiful memory
Patience was conquered for the moment ... until we booked our first week-long vacation for just the two of us. It is way overdue and much needed. Now we just have to sit and wait and try not to eat pizza and cupcakes every night.
We've been seing a lot of green around here lately, though we weren't voluntarily wearing it and it certainly wasn't from too much celebrating. A stomach virus hit our house and spread like wildfire.
3 Down For the Count!
(Finn, Sophia & Noah)
It was halfway through the epidemic that I realized it was time to have an official Goerlich throw-up bowl. We all know the bowl we had growing up - the one your parents would make you carry around with you in hopes for easier clean-up. Thinking back, I remember that big orange tupperware bowl vividly. The disturbing thing is I remember it as the popcorn bowl as well. Anyway, here's a quick video of our throw-up bowl bootcamp.
Okay, Girl Scouts, why oh why do you have to sell such delicious cookies during get-back-in-shape season? I can't tell you how many of those scrumptious thin mints I've eaten and I'm definitely NOT getting any thinner as the name would imply. But, I'm a step ahead this week. Now that the kids can eat just about anything, I've decided to pass the calories onto their little hips, I mean lips.
Look What You're Missin', Mom!
Finn Tries To Force Feed Them To Me
Cohen, You've Got A Little Something...
This is awesome, Mom, looks like dirt,
feels like dirt, but tastes so much better!
And since we're on the subject of Girl Scouts, I thought I'd pass along a little tip that a troop leader offered when I told her Finn was having horrible diaper rash from teething. A bit of Corn Starch on the bum will do wonders! She failed to mention not to let him look at the can as a distraction while changing the diaper - it just doesn't work so well when it's all over his face!
With springtime in the air, we decided to pack up and make the hour drive to King's Orchard to pick some fresh strawberries. Busha joined in on the fun and we were so thankful to have her help! It was fun to see the different personalities coming out as we tried to get the kids to pick the strawberries to take home with us. Sophia went right for the berries but was very hesitant to give any up. She decided dining on her picks and making the biggest mess of her clothes and ours as well would be a better idea than collecting them. Noah would gladly pick the leaves and the flowers and dutifully deliver them to Busha's strawberry bin. It wasn't long until he figured out that the strawberries tasted delicious and he would nibble them straight from the vine like a little bunny rabbit. Finn would squeeze the berries in his hands, seeing if he could destroy them and watch the juice run everywhere. At one point, he was trying to see if he could pick the entire plant with his might. Cohen was our little helper and would hunt for the ripest berries, pick them and plop them straight into the bucket. When it was all said and done, I don't think there was an ounce of strawberry juice on that boy. What a joy to see just how unique they all are!
We are parents to three rambunctious boys and one even more rambunctious little girl who were all born in the same minute of the same day in August of 2007. This entire journey has allowed us to witness everyday miracles and proves to us that God is very much alive and walking among us. Great challenge has come with the miracles and we are learning to choose to be joyful through the daily tests. This blog is a collection of memories and a look at how we learn to grow more mature in our faith even as our faith is stretched to the max at times. Thank you for walking it with us, your encouragement and prayers are such a blessing to our family.