Monday, May 27, 2013
So we pulled into the cemetery and with the help of the local Boy Scouts, parked our car and started walking among the seemingly endless field of white headstones. Reed had his paper from church yesterday that had a star and the words "Thank You" on it. His assignment from his teacher was to color the page and then give it to someone who helped them. So we took his paper with us and I prayed that we could find the right person to bless with it.
As we approached, I realized she was pouring ashes out of a medicine bottle. These are always slightly/very awkward situations, since I never know why a person has come to the cemetery or what they are feeling. Again with a prayer, we approached her. I explained that we didn't have anyone we were visiting here since my Granddad, who was a Colonel in the Air Force, was buried in Florida. She said the headstone was her dad, at her feet was a small box that contained her mother and the medicine bottle held her brother. I explained to her that Reed and I had been talking about how all these people had helped our country and we were so thankful. Reed handed her his paper. She took it, said thank you, then asked if Reed wanted his paper back. Reed said "no" and I told him that he could give her a hug if he wanted. She gladly accepted the big hug that he bestowed and with a tear in her eye, she said, "Thank you, Reed. This has made my day. I'm going to date this paper and keep it forever." With my eyes overflowing we wished a good Memorial Day and walked back to our car talking about all the four-wheelers, golf carts, motorcycles and American Flags that we saw.
On the way home, we got on the topic of Heaven and Reed said, "When we get to Heaven it will never be dark and we will never have to go to sleep! We will just get to play and to dance crazy!" AMEN! Thank you Lord for our hope and for men, women and their families who sacrificed for our country's freedom.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
When the chairs started vibrating, Granny was very startled and let out a few whoops and hollers of laughter. Reed became concerned and said, "Oh, Granny, get off on it!" The mixing of prepositions had us in stiches!
In the petting zoo, Reed really enjoyed the free ranging chickens and rooster. This picture was taken after he ran at the rooster with his arms in the air yelling, "Cock-a-doodle-doo!" Can you see the revenge in the rooster's eyes? A few seconds after this picture, Reed turned his back on the rooster and it ran and pecked his leg. There were a few tears, but no real damage.
Watching the Elk with Grandad
The hippos aren't out very much when we go to the zoo, so today was a real treat. Hippopotomus is Reed's favorite song. This really showed us that "God made a hippo that weighs a TON!"
Eating lunch with the monkeys is always a great way to end our visit. Reed likes to try to copy the monkey's antics.
Potty training is in full swing. Treats are handed out on big occasions. You think this boy likes ice cream?
Reed has been staying with Lesli and Miles on the days that I work. Lesli has a bike trailer that she likes to take the boys in, so we bought Reed a bike helmet. Lesli had her second child, Quin, so Reed brought his helmet home. He wore it home in his carseat and wanted to wear it all around all the time. After a day or two of this, we had to hide it.
In March, Reed and I drove to Springfield to visit Mark, Stacie and Tate Watson. It was such a great trip. Reed and I were spoiled rotten while we were there.
Mark & Reed
Storytime with Stacie
Reed had fun sitting at their counter on the bar stools
Snuggle time with Savannah
Snuggle time with Stacie - looks like he is telling her something pretty serious
Playing with all the fun toys they have at their house
Having so much fun he can't sleep even though he is overtired!
Reed loves to play his guitar. He will play it anytime he can.
Learning from Dad
St. Patricks Day. A fun time was had by all. Contrary to how this picture looks, Reed was not leading everyone in song.
Our parties have started having bath time. Here are the 4 oldest. Reed, Juliette, Kate and Preston. We are going to have to start getting a bigger bathtub as the younger siblings grow!
"Aunt" Emily reading to Juliette and Reed after the party bathtime
Mark enjoyed playing Reed's guitar...
But then he had the bright idea to climb into Reed's car. Reed was really concerned when Mark couldn't easily remove himself.
Reed continues to love and play baseball. He has even begun playing imaginary baseball in the house since we can't throw or hit in the house. (He's gotten too good and can break too many things!)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I can't believe my last post on this blog was nearly 2 years ago. How our lives have changed! Reed is walking and talking and enriching our lives as his wit and personality are becoming more apparent. Everyone keeps saying I need to be writing these things down, but I'm one who misplaces my cell phone on a regular basis, so keeping up with a notebook to write Reed's little sayings in is out of the question. My resolution is to keep this blog up to date with pictures and updates of our lives.
December 16th, David started his new job at Fed Ex. Reed usually asks to "pray for Daddy job" at least once during the days I'm home with him. And mutliple times a day Reed gets in his toy car to go to "edEx"
We spent a wonderful, but short Christmas in Ft. Wayne. "Turtle Sauce" came on Christmas and brought Reed a drum and a baseball pitching machine. Now when he says, "Baseball time!" (which he declares multiple times a day) we can say - "Ok, go play baseball!"
("Turtle Sauce" also brought me a Cannon Rebel DSLR camera which I have throughly enjoyed and plan to document our lives with it to the nth degree!)
On January 2nd Reed and David drove to pickup Vance (Pa) from the airport (he travels from Ft. Wayne to work in Savannah, TN until they can sell their house. He spends 3 out of 4 weekends a month with us and we are so blessed by it!). On Jan 3rd, David flew to Dallas for 3 days. Reed spent the entire week saying, "Pa go on airplane. Daddy go on airlplane. Reed and Mama go on airplane?" He really wants to ride an airplane again.
On Wednesday, Dec 28, my maternal Grandmother passed away after 95 years on this earth. She joined The Lord and her husband of 74 years. We drove to Florida on Jan 6 to join the family in celebrating her life. It was a great time of laughter and tears and being together with family from all around the country (AR, MA, RI, MD, SC, GA, WA, & TX - just to name a few). There was ultimate frisbee, fishing, and picking grapefruit, lemons, and komquats. Some of the fruit was really stuck to the tree! Reed's favorite activity was riding with Grandad in the "dolf park". They would go all around the property. When they would return from their loops, Reed would declare - "I'm Back!" and repeat it until someone recongnized that he was back!
One of my cousins "got Reed's sugar" which Reed had never experienced before. Now Reed will open the collar of his shirt and say, "Sugar's right here, Mama!"
After so many hours in the car (44 driving hours) in 2 weeks, it has taken Reed a while to get use to our normal home routine. Coming home from work the day after Florida, Reed said, "eat in car? sleep in car?" I said, "No, we are done living in the car!" Luckily he is a fantastic traveller and as long as we have enough food and enough DVDs he is content.
David received Zelda for the Wii for Christmas and has enjoyed playing it. I have started exercising again with Wii fit. Reed has really gotten into both of them. He wants to watch "Daddy's game" and he wants to play "Mommy's game" so he can have a "REmote" and run around the house! Reed has learned the importance of batteries in our everyday life! One day we were trying to Skype with David's mom and the computer kept erroring on us. We told Reed it wasn't going to work and he said, "Need new battery!"
All boy, Reed is as vested in the football season as he was the baseball season. He loves to "Hike! Down! Set!" and then run and tackle someone.
Monday, January 25, 2010
My whole family was able to be together on Christmas (although it took some doing). Mom and Dad were suppose to arrive on the 23rd, but due to weather and absent flight crews they arrived Christmas afternoon). Even with the travel delays, we had a great time together. Reed (of course) was the center of attention and the joy of the party.
It was especially sweet that we were altogether since my youngest brother, Scott is leaving this spring to serve another year in the war against terror. He will be stationed in Afghanistan this time and I know that he will serve his country and Lord well while he is over there. Please keep him in your prayers.
We entered 2010 without much fanfare (I think I woke up in time for the East Coast ball drop and then just went to bed). David and Reed spent the afternoon on New Years Day with one of our new traditions - the Winter Classic Hockey Game. Father and son had a great time watching the game until Reed decided it was better to fall asleep on Grandpa.
We had our 4 month checkup today and Dr. Newman said he is looking good and catching up! He is 11 pounds 4 ounces and 23.5 inches long (and just in case you care - his head is 40cm around). He is in the 25th percentile for height, 5th percentile for weight, and 10 percentile for his head! He wasn't a fan of his shots today and started to fuss even before she touched him! But he is doing well and we are having so much fun!!