Sunday, October 09, 2005

Love, screaming, poop and recue heroes...

Well what an interesting thing parenting is. You all may not relate to what I am about to write about but this is my life so here is a glimpse...

The boys have been super cool lately when i get home from work. The other day, I got home from work and what did I find in the driveway but the words "We Love Daddy" in the driveway written in sidewalk chalk. Now I know that Erin really wrote it but the boys helped to color it and that really made my day after coming home from work. They have also started a new tradition when I come in the door at the end of the day. When I walk in, I hear two little voices shout "Daddy's Home!" and they come running to give me a huge hug. It makes me look forward to coming home EVERY day.

Now, before you go getting all of those warm and fuzzy feelings and thinking how great it would be to have kids of your own, let me relay another story about one of my children. While I type this Micah is climbing on me handing me the mouse from the computer the boys play with screaming at the top of his lungs wanting me to get it to work while it boots up. This makes it very difficult to type. Elijah is running around the room feeding me lines to say that work into his imaginary world he is living in right now. "Daddy, say Way to go George. Say, bye George Shrinks. thanks for finding my dog. Say, way to go Jake Justice. Say...." I think you get the point. Terribly difficult to concentrate on what I am trying to write. I am not a multi-tasker!

Back to the story to keep the warm and fuzzies away. I was standing in the kitchen about to make some lunch. I had just brought Micah in from outside and he was playing in the living room. He came to me in the kitchen with his arm reached out toward me. I saw something brown on his hands and assumed he had gotten into some dirt outside and wanted it off of his hands. I touched it to test the consistency and it felt a little like mud. I took a wash cloth and started cleaning it off. i saw some on the other hand. I then had a thought that struck terror in my heart.

What if this isn't dirt?

I took his hand and smelled it. It wasn't dirt.

I'll let you figure out what it was as I finished washing his hands, changed his diaper and then REALLY washed my hands. Welcome to parenthood! I LOVE MY KIDS!!

Anyway, I need to get back to being Dad and play some imaginary Rescue Heroes. Billy Blazes to the rescue!!!

Wipe on, friends! (just try to use toilet paper)
Eric (aka...Billy Blazes)

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Eating habits

OK, so Micah has this fairly odd eating habit, although with toddlers, is anything really normal? For instance today for lunch I gave him his plate or cheese quesadilla pieces, lunch meat slices and grapes. As usual, he picked up a bite of quesadilla, put it in his mouth, chewed twice, took it back out of his mouth and placed it to the right of his plate. Then he picked up a grape, chewed it twice, took it back out of his mouth and place it to the right of his plate. Next, he picked up a piece of lunch meat, chewed it twice, and, you guessed it, took it back out of his mouth and placed it to the right of his plate. Then, he takes a drink and eats normally for the rest of the meal, saving the partially chewed morsels for last. Interesting. Why do all of my Micah stories have to do with food? Those who know him best would know why. Let's just say the boy likes his snacks!

The WHOLE family

We are so blessed to have Josh and Jess living close by. The boys will grow up playing with their cousins just like I did. Olivia is 10 months younger than Elijah. Garrett is 1 month younger than Micah, and Jess is going to have another baby in December who will be 8 months younger than Isaiah. This is everyone on the couch with Jess trying to keep Garrett from picking his nose. :)

Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.