Sunday, December 30, 2007

Unscheduled stop

After a great time with my parents and sister it was time to head back home. We left in the morning and had just made it to I-20 when the rear passenger tire went out. We pulled over at what turned out to be the last exit in La. The tread had started to seperate so I dusted off my tire changing skills and put on the spare. Unfortunately this meant we had to unpack all of our Christmas loot from the back of the van to get to the spare tire. But fortunately there was a Wal-mart in Vicksburg only a few miles down the road. So we got a new tire and got back on the road.

Merry-go-round

In the afternoon we went to a park near downtown Alexandria. It had a bunch of slides and an old school merry-go-round. The boys had a blast running around.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Leaf pile

We headed over to my parents new house before lunch. It is in the same neighborhood and they closed on it just a few weeks ago. Their current house is on the market and they hope to sell it in the Spring and then move in to the new one. Between now and then they will be working on the flooring and other projects in the new one. We went over there today because there are a lot of leaves in the yard and the boys love leaf piles. So Papa raked up a big one and they had some fun.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Jump and Jive

The boys were getting restless at the house so we went on a field trip after lunch. First stop was the library where Grammie works. The boys received a tour and liked the small puppet theater in the kids area the best. Then we were off to Jump and Jive, a local inflatable playplace. The boys had a blast going down the slide, jumping around, and playing in the ball pit. They played for two and a half straight hours. Afterwards they both fell asleep on the couch watching Cars. Another fun day.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Golf

Yes we are crazy. One of the things the boys look forward to about visiting Grammie and Papa is playing golf. So in 43 degree weather we went out to Oak Wing to play 9 holes. It was definately chilly but the boys had a blast-"driving" the carts and putting on the greens with the putters Papa cut down for them this summer.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Joy to the World

Here is Noah singing Joy to the World. (The audio is very low.)

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Frosty the Snowman

You'll have to turn the audio all the way up on this one. Still working out the kinks of video. video

Merry Christmas


It was a very merry Christmas. Noah was up at 5:40 AM but fortunately Papa was an early riser as well so they got up together. The rest of us arose around 7am and began the unwrapping. Kaleb and Noah had full stockings and many presents on top of that. Jen and I also were busy unwrapping, but the biggest gift was outside-a new riding lawnmower.
We had a feast for lunch with Uncle John T coming over to enjoy. It was a great day-mostly spent with the boys and their new toys.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Are we there yet?

After ten-and-a-half hours of hard driving, we arrived at my parents' house. The trip went really well-we made it in record time-but Jen and I were very glad to get off the road. It was great to be together again. Here is a shot of a family game of Go Fish.
It is hard to believe it is Christmas Eve.

On the road

We are on the way to Louisiana and taking a break from the DVD player to use their water doodle pads from Nana for a little bit. For the first four hours all we did was watch Frosty and Rudolf so I'm enjoying this short reprieve.

Last few days

The last few days have been eventful. Kaleb ran a fever on Friday so Jen took him to the doctor to find out that he had bronchitis. So now we have two kids on two different antibiotics. Love the winter!
The Brietzkes came down to spend the weekend with us. The kids were excited because they brought two of their favorite things with them-cookies and Max dog. We drove through a neighborhood full of Christmas lights on Saturday night and on Sunday Jen and I helped with communion for all three services while the boys hung out with their grandparents after the second service.
The rest of Sunday was spent putting away our Christmas decor and packing for our big trip to LA.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wii warrior

Here is a shot of Noah playing Wii boxing from last Friday. I was getting ready to pack it up to take to the Brietzkes and he wanted to play. He will usually play until he gets knocked down and then ask for me to take over. He's got a wicked right!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Go Fish

It was a stay-at-home day for Jen and the boys since they only go to school Mon, Tues, and Thurs. Noah is recovering well and the antibiotics seem to be doing him good. Amoung their many exploits the boys learned a new game today-Go Fish. They haven't quite mastered the art of holding their cards so Noah simply places them down for all to see while Kaleb sits with his back turned so that we won't see his cards which are arranged in ascending order in front of him. We had some time before bed so we played it a couple of times before tucking them in.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Double ear infection

Noah hasn't been feeling good since waking up Thursday night with coughs. Yesterday he ran a fever after school, so this morning I stayed home with him and took him to the doctor. The verdict was a double ear infection, amazing the first one either boy has had. So we got some antibiotics and is laying low today.

More cars

The boys were the very happy recipients of two cases of hot wheels cars on Monday. Edde, who Jen works with at weekday, has older boys and was looking for someone to pass their cars along to. There are close to 50 cars in each case and they've already pulled each one out to examine it. Needless to say, they are very excited about their new cars.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas part 1

We celebrated Christmas with the Brietzkes this weekend. Erin, Clay, and Eliana came up from Summerville so that we could all be together. The big gift for Kaleb and Noah was the SmartCycle, an educational video game system/exercise bike. They loved it, though there was a bit of a learning curve. After the day's end, though, they pretty much had it down.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kaleb's Christmas Concert


Kaleb (4th from the left on the top row) did a a great job at his Christmas concert tonight. The three and four year olds sang several Christmas carols which they had been practicing for weeks. All of Jen's and the other teachers' hard work paid off!

Christmas Party

Tuesday night was our small group Christmas party. It was also the last time we would be together as a group. After two years of meeting it was a great way to go out. Everybody was able to make it and everybody brought a white elephant gift and something for our meal. The gift exchange had some very funny moments and the spread was great.
I know that community groups aren't perfect, but I wouldn't want to do life without being in one. I need the consistent touch points with the same group of people that cgs provide. To be able to share what is going on in my life with people who have been tracking with me and to be able to listen to their struggles and victories is so healthy for me. I'm in it for life.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Time at the table

We spent a lot of time at the kitchen table at the Colwell household. Dinner and lunch have their own routines that Kaleb and Noah follow. First there is the actual dinner. In this case it was a slice of pizza. Then they have their choice of chocolate that they choose from a bowl. Lately they will pull out all the options and we will all "guess" what they will choose. Then they will choose something from "behind the door." Jen, in her organizational genuius, has put the kid's favorite snacks behind the pantry door where they can reach them. Kaleb, every night, picks applesauce. Tonight, after his applesauce, he requested "door" cheese, which means we slice off some cheese from a cheese block. For lunches he will add in fruit snacks and for breakfast a favorite is cereal bars. Adventures in eating.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Kings of the castle

Sunday was a great day. I told the Bible story to the Kindergarteners and then wrote the questions for the third part of It's Personal. It was such a beautiful day we were able to play outside and even head down to the tennis courts to volley the ball around. The kids love to play ball boy and then head over to the playground.

Just being silly

Worn out

It was a busy Saturday for the Colwell boys. Saturday morning consisted of the regular cartoons-Bob the Builder and Thomas the Train. But the action really started after lunch when the boys went to a birthday party at Catch Air, one of their favorite jump houses. The party was for Torrin in Kaleb's pre-K and they had a blast climbing and sliding. Then that evening we went over to the Stricklands. It was a great evening and the boys played with Gabi on her swingset and made a "leaf pile" at the bottom of the slide which of course they would slide into. Needless to say they crashed on the ride home.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Kaleb's favorite

It really is amazing to watch him devour plate after plate of brocchli & penne pasta with alfredo sauce.

Dinner tonight

Dinner tonight was Noah's "favorite," a meal called Chicken Roll-Ups. Though he gets very excited about it, he doesn't really eat more of it than he does any other meal. In contrast his brother's favorite meal is certainly brocchli and penne pasta with alfredo sauce. Yes that is not a typo, my four year old loves a meal with brocchli in it. It is truly a sight to watch Kaleb devour platefulls of the stuff. I think that since Kaleb has a favorite meal, Noah, not wanting to be left out, somewhat arbitrarly chose Chicken Roll-Ups as his. So these are our "favorite" meals.

A morning at home

This Friday morning I am home hanging out with the boys. They were up bright and early at 6:30am and I slugishly went downstairs while Jen enjoyed a long overdue chance to sleep in. We watched their favorite show, Super Why, as they enjoyed a breakfast picnic. A new game this morning was hold onto a Christmas light on the banister and then run and scream when the light strand is turned on. Oh the imagination. We also played knock things off the shelf and fall on Dad to be tickled and we reinacted the end of Toy Story 1 where Sid (played by me) was scared by the toys (voiced by Kaleb & Noah).

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Wednesday nights

Wednesday nights you can find the Colwell family at Moe's. It is family night at the one on Bethelview so I meet Jen and the boys there. We can buy a burrito and a Coke and receive two kids meals for free. I eat the burrito, the boys split a quesadia (and each has a cookie), and Jen eats a taco. Our whole family fed for under $8. Can't beat it.

Here we go . . .

Well, I've been avoiding it for years, but now that I have a fancy PDA phone with a data plan I figured now was the time to start. We'll see if I can keep it up.