Sunday, August 31, 2014

Larry Boy and the Soccer Ball

Transcribing this for posterity's sake. I made it up on the fly one night a month or so ago, and my children apparently think its literary genius, because Timmy asks for it at least 5 nights a week before bed. And when he repeated it to me last night, he did a pretty good job getting the plot right!

So here, word for word (hence some run-on sentences), is the tale of Larry Boy and the Soccer Ball.

Gratuitous photo of said Higboys
Once upon a time there were two little boys named Timmy and Isaac. They lived with their Mommy and Daddy and their baby sister, Lydia. One day, Timmy and Isaac were playing soccer when Timmy/Isaac (I switch it up) kicked the ball so high it landed on top of the apple tree! Timmy said "oh no, what are we going to do?" Isaac replied "I know, Timmy, let's ask Larry Boy to help us." So they looked up at the sky and said, "Larry Boy, we need you!" and who should come flying down to earth but Larry Boy in his Larry-mobile. He hopped out and said "I am that hero! I'll find your soccer ball, Higboys." Larry Boy walked over to the apple tree, hopped to the top and stuck his super suction ear on the ball. Then he hopped back down and gave the ball to Timmy and Isaac. They were so thankful, they gave him a big hug and said "thank you, Larry Boy, thank you SO much!" Larry Boy said "you're welcome, Higboys! Now I'm off to help someone else!" And he got into the Larry Mobile and flew away.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A Big Step

It's where we brought both Isaac and Lydia home from the hospital and where we've hosted game nights, BBQs, birthday parties, Waffle Wednesdays and a multitude of other events. Countless evenings have been spent on the patio talking under the white lights and enjoying the cool summer air. I painted the bathroom bright green and Pinterested a good many projects throughout the house. Chris has made a workbench, bookshelves, clock and countless other projects in the garage turned shop. It was our first time paying a mortgage instead of rent and it truly became home.
Bookshelves Chris built
But...we added two kids to our family here and are starting to feel the squeeze of five people in a two bedroom house. We'd also like some more land and a better guest room situation than having our guests choose between sleeping on the couch or sleeping on an air mattress in Timmy and Isaac's room (sorry, Mom and Dad). So even though we don't really know what we're doing, after praying and talking and talking and praying, we've decided to put our house on the market. Our motivation comes from several different reasons, but we believe this to be the right decision for our family. We've spent the last few weeks cleaning, painting, fixing, cleaning, purging and cleaning, and as of yesterday we are officially for sale.

The kitchen has never been this clean
No, we don't have another house lined up yet (though we're faithfully searching online), but that hasn't stopped me from doing a lot of Pinteresting for that house when we do find it.

And if you're interested in a cute, 2 bedroom starter home, let me know... ;)

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The Story of Lydia's Name

Although it wasn't intentional, giving Timothy a biblical first name and family middle name set that precedent for the rest of our kids, and we're glad to have kept with that "theme."

Lydia's middle name, Anabel, was chosen as our girl middle name before Timmy was even born. I knew I wanted to name my first daughter after my Grandma, spelling it the same way she did (because no one needed all those extra letters, she said of the traditional Annabelle spelling).

Lydia was always one of our top choices for a girl, and though we considered several others, we kept coming back to it. We debated on using the girl name we had chosen for Timmy, which was Molly. We also considered Felicity (that may have been mostly in my head), Charlotte and several others that I can't quite recall. In the end, we decided to keep the biblical first name theme and this was both our favorite.

My biggest hesitation in using the name Lydia was that we already know a few families who have used it for their little girl. Two of them live far away from us but there is already one sweet Lydia at our church (apologies to Thea, Sarah and Lynne; you have good taste in names!). We really liked that Lydia in the Bible was known for her hospitality, and the fact that the name means 'noble' (according to some websites), so we decided to go with it. Plus, the biblical Lydia sold purple cloth and I've always loved purple for little girls (which is clearly the deciding factor in choosing your child's name).

Like her brothers, she's got a host of nicknames, typically being called Lydibug, Ladybug or just Bug. She also goes by Lydibel (Lydia + Anabel) and Baby Girl. Lydibug has lead to me acquiring lots of ladybug things for her, and I daydream about a purple bedroom for our little girl someday.

Somehow, this little Lydibug will be 12 weeks old on Tuesday, and while she's quite happy about that fact, 

sometimes it can get a little exhausting.
(Yes, she's sleeping on the pew at church.)