Thursday, May 31, 2007
Martin's grandparents were in a tornado the day he was born as well. THey lived in the hills of Pennsylvania where you least expect a tornado. It is also recommended that if a tornado alarm goes off that you should seek shelter. God loves my in-laws also (of course) and after they were trapped on the third floor in their apartment they stood in the corner by the door and a piece of sheet metal flew in the window. A floor lamp blocked it from hitting them. It was miraculous to me that couches and such things were destroyed but their china cabinet and the shelves that held family pictures etc were unscathed. Anyway, they waited till evening to call us and let us know and the bonus was that Martin had his grandparents living with us and helping out for a few weeks. THey were homeless for several months and bumped between kids till they could move back in. So.......Martin was nicknamed 'tornado baby'. Anna later took note that his initials are MPH - miles per hour. This is somewhat appropriate.
Martin is a sweet heart. He is my cuddly boy and his big smile and brown eyes have already attracted many a girl to hang on him. Hmmm........he even had a set of twins dragging him around at a very young age. He has his grandma Martinson wrapped around his finger and she is convinced that he is the poorest of things. There are benefits to this thinking you know.
He takes his first communion this evening so today is a big day for him. See Pastor's blog for more info on this one. He is very excited about this and I am amazed that my nine year old son has a better grasp on the preciousness of the sacrament than most people I know. I think he will have a great bday. He is my cute boy.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I remember dawdling to the last minute to catch a glimpse of that cute guy zipping by on his bicycle on the way to Gellerson Hall. I would even stand outside Niles which was pretty far away from where he was biking to see him zip by to another class. Isn't that cute?
We went out to eat ONCE before he and his buddy Eric biked home to PA and NY for the summer. It was to Around the Clock in Valpo. My memories of that were: Not believing he called, he wore a jean jacket, he did something odd that you would have to have us over for a drink to tell you (just something farmerish), he drank A LOT of water, and I didn't want the evening to end. The next day I went to the fraternity to say good-bye as they biked off on their journey.
We wrote letters back and forth all summer and once he called me at the camp I worked at. We should get those letters out and read them. They are sitting in the filing cabinet across from me.
My mom liked him and the first day she had him over for dinner, she whipped out her wedding pictures and told him her daughter was going to wear her wedding dress when she got married. Ahem......that was embaressing but she must have known what she was talking about. She must have been pretty smart too. She always told me pre-Charley, that I should marry a Lutheran, Engineer, fraternity boy. THe first two were the more important and I balked at her suggestions but.....that is what happened. See, these parents DO know something afterall. I think the only joke my dad ever pulled off well, was when Charley took him in the basement to ask him if he could marry his daughter and dad said no. HA! I was impressed he said it with a straight face. He quickly told him he couldn't think of a better choice.
I was attracted to Charley because of his charming looks, brains, sincerity, obvious adoration of ME (smirk, smirk) and he had THE best head on his shoulders of any boy I had ever met. He was innocent, sincere, hard working, respected, polite, and cute and loved by many of my friends as well. (this hasn't changed) Mary and Phil were tickled that we were seeing each other. Phil also biked home with Charley to NJ one summer and Mary was my good friend. Rob Franck was his roommate freshman year and a good friend of mine (not one of the dorky ones Rob).
So, not much has changed with Charley except I am the only one who called him Charley. He was Chuck to everyone else at school. Chuck......yuck. Charley - much better.
Happy 20th anniversary Charley!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Just then (read like an action comic book) who should appear but Tim, Lauri's dh, in his pj's and church shoes. He was also sporting some lovely bandages from an injury earlier in the week on his legs. His sons came to help too and we pulled the hood off and out with the help of some wire snippers I ran and got (superwoman robe flying again). The chickens and turkeys, by-the-way, were all standing around the edges staring at the hole. It was much like a scene from Chicken Run. I don't think any died or got roasted. At this point I went back up to house leaving Tim and sons to put out the fire and cover the hole.
My dh called later and asked how it was going and I said "oh, ok....." "What's the matter?" asks dh. "Not much, the chicken coup caught on fire" Dear husband replies "WHAT????!!!!!" and we were promptly cut off. I am sort of glad he wasn't here as between Tim, his sons, Nick and I we were cool as cucumbers as if it was totally normal to be putting out fires in our pjs before their Godchild's first communion. Charley isn't good at crisis and actually I think crisis is my forte. It is the little stuff like children picking their noses for the 100th time when asked not to that make me come unglued. Scenes from Chicken Run are really quite entertaining as long as the fire doesn't spread to the Wood Sanctuary otherwise known as the Wood Kiln. THat would be bad. Dh and kids will be home very soon so it will be interesting to see his reaction to the hole.
At any rate we all got to church early to boot and the service was incredibly awesome and Stefan cooperated and slept through most of it. Ah......that was so nice. I am thankful for God's providence in protecting us while we were sleeping, for young boys leaving hoses on and flooding the underneath side of the coup which I am sure helped lessen the fire, and for friends of friends just happening to stay the night while I was home alone. See, God does care about the little things y'all! He is SOOOO good to me.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I am staying home with little Stefanopolis as he is the eczema baby. I can't imagine juggling his skin issues up there in a tent, not to mention the cold. So I went out to breakfast with a dear friend and her little guy, had an appt for Stefan to get his picture taken (we have to go back), worked around the house and yard and then........went to dear, cute friends for dinner......then went to a neighbors for a glass of wine and a donation to Anna's sewing craze. Phew. It has been a busy day.
If Anna were home I would probably have made a trip to the fabric store with her and taken her to lunch. In light of her disappointment perhaps I will when she gets home. We did have a party for her on Sunday but it always seems her actual bday gets messed up somehow.
I have also been thinking about when she was a baby as I look at little Stefan and know that my 5 ft 7 daughter used to be a tini-tiny baby. She was the sweetest of babies. She slept well, had big curious brown eyes and she was absolutely beautiful. When she graduated to the walker (yes, we used one of those dangerous things), if she heard the water running in the tub she would come a running in her walker to see if it was bath time. She never liked to be carried facing in but always wanted to be facing out to see the world. She was and is the apple of her father's eye whether she realizes it or not.
At age four I remember her cutting out everything from her coloring books and repasting them on paper. The most remarkable cutting feat was when she got a Disney toy with a little tag on it that had a picture of Tinker Bell on it. She cut that tiny little picture out perfectly! I should have known what was coming.
Yes, she cried, whined and was scared of talking to anybody but she was pretty content at home, loved her grandparents and of course her little brother Ick Ick or Baby Nice ("Be nice to the baby Anna."). I can't get that back but I am sure I will be wanting to call her on the phone everyday just like my mom does to me. So.......I miss my daughter and I miss my family but clearly I am keeping busy and my social calendar is full.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Where is this written?
On my blog and the hearts of all mothers of many children with a baby in the house.
side tracked again....
The kids seem pretty focused at the moment so I better not get too sidetracked in writing about not getting sidetracked. Eyes rolling.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I think in this picture she is promptly and properly putting away the pattern pieces. She is incredible. Earlier today she weeded our 'gate gardens'. Doesn't that sound glamorous? They look fantastic! She wouldn't believe it but I do get teary eyed knowing the clock is ticking. Sigh. I am looking forward to spending some fun time together despite having to work some on 'summer school'. We are going to try to make that fun as well. The dress she is wearing she whipped together in one day between other house hold stuff - I think it is a 1955 era dress. Oh to be so skinny, I mean slender.....again.
I was just reminded of what else is maddly going on right now. My sweetie and eldest son are attempting to remake the picnic table in the dark. THere just was a big bang and a 'are you alright?!' coming from the back yard. I think we all need to go to bed but knowing Charley the picnic table will get done in the next few hours.......Erik is on the way to bed.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
The last few swarms we experienced in previous years were lost to tall trees and hollow trees. Bummer.
I love the critical thinking involved in beekeeping. How do we psych these creatures out and get a honey crop! Last year's crop was so/so. It was a year of clean up which needs to continue this year as well. Hopefully we can find enough time this summer to do this. I wish I knew how to post pictures as the bee pictures are pretty cool.
Friday, May 11, 2007
A small portion of my house got cleaned too! Another miracle. My kiddos can clean and do clean but they don't see the dust bunnies hopping around under chairs etc. Perhaps today the couch can be yanked out and the floor cleaned. Who knew that I would ever be ecstatic to be able to wash a floor.
A year after cute husband's 20th anniversary at Bosch, we finally made it out to eat with his boss and wife. Thank you Robert! We went to the Morris Inn which I think is relatively not known but I would say is one of the best restaurants in the area. The food was great and we had a nice time discussing Charley's obsessions. So there again I had two hours with the hubby and the baby was reported to be cheerful and happy while I was gone (even though his eight year old brother had a few bad moments.....).
My cute husband also fixed my other baby, the lawn mower. It purrs like a......lion? definately not a kitten but it does run smoothly and.......I can turn it on without jumping it.....and the blades actually can be turned on and off without monkeying around with it. Do all people get such joy out of a tool that works? The lawn should be looking pretty spiffy again and the winter blues will melt away. Or are the blues my personal hyper need to exercise? .....one of those.
We shall see what today holds but thanks be to God for one good, perky day yesterday.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Anna played her second service this evening and played the hymn this time (only one hymn can you immagine?). She said it was pretty hot up there and wondered where the pastors hid their water. Things went well and I think she is gaining confidence. She is not ready for 7 or 8 hymns....yet.
Erik is working hard on his math, reading etc and also catechesis seems to be going a little better - yay! Then another surprise happened last night. He came home from scouts and he had been elected Senior Patrol Leader - wow! I hope he can handle that but in a way it is a good thing as he realizes he must read up on what to do to be successful. He had the dad strut going on when he came up the driveway after the meeting. "Wow Erik, SPL!" he replies "yeh, thanks" very non-chalant, aloof. He proceeded to go work on something as if having his dream come true happened every day. He's growing up.....snif, snif....
Matthew.....uh, he is working hard at school as usual but I don't think he has anything new to report. Oh, he did give a pretty thorough report of the his art project so that was good.
Martin acolyted tonight and as far as I can tell did pretty well. I am not sure if he lit them in the right order or anything but he did get them lit, the church is still standing, and nothing else caught on fire - phew. He has been wanting to do this for a long time so I am proud of him and happy for him. He is also paying very close attention to his reading and daily catechesis so again I am amazed at this blosoming boy. (Ever read "Leo, the late bloomer?" that is Martin but he made it too).
Cecilia is reading!!!! What a relief. She is eating up a chapter book already so yes, I am proud of her (and her wonderful teacher, God bless her, LaRena). I think we will soon have another book addict on our hands.
Benjamin.....uh....ok I got it.....he is trying very hard to say the Lord's prayer and the Creed with us so yes, I am proud of him too.
Stefan.....slept till 7:30am this morning....ate a few bites too - yippee. I think he said Ma Ma tonight but it may just be the sound for the day.
That's all for this week in the Horner kid news
Oh, here is the kicker. Their son said to them before they knew, something to the effect of referring to 'the new baby'. Some little guy has been praying for a sibling I think.
Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of Love!
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Praising Thee, their sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, Drive the gloom of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day
Christ be praised!
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Then a few minutes ago he was arguing with someone and he said......"I'm going to tell Pastor Stuckwisch on you!!!!" Interesting.......seriously I have never heard anyone even imply that they would tell Pastor anything like that!!! So where does he get this stuff anyway?
Benjamin is also a little sneak. He can be found raiding the refridgerator with great skill. One time he had poured himself a bowl of granola and had opened a container of cottage cheese (he thought it was yogart) and was preparing a little feast. We must not feed him enough.
He feels when I leave to go somewhere it is movie time. I think he was hoping I would go somewhere yesterday as he asked if he could watch a movie while I was gone. I wasn't going anywhere.
That's all the cuteness for the day.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
So.....why does this sort of event make us think about how others are different. Who knows. Shouldn't we be able to just LET IT GO!!!!!!! Of course not. I did try not to giggle too much when she asked me about this incident. Of course that is a little weird and the mind can then wander to what that woman goes through driving around with her husband. "Ugh, he is waving at kids again. Honey, just let them cross the street, they already smiled and waved". Perhaps he had alzeimers on a more serious note so kept waving.
So.....again if someone says something odd to us why do we ruminate about it forever. "Gee Karin, the baby has a little rash, that is too bad." I really don't have to waste time thinking about those sort of comments. THere just wasn't anything else to say. Cindy was just asking at what point do we just stop worrying about such silly things and I guess the answer is probably.....never. I do think as we get older it is getting easier to just sort of laugh and think "that was cute".
Friday, May 04, 2007
Another friend's son is 18 as well and in the process of figuring things out for the future. I am thinking he will be hanging around in the area at least for another year. He will probably be working somewhere so he and Erik won't be as free to go on a bike ride on a whim. Sigh.
I hope everyone will hold my hand when my turn comes.
THe Stefan update is he seemed to suck down his bananas with gusto today. Charley observed he wasn't using his high chair but said he didn't care if I hung him from the ceiling to get him to eat something if it worked. I think that meant......we spent money on that lovely, wondrous high chair and you are feeding him in your lap dear. What's up with that but I am glad it works.
Nothing more earthshattering happened this week that I can think of. Matthews bee split died with that cold snap so he will have to start over. Martin went to the firehouse and loved every minute of that. I mowed a lot of lawn and it is growing fast........grass, grass, and more grass. The mower is misbehaving and does not like to do what it is told to do. That translates to another honeydo. I guess that is easier for him than having to mow the massive amount of grass around here.
Time to hit the hay.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Stefan looks much better lately and I am actually having to remember to bathe him. I do not have the constant feeling that he looks like a lizard and MUST be bathed as many times as I can get to it. He seems a little happier. I think he was really 'talking' to me during his last bath. He said a little sound repeatedly that sounded like 'hi'. How cute. THis would be the earliest I can remember something like that happening. Matthew distinctly said MaMa at 9mo which was sweet.
We are making angel food cake and having fresh strawberries to celebrate Anna's first service. I hear the mixing bowl going downstairs.
Yesterday was my good friend Cindy's bday. We took a great walk in the country and saw all sorts of spring flowers. I am sure she found it odd when we walked down the road next to our house and saw part of one of our ducks laying there. YYYUUUUKKKKKK!!!!!!! Those Horners are so weird. It turns out my dh tossed it there after finding it in the field. Toss farther Charley!!!!!! YYYUUUUKKKKK! Anyway, it was a nice walk despite weird things happening.
Rick and LaRena came over after that - party animals. It was May day so a nice fire in the back yard and good friends did seem appropriate. I am sort of amused by fears of ticks.....although that is not a totally unfounded fear. The bats (butterflies) flitting around were interesting too. Hopefully there are a lot more opportunities in the warmer months to either hide from ticks in the city or broaden certain people's horizons in the country. Smirk.
Today is way too busy so I better shut up and go retrieve my art students. Time flies fast when you are buying potatoes.