so while i was out at a "big person" birthday party my friends lili & kack-in came to watch my boys - and as nothing is "normal" in the crim household the night was full of gingerbread house and train building - my sweet friends did such a beautiful job - the boys want to eat the train and house but they are so pretty i hate to let them devour them!!!!!! thank you ladies for loving my babies and being SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!
for crim christmas we all headed south for a little r.&r. with the family - in this instance r.&r. stands for railroad - we took a pleasant meander through the hill country and came to a sweet little town where we paroused the gifts shops and holiday tents -
as you can see - the afternoon got off to a great start...... aren't we sweet??!!!
i know - i can hear the oooohhhhs and aaaahhhhs from here!!!! and look at g.money - he is just so stinkin' handsome......
we arrived in the sweet little town....
"MMMMMAAAAAAAMMMMAAAAA I need the potty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"tell me to stay with the group one more time and i'll push the button!!!!!!!!!!!!"
a great time was had by all - and in spite of all the trying -
no one was electrocuted or had any sort of body malfunction
on thanksgiving morning the latest addition to our family was born - look closely in the brush and you will see the back end of a very fuzzy miniature donkey foal - her name is Sicily - her mama - Gina - is in the picture as well - she is harder to see as she blends in with the trees - look closely and you will see that one of the trees has a nose - come on - try and tell me you don't want one of those running around in your backyard!!!
i was blessed to be with my family as we celebrated a very thankful thanksgiving - with fried turkey and all the stuff that goes with it - including nana's FANTASTIC pecan pie!!!!!
we celebrated my little granny's 85th birthday - yes that is her mustang
one HOT great-gramma!
we celebrated nana/papa's 38th wedding anniversary!!!!
one SUPER HOT gramma!!!
i have some great genes to look forward too - don't you think?!
all-in-all i have some things to be truly thankful for and i was very happy to have this last week to focus on those in my life that bring me joy i hope that all of you had a very thankful thanksgiving as well - because we are truly blessed!!
our uncle j is a great guy - we LLLLOOOOOVVVVE him because he is SSSSSSSSOOOOOO cool - i'm not sure uncle j thinks getting random calls about how to say such-and-such in spanish or when can you take me to china or how do you play this game is as great as we do but he always plays along which makes him the BEST!!! that said - our fabulous uncle j has requested a pic to be posted of the boys - and because we think he is the BOMB i am happy to comply!!!!! our daddy likes to call this the "karate man only bruise on the inside" pic
so - baby cakes butter cup chose The Rainforest Cafe for his big 5 dinner - does anyone else see a zoologist in the making!? i apologize for the poor picture quality - once again - i forgot the camera on the kitchen counter and we had to make due with our phones - luckily daddy is a gadget man - his camera does pretty well in a pinch!!
this weekend we went to my nephew's babtism - he is so sweet and even keeled - NOTHING like gman and mr.j who are all motion and sound!!!!!! we had a great time hanging with the family and playing with princess a - we can't wait to see them all again for halloween!! - keep in touch - i'm having trouble posting pics - but will figure it out asap
daddy goes camping every now and again and this year he HAD to get a new tent - so i decided that i needed a tent - sure I never go camping - but a girl needs a tent right? so this weekend daddy brings me home my very own tent!!!!! the boys don't seem to understand that this is MY tent - all mine - for me - just mine - but i suppose if a camping trip to you involves silk plants, AC, take out and a BIG GIRAFFE TENT - it would probably be fun to have two junior campers along:-)
gman's first project of the year was to create a model of something in our community - he picked Target - or "the circle store" as it is known in our household - because "you can get cool things there - and my mom goes there everyday!!"
Ahoy – used to hail a ship or a person or to attract attention to yourself Arr!/Arrrgh!/Yarr! - a general term to be Used at anytime Avast – Used as a command to stop Blimey! – used when frustrated Gangway! – used to clear a passage through a crowded area Me Hearties/Matey – my friend, companion, or fellow sailor Shiver me timbers! – an expression of surprise Aye-Aye! – yes Ye – you Me – My Booty – treasure Sea Chantey – pirate song to help with rhythm of work Yo-ho-ho –meaningless, but fun to say!
what's up blog world - as usual i've been way busy with "stuff" - the preschool i work at started this friday - all three of my boys have had some sort of stomach "thing" - and now i'm begining to feel queasy!!!! in spite of all that i've had a very fulfilling week and would like to remind myself - and others - "he is faithful in all he does" psalm 33:4; "the one who calls on you is faithful and he will do it" 1thessalonians 5:24
tonight we "met the teacher" for both the boys - i am looking forward to a new year for G - especially now that we have the reading thing under control - i have heard some great things about Mrs. Peterson - make sure you add her to your prayers as having a Crim is an experience to say the least!!! as for Js teacher - i reserve judgement - it will be interesting to see what she has to say after the first day of school - as always - i try to warn them - he's going to push you to see what he can get away with - be firm - don't make eye contact - they always laugh me off though - we'll see what he comes away with on monday
it seems that i am at a place where everything is both good and bad at the same time - i've been really busy - but it seems that i've done nothing - now we are down to 2 weeks of summer and i wanted to take the boys to museums and bowling - i wanted more pool time and play dates - of course i can't wait to get back to school either - i'm looking forward to the new school year - i have ideas and plans for the bluebirds class - hopefully i can pull them all off - i am heartbroken for freinds who have received terrible news and i am bursting with joy for my sweet friends who have had the Lord open a gigantic window for them - God has blessed me and my family so abundantly and i'm going on about doubles - "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all" Psalm 34:19
so we have a month left - we've been to camp, we've been to the ranch, we've gone to vbs, we've been to the pool, we've been to the beach and we've been to the alamo - all summer rituals in our family!!!! so now i'm just trying to keep them occupied for 4 more weeks - i'm thinking museums and the pool should do it but if anyone has any fantastic ideas that are either mind and/or body engaging i'm all for it - let me know what y'all are doing these last few weeks to keep the kids going
i know - it's been what - 100 days since i last posted - i've been taking g to zoo camp in ft worth this week and it is quite the haul - j and i have been able to visit twice but two days in a row at the zoo for 7 hours was just about all i could handle!!! j on the other hand doesn't understand why we can't go everyday for the rest of our lives!!! in the mean time - g has been bringing home all sorts of interesting facts about various animals - for instance - did you know that flamingos eat upside down - or that the 3 banded armadillo is the only armadillo who can curl into a ball - or that the black rhino has a beak - or that the screech owl doesn't actually screech - all things that the boy learned while at camp!! we are so blessed that he could go this week - and in the words of the ever so wise Ferris Buehler - "if you have the means - I highly suggest you pick one up" or in this case - send you kids to the ft worth zoo for camp!!!!!!
the big man - the big cheese - the jeffe - g's seven today!!!!! we have celebrated all week - we've visited the zoo - we had a pizza party - we had a sonic/playground party -and we capped off the BIG DAY with a trip to medieval times - DINNER AND TOURNAMENT - the boys had a great time - we are blessed that they have decided that knighthood - although adventurous and filled with excitement might also lead to death at the end of something pointy!!!! so they plan on sticking around for a little while - maybe get a little more size to 'em - and then run away to the round table
today we went to the zoo and then had to high tail it back to karate by 4pm - we managed it but we were strippin' and dressin' in the jeep!!!! the boys had a great time at the arachnitopia exhibit and i recommend it to all who are not phobic :-) j's getting used to karate i think - he never claimed that he was about to throw up or tried to go potty 10 times - and he only made one remark that caused all to chuckle and wonder about his upbringing!! :-) so rather than being totally painful it was actually rather nice!!! we celebrate g's birthday in a couple of days and i can't wait to blog about the big family night adventure - stay tuned to find out if my children run away from home to become knights of the round table
so I found the glasses - daddy forgot to take them off the boy at bed time and i located them between the foot board and the mattress - "foot board" you say - "why yes" is my reply - apparently j hasn't gotten the whole head at the top of the bed thing down just yet - you know us crim's - rules smooles
yep - the 5th - it doesn't have quite the same ring to it does it - it just so happens that my cable was out yesterday and i was unable to post so - happy 5th it is!!!! i hope that all of you are safe and sound after a night of celebrating our nations birth - the boys LOVED the fireworks - we had the best seats in town!!! next year everyone must go to the sonic on 1171 by the library - we had ice cream and watched the fireworks from our camp chairs while the boys ooohhhed and aaaahhhhhed!!! well - enough about that - so - i've lost the boys glasses - stuff like this never happens on our daddy's watch for some reason - so now when the kid goes blind i'msouly to blame - really - how does it happen that soaring temperatures, broken bones, concussions, lost articles of clothing - only happens when i'm in charge - seriously - i'm the responsible one - the non-fun check your stuff bring the bandaids kind-of-gal - he's the "let's go over this mountain of rock and dirt going 80mph while on a tiny unrestrained 4 wheeler and see if we can't make it into that 2x2 puddle" kind of guy - i think that he has had a "talk" with the boys - something to the effect of " if you get hurt on my watch you'll never get to have fun again" - that said - i think he also had the "if mama stays in a store longer then 15mins make her life hell" talk with them as well - but that's another story - that said - i should probably go and find the glasses before i cause permanent damage!!! so have a great 5th and be blessed!!
I cannot believe that you guys have me doing this!!!! okay - so here it is - i'm CRIM - don't have much to say - don't have a lot of time to say it - however - i LOVE my friends so here i am!!!! i would at this point post a pic of me and said friends - but they SUCK and i don't have a pic to post - let's get on that girls - okay --- insomnia - yep - me too - but i'm not so philosophical during my night wanderings - and dogs - yep got two of those - however they are referred to as "the babies" not dumb or stupid because they are "dooooggggs" and tend to be smarter then the rest of us - for instance - right now my dogs are barking at the crazy neighbor who thinks it's okay to walk on our street with their dog - really what have they not learned in the last 5 years -this is OUR street and must be protected at all costs from the interlopers!!!!!!!!! so the boy is sick - and i've been wasting away here at the house with "nothing" to do - i mean i could clean the kitchen - or at least the toilets - but really who wants to do that - i mean i have really important wisdom to disperse across the mighty web - right - seriously - time is up now - maybe i'll get back to this later - but as for now - i feel a book calling my name - reading is WAY better then cleaning!!!!!