Sunday, November 23, 2008

Stephen funnies

Two Stephen stories:

1. Stephen's good sense of direction: Two weeks ago, Lee was sick, so the kids and I went to church on our own. To save a little time, I went the back way (it's really curvy so we only go when we're unusually late - see Oct. 12 post). I had never driven this way to church, but it's pretty straightforward, but I have NO sense of direction - ask anyone who's ridden with me.

I came to a T-intersection and had to choose right or left. Beforehand, I felt I should be going left, but was unsure.
Me: Stephen, do you know which way is the way to church?
Stephen: Daddy goes that way (pointing to the right), when we come this way to church.
I turned right and sure enough, he was right. Thankfully, he has taken after Lee in that regard.

2. It has probably been time for us to start transitioning Stephen out of night-time pull-ups for a little while. I suppose we're trying to avoid the extra middle-of-the-night work that may produce. Anyway, tonight, we're trying no pull-up. Lee bathed Stephen tonight, and I heard Lee explaining to Stephen what we're doing. Afterward, Stephen ran downstairs and said, "Mommy, guess what I'm wearing!" He wiggled around a bit & said, "It's not crunchy..."
Perhaps he'll be excited enough to make it work.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Here's the kids halloween outfits. We went downtown to the harvest festival put on by a church down there. It was crowded but fun.

Stephen is Bob the Builder...with a sword!

Lydia is a Clemson Fan...with a tool handle!

They enjoyed their costumes

And this was random but funny.

Stephen's Birthday

We had a good time on Stephen's birthday party. Of course he's had several - one for each side of the family, one for his class at school, and one for friends. Kristy found a cake mold (well, small cake/large cupcake size) in the shape of Clemson tiger paws. She made chocolate cake batter (which turned out more like brownie, which is fine with me) and made some paws and cupcakes. Result:

Here we are "cutting the cake."

Stephen and Gavin - one of his friends. Stephen is an expert present opener.

We ordered a Clemson Picnic package to go with our Clemson Tiger theme. We got some temporary tattoos - this is just the first that Stephen used.

On the actual day of his birthday, Stephen got all of daddy's old Legos. I think he was a bit overwhelmed and didn't know where to start.

One more thing - the week before his friends party the high temperatures were in the low 80's. That Saturday of course the high was around 62. Oh well.

Poor neglected blog

Ah, the poor neglected blog. At least I kept Facebook somewhat up to date. We'll try to catch up with a couple posts here. But I just have to mention that I need to rake leaves in our yard. The big chestnut beside our house finally dropped - practically all in one day. However, it is dark by the time I get home from work in the evening so I've been waiting for a Saturday. I just noticed here at about 8:00 am that it's 12 degrees out. Maybe this afternoon will be warmer. Or at least above freezing.