Saturday, May 8, 2010

five years of marriage

yesterday was our fifth anniversary. five years of amazing growth and love and happiness. i love my husband! today we were able to go out to some delicious indian food and walk a little at the marina. the babies were being watched by lovely girls from reality sf. what a blessing!

sparrow's 4th birthday

we had arrived in san francisco ten days prior. this saturday the 17th of april, we were celebrating sparrow's 4th birthday! (actual birthday april 18th.)
in germany you traditionally get presents at the breakfast table, and i had found the perfect birthday dress online, so that was the present sparrow opened at breakfast, along with all the cards that came in the mail. she was so excited about it! then had to wait sooooooooo long for the party to start at 2:30! we went to crissy field for a picnic, and cousin gino and uncle larry were able to make it too! along with a church friend of thomas'. sparrow's cake was from trader joe's this year--can't really be doing a lot of baking in uncle al's kitchen, poor man! we added whipped cream and sprinkles to the top of the cake. sparrow had especially requested sprinkles. she and gino kept eating more sprinkles just by themselves! it was really fun to have gino there.

after fruit and cake and presents (she got a tutu from me and thomas, also the first of the "betsy" books by carolyn haywood. a new jacket from gino), we walked down to the cafe and got ice cream cones! sparrow loves ice cream cones and never gets them! the last time she had one was at my birthday in september. so she was very pleased.

from the minute you were born you changed our lives in such an amazing way, and you have amazed us every day ever since. i love how thoughtful you are, the way you muse about things and wonder about things like how big God is and if God is brighter than the angels. i love how you really learn and incorporate the things i tell you into your life. i love how you make pages full of letters and then read them to me! i love that you love to be read to, and you love to snuggle. it is wonderful how you love learning bible verses with me and putting them to song. and it is so precious that you love to kiss and play with golden. you have a strong sense of justice and a beautiful singing voice. i love listening to the original songs you make up! never stop singing like you do all the time! i pray that you may always have a soft heart toward God, that you would allow Him to mold you, that you would love good and hate evil all the days of your life. i know you will turn out to be just like a beautiful pillar in a palace. strong to hold it up, and lovely to look at. happy birthday!

blog changes

for awhile now, i have been wanting to steer this blog into more of a family-doings-only one, but as you can tell... i have a lot of other stuff to say as well! i am starting a new blog to catch all of my motherly, wifely, political, and personal thoughts. hopefully that will leave this one open to be more of a family journal so the girls can one day go back and see what they were doing without having to sift through my personal rants! =)

i have re-posted a few things on my new blog, "more on the way," but if i can find more attractive templates for wordpress, i am going to change it again, so stay tuned! and there will soon be more words and pictures both here and there.

follow me on the new blog if you have enjoyed (even in a masochistic way) reading my convictions and musings, or if not, feel welcome to keep updated on the family stuff (quotes and things) here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

march, april adages

"i love heaven and i love san francisco, so i wanna come back down after we go there." (to heaven) -march 14

"does God allow us to just good and only good and all good things?" (in heaven) -march 18

"and if you go away on summer vacation all by yourself, daddy will watch us!" -march 19

sp: "i wanna meet obama."
me: "why?"
sp: "you said he was nice when you meet him."
me: "oh, i'm sure he is very nice to everyone he meets, it's just that he has some terrible ideas about how to run the country. very, very bad."
sp: "hey! the devil is bad too!" -march 25

"i'm excited for golden, that she's gonna grow up, and be three years old." -march 14

"if i turn four before golden, the i'll won. but if she turns four before me, then she'll won." -march 14

sp: "i've never seen a dinosaur."
me: "that's because they don't exist anymore. they lived a long time ago."
sp: "but we never went there to see them!"
me: "no, they lived and died before we were born."
sp: "it was when we were in our grandma's bellies." -march 25

me: "a girl who is hungry eats what's set before her."
sp: "that's what the Bible says... is that what the Bible says?"
me: "well not really. it does say to eat what's set before you. even if you think it's...sketchy."
sp: "does it taste like ketchup?"
me: "sketchy? no, that's just a way to describe something. it doesn't taste like anything."
sp: "but if you put beans in it, it'll taste like beans." -march 22

sp: " come on, let's floss!"
(me writing, sparrow impatient to floss teeth)
sp: "are you doing it fast? cause i don't want my teeth to turn black!" -march 22

me: "ok girls, let's tackle the bedroom."
sp: "how do you tackle the bedroom?"
me: "well, it means to attack."
sp: "you need to do it with lots of muscles. i'll show you how."
(runs off & comes back)
sp: "here's how you do it. you put on a scary face, and then you attack the bedroom!"
(runs and attacks her bed) -march 22

"hey mom! i discovered something. it's not something naughty, but it's something that i'll tell you: it's not going to be warm every day." -march 29

Golden: "happy dir-day raining, pthpthpthpthpth!" -march 30
(wanting to sing "the foolish man built his house upon the sand" which includes rain coming down and the splatting of the house in the end... but the only song she knows is happy birthday.)

"we know God, and we don't go on the big way that is with the instruction." (she meant destruction!) -april 2

"they go on the big road, but when they get there, they see that it's for instruction." (again, destruction. we were reading matthew 7:13-14) -april 2

"baweebee!" (golden saying strawberry) -april 2

"i didn't know myself when i was a baby, but you did, and you said, 'hm, this baby looks like a sparrow!'" -april 7

sp: "mom! i saw some generations!"
me: "what do you mean?"
sp: "i saw two trees that were the same size. that's a generation." -april 12

(singing a little song she made up)
"i wake up in the morning and i say to myself, what if i go down to the cafe and have a hot chocolate, even though i'm sick...but it's really not true..." -april 12
(i very much enjoy her songs. woman after my own heart with the cafe idea!!)

(there was a little baby crying in his mom's sling)
g: "baby!"
me: "you see a baby? yeah!"
g: "mom? mom?" (i look at her to see what she wants to tell me)
g: "whining." -april 12 (hahahaha! she noticed that baby was whining!)

(sparrow crying)
me: "what's wrong, did you bite your lip?"
sp: "no, it's my hippy cups!" (hiccups!) -april 17

(enthralled with the mylar princess balloon she got for her birthday)
sp: "i can learn about princesses from this princess balloon."
me: "oh yeah? what are you learning?"
sp: "about princesses...but these princesses aren't doing anything."
me: "so you're not really learning anything, are you?"
sp: "no, i am! but these princesses just aren't doing anything!" -april 18

(talking about the unknown gender of our new baby)
me: "God knows what we need, so God is making it into whatever it needs to be, for His own glory."
sp: "is HisOwnGlory helping too?" -april 18

sparrow named her three flower sproutlings:
1. "beautiful flower"
2. "three-year-old"
3. "bravo biscuit restaurant"
-april 22

sparrow is developing quite the young philosopher's brain:

"golden is sharing with herself." -april 22

"God can't be in heaven, he's too big!" -april 22

"satan shouldn't have been had." -april 23

sp: "do teachers put away the thing before they take out the other thing?"
me: do they put away what before they do what thing?"
sp: "the thing they do after they do that thing!" -april 27

sp: "mom, come to our coffee shop, and you can give us some money!"
me: "and what will you give me?"
sp: "some coffee. with caffeine in it. actually we'll give you one cup of coffee and one cup of caffeine."
me: "oh. what does caffeine look like?"
sp: "i don't know. i've never seen it by itself before...
let me get behind the coffee stand and get the coffee book and see what we have at peet's...we have orange coffee and clear coffeee and gray coffee...(continuing to list off colors)
and there's ladybugs in the ladybug coffee and lemons in the lemon coffee and cheese in the cheese coffee. oh yeah, and there's a crab one." -april 29
(just what i've always wanted! a good cheddar-flavored latte!)