Monday, June 02, 2008

Snippets From Syd; Bless My Soul

When your children say things, out of innocence, with absolute pure intent,  that builds you up, does it bless your soul as much as it does mine? 

This evening our youngest came to me and asked if I would sing to her You Are My Sunshine in the "pretty" voice that I sing with at church.

It immediately took me back to my younger years when I LOVED to sing, but never received any positive feedback from it.  And the only thing that flashed through my mind was (picture this now) me, as a grown woman, who is striving to become the Proverbs 31 woman, putting my thumbs in my ears, flapping my hands to and fro, my tongue hanging from my mouth and blowing.  You know the sound I'm talking about, right?  At that moment it didn't matter how many times I didn't receive any kudos - because it just blessed my soul.

It still brings a smile to the broad expanse of my face, reaching from ear to ear.  She thinks I have a pretty voice.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fireworks In the Backseat

Monday I had to stop by and pick-up the mail as there was a package waiting for me at our local box.  It was a birthday gift from my in laws.  And a beautiful one at that. 

In any case, it came packed in a box full of packing popcorn and bubble wrap.  Our girls love popping the bubble wrap so I gave them each half of what the box contained.  Now mind you, they were in the back seat of our "Eco-egg" which is a tiny Ford Aspire.  Not a whole lot of space from the front seat to the back seat, if your catching my drift.  Yeah, it wasn't long before my sweet husband's eyes were as big as saucers and wishing I had never given them this plastic annoyance.  But it was we were driving past the different cars, they continued popping the bubbles hoping to get attention.  Sadly, they received none, until we stopped for a red light at a busy intersection.  Oh boy....

They began popping away, as fast and furious as they could.  It was like a full-blown fourth of July, fireworks display in our back seat.  It wasn't long before they noticed they had the attention of at least four cars full of people as well as the people who were walking across the street in front of us, through the Ped-Crossing.  Windows went down in the cars to see what the ordeal was and those innocent people crossing, were now ducking and power walking because they thought for sure there was an all out gang-war going on somewhere close.  The girls got a real buzz from this and then I had to wonder...

Is one of them going to end up an executioner in a local penitentiary turning the dial a little bit at a time just to get a reaction from others?  And will the other be a pyromaniac watching the heart-failure of innocent bystanders in wheelchairs crossing a bridge as the dynamite explodes, thus taking out the bridge.  AND FURTHERMORE, are those innocent bystanders going to be my husband and me? 

I knew I should have never gotten rid of that Malibu Barbie that she loved!  Dang!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Snippets From Syd; Daddy Just Cleaned the Car

Tonight was our Wednesday night Bible study group.  Our girls really like this night as their two good friends from church are there and they have one on one time with them.  Reason #2 - everyone brings a desert or snack food to have after the Bible study, as a sort of fellowship time.  Tonight, upon hubby's approval, I stayed home for some quiet time. 

On her way out the door, our six year old came in and gave me a big hug and told me that she would bring me a goodie home from bubble study.  I assured her that I would be absolutely fine with that.  I didn't give it another thought until she came barreling through the front door upon their return.


Me:  "I'm in the bedroom ladybug."

6 year old:  (swiftly entering our bedroom) "Mommy, I brought you this from bubble study. 

What she handed me brought me to tears and I don't mean tears from being saddened or upset, but rather from laughing so hard that I couldn't breath. 

A "brownie" that she brought home for me that compare, in size, to a nickel.  Yes it was just that small, but she had a REALLY great excuse for it's lack of size.  You see, it kept falling apart all over the carseat so she had to eat what was falling off in order not to make a mess. 

"After all, daddy just cleaned his car."

I thought it was so cute!  This will be something that I won't forget anytime soon - that's for sure!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Killer Katy

Have you ever seen a katydid get so big?
This one is huge.  This is my husband's hand and it's almost as big.
Katydids are only suppose to eat vegitation, but this one ate EVERYTHING including
a nice little helpless monarch butterfly that we thought was safe in the bug box with him. OUCH!  I told you, education is a lifestyle.  Until next time!

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Our youngest hit another milestone last weekend. She learned to ride her bike without training wheels. This was quite an interesting day for dad as she is my 'perfectionist'. If she can't do something right the first time she does it, she feels that she cannot and will never be able to. We are so proud of her.

She did however take her first fall just yesterday. Our dog Sandy ran in front of her and stopped. Sydney ran right square into her and toppled down. It didn't phase the dog in the least. Sydney got right back on the bike, scraped up leg and all. Praise the Lord! My husband said there was something that happened that surprised him quite a bit. After she fell and had her melt-down, Daddy rendered some emotional aid as well as a hug. She then went over to our dog and said "Oh Sandy are you ok? I hope I didn't hurt you, I didn't meant to run into you like that, it was my fault, I shouldn't have been going so fast.". How cool is that? She's got one up on me!

I'll be the first to admit - if something happens to me, I look to get mad at someone ELSE right away. If I stub my toe in the night, on my way to the bathroom, sure enough, it's the cat's fault, even though she's outside under the trailer three spaces down. But what a lesson to learn, huh? It reminds me of the scripture that tells us to take interest in others interests over our own. As well, we are to think more highly of others than we do of ourselves. Boy what a hard concept to grasp, but all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us! Right?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Snippets From Syd; Heart Warming

Doesn't music warm the heart? I am sitting here listening to our oldest daughter, who turns into a teenager in seventeen days, play Amazing Grace on the Keyboard outside our RV. When we moved in here, we had to get rid of our piano, for obvious reasons, its weight. We did buy a really nice keyboard, but, to me, it just doesn't replicate the rich sound of a real piano. And because the keyboard is 'out of sight' it is way too often 'out of mind', so I don't get to hear her play as much as she use to. But as I sit here tonight listening to her play, first her clarinet, and now the keyboard, it warms my heart, and I know this will be something I will miss when she has flown from the nest - and when she and her husband bring the grand-kids over to visit, I will ask her to play "for mommy".

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Snippets From Syd; Hair Diving

Once a year or so I go to the beauty salon to get my hair done. Every time I go, and they tell me what I owe them, I am once again reminded of WHY I only go ONCE a year. I have let my hair grow out, FINALLY - and wanted to get it cut into some sort of a style as well as getting it highlighted. It looks really nice and I'm very pleased with the job that was done, but my gosh, if the cost of my hair would have had any bearing on the national deficit, we would have been set into another depression, immediately! Do they really have to charge what they do? I suppose, they CAN and that is why they DO!

Anyhow, I went home sporting the new due. I must preface, we have always taught our daughters to never open the door to anyone they do not know. So, as I walked up to the door and knocked, THEY WOULDN'T OPEN THE DOOR!!!! I suppose I have to praise this obediece, even when it's me they are keeping out. Our oldest, who was entrusted to watch the youngest, said, when she finally opened the door (after me banging on the window, jumping up and down so that she could see that it was, in fact, not a stranger, but her mother)she didn't recognize me. Both girls, in awe, stood with their mouths open, ooohhhing and aaahhhing over how GREAT I looked. My youngest even said (not that I'm proud of this) "Wow mommy, you've never looked THIS pretty!". I'm not sure how I should take that one! I must have appeared to her as chopped liver prior to this day! In any case - I arrived home and the day went on.

My husband came home and he did much the same thing. He walked in the house, said hello to the girls and turned around and gasped WOW! WOW! WOW! It was almost to the point that it made me feel really bad that I had looked so awful up to this point that the man I married is almost in tears at the sight of his wife looking "good".

So, the evening continued on. We had to go to our Wednesday night small group, so we all piled in the van, however on my way to the van I hear my oldest, in awe, telling her dad "Mommy looks SOOOO.... pretty" and husband replies "yes, she, does". Now all of this is flattering, like I said, but enough is enough, we arrived at small group and was received in the same WOW! kind of manner. It's not as if I got a face lift or anything. My land! As we were gathering for the event and all of those around were making such a huge stink over my hair, my youngest daughter piped up, as THE center of attention, and informed everyone within hearing distance, "Yep, mommy got her hair 'DIVED'!"(keep in mind, earlier in the day, the oldest had informed the youngest that I had gone to get my hair DYED and cut).

With a good laugh it ended the "wow-look-at-the-previously-homely-looking,-but-she-did-her-hair-and-put-on-make-up,-lady-that-goes-to-our-church,-she-cleans-up-ok extravaganza. My hubby tells me that it wasn't that I looked BAD before hand, he says it is just the CHANGE that people where marvelling over. Maybe next week I'll take a shower!!! LOL!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Snippets From Syd; Big Ears, Big Head

Tonight we ran out of propane and weren't able to get it filled right away, so we ended up going out to eat. We went to our NEW favorite little place here in town; Blake's. Boy is it good stuff!!!

Anyhow, Blake's has a big screen television and was broadcasting CNN as we were waiting for our order. One of the reporters came on and our oldest said to my husband "My gosh, that man has really big ears. His ears are even BIGGER than YOURS dad!" The way it came out did not depict what she wanted to say, but rather gave us all a really good chuckle. I guess it really matters where, in fact, you put your emphasis.

After dinner, we went home and had a little bit of simple family time. Daddy bought them a pretty balloon for Valentines Day. You know, the heart-shaped, mylar jobbies filled with helium? Yeah, those. Well, the kids wanted to suck the helium from them, and with the limited amount of space and two large hearts floating around the 'house', you can imagine, I was ready for this! We all had fun, the oldest first and then the youngest. After all the fun, dad decided to tell the girls how the helium works to make your voice the way it does. Explanation over with - and our youngest piped up and this is the conversation that followed:

Youngest: Wow dad, how do you know all that?

Dad: Well, when I was younger I used to eat a CD (sound effect-crunch, crunch, crunch) you the ones with all the information on them, with my cereal every morning, instead of toast, and the information just transferred to my brain, I guess.

Youngest: (with sincerity and totally aghast) Well, no wonder your head is so big dad!

Out of the mouth of babes, you gotta love 'em!

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