Monday, August 27, 2012

Oh, you don't know what's good for bad!

A few months ago, I noticed that we have two types of children in our home.  I continued to observe them and came up with two Vos teams.  They were originally called Team Evil and Team Good.  For obvious reasons, I've been trying to come up with new names for them.  Poor little Genny does not need to be brought up thinking the whole time that she's evil.  Last night Emily and I had a brainstorming session on what the teams should be called other than good and evil.

Team Good consists of Christopher, Spencer, Lizzie and (I assume) Teddy.  These children are and always have been really good.  They worry about making the right decision.  They get upset when they are in trouble and are quick to say sorry.  They are eager to please.  They are hard workers.  They love the rules and are quick to point out when the rules are being broken.  They were really good toddlers.  They get along really well with each other. Chris leads Team Good because as a toddler his idea of fun was putting on a three-piece suit and dancing around the house.  We might want to put Chris on Team Gay.  J/K.  As a side note, how many toddlers own a three-piece suit?  Also his mom said he was always good as a teenager.  I can envision many easy years ahead with these four children.

Team Evil consists of Emily, Calvin, Cameron and Genny.  These children are clever and have really good senses of humor.  I would say they are quick wits.  They were difficult toddlers always challenging authority.  They would run away when asked for a kiss and hug.  They get along really well with each other but not with Team Good.  Team Evil is very passionate.  They aren't really evil.  They are just ok with bending some rules a little.  Team Evil would hide your secret evil doing but they might blackmail you in the process. When I say evil, I don't mean true evil.  I mean eating someone else's candy or hiding in the bathroom to get out of bringing in the groceries.  Just little evil.  They are really all good kids.  I head up Team Evil because I imagine I was a bit of a handful as a child.  I also am pretty darn funny.  And clever.

I think these differences in groups of our children are really interesting and I don't know if you find such divisions in smaller families.  I'm having a really hard time hearing my little kids calling themselves evil.  So Emily and I came up with some other names.  She was quick to call Team Good:  Team Blah, Team Boring and Team Nothing.  We thought of Team Clever for Team Evil.  She came up with Team Nephites and Team Lamanites but that's still too Evil. We talked about Team White and Team Black.  Both colors are good in their own ways.  Both are very different.  Then we came up with Team Metro (for Metroman) and Team Mega (for Megamind).  Cuz Megamind wasn't all bad and Metroman was really good.  I think we'll get shirts made.

Monday, August 13, 2012

You slept on the floor huh? We slept outside with the bugs and the wild animals. A bridge nearly killed us. Nobody knows where the hell Redbud is. And we haven't eaten since yesterday morning. So stay the hell out of our way and keep your mouth *shut*!

We moved into a new house on June 18.  It is the most beautiful house and I want to live in it until I die.  Moving was not the most fun thing I've ever done but we survived and it was less painful that I anticipated.  We had so much help from great friends.  The house didn't really need any remodeling or updating but we did a few things to modify it for our family.  We finished the basement and made a sleeping area and play area for the kids.  We put in an egress window that I hope we never have to use.  We built a banquette in the kitchen area so that we can all fit around the table to eat.  We painted alot of the rooms.  I am sitting here trying to figure out which room is my favorite and it's really hard.  I really love the master bath.  It has glass block windows making up part of the shower and two shower heads.  I really love the quiet living room.  I really love the first floor laundry room.  I really love the colors in the girls room.  I really love the view out of Emily's bedroom window.  I really love the landscaping and the great variety of the plants.  I really love the space the boys have to sleep and play.  Seriously, I love almost everything about this house!  Two things I want to change still are the fixtures in the first floor bath.  They are a little ugly.  And the counter in the kids bath.  Also ugly.  But overall I love my house.  Every morning I wake up and I feel like the luckiest woman in the world.  Here's some pictures and I will try to take some more of things I missed and post them later.

 This is the living room.  I got that couch off Craigslist for way cheap and I love it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A baby is a gift, a gift from a bub.

Probably the most interesting thing that happened in the last three months was that I had a baby.  Theodore Dirk Vos was born on May 11 at 9:45 AM.  He weighed 9lb 11oz.  He beat my next biggest baby by 3 ounces!  His labor was virtually painless because I had a really awesome epidural.  The hospital stay was restful and I was so thrilled to come home to the rest of my babies.  Over the past three months, Teddy has brought our family much joy.  He nurses like a champ.  Sometimes just too often!  He is very wiggly.  Even in his sleep he wiggles.  He is fussier than any of my other babies.  This makes it to take him places.  Other babies I've had will sleep in their buckets for hours while I shop or volunteer or clean or swim.  Teddy will not do this.  I am not able to do things like I am used to.  I spend a lot of time rocking him.  I haven't been able to do my calling in three months because I can't take him with me and I can't leave him home.  It's been a little frustrating.  But I'm not going to complain.  He's a wonderful boy and I love him!  We all do.

I'm Back, Jerry, I'm back!

I've been away from my blog for over three months.  I sometimes come and sit at the computer and try to write a post and it sounds dumb so I don't post anything.  Nothing sounded interesting to me.  But then I was talking to Anna a little bit ago and she made a comment about how someday she was going to print  her blog as a book and give it to her children.  It reminded me that my blog is for me, first and foremost, and it doesn't always have to be witty or interesting or thought-provoking.  So I'm back.  I may be boring but I'm back.
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