Thursday, April 15, 2010
Posted by Ted and Leslie at 8:40 AM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This is the house where Jack lives.
This is the pen, where Jack can go potty, outside the back door of the house where Jack lives.
This is the bell, hanging by the back door, that leads to the pen, where Jack can go potty, outside the back door of the house where Jack lives.
This is the kennel, where Jack hides from the kids, who want to play rough, not far from the back door of the house where Jack lives.
These are the toys, that Jack SHOULD play with when the kids want to play, near the back door of the house where Jack lives.
These are the shoes, that Jack WANTS to play with, that have been moved away from the back door of the house where Jack lives.
This is the certificate that says Jack was trained, so that he COULD play with the kids without being kenneled in the kennel near the back door of the house where Jack lives.
This is Jack - for much of the day. Resting up for the time that he gets to play with the kids outside the back door of the house where Jack lives.
And by the way:
1. The shoe toll taken by Jack and destroyed currently is two pair of flip flops, part of one croc, one pair of 3-year-old's Sunday shoes, and one 13-year-old's pair of sandals.
2. Yes, he rings a bell to go potty.
3. Yes, we are just that uptight that we make him go in a penned area because the thought of watching where you are walking at all times makes me nuts.
4. I yell, "Leave it!" about three hundred times a day.
5. I yell, "Leave him alone!" about one hundred times a day (to Tessa mostly).
6. Jack thinks he is as big as the german sheperd next door.
7. Jack loves Ted to play with him in the morning.
8. First thing in the morning Jack will go outside to go potty and then come inside to search the house for me - which makes Ted crazy if it happens to be a rare occasion where we got to sleep in, because Jack will be jumping up in our bed to wake me up.
Posted by Ted and Leslie at 8:42 AM
- She is the most considerate kid I know - leaving notes for her siblings or parents to tell them they are loved and appreciated.
- She is very bright - at present a straight "A" student - and often we don't find out about how well she is doing until other parents tell us (i.e., "I heard Emma has the top score in her math class - that's great!" My response: "Huh???")
- She has a great voice and loves to sing.
- She loves to play the piano for us and play hymns on Sunday mornings. It really helps to set the entire tone for the morning.
- She loves playing soccer - she loves practices, she loves the games, and she is very competitive in soccer - just like her dad!
- She is not afraid to try anything and everything. She blows me away at how she is willing to try anything new!
- She is in her second year of Beehives and is almost done with her Personal Progress.
- She LOVES Jack. Good thing, too. Her love of Jack has saved him on many occasions.
- She takes the longest showers - seriously. We can get the remaining five of us showered in other bathrooms before she is out of hers.
- She is VERY responsible. I NEVER have to ask her about homework, soccer stuff, misc. activities, etc. The only thing I have to get on her case about is cleaning her room - and I must say that if that is the worst thing I have to nag her about, then I am one lucky mom!
Now don't get me wrong, she can roll her eyes like nobody's business, but the truth of the matter is, she is one sweet girl. I actually LOVE hanging out with her. I wasn't sure how I would feel about my first baby growing up, but she is so amazing and we are enjoying her so much that we seem to be doing okay with this transition. :) I make no guarantees as to how I will respond as she as she continues to grow up way too quickly, but for now we will just enjoy this amazing teenager of ours!
Happy birthday, teenager!
Posted by Ted and Leslie at 7:37 AM
Tessa in Tarzan's Treehouse.
Channelling their inner princesses! Tessa already had the dress on which didin't hurt.
Sam at Jedi Training. I think he about died when he saw Darth Vader come out - he was in HEAVEN!!!
Outside Tower of Terror - Yep, Tessa rode it bravely.
Posted by Ted and Leslie at 7:20 AM
Man, Lincoln never disappoints us. This year they were following the actual weight rules, so we were ready to fashion a serious sports car for competition. Lincoln had a different idea, though.
Lest you fear that Ted is being deprived of the typical pinewood derby experience, put your mind at ease. Sammy will have nothing to do with these "out of the box" concepts. His will be a race car through and through upon which you can spend hours and hours of work. :)
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