Friday, June 24, 2011

Going to the Spa

"Yes, I'd like the Yogurt Mask, please. It leaves my face so kissably soft."

Doxed or Perhaps Doxt?

I don't know if it's an official developmental milestone but to me it seemed pretty significant when for the first time, Amanda named one of her stuffed animals. She's given us lots of different names but they were always names of cousins or friends. Her stuffed animals have always just been puppy, or bunny, or pony etc. Even her babies don't have names. They were just referred to as the vanilla baby or the chocolate baby.


So when I was sitting on the floor with her the other day and she began to say, "Her name is... Her names is, um.... Her name is..." I knew something big was about to happen and I was anxiously to hear what her name selection was going to be. It was a white spotted bear. It was a Bible story bear with the name Caleb written across the chest.


"Her name is Doxed."

So Doxed is her name and has been for several days. I asked her if it was like "boxed" or like "next." That just lead to confusion. Who knows how she would spell it if she could spell. Probably "Doxt" since she knows all those sounds and symbols.


She's been carrying Doxed in her wrap, feeding her, talking about how she has to hold her because she can't walk and making sure she doesn't run in the road. One night when it was time for bed, she placed Doxed in the hidden compartment of the arm chair (it often serves as a baby bed or a treasure chest.) I told her that she could certainly let Doxed sleep with her.


"No, she's too wiggly."


Hmmm. That's the same reason no babies are sleeping in my bed too. :)


Doxed is in bed with her tonight though.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Day...

"Mom, there's a present for you! Outside the door! Should I go get it?"


Hmmm. I can't remember ordering anything.


"Sure, honey. Go get it."


She struggles to carry the medium-sized box up the stairs to me. I look at the return address and don't recognize the name, "VS." I open the box. Oh, that's what "VS" stands for. A well-known underwear company. You know, the pink store that you make your men look the other way when you walk by in the mall. I definitely did not order from them. Especially not $246 including the costs for overnight delivery.


I called my credit card company first.


"Are you sure your husband didn't order you something as a surprise?"

"It's not my size."

"Oh...."


I called my husband next.


"No way!!!"


I called VS next. And wondered if my sons were some how involved.


"I see three orders were placed. One on the 20th, 21st and 22nd. Two went to an address in Wisconsin and one was shipped to you."


They also told me that I should cancel my credit card and call the local police to file the report. They were willing to give additional information such as the address of the criminal to the police. They also took care of the one charge that was shipped to me since I will be shipping it all back.


By this time the boys came up and heard the story.


"Yeah, there's no way dad was shopping at VS online."


I'm glad they have such confidence in their father's character...or manlyhood, I guess.


I canceled my card and called the local police. The officer was very helpful and surprised to hear that VS was willing to work with him. He said he often gets the brush off by these companies. He had a funny story about guessing the email address to the CEO of well-know cosmetics company. I definitely talked to the right guy. I had no idea how the police would view such an incident. He also gave me some advice about checking for any other credit problems.


I checked my credit report. For once, there were no errors or accounts or addresses that didn't belong to me. There was a funny misspelling though. For one of my former employers the word "Building" was spelled "Fulding." What does that even mean?



In conclusion, I'm very thankful that this person neglected to change the shipping address as being different than the billing address on yesterday's order. Apparently, my credit card company did not think $600 to VS was "suspicious" enough to call me about. Who knows how long it would be before I realized my card was being used elsewhere.




And I was surprised at my strong desire for the police to go knocking on this person's door and haul them off to jail. It sounds like my local police man would have been happy to do it but it's often an issue of jurisdiction and it's up to the police in Wisconsin to decide how and when to handle it.




Best piece of advice from the police man? Go to https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp. You can get one report from each of the three companies per year. If you choose one company every three months or so you can spread out your checks throughout the year. Plus your spouse has one check with each company per year and so you can get additional checks that way if you have joint accounts.



I'm wondering who pays for this kind of thing? VS? The credit card company? Some kind of insurance? Neither one of the companies seemed to care whether or not I filed a report with the police.



I bet you're wondering what was in the box...




2 yoga pants Size L
2 dresses Size XL
2 pair of sandals Size 9.5

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Proverbs 31 has been a go-to passage for me as a vision of a godly woman. I recognize that this woman is not a young mom. She is a seasoned manager of her household and the things she has accomplished have happened over time.

Proverbs 31:23 says, "Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land." I have believed that my role as a wife was to provide support for my husband so he could be successful in business and active in city and church politics. I have seen this verse come true. He is well-known as an important business man in our town and his opinion matters at city hall. He is also an elder of our church.


However, Kim at His Hands and Feet posted another reason my husband is and will be well-known at the city gates. This is from Job 29:7-17


"When I went out to the gate of the city,


When I took my seat in the square,


The young men saw me and hid themselves,


And the old men arose and stood.

“The princes stopped talking

And put their hands on their mouths;

The voice of the nobles was hushed,

And their tongue stuck to their palate.

“For when the ear heard,

it called me blessed,

And when the eye saw,

it gave witness of me,

Because I delivered the poor who cried for help,

And the orphan who had no helper.

“The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me,

And I made the widow’s heart sing for joy.

“I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;

My justice was like a robe and a turban.

“I was eyes to the blind

And feet to the lame.

“I was a father to the needy,

And I investigated the case which I did not know.

“I broke the jaws of the wicked

And snatched the prey from his teeth."


As with Proverbs 31 list, I don't see this as a list of things my husband needs to achieve. Instead, this is a list of the work that God is doing and is going to do in him. It's exciting and emotional for me to see line by line, verse by verse how God has worked in my husband's life and will continue the good work He has begun.

Happy Father's Day, Mike! I am so proud to be your wife. And we shouldn't be surprised when people stop and stare with mouths agape when you walk in leading your flock. :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Squid

Sometimes I'm a fun mom at meal times. Like the time we used a cookie cutter to make these potato bears.



Or today when we had squid.









Are you marveling at my ability to thread wet spaghetti noodles through hot dogs? Well, I guess I better show you the "before" picture. :)






Maybe you already guessed how to do it. I had to ask when my Facebook friend posted a picture of these. I actually thought he threaded them through after they were cooked. Sticking them through when they were dry was super easy. The dogs are turkey dogs which is why they look so pale. We topped these off with olive oil, basil, salt and pepper. The girls loved them!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Major Milestones

Two of the kids in our house celebrated major milestones today.

Milestones that open up a whole new world of joy and excitement...

And the potential for a few bumps and bruises.

Amanda learned to pump herself on the swings!!! You can hardly imagine the joy and delight at such a discovery. She swung higher and faster than I had ever pushed her. She was so happy! Such a feeling a freedom! Now we are just praying for her safety and her little sisters who may cross in front of her.

And...

Tyler passed his driving test!!! Eeeeek! We're happy for him and celebrate this step toward independence. Now we are just praying for his safety and that of every one else on the road. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's All Relative


When I was pregnant with Tali, I was so sick all the time so I would often lay on the mattress in Amanda's room while she played with these little animals and people. I would open my eyes and be covered with snakes, bugs and various other little animals. Once the babies started crawling the little animals were put away.


Now that the babies are bigger, the little toys have come back out. I haven't been feeling nearly as sick this time around and have found that sipping coffee throughout the day helps. (I have about 2 cups a day. The 10-12 cup range is when there are concerns.) But still some days are really bad and I feel awful.


Today was one of those days. I was laying on the couch and Amanda had perched one of the house halves on my stomach and was playing. I was marveling at the growth of her vocabulary and imaginative play since those days when I was pregnant with Tali. I could hardly believe how fast the time had gone by. I am in awe of the amazing little girl Amanda has become. I said to her, "Can you believe you're almost four?!"


She spent the rest of the day looking at the clock asking if she was four yet.


I guess when you're almost four, almost means a few minutes. When you're thirty-four it means two months. :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Who Needs Splash Pad?

Who needs Splash Pad when you've got a sprinkler and a baby pool?





Tali wasn't too sure about the sprinkler. She would go close to it and then run away.





She was also really funny about cars going by on the road. Every time she would hear a car, she would run close to me. I wanted to sit in the shade in the garage but she wouldn't play in the pool with me so far away. (10 ft) I finally grabbed the umbrella and sat right next to the pool.