Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Conversations with Isaac

On our way home from school today, this is how the conversation went with Isaac.

Isaac: I wonder what color Gretchen sees us in; black or white.
Me: I think she sees us in both. Like if we're wearing yellow, she'd see white and if you have on blue jeans, those would look black. I think she sees everything in shades of black and white, not one or the other.
Isaac: I think that whoever put color into movies should do that to dogs' eyes.
Me: Well, a dog sees like that because that's the way God made them to see.
Isaac: Yes, but someone could still fix it so they could see color.
Me: Are you suggesting that something God has made is not perfect in and of itself?
Isaac: Well, a newborn baby can't do anything and doesn't know anything.
Me: Yes, but they are made to grow and learn. That is the way God designed it.
Isaac: But who teaches them?
Me: Parents, this is also the way God planned it to be.
Isaac: Hmmm....Did you know Jews don't believe in Jesus?
Me: Well, some of them do. Most of them don't believe he is the Savior. How do you know that though?
Isaac: My friend in Pathways who is Jewish told me.
Me: I didn't know you had any Jewish friends

Then he told me how they were bidding on a book in their auction today (they bid with points accrued throughout the year) and this book was about prayers and this boy asked if there was anything about Jesus in it. There isn't so he bid on it but apparently Isaac out-bid him because he brought it home)

Me: Did you know he was Jewish before today?
Isaac: Yes, because he had Hannukah at Christmas time.

Then we got home and he was busy talking to Nana.

Anyway, I thought I'd share this with you. I think it is the first 'debate' (about the perfection of God's creation) we've had and I thought it was interesting to hear him follow an argument to it's conclusion. I also thought it was neat to hear how that led to his conversation with his friend who is Jewish. I love that he knows kids who are different than he is and that he is able to share who he is with them. He is a thinker so I expect to hear more about this over the next few days.

I hope everyone's week is going smoothly. We have field day on Friday and I've been organizing the volunteers for that. It should be a fun day if the weather will cooperate. We just have 5 1/2 days left! Woo hoo!


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Ethan

Today was Ethan's 5th Birthday. The 5th Birthday is a big deal to me because that is school-age. He'll be starting Kindergarten this fall and that just hardly seems possible. I'm so proud of my little guy. He's such a tender heart and is very considerate for one so young. Ethan is just a joy to be around.

We had a great time at his party. In addition to the had red (for Mario) and green (for Luigi) hats I had gotten for Ethan's guests to wear, I also had made mustaches for them. They were all cute with them on and we managed to get a picture before they decided to take them off.

After that they went out to hunt Yoshi eggs that were filled with gold coins (the chocolate kind) Here's some of the loot.

After that the kids went and played while the pizza cooked in the oven. When it was ready, they ate outside on the patio.

After pizza it was finally time to cut that Mario cake. It was good and the Birthday boy was very pleased.

And then it was present time.

We have a sweet 5 year old and he had a great time today. I feel so blessed to be Ethan's mommy. I pray that he will always feel the hand of God on him, guiding him in His way.

What an angel.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Real Fast

I have completed Ethan's birthday cake with the wonderful help of my good friend Liz. Since I am pretty proud of our work, I thought I'd post these pictures real quick. The party is Saturday so I'll put more pictures up after that.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

End of the Year

Sorry I've been absent for a while. I'm not sure how many folks actually READ my blog, but all 3 or 4 of you may be wondering where I've been. Well the answer is, I've been here, up to my eyeballs in things that need doing. I've been marginally successful in actually doing them so that translates into feeling constantly behind. Have you ever felt like that?

Last Saturday was our annual neighborhood garage sale which we participated in. We didn't have all that much to sell but a couple of other families wanted to use our garage and so we had a little garage sale party. The good news about that is that we have a small basket of things that didn't sell, which is pretty good. Getting ready for any garage sale is hectic, but this year it meant rearranging furniture because I am hoping to move Isaac upstairs at some point before next year's garage sale. Right now our bonus room is our computer room/play room/game cube room. But if his bed and stuff is going to fit, we had to move/get rid of lots of that stuff. Normally this wouldn't be all that big a deal except that Eric is in the throes of finals and term papers so I hated to ask him for help. That's where Liz comes in. God love her super-organized mind...and her willingness to move mattresses and other furniture with me! Thanks Liz.

This Saturday, Ethan turns 5 and so we'll be having several other 4 and 5 year old kids over that day. I'm in the process of attempting the most complicated birthday cake in all my years as mom. I'm a pretty uncomplicated person who doesn't do well with lots of details so...we'll see how that goes. Thankfully my sister-in-law, Dawn, has taken lots of Wilton cake decorating classes and assures me that I can do it. And a good friend of mine, also named Daun, used to work in a bakery and has decorated countless amazing cakes and she said she'd help me if I needed it. I'll post pictures of the finished product.

This week at school is Teacher Appreciation Week so I've got sweet surprises scheduled all week for Isaac's teacher, Mrs. Pierce. She's such a wonderful teacher for him. We couldn't have asked for better.

Ethan is now finished with preschool and so I've got both little ones home all the time. It is good. They play very well together and giggle a lot...when they're not bothering one another. I'm needing a day without kids to work on my house...which has all fallen by the wayside in the midst of all the other things I've been up to. At least I've managed to keep up with the laundry.

OK, so now I'm off to start the day, now that it's 10:00! It has been nice to not have to rush off someplace right after getting Isaac to school. I've been needing some leisurely mornings. We watched Enchanted this morning, which I love. After I saw that last year, I went out and bought several sundresses (because Giselle wears dresses constantly in the movie). I've already added to my collection this spring. I feel so much better in a sundress than in shorts. How many of you would rather shop for dresses than shorts?

Enjoy the day