Sunday, June 17, 2007

It's about time!

Rehm and Charlotte checking out the Guadalupe River in Gruene

Ruby and Eliza aren't very impressed with the river, must have something to do with nap time

Yes I know I haven't written anything in forever! "Why?" you ask. Well because life has gotten in the way of blogging. Summer seems to be much busier than the school year so far. We have swim lessons twice a week, lots of play dates and just finished VBS. We made a little road trip to Gruene last weekend to visit Uncle Steve. I'll have to post more about that later. Not to mention just keeping up with four very active, very demanding kiddos. OK, my kids aren't that demanding and actually do a pretty good job of entertaining themselves, but man can the older two get on each other's nerves.

Charlotte with the longhorn at VBS - Yes we had real live longhorns for the kids to have their picture made with, and the last day we had a petting zoo for them to enjoy (the theme was Avalanch Ranch - think Colorado Western). Forgot to mention this longhorn is no longer alive - it is stuffed. I wouldn't actually let her stand unattended that close to the live one and the line was shorter with this one.


I pretty much spent all of my "free" time the last 3 weeks on VBS. I'm happy to say it is over and went very well. Rehm and Charlotte loved it and are still insisting we listen to the songs every time we get in the van. Charlotte especially enjoyed dressing as a cowgirl all week. Rehm said his favorite part was the snack station, except for the day they made make-a-plates - that day the craft station was his favorite. Charlotte's favorite was Mommy teaching the Bible story for her class everyday. My favorite was getting to share the Bible story with all the 2 and 3 year olds everyday. It turned out to be a very neat experience for me. One I didn't feel equipped for but God did his part and I think it went OK.

Ruby and Eliza Claire spent a lot of time at Grandma and Grandpa's and seem to enjoy getting some spoiling. Although Ruby wasn't a big fan of napping in the pack-n-play. But then again Ruby is very picky about her sleeping arrangements.

I had a very funny conversation with Charlotte last night about what she was going to wear to church today. All of the kids that attended VBS were supposed to wear their VBS t-shirt to church this morning because they were all going to be singing (the big kids in the sanctuary, the little ones in their music time). This is the conversation that ensued:

Me: Charlotte you need to wear your VBS shirt tomorrow.

Charlotte: No Mommy! I can't! I have to wear a Sunday dress so I can look my most beautifulest!

Me: You can wear your denim skirt and your cowboy boots.

Charlotte: No! No! No! Those aren't Sunday clothes I have to look fabulous on Sunday for church!

Me: Miss Gayla wants all the boys and girls to wear their VBS shirts!

Charlotte: I'll wear my shirt but I must wear my new Sunday shoes (thanks Brooke for the hand-me downs)

Me: You need to wear your boots so you look like a cow girl to sing. You can wear your Sunday shoes after church

Charlotte: No I can't Mommy Sunday shoes are only for church!

Me: Since they are new you can do it just this Sunday.

Charlotte finally agreed and wore her cowgirl clothes complete with bandanna and pigtails. Needless to say she was adorable. I guess I should be glad we have ingrained in her that her church clothes are special, but man I didn't know it could be so difficult to get a kid to dress up like a cow girl on a Sunday!

Happy day! Yes I know it is Father's Day and I need to write about it but can't right now - I'll add it to the list of things I need to write about. Ugh! I'm behind.


Brenna and Molly said...

Busy clan! Glad to hear the VBS went well and Charlotte finally agreed to her attire for the concert. Ever the lady, huh? I just love Charlotte stories!

We doing VBS at the end of June at a nearby church. We're doing Take the Plunge and I'll be the lead teacher for the Steadfast Starfish (rising Kindy) Wish me luck as the only child I'll know is Molly! I was hoping for Avalanche Ranch but I'll take the water park theme if the weather stays this humid!

Glad to see you back and posting - we love keeping up with your adventures!

Sherri said...

I have missed reading the blog. I have looked everyday. I feel like I can see the kids growing up and I miss it when you don't have time to do it. Life is just as hectic for us right now to. Does Rehm know about the new baby Manta RAy in Japan?

Mom said...

Rehm, have been missing your Ocean updates. When you get here, I think you and Zachary can have fun asking each other ocean questions. I think you can beat him with ocean facts, but he can teach you lots about other animals.

Jenn, the two pictures of Rehm and Charlotte at 2 of my alltime favorites of them!!

Which baby is awake. At first I thought it was Eliza, but I think the hair is too short on the sides to be her. I don't usually get them confused, but this time I am not positive.

Keri said...

Charlotte looks adorable with her boots and bandana. She makes the most "beautifulest" cowgirl.

Jenn said...

It is Ruby who is awake. It is really hard to tell in the picture because they are both in the shadows.