Wednesday, March 19, 2008

One more singing video

This one surprised me. I was managing two different cameras at the time so I really wasn't paying too much attention to what I was filming/taping. I tried to zoom in on Ruth at one point so I would have a close up of her. Then while I was watching it later on I noticed our friend Eli behind her. I found out tonight they had threatened him to keep his hands and fingers in their proper places! :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bennett's Soccer Videos

We laugh constantly at his lack of attention span and his desire to "dance" around the field instead of follow the ball. I think he has made great strides in the first 3 games this season... he will actually get in there and kick the ball. His coach had great things to say to him tonight. Probably because we were on his case about paying attention. ;)
Anyway... it's cheap and easy entertainment! Oh, he's number 31. Our friend Jaelen is also on his team... number 7!

Ruth Sings

Here's a video link I hope works correctly. This was the CHildren's Choir this past Sunday. They were very cute! The little girls next to Ruth are her very good friends... Abbey, Amelia, Ruth, Meggie Beth.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

More Random Photos...

Recently blogspot has been given me issues with uploading my pictures, but I'm going to attempt to put some more on here tonight. This is the group of girls who stayed at our house during Disciple Now weekend the first of March. They were actually all from a church that isn't "ours" but one of the kids came to Concord in the past and came back with a slew of her friends. It was really cool to have them with us. The two leaders were from Concord and enjoyed spending time with them too. I was exhausted by the time it was over!

A self portrait of Ruth and me. She requested to take a bunch of pictures and then would squint in the flash. You should see the other 20 we took! :)

This is my group of 1st graders... or at least a portion of them. Can you tell what we were studying that day? The girl in front with the visual aid... is a mini-Zaccheaus. :)
These shots were from our February 24th 5K for Challenged Child... a special needs day care and early intervention center in Gainesville. I was privileged to be a part of the advertisement campaign because my friend Erin was in charge of organizing the run. Her little Emily went to Challenged Child. Anyway, Bennett decided about 30 minutes before I walked out the door that he wanted to run with me. He did a great job and we were only about 4 minutes off pace. It took a little encouragement over the last mile but it was a special day for us to share together. I'm saving his number and this picture forever! :) Next year Maggie will run and outrace all of us!

This is all for now. It's time for bed!
PS... Lydia went to bed diaper-free tonight. Good thing I'm going to work in the morning! :)


Lydia is officially potty trained. She is the last of the Davidsons and the last of all the cousins. There are no more babies running around. As sad as it seems to be baby-free it's also a big step into the next stage. It will take some getting used to, but we have children now. School activities and soccer games. Field trips and McDonalds Nights. Audtions and musicals. Our lives have gone from diapers and wipes to uniforms and tights. Ok, it doesn't make as much sense as much as it just rhymes.
Maggie tried out "auditioned" for a part in the Children's Musical at church... which will be the evening of May 4th, so mark your calendars. She had to memorize a few lines of a random play and sing the chorus of one of their main songs. She did great and actually learned ALL the lines, not just the 3 she had to do. Then she would practice with herself pretending to be all the different characters. I really think she's an actress, drama queen, performer... but we'll see how she does when in front of people. The lack of her two front teeth and a little bit of laziness makes understanding certain words a bit difficult. Then throw in some excitement and speed and you miss a large portion of her thought process. We learn tomorrow if she'll have a speaking part or get to sing a solo. I'm hoping for the solo since those who speak have several extra practices! Plus, she is almost on key each time.

Bennett is playing soccer again this spring season. He's had one game so far and they were pretty much skunked, but we won't tell them that! His team is out there for fun and hope to make a goal. The other team was out there for goals and hope to have some fun. Curtis says Bennett just likes to dance around the field, but he's awfully cute doing that! They'll get better are they get to know each other. I'll have to put some pictures or video here when I find the camera.
Ruth still surprises me with her knowledge and logic. I should be used to their sudden brain growth but it still takes me by surprise sometimes. Last night when I got home from work and was rushing them all off to bed she complained about being scared. As I talked with her she told me she's scared of the mean lady off Enchanted, a movie she has seen and saw an ad or something while walking through Wal-Mart earlier in the evening. I tried to convince her that the green goblin is pretend, in Wal-Mart, not in her room. She answered all my questions correctly with Jesus is with me, He protects me, He'll keep me safe... "but I'm still scared". Yes, it's a ploy to have me snuggle her in bed or what she REALLY wants is to sleep in the middle of Curtis and me. Anyway, I responded with "you're not really scared, you're just being silly" and she says to me in her 4 year old logic... "You don't know because you're not in my head!". That's EXACTLY what I want to say when people tell me I'm not... sad, hurt, lonely, scared, depressed, nervous... whatever the feeling. It's in MY head and you don't know how I feel. :) So I told her to put good things in her head instead... rainbows, flowers, Jesus, God, Mommy. Those are the things she says she saw when she closed her eyes. Then at 0630 this morning she stands next to my bed and says "I asked Jesus to show me the happy things but He didn't and I'm scared again". She crawled between us for the next 30 minutes while we waited for the alarm to go off.
Oh, and one more "guess what MY kid can do" moment...
While we sit in church on Sundays I am constantly trying to make Bennett pay attention and copy notes instead of drawing pictures and pouting. (He is NOT a morning person). Lately, he's been doing much better about following along and putting the right words in the blanks of the bulletin. Maggie has also started showing an interest in filling in the blanks since she has starting reading a little. One week Curtis' folks were sitting with us and Ruth was next to one of them. I looked over to make sure she was behaving and she had copied the notes into her notebook as well. I'm not sure if Bennett wasn't helping her find the right words but she had written everything from the screen. Grammy and Papa were impressed too. ;)

I was interrupted by a big EMC truck today. A couple of fellows are cleaning trees from the roadside and wanted to dump the wood chips. They had heard this house might want them. Then he starts talking about Jeeps and going to Tellico and riding 4-wheelers. Wonder if he really does know Curtis after all!
And I got a new car to drive to work. We're selling the red suburban! Yippee!

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