Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Home Again!

That's right, folks...Jimmy has returned home. This time he's right outside our window, we can see him from our dining room even though he's slightly hidden by the trees. He hasn't said much about his ordeal with the Dragon Knights, so I guess we'll never know what happened, but he has quietly resumed his duty of keeping the children safe so I guess all is well.

(If you missed the first part of Jimmy's saga, click here. It is riveting I tell you. Riveting. )

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bunny Ears

A while back we made the decision to have our children attend the church service with us. It was such a great decision for us! It's been so much fun to see how the kids are responding to it, and we love being able to talk about the sermon with the kids on the way home from church! We've gotten into some great discussions with Kelsi and she thinks it's awfully cool when one of the pastors says "hi" to her.
It's been really surprising to see how much Matthias picks up from the sermons, even though he's only 4. One week the pastor said "Can I get an 'amen'?", and of course many people yelled "amen" in response. About 10 seconds later, Matthias did too. Another time the pastor used the term "party-pooper" and Matthias spent the rest of the sermon giggling. Of course it wasn't nearly as funny once we clarified that a "party-pooper" was not a party that poops.
Last night was a good reminder of how great the decision has been for us. Matthias recently clued into the fact that the words to the songs were always up on the screens, so after one of the songs was over he looked up at me and very excitedly told me, "Mom, did you see that? I sang the whole song!" He was quite proud of himself. Later, about 10 minutes into the sermon, I hear him say "Yessssss!" (Napoleon Dynamite style) and look over at him. He then proudly showed me how he had found 1 Peter, which was the sermon text.
At the end of the service, during the closing songs, Matthias was standing between Daniel and I holding our hands and Kelsi was on my other side and we had our arms around each other. It was at this point that I began thinking how great it was to be able to worship together as a family and how much the children had gained from being in service with us. Then I realized Matthias was no longer holding my hand, so I looked down at him. He was giving himself bunny ears.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Rescue of Jimmy

Hello. It's me. It's been a while, right? I've decided that this little blog of mine has been too neglected as of late, I pop on occasionally to post a picture or two and that's it. Well, that all going to change folks. For a while at least ;) So today is all about this little dude:

And this guy:

And this guy:

Confused? Let me explain. We live in an apartment complex. There is a big garbage dumpster in our apartment complex (nicely hidden in a little fenced in area). Matthias loves to help his dad take out the garbage and one day they noticed this guy on the sidewalk...

...and decides to name him Jimmy Needham. Who's Jimmy Needham? He is the guy that sings Matthias' favorite song, "Grace Amazing" and the guy in that picture up there.. After this, every time we walk or drive by the "Caution" sign, we wave and say hi to Jimmy.
Tragically, we noticed yesterday that Jimmy was gone. That's right, folks, Jimmy had been kidnapped by none other than the Dragon Knights, the sworn enemies of the Lion Knights (for more information on this saga, visit Lego.com). We decided to hold out hope that the Lion Knights would rescue him before all was lost.
As we were driving home from church tonight, we found him! Although he must have been slightly confused from his ordeal because he was no longer on our sidewalk, but instead he was in a housing development about a mile away. Fortunately he looked as though he suffered no serious physical harm.