Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Mommy/Daddy Day"

Someone special, with a firecracker personality, has a birthday coming soon!
So, we surprised him today with a "Mommy/Daddy" day.  It included shopping for a surprise gift, and lunch at the restaurant of his choice.
His birthday surprise?  His very first, brand new bike.  He's always had a hand-me-down from Jacob or Amarin, and the bikes worked very well.  But this year, we thought he would enjoy a new one.  After searching three stores, we found the perfect bike.  He was so excited, and is even out riding the trails with Daddy as I type.
Then it was off to lunch at a Mexican restaurant.  Oh, yes. Laura came with us, but she usually doesn't monopolize the conversation, so we figured Charlie wouldn't mind.  He actually thought it was cool that she came for his birthday treat.
Charlie also had some early birthday money to spend.  Such a hard decision for a little guy...what to buy??  "Shockingly," he decided on legos.
"Dad.  The tires sound funny."
That's because they actually have tread! 

Once in a while, I need to be in a picture rather than behind the camera.
I love you, Char!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Engineering Mind

This is what happens with an engineering mind + too much lag time at the restaurant.
And, yes, it did work!

When I grow up...

Every fall, I ask these questions to the kids:  What do you want to be when you grow up and what's your favorite subject?
So, as of today...
Jacob has two options floating around in his mind.  He either wants to be a businessman and manage a big company, or join the military's Special Forces.  The military option is more for helping him pay for college than actually wanting to be on the battlefield, though.  His favorite class is Industrial Arts.  Trying to fit that into the business world...
Amarin is bouncing back to the plan he had a couple years ago of becoming an airline pilot.  He wants to fly people to other countries.  His favorite subject is science, so that fits well with becoming a pilot!
Charlie is sticking with his plan of becoming a policeman. "I want to save the world from robbers."  Char likes math best.  Maybe he can keep count of the robbers he takes to jail.
Jenna does not like the idea of going away to college.  She prefers to live at home, do college on the computer, and become an AWANA leader to help kids learn their Bible verses.  Jenna likes math, too.
It sure is fun watching the kids become their own persons, with their own likes, dislikes, and strengths.  Praying they use them wisely.