Not your typical box of Cheerios

She’s a silly girl

Ok, so technically I did turn this photo upside down. But I couldn’t resist! Her little eyes and nose hide so well in the little “O’s”!

Pulled this one out from my 2008 drafts. Bekah was 6. Ah, the days of playing with a cereal box.

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Sleepover for Bekah

Following the Home schooling Easter party today Bekah was begging for Genna to come over for the night. Despite some illness this past week, I obliged. Apparently, the girls think they’re visiting the spa. Nails, bubble bath, lounging in jammies and watching Pippi Longstocking. Wow, the life of a kid is pretty good.

Two little swimsuit-clad girls enjoying their bubble bath with snacks behind them.

Meanwhile, Ashley is at a birthday party sleepover, which means Jordan – odd man out – is asking for a sleepover with Mom and Dad. He was hanging with Willie tonight when Jordan says “Dad, I like you… And you know, I like you two.” Willie and I. How sweet is that?

Bailey’s back!

Many years ago in a house not too far from here… We were the owners of a fantastic Golden Retriever named Bailey. He was the first Bodger baby to join Willie and Stephanie’s home. Within a year, Ashley came along and there was fur pulling and spitting up on him and all kinds of fun. A couple years later, Jordan joined the family. The Bodger family in 1998: Willie & Stephanie, a daughter, a son, and a dog. It added up perfectly up until Jordan reached 6 months and his development went from on-target to far off it. His declining health and increased care needs resulted in lots of work for Stephanie and the wonderful dog ended up getting the boot. Thankfully, he didn’t get booted far.

Family members were able to take the amazing Bailey and have been his caring owners for the last 11 years. Sunshine, Shannon & Oskar have dog sat for our new dog, Benny, multiple times over the past 4 years but we have never gotten Bailey back onto our turf… at least not until Aug. 8th, 2009. Bekah was at a sleep over while Ashley and Jordan got a reunion with their 15 year-old Golden Retriever when he came for an overnight dog sitting.

Despite being deaf and having vestibular issues, he is still the sweetest dog I’ve come across.

Unable to climb the stairs and too big to be carried, Jordan and Ashley brought their pillows downstairs and had a sleepover in the living room with Bailey. I saw tears in Ashley’s eyes as she got ready for bed…

Jordan's ready for his downstairs sleepover with Bailey

Jordan's ready for his downstairs sleepover with Bailey

Jordan and Bailey

Jordan and Bailey

Ashley and Bailey - she has such a tender spot in her heart for him

Ashley and Bailey - she has such a tender spot in her heart for him

Since Bailey ended up sleeping by Ashley, Jordan got Benny on his 'bed'.

Since Bailey ended up sleeping by Ashley, Jordan got Benny on his 'bed'.

Kids!

What is up with this?!

I think this one speaks for itself...

I think this one speaks for itself...

Not exactly what I wanted to deal with as I rushed to get the kids ready for church Sunday morning. I didn’t deal with it, but I did manage to take a picture of it.

Our weekend…

I don’t have pictures to put in with this post, but decided it didn’t matter. Here’s a peek into our ordinary lives…

Ashley is at Camas Meadows this weekend. (As we prayed last night for her, the younger two prayed for her at “Kansas Meadows” and “Canvas Meadows”.) That just leaves the younger two with Willie and I. When Bekah and I went to drop Ashley off yesterday, despite it being cold, everything was going just fine until it was actually time to say good-bye to Sissy. Bekah was on the ground and put her arms around Ashley’s midsection in a loving embrace. As Bekah backed up, she dropped her head so her hair covered her face. I got Ashley’s attention, who was still standing right there. A moment later, Bekah’s hands went up to her face and she began sobbing. For girls who have had their share of arguments, I was actually glad to see this amazing outpouring of affection. Ashley tried to reassure Bekah, I picked her up and she cried into my neck while Ashley rubbed her back. Next, Sissy got a big hug around the neck from Bekah and it was time to say a final good-bye. As we drove away, Bekah just wanted to know “Why does she HAVE to go?”

This morning, the kiddos and I headed to Kirkland’s Performance Center to help usher for the StoryBook Theater production of Goldilocks, and then we got to watch the show. It was neat to be able to serve for this event and then attend for free. Our job was to hand out programs as people came in. It was the job I’d requesting, figuring we’d all be able to do that. I gave Jordan a “post” right near the doors, while Bekah and I stood across the aisleway. Jordan was doing super (except for all those times her stuck his tongue out at the people, but he denies it…), until he went to look around the corner to see if anyone was coming and suddenly lost his balance – just as a mom and her 2 year old son walked through the door. Jordan collapsed right in front of them! Oh my goodness. Sometimes Jordan just loses his balance and goes down to his hands and feet, not this time. This time he ended up a crumbled heap on the floor. Poor people didn’t know what to do. Oh, Jordan. Always full of adventure.

Once home, we all changed our clothes and got to Saturday housework. The kids went outside and removed the stakes from the ground along the driveway which held the Christmas lights (yes, they finally came down this morning), and I headed to the back to finally clean up the mess from the gutter disaster. 

Cleaned up garbage in the backyard, first. Why is it that our yard never gets “winterized”? Why do summer things still end up strewn around the yard, to be discovered and identified as ugly only when the beautiful blanket of white snow melts? Balls were all over the place, plastic chairs were blown around, popsicle wrappers, bottle lids, an IKEA shopping bag from June (!), and the whole strip of gutter that had come off.

Bekah came out just as soon as I got those balls collected, waving the plastic bat in her hands and wondering where the tee was. Really? Then on to some basketball. Her arms have gotten strong enough from gymnastics that she can make shots on the 10 foot basket.

She helped me drag the gutter to the front, Willie found some metal cutters for me, and I went to town cutting up a 25ft section of gutter so it could finally go in the trash. Felt so good to finally get rid of that! Next, all the moss that fell out of those gutters when they fell had to be picked up. How does all that amazing soil get up there for that thick moss to grow in anyway?

Besides getting the Christmas lights down, Willie has been cooking up a storm today. Yesterday he made 4 different BBQ sauces, and today he is cooking two pork roasts for pulled pork sandwiches during the Super Bowl tomorrow. We are so excited to have our friends the Johnsons over again and to have the Smiths over for the first time! Should be a blast. And the house smells absolutely amazing.

Now, the ‘boys’ are out playing with Jordan’s remote control cars in the driveway. (Could it really be the first non-snowy, non-rainy Saturday we’ve had since Christmas???) 

Bekah took Benny on a walk up to her friend Donovan’s house at the top of the cul-de-sac to see if he could play, and now they are here having a good old time.

Tree Decorating

Jordan adds his decorations to the tree

Jordan adds his decorations to the tree

Bekah gets to put the star on top

Bekah gets to put the star on top

"I did it!"

"I did it!"

"What do you want for Christmas, Little Elf?"

"What do you want for Christmas, Little Elf?"

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Just goes to show…

…What one sibling has – no matter what it is – the other one will want it!

Bekah goes for a stroll with Jordan’s old walker, her blankie, purse, and bunny “Mimsy”.

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