What is being said....

"I need dessert for my blood sugar."

Mallory, 7 yrs.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's hard for a Control Freak.....

What is it about Christmastime that we want to make memories? Good memories, preferably (had some bad ones this year, that will be in a later post.) Adults look back & reminisce about going to Grandma's & her house smelling of gingerbread & spending the day with her baking & laughing & singing Christmas songs together (Christmas Carols, not just the songs we have today....some of them make me want to bang my head against a wall! ha ha) Those memories don't include the clean-up.....or the impatient grumblings because Mom has only one rolling pin.....or the dough still not sitting out long enough to be soft enough to roll....or the sprinkles stuck to the bottom of any bare foot that walks across the floor...

This year, I decided to make some new memories with letting the kids do sugar cookies. Now, they have done them in the past, but in a much more controlled environment. My goal this year was to "let go," & "step out," & frankly, to not be such a control freak......if you are a fellow-control-freak, you will understand how difficult this is (all I could think was mess, mess, mess....). As I had hoped, the letting go of it all made some wonderful memories, clean-up aside......

Does that mouth look like one that hadn't been doing some tasting??!! I think NOT!

Melissa was our official taster...& sprinkler-eater....hey, whatever kept her quiet!!

There really is a cookie under there....somewhere....Hatcher is my "abstract" artist.

I wasn't kidding about the sprinkles on the floor!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Men in tights....

Last weekend, Mallory & I were able to go see the "Nutcracker" at the Union Colony Civic Center here in Greeley (Thank you, Papa Doug!). This tradition (of sorts) was started last year & I hope it continues on for many more years. We went with Mallory's cousin & partner in crime, Jessica. They have been taking dance classes together & their instructor was in the production. We all got dressed up in our holiday best, especially our girls, & we enjoyed a night at the theater.

This year, Mallory was more into it than she was last year. She told me the entire story as the production was going on & there was quite a bit I didn't know. Mallory's dream is to be in the production herself one day...I guess this Mom needs to figure out how to go about that.

As we were watching the most-talked about "Sugar Plum Fairy" do her dance, I leaned over to Mallory & said, "Look Mal, it's the Sugar Plum Fairy (which I knew from looking in the program)." Mallory's response was, "Yes, but Mom, she isn't very sugary or plumy...I like the Dew Drop Fairy better....I hope I can be her when I am in the Nutcracker." "Well," I said, I think you have to be much older to be the Dew Drop Fairy." "Oh, you mean like six?" replied Mallory. Yep, she has it all worked out in her head....

It was a nice time, we enjoyed being with both the Ohmis (that's the Grandmothers) & Aunt Julia & Jessica....we look forward to next year & maybe Mallory will be on stage instead of in the audience?! (& maybe the lead man will wear more than tights......please.....maybe a loin clothe? A skirt? Just something!! It's very disturbing!)
Here is Aunt Julia & Jessica...

Ohmi Jake & Jessica are on the left, Ohmi LeeLou & Mallory are on the right

A little bee told me...

Melissa Jack is one year old!!! My baby girl has turned one year old....sniff. She is now officially a toddler & no longer an infant. Why is this a bittersweet thing for mothers?

Ok...now to the fun.....we had a party to celebrate the first year of our girlie & it was all about honeybees. The name Melissa means "honeybee" in Greek. Here are some pictures of the big day, starting with her invite.....I had a lot of fun planning this....

Here is the cake....

Here is Melissa's cake...

She is wondering why in the world we are all singing to her....

Into the cake she dives....

We Jacobsens are not afraid of our food!!

Here she is when all was said & done....she ate her ENTIRE cake!!....we had to "rock, paper, scissors" to see who was gonna clearn her up....I lost....

Thank you to all you family & friends who came & celebrated our little girl!

A Tooth & Its Demise....

A month or so ago, Bergen went with his Dad to visit our awesome dentist, Dr. Corte McGuffey. The appointment was a regular cleaning. No big deal, right? So I thought. The time they were gone kept getting longer & longer & I was wondering what in the world could be keeping them. I quickly found out. Bergen got home, talking a mile a minute trying to tell me the story of what happened at the dentist. After making him take a breath so I could understand what in the world he was saying, the story came tumbling out to the shock & amazement of the entire family! He even had a very impressive visual aid!!

Here is what happened: upon examining his mouth, Dr. McGuffey found Bergen had an adult tooth on the bottom that was coming in behind his baby tooth, therefore, not pushing the baby tooth out like it was supposed to (can we say welcome braces someday?). So, the baby tooth had to be pulled. My baby had to get not just one shot, but THREE shots in his mouth!! I am SO glad it was his Dad who took him & not me. DJ said at one point, Bergen saw one of the needles & his eyes got as big as saucers as he opened his mouth as wide as he could!!

The tooth he brought home,was impressive to say the least. It was HUGE! Since the adult tooth neglected to give the baby tooth the needed boost, it didn't wear down the root of the tooth like normal. As Bergen said, his tooth looked as big as a dog's tooth.

So, now to the sad part of the story, at least for this Mom, anyway. Bergen decided to not put his tooth under his pillow that night (thankfully for this unprepared Tooth Fairy) because he wanted to wait & show it to his Papa Doug who was out of town at the time, & then to all the Aunts & Uncles we would be seeing on Thanksgiving. A week or so after Thanksgiving, unbeknownst to me, Bergen decided to put his tooth under his pillow. What is it with boys & communication? The Tooth Fairy obviously didn't come. He thought she didn't take his tooth because of a dark spot still left on the inside of it & she makes a very big deal out of taking only the clean teeth. So, he decided to soak his tooth in water in a white cup in the kitchen....maybe it would come clean....again, this is all happening without the knowledge of me the Mom.

Change the scene to right after lunch, & I am cleaning up the kitchen. I pick up a cup with a little water in it, wonder who's it is, promptly dump it down the garbage disposal side of the sink, put the cup in the dishwasher & move on with my day......the inside of the cup was WHITE!!! I couldn't see anything. But at this point, I am still in happy bliss & oblivious to what I have done...

Change the scene again to after bedtime. I am still up downstairs, ordering a couple Christmas presents online. Bergen comes down & is looking around the kitchen....the conversation goes likes this: "Mom! Have you seen a cup around in the kitchen with water in it?" Me: "Um, I vaguely remember one, but I dumped it awhile ago...you will just have to get a new one...& can you please get back to bed?" Berg: his face now contorting into sadness & tears....& panic....he can't talk for the sake of starting to cry.....he covers his eyes.....& I am wondering what in the world is wrong with this child?! Then, the story comes tumbling out.....how he put his tooth out & the Tooth Fairy didn't take it...I explained the weather had been very snowy & windy that night, so she probably never made it here ('Oh, I didn't think of that,' he says) & "Why didn't you tell Mom & Dad you were going to put the tooth under your pillow?" Then he told me what was in the cup. His tooth! His tooth I wanted to add to my collection of teeth...to compare it's enormity to his other tiny teeth.....his tooth that was now ground to a pulp & long gone into the city's sewer system. "What is going to happen now?" he asks me. "What about the Tooth Fairy?"

Later on, we find out from his Daddy that while he was in the third grade, he lost his tooth at school...lost it on the playground. His teacher noticed him upset & asked what was wrong. She then proceeded to write a note to the Tooth Fairy explaining what had happened to DJ's tooth...& the Tooth Fairy honored it! I think some grandma in Loveland still has this note in someone's baby book.

So, we proceeded to write a note....Bergen wanted me to write my confession on the note also....I had to confess to the Tooth Fairy! I have never confessed to a Priest, much less a Fairy!!! Is there a sin somewhere in that? So I did...I told the Tooth Fairy about my mistake......I poured it all out on paper, much to the relief of my 8 year old son.....& then to bed we went.
The Tooth Fairy is a very understanding lady, let me tell you. Instead of just the normal dollar bill & pack of sugarfree gum, she added a special treat of a candy bar since he had gone through so much with the tooth to get it out & then getting it under his pillow, which of course never happened. She also left a very nice note....reminding Bergen to give his Mom some grace....I mean, help me out here....apparently, it happens all the time....according to the Tooth Fairy, that is. Has it happened to any of you?

Monday, November 17, 2008

America, Land of Opportunity

Bergen, my oldest child, has rebelled against writing of any kind. I have tried journals, creative writing, etc. He just hates it. He doesn't have a problem expressing himself, it's the physical writing part that is his drudgery.

Until now.

We recently started the kids in the "Greeley Options" group which is a free home school group where they go to class once a week. It has been awesome! One of Bergen's classes is Creative Writing. Today he asked me if he could read me his story that he wrote for tomorrow's class. As he read, he kept going & going & going....I mean, it was LONG!! He also put humor into the story & as he was reading it, he'd say, "here comes a funny part, Mom." Very cool. It's nice to see him growing & stepping out of his comfort zone. He will be reading this in front of his class also....(there is one spelling mistake that he reads correctly & for that,I am thankful since I am letting his teacher correct his work)

Here is what he wrote: (uncorrected by Mom)

America, Land of Opportunity
By Bergen, 8 years old

There is lots of freedom in the United States of America. Like the freedom to choose what jobs we want like a policeman or fireman or spaceman or docter. Another is what education we want like home school or pubic school. Another freedom is press so you can write any story you want.

Another freedom is worship you can worship any time you want just not at bedtime when your parents are asleep.

Another freedom is speech you can say anything you want just not bad words and bad names.

There are other things to like the freedom to be nice or the freedom to make stuff for your brothers and sisters.

But that is only a little bit of the freedom in the United States of America cause I said there was a lot.

(Here he drew a picture of the flag)

So, as a Mom, I am thankful for our freedoms also, but as DJ once told the kids, "Freedom isn't free."

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Thank you all for the many prayers & kind thoughts sent our way as Hatcher has been very sick. I am happy to report that Hatch is home!! We were able to bring him home last Wednesday night, but he had to stay on oxygen. Having a tube hooked in his nose that he had to drag behind him, did not make him happy, but he was willing to deal with it if he could be home & get the needle out of his arm. So, home we went. Along with the oxygen, he had three medications to finish, & on this day, he is done with all but one. Friday afternoon, we had an appointment with our family doctor who tested his oxygen levels & thankfully told Hatcher he didn't need the oxygen anymore. You should have seen the size of the grin on Hatch's face!! He didn't want to take his oxygen to the Harvest Festival that night, so this was a relief. He was also taken off of his "yucky breathing medicine" & that news made his grin even bigger!!

As of today, Thursday, he is doing so much better than he was. It was a good thing that we admitted him. He has gotten mad at me & picked on Mallory, so he must be just about back to normal! ha ha We have another appointment next week to check his levels one more time, but he is on his way to 100%. He still gets tired easily, but the doctor said it will take a few weeks for him to totally bounce back. After getting hit with all three things, his little body needs a break!!

Here are some pictures I took while he was in the hospital....yes, I took my camera with me from day one....it was very hard to watch my little guy be so sick & feel helpless, but I thank the Lord that we have turned the corner now & I'm almost all caught up here at the house....almost.

We took Hatch's new "Cars" pillow case with us.....

Here is Hatch surrounded by his zoo of animals.....imagine puppet shows by Mom with these things....the storyline gets very interesting!

His little arm with his IV.....he was such a trooper.

I couldn't resist taking pictures of his little hands.....always hooked up to something.....

Hatch took a walk around the wing.....& visited with the fish.....

The entire family came to hang out, eat pizza & watch "The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"...we had had it on the calendar for a couple weeks, so a hospital stay wasn't going to ruin our family tradition....it was a bright spot for us.

Hatch LOVES the new "Cars" slippers Ohmi Jake brought him....we would do exercises & bend over & touch all of Lightening McQueen's wheals (Hey, whatever works, right?)

Here are Hatch & I hanging out....he was not happy when I would leave.....

HOME!!!! I asked Hatch how happy he was to be home & he held out his hands & said, "This much!"

A much needed hug from Mom as we were preparing to go home...he was not happy we had to take his oxygen with us......

His special ride out of the hospital....

Playing with one of the many little toys Ohmi LeeLou brought him to keep him busy......with 3-D glasses on to boot!!

One of his rare smiles while at the hospital....because we were going HOME!!!

Thank you all for your prayers, notes, meals & hospital visits! When life gets overwhelming & complicated, it's nice to know how blessed we are with friends & family who look out for us!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Awesome God

Last night as I was listening to the election results on the radio, I was becoming more & more frustrated. Then Hatcher came into the kitchen singing "Awesome God" by Rich Mullins. He kept singing "Our God is an Awesome God, He reigns from heaven above!" over and over and over again. (If you've never heard the song, I've added it to the playlist. Check it out.)

I had to stop & smile. Here I am getting worked up over our next leader and Hatch is worshiping to God the Father without a care in the world. He had it right. I had it wrong. Forgive me Father.
No matter who was to be elected, God is on the throne and He reigns!

That is not to say we don't have a responsibility to be involved and vote, we just have to keep it in perspective and remember who is ruling over the universe and to who, eventually, every knee will bow, Republican, Democrat, or Independent.

It is so comforting that no matter the changes in my life, the God of Moses is still in control and will be for generations to come. Awesome God indeed!

Thanks Hatch. I am humbled every time I learn something from you.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Dancing Queen...

Mallory has been taking dance for about one & a half seasons now. She goes with her cousin Jessica & she LOVES it!!! But I have to tell you, when she first started out, I wasn't so sure. Any of you ever watch Seinfeld? Have you seen Elaine dance?? Oh my goodness, that is Mallory!!!

After completing her first class & now being in a newer one, she is showing signs of improvement....she practically dances through the house at times.....& now only falls occasionally. She is certainly attaining some grace.....& it's very cute....I call her Mallorina-Ballerina...