Thursday, February 28, 2013

wesley stars!

a photo recap of our tournament weekend... 

luke waiting to yell "wesley stars!" after the huddle

the girls! what a fun team.  
mary helping faith while i was dribbling with luke
yes, i coached with mary in the sling... as if she is 4 months old, rather than almost 4 years old!  this was in the last few minutes of the final.  poor mary was being thrown up and down as i jumped and screamed!  :)  i was so into it!  
the water jugs behind the bench kept her occupied for a while

mary is a mommy too, you know.  she likes to remind me daily that she is casey's mommy.  

**all photos taken by dea, the team manager/photographer.  thanks for all that you do to serve people!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

instagram upload...

instagram and other phone pictures...  

it's been a crazy few weeks.  danny was out of town for a few days, he was home two days and then i left for a week.  i went to surabaya for the training that danny went to last fall.  i was really thankful for the opportunity to go, learn and be thrown into indonesian.  i was exhausted by the end of four full days of deep teaching in indonesian, but it was great.  

then, there was the basketball tournament in surabaya starting the next day.  i've been helping coach the local international school team.  i really enjoy being around basketball, the other coach and the girls!  they're a fun team.  danny brought the kids up to the tournament and since i hadn't seen them in five days they were with me most of the time.  they both love basketball and our team.  the kids were in the middle of every huddle, waiting to yell "wesley stars!"  

i'm kind of sad the season is over, if nothing else for our kids, especially luke.  he loves watching the games, practicing his dribbling skills during half time and just being in the gym.  he was the half time entertainment for almost all of our games... and we had quite a few people ask for his name so that when he's in the nba they can say they saw him when he was two.  hilarious.  we didn't have the heart to tell them that he's predicted to be about 5'8" and slow (if he takes after mom and dad).  
daddy giving the kids snacks during the game.  he's such a good dad!
one of my favorite pictures.  love them both!
other photos from surabaya.... 
luke getting his 5th free sample.  danny said he couldn't have any more of his DQ blizzard so luke got off of the chair and walked straight across the mall walkway to get more ice cream for himself.  we were dying laughing!  white kids can charm there way into anything here!  
the kitchen in our new house.  we plan on doing a few renovations in it... like adding a wall and cabinets.  kitchen essentials in my mind.  oh and repainting the pink and purple outside wall!  what was the landlord thinking!?!

oh, that face!
picking flowers for mama.

daily life at home... 

sometimes the electricity goes out and we eat with head lamps.   it looks like i was having a good attitude, but no electricity at dinner time is one of my most trying moments as a mom.  
bath time is another hard one with no electricity.  (they were already in the bath when it went out...  we skip baths if the electricity is out before we start them).  :)
luke leading worship with some friends here.  he was so serious with his little guitar.

i think he felt stuck in the "house" mary had him in.  i took a picture before rescuing him.   mom of the year.

mary's school family fun day... 

looks like a great game.  but, those cute little red shoes in the left corner were luke's... and while he sat there he broke one of those glass bottle and cut his finger.  i didn't know it until i looked over and saw blood all over his hand.   next time, use plastic!  
i just love the way she is looking at luke!
eating their ice cream and dancing... love them.  

mary's family sketch (kim was in town so she was included). 

i will leave you with a few recent conversations with mary.  i just wish i could record everything she says now.  it's just so random and funny.  except when she talks for 2 hours straight... sometimes i don't want to record all of it.  she's a talker, i tell you!

conversation with danny talking about the Holy Spirit: 
mary: where is the holy spirit?
danny: He's in our hearts.
mary: oohhh, like blood.  

conversation with danny:
mary: daddy, i learned a new indonesian song today at school.
danny: oh, yeah.  what is it?
mary: (singing) Jesus is my superhero.
danny: i'm pretty sure that's english, mary.
mary: yeah, but it's in indonesian because we sing it in a funny way (read: thick accent from teachers).

later, danny hears it again.  
danny: mary, what language is that again.
mary: well, you can say "yesus, you're my super hero" for indonesian.

tonight i was praying for mary and i got kind of into it.  i'm praying/explaining the Gospel in my prayer.  I start praying that mary will know her need of a Savior and receive Jesus when she understands the Gospel.  Right then she stops me and i think she's going to ask me what a Savior does... she often asks me deep questions mid-prayer.  She says, "umm, mom, mom.  can you tell Him (God) something?  Can you ask Him if Jesus will be my super hero?"  sure thing, mary.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

her underwear are pink too

happy valentine's day from my sweet girl.  she's all ready for her school party with her many shades of pink.  yes, those are hello kitty socks... she's part asian, don't you know.

she's recently picked up some dance moves that have a bit too much hip movement than i prefer for my daughter... luckily she's just three.  not sure where she got it (danny?), but it's hilarious.  

and then she took a break to pick her nose.  she's sure to be a catch at her high school dances, right?!?

oh, and tomorrow is family day at school.  i feel kind of like the above picture when i think about the morning.  they told us all to bring an extra set of clothing.  danny is out of town so it will be me, mary and luke.  usually, i'm totally up for a good messy, wet play time outside.  but thinking of WET me at mary's indonesian school with my two wet kids... well... i may get lost at a local coffee shop on the way.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

monumental moment

yesterday a monumental thing happened... it should have happened about 2.5 years ago.  

mary gave her paci away!  

for over 2 years she's been waking up around 6am, we pop the paci in her mouth and she sleeps for another hour or two.  i know the paci should have been gone forever ago... but i couldn't bring myself to potentially loose that hour of personal time in the morning.  that's the only time she used it. 

last night mary said she wanted to give it to a baby who needs it.  i was excited and readily agreed!  we went to his house, dropped it in his crib, and then we got a strawberry milk together in celebration together.  she woke up this morning around 6am, danny gave her her cow to cuddle with (the plan she agreed to the night before) and she smiled.... but never went back to sleep.  i'm hoping she gets used to it and just sleeps later but we'll see.  

it's out of the house so there is no turning back now.  :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Luke: 2.2 years old

i'm not sure why i can't be on the ball and just get the birthday updates done when they happen but i always seem to be .2 years late.  :)  i just read the update from luke at 1.1 years old here and it was remarkable how much he is the same!

warning: this is long!  i just kept writing... we want to remember the little things from this age.  i'm not offended if you skim...  :)  

luke has been a roller coaster of emotions since birth.  usually he is so happy, silly and lovey, but sometimes he's not.  he is getting better and better at changing his attitude... when i talk to him about it he tries to stop his cry and says "happy hawt".  he's learning to have a happy heart.  sometimes when he just can't snap out of it i give him a moment in his room.  we tell him he can come out as soon as he's ready to have a good attitude... he never cries going in.  i think he needs the time to gather his emotions.  yesterday he was in there reading books for at least 15 minutes, then he says "mama, happy hawt!"  it's sweet and sometimes all this mama needs to gather my own emotions.  :)  

luke is a cuddler and a lover.  since he was tiny he has always wanted to be close (but he's not so gentle about it)... he smashes our faces together, does a body flop on my stomach and loves to wrestle.  he also is sweet with his affection.  he's just started randomly requesting kisses... he looks up at me with this sweet face and says "tis".  sometimes he wants to hold hands too... like when i'm driving.  it's a stretch for me but i try.  he loves his sister too.  just last night he was in bed for about 10 minutes and started sobbing!  i went in there and he said "monyee tis"... he forgot to get a kiss from mary and couldn't go to sleep without it.  he's sweet.  

his shot...
his cross over... 
he has a not so sweet side to him that we're working on... he hits mary.  if she says she doesn't want to play with him or if she has a toy he wants or sometimes just because she is laying on the ground and her back is too much of an irresistible target.  he always his her on the back.  he knows the consequence every time but he hasn't learned to control himself yet.  we are praying his little heart is changed through our discipline and training.  we are praying that his "passion" (that's the positive way of saying crazy emotions) are refined and used by God to love Him and others well.  

he still loves to play with balls.  he loves basketball... loves to dribble (and is kind of amazing at it, i might add), loves to pass and he's just started shooting in his little hoop.  when we're on the real court he sets up under the hoop just like a real basketball player to shoot... it goes about 1.8 feet.  :)  it's kind of remarkable how much he learns by watching.  we do a lot of watching basketball these days (i coach a team so he's around the gym a lot)... he sets up a one handed shot, snaps his wrist when he shoots, passes the ball with two hands.  it's crazy.  he also thinks of "drills" to play by himself... like throw the ball against the wall and catch it, over and over again.  he will throw and catch the ball with anyone for a long time.  he also loves soccer (unfortunately).  he knows less about this sport (probably because it's not our favorite) but he learned a lot from watching a local soccer tournament.  he kicks it high, he tries to dribble with his feet as he runs with the ball and sometimes he plays goal keeper and catches it like they do.  his favorite thing now is to set up the ball and take a few steps back.  he says "eight, nine, ten..." and then goes running and kicks the ball hard.  i'm glad he loves sports.  it's something our family really likes to do together and gives me and danny ample opportunities to play with our kids while doing something we like also.  :)  

luke loves animals too.  he likes finding lizards on our walls, he loves smashing ants with his bare hands and them bringing them to me.  saying "ant mati"... mati means dead in indonesian.  thank you, luke, for the dead ant.  if luke wakes up early he and danny sit outside in the mornings and watch the birds... he yells "burung!" (indonesian for bird) every time he sees one.  it's a sweet time for them. danny and i would not be considered animal lovers... at all.  so, we encourage luke's interest in animals by going on walks and letting him look at all of the random animals you can see along the streets here... cats, dogs, chickens, goats and sometimes monkeys.  that might be all the animal exposure he gets as a kid.  :)

luke's language is an interesting thing right now.  he speaks english and indonesian and i'm pretty sure he doesn't know the difference at this point.  there are a lot of words that he knows in both languages... he used to say them both (like, "panas! hot!) but that is kind of fading.  he still uses both languages but usually just says one word.  as his language is progressing i can see his english is advancing faster than his indonesian.  he says more complete phrases in english... "here you go, mama" or "what happened" or his new favorite "what you doing, mama?"  a lot of his basic phrases are still in indonesian "mau makan" (want to eat) or "ini apa?" (what is this?).  mostly he mixes his sentences... "mau mama play soccer" or "mau water dingin" (want cold water).  we really hope that he continues to learn both languages.  after being in language school as an adult... well, it's just easier to learn while playing when you're 2 i think.  

thankful.  at dinner every night we *try* to ask what each person is thankful for from the day.  luke loves to ask the question and it sounds like this... "daddy bodoh?" not sure where he got "bodoh" but it means thankful (interestingly: 'bodoh' means 'stupid' in Indonesian).  when we ask him, 95% of the time he says "bah-did-ball!!!!" (basketball).  and if i don't say i'm thankful for basketball he reminds me to add basketball to my thankful list.  sometimes he says soccer and sometimes he will say a person, but usually it's basketball.  at least he's honest.  

he has just recently gotten really into making funny faces (as the previous post shows).  he thinks he is SO funny.  he does it all of the time and just waits for everyone in the room to start laughing.  sometimes i fake laugh really hard (like my body is shaking) and he thinks i'm serious and he loves it!  he joins right in the laughter but his is real.  it's so cute.  it's funny to me that he knows he is funny and intends to make people laugh.  

he loves his sister!  though he hits her often, he adores her.  he always wants her to play with him and will play about anything she suggests.  they sit and laugh together, wrestle together and play chase (which usually ends in tears from someone), the play soccer.  he is her student, her dog, her baby... whatever really.  he likes being with her.  it's sweet.  

"and i'm out, ladies and gents..."

random things that no one cares about but the parents... 
**right now luke sleeps well and easily.  we lay him down and he rarely cries.  this is different than a year ago.  he has zero consistency about wake up time in the morning... sometimes he goes a week waking at 6:15am and then suddenly it's 8:15am.  we prefer the 8:15 mornings.  :)  he goes to bed around 8pm and naps from 1-3:30 usually.
**he LOVES milk!!!  like, would drink a gallon if we let him.  and often times his bad attitude moments come when he is told he can't have his third cup on milk before 8am.  :)  he's allowed 2. 
**he is hit or miss with eating.  sometimes he eats so much and is fine with "adult food".... like chicken pot pie, indian food, soup.  other times we can hardly get him to eat two bites of something he likes.  before we kind of gave up the battle... it was ruining all evenings and not worth it for the sake of our family.  he's getting better now and it's less than weekly that we have a long battle at the dinner table.  he loves: peanut butter sandwich, dragon fruit, oranges, oatmeal, raisins, crackers, rice, ayam cekap and sate ayam (indoneisan food).  
**he loves my phone and can find the pictures/videos better than danny... usually he watches himself playing basketball.
**he still won't sit and watch a video for more than about 4 minutes.  honestly, i look forward to the day when a video entertains him for an entire 30 minutes!  elmo is our best chance right now.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

photo booth: luke

my sweet boy... 

who thinks his faces are so funny... 

that he dies laughing at himself after each one.  

today he is 2 years, 2 months and 2 days old.  

i had big intentions of doing a "2 year update" around his birthday.  i'm a bit late but i hope that i'll have something magical written about my funny boy tomorrow.