Friday, April 29, 2011

Confession Friday 4-29!

I just caught Evelyn transporting water from the toilet to her potty chair via a hollow toy brownie from her tea set. Does it ever end?

Haha, no. Apparently not. By the time I finished typing this, I found an askew vent on the floor with Evelyn's shirt stuffed inside. Minutes later she tried to plug herself in via her diaper and a computer cord. Ay yi yi.

Check out some of her antics from earlier this week:

Evelyn decided she wanted to color the other day with only a black crayon. Okay. Interesting choice. And while I was gushing over her beautiful scribble picture  I looked over and saw that Ev went waaay out of the lines. Like, on her sister's head out of the lines. I know it's hard to see in this picture, but there was one HUGE black mark running all the way across Grace's forehead and well into her hairline. Poor kid! 

It was way darker than this picture shows, and it took FOREVER to try to scrub off, haha.

I confess that the first thing in my mouth every morning this week has been Easter candy. I went to bed last night with a stomach ache from eating too much chocolate. Someone get this stuff out of my house!

I confess that I've been the first to say I don't really care about all the royal wedding stuff that's been going on. But guess who has been watching wedding footage all morning? Can't...resist...the hype....

I confess that I'm sad that Evelyn is getting big girl feet. She has got to stop growing!

I confess that I am OVER THE MOON EXCITED that MEAGAN is PREGNANT!!! Woohoo! Congratulations, girl! And for those of you who don't know what's going on, Meagan is part of our sacred blogging circle and has been wanting a baby for quite some time now. We've prayed and cheered her on for months as she visited doctors and tried to get everything figured out. What a dream come true!!

I confess that I was literally on my knees begging Eric not to go to work today and to take us to the zoo instead. Yeah, that didn't happen. :(

I crack up every single time I find The Simpsons in Evelyn's dollhouse. This time I walked into the girls' room and found Bart and Homer chilling on the roof:

I confess that I'm paranoid for Evelyn to play with her dollhouse when I'm not around. What if she loses the pieces? What will mommy she have to play with? :)

I confess that I was thoroughly freaked out when Eric was in Texas and I received a facebook message from someone demanding that I add him as a friend. Seriously. I didn't respond to the message of course, but if you're reading this dude, stop stalking me. You can't strong arm people into being friends with you. Yikes!

I confess that Evelyn is still a paci loving fool, and I have NO CLUE how we're ever going to get it away from her. This week we couldn't find Evelyn's pacifier anywhere. Evie was whining, I was upturning the house, and it was nowhere to be found. Finally I turned the corner and saw this:

It was in Grace's mouth the whole time! She must've found it on the floor and popped it in herself, haha. She's not even a pacifier baby! It was so weird seeing her with a pacifier in her mouth...even Evelyn thought it was funny. :) (Look close and you'll see the black crayon mark still stained on her poor head.)

Oh boy, I hear Evie getting into something. (Help me!) Gotta run! Have a great weekend, friends.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April Showers

I realize that it makes the flowers grow and keeps the whole environment thing running and all that junk...but come on. The skies have opened up and dumped buckets on the Midwest. It's been monsoon season around here. And our poor little towns are extremely overwhelmed by the influx of water EVERYWHERE.

My little brother was unexpectedly called out to active duty today to address all of the flooding issues in the area. Grace was terrified of him. John called him a "gun boy." And Evelyn just wanted to wear his helmet - an impossibility as it weighs half as much as she does. :)

We could have used some flood protection ourselves this week. Our basement is solid and dry in even the biggest of rainstorms, but something must have gone terribly awry with our sump pump Sunday or Monday evening. I went down into our basement late Saturday night and all was well. By Tuesday afternoon Eric discovered that at one point our entire basement floor had been covered with water. There were only a few puddles left when he made the discovery, but every single box, blanket, name it...which was spread throughout the basement was completely sopping wet.

Our entire lives are packed up in cardboard boxes below ground, and cardboard soaks up water like a sponge so that even if only the bottom gets wet, the water creeps up the whole side of the box. While nothing major inside the boxes was actually damaged, every single solitary box was. We are super fortunate to not have lost any memories, but now we're set the daunting task of going through everything we own and repacking it in plastic tubs. It won't be fun, and it won't be cheap, but we can't just let it go and risk our stuff molding...ewww. This isn't the first time this has happened to us since we've been married, and because we move a lot anyway the plastic tubs will be worth it in the long run. I guess. I hope. 

One bright spot in our dreary day: ice cream sundaes. Mmmm....

I didn't dare go downstairs to see if any more damage was done after the non-stop rain we had ALL DAY yesterday. Just ridiculous. I didn't have the time or energy to deal with it, so I just pretended like the mess didn't exist. And while we were surviving cold weather and rainstorms here, Eric flew out to sunny and warm Houston, TX and enjoyed a baseball game. Haha. Did you get a sunburn, sweetheart? Little stinker. He IS working today. At least I think he is. :) 

So here I sit with my two baby girls. Daddy is gone and the world outside of our windows is completely drenched. The weather people say we're about to get a reprieve. Hallelujah. I'm telling you, it's a good thing Noah and his family had a boatload of animals to take care of or they would've been jumping ship and putting themselves out of their misery after a few days. 40 days and 40 nights? No. Thank. You. 

I am sincerely hoping that next week will bring fun, sunny, outdoorsy sorts of blog posts. I am on my face begging for a trip to the park, for chalky hands and knees on gritty cement drawings, for stroller tracks through the grass in our front yard. Oh please dear Lord, say that this is true:

I can deal with the semi-cooler temps, just please no more rain! And while we're at it...can we reverse time and pretend that the whole basement flooding thing just never happened? I would really appreciate not doing 5326 loads of wet laundry. No? Not possible? Drat.

Here's hoping that in your neck of the woods the skies are blue and it's pleasantly warm. And for the rest of you reading this who share our little corner of the universe, let's stay dry kids. While part of me sees the potential fun and novelty, I'd really prefer to not have to turn my Toyota into a floating car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang style. I'm not a tinkerer. I just don't posses those kinds of talents.

Oh yes, and please send your thoughts and prayers to those who are truly experiencing flooding today, and also to those who are tirelessly working to protect them. I'm sure my little brother and many others would appreciate it. :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What is YOUR personality??

I think I have a sixth sense, haha. Maybe you do, too. I know how you can find out! :)

So I learned A LOT about myself while I was in college, both on my own and because I was forced to. At my private Christian school it was a requirement for all students to take personality tests so that we would know where our strengths and weaknesses lied. As an Education major I was subjected to even more of these tests and profilers. I suppose as future teachers our professors thought it was important that we know what type of learners we were ourselves, and to understand how very different each of our students would be.

Well...I didn't end up going into the teaching profession (long story!) but I did graduate with a pretty good understanding of who I was. The things that I discovered explained a lot about the way my crazy brain works...why I am a constant thinker but a poor student...why I could always tell if someone was lying to me or why I got "feelings" about certain people that I could never understand. More on that in a minute!

All of this old information was stirred up again last week when Eric decided that he wanted to take one of these handy dandy tests, too. My darling husband spent $2.50  and went to a testing center at his alma mater to take the Myers Briggs Test. He wanted to discover a little bit about his personality. And boy did he! Just like I had done several years before, Eric marveled at how the profile he was reading was so HIM. Everything he ever knew or thought about himself and the world around him was translated onto paper in front of his eyes.

What was even cooler was that he discovered that his perfect personality "partner" is the MOST RARE personality type in the world. Only 1% of the population has the personality that balances his the best. And only 5% of the population has the same personality as Eric. So what are the chances that these two personalities would actually find each other?

Hehehe...we were meant to be. :) It's true. I'm the odd duck. I'm the 1%. I prayed when I was 12 that God would send me a perfect match, and that He did! Well, at least according to the eerily accurate Myers Briggs test....

Myers Briggs separates your personality into four areas:

Extraversion or Interversion
Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or your own inner world?

Sensing or INtuition
Do you prefer to take in information as it is given to you or do you interpret and add meaning to it?

Thinking or Feeling
When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?

Judging or Perceiving
In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?

Based on your answers to a short test, you will be classified into each of the categories and assigned a letter from each category (the bolded letters.) There are 16 basic personality types which can be made in different combinations of these letters. I am an INFJ. (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, and Judging)

An intuitive thinker, that is. :)

INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get "feelings" about things and intuitively understand them....This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.

Yes, yes, yes! I cannot even begin to explain how very "me" this is! My entire life I have been able to read people in ways even I didn't understand. While all of my classmates would sit around intently listening to a story someone was telling, I would sit back and quietly know that every word coming out of their mouth was a total fib. Nine times out of ten eventually everyone else would learn that the story wasn't true, and I smiled in self-satisfaction having known all along. I can tell if someone has ulterior motives. I can judge someone's character within seconds of meeting them, and I have NEVER been wrong. 

I always kept this a secret until a couple of years ago when I shared some concerns about someone's motives with Eric and my mom. It was a really weird situation, and I could not explain why this particular person gave me icky they were up to something. My mom and Eric thought I was nuts. A few months later, my intuition proved correct. 

I could go on and on, but that's enough about ME. What about you??

Find out your personality type HERE.

Then head on over HERE to discover what your letters mean!

Hint: Try really, really hard to answer truthfully. Not what you think the popular answers would be, or what others might answer for you, but what you really feel!

Let me know what your personality is! I'm dying to know if any of you join me in the weird 1% of the population, haha. Oh, by the way, Eric is an ENTP. Perfect personality partners are opposites in every area EXCEPT in Sensing/Intuition. In that category it's important that both partners are the same. :) 

Leave a comment to let us know who "you" are! Tell us if the test got it totally right or waaay wrong. 

*Myers Briggs is used all over the world in schools and businesses as one of the most accurate personality indicators available today.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Weekend Part 2

Find part one of our Easter weekend here. :)

I think we left off somewhere around this point on Easter morning:

We literally had to wake the girls up on Easter morning to get the festivities started. I had absolutely no intentions of sharing home videos here, but I think it's more fun than just using pictures sometimes. So please excuse the untidy bedroom and annoying mommy voice. This was meant for our eyes only, haha.

There ya go. The Robert family unplugged. :)

Around the time that video ended we realized that the morning was slipping away from us. We still had to do an egg hunt, feed our babies, and get the girls ready for church. So we decided to head outside and get our hunt on.

Those little blurs on the side there are Grace's fingers. :) She was trying to grab the camera lens as I snapped photos...holding a baby while taking pictures is no easy task, by the way. I snapped about a million shots and most of them are sideways and of people's feet. Haha.

Evelyn was a pro, as we knew she would be. (The little duck bucket she's using was from my very first Easter!) It was exactly 9:12 when we wrapped up the egg hunt, and Sunday School starts at 9:30 am. Whoops! We hurried up and ate breakfast and dashed around to get the girls into their Easter dresses.

I hadn't tried Grace's dress on her yet, because when the dresses were delivered to our house she was napping and I figured if it looked good on Evelyn it would look good on Gracie. I LOVED the dress on Evie. It was sooo sweet. So imagine my surprise when I slipped the purple ruffly dress over Grace's cherubic little body and discovered that the darn thing would not fit over Gracie's chubby legs.

Seriously. I pulled and pulled and no matter how hard I tried to adjust the bottom of that dress it just rode up the rolls of her little thighs. We were already late for church. I had no back up plan. So poor Gracie wore an Easter dress that wouldn't stay down all day. Hehe.

We had a great morning at church, but it was pouring down rain. By the time the service was over we needed an ark to transport us to our car. Somehow we managed to get from point A to point B without getting entirely drenched, but I was kicking myself for not trying to take pictures of the girls in their outfits together before we were all rumpled and frumpled.

Our first stop was to Great Grandma and Grandpa Robert's house, where Evelyn likes to play with all of  Grandma's pretties. :)

Eric's parents decided to distract the girls with an early Easter present while we waited for the rest of the family to arrive.

(Beach towels and toothbrushes, shoes and bath!)

There were lots of tasty snacks to sample while we waited....

And as usual, Grandma Robert set a beautiful holiday table for us all to enjoy. Loved it!

We indulged in a very tasty lunch with friends and family, and the girls napped for a while before coming back for round two. 

Evie was very proud of her five dollars, haha. And she decided to hand out a few Grill Daddy's....

The girls' cousin Austin. Doesn't this picture make you smile? :)

And I'm sorry, this next sequence of pictures is totally random, but it makes me laugh. Evelyn kept flinging a koosh ball and a loofah over her head. This is pure Evelyn at her finest, haha.

It was so ridiculous, and I have no idea why she was doing it, but we all got a good laugh, anyway. :)

We were totally spent at this point and nowhere near done with our day. We still had to go to my family's Easter and eat dinner! So we packed up the girls and drove down the street to my parent's house. It was 5:00pm by this time, and the very first thing I made sure to do was take a family photo. We were all sick of being in dress clothes, and I wanted to change the girls into pj's as soon as possible.

So after rain storms and naps and lots of eating and playing we managed to get a couple of good shots. I wish we could've taken pictures while we were still fresh and not totally wiped, but I'll take whatever I can get!

Done and done!

The night before I had taken a picture of all of the Easter buckets lined up in my parent's living room:

My parents have a lot of kids, haha. (Actually, five of us plus our significant others and two grandkids.)

So after eating another delicious meal we dove into some more treat baskets and had another Easter egg hunt. Whew!

I was so over wearing heels!

The girls loved all of their gifts! Everyone was very generous this year, and we thank you all for showing love to our precious babies. We love you very, very much.

We enjoyed some yummy punch bowl cake dessert and bunny cake...

...made by my mom and little sister. Super cute! And then we finally called it a day. I am exhausted just typing it. My brain hurts. 

As always, we are incredibly thankful for the blessing of family and friends to share these special days with. I know that our tiny town is sort of in the middle of nowhere and we have to drive forever and day to get to the nearest mall, but I couldn't imagine living anywhere else right now. Especially while our kiddos are so young. It makes me even more thankful to the men and women who willingly leave their families to serve their country or to spread the gospel in faraway places. What a huge sacrifice!

And of course, I couldn't wrap up an Easter post without mentioning the reason why we celebrate this day...for Christ's sacrifice. For his rising from the dead, proving that He was exactly who He said he was. "I serve a living Savior, He's in the world today; I know that He is with me, whatever men may say...."

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way. He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend Part 1

If this gets posted today it'll be a miracle. If you're reading's a miracle! We took so many pictures this weekend that we ran out of space on our digital slr. So we started taking pictures and videos with our phones. It would normally take a week to sift through and edit all of the footage the way I'd like to, but there just isn't time for that. So instead of writing one HUGE post with a million pictures which would take you twenty minutes to read and me half a day to write, I'm breaking this one up into a two-parter. Cool jellybeans.

Our weekend began with a little egg dying fun at my mom and dad's. :)

I thought this would be an activity right up Evelyn's alley.

John had a great time! But Evelyn...well...mention the word "coloring" and this isn't exactly what she has in mind. Instead, Evie did a lot of this:

Her only contribution to the egg dying fun....

...a big fat mess when she dumped the cup of pink egg dye all over the kitchen table. Unfortunately we were only a few eggs in, so needless to say, there were not a lot of pink eggs in the bunch, haha.

Gracie kept a close eye on her sister the entire time.

Grace's favorite part of the day was trying to reach the newspaper covering the table to rip it into shreds...and eat it. She's too cute. Gracie was actually a really good sport the entire weekend. She's growing up, she is. 

Thanks to my mom and siblings all of the eggs were eventually colored. And here was Evie's final product:

Egg coloring...newspaper coloring...same thing, right? We packed up our eggs and called it a morning!

We spent the rest of our day shopping Dave Ramsey style. We walked into the St. Louis Galleria with a pair of shoes to return and a computer to get looked at, and we walked out with a brand new pair of shoes and a brand new computer cord for zero dollars. Here's a hint: if you ever ever ever need to upgrade or change technology, go with Apple products. I'm telling you. They give you FREE STUFF all.the.time. They fix your stuff for FREE all.the.time. They replace things out of warranty for FREE...most of the time. Hehe...Evelyn is really hard on my laptop, so this was my poor computer's third trip to the Apple store. We've had this thing for several years and it's been out of warranty for-ev-ah. So since they have already given us a million free things to keep this baby alive we were actually going to have PAY to get a battery replaced for once.

We're spoiled. We said "no thank you." And now I'm typing on a computer that is on it's last leg, I'm afraid. When babies stick cord ends in their mouths, throw computers off of couches and then step on them over and over again...well...these things happen. It's a wonder that this thing is still kicking at all.

Saturday was a rainy dreary sort of day. And while I wish we could've been blowing bubbles and coloring with sidewalk chalk outside, instead I spent the afternoon cleaning and getting our house ready for Easter. We said lots of cheers for Jesus all day long. Evelyn is now adept in saying, "Yay Jesus!" "He is risen!" Haha. She doesn't have a clue, but that's okay. We'll still teach her anyway. (Hey, that kind of sounded like a cheer, eh?)

When the girls were FINALLY tucked into bed that evening, I snuck around and set out their Easter basket.

Yes, they shared. And in retrospect I wish I hadn't done it that way. I almost cried (for real) when I looked at all that we had gathered for the girls over the past couple of weeks and realized that we never did find Grace's one special thing for the Easter basket. It was her first Easter and I felt like she got the shaft. Had she had her own basket I don't think I would've forgotten. :(

It wasn't like she got nothing, but as you can see most of this is stuff that only Evelyn can appreciate for a little while. Eric and I vowed when we found out we were having Grace that we wouldn't let her fall into second-child syndrome and only ever get hand-me-downs and never have anything of her own. Well, boo. Look what we did? Let this be a lesson for all of you having your second babies this year, haha. Get them their OWN stockings and their OWN Easter baskets, or they'll surely be left out.

In the grand scheme of things, neither one of our girls will remember any of this stuff anyway. :)

In our basket:
*Lots of baby leg warmers (yay!)
*A froggy bath toy (which matches two other toys from the same collection. Evie and Grace LOVE them! Find yours at Target.)
*Crazy straws
*An anthology of stories by our favorite illustrator, Eloise Wilkin (Get your copy here!)
*Toy Story 1 and 2 (Evie is obsessed!)
*Loving Family dollhouse furniture. (We bought two sets at a Toys 'R Us bogo sale, but I decided to hold one back for Evelyn's birthday. I'm glad I did!)

I don't think we wen't overboard at all. I bought quality over quantity this year. And its'a good thing, because holy moly did the girls get a boatload of candy and toys over the course of the day from family members! We have two grocery bags FILLED to the brim with candy. I don't know what we're going to do with all of it. 

 I think Easter baskets are one of the most fun things to put together! Don't you? :)

Because we knew it would be rainy and icky, I planned to do the girls' egg hunt on our covered back patio outside. It's a small space, but it worked out wonderfully. So at the crack of dawn, Eric stumbled out in his pj's and covered our patio in shiny plastic orbs of fun. Haha. We filled the eggs with money for a specific purpose, which I'll share in a future post.

There were plenty of nooks and crannies for the plastic eggs to go. It was perfect for an almost-but-not-quite two year old. 

The soft trickle of rain pitter pattering on the windows kept the girls in slumberland for much longer than usual. Eric and I were able to get completely ready for church and cook a yummy sausage and egg breakfast before we finally had to wake the girls up. 

I was so excited to see how Evie and Grace would react to the goodies waiting for them on the kitchen table. And would they go for the egg hunt thing or be too sleepy to care? Would the girls' Easter dresses fit?? *Queue dramatic voice-over* "Find out all this and more on tomorrow's episode of The Robert Family Easter Saga."

Haha. But for real. We haven't even scratched the surface. This post would be a BEAST if I kept going, and my baby girls are begging for my attention. Let's just see a little preview of how our girls felt about all of the Easter festivities:

I hope you'll check back tomorrow! Can't wait to hear about everyone else's Easter. :) Did you have 
a good one?


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