Kid Stuff

Before I get to the real subject of this post I feel I must address another matter of the utmost importance.

1 – I am so excited about the fourth Indiana Jones movie! That’s one of my favorite series of all time. You younger folks won’t remember, but there was a time when movie theaters didn’t have surround sound and the screens weren’t quite as big. I was lucky enough to see the first movie with my friend’s family in Westwood, California, in one of the first surround sound movie theaters. We’d never seen a movie in that way and the part when the giant boulder comes after him was spectacular in that theater! The whole place shook and I remember Cindy and me and probably everyone else in there flinching and crouching down for fear of being trampled.

2 – It is with a heavy heart I read that Sean Connery won’t be playing Indiana’s father. If I had to choose a favorite it would be the third one, due in large part to Sean Connery. And with his beard and glasses he looks like my dad! In fact, when the kids are discussing which Indiana Jones they want to watch it’s, “You mean the one with Papa or the one with the snakes?” Notice they never mention the one with the monkey brains.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way I shall continue.


Katie’s final softball game was last night. Have you ever been moved by the Spirit to throw your hands in the air and praise God, but you deny that prompting? That was me when they lost their second playoff game last night. I didn’t think it would go over well with the girls, the coaches and half of the parents. I could see the other half of the parents were struggling to control their joy like I was, though.

Her team came in dead last in their league. They only won one game, though most of their games were pretty close. The best part, however, is that they were the most spirited. Spirited to the point of annoyance, but at least they were having fun.

Now it’s over and I’m glad. Katie likes playing softball, but she doesn’t have a passion for it. And at her age if she doesn’t have a passion for it then it’s not worth dictating our family’s spring schedule. So I think this will be her last year and I’d love to say I’m sad about it, but I’m not. At all.


Remember THIS post about Taylor’s hair? The lack of badgering has paid off because he wants it cut. Last night I even dreamt about cutting it myself. But that would come to no good end because I have no talent in that area. I wouldn’t be able to get it even and he’d end up bald. I’m sure because he’s a teenager I won’t like how he gets it cut, but that’s okay. At least he won’t be doing the Prince Charming flip anymore.

He’s been asked to play his bass for a band which will be playing a few songs at the High School Baccalaureate next week. It’s quite an honor because he’s only in the 9th grade and the other guys in the band are either graduating or already graduated. As you can guess, he’s pretty excited about that.


After leaving Katie’s room where I had covered her up and smooched on her neck, much to her giggling dismay, I walked into Taylor’s room to tell him goodnight. He gave me this funny looking writing pen and asked me to give it to Katie. So I went back to Katie’s room and gave it to her. She pushed a button and we heard “Hi, Buddy,” in a little recording. So she had to record a message and I took it back to Taylor. After he heard, “Buddy, buddy,” he made another recording and I was directed to return it to Katie. So I did and by this time we were all cracking up. She then recorded, “Goodnight, Bobbie,” (her name for him when she was little) and I had to take it back to his room.

I realized this could go on all night so instead of taking it to him I stood at the door and flung it at him, yelling “Goodnight, Guys! I love you,” and ran down the hall to my room. I’m sure it was because they were tired that they dissolved into gales of laughter, though I was giggling pretty hard. Poor Todd is in Vancouver so he missed out on all the fun.

So many of the blogs I visit are written by moms or dads with small children. I love reading about their kids’ antics and it makes me think fondly of my kids when they were that age. I miss those days; however, I still have so much fun with my kids. Except for when they’re being annoying. Which sometimes seems like all the time. But other times, like last night, they’re just fun.

And they don’t require a babysitter anymore. And that there is HUGE!


  1. Kris on June 8, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Kids are great…when you don’t want to kill em. I love mine to death but they are best friends with my last nerve sometimes. 😀

  2. Lori on June 8, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Sometimes I feel like I’m reading about my own kids when you post about your kids, Jen. Tomorrow is our last volleyball game of the season. Yay!Jeff is also getting a haircut. Yipee!!!! He’s doing it now, of course, so when he leaves for Australia July 8th, he’ll already look “cool” again. LOL. Kids.And why is it that they only decide to get along when you want them to go to sleep? What’s up with that? I think it’s because they know you don’t want to yell at them when they’re actually getting along. Always thinking, those little tykes. Darn them.And aint it grand when you don’t need the babysitter?

  3. Jenster on June 8, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    best friends with my last nerve LOL, Kris!!Lori – That must be why they get along when it’s bedtime. Sometimes they’re smarter than I give them credit for! :o)

  4. Katybug on June 8, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Whew! It’s so good to know that you have your priorities in the right order!!! I too am stoked about yet another IJ movie…Harrison Ford still looks good, even with Calista Flockhart on his arm, lips permanently pursed. Sean Connery, however, is just in a league of his own. Even at his age (whatever that age is!), he looks GREAT!!!! I have a hunch Adrian Paul will be like that…I certainly hope so!!! ;-)My Audrey has asked a few times to play soccer, and I am just not willing to do that. Traffic on Saturday morning soccer games just is not worth it. I can well understand your joy at the end of a season. 🙂 Your kids aren’t out of school just yet, are they? As much as I loved 2nd grade, I was SO HAPPY on the last day of school. Oh happy day…

  5. angela on June 8, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    I’m a big Indiana fan, too. We even named our first dog Indiana. I think I was in kindergarten when I realized that Indiana Jones and Han Solo were the same guy. When does the movie come out?

  6. Jenster on June 8, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Katybug – Sean Connery is in a League of Extraordinary Gentleman. LOL!! Okay, that was bad. Sorry. And you’re right about Adrian. :o)As for school, I’m always happy when it lets out for summer. But it never seems to start back up quite soon enough. LOLAngela – You named the dog Indiana just like in the movie? That’s great!! So if you were in kindergarten when you realized that about Indiana and Han you probably don’t remember the “old” movie theaters. LOLRight now it has a release date of May 2008.

  7. Tara Marie on June 9, 2007 at 6:50 am

    Softball’s over–lucky you. We still have 3 more games, a pizza party and a barbeque to deal with.Your children are amazingly sweet. If that had been my sister, brother and myself growing up we wouldn’t have been talking to each other by bed time. 🙂

  8. david santos on June 9, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for you work and have a good weekend

  9. Mailyn on June 9, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Oh I LOOOVE Indiana Jones as well! I am sad Connery won’t be there. He is the only old man I find sexy!I’m also waiting for the 4th Die Hard movie!

  10. Jenster on June 9, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Tara – They are amazingly sweet when they want to be. I just don’t post about when they’re not! LOLDavid – Thank you for visiting my blog.Mailyn – I’m looking forward to the 4th Die Hard movie, too! It’s the summer for sequels and I pretty much want to see all of them.

  11. Jodi_Lee on June 9, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Ryan & I are super excited about Indiana Jones 4 and not just because we live in Indiana, which as you know, has nothing to do with the movie anyway! Did that even make sense? sometimes I confuse myself. :PAwwww…it sounds like your kids have a good relationship and that’s remarkable under any circumstances.

  12. CindyS on June 10, 2007 at 3:17 am

    Woohoo – I swear Han Solo was my first love with Indiana just after. I’m hoping that Ford will still be able to bring it in the fourth. The last movie I remember him in was horrible. (Hollywood something) And knowing he is with Flockhart does something icky in my brain. I’m also looking forward to Die Hard 4 cause no matter what, Willis is always good!I started playing soccer when I was around 6 or 7 and played until I was 16. I think my parents appreciated when I could ride my bike to and from practice ;)CindyS

  13. Monnik on June 11, 2007 at 1:00 am

    Sean Connery looks like my grandpa in that movie. I love the series too, though I hadn’t heard there was going to be a fourth one.The story of your kids and the pen is so cute. They’re obviously close siblings, and what a gift that is. They’ll have each other as friends in adulthood. What a great thing!

  14. radioactive girl on June 11, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    I was talking to a fried the other day about something and we both looked at each other and realized that eventually they won’t need babysitters (or always have to go with everywhere we go), so even simple things like going to the grocery store won’t seem like such a chore.I love the stories of your kids. It gives me hope that not all teenagers are horrible. People need to tell more stories like yours! I have hope that my kids will only hate me a little tiny bit of the time when they are older. Your kids (and you) sound like fun!

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