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For those of you who take joy in celebrating mother’s day, may I encourage you to appreciate your mother/sister/gramma on an ongoing basis?  Should our appreciation for our moms shine one day a year?  We should intentionally acknowledge this day, this occasion more than once a year.  Let her know how much you love her.

Just some pointers for husbands, from a woman’s (me) point of view:

Tell her how beautiful she is.  Present her flowers at random moments, even if it’s one rose.  There doesn’t have to be a “special occasion” to give flowers.  You give them b/c you are thinking of her, you love her, you care for her.  Offer to do the laundry once in a while.  Offer to take the kids out and give her some ‘alone time’.  Play intently with the children, enjoying their youth while you can, since all parents know so well how fast children grow.  Make the bed without her asking.  Plan a special dinner or night out for just the 2 of you.  Remember how you used to glare or steal glimpses if her whenever you could?  Remember when you’d call just to say “i love you” or just to hear her voice?  Remember when you cared what you looked like to impress her?  Be spontaneous!  Lead the way in romance.  Sweep her off her feet, again, and again, and again.  Don’t let the fire die.  You will be rewarded in how you treat her.  Especially as a Christian, this analogy may work:  Just as you should pursue your relationship with Christ, enduring til the very end, with faith & JOY, so also would you pursue your wife who longs for you to cherish her as a treasure & handle her as gently as a rose?

It’s NOT so much the QUANTITY, IT’S THE QUALITY of time she receives or that’s given & cherished.  It’s the quality time spent with the children.  It’s the quality of time spent in remote places, family vacations.   Turn off your phone(s).  Turn off the computer, the tv.  Don’t think about work, or emails, or chores.  Look at her with sincere interest when you are sharing a conversation.  Take a walk.  Talk.  (*NOTE: this is not an exhaustive list.  BE CREATIVE!rolleyesREMEMBER- QUALITY, QUALITY, QUALITY.

There is great innocence and wisdom that can be learned from the minds of children.  I was just thinking of the joys and freedoms of childhood, if you’ve been blessed with a good, normal one, that is. (Which can be relative, I know)

Tonight, I was reminded of treasuring the simple joys of life, you know, the little things that count more sometimes than some big, fancy something else.  (You can fill in the blank.)   Like my son, Cody, who is a handicap 15 year old (I can’t believe he’s 15!).  As I finished folding my like 5 loads of laundry (seriously) tonight and brought Cody’s pile of underwear to his room, my heart was humbled that my son gets excited when he has clean underwear.  I’d have to do laundry everyday if I were to keep up with the amounts we have, as I’m sure many can relate.  I don’t mind loading and drying but for some reason, folding & the putting away of becomes a begruding chore for me.  I know I need to work through that.  But as my son yearned for clean underwear, I had to wash the whites to fulfill his request, rightfully so.  But also realizing the gift of such conveniences as running water & being able to wash clothes whenever I want and in a half hour or so, bam, clean clothes.  wow.  Then throw them in a dryer.  giving thanks for that too.

cody & lexi at cody's baseball game

Then today, on a Monday, on which is my husband’s usual day off, we decided to go to Target to ‘treat’ our girls.  What is the treat you wonder?  A hot dog & Icee for $2.  Simple.  I kind of grudgingly agreed since my husband already told the girls we would, to their excitement of course.

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I often echo (to my husband’s irritation, I’m sure) how these kinds of things aren’t really treats (fast food, candy) as they are actually bad for our bodies.  So, it’s ironic that we use this as an incentive sometimes and label them as “treats”.   The reason we eat these “treats” sparingly or in moderation is b/c they are not very good for us.  Maybe if we used veggies as incentive ‘treats’, our children will learn & grow to appreciate & look forward to them too.   “hey guys, if you listen really well today, you can have carrots w/ranch dip! how’s that sound? yeah!”  No?  Don’t think it’ll work?  Hm… You’re right.  I’ve already tried.  My kids just looked at me like I’m a fool.

Mark 10:15  “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

There is value in the innocence of child-like mindedness.  I often meditate on emulating the way my children just enjoy being outside; the excitement in going for a walk around the neighborhood or to the park; being read to; being with friends… I’m sure the list can go on for miles.  I try to enjoy my children everyday.  I love to just sit and watch them.  I love to watch when my 2.5 yr old talks.  She’s so animated that I just gleam with joyful fun watching & listening to her & the things she says.  She can be so hilarious & I love to laugh.  She definitely keeps me laughing. And she’s quite a stinker.

lexi, the lil' stinker

I need to count my blessings more often.  May you know your blessings each day.  Just my thoughts for the day.  Thanks for reading.

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a trip to chuck e cheese

Posted: April 14, 2009 by mimi in Hogaboam family, Uncategorized
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advice: not a great idea to try to ‘hang out’ with multiple families at chuck e cheese, maybe unless you’re the dads.

it was chaos. won’t do that again. no offense steve. 🙂 heehee

girls-breakdancing-3 our girls are a blast…enjoy.

this is lexi and kira doing their hand stands.

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what a riot to watch them move. i can watch them all day.

they like to dance to Lecrae’s Hands Up High, a christian rap artist.

Family Trip Reno, NV

Posted: April 14, 2009 by mimi in Hogaboam family

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Our recent family trip to Reno, NV to see Rick’s family. It was a looong drive. An hour into it, the infamous question already arises…” are we there yet?”  oh boy, chips ahoy! “no, honey, we’re not there yet.” another hour…”are we there yet?” “no honey, not yet.” after a few hours, they took a nap. when they woke up… “are we there yet?”  “no honey but we’re getting closer.” and one it went, just about every of the 6-7 hours it took to “get there”. the drive was a bit boring so I dreaded driving it back but it ended being a nice visit. We ate losts of good food. Of course, while we were there, we had to visit a couple of the casino buffets & sushi. yum! we had some fun @ Boomtown, one of the casinos that had a fun center for the kids.

reno-trip-boomtown-kids-play isn’t that a sweet pic?reno-trip-boomtown-kids-playmom had to get in on some of this action! it brings you way up, then bobs you up & down til you get back down. then repeat. we got to on multiple times on account that there were hardly anyone there and no lines!!  woo hoo!reno trip

now this was a ferris wheel, in the like of a old wagon carriage. so cool.reno trip on this ride, lexi didn’t know what was going to hit her. she raised her hands before the ride moved. she didn’t make it. i asked the guy to bring her down after the first couple bobbings considering she freaked out. poor baby.

reno-trip does it seem as if lexi’s hanging on for dear life? probably b/c she thought she was, even though mommy was holding on to her. see my arm there to the right?

reno-trip kira’s got monster muscles. she carried the ball all by herself.

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daddy’s got skills. here’s the strike sign to prove it.

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it was fun.

here’s gramma Burchett’s dog-max.  yea, max- the dog.reno-trip-max-the-dog-5

reno-trip-eating-at-inout-burger-joint-15he may not admit it, but i think this was rick’s favorite part of the whole trip. he even wanted a picture with the sign & here’s proof!