Friday, August 31, 2012

3 years meets Mr Personality

Well Christian is officially 3 years old, and don't worry...he'll let you know one way or another.

My favorite way, is how he will hold up 3 fingers (he's tried three different ways to hold up fingers ..but has stuck with this way now for awhile) and say "I'm three!" Sometimes this is accompanied by, "but I'm three, I'm big now!" 
And if you ask his name, it is not just Christian, it is, "Christian Mitchell 'Hursh-burg-ar'"


My not-so-favorite way of how he lets it known that he's three is by behavior...I'm thinking this was a change from the DAY he turned three! We spend lots of time talking about obeying, listening, bossyness (avoiding being Bossy Britches), and getting rid of the grouchy bug. He is quite dramatic with his ways these days..oh my. Whew. This is a whole new part of the parenting role. 
I haven't decided if it's a good or bad thing that he often knows right away just what he is doing...and now he'll say, "I am being obedient. I don't need a consequence." He tries to be quite the little negotiator sometimes! Bedtime and leaving toys behind are the biggest areas of "negotiation" in your mind anyway.



On the other hand, he is quite the little ham. It's not really any secret he loves music and singing. He picks up on the words SO FAST it seems. At church, he knows alot of the songs we sing, and the other Sunday we sang "Rain Down"...oh my, he sang his little heart out! Many of the people in the section we sat in came up to him or us afterwards and said how they appreciated his singing :) The other day at lunch, he was singing, "And the sweet...by and by...we shall meet on that beautiful shore...". 



YOUR FAVORITES AT THREE:

Favorite song: Jesus Loves Me
Favorite Food: Spaghetti (as proven by amount eaten) but he says Hamburger
Favorite color: blue...and green
Favorite dessert: Oreos (so he says)
Favorite toy: trains (all of them!)
Favorite project: painting
Favorite DVD: Larry Boy




He is also more and more interested in "baby brol'er". His words and comments are so sweet.

"How you doing in there baby brol'er?"
"I will hold him SOOOO gently!" (he'll demonstrate with both hands right in front of him moving side to side as if he will be the size of an extra tennis ball)
"He is dancin' in there!!"
and it goes on and on...



You also really like to be outside, usually finding a stick within seconds of being out there that you just HAVE to have.

You love to read books. We go to the library about every week and check out 5 books.

You love to build and play with your train tracks...although you are still quite particular about how they need to go, so playing WITH you isn't so much fun right now.

You have a memory like none other. If you see something or are told a story from someone...you will remember the finest detail the next time you see or hear anything that triggers that memory. This is getting to be harder for me to keep track of...because you are often right, and I can't remember! You definitely identify logos off of restaurants and stores from the smallest things. And you STILL talk about our Mexico trip and how we need to pack to go to Mexico on the airplane again! 

If a toy has eyes, he is able to "talk". If it doesn't it is absolutely ridiculous if we try to pretend that they can talk. You will remind us, "that toy is not real...he cannot talk."

A single string can be used for entertainment for a VERY long time with you. You wrap it around a variety of toys or objects and then you make them fly. It is amazing what a string can do!

You like to pray before meals...your prayer includes "thank you for Grandpa and Grandma, and Grandpa and Grandma H, and mama, and daddy, and then WHATEVER is in sight of your vision of food...and then it ventures off to the items at the table..." You can be a little lengthy and sometimes need to be reminded how we pray nicely and not silly. So when you do a nice job, you end with, "yeah, that was a nice prayer!"

You are usually QUITE social whenever we go somewhere. You will tell people hi, and then proceed to tell them a story, or ask them a question. At this rate, you will be one of those people that won't know a stranger...you WILL just get to know them one way or another!
***however, there have been a couple times now that you will pre-warn us that you are "going to be shy" when we go to a particular place***



Phrases he says that just crack me up....

"This is making me nervous.
 (used when he's trying to play with his trains very carefully so they don't fall off the tracks)

"UGH!! This is driving me craa-zy!"
(when his toys are not doing what he thinks

"Oh, yeah, you're right. You're absolutely right!"

"Sure you can! You CAN do ___." 
(if he is needing something that he can't quite do himself)

"Oh, sorry about that. Sorry about that ____(insert name here)." 
(and until that person acknowledges his statement, he will repeat this until they say something!)

"Don't worry mama. Don't worry. I won't pee in my diaper. I just drank a 'liiiiiittle" bit of water. I will stay dry." 
(he has been staying dry all night for several nights now...so he is maybe almost all the way potty trained, we'll see.)

"God will keep you safe mama, don't worry." 
(I'm not quite sure why he thinks I'm worried. But this particularly cracks me up, because he tells me this when he is laying down for his nap or bedtime...as if he is telling himself that :) )

"You are a 'twurp'!" 
(said to Mitchell...because that's what Mitchell calls him...they have quite the banter back and forth with this. It usually ends with "we are both twurps!") 

"Oh, hi sir." 
(He has recently learned what a sir and a ma'am are...its hilarious to hear him say this."


My very favorite thing you still say is my name as Mama. I'm sure this will change into Mom very soon which is fine...but it still sounds so sweet and innocent when you say mama.


You are growing up all too fast Christian..and I love you very much...personality and all!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ALOT of apples!








 Our mangy looking apple tree has proven to be quite the apple producer! We have picked and picked and picked from it. I think we've gotten around 6 or 7 five gallon buckets from it. It's kinda fun to have free apples. I've learned how to make and appreciate (probably a little to much!) apple dumplings, apple muffins, applesauce, apple butter, and many times of apple salad. 

This evening we picked for quite awhile, and also rounded up all the ones that had fallen to the ground to the compost pile.
It got dark...but the moon was pretty!

It may be late, but our little helper was still serious about picking apples.



All these apples makes me feel, hope and smell like fall is really NEAR! I can literally taste it!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

big boy bed

We have a very proud big boy, who happens to LOVE his big boy bed.


He has new sheets AND a new big boy blanket...made by Grandma.
He still needs both his green and brown blanket at night, and they need to be "opened" just so in order to lay down for good. And he won't crawl under the sheets..."I just need the 'aminals' to cover me." (There are several different kinds of animals on the reverse side of the comforter.) 
He RUNS to his bed after getting out of the shower, snuggles against the blankets and says, "I am so SOFT, this is COOO-ZY!"


And a big thank you to Mom and Dad!!

sidewalk paint..oooh boy!

Projects are fun...
and doing projects outside is even BETTER!

Christian thinks anything with paint is pretty much the best thing ever, so this is what we tried..
SIDEWALK PAINT!
1 part cornstarch (1T)
1 part water (1T)
and food coloring (I used lots the first time...and the colors came out very vibrant)





It will last as long as it doesn't rain...and that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon...so I guess we'll enjoy the pretty sidewalk in the meantime.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Great Grandma Bergey

We went to visit Great Grandma Bergey on Saturday, August 11.
She had her eyes opened and held Ben's hand.
We talked to her...and Christian sang to her...and then we said goodbye.

Christian sang her Jesus Loves Me and Deep and Wide.


She went to heaven on Thursday, August 16.

Christian's conversations [bedtime]

Normally Ben puts Christian to bed, even when I'm not at work. And the last two evenings, he had things to work on...so I did. He usually has some of his best material in the morning when he wakes up, or when going to bed...and it is so hard to remember it all, so I wanted to write these down.


After a bedtime prayer, he asks..."Is God in the sky?"
"Well yes, kind of. He is in Heaven."
"I need to go to Heaven."
"What do you need to do there?"
"I need to give Great Grandma a kiss."
(Three days ago, Ben's Grandma passed away and we had told him that she died and is in heaven now.)
"Well, that would be very nice Christian, I'm sure she would love to have kiss."

That's all I could say. Not only because what more do you need to say to something so sweet...but because it made me think...he never got to meet his other Great Grandma that is in heaven...and would also LOVE so much to meet and have a sweet kiss from him!





"Mama, I think Daddy will come lay with me."
"No, I'm going to tonight."
"It's alright Mama. It's okay. God will keep you safe (as he pats my head). Now Daddy can come lay with me."
(trying not to laugh to loud) I said, "Well, I'm glad you know that God is keeping me safe, but I think I'm still going to lay with you tonight, unless you'd rather lay by yourself."
"Uh....no, I just need Daddy to lay with me. It's alright Mama."

This went on for SEVERAL minutes....and then he said, "Ok Mama, I will tell you a story."
And then he would proceed with, "Once upon a time....." (there was about 3 separate stories that were very short...one involving a rabbit and chipmunk, one with a goose, and the last had a rabbit and something else in it). And at the "end" of each story I would say, "that was a nice story."
Then I said, "Now I will tell you a story."
"Ok, you can."
"Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Sam. And Sam had a nice big boy bed, with nice cozy blankets. And one night Sam's mama wanted to lay down with him at bedtime, and he didn't think he was tired. He decided it was a good idea, and crawled into bed, and said, "Oh yes, my bed is cozy and I AM tired. And then he fell fast asleep."
"Oh, yeah. That was a good story. Now, I will tell a story to God."
"Well, typically we just pray to God."
"No, I need to tell him a story."
"Ok, go ahead, this will be the last story."
"Once upon a time.....(I think it was another REALLY short story about a rabbit, and it didn't really seem to have an ending). Mama...you need to say, that was a nice story."

Then it went onto me laying in his bed with him...which involved more patting of my head, then soft pets on my arm. And more random statements.
He can give some SERIOUS effort into stalling, and it can be pretty funny, but then again it can get pretty old..because I know exactly what he is doing. Part of me allows it for a little while, just to hear all the things his mind can come up with (and then I only remember a fraction of it...I should really bring some kind of recording device :)).

What a guy.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Senor Hershberger

Mr. Hershberger on his first day of school...teaching high school spanish.
Last year, for his first year of teaching, he taught first grade at one of the school's in McPherson. 
At the end of the year, during the review on the year, it came up that there was a need at the high school teaching Spanish. That was just what Ben had said he would like to do if he wasn't teaching first grade. They were more than happy that he accepted the job.

I am excited for him, I think these kind of transitions are just one of those things that are meant to be...we shall see!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Oh he's GOOD...

Here's an update on what Ben has been doing this summer...
he's been busy...
in the basement!

It started out something like this in the beginning (click the links to see more pictures).
Ben nearly gutted everything down there, and started this spring at redoing the whole basement. Over spring break Ben's dad and brother helped frame and put up the support beams. 

Before the framing



Framing complete...


Insulation in...as well as ALOT of caulking around virtually everything! I'm not sure how many boxes of caulk he bought..but it was alot.


Next, was the sheetrock. Oh my...the lovely sheetrock. 
From the process of bringing it home...to making its way to the basement..to hanging it, let's just say 12' pieces of sheetrock are not maybe ideal, unless you have several manly men dealing with it. BUT, in our case, I had ONE very manly man and me (and the growing baby inside to help with my strength!). After several trips of carrying them down...a caved, and called for rescue back up..Dad and Carissa. 
Bottom line, the sheetrock was ready to be hung..and an important lesson learned, get the smaller sized pieces if there is ever a project like this again. And thanks to our friend Justin, for letting us borrow several handy tools for making the process go smoother!


And there it goes...



Ready to be primed/painted...


Ben borrowed a texture sprayer thing from his friend Matt, to finish the ceiling. That was maybe not the  smoothest process to get started...but once he got going, it turned out really pretty good.


Then onto the painting...something I can actually help with.




Then we scrubbed the floors to get it ready for the carpet. There was maybe a little bit of dust and dirt from all the sheetrock!


Bedroom #1 (formerly known as the "sunday school room")


Bedroom #2 (formerly the room with the blue shag carpet)


The carpet men came to lay the carpet....whoo-hoo!!!


It felt so good to run on..Christian tested it out. He loved running laps!!


Then he put up the trim, baseboards, and doors. It really makes it look complete.


Lastly, I painted the cement wall with paint that I mixed to make it chalk-friendly. 


And to "cure" it, the whole thing had to be covered with chalk, and then wiped off...so we had fun!


This is the area under the stairs..we call it Christian's "store"..and he offers various items through his window that is open to the living area. 


These are the pictures as of yet..the walls need some accessorizing and the bathroom will hopefully be completed sometime this winter.

I'm quite proud of Ben...he's made his summer "job" quite worth while in my opinion!



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Christian [part three]

 The final birthday party was on Sunday...
we had meatballs, cheesy potatoes, bread, apple salad, and a lettuce salad.
Carissa and Tim couldn't make it from PA..but the rest of the family was here. 
Brent and Alyssa's family had been gone for 3 weeks...so Christian was ESPECIALLY happy to see his cousins again :)


Opening presents...



and thankfully there was good help to set up his new train table!!



and finally some cake...with cars on it! He was SO very excited when he saw it before everyone came.. he got giddy and started talking about how "I am so EXCITED!!" while hugging my leg!





 Since the party, he asks to go downstairs OFTEN...
"I need to go downstairs, can you turn the light on? I need to go play with my trains."
He played down there yesterday over and hour by himself.


The birthday celebrations are complete...
thanks to all that made this little boy feel so special.