Wednesday, December 28, 2005

"The Aldrich Army" Rated R- for violence

Jonathon with his wooden kitchen knife won the quote of the day award when he told James, "James, if you do that again, I will cut off your neck with this knife and chop it into a thousand pieces and we will eat it for breakfast!"

I have NO idea what the offense was, but it must have been terrible. ( He probably took his toy or something.)

James gets most endearing quote:
"Mama, you're my friend."
"Oh, thanks James. Who else is your friend?"
"Nothing. I only have one friend. Mama, you are my friend."
"Oh, what about Jonathon?"
"NO, he's not my friend."
"What about Gabriel?"
"No, he's Michael's friend?"
"Oh, what about Jesus?"
"Oh, YEAH! He's my friend. Just two friends. Jesus and Mama."
"Ok, James. Just two friends."

Jeff gets the award for most likely to sabatoge. He keeps taking the chair away from Rachel when she is standing at it.

Rachel wins the award for greatest accomplishment: Eating baby food regularly now!

Mary gets the award for most successfully ambitious: I cleaned out the attic today! Hooray!!!!

Brandon gets the award for successfully completing the most tasks in the shortest period of time AND washing and drying ALL the laundry for the last week! Three cheers for Brandon.

(How's that for a politically correct post? Everyone wins. But I still think Jonathon's wins most.)

Monday, December 26, 2005

Watch Out! Here's James trying to follow in Roy's footsteps. He fell a year and a half ago and killed the roots to one of his front teeth. Recently, it became infected and had to be pulled. He was quite a trooper. No crying or anything through the whole process! So now he'll have a hole in his mouth for about 4 years- until his new one grows in. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Did I really see him with his hair like that??? Hmmm....perhaps this is good advertisement for the Aldrich Salon- or maybe not... anyway, I say, Way to be awesomely different, W.C.! Posted by Picasa

Jeff's Birthday. Complete with Thomas the Train plates and Ice Cream cake with prizes inside (in honor of Grandmama Turner of course) Posted by Picasa

Monday, December 19, 2005

NO! I didn't really see that! Did I?

Did you ever do a double take because what you saw could not POSSIBLY be what you actually saw?

Well, here’s some that make me look twice recently:
- Captain Hook’s hook hanging from the bathroom cabinet.
- James with the front part of the fan on his head- dust and all.
- Rachel eating a grape stem.
- Jonathon sledding by himself and having fun.
- All the dishes washed- and I didn’t do it (Thanks Brandon!)
- 6 loads of CLEAN laundry on the bed waiting to be folded (Ditto)
- Jeff opening presents and being mad at them because the wrapping didn’t instantly fall off with the first rip.
- Buzz lightyear “flying” down the stairs
- discovery of spit up in the train tracks box (everyone say “EWWWW!)
- Rachel stuck in the train track box- haha!
- and last for this list is Wesley!- I’ll post a pic tomorrow for this one.

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Come on, James smile. You know you want to...ok, maybe I will just so you won't lookk know...if I look ridiculous, then that will take the spot light off you refusing to pose. Posted by Picasa

"No, Mama, I didn't make this mess. See. I'm a perfect angel!" Posted by Picasa

What James can be seen doing when he's trying to get away with flipping over the couch. "Oh....I think I'll just sleep here for a bit. I'm not really flipping, just sleeping." Ha! I know the wickedness of your heart little rascal. Posted by Picasa

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JEFF!!!!!! He's 2 years old today. Posted by Picasa

Another picture of the happy little girl. Posted by Picasa

How many people does it take to cook breakfast? 5! Rachel was actually standing at the chair the boys are in, but she didn't make it into the pic. Ahhh, breakfast it quite the ordeal. They all have to make sure it's done right. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

New Heights in the Aldrich Clan

Ok, so the latest news in our family beginning with the youngest.

Rachel: She has moved out! Of our room- that is. She is finally in the crib in the room across the hall and I can now get dressed for bed and get to bed while also being able to see where I am going and the things I am about to bump into. She also stands and has "walked" around some of the furniture a bit. The other day I found her standing at the trash can and eatting a plastic bag out of it. She can climb stairs and has also started eatting some rice cereal. The best thing she does is play a cuddly game. She loves to lay her head on my shoulder and grin while I coo at her. Then she sits up looks around and then lays her head down again. It's hard to resist feeling large amounts of affection for her when she does this.

Jeff: Has just smacked his head on the floor. He also has a temper and refuses to be comforted, but prefers to suffer alone- loudly. He has just graduated to a "big" bed and sleeps in the room with James. For the most part this has been very successful. He doesn't get down from the bed like the older two did and he really seems to like his bed. Jeff is gradually adding words to his vocabulary, but only very slowly. He gets all sorts of inflection, like when you say "thank- you" he tries to repeat it with no consonants.

James: most amusing thing said today was when Brandon called him over and James replied very sweetly, "Don't bother me right now, Daddy. I'm very busy." Among his recent accomplishments he adds successful "stinky in the potty" to the list. I think he is as potty trained as you can get for a 3 yr. old. He has started requesting to wear underwear to bed at night and has remarkably stayed dry most nights. He is generally in good spirits and can often be sickeningly pleasant. "Hello Mama. I have a good attitude. I am playing sweetly. I would like to take my nap now. I'm happy, Mama." He goes on and on sometimes.

Jonathon takes the cake on humor this week though. He came home yesterday and said, "Mama, that lady said I could sit in the parlor. I asked Jesus and he said I could and she said I could too."
"Who was the lady?" I asked.
Jonathon thought for a moment, "Ummm....It was Mrs. Sandford's mother!"

Hehehehee, I later discovered that it was Mrs. Murray he was talking about and Sharon and I had a good laugh! For those of you who don't know her, the said mother is in her 90's and Mrs. Murray is in her 50's.

As for other events in the life of the Aldrich Clan:

Note for Mission Brown Blog readers:

Jeff and Fritha were at our place this weekend. They were both looking great and seemed to be having a fun time though tired after the weekend. They brought a huge fruit tray to the dessert banquet we had here and it was one of the favorites of the table. We all went out and saw the new Chronicles of Narnia and that was great. They both seem to be staying busy and I miss having them around!

Ok, umm....other things...this will have to be quick.
We had a dessert banquet- I've already mentioned. I took Cookie Dough Truffles, Coconut Snowmen, Sweet Rangoon, and Spinach Dip, thankfully not all in the same dish.

The students have two days left here before break and I am looking forward to the last evening when we get together and exchange gifts and such.

I managed to get a good portion of the upstairs cleaned up this morning and am looking forward to when the downstairs can look similarly tidy.

Jeff has his second birthday coming up this Thursday and the plan is to celebrate with all manner of Thomas the Train paraphinalia (I don't think I spelled that right, but oh well) and an ice cream cake. I should mention, we will probably celebrate Friday since the students are having their thing Thursday.

The boys recevied a massive kitchen set thanks to Andy and Carol and Grandmama Turner and they have been playing with it quite a bit. The other day, James asked Brandon if he could make him some "Lemon Merengue Pie". I am not making this up. They are happy to create all manner of food creations for us if we will only pretend to eat it.

Ok, gotta run. Type at ya later.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

James- the GIANT! Posted by Picasa

Jeff- as happy as can be. Posted by Picasa

Rachel at 6 months. Posted by Picasa