BRAT - (noun)

Brat- (noun)

1.A child, especially a spoiled or ill-mannered one.

2.A child of a career military person.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shreddin' It Up!

Yea, that's skater lingo. Because I'm cool like that! Actually, I know NOTHING about the skater lingo, but I happen to live with a 10 year old who is an expert. Josh thinks he has gone to heaven this week - he is in Skateboard camp. For 3 and a half hours each day he gets to do quarter pikes, grind, ollie's, and basically, just shred it up. (that's short for, what my generation would say, means have a really awesome time)

I don't know exactly why I can't upload this video - we will try to fix it. Come back later to see the skater dude in action!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hamster balls

We would like to introduce you to 2 of the newest members of our family, Lulu and Lilah. Josh had a hamster a couple of years ago, and he was so happy to get 2 new hamsters at the end of school. I am NOT a hamster/rodent kind of person, but I have to admit, they are awfully cute rolling around in their balls. Josh has done a good job of caring for them. Like a lot of siblings, after a few weeks, we realized they could not share a room, I mean cage. There was some biting, hamster screeching, etc., so we let Bill Jr. take Lilah downstairs in a separate cage to live with him, and Lulu stayed upstairs with Josh. Everyone is happy now!

Not wanting to be left out of the fun, we bought our own people version of the hamster ball for the kids. We were literally stopping traffic as the kids rolled around the front yard in their very own hamster ball.

The hamster ball made it's debut at a neighborhood kids party. We have a great neighborhood, with lots of nice kids for my children to play with. A couple of the families are military, like us, and they were moving at the beginning of the summer. So, we pulled out the slip-and-slides, blew up the hamster ball, and threw some hot dogs on the grill for one last night of fun!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Yes! We are still here.

One of my very funny friends (Sara McClintock!) asked me if "The Brats" had tied me up or something. I guess she assumed I had to have a good reason for not blogging lately. We have been busy having fun! I am trying to spend as much time as I can at our community pool, and I am leading the worship team this week for Vacation Bible School. It's a lot of fun, but a lot of work. After next week, I should have a little more time for things like blogging. (and sleeping, and housework, etc...)

Here are a couple of pictures for now - we recently had a little brother bonding time. I knew this would be one of those moments that would bring the boys closer, for better or for worse! Bill Jr. cuts his own hair, and he offered to give his brother Josh a buzz cut to start off the summer.

Turned out o.k. No tears (or blood) was shed!