Saturday, June 26, 2010

Baby's Momma's Husband!

Tytus has become very inquisitive about the dynamics of a family and the roles of it's members. He enjoys hearing stories of how Brock and I met and about when he was a baby. He is constantly looking at pictures from when he was "a little boy." He loves babies and says that when he grows up he wants to be a doctor and a daddy and a fireman!

The other day he randomly told me this...

Tytus: "When I grow up, maybe I'll be my kids' mommy's husband!"

Me: "Well, yes, that would nice...I definitely hope that's what happens." (thinking to myself, oh Dear God, please, oh PLEASE, let him be the husband to his children's mother...and PLEASE let him be a husband before he's a father!!!)

Then a few seconds later...

Tytus: "AND, maybe I'll meet my baby's mommy at OSU too!"

Me: "That would be awesome T."

I hope all of this comes to, I just need to pray he gets the order right...OSU, husband, daddy!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

No Hablo Espanol

So the boys are really obsessed with the Spanish language right now. They were recently introduced to "Go, Diago Go" (yes...just now, up until recently their mean mother would only let them watch PBS), and one of our new neighbor families is Mexican and their little boy is bi-lingual. I realized that the boys needed to be exposed to different languages one morning when we went to next door to the neighbor's garage sale. {**Sidenote: we walked out the door and saw a line of people from the neighbor's garage all the way to the street. We were quickly informed that the reason for the line was the neighbor's home-made tamales, and that her tamales are the best in all of suburban Tulsa. I have to say that I agree with the towns people...the two tamales I bought to eat for lunch were so good, I rushed over to buy more!!} Anyway, while walking home Beau and I had this little exchange:

B: "Well, they sure do talk funny" (with nose turned up)
Me: "NO they DON'T talk FUNNY" I say in a whisper with teeth gritted (heaven forbid he could have waited until we got into our house or at least a few feet away before exposing his sentiment toward their language.) "It's not funny, it's just different than how we talk."
B: "well, it sounds funny to me!"

I quickly ushered them into the house! Grabbing the world map for a quick lesson in geography/culture/MANNERS! Since that morning we have invited Abraham (the neighbor boy) over to play, read books about Spanish speaking families, and of course DIAGO. Thus the obsession with speaking Spanish continues as well as their constant asking me how to say things in Spanish...which is not fairing well for them, since I only know a few phrases, numbers and colors. Maybe I will take up a new hobby, learning/teaching all of my spare time!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day and Happy Birthday Brock

My children are blessed to not only have a great dad to learn from and look up to, they also have a wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather as well! The Eubanks men are known to be hardworking, God-fearing, put others before themselves type of men. I can confirm that Brock is a very hands-on father, and from stories that I've heard about Pawpaw Bob and Pawpaw Ty...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I am so thankful that my sons have a legacy of loving, invested fathers to model their lives after!

After Cowboy Church we met with the Eubanks at Memaw and Pawpaw Ty's house for lunch. My father-in-law, in his true character, thought it would be a special gift to plant new tomato plants for Pawpaw Ty in his garden. The early "June Monsoon" (as he called it) flooded Pawpaw's garden, killing his beloved and always successful tomatoes. Five tomato for each great-grandchild present that day. The kids had a great time planting and getting dirty...and I think Pawpaw was very pleased with his thoughtful gift!I snapped a few (okay, more like several) pictures to capture the day!

Brock and his sons...the boys would NOT cooperate (which kind of stresses Brock out a bit), but it was like a hundred degrees outside and naptime!

***Cash gave his daddy one of the greatest birthday and father's day gifts ever...As the adults were gathered in the kitchen chatting, Josie walked in carrying Cash...he looked at Brock, gave a big smile and said "Dada"...we were all so excited! Then he reached for Brock and said it again!! It was so special!

Pawpaw Ty looking on as his son, grandsons, and great-grandchildren plant tomatoes in his garden.

Pawpaw Ty and the Eubanks grandsons

Brock and his brothers and father


Brock's parents and their grandchildren

I know this isn't a very good picture and it is hard to see, but that is Pawpaw Ty driving his big blue tractor. We ended our little get-together so that Bob and Stetson and Tyson could get back to work raking and baleing hay. I just love that at eighty-six years old, Pawpaw Ty still loves to work hard and help his family!

Once we got home, Brock took Tytus and Beau to see Toy Story 3 and then to get ice cream. They had so much fun giving him all of his gifts and spending the day with family.
Brock, you mean so much to us. I hope that you felt loved on your double special day!!

Pulling Up...!

Tytus and I walked into the living room several days ago and this is what we found...

Cash pulling-up for the first time...and he was not stopping! Once he got up on his feet, I do believe that his intentions were to climb up on the ottoman!!

Thankfully, I was carrying my phone and Tytus had the camera, so we both started snapping pictures.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Seven Year Itch

I've heard people say that couples often go through a difficult time around seven years of marriage..."the seven year itch". Young children, demanding careers, busy schedules...people get bored and begin to drift apart. I can see how it would be so easy to get caught up in LIFE...and the truth is LIFE IS HARD (a lot of the time). Raising kids is hard, climbing the ladder at work is hard, providing for and taking care of a family is hard, and finding time to have a one-on-one conversation with a spouse is hard (especially one without children interrupting or climbing all over one or both of you!)

This is the stage of life we are in...and on top of the three kids four years old and under, the pressures from Brock's job, the stress of running a household, we decided to throw in MOVING (to another state), BUYING LAND, BUILDING!!

So, "the seven year itch???" YES...(in a good way!) I've never had more of an itch to spend quality time with Brock, to do fun things with him (and with him and the boys), to do my best to make this little family run smoothly, and to show him the amount of love and respect I have for him. Now I can't speak for Brock, but I KNOW how he feels about me!

We've been through a lot together in the last seven years...we've had wonderful times, sad times, fun times and challenging times...I look forward to the next seventy!!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Flashback Friday!!

In the spirit of summertime fun, I am posting a picture from Tytus' first summer. Parker and Paxton came to visit and teach baby T-man how to splash in the pool!! He's still a little wobbly at this point and wet behind the ears at swimming (pun intended)!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

First Trip to the Dentist

Last week the older boys had their first dentist's appointments...and they did fantastic!! I think I was more nervous than they were! But everything went perfectly...they did exactly what they were asked to do and their teeth looked great! Healthy Happy Smiles!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mother's Day

I realize it is quite a bit after the fact, but I didn't want to neglect posting about this year's Mother's Day. I think it is safe to say, and many moms would agree with me, that Mother's Day is not always what it's 'cracked up to be'. In fact, in the past few years I have celebrated (and I use that term VERY loosely) a couple of less-than-warm-and-fuzzy-let's-all-show-appreciation-to-Mom Mother's Days.

However, this year...Brock and the boys really pulled through and made the day very special. After church we enjoyed a delicious meal at a lovely Italian restaurant, followed by rest time for EVERYONE...all three of the boys napped and so did I (not sure what Brock was doing because I was NAPPING...did I mention that I took a nap!?!?) Then that evening we went bowling, which I LOVE and the boys had a great time!

Brock bought me this basically brand new running stroller at a garage sale. I have been wanting one since having Cash and the fact that he got it for less than half the original price made me even happier!!

Brock took the boys to a local antique store and let them each pick something out for me. Beau chose the lemon press (he and his daddy both love lemonade, so they could have had themselves in mind a bit by choosing this one!). Tytus chose the wooden meat mallet. I have needed one for years and have gotten by on borrowing from my neighbors. It has been put to good use several times already! And with a little help from Daddy, Cash chose the jar opener. I have frustratingly weak hands and am constantly asking Brock for help opening jars. Such thoughtful gifts...they each made me feel so special and the boys were very proud to give them to me.

Together they chose an antique jewelry box. I have LOTS of jewelry and do not have a very good place to store any of it. So, once again they made a very purposeful choice. (No, I do not know the man and woman in the pictures, I will soon replace them with pictures of my four boys!)

{B- thank you so much for making this Mother's Day so special. I know the boys had a good time shopping for me and I truly appreciate the thought that YOU encouraged them to put into their selections. It's little things like this that prove that you really do pay attention to the details...I love that! Thanks for showing them how to make a person feel special. Love you, kde}

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Earning Their Keep!

The boys have always loved helping Brock work in the yard, and especially mow the lawn. Up until now they have gotten to ride along with Daddy on the riding mower! Now it's time they start learning to do it the hard way (well, not really "hard" since it is a self-propelled mower, but it's more difficult than a free ride!) No matter how, they still want to be working with Daddy...

Tytus mowed the back yard...

and Beau mowed the front yard...

Children's Zoo

While in OKC, the boys and I took a quick trip to the Children't Zoo inside the OKC Zoo...they LOVED it!! It was really neat and we plan to go back when we have more time to see everything and play in the splash pad!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Beau's Favorite Things

Here are a few of his favorite things...his sword is almost always in his hand because a little boy never knows when he might need to kill the bad guys!...a "treat" is always the first thing he asks to eat for any meal or snack...and his Blankie is ALWAYS near by and is the only thing (other than Mommy) that can take away the pain of an ouchie or cheer him up when he is sad! The only thing missing is his Spider-Man t-shirt or costume that he wears at lease a couple of times a week!!