Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kite Day...then Dinner at Nannie's

Today was Kite Day at Piper's school. She picked out a Barbie kite to take. When she came home from school I asked her about it. She said she walked with her kite. She ran with her kite. Piper said when she skipped with her kite it went up and down like she was. I asked her if everyone in her class flew their kites all at the same time. She said they flew them one at a time. I asked, "What would happen if everyone flew them all at the same time ?" She answered with big eyes, "Everyone would go up!" I said, "No silly, they might get tangled and come crashing down." When I told Jeremy about this conversation he said she might have thought if she were the only one flying everyone's kite at the same time then she would fly up into the air.

When she came home from school we went over to Nannie's house so Finn could also fly his kite. We had kept his in the package to keep it safe until we got to Nannie's to fly it. On the way to Nannie's house Piper told Finn that her kite went higher than everyone else's kite. Finn with his kite still in the package replied, "Mine went higher than everyone else's too." Piper asked him, "Did you fly the package?"
Jeremy was helping Seven fly his Thomas the tank engine kite. Such a sweet picture!

Look! It's a bird...it's a plane...no...it's Barbie, Spiderman, and Thomas the tank engine!

Piper was so focused on flying her kite that when she tried to run with it she ran into a small tree. She cut her lip and scratched her arm in a few places. She went inside and got a bandaid and was able to compose herself enough to fly her kite some more.

While Finn's kite was high in the air, he ran out of string and the kite came loose. It sailed across the street and landed in the neighbors pool in their fenced backyard. Papa Bud was able to rescue the kite before it drowned. Very traumatic for Finn who had been waiting ALL day to fly his kite!

Piper often gets ahold of our camera when we are not aware of it. We find evidence that she has been there later. She had the camera and took a beautiful picture of herself! What a smile!! Santa brought Piper and Finn their own cameras for Christmas.
Piper also took this picture of Finn. Not quite sure what was going on in this picture.
Jeremy was jumping on the trampoline and Finn was laying there bouncing. Just like Finn does with Seven sometimes.
Finn and Seven think it is funny when Seven lays down on the trampoline and Finn jumps next to him. Look at him bounce!

Here are some pictures of Seven's hair while he played on the trampoline. His hair is GREAT! It was full of static!

While eating dinner, there came a lull in the conversation and we heard a sound that came from Seven. Only it didn't come from his mouth...do you get what I am saying? Then Seven says, "That's funny! I pooted!" Of course we all laugh. He is such a ham!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sisterly Love

My family went over to a friend's house tonight for dinner and to hang out. Someone notices that Seven has gotten a stool and has decided to push it in the bathroom. They ask "Why is Seven pushing a stool in the bathroom?" Jeremy goes to investigate. I hear Jeremy say, "Piper wash your hands." Finn had gone poo poo and was bending over. For some unknown reason, Piper decided she needed to be the one to wipe his bum clean. I'm glad my children love each other!

A little later, Piper brought me a tic-tac-toe game she had drawn on a post-it note. She was upset because her friend would not play "nic-tac-toe" with her. Isn't it cute when your kids forget the right word?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Introducing the Voss Family

My Handsome Husband Jeremy

My husband and I met 12 years ago when I was a freshman at college. Wow! That makes me sound old. I went back to my dorm after the first time we hung out at his apartment and told my roommate I just didn't know about him. "He talked forever!" He told his roommate he wasn't sure about me. "She hardly said anything!" As you can see that was okay, because things worked out. We will be celebrating our 10 year Anniversary in June and now have 4 children.

I have been told that I need to start a blog because of the stories I tell about my children. Let me start by introducing them to you.

My sister-in-law thought that I needed this picture when she saw I had started a blog. This is actually the first picture of our growing family. I was pregnant with Piper.

Princess Piper

Piper Mughain (pronounced "moon"). She is my 4 year old and my only girl. Piper is in preschool and will start kindergarten next year. Where did we get her name? I am sure you are wondering. Many people do. Since my name (Amy) and my husband's name (Jeremy) are very common, (We know of two other married couples named Jeremy and Amy), we have decided to bless our children with unique names. I have always liked the name Brittney, but it became very common when Piper was about to be born. Then there was the infamous Brittney Spears. So I decided I was not going to name my daughter Brittney. I even had a cool spelling for it, Brytni. Jeremy and I decided on the name Piper. There is an actress by the name of Piper Perabo, whom we came to know in the movie "Coyote Ugly". We like to watch the movie credits and find cool names. She was also in "Cheaper by the Dozen". I know she has done more movies since then.

Funny Finn

Thirteen months after Piper was born, we had a baby boy named Finn Tagnan (pronounced "tanyon"). Yes, you read that correctly. I did type thirteen months. Let me answer your next question...was it planned that way? Yes. I wanted my children close together because my brother and I were fifteen months apart and I thought it was fun growing up with a brother that close in age. We were buddies and always had someone to play with. I wanted that for my children. Where did we get his name? The main character in the movie "Great Expectations" was named Finn. My son's middle name is like D'Artagnan from the "Three Musketeers", just without the D'ar.

Silly Seven

Twenty-two months later, we had another baby boy. We named him Seven Kalik (pronounced like the "calic" in a calico cat). Yes, Seven is his name. Why in the world would you name your child Seven and where did you get his middle name? I can hear you thinking. We have heard it many times. And I am sure we will here it many more times. We had heard the name Seven before. And we thought about giving the name Seven to our first son, Finn, because he was born 7-7-05. But since it was 2005 and not 2007, we decided against it at the time. When I was pregnant with Seven we had decided on a name and then the night before he was born, we decided we would name him Seven instead of the other name that we had picked. Then we thought what middle name would you put with Seven? Well, we literally pulled Kalik out of the air. We made it up. It sounded good and it worked. Then came to the hard part. How do we spell Seven? Do we just use the number or do we spell it out? We have a friend who teaches first grade and she had a boy in her class named 7. She said it was hard when he had to spell his name because his name was 7 and he didn't spell it out, that just wasn't how his name was spelled. It was just the number. So we decided to spell out the number. We figured the name was different enough.

Royal Rilian

Another twenty-two months passes and another baby boy is born. Our fourth and final child, Rilian Fre. (pronounced "Rill-ee-an" "free") Almost everyone who hears his name has never heard of neither his first name, nor his middle name. Rilian came from the "Chronicles of Narnia, the Silver Chair". There is a character named Prince Rilian. Now for Fre, you're probably going to laugh, but it is Jeffrey, without "Jeff". I laugh when I tell people that. I did meet one lady who knew right away when she heard his name exactly where it came from without me having to tell her. I was surprised because she is the only one so far who has known!

Now you know how we came to become "Half a Dozen Vosses"! Are we crazy for having four children four-years-old and younger? Maybe! We get that question asked alot.

I caved!

I caved to the pressure of most of my friends having a blog and decided I needed one too. Why not add something else to my "to do list". With four young children I have plenty of time on my hands, right? Surely I have time to blog...