Monday, December 31, 2012

Eva rose said there are two angels in the bible, Michael & Harold. 
We said Harold? 
She said 'yes, hark the Harold angel sings.'

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Shep just said "I think Santa would want us to leave him a beer instead of milk." This might qualify as a parenting fail.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, we took our nine year old son to Ethiopia. There he toured an orphanage that reminded me of Auschwitz. He met a boy whose mother died on his 6th birthday, at which point he lived on the streets until he came to into the orphanage. He saw children wearing literally rags, with empty bellies, who had no idea where their next meal would come from.

We did this to try and give him some perspective on his life, and all his blessings.

We did this so that if, for instance, he were playing a video game on a Kindle that cost more than most Ethiopians earn in a year, and he spent a lot of time building a house in Minecraft, and it somehow disappeared, he would not burst into tears and say, "It's not fair! I hate my life!"

Two words:


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Walker's morning words of affirmation: "You're an extremely good looking woman. You have lots of other really, really negative qualities. But know this, you're very good looking."

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A while ago, we set up wish lists on Amazon for the kids to put their birthday and Christmas wishes. Shep's has 4 items on it. Eva Rose's has 10. Maggie's has 743.
Me: shut the door! If you lived 5000 years ago and there were lions out there you'd so be dead by now.
Shep: yea! I'd get to go to heaven!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

We're at the Austin Nature Center for a Halloween bash. Ike is dressed as a dragon. He forgot to wear underwear. And he just informed me there's a hole by his peepee. Could be an interesting night.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Someone told me tonight he was going to marry me when he grew up. Dr. Freud, meet Ike Dollahon.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Tonight during prayers I asked Shep to say what he was thankful about. He said, "Thank you God for making me so awesome." I think we have a little more discipleship to do...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ike got in trouble for something. After I fussed at him, he asked, "Mom, do you still love me?"

"Yes, I always love you," I answered. Then, I thought to ask, "Do you still love me?"


Shep: 'Mom, I'm growing up. I'm learning new words like democracy, mechanism, confidence, privacy...'

Eva Rose: 'I've been using all those words for months now.'

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ike just filled his water blaster gun with toilet water. And I don't mean perfume.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Email from Mimi

Things Ike said when we were in Mexico:
That "a man is going to put new things in my house."
You are going to live "for 10 weeks" in Austin. Glad it's only a temporary stay! I had no idea!
He has three grandmothers, "Gigi, Great-grandmother and Mimi."
Great-grandmother is "in Heaven with Jesus."
I teased him about his boiled eggs that they were dinosaur eggs, dog eggs, etc. He frowned and told me that "No! Birds have eggs! NOT ANIMALS!"
He has been funny and enjoys a laugh when I tease him and has been a very sweet kid.

Raining again - but Steph. had told me that Meyer Branch Library was having story time at 1:30 and that there was going to be a juggler! So Dad and I took Ike and met her  and  the juggler looked a bit like Dick Van Dyke (about aged 50+) and used to work in Vegas and at first I thought....Oooooooooooooooooooo....he wore a jester's hat and shirt and made a lot of crazy faces right off the bat. Kind of you know...creepy.
But he got better and better as time went on and actually rode on a unicycle and THEN actually balanced it ON HIS CHIN while juggling three of those longish juggling things! He did a magic trick with scarves and had all these little kids hootin' and hollarin'! Ike was amazed! Hattie, Ike and Mary Ellen all got to do something and virtually all of the kids old enough at least tossed him a cloth ball to juggle or something. Ike tossed him a scarf back. It was really quite a show!
Later I took Ike to the mall and he was not at all interested in the play area. Too many kids, too big and noisy and all of that. So we had lunch and watched the ice skaters (Memorial City Mall) and on the way home he said such a funny thing.
"Bicycles don't have ONE wheel! They have TWO wheels!"  He had been mulling that over for hours.
He said that his Mom and Dad and siblings could all ice skate. "But not Gigi or Mimi. They would fall down."
He has appreciated his daily gifts and actually I just remembered to give him the Wednesday one. I will do that in a while.
"I wish we were rich."
"I wish birds didn't poop. They poop on cars and on windows! Eeeewweeee.......!"

Maggie learned that her sister (who had traveled to Mexico on a different plane than her) was able to watch movies on personalized mini-monitors on the seat back in front of her seat.

Maggie was AMAZED at this and wanted learn more.

Maggie (eyes wide in amazement): What sort of movies did you watch? Were they wrestling movies? Jesus movies?

Yep, those would be the first two movie genres that would pop in my heads too. "Wrestling" movies and "Jesus" movies.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Shep: What does forwegian mean?
Me: Norwegian means from Norway.
Shep: No, not Norwegian. Forwegian. F-o-r-e-i-g-n.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

So Missy Hooks Dollahon goes to a plastic surgeon's office for a post-op check-up from her recent abdominal surgery and Ike find something to play with...look very, very closely...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Eva Rose: does the baby come out of the mommy?
Me: It comes out of the mommy's vagina.
Eva Rose: What's that?
Me: A hole down there.
Eva Rose: A hole down where?
Me: Down here.
Eva Rose: (startled) OOhhh. How big is the va...gina?
Shep (walking in): It's bigger than Texas.
Me: What??
Shep: Yeah. It's bigger than Texas. China is WAY bigger than Texas.
Walker: Maggie, are you beautiful?
Maggie: YES!
Walker: how do you know you're beautiful?
Maggie: Because I have long hair, and green eyes, and I don't fart too much.

(but in Maggie speak: Becuz I have wong hai, and gween eyes, an I don faught too much.)
Maggie: Mom, how did God get so powerful?
Me: I don't know Maggie.
Maggie: Well can you google it?
Me: No, Google doesn't know either!
Maggie: What about Siri? Ask Siri.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mags with My Widdle Ponys. Ike with cars. Hard-wired.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ike had his birthday yesterday and the family went out and celebrated. Can you tell which of my children was super jealous all day?????

Thursday, March 15, 2012

At Natural Bridge Caverns:

The littles got a little scared.
Ike said 'are there lions and bears in here?' and on one dark place 'I want my bear.'

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tree --> nut


Shepherd: Mom, I'm a child prodigy.


Walker: Wow, I am such a savant.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shep had a spelling test and his teacher said to spell his full name - DOH. He totally butchered his middle name Emmanuel. Which led to the revelation that Eva Rose had no idea how to spell her proper name, Evangeline. And don't even ask if Maggie can spell Magdalene!!