Saturday, September 11, 2004

Dear Noah:

So far school has been going very well for you and you are enjoying it. We pray it continues!

I pray for your safety all the time. Russia's terrorist attack on a school has many people wondering about things. Sure does make you think. Seems no place is safe for anyone these days. I mean even if you were a hermit.....I doubt you would be completely safe. SO...what does that leave? You MUST have faith in God and HIS provisions and blessings and TRUTHS! YOU MUST. It is the only thing that will SUSTAIN you and get you through your life in these days you live in!!

I love you much

Mommy :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Noah's First Day of Kindergarten and us

Hello everyone!

Noah got his school supply lists at his last final registration on August 3. His first partial day was yesterday and his first full HALF day was today! It was hard on the parents mostly including let their little ones go...but he did really really well and really enjoyed it a lot he said. He brought some things home in his backpack he did during the day at school. I have a couple things to sign that he takes back tomorrow. It is a big step this year for him. I mean here he goes to the bathroom by himself and one at the school goes down there with him to make sure he gets there and back okay. The bathroom is not too far from his classroom but not in the room or right beside it. he has to ask the teacher if he can go...wear a hall pass around his neck...go on his own and get back on his own...and let her know when he gets back and return the pass. I asked if he went to the bathroom today. He said 3 times...and that he wanted to go FOUR times. The teacher asked yesterday if he goes a lot. I told her right now he is almost obssessed with TOILETS!! I mean he LOVES them. SO...anytime we go anywhere he has to CHECK the toilets out and pee ....even if he has to force a dribble. SO I told her he has been going a lot lately..but is able to go 5 hours or longer at home or when we travel....or things like that. He also tends to want to get up and go pee during church too. I mean he goes BEFORE we leave home...once we get there and then in like 15 minutes he thinks he has to go again and then he goes again after leaving church. Now we get in the bathroom and he will only have like ONE little we are now telling him to GET IT ALL out....not hold any back to wait for another time in a few minutes to go again. I think his little body is getting used to feeling the urge to pee and I try to tell him that does not always mean he has to pee right then. He otherwise has been doing very very well.

He is funny...he is obssessed also with looking at new homes and all the rooms and architecture of them. I got him a CD with new homes on it to look at....but then took it a step further and got a CD-ROM software program for adults that you can use to design landscapes and HOMES. Noah has already figured out how to use that even better than I can....and has been DESIGNING houses and different rooms in the houses down to their furnishings! AGAIN he LOVES the toilets and bathrooms. Last night when he came home from school we took him to this mall that had AUTOMATIC flushing toilets. Those used to scare him and he did not want anything to do with them in the past. NOW he loves them he says. He spent a couple of hours drawing TOILETS on an art pad I had laying around here...automatic ones...port-a-potties...etc. He said he was going to BUILD an automatic flushing toilet in his bathroom at school. I asked HOW OLD he thought he would be when he did that. He said EIGHT! He has different ages he will be to do everything. I asked him the other day if he wanted to taste my hamburger . He said NO....but maybe when I am TWENTY ONE. He will be 45 he said before he tries ketchup or mustard . THIRTY SIX before he tries mowing. Things like that. He will say NO...and then give a specific age as to how old he will be before he tries something new. SO maybe he is going to be some kind of an engineer or something. Time will tell. He loves numbers and is already doing math problems here at home with a calculator. Up to 3 digit numbers adding and subtracting. He can also cound to over 1000 on his own....and can do simple math on his own like 1+1=2....etc...I got him through all the +1s and am now working on his +2s. So who knows. He is quite the little character though. We are also thinking about starting him on piano lessons..he loves his pianos and can play back a song I teach him in a few minutes usually. So I think it might come naturally to him.

I got him a Dick and Jane hardback book of all their stories....he can READ already....and can read ALL the stories from page ONE to SEVENTY FIVE on HIS OWN!! I am really impressed with how quickly he has picked up reading. SUPPOSEDLY when the kids get done with kindergarten they will ALL be reading and at a higher level than kindergarten. I kind of doubt that but that is what the principal said. SO he loves to read right now and we really worked hard with him over the summer on spelling and reading and he learns a lot more here at home I think than at school...but school helps too. He is to receive some speech therapy this year still. He is talking a lot better now though and uses BIG words all of a sudden like "that is very interesting to me" or "otherwise" and uses them in the correct context.

We tossed around the idea still of homeschooling perhaps in the future combined with going to a school a couple of hours as well per day or every so many days of the week as Keith and I both cannot imagine Noah being gone at school for a FULL DAY! BUT I asked him where HE would prefer having school at home or at the school and he said the HIGH SCHOOL! SO if it were up to him I am sure he would always prefer going to a school....which is probably what we will end up doing. You just tend to worry some these days with things that could happen.

Keith and I as well as Noah really like his kindergarten teacher. She gave them all a hug today when they left school for the day. He also got a Hershey Kiss for being so good. He was very excited about that! He is looking forward to going back again tomorrow. So that is a GOOD THING!

Guess that is about all the new news here. Keith took off yesterday and today for vacation days....he gets totally stressed out when Noah goes back to school. I have to say I was a bit tense this year myself...but felt much better after he was actually walking down the hall this morning with his class. See we drop them off in another room in the mornings and they sit there for a few minutes and then his teacher comes down and the entire class walks to the classroom for the day. A bit different but they say it works.

Anyway...just figured I would pass our routine on to everyone to say hello and let you know how Noah's first big day at school went. I did not take any digital pics..and in fact did not take my camera at all today. I will take some pictures tomorrow and email. Been cooler but so muggy it seems HOT HOT HOT!!!

(LOVE YOU ALL) Melinda

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Dear Noah:

Well Noah you are amazing. We looked at homes last week and you got cramps and had to poop in the potty at Arbys like 3 times in a row. THEN you got more cramps at a model home and had to BOMB their bathroom many times...finally having an accident and then vomiting. Needless to say that ended our adventures with house hunting that day.

This past Saturday we went to Loveland's annual sculpture show. We were all a bit disappointed this year as they just did not seem to have many pieces that WOWed us. were enthralled with the Port-a-Potties all over the place. I think you had to mark each it seemed you had to go endlessly that day. ALL we heard about the entire time there and on the way home and at home and that night before you fell asleep and even SINCE has been how much you LOVE port-a-potties! I am so thankful you PEED in them as that was the only way to pee anywhere.

You love looking for homes so much I got you a CD-rom with model homes on it. Then I went a step further and bought you a software package where you can design your own homes and even landscapes and you have had a FIELD day with that! I wonder what this might mean about your future? I mean you can navigate around that program probably even better than me and definitely better than your daddy! You were building houses and designing rooms within minutes! You call it the "house game".

Today you said when you were 8 you would like to get a dog. I asked you where you thought we would be living in order for you to have a dog. You said the house right beside grandma Lincoln. AND SMILED that gorgeous smile of yours.

You called grandma today to tell her about the port-a-potties...and the first thing you said was "Grandma...I really miss you a lot". I thought that was so sweet. NO ONE here prompted you to say that. You are such a loving little boy so full of compassion and caring for others. I pray you will keep that forever!

I LOVE YOU MORE than you will ever know!!

Mommy :)

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Dear Noah

Yesterday was your school registration! You really enjoyed checking out your school and we were even able to meet your teacher and see your new classroom. I think you got overwhelmed because you started twirling your hair again JUST while in the school....which is something you have not done now for MONTHS! You came home....fell up the stone steps and skinned up your wrist and shin. You were so exahusted from the stress I think that you fell asleep on the sofa.

You are such a sweetie. Sunday in church when I was crying you kept looking at me and asking why I was crying...then you would try to wipe my tears and give me hugs. You are my angel boy!

I love you


Thursday, July 22, 2004

Dear Noah:

We took you to the park the other night and you all of a sudden had to pee. We decided we better leave and get you to a potty! We were on our way back to the car and I said "well you know Noah since you are a boy and can stand up to COULD almost just go over there to the bushes and pee there". You promptly told me "No...that's night right...only dogs pee in the bushes and outside..people pee inside." I am SOOOO GLAD you feel that way and yes you were and are as usual CORRECT! So we ran to the nearest store since we had to stop anyway and you peed there in the potty.
You are amazing and have such wonderful insight!!
I love you

Friday, July 16, 2004

Dear Noah

I am so proud of you. You are doing great with potty training. Basically you ARE now officially potty trained. FANTASTIC! It is amazing how far you have come.
You are the most sweetest and considerate/loving little boy in the whole world. When Keith asked you what to buy me for a birthday present you said a new house! ran and got your money from your bank..a 5.00 bill....and said that was enough to buy a home. You are too sweet for words!
I love you a lot...more than you will ever know!

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Noah building his OWN HOUSE out at Buffalo Mesa a place we went to look at new homes Posted by Hello

Noah building his own HOUSE out at Buffalo Mesa where we went house hunting a couple times Posted by Hello

Dear Noah: know how to WORK it that is for sure! You kept asking me the other night for pizza for supper. I said I had no extra money for pizza. You went to your bank and brought me back 2 pennies...and said "here mommy"...."I have some money". I felt so bad. I asked you if you thought 2 pennies could buy you some pizza. You said "well I have some cash too" and went BACK to your bank and pulled out a 5 dollar bill. I got to laughing. I ended up ordering your pizza for you! You always use your own money to give the drivers a tip. They all seem to love coming up here to see you when they bring a pizza. It is pretty bad when you have your Driver's License memorized to put on your checks (as mommy does) because of the amount of pizzas you apparently order!!

Today you talked about going to school. You are so excited. You cannot wait to go in UNDERWEAR you said.

I love you forever!


Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Dear Noah:

Well you have been doing FANTASTIC with potty training. You are now peeing and pooping in the potty ALL the time and do it all by yourself. We will have to work with wiping after bowel movements but you do all the other stuff yourself including wiping yourself after peeing. YOU ARE AMAZING and as were late in doing this but seemed to master it overnight!! We are so happy and you are going around telling everyone you are 6 YEARS old and a BIG BOY now.

Today we had to take my truck to get a nail out of the tire and the tire patched. I guess we ran over one at the construction sites somewhere looking at new homes? Your guess would be as good as ours right now.

Your little personality is really growing and changing. We are becoming such a wonderful helpful little boy!!! We love you so much!

Mommy and Daddy

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Dear Noah: was a good day..till this afternoon/evening. This morning we all went to a Christmas Open House at the Pillar of Fire castle and they had a wonderful carnival going on and they had hay rides, carriage rides, games for kids to play....slides....jumping/bouncing things...etc. You had a ball! We did not go up the 60 FOOT high slide with you that you had to sit on a burlap sack on to slide down it! YOU DID...MANY TIMES. It was a hot sunny day but the breeze finally kicked in and the day was gorgeous. You got so red so fast.

TODAY was even more special because it was the first day you actually WENT OUT IN THE PUBLIC WITHOUT any pull ups on. You did great!! We were so proud of you!! Before leaving home I asked if you would be able to pee or poop in someone else's potty if you had to because that was a real issue for you before. You said "yes Mommy". SO...I packed some extra underwear, shorts and a couple of pulls up in case and off we went. YOU STUNNED me and your daddy. You went to the Castle's bathroom and peed....then to Fazoli's bathroom to pee.....then you peed in Big Lots potty! WOW. I was so happy and proud of you.

However...when we came home you decided to NOT poop in the toilet but do it in your underwear instead. That ticked me off. computer for you...I had to YELL at you to get you to even listen to me. I had to paddle/swat your butt which I HATED doing as I DO NOT want you to be afraid of me or be sad and unhappy or have bad memories etc..of things from your childhood. BUT..I guess there are unfortunately some times when you as a parent just HAVE TO LAY DOWN THE LAW. I guess I did that with you today a FEW TIMES. You ended up pooping in the potty ONCE today and in your underwear 4 other times. What messes. The last time (was when) I caught you off guard by swatting your butt and yelling at you. I felt so bad...and sorry...but you needed to listen to me and I guess I could say that unfortunately the paddling/swat got your attention! AND of course this was all happening while I was trying to talk to someone I know in Ohio...never fails..this always happens when I get on the phone. SO.....I cleaned you up...and explained things to you and then told you to go to bed. I tucked you in.....told you I was sorry I had to paddle/swat you but that you needed to listen. I asked you if your forgave said yes...and then asked if I forgave you..I said yes....we kissed and I wiped your tears and you fell asleep.

NOW I sit out here typing and feel like a total jerk. I worry about what you thought or will think of me. I do pray and hope nothing bad. I HATE being the way I was with you tonight and I hate it even more that I seem to have to raise my voice to you and your daddy to get either one of you to listen to what I am saying...which brings me to MY dad and how he was and how I hated that and I remember living like I was walking on eggshells all the time and never knowing if he was going to hit me (but not swatting on the butt via a diaper) or someone else for no reason even! NO person needs or should have to live like that. I NEVER want to be like him in that regard and have tried very hard to NOT be....but then there are days like today and I wonder if I have turned into him even if for a few hours. OUCH.

SO..I am truly sorry and do hope and PRAY TO GOD you will GET IT and start peeing and pooping in the potty ALL the time and be good at it and accomplish this so we can all move forward to other things in our lives. I pray I have not been too hard on you and that you remember the consequences for your actions or lack of actions but that you are also not afraid of me or worry about what I will do to you...etc. I made sure to only paddle you or swat you on your butt. THAT would be the ONLY appropriate place and I really am not one for paddling to begin with..but if someone MUST paddle (and by this I mean SWAT) it should only be on the butt. usual I am rattling on and on. Something I seem to do when I try to convince myself I am okay and we will all be okay and the world is okay and we are all forgiven of our continual sins...and tomorrow will be a better day!!

I LOVE YOU more than you will ever possibly know.

Your mommy!!

Friday, June 04, 2004

Dear Noah:

YAHOOOOOO! You finally POOPED in the potty today!!!!

Dear Noah: I had the last straw. I decided to work with you on potty training FULL TIME! I do NOT want to get mad at you and yell at you or scare you. I grew up being afraid of my dad most of the time and sometimes even my mom...and I do NOT want you to have to live like that. are 5 1/2 years old and will start Kindergarten this fall. HIGH time to toss away the excuses and get you to finish potty training. I hate being so TOUGH on you but so far today has gone pretty well. I have told you NO computer games till you poop in the potty today. I also told you no more eating out.....or going swimming till you poop in the potty. You have peed in the potty several times today as I told you this morning to say goodbye to your pull ups!!! I guess I have had my limit. I never dreamed I would have a 5 1/2 year old and still have them in pull ups and using wipes..etc...unless of course something was wrong with them. I don't think there is any reason why you cannot learn to potty. I think you are just stubborn mostly and do not want to do it. As long as you wear pull ups you will not even pee in the potty. SO...around the house no more pull ups. IF we go somewhere and you are still training...we may put you in a pull up. HOWEVER..back into regular underwear at home and continuing to work on it!! I know you have had problems in the past with different things in your short life. I also know you have a hard time staying focused sometimes on things which could be preventing you from being successfully potty trained. I think there COULD be many reasons...but it is time to BUCK UP as they say and really get serious about it and at least keep trying to succeed! So...I do pray and hope you will accomplish this soon and gain confidence to do things yourself. You are dressing yourself now and doing more things all the time by yourself. I love you dearly but am also trying to teach you to do some things on your own...which will only help you be more able to take care of yourself in the future someday!



Saturday, May 29, 2004

Dear Noah:

You are such a joy to me and your daddy. Today it was storming off and on. I am so glad you enjoy the rain and storms as much as I do. We LOVE to be out on the balcony squealing in delight as it thunders and we see lightening and then count to see how far away the storms are. When the rain began spraying on us and was so cold we ran inside and sat by your bedroom windown and looked out. We opened the window off and on to "feel the cool breeze on our face" and to "smell the rain". I LOVE to smell the rain and we don't get to do so very often here in Colorado as we normally don't have much rain. You seemed to enjoy this as much as me. We would wait for a nice breeze, close our eyes and sniff the air. It was wonderful. We would then laugh and giggle and kiss each other and do it all over again.

Your daddy thought you were funny today. He was going to place "albums" on our turntable and you said "Daddy....let's play the BIG DVDs". That is funny. I guess you think the albums look like DVDs and in fact they do don't they?

Momma squirrel came up to eat some nuts and drink water today. She is nursing and must have babies in a next somewhere. The birds are enjoying the water today too and the bread I tossed out to them.

Grandma Lincoln just called. Said they have had a lot of rain there. We were talking about age and getting older. Your grandpa Lincoln will turn 70 this October 25. SO hard to believe. Your daddy will be 50 next week. That is also so hard to believe. Time truly stands still for no one I guess.

You have just finished jumping up and down on mommy and daddy's bed...something we tell you you really should NOT do. But you enjoy doing it anyway and giggle and laugh the entire time. You said you were pretending to have WINGS so you could FLY LIKE A BUTTERFLY. I told you to quit flying before you flew into our ceiling fan directly over our bed.

Time to go......I have things to get done around the house. I love you dearly.


Thursday, May 27, 2004

Dear Noah

I came home today and you came running out of your bedroom to wrap your arms around me and give me the biggest hug! I hope you are always that happy to see me walk in the door!!! I think we will go look at some more new houses today. We are outgrowing our space here in the condo and it is time to get a bigger place soon. You LOVE to go house hunting!! You also love to go to Home Depot and Lowes!! ANYTHING home improvement (including shows on tv) and ANYTHING to do with TOILETS you LOVE! You have watched the TOP 10 BATHROOM show on the Travel Channel MANY MANY TIMES!! Not sure where that interest is coming from but we are thankful as we are interested in the same things so we can do so much as a family together and have a great time! I have a coffee cake in the oven now and need to get some more work done.

I love you so much!!


Wednesday, May 26, 2004

You have always had such a beautiful happy smile!! Posted by Hello

Dear Noah

I wish I could find the words to tell you just how much I love you! I never dreamed it would be possible to feel so much love for a child let alone another human being. Time has gone by so quickly already. I find it so hard to believe you are 5 1/2 years old and this fall will be starting kindergarten. Where has the time gone? I worry about you and your future. So much strife is in the world these days and seems to be getting worse by the minute. I know I should not worry but I do. I only want the best for you and for you to only be happy and have the best memories and life you could possibly have here on this earth. I pray to God constantly for guidance in bringing you up. I remember hearing how we are to "pray without ceasing" and since you have been born I can say I CERTAINLY do that! I guess I know as a human I do have limits and can only protect you so much in your life. Someday if you read these entries I hope you will be able to grasp just how MUCH you mean to me and your daddy. I love you to the MOON AND BACK INFINITY and beyond....FOREVER...and EVER....and EVER....and EVER.....AGAIN....and AGAIN....and AGAIN...and AGAIN. YOU will know this as I have repeated this same phrase to you EVERY night before you go to sleep. I do hope and pray you will enjoy being a CHILD. You have plenty of time to grow up and step out into this world.

I love you forever!



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