Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
While waiting for our flight, I sneezed. My little sweetheart Isaac turned around and as loud as he could muster yelled, "Mommy tooted."
I nearly choked on my water and made a point of correcting him loud enough for everyone to hear me.
Something tells me this will not be the first time I am embarrassed by one of my kiddos.
- 350-400 people die each year in the U.S. and Canada when they accidentally drive into a lake or river.
- Of all types of vehicle accidents, vehicle submersion has the highest rate of death.
- Based on polling data, the average person does not know the way to survive a vehicle submersion.
- Most people will grab their cell phone and call 911 or a friend. This wastes the 50 second average window that a person can get out of a car and survive. If you stay in the car longer than 50 seconds, your chance if living almost drops to zero. We listened to 911 recordings of people who spent over a minute talking to the operator trying to describe where they were and find out what to do… all of them died a few minutes later.
- The average car will sink in 60-90 seconds.
- The average multi-ton truck used for snow-plowing will sink in less than 10 seconds.
- The car will fill-up COMPLETELY with water shortly after it sinks.
- THERE IS NO AIR POCKET!!! (okay, RARELY will an air pocket form, but only if the car stays horizontal (very rare) and settles gently on the bottom (also very rare)).
- Most vehicles will flip right side up in a few seconds regardless of how they entered the water (sideways, upside down, etc.) before they start to sink.
- Most vehicles will tip forward (due to the weight of the engine) and will sink to the bottom headlights first - all the air escapes through the back seat and out the back of the car so no air pocket forms.
- Most people CANNOT kick in a window to break it (unless you practice!). This was tested multiple times on dry land by many different sized and strength individuals. For those that did break the window, it took more time than they would have before the car filled with water. You can’t hold your breath and exert yourself hard at the same time! They did develop a “trick” though. If you kick at the bottom angle of the window closest to the hinge, then you have a greater chance of breaking the glass. I will now be carrying a glass breaking tool in my car – IN AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE PLACE (like hanging from my rear view mirror or on my key chain). Here is a great one that I make no money on :Res-Q-Me- Crank windows are best in cars!
- Electric windows will not work once the computer that runs the motor gets wet.
- NEVER try to open the door! The pressure of the water against the sinking vehicle will slam it shut hard (maybe trapping an arm or hand – or chopping off a finger!).
- A back hatch like in SUV’s and Minivans are a good means of escape if you have an inside latch – practice this!
- YOU CAN CLIMB OUT A WINDOW WITH WATER RUSHING IN. I watched multiple videos of people climbing out while water was rushing in. You do not need to wait for the car to fill up first.
- Don’t touch your cell phone
- Remove your seat belt.
- Get your child unbuckled (if a child or children are in the car).
- Roll down your window or break it if you cannot roll it down.
- Climb out of the car and swim to shore.
Friday, May 28, 2010
What better way to illustrate the differences between these two miracles then by giving an example.
So here, in just two quick photos, I give you Yin and Yang.
On our second night at the cabin, we decided to try (sorta) S'mores with the boys. It was raining. It was cold. So we couldn't go outside. Chocolate would be too messy inside a cabin we don't own. So we decided to let the boys eat, well, just the marshmallows, while we put chocolate on our marshmallows.
This is really the first time the boys have eaten marshmallows. I think at my mother-in-law's house one evening a few months ago, Ray gave them some little ones. But never a big ol' honkin' big marshmallow just to themselves.
The differences between our boys show up all the time, even when they eat marshmallows. Observe for yourself through the photography and descriptions below:
We took a short car ferry from Bobbie's house to Whidbey Island. We did some driving around and then got out at the Meerkerk Gardens. "Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, a not-for-profit garden open to the public, encompasses ten acres of display and educational gardens enveloped by forty-three acres of woodland preserve with 4+ miles of nature trails." Here are some pictures from our time in these beautiful gardens.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The good thing is, this trip doesn't put us behind at all. Tomorrow is a family day on Base, and Monday is a holiday, so he can't do anything until Tuesday anyways.
If you think of it, could you please pray for a few things for us over the next few days?
- That we would get moving dates that work for us and especially that allow us time to spend with our families in South Florida before we leave.
- That there would be room for Scrubs' on our rotator. These do not fly very frequently, and we therefore will basically have very options for dates. We really need him to get on this with us.
- That our condo will find a buyer or a renter soon. We still have it up for sale, and we are also entertaining renters now thanks to our good friend Ronnie who is "managing" the property for us. Our current renters just moved out so we want to fill the space soon financially speaking.
- Safe travels and calm baby boys on our flight back home this weekend.
Anyways, I digress. While in the car singing our ABCs and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star at the same time and remarking how amazing it is that all the time we didn’t know that they were written to the same rune on the way to dinner on Monday evening, we told Isaac he was going to see Briana and Ryan. While Briana pronounces her name Bree-anna and Isaac’s birth mom is Bri-onah, Isaac still thought this meant he was going to see “Bee.” He immediately launched into a “Joni? Bee?” serenade despite my efforts to explain to him that this was not the same Briana/Brianna he was used to.
And that isn’t the only funny thing Isaac has done lately. His vocabulary seems to be growing by the minute, and he continues to bring a smirk to our face or a hearty laugh to our souls on a continual basis. Here are some other cute “Isaacisms” from our Washington trip.
- Whenever JB drives by the water, Isaac says something to the effect of: “Driving by the water. Daddy be careful. Mommy by careful. Elijah Wuke? Be careful. Isaac be careful too.”
- I told him weeks ago that we were going to go on an airplane to go to Washington and see Bobbie. Any and every time we get into the car he makes a point to say: “See Bobbie? Go to Bobbie’s house?” I try to explain that we will see her in a few more days, but he doesn’t seem to comprehend that.
- I suppose Isaac has heard me tell JB or JB tell me “don’t have a cow” at some point on this trip because all of a sudden while driving yesterday he said, “Have a cow.” He loved that this made us laugh and so he said it a multitude of times.
- “Spoon,” Isaac said while holding up a long shoehorn. “No, I said. That’s a shoe horn.” He paused and said, “Shoehorn spoon.”
- We will often reach into the backseat to tickle the boys. One time when the tickling stopped, Isaac said: “Do it again right now please.”
- Isaac’s answer to “Who wants ____ (fill in the blank)” is always “Elijah did.” Who wants their diaper changed? Elijah did. Who wants to be tickled? Elijah did.
- While driving down the road Isaac shouted “Cucumber!” When we asked him if he saw a cucumber, he paused and said, “No.” We have no idea where that came from.
- If I turn around in the rental car to check on Isaac while he is eating a snack he will say, “I’m doing good Mommy.” I guess I ask him how he is too often.
- Isaac has been obsessed with “go buh-bye.” The moment he wakes up in the morning he will ask if we can “go buh-bye?” Whenever he gets slightly bored it is “go buh-bye.” I can clearly remember that Bri did this when she was little a lot as well.
- Like most kids, when Isaac gets something on his mind, it is hard to get it off. In the car he asked for some “p-delly” (peanut butter & jelly). We were about 10 minutes from our cabin so I told him he had to wait. We then counted as he asked for “p-delly” 31 times in a row, took a short break, and then asked 21 more times. These numbers are NOT exaggerations. They were actual counts.
After a hardy rainstorm filled all the potholes in the streets and alleys, a young mother watched her two little boys playing in the puddle through her kitchen window. The older of the two, a five year old lad, grabbed his sibling by the back of his head and shoved his face into the water hole. As the boy recovered and stood laughing and dripping, the mother runs to the yard in a panic. "Why on earth did you do that to your little brother?!' she asks as she shook the older boy in anger. "We were just playing 'church' mommy, ' he said. "And I was just baptizing him . . . in the name of the Father, the Son and in . . .the hole-he-goes."
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Our cabin is breathtaking. We took the room upstairs which is graced by windows nearly floor to ceiling. The boys are nestled in the master bedroom under the stairs.
We plan to just relax around the cabin throughout the day today. There’s no Internet access, so I am casually typing this on our laptop while sitting on the sofa and staring out through the glass doors down to the water. So peaceful. Everyone else is asleep. I’ve got a blanket over my legs and am enjoying the sound of the rain on the skylights above me and the birds waking outside. A wonderful retreat.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This is the hotel that JB and Iwent for the first night of our Honeymoon in Nashville, TN. We also returned there on our 3rd anniversary when JB surprised me with a spa day and evening away. These pictures were sent to me by my cousin Josh and his wife Sarah after the flooding there a few weeks ago. Unbelievable.