Mixed Holidays

I almost titled this “Joint Holidays”, but then I remembered that was a couple days ago. Lame Joke!

Kari: Today is both Good Friday and Earth Day!
Justin: Good Earth Fri- Day?
Kari: We should fry something
Justin: We should fry the Earth
Kari: We already are
Justin: Yeah. We should plant something

Lowes is giving away trees tomorrow. Go get yours and plant it in celebration of the earth God gave us to love and care for.

Day 2 of raising our 4 year old

Today, as we pulled into the parking lot of Nathan’s school, Nathan was excited to see his friend and asked if we could sit on the bench with him and his mom while they wait for the teacher.

“Sure”, I said as I unbuckled him from his carseat. Then we walked over to the other side of the van to get Topher. Nathan hopped up into the van and stood next to me. He then very seriously asked me if his friend is black.

I was taken aback by his question. The subject of skin color had never come up before and naturally he was curious. I stopped unbuckling Topher to give my full attention to our conversation.

I answered: “Yes, he is black”.

“What color am I?” he asked.

“You’re white.” I told him.

“What about Topher?”

“He’s white, too. You see, God put lots of different colors in the world to make it very beautiful and special. You and Topher both have blonde hair, I have brown hair, and Daddy has orange hair.” Then we looked outside of the van. We started naming all the colors we could find. The green grass, the blue sky, the grey pavement of the parking lot, etc. “It would be pretty boring if everything was just one color, huh?”

Nathan agreed and asked to go sit on the bench with his friend. So we did.

Happy Birthday, Nathan!

Today is Nathan’s fourth birthday! Nathan likes red, horses, the letter A, the number one, and the amount five.

Nathan has a very specific imagination. What kind is it specific?

You don’t need to ask him what kind of ice cream to get him because I will tell you right now. Green ice cream. No sinking.

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Happy birthday, Nathan! We’ll do you a for real post with good pictures and better videos after we’ve recovered later this week!

Happy Birthday, Kari!

I tried to get Nathan to tell Kari “Happy Birthday” this morning. I really thought he was going to do it too. He walked up to her… hugged her leg… and said “It’s MY birthday!”

Kari is a supermom with no wisdom teeth. She gives our kids excellent tiger protection.

For her birthday she wants to paint the living room. She painted the kitchen by herself while full on pregnant with Topher. When she wants to relax she cuts the grass. Stop being so jealous of my wife.

Happy birthday, Kari!

Not Just an Internet Holiday

Standing in the kitchen this morning…

Justin: be careful what you read on the internet today. It’s April Fools day. If you hear anything that sounds ridiculous or too good to be true, it’s probably an April Fools day joke.

Kari: Ok, Thanks. I forgot to tell you, this morning there was an extra hen in the chicken coop.

Justin: Huh? What? How’d that happen? What are you talking about?