Monday, February 23, 2009

Harvey Hamel the Camel

I thought I'd dedicate today's post to a very important member of our family--Harvey Hamel the Camel.

Harvey is a sweet, too-cute stuffed camel given to me by my sweet, too-awesome friend from college, Amanda, at a baby shower. I love this simple toy for many reasons. One, I love stuffed animals and have since (probably) infancy. So really, any stuffed animal is a friend of mine. Two, how often to you see a stuffed camel? It's so unique! And very manly, at that. No wimpy teddy bears for MY kid, only the finest middle eastern livestock will do!

A frequently asked question (faq for all you techie abreviators out there) is, "How did Harvey Hamel the Camel get his name?" Zeke and I have been going to Tiny Tales, which is a story time for babies at our local library, every week since he was about 8 weeks old. We have only missed a handful of weeks since then, and only for serious illness! For real! It's the best 15 minutes of my week! One week, the story teller did a bouncing rhyme about a Pony named Macaroni and it went a little something like this:
(bouncing baby on your lap)
I have a little pony,
his name is Macaroni,
he trots and trots and then he stops (stop bouncing and wait a couple of seconds)
My silly little pony, (stop for a couple of seconds)
MACARONI!

Zeke absolutely loved it and I started doing the rhyme with him at home and he just giggled and laughed and thought it was the coolest thing ever! But I felt weird because he didn't have a pony to associate with the rhyme. So I looked over and there was his camel poking his little head out of the toy basket. So I started,

I have a little camel,
his name is......is.....uhhhhhhhhh.... HARVEY HAMEL!

And thus, Harvey Hamel the camel was given his name.

A few months ago, when we felt that Zeke was old enough to have a stuffed animal in his crib, we put Harvey in with him. We would put Harvey off to the side and let Zeke "find" him rather than putting him near him (paranoid about SIDS, for sure). We would often find Zeke cuddling Harvey around the neck or by the tail when we went in to wake him up. Then we noticed that when Zeke learned to crawl, he would immediately flip over onto his hands and knees and crawl to Harvey when put down for a nap. So to eliminate that, we started putting Harvey on his chest for naps. As soon as you put the child down, the thumb goes in the mouth and Harvey goes under the other arm. If you give him Harvey at any other time (during play time, etc.), the thumb automatically goes in the mouth. Now, Zeke has trouble napping because he stands up and throws Harvey out of the crib, then gets upset because he's gone. It takes a few tries to get him to go back down, because he often will immediately stand back up again and throw his BFF across the room. So it seems that our attempt at a comfort object has backfired. I know in my heart that it's only temporary, but do any of you moms have any advice, besides chaining the stuffed animal to the crib using those little plastic links and a hand-made collar?!!!

We love Harvey, but it's getting a bit frustrating!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shadow Feet

By: Brooke Fraser

Walking, stumbling
On these shadow feet
Toward home, a land that I've never seen
I am changing
Less and less asleep
Made of different stuff than when I began

And I have sensed it all along
Now fast approaching is the day

When the world has fallen out from under me
I'll be found in you, still standing
When the sky rolls up and mountains fall on their knees
When time and space are through
I'll be found in you

There's distraction
Buzzing in my head
Saying in the shadows it's easier to stay
But I've heard rumours of true reality
Whispers of a well-lit way

When the world has fallen out from under me
I'll be found in you, still standing
When the sky rolls up and mountains fall on their knees
When time and space are through
I'll be found in you

You make all things new

When the world has fallen out from under me
I'll be found in you, still standing
When the sky rolls up and mountains fall on their knees
When time and space are through
I'll be found in you

When the world has fallen out from under me
I'll be found in you, still standing
Every fear and accusation under my feet
When time and space are through
I'll be found in you
When time and space are through
I'll be found in you
When time and space are through
I'll be found in you

Sometimes I am just SO ready for Jesus to come back and fix everything, aren't you?! More on this later... please pray for some important decisions that have to be made and meetings that are to be held today.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Not Me!



Oh, what a day.

Today, I certainly did NOT forget my laptop on my way out the door to the gym, meaning that I would have NO music for Body Pump today. No way! I am always composed and put-together in the morning!

I did not only realize this fact when I was already at the gym, had already dropped the munchkin off in the Kids' Club, and was happily filling up my water bottle.

When I realized that I didn't have any music (not even my back-up CD, folks!), I did not FREEZE for at least 30 seconds, then yell "CRAP!" thus scaring all of the Personal Trainers and muscle-heads out on the gym floor.

I did NOT leave my child in the Kids Club while I left the gym and sped home to get my laptop. To do so would be absolutely irresponsible and secure my spot as worst mother in the universe!

Don't worry, when I got back to the gym 10 minutes late, at 10:40, my laptop did not decide to act tempermental and did not need to be restarted in order to recognize that an audio jack was even plugged in!

I did NOT skip the Lunge track to get through the class faster! If I had done that, Les Mills would be very angry, for sure!

I did NOT promise my class chocolate chip cookies next week as penance for my MAJOR screw-up...and I CERTAINLY was not on the verge of tears through the whole class!

And last but not least, I did NOT do 100 pushups (10 for each minute I was late). No really, I actually didn't do that.


This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Come to the Gym, Kim!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Serious.Life Magazine

I wanted you to know about this publication I’m a part of called Serious.Life Magazine. They just published the February issue today, and I am in their Featured Blog Directory. It’s a very high quality magazine… you’ll really like it.

The magazine includes a lot of great content from bloggers you’ll appreciate, as well as great features, photos and other content. The magazine is owned and published by a family who have seven kids, three adopted and one who has Leukemia (www.riggsfamilyblog.com). The magazine gives away a bunch of ads to charities and ministries. Besides great articles on interesting people, there is a lot about family, adoption, personal finance, spiritual life, humor… all sorts of “life” topics.

Again, the subscription is free, and I know you’ll enjoy the magazine, so take a minute to check it out and sign up to get future issues. www.seriouslifemagazine.com


--Rachel