Monday, November 26, 2007

Ode to Ice Cream

I have a serious addiction to ice cream. It's amazing how, regardless of the stress or worry of any given day... ice cream can take it all away in an instant! Yummy! Someday I might need to get professional help to break the cycle. As for today, I just finished my bowl (and consequently the carton). This means that tomorrow I'll have to go to the store for some more! Tis the season for peppermint candy ice cream too. Few things in life are more wonderful than peppermint candy ice cream!

In other news, we spent a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend in St. Helens visiting my family, and this week we are running ahead full-force with our crazy lives!

Leeann and Titus have discovered the art of jealousy and sibling rivalry. They still play together well, and give each other hugs and kisses regularly, they just also figured out that fighting between brothers and sisters is normal. I caught Leeann (my gentle, obedient child) hitting Titus upside the head the other day. Titus has gotten in a fair amount of hot water lately for biting, and they've both been squabbling more over toys and such. As for me, CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY!

Titus turns 2 on Sunday. Where, oh where did time go. How does life go by so fast? I still feel like I should be 16. How did I end up married with 2 kids a mortgage and a mini-van? The good news is that I'm finding that the older I get the more fun life is!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Leeann and I are in a really fun play at our church called, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." We're inviting anyone who reads this blog and would like to see us in action (we are who-people) to come see the play.
Tickets are free, but seating is limited. So, please reserve your tickets by calling the church office at 926-5291.
Dates are:
December 6th at 7 pm
December 7th at 7 pm
December 8th at 4 pm and 7 pm
December 9th at 9 am, 11 am and 3 pm

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Isn't it ironic?

Have you ever yelled at your kids to be patient? Think about the irony :0) Oh, the wonders of parenting...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

3 Years Ago...

I'm headed off to church in a few short minutes but I'm fondly remembering our Thanksgiving Service 3 years ago. During most of our service on Thanksgiving people share about what they are thankful to God for, and how He's blessed them in the past year.

Well, 3 years ago after the Thanksgiving service I became a mom. It seems so surreal looking back on it, but we made the announcement that we would be adopting Leeann and we took her home from church that day. I love being a mommy and Leeann has been such a huge blessing. She's taught me so much and she's such a special little girl. I'm thankful that God has brought her into our lives in such an amazing way. I'm also incredibly thankful for Kyndall's trusting in us and for her sacrifice and sharing this beautiful little blessing!

I only have 13 (or 14? I'm bad at math) more Thanksgivings with Leeann before I send her off to college. I'm sure I have at least 23 until she does Thanksgiving with her own family though :0) I am blessed!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Uh, yeah... he can do that...

So, here's a little excerpt from my Baby Center on-line parenting magazine. It sends my updates each week telling me what to expect and to give me timely advice for my son. Today I got, your "23 month old, week 3."

"19 to 24 months-Your child now understands as many as 200 words, though he'll probably use only 50 to 75 of them regularly. Many of these words will be nouns that designate objects in his daily life, such as "spoon" and "car." Between 18 and 20 months, his pace will pick up as he acquires ten or more new words each day. If he's especially focused on learning to talk, he can add a new word to his vocabulary every 90 minutes — so watch your language!

During this phase your child may begin stringing two words together, making basic sentences such as "Carry me." Since his grammar skills are still undeveloped, you'll often hear odd constructions such as "Me go." He's understood for some time that he needs language, and he'll attempt to name new objects as he observes the world around him. He may overextend the words he already knows, though, so that all new animals are called "dogs," for example.

Starting around his second birthday, your child will begin using three-word sentences and singing simple tunes. As his sense of self matures, he'll use "me" to refer to himself, and he's likely to tell you what he likes and doesn't, what he thinks, and what he feels. You may hear him say, "David want juice" or "Baby throw," for instance. (Pronouns are tricky, so you may catch him avoiding them.)"

So, um... yeah...

Titus is still acquiring words slowly but surely, and everything seems just fine and dandy (and of course, all kids learn at different rates, some start speaking in full sentences, he's got Leeann to speak for him, he's working his motor skills, etc., etc., etc.). Anyway, I understand all of this and that there's nothing to be worried about at this stage but I couldn't help but laugh when I read that article. 10 new words a day eh? How about 10 total words? Okay, really he probably has more like 20 now depending on how you count a word (when the can repeat it, when it sounds like a real word, when mommy understands it, when he uses it on his own for the correct object?) We were told to count it as the last one, regardless of how he pronounces the word. Progress. That's all that matters right?

Anyway, fun times had by all in the Buhl household. There's not much else to say today. Boy, is my life getting boring? I'm okay with that!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Weekend to Remember

I could write a post that would take you 3 days to read... but I'll try to restrain myself!

Rob and I spent this last weekend at the Hilton (a very nice hotel!) in Vancouver, WA where got the awesome opportunity to attend an event called, "A Weekend to Remember". This an AMAZING marriage conference that is and has been such a blessing in our marriage! We got to go to one about a year and a half ago and we got to go again last weekend. We will try to go as often as possible... that's how good it is. It is here that I shall insert a special thank you to Ben and Brendel for taking care of our kiddos and to Dean and Deborah for joining in on that effort, we are so blessed by your graciousness!

Anyway, I don't even know what to write because we learned SO MUCH. I guess I would simply encourage my married readers to make a strong healthy marriage a priority. It's so worth fighting for! Read books (the men's resource table had plenty of them on CD to aid in making this effort easier :0), attend conferences, do studies on marriage. A good marriage doesn't happen naturally--it takes work, effort and diligence. BUT IT'S SO WORTH IT!

Go to and find a conference in your area to attend. The investment is priceless! Why have a mediocre marriage when you can have a great marriage? Your husband (or wife) affects every area of your life, and God designed marriage to be a great thing. I can't think of a greater investment you can make.

Rob and I are nearing 6 years of marriage and I'm still learning new things about him and about our relationship every day. I am continually amazed at this institution called marriage. Getting married is incredibly easy to do, but staying married (and being happy doing it) is so much more difficult. There's so much that goes into the make-up of an individual man and individual woman that bringing them together in marriage and expecting things to 'just work' without consistent effort seems silly if you think about it.

Okay, I'm going to stop now. But seriously, consider making some steps toward a healthy and growing marriage. Yay for a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Where did these people go?

This picture was taken at my Senior Banquet aboard the Portland Spirit in 2004. Pre-kids... what did we ever do with ourselves?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Has anyone out there seen these children? They've been missing for some time now. I have kid's who look very similar to these... but I'm missing THESE ones. Anybody?

Monday, November 05, 2007

First two-word sentence!

"Get Down". I was ever-so-gently raising my voice... I mean quietly prompting Titus to get off the kitchen chair yesterday when he looked up at me with his big ole goofy grin and excitedly begun chiming in, "Get Down, Get Down, Get Down." He was so proud of himself and I was proud of him too of course!

Really, it sounded more like eet dnnn or something like that, but he's proudly repeated it again several times today. Silly boy!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

A Picture of How God Feels

I got a brief glimpse at how God must feel this evening. Titus woke up from his nap and his was whiny and disoriented. I don't think he knew what his problem was as he was still half asleep when I walked through his bedroom door. He just looked up at me with these sad little eyes and put his hands in the air. I picked him up and rocked with him on the rocking chair as he burrowed his head into my shoulder.

"Ah, this is what God must feel like..." I said to myself. I love being needed. I love it when I'm the only person in the world who can comfort my son whom I love so dearly. I love when he shows my his affection and adoration. I love when he spends time with me and when he wants to be close to me.

Yup, I bet that's how God feels too!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Happy Birthday Rob!

Monday was Rob's Birthday. He took the afternoon off and we headed up to Portland to spend the day at IKEA. It was lots of fun and it turned out to be a great family day. Of course, I'm not complaining about getting to spend the day at IKEA... or with my family!
I just happen to think this is the CUTEST picture in the whole wide world of Titus.
And, here are my two favorite boys!

And my favoritist little girl!
And, here's the Birthday Boy! My best friend. The coolest guy ever. World's greatest husband, and funnest daddy! Happy Birthday Rob!

The After Party

We ended Rob's Birthday evening with doughnuts instead of cake. Cake isn't his favorite and Krispy Kreme is conveniently located on the way home from IKEA. Perfect!

The kiddos not only got the doughnut that they picked out, but they also got the 'hot and warm' free one too. They were just a little bit happy about getting to partake in daddy's birthday doughnuts!

Sugar shock!
Does life get any better than this?
Finger-lickin good!
The Birthday Boy!


Here's a picture I took of Titus reading in his Sunday School class the other day. I thought it was too cute not to share!