Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pumpkin Pie and A Broken Arm

Justin and I were having a delightful Thanksgiving dinner with friends when we got a call from the babysitter saying Caleb had been jumping on the couch and had hurt his elbow. Caleb was screaming in the background, so we quickly left the party to go home and find out what was going on. His elbow was swollen when we arrived and he wouldn't move it or let anyone touch it.

We took him to the ER, and after looking at the xray the doctor said he thought it was cracked but that we'd need to see an orthopedic surgeon to confirm. They put a temporary cast on him (is was hard on the bottom to prevent his elbow from moving, and open on the top, then wrapped in an ace bandage) and told us to see the surgeon on Saturday morning. Thankfully lots of doctors, including orthopedic surgeons, in Singapore have Saturday office hours.

The surgeon didn't have to look at the xray long to see that his elbow is fractured. He said it had to be a direct hit on his elbow and that they normally do not see this injury in children, usually adults. He thinks it will heal nicely in about 3 weeks. They put a full cast on Caleb's arm but did give us the kind that can get wet. He can go swimming or bathe with it as long as we dry it with a fan or blow dryer afterward. The temporary cast itched a lot, but this one seems to be fine. Caleb's dealing with it pretty well.

And now we can say, "that's why you don't jump on the couch..."

At the hospital just after getting the temporary cast (it hurt, can you tell?)


Caleb with his temporary cast...about 12:30am after the accident.

Playing with Daddy before going to the surgeon.

Silly Caleb with the new cast

This is the couch he fell off...according to Caleb he was crouching on the arm when he fell off backward. How many times have we said, "DON'T jump/stand/walk/run on the couch!!?"
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Singing and Discipline

Here's a video of Levi singing his version of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" at the dinner table. You can also see him acting every bit of his two years and being disciplined. We're using "1-2-3 Magic for Christian Parents" for disciplining them...we just didn't pull it out quite soon enough this time. You can see, though, that as soon as I said, "That's one," he sat down. Three means time-out. Levi does not like time-out, which is good for us!

Enjoy!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star from Jennifer ReflectingHim on Vimeo.



You can also view the video here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Laughing

I dare you to look at this and not smile. :-)
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My My, How Can I Resist You?

On the way home from school the other day, Caleb started singing,

"Mamma Mia, here I go again..."

And then I looked at him like he had grown a third eye. And then he collapsed into giggles in the backseat of the taxi.

I asked him if they had been singing that song at school, and he said it was on the radio. (I'm guessing the teachers were playing the CD during music time at school.) Not exactly what I expected to hear him singing since he usually comes home singing Jingle Bells as they are currently practicing for the Christmas concert.

When we got home, I dowloaded "Mamma Mia" from iTunes, and while I was there I downloaded "Dancing Queen" by ABBA as well. I mean, if we can sing and dance around the house to something other than the Mickey Mouse "Hot Dog" song, I'm a happy girl.

So I start singing, which inevitably prompts both of my children to shout in unison, "NO SINGING," but I cannot be swayed so easily, so I continue...

"You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen..."

And Caleb looks at me like I've grown a third eye and says, emphatically,

"Mom, queens.don't.dance."

Ok, then. That settles it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Weather Report

Wanna see the weather report for Singapore this week? (oh, and for the American readers...33 C=91.4 F, 25 C=77 C)


Updated: 2:00 AM SGT on November 12, 2009
Thursday
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Scattered Clouds. High: 33 °C . Wind light. Chance of precipitation 40% (water equivalent of 7.28 mm). Heat Index: 37 °C .

Thursday Night
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Partly Cloudy. Low: 25 °C . Wind light. Chance of precipitation 30% (water equivalent of 3.49 mm). Heat Index: 35 °C .

Friday
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Partly Cloudy. High: 32 °C . Wind NNE 10 km/h . Chance of precipitation 40% (water equivalent of 6.65 mm). Heat Index: 42 °C .

Friday Night
Thunderstorm. Low: 25 °C . Wind NNE 7 km/h . Chance of precipitation 100% (water equivalent of 77.13 mm). Heat Index: 31 °C .

Saturday
Thunderstorm. High: 30 °C . Wind WNW 10 km/h . Chance of precipitation 80% (water equivalent of 21.72 mm). Heat Index: 35 °C .

Saturday Night
Chance of Rain. Partly Cloudy. Low: 24 °C . Wind West 10 km/h . Chance of precipitation 40% (water equivalent of 12.75 mm).

Sunday
Chance of Rain. Partly Cloudy. High: 28 °C . Wind West 14 km/h . Chance of precipitation 40% (water equivalent of 10.38 mm).

Sunday Night
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Partly Cloudy. Low: 24 °C . Wind West 14 km/h . Chance of precipitation 30% (water equivalent of 5.44 mm). Heat Index: 31 °C .

Monday
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Partly Cloudy. High: 30 °C . Wind WNW 14 km/h . Chance of precipitation 30% (water equivalent of 3.22 mm). Heat Index: 36 °C .

Monday Night
Chance of Rain. Overcast. Low: 24 °C . Wind West 7 km/h . Chance of precipitation 20% (water equivalent of 0.58 mm).

Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Partly Cloudy. High: 29 °C . Wind light. Chance of precipitation 20% (water equivalent of 0.33 mm). Heat Index: 34 °C .

Tuesday Night
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Partly Cloudy. Low: 25 °C . Wind light. Chance of precipitation 20% (water equivalent of 1.90 mm). Heat Index: 33 °C .

Wednesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Partly Cloudy. High: 32 °C . Wind NW 10 km/h . Chance of precipitation 30% (water equivalent of 3.90 mm). Heat Index: 34 °C .

Wednesday Night
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Partly Cloudy. Low: 25 °C . Wind NNE 10 km/h . Chance of precipitation 20% (water equivalent of 1.43 mm). Heat Index: 31 °C .


Why, yes, we've entered the monsoon season. Thanks for asking.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Theological Discussions with a Four-Year-Old

Caleb has been asking a lot of deep questions lately. They seem easy enough on the surface, until you try to answer them. Especially in a way that a four-year-old can understand.

Here are some things Caleb's been asking/saying this weekend:

1. Where does God live?

2. We sang "Jesus died for all the children" at church today. Why did he do that?

3. Is He still died? (Caleb's words)

4. I love God sooo much! (So do we, sweetie, so do we!)

5. As I was praying with Caleb tonight, I asked him if he wanted to say it by himself. He did, so he started thanking God for his bunk bed, his reward chart, his stuffed moose. He said, "Thank you for..." and paused, so I filled in with, "...always being with me." Caleb replied with, "No, it's just furniture tonight, Mom. And soft things." :-) I was unaware it was "thank God for your furniture" night. I stand corrected.

Caleb has such a sweet heart, and it is a joy to watch him grow in his knowledge of our Savior. This time surely cannot be wasted.

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands." ~Psalm 119: 9-10



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