We experience God's grace when we see Him go beyond what He has promised, to give us gifts that we could never have created, earned, or deserved. Our children are two of those gifts of grace.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Transformers Theme Song

As we all know, Meredith loves to make up songs. Something that has become clearer over time is that her first priority is always the rhythm -- the whole thing is driven by the cadence of the song she creates. The tune is secondary, and after that, if possible, she also generates words on the fly to sing (though it is mixed with some humming, and especially mumbling when she can't think of something quickly enough to fit the rhythm).

I think the Transformers could use a new theme song, and this one resembles a march right out of Miss Saigon or Les Miserables. My favorite part is the minor key that it's in. Or maybe the invitation to "sing along". Or perhaps the brilliant dramatic ending.

A note: For those not familiar with the Transformer mythology, the Decepticons are the bad guys and the Autobots are the good guys. And Meredith is wearing Transformers pajamas while performing this song.

Hope you enjoy! While there are chunks where she is so into the rhythm that the words are unintelligible, I've posted a few fun quotes to listen for below the video.

We are the Decepticons
and the Autobots
We are the ones!
Sing along!

And we are the ones
that we are so worthy
we are the ones that are *mumble*

You are the ones that
You are the ones that are
transform (or a failed rhyme attempt?)
You are the ones that are


And the way that you feel
You would drink so bad
You, you can drink, you *mumble*
(failed rhyme on the fly!)


...you know "that's right!"
You are the ones that are things so bright!
(successful rhyme on the fly!)


And now that you're grown every thing *mumble*
worthy of you and me


We are the decep-ti-cons!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

In Which a 5-year-old Girl Chooses Her Own Gift

Meredith turned 5 in June, and although you may have seen her adorable ballet pictures on Facebook...

...you probably know that girly stuff is not usually the "main event" with Meredith. Instead, her true love right now is the world of superheroes. So when one birthday gift involved cash to choose a gift at the store, we had some guesses as to what she may want. We narrowed it down to a Superman outfit, some Batman and Joker fisher price toys, a Darth Vader mask, and an Optimus Prime helmet (from Transformers). With the helmet on clearance, she ended up able to afford both the helmet and the mask! The helmet has a button that makes Optimus Prime sounds, but the button she likes is a voice convertor -- you can see that she is still in her usual dancing/singing mode, but now with a new voice...the first line of talking is the only one I can understand ("I am Optimus Prime") but I think the body language is priceless. She also finds that the voice button has to be re-activated every so often, which makes this especially amusing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Southern Gal talks about "Smokin' the House"

This is an older video (from when it was actually a little chilly here, months ago.) It is a truly odd story about "smokin' the house" -- probably a house fire, because she is very interested in fire safety and emergencies (!). The strange thing is the deep-south accent she has managed to develop for the story...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Lukie/Yukie/Bobby!

Our little Lucas is two years old! We are so proud of our adventurous, sweet, and adorable little boy.

Here's a recent photo in his cute little overalls (though he has had his first haircut since this was taken -- he was adorably shaggy here).

Lucas is also an evolving jokester. The video below is a case in point. First, he cracks himself (and us) up by pretending to fall asleep at dinner. Then, he talks about the pictures on his fork handle instead of taking a bite. Finally, he insists that his name is Bobby. We think he got this idea from us trying to get him to acknowledge his name by asking him other ones ("Is your name Jimmy? No. Is your name...?"). He decided he liked to be called Bobby -- even answered to it for a couple of weeks! Ironically, with a daddy named Rob and an opa named Bob, he could have easily become a Bobby. However, he's back to his own name now, with the important caveat that he pronounces Lukie "Yukie." That evokes a different image for me. We had some Canadian friends here in Florida who had a little, very excitable dog named Yuki, short for "Yukon King" (sidenote: awesome name), so I have visions of Lukie as that energetic little dog, tearing around everywhere!

We are looking forward to a little party on Saturday, but most of all we are so thankful for our little man. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!