Sunday, April 20, 2008


Blogger Mark, Allison & Tessa Joy said...

burrito, sausage... do a post on what you call each of the 4 and how they got that name. That would be intersting to hear.

This post is about the nicknames of our kids. (BTW, Amy had some concerns about using the real names of our kids on our blog, so we made the decision to use their nicknames.) Here are the stories:
Our firstborn, H: When H was born, the nurse wrapped her up in a receiving blanket, gave her to me and said, "Here's your little burrito." She did look like a burrito, so that's what I called her: "Little Burrito." Of course as anyone knows me can testify, I am never content with just one name. So Little Burrito became "Burrito" and "Burr" for short. A few weeks later, I looked at her and called her "Babycakes." I don't know where that one came from. But that name soon morphed into Cakes, Cakies (pronounced "Kay-keys"), Cakes of Baby and Cakeasaurus.

Our secondborn, I: He was small for quite a while. Keeping with the food theme, I thought of something small and tasty, like an appetizer or a morsel of food. He became "Morsel." That morphed into a few offshoots: Mr. Morsel, Mr. Morse, Morsey, and Morse. When he started solid foods, he began to gain weight pretty quickly. He became "Mr. Plump and Juicy" or "PnJ." Over time, it was the Morsel nickname (and its various forms) which stuck.

Our thirdborn, J: I looked at him one day when he was wrapped up in a receiving blanket. He reminded me of a Vienna sausage. Thus, he was christened "Sausage." This name evolved into Saucy, Saucer and Sauce. Months later, I was watching "Barney" with the kids. (OK, I was watching it by myself. So what?) Anyway, Barney uses the phrase "Super-dee-duper" quite a bit. For some reason, I applied it to J, and he acquired the nickname "Super-dee-duper." That was too long, however, so I shortened it to "Super Duper." Following the pattern, this nickname also has many versions, such as Super Dee, Sup Dee Dup, Super, and Sup. (Note: Sup and Dup rhyme with "soup." Note also: I do not call him Supy. That would be going too far.)

Our fourthborn, A: First of all, I know you're probably asking yourself why we didn't name our fourthborn something that started with a "K" in order to continue the pattern. The short answer is: just because. The long answer is: just because. I have to admit, I had a hard time with the nickname of A. I actually began to worry about it. Will my youngest grow up without a nickname? Will he need years of therapy and/or healing and deliverance ministry because of the emotional trauma of not having one? Well, one day A reminded me of one of those Little Smokies. You know those 1-inch smoked sausages that you can make pigs-in-a-blanket with? So he became Little Smoky. Most of the time, I refer to him as Smoky, Smoke, Da Shmoke, Shmoky, etc.

Each child also has at least one theme song or tune associated with him or her. But that's a whole other story.


Friday, April 18, 2008

House update 4/13

Here's the Sausage on our new driveway. The garage doors were put in that week. The yard has also been graded.

How about a peek inside?

This is the soon-to-be kitchen. If you look closely at the bottom left corner of the picture, you can see what appears to be water. Yes, it is water. And yes, there was a leak coming from the bathtub....And yes, there was a good amount of water on the floor and a bit on the drywall. For some reason, I can't seem to get away from overflowing water. (A little inside joke for the Rochesterians.)


Thursday, April 17, 2008


OK, Texas has some crazy weather. And Texans love it that way. It makes for good conversation. I just watched a tag team weather report in which a male and female reporter talked about thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and golf-ball-size hail for about an hour without a commercial break. Well, it may have been only 20 minutes, but really, how many times can you repeat the same doppler weather images.

It didn't look that bad outside, so I decided to go get gas for my car. I got my gas—having to dip into our retirement account—and proceeded back home. All was well until I was about 6 minutes from the house. It started with a light drizzle, and then out of nowhere BAM! It was like a fireman aimed his water hose right at my windshield. I turned the wipers on high, to no avail. I turned on the high beams. Although it didn't help me see the road or potential pedestrians, I could see the rain very clearly. I probably should not have been driving as fast as I was, given the conditions. But rather than slow down, I decided to crank up the worship CD and sing a little louder. I couldn't see any better, but it made the ride more exhilarating.


House update 4/6

The good news: the brick is in place. The bad news: somebody ordered the wrong style of brick. The good news: the builder is giving us $2000 in incentives for their mistake. And really, who cares what the brick looks like.


Saturday, April 12, 2008


The Burrito has played in five games so far. Usually she plays forward, but sometimes the coach has her play goalie. In her first game, she scored the only goal for her team. (I don't think I embarrassed her too much with my loud cheering.) She is really growing as an athlete and in sportsmanship.

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