Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Widows Mites - or a few bananas and a treat

Maybe you're familiar with the Bible story of the Widows mites - if not you can read it here.

Yesterday we were in a park waiting for Dan and Benji was pushing the stroller. The park was practically empty so I wasn't very worried about what the stroller hit. Of course when I wasn't paying attention he ended up running into a young man sitting on a bench. He was clad in military type clothes had a bag and a box of wine. From the look of him I got the impression that he might be homeless.
He offered Benji a banana and when I came to get the stroller he followed me back to our bench to give Vince a banana too.
He started talking to the boys. Vince understood everything and answered correctly only in English.

Jak se maš? Fine
Jak se jmenueš? Vinson

I explained that we were Americans but had lived in Prague for 4 years so Vince understood only answered in English. The boys weren't extremely friendly. Benji gave him some good smiles and Vince made him laugh because his name is Gorge and Vince thought it was funny that George - like the monkey - was giving them bananas. He ended up giving each of them 2 or 3 bananas. He told me he lived near Hlavni Nadrazi (which has a park that is a popular "resting ground" for the homeless and druggies). We talked for a little while.
Then Gorge told me he was going to the Tabak for a cigarette and asked if we would be there when he got back. I told him we were waiting for my husband but we'd probably still be there. He came back with a cigarette for himself and a pastry for the boys to share.
I really have no idea if my suspicions were correct - and that he was homeless - and if he was giving my boys all the food he had, definitely possible, but it touched me how generous people are to my boys. Maybe to them friendliness and sweet smiles are a rare treat.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

February Fun

For Valentines day the boys made valentines day boxes (or Love Day boxes as the boys would say – darn that Blue’s Clues :)  I tried to put something in their box the week leading up to valentines day.  They also made valentines for their grandmas.  All of them.  When I asked Vince how many grandmas he had he said, “A LOT!”  “Okay, how many do you have in America?”  The reason for the confusion is that there are a lot of really cute old women at church who love the boys and give them chocolate or little presents practically every week. 


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I’ve also been nesting.  I borrowed a friends sewing machine and sewed in all the free time I had for a week.  I made this quilt for a friend and started squares for a baby quilt.


Vinson is 5!  I can’t believe it time passes so quickly!  We had a pirate themed birthday party and had it in the family center I volunteer at.  It was pretty wild but everyone had a good time.  We made pirate hats and did a treasure hunt. 


Vince is such a good helper!  I usually have to tell him to leave toys for Benji to pick up when we’re cleaning up.  He really tries hard to please and plays so well with Benji.  He is phenomenal with legos and loves to ride his bike, help mom cook, and play World of Goo on the computer this is an awesome game!  (he also acts out the game with legos).  We love Vinson!  He’s such a good boy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Some of you have asked about updates on my insurance struggle. I added to the list below the last post. It's still not finished . . . There is good news and bad news. The "good" news is that I might actually make it to 100. The bad news is that I STILL DON'T HAVE INSURANCE!!