"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." - Elizabeth Stone

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Snow Day.

 It wasn't much,
and it's already well on it's way to sludge.

But we have (had) snow.

 I've only had two sips of coffee,
so this post will mostly just be pics.

  These are the neighbor girls.
They're both always so good about playing
with the kids.
We're sure going to miss them when we move....
in two days.  EEK!

 Working on a little snow person.


 And, we're done.
We spent more time putting coats on
than playing outside.

 Now, back to my boxes.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Maybe he does 'get it' after all....

He's at the age where he wants everything.
All for himself.
Doesn't want to share.
Doesn't want to give.

This "phase" is pretty frustrating.
As parents, you don't want your child to be 'that child'.
Because, chances are, you've encountered a few
adults that you know were 'that child'.

Most of us probably don't give to and do for others
as much as we can or should.
I'm guilty there.
But we at least want to teach our kids to be kind
to others.
I guess the giving will follow.

We took cookies to all three Clinton Fire Stations
and the Police Station
on Thanksgiving Day.
I explained why -
that we always want to thank those that keep us safe.
That it's not always about us
and the things that we have/get/want.
That it feels good when you give to others
without getting or expecting anything in return.

We try to keep the explanations simple.

We talk about the "red bucket" and "charities" when
we go to Wal-Mart or Kroger.
(I always make sure to have change in my pocket.)

We try to teach him that this is how God wants us to be.
That He wants us to give.
He wants us to be kind.

The understanding usually only lasts so long.
Then he sees something on tv or in the store that
he wants/"needs".
He snatches and won't share with his sister/cousins/friends.
He gets angry when I suggest that he gather some
old toys to give to kids that don't have any -
he's afraid "they'll want all his toys" if he gives
just the old ones.

We start thinking we've failed.
That he doesn't really 'get it'.
We know he has a kind heart -
and we want to him to show it.

Then he does.
He shows us that his heart is bigger than you would
expect from someone his age.


Jake loves our mailman.
He can hear his truck turn onto the street behind us.
If he's not already in the garage waiting,
he stops what he's doing to go greet him at the mailbox.
Today, he wanted to sit in a chair on the sidewalk
to wait.
I gave him a candy cane ball (peppermint)
while he waited.
He said he needed two.
(Ugh! There he goes being greedy again.)
I told him he could have another one when he came back inside.
He then told me he was only going to eat one.
He wanted to give the other one to Mr. Mitch
(yes, they're on a first name basis) -
"jus to say thanks for bringing our mail".
(Ugh! And there he goes proving us wrong again.)

May not sound like a big deal to most.
He didn't give up any of his toys.
He didn't help put food on someone's table or
clothes on someone's back.

It was just candy.

But that's not the point.
He gave.
Something that was his -
that he wasn't asked to give.
To someone else.
And didn't expect anything in return.

Maybe he does 'get it' after all....

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

It's The Hap-Happiest Season of ALL!!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Autumn. Awesome.

Jake: "Allie, the leaves are changing colors because it's Autumn."
Allie: "Yeah.  Iz Awesome!"
Jake: "No! It's Autumn!"
Allie: "Yeah.  Awesome!"
Jake: "No! Allie, it's Autumn! It has a 'tuh' in it! It's Autumn!"
Allie: "I know! Iz Awesome!"

I usually stop his correcting at this point,
but I let it go way longer.
He finally gave up and told her it was Fall.

I have lots of updating to do.
We've been on many adventures since my last post.
I'll get to it eventually.

Until then, here are a few more quotes.
You may see lots more of these in the future
since this is the only place I have to "keep" these things.

(I have written a few things down elsewhere so you'll see some things from as far back as 18 mos.)

April 19, 2011 - Jake:  "Mama, you awre jus perfec!"

October 6, 2011 - Jake:  "Why does boogers need two holes ta lib in?"

October 4, 2012 - Allie:  "Ha-pee Berf-day, Brudder! Hers sum ap-pull juice!"

Allie: "Mama, wess count! waaaaaaan, twoooooooo, treeeeeeee, foooooooor, fiiiiiibe. Oh! Das pink!"
(she's easily distracted, ha!)

October 9, 2012 -   After our regular blessing at lunch, Jake continued with a line from 'Horton Hears a Who' - "All that we need is all that we've got. We thank you, we thank you, we thank you a lot!"


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ferdy Eight and Bat Spiders

 Allie: "Mama, I pay ferdy eight!"

Jake: "Mom! Come watch us play forty eight!"

 I'm not sure what "forty eight" is -
other than Allie's favorite number,
but they sure had fun playing it Tuesday
while "waitin' on da hurry-cane".

 And then Jake found a "bat spider".