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Warming My Heart Today…

24 Mar

While the kids are upstairs playing, I snapped a few quick pics of some things that are just making me happy today!

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Maddie LOVES my perfumes, and after I let her have a squirt of mine this weekend she decided to share hers with me.  Is that not the sweetest thing ever?  Now she stores hers next to mine in my bathroom.  I’m so glad to have a little girl.

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Jason was out of town most of last week.  I walked into my bathroom yesterday and found that he had brought home all of his hotel toiletries and lined them up next to my sink.  I thought it was so sweet that he was trying to give me a little luxury!  Boy do I need it after a week alone with the kids…

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Woody, who was given to Charlie by his cousin Noah, has been through so much!  He survived Noah and Charlie, but now Maddie has gotten ahold of him.  She loves him so much, and, as you can see, has practiced some of her make-up techniques on him.  There is nothing like a toy that has been so loved-on that they are about to fall apart.

 

Here’s to finding joy in the little things around you!

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Mommy at a Crossroads

12 Mar

Boy, it is really hitting me today how Charlie is growing up!  We spent the morning going through his clothes, with him telling me what he liked and didn’t like, and moving his everyday clothes and pajamas into the bottom drawers of his dresser so he can reach them to dress himself.  Just yesterday I was forcing him to dress himself, because he was being lazy and wanted me to dress him, and today he picked out an outfit and brought it downstairs.  “Does this match?” he asked me before he got dressed.

At the library today he picked out 2 chapter books for me to read to him at nighttime.  Chapter books!  Can you believe it? The entire time we were sitting in the story time room with Ms. Beth reading, I held Charlie in my lap and squeezed him so hard.  I won’t be taking him to story time much longer.

Yesterday a friend of mine with a little girl the same age as Charlie posted pics of kindergarten registration.  This made me think, “I guess I should check on kindergarten registration.”  So I did, when we got home from story time.  And it’s next week.  Next week!  I haven’t taught him all of the letter sounds yet!

Then this afternoon when the kids sat down for a few minutes to watch cartoons while I vacuumed the floors, Charlie walked by me  and said, “I’m going to my room.  It’s too noisy down here.”  WHAT?  I thought I would have a heart attack.  I just nodded my head.

I went up a few minutes later to take him a bowl of popcorn, and this is what I found:

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I didn’t really know what to do when I found his door closed.  Do you knock on a 4-year old’s door, or just walk in, holding out your bowl of popcorn?

I ended up compromising by knocking while I opened the door.  I think I will take that approach until he moves out of the house, which will be tomorrow.

 

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5 (Not 26) Random, Hilarious Things That Have Occurred in My Home Today

26 Jan

Today’s writing prompt from The Daily Post was to write something incorporating the number 26.  I started out this morning with the intention of recording 26 funny things that happened in my house throughout the day.  However, it is the end of the day, and I could only come up with 5.  

Sorry, but I am sick, and I was just trying to survive the day.

Some funny things did happen, though.

At least, I found them funny, but I am taking heavy doses of Mucinex, which tends to make things funnier to me…

1. Charlie runs into the bedroom with Maddie’s magic wand, points it at the TV and says, “There will be no more grown-up cartoons on this TV!”

2. Jason, who has been into coin collecting lately, says to me, “Honey, did you know that coins made after 1965 are worth much less than coins made before 1965?”

“Yes, of course I know that.  You didn’t?” I respond sarcastically.

 “Quit being phaeanicious,” he says. (I am still not sure if he was telling me to stop being like a Phaeacian or if he meant facetious.)

3.  Charlie, upon finding an empty popsicle wrapper on his dad’s nightstand:  “What happened here?”

4. Maddie has been replacing random words in songs off of her Sunday School Songs DVD with the word “Poopy.”  Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and poopy, poopy!  I have to do something about that…soon, I think.

5.  Baby Kitty, who I didn’t know was in the house, suddenly appeared in the kitchen, covered in dust and dust balls.  I need to figure out where he was hiding, because obviously that place needs to be cleaned. 

So I didn’t reach my goal of 26, but I think my five are pretty good.  Have a good night, everyone!

 

Lessons I Have Learned from Legos

6 Jan

It is a new era in our household-the Lego era.  Charlie got a Batman Lego set for Christmas, and it has probably been his favorite, most played with toy since then.  It has not yet left our living room to make the trip up to Charlie’s room because he plays with it so much.

This is where Charlie now spends a lot of his days!

This is where Charlie now spends a lot of his days!

I spent 3 hours putting that thing together during Maddie’s naptime on Christmas Eve, with Charlie sitting next to me on the floor hanging onto my every move.  It is honestly a memory I will cherish.

What I will not cherish, however, is the fallout from the Legos.  I noticed on the box that the recommended age for this particular set was 7-14.  I had no problem putting it together and it really was quite fun to do-kind of like putting together a puzzle. There were several characters included like Batman, the Joker, and the Riddler, and there were two different vehicles to assemble, and the set itself is really cool.  There are trap doors and ropes that dip people in vats of acid.

But, let me tell you, there is a reason that the recommended age for this particular toy is 7-14.  Charlie loves his Legos and spends a great part of his day playing with the set-and I spend a great part of my day reassembling it. He is constantly tearing it up or knocking part of it off, and he can’t put it back together by himself, so I have to do it.

This has had a couple of negative repercussions…

1.  It has made one of my New Year’s goals (not yelling) very hard to reach, and while I don’t think I have yelled about the Lego set, I have used a not-so-nice tone after assembling Joker’s funhouse for the gazillionth time.

2.  It has made another of my New Year’s goals (saying “yes” more often) harder to reach.  I really, really, really want to say “No, I will not put it back together again.”  I did tell Charlie that if he tore it apart again, he would have to reassemble it himself (That was yesterday-I spent approximately 2 hours on the living room floor reassembling it for him this afternoon, so obviously I didn’t stick to my guns on that one.).

…and also some positive repercussions:

1.  It gives Charlie and I something fun to do together that we both enjoy.  It really is fun to put together, and he loves playing with it so much, which brings joy to both of us.

2.  It caused me to examine my actions and reactions.  I was getting really upset over Charlie destroying the Lego set.  I finally told Jason last night (after Jason accidentally stepped on the funhouse and Charlie got teary because I had told him I wouldn’t put it together again) that I just needed to let go.  It wasn’t a masterpiece that I had invented; I had assembled a set of Legos made for children.  It is a toy that is meant to be played with.

3.  I have realized that one day soon Charlie won’t need me to put together his Legos for him anymore.  One day he will take his Lego box up to his room, dump it out on the floor, and do it himself. That day is coming quickly, guys, and even though I always want him to need me to assemble his Legos for him, he won’t always need that.  I need to cherish these moments and take advantage of them while I can.

4.  It has opened up a whole new world to us!  Legos are awesome, people. Did you know that there is a movie coming out next month?

So event though it has been a little difficult for me and challenged me right away on some of my New Year’s goals, I am so glad Charlie got the Legos for Christmas.  And guess what he picked out today as his prize for being so brave at the doctor this morning?

That’s right….

Already put it together....twice.

Already put it together….twice.

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Jumping in the Leaves

5 Nov

It’s turning cooler, the days are shorter, and honestly my first instinct is to hibernate in the house!  However, with 2 kids, I just can’t do that.  They need to be outside, even if it is cool.  They need to run and play and breathe in the fresh air, and I do, too.  Some days, like today, I have to make us go outside, and I am always glad when I do.

We went out today, raked up a pile of leaves, and destroyed it!  Then we did it again and again.  I will probably be sore tomorrow from all of the raking, but it will definitely be worth it.

This is my favorite picture from the day:

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Isn’t that deep belly laugh just the best?

 

What They Said Wednesday

23 Oct

Good morning everyone!  I hope your week is going well.

I missed last week’s installment of “What They Said Wednesday” so I have something extra-cute for today.

Yesterday on our way to our Tuesday morning Bible study in Sanford, we passed by a car with a flashing light on top. Charlie asked me what it was.

“It’s a mailman,” I replied.

“No it’s not,” He told me confidently.

“What is it then?” I asked him. I thought maybe I could have been wrong, but I was pretty sure it was a mailman.

“It’s a mail girl.  Mail girls drive mail cars, and mailmen drive mail trucks.”

Hmmmmmm………

The Chachinator!

The Chachinator!

What They Said Wednesday!

25 Sep

Hi there! I hope you are all doing well.

We are enjoying the gorgeous fall weather.  Well, every one but Charlie, who threw a little tantrum this morning when I wouldn’t let him wear shorts to the park.

He began his tantrum on the stairs.

He began his tantrum on the stairs.

Maddie likes to do everything Charlie does, but with a little more drama.

Maddie likes to do everything Charlie does, but with a little more drama.

Maddie bringing me a leaf she found on our walk.

Maddie bringing me a leaf she found on our walk.

...while Charlie continues lamenting the end of summer.

…while Charlie continues lamenting the end of summer.

Maddie building a rock castle on the trail.

Maddie building a rock castle on the trail.

Charlie stops on the bench to whine a little more.

Charlie stops on the bench to whine a little more. He apparently REALLY hates his pants.

He finally snapped out of it and became his usual sweet Charlie self.  I guess we all need a little time to whine every once in a while, don’t we?!

 

Anyway, the real point of this post is to give you my second installment of What They Said Wednesday! So here goes…

I have been paying close attention to what the kids have been conversing about over the last couple of days so I could write this post, and I will say once again: the children are hilarious.  Absolutely hilarious.

Charlie (one afternoon as he played with his “doh-doh” and I worked around the kitchen): “What can make a house blow up?”

Me: “Lots of different things, I guess.”

Charlie: “Can fire make a house blow up?”

Me: “Yes.”

Charlie: “What about water?”

Me: “No, I don’t see how it could.”

Charlie: “What about shooey?  Could it make a house blow up?”

Me (at this point, I had all kinds of things I wanted to say, but I didn’t want him scared to use the bathroom): “No, I don’t think so.”

 

And one funny convo with Maddie as she ate breakfast:

Maddie: “I am a princess.”

Me: “You are a princess. What does a princess do?”

Maddie (flapping her arms like a bird flapping its wings): “Flaps her wings.”

Me: “Oh!  Why does she do that?”

Maddie: “To fly in the sky.”

We’ll have to let Princess Kate in on that one!  I don’t think she knows that she is supposed to be flapping her wings.

 

And just one more from Charlie.  He snuck this one in during lunch today:

Charlie: “Can God turn into a fridgerator?”

Me: “If He wanted to.”

Charlie: “Could God turn into a house?”

Me: “Uh-huh. Why do you think God would want to be a refrigerator?”

Charlie: “Maybe so he could get some food out of it.”

He has been really into conversations like this lately.  He asked me one day where he would use the bathroom in Heaven!  Now that’s a tough one to answer!

Hope you have gotten a few laughs out of today’s post!  Have a great day, everyone.:)

 

What They Said Wednesday-A Broken Crayon

18 Sep

I have seen lots of different blogs who have themes for different days of the week, and I figured out the perfect theme day for Mommy in Bonlee-“What They Said Wednesday”!

The children in this house talk CONSTANTLY! Sometimes I can understand what they say, and sometimes I can’t.  I found out at the dentist today that Maddie has a very tight frenulum and may have a lisp because of it, but I think that most of her problem is that her brain is moving faster than her mouth!

They are hilarious.  I am always thinking, “I have to write this down.”

So I am going to.  Every Wednesday, I will share a bit of the children’s wisdom with you.

Here’s today’s.  I was getting Charlie dressed for our dentist appointment.

Charlie: “I want to wear shorts!”

Me: “Well, it is cool and we are all wearing pants.”

Charlie: “But I want to wear shorts!”

Me: “Well, I want some stuff, too!  I want a million dollars.  Do you have a million dollars you can give me?”

Charlie: “No.”

Me: “Well, something else I want is a chocolate milkshake.  Do you have a chocolate milkshake you can give me?”

Charlie: “No, but I have a broken crayon!”

Me: “That is really sweet of you, but I don’t want a broken crayon.”

Charlie: “But I don’t have that other stuff.  All I have is this broken crayon. You can have it.”

Is this not the sweetest thing you have ever heard? I swear I could eat that boy up.  He was trying to give me all he had at the time, which was just a broken crayon, but to him it was pretty important-he was coloring with it! I had to go give him a big hug at this point, and I probably would have let him wear some shorts if he asked again.

This just made me think, am I willing to give everything I have? I’ll be honest, I have some things I am holding onto pretty tightly, even though God is telling me to let them go.  We all have something, don’t we?

Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. Mark 4:24

We (I) need to HEAR God’s voice and LISTEN and ACT.  We (I) need to be willing to give it all up, like little Charlie and his broken crayon.

Children are so wise in their innocence, aren’t they?

And just so you know, Charlie did put on a pair of pants!

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A Little Birthday Excitement

8 Sep

Last weekend while we were at the beach, we celebrated Jason’s birthday.  He is a young 37 now, even though I keep teasing him and calling him 40!

Birthdays just get less and less exciting the older that you get, but one really great thing about having kids is that THEY get so excited about ALL birthdays! I don’t know if it’s because they get cake or get to see something on fire or what, but it adds a new level of excitement to an otherwise boring birthday.

They were so excited about signing Jason’s birthday card, then later that night they were so excited about Jason’s birthday cake.  I could barely get the cake to him and I don’t think he actually got to blow out any of the candles!

It is such a joy to experience life with children!

They could hardly wait to sing happy birthday!

They could hardly wait to sing happy birthday!

Helping Daddy blow out the candles.

Helping Daddy blow out the candles.

Jason is a wonderful husband and father, and he just keeps getting better and better the older he gets.  I know that this will be a great year for him!

 

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The “D” Word

4 Sep

Jason made a comment one day last week that I have been thinking about quite a bit: “It seems like we’re always saying ‘Don’t do this! Don’t do that!'” I took that to mean, “You don’t let the kids do anything or have any fun,” which is totally not what he was implying.  He was just making an observation that we (mostly I) say “don’t” a lot.

With 2 young children, saying “no” is a necessity for their well-being, but I have been making an effort to notice exactly what I tell them not to do, and what I should maybe just let them do.  I will admit that sometimes I tell them not to do something because it will make a mess that I don’t feel like cleaning up, but I do try to avoid that because sometimes learning is messy, isn’t it?

I documented this morning what I just had to say “don’t” to, if only to provide a little comic relief for a tough post-vacation day!

1. Don’t zip yourself up inside of the luggage unless Mommy is in the same room and knows what you are doing.

2. Don’t go outside to shoot your bow and arrows naked.

3. Don’t pick up Baby Kitty by the neck.

4. Don’t attempt to pick up your sister by the neck.

5. Don’t try to run away from me in this parking lot.

6. Don’t tear the leaves off of the only plant that you or the cats have not yet destroyed.

7. Don’t eat that bright yellow mushroom you just picked from our yard, and don’t suck on your fingers until we have washed your hands.

8. Don’t stick your hand in the baby Vapo-rub, and don’t suck on your fingers until we have washed your hands.

9. Don’t attempt to pick up your brother by the neck.

10. DON’T SUCK ON YOUR FINGERS!

11. Don’t try to pet Goldie (our fish), and don’t suck on your fingers until we have washed your hands.

12. DON’T TRY TO PICK EACH OTHER UP BY THE NECK!

13. Don’t touch the toilet in the Wal-Mart restroom, and don’t do anything until we have washed your hands.

You get the picture, right?

Most of my “don’ts” are hygiene or safety related.  Gotta keep them healthy and alive, right?

Google “Saying no to your children” and see what comes up.  It is amazing!  My favorite article is “How to Say ‘No’ Without Saying ‘No.'” Are you serious?

Say no, people.  There is nothing wrong with it.  Do we not, as adults, hear “no” in some form or fashion every day?  What if our parents never ever said no to us, then one day we got a letter in the mail saying “Thank you for the application, but NO”? This is what would happen:

Am I the only one who doesn't want my child to end up like Miley?

Am I the only one who doesn’t want my child to end up like Miley?

“Don’t” is necessary to child-rearing.  So is “NO.”

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

If we take the time to discipline and say “don’t” and “no” now, our lives and those of our children will be better.  If our ultimate goal is to raise up well-adjusted, peaceful, joyful individuals, it is our responsibility to teach them that the world doesn’t always say “yes.”

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. Proverbs 23: 13-15

I for one will say “don’t” and “no” as much as it takes to teach Charlie kindness and gentleness towards animals and other people, and to teach Maddie that she has to wash her hands after she touches poisonous objects and uses the restroom.  These are important life lessons, after all!

I will continue to say “don’t” and “no” when my children face life’s more difficult problems, when we’re talking about drugs and sex instead of holding kittens and washing hands.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

Parenthood (like Christianity) is not for the faint of heart.  It is not for the fearful.