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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.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/daily-prompt-new-2/

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!

 

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/daily-prompt-excitement/

Sorry to Embarrass You…

13 Aug

Today’s daily prompt is titled “Too Soon?”  and is asking if there are some topics that are off limits when it comes to writing humorously (http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/daily-prompt-funny-2/).  I know there are.  For instance, you wouldn’t want to give a funny account of a funeral and you certainly wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

There have been several blogs lately written by different parents about things concerning their children that would be off limits because they didn’t want their children to be embarrassed.  This made me think, do I need to think more carefully about what I post, or about the pictures that I post?

You know, our children will one day read these blogs that are currently so popular.  I hope that Charlie and Maddie will at some point in the future read this blog-it has taken the place of our family scrapbooks! What’s more, their friends or future spouses might read this blog, and do I want to write anything that might be embarrassing to their future selves?

Our days are filled with hilarity.  The kids are so funny to me.  Their little voices and facial expressions crack me up, and quite honestly if I don’t find our everyday situations funny, I will probably go off the deep end. Being a stay-at-home mom of a 2 and 4-year old is great, but it is hard.

After much contemplation on this subject, I decided to leave a description of Charlie’s early morning dance party to Flo-rida’s “Wild One” in his Spiderman undies out of this post.  Too bad, because the pictures were so cute. But his future girlfriend doesn’t need to know about that, does she?

I decided to illuminate you on some of the conversations that the kids and I had today.  I feel so enlightened after the conversations, and I know you will, to.

The first convo took place in the car on our way to the vet:

Charlie: Mom, how do cats miss ya?

Me: I don’t know, Charlie.

Maddie (trying on sunglasses): Look at me, Mom!

Charlie: Mommy, does Daddy like Aqua Pods?

Me: I don’t know, honey.

Charlie: Will you call him when we get home and find out if he likes Aqua Pods?

Me: Yes.

Maddie: Look at me, Charlie!

Charlie: Holy cow, look at that tree!

Maddie: Roll my window down!

Me: Wow!

Maddie: Roll my window up!

Charlie: Is 28 the biggest number?

Me: Biggest out of what?

Charlie: Is 25 a bigger number than 58?

Maddie: Roll my window down!

You get the picture, right?  It is only by the grace of God that we actually get anywhere that we are going.

 

Amazingly enough, our lunchtime conversation topped that one:

Charlie: Look mommy, I made a shark with my sandwich and a chip.

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Maddie (about halfway through her sandwich): I need to pee.

Me: Well, go pee.  You know where the bathroom is.

Maddie: Don’t eat my food, okay?

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Me: No one is going to eat your food, Maddie.

Charlie: I can wipe my butt.

Me: I know, Charlie.  That’s great.

Charlie: How did you know?

And so our days go on and on.  To the future Charlie and Maddie: I hope this isn’t too embarrassing to you. But realistically, if this is the worst embarrassment I expose you to, I won’t have done my job as your mother.  The world is embarrassing, and I am just preparing you for it.  Sorry if it’s too soon.

 

 

 

 

The Tables are Turned

6 Jul

I saw this on Pinterest the other day, and thought it was too cute and SO TRUE!

1345441104639_9131243You know, I NEVER have any pictures of myself, or anyone besides the kids!  Before we had kids, we only had pictures of PeeWee, and I am sure that was so annoying on a totally different level.

One reason there are no pics of me is that I am always the one with the camera.  I mean, it’s not like kids are able to go around taking pictures, and when Jason is with us he just doesn’t think about it (and I take better pictures, anyway:)) The only way that I can have pictures of myself would be if I started taking pictures of myself in the mirror, and I just don’t want to be one of those people. I am sure that I am not the only mother in this predicament.  One day the kids and I will be looking through pictures and they’ll wonder where I was all of these years!

Another reason that I don’t have too many pictures of myself  (or at least don’t make them public) is that I just don’t like most pictures of myself.  We are our own worst critics, are we not?  Every time I try to stretch my arm way out in front of me and make the kids scrunch cheek-to-cheek next to me so I can snap a picture of the three of us, I end up with a double chin.  I notice in a lot of pictures that I am slouching. I have a shiny nose.  The list could go on and on of reasons that I don’t like different pictures of myself.

I have been wanting to hand over a camera to Charlie for awhile and see what he does with it, and when I saw today’s Daily Prompt (http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/daily-prompt-discomfort/) I knew that I had to finally do it.  I gave him my cell phone (I couldn’t give him our nice camera, and the old point-and-click has been dropped one too many times) and he went to town.

I thought, since I am his favorite person in the world, that he would take tons of pictures of me.  Boy was I wrong!  He walked around the house taking pictures of all of his toys, like he was documenting them for insurance purposes!

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

His Jake and the Neverland Pirates sword

His Jake and the Neverland Pirates sword

He also took several pictures of PeeWee!

PeeWee was just trying to have a peaceful nap when the paparazzi showed up!

PeeWee was just trying to have a peaceful nap when the paparazzi showed up!

Charlie only took one picture of me, and that was honestly because I asked him to!

Me folding a mammoth pile of laundry.

Me folding a mammoth pile of laundry.

I know the picture of me is very fuzzy and not quite good, but the point of today’s Daily Prompt is to do something uncomfortable, and including a picture of myself in the blog is uncomfortable for me!

Overall, I think Charlie did very well as photographer for a day.  He may have a future in this!

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.  1 Peter 3:3-4