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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

24 Jan

The word juxtaposition is defined as “the act or instance of placing side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.”  As soon as I saw today’s photo challenge I knew I had to participate, because my home is full of INSANE juxtaposition.

Having a boy and girl so close in age means that they do play a lot together, and their toys, so boyish and so girlish, meld together in sometimes strange ways.  Just this afternoon, for instance, the three of us were playing with Maddie’s Barbies, when suddenly Charlie ninja-kicked my princess Barbie in the face with Skipper, and suddenly we are playing ninja-Barbie.

Here are some other examples of this going on around my house:

A mixture of Hello Kitty and DC Superhero Legos.

A mixture of Hello Kitty and DC Superhero Legos.

 

A beautiful furry headband, torn apart by a rambunctious little boy.

A beautiful furry headband, torn apart by a rambunctious little boy.

 

Another result of a rambunctious little boy: a demolished tea set.

Another result of a rambunctious little boy: a demolished tea set.

 

Maddie loves to take Charlie's superhero figures and make them "friends" with her Barbies.

Maddie loves to take Charlie’s superhero figures and make them “friends” with her Barbies.

A princess storybook hidden on a bookshelf in a certain someone's room.

A princess storybook hidden on a bookshelf in a certain someone’s room.

 

A football player resting in Maddie's dollhouse.

A football player resting in Maddie’s dollhouse.

 

Our day is full of juxtaposition: ups and downs, laughter and tears, hugs and hitting.  With a 3-year old girl and a 4-year old boy with totally different personalities, you never know what you’re going to get, but it is interesting, to say the least.

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A Day With Our Story Time Friends

22 Aug

Hello, everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.  Is everyone ready for the weekend?!

We have a busy, busy few days ahead of us, but I am really looking forward to them.  Tomorrow we are taking a road trip to Marbles Kids’ Museum in Raleigh, then Saturday we have a birthday party and a church pool party to attend, and then on Sunday we have our normal Sunday stuff.

Time is passing so quickly, but I am really looking forward to fall.  I am trying to speed it up a bit and invited our friends from story time over for a weenie roast after story time, but it was too hot to build a fire, so we ended up just cooking hotdogs on the stove! Maybe in a few weeks we can try again…

We had a great time anyway.  I am so thankful for the friends I have made at the library.  I began going to story time when Charlie was about 18 months old and I was about 7 months pregnant with Maddie.  I didn’t have many friends who had young children, and I definitely didn’t have any stay-at-home mom friends, so I started going to story time more for myself than for Charlie, and it has been such a blessing to me.

The women at story time are quite a mix!  We are different religions and races, we educate our children differently, we all have different backgrounds, and we are all from different places, but we are all moms of small kids and that is all that matters.  We just need each other!

Here are some pics of the kids playing this afternoon:

Emery is so sweet!

Emery is so sweet!

The Madster loves the big girl swing.

The Madster loves the big girl swing.

Kadeen-love that face!

Kadeen-love that face!

Idris started Kindergarten this week!  We will miss him!

Idris started Kindergarten this week! We will miss him!

Loxme is cute and tough!  She and Maddie are arch-rivals!

Loxme is cute and tough! She and Maddie are arch-rivals!

Evan showed Charlie how to use the new swing set!

Evan showed Charlie how to use the new swing set!

John and Chris.  We miss Emily, who also started Kindergarten this week.  Maddie just can't understand where she is.  She asks about her at least every 10 minutes!

John and Chris. We miss Emily, who also started Kindergarten this week. Maddie just can’t understand where she is. She asks about her at least every 10 minutes!

The boys playing with an albino tree frog.

The boys playing with an albino tree frog.

It is so great seeing all of the kids growing up together, and seeing all of us moms growing up together, too! Love those ladies!

 

Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

Spreading Weeds

16 Apr

Jason is going to kill me if he finds out that the kids and I spent the afternoon spreading daffodil seeds all over the yard.  When I looked out the window and saw that our front yard was peppered with large, perfectly round daffodils, I knew I had to introduce them to one of my favorite ways to make a wish.  We went outside and the kids raced around to pick daffodils (and to argue over daffodils), then they made a wish (Charlie’s favorite wish was “gibbeldy, gook, gook,” and so forth…he loves gibberish right now.), and blew the seeds everywhere.

Running to a daffodil patch

Running to a daffodil patch

Found one!

Found one!

Spreading weeds

Spreading weeds

Maddie screamed out "There's one!" every time she saw a daffodil.

Maddie screamed out “There’s one!” every time she saw a daffodil.

 

I saw a HUGE patch of daffodils in our back yard later in the afternoon.  We’ll have to take care of that tomorrow!  Sorry, Honey!

*4/17/13: I just woke up and realized those weeds are dandilions, not daffodils! Oh the difference a good nights sleep can make!*

A Sure Sign that Spring is Near

12 Mar

One thing I love about my mother is that she always knows from a simple telephone call when I need a few minutes alone.  She is so good about taking the kids for a little while so I can have a breather and I so appreciate that.  That is one pro of living next door to your mom: It’s no big deal for her to say, “Can I stop by and take the kids for a little while?”

While she had the kids for a couple of hours this afternoon, I did one of my favorite things: Washed off the screened-in porch.  You may think that sounds crazy, but it is so therapeutic to me.  Jason got the water hose out of winter storage for me and I went to it.  I just love the sounds of the outdoors and the water dripping, and seeing the dirt being washed away…I don’t know why, exactly, but I love it. When I tell Jason, “I am going to wash off the porch now,” He takes the kids and leaves me to it!

We eat a lot of meals around this table!

We eat a lot of meals around this table!

For me, this is a definite sign that spring is coming.  We use the porch every day during the spring, summer, and fall.  We love to eat breakfast and dinner out there (most days it is too hot for lunch on the porch), and the kids spend a lot of time playing in their water table out there.  I love to sit in one of the comfy wicker chairs and read or look on my Kindle.

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So ready for winter to be over!

So ready for winter to be over!

I am so ready for a summer of long, hot days outside, playing in the water, grilling out with family, staying up late, and washing off the porch!

 

Our Day in Black and White

8 Mar

What a gorgeous day it has been here today!  We have had a great day and I thought I would share it with you through some pics I took today.

 

Maddie and Charlie have to have a cup of juice first thing in the morning.

Maddie and Charlie have to have a cup of juice first thing in the morning.

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Maddie’s new sunglasses.

 

 

Maddie playing Diva first thing in the morning.

Maddie playing Diva first thing in the morning.

 

Charlie loves to get in my and Jason's bed and play on the Kindle or watch cartoons in the morning.

Charlie loves to get in my and Jason’s bed and play on the Kindle or watch cartoons in the morning.

Are those eyes amazing or what?  Pancakes and bananas for breakfast.

Are those eyes amazing or what? Pancakes and bananas for breakfast.

Madster warming up in front of the fire.  I am so glad we can enjoy relaxing mornings around the house!

Madster warming up in front of the fire. I am so glad we can enjoy relaxing mornings around the house!

Ready for storytime!

Ready for storytime!

Charlie discovered Candy Sticks today.  When I was little, they were called Candy Cigarettes and had a red tip on the end. What were people thinking?

Charlie discovered Candy Sticks today. When I was little, they were called Candy Cigarettes and had a red tip on the end. What were people thinking?

Playing in a pile of blankets while I made the bed.

Playing in a pile of blankets while I made the bed.

After spending some time with Mama today, we came home and enjoyed some time outside.  Maddie and I planted some broccoli and carrots while Charlie and Noah played in the sandbox.

After spending some time with Mama today, we came home and enjoyed some time outside. Maddie and I planted some broccoli and carrots while Charlie and Noah played in the sandbox.

I am trying to grow carrots in pots this year.  I'll let you know how they turn out!

I am trying to grow carrots in pots this year. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

We picked some buttercups.  Paired with rosemary, they really brighten up my kitchen.

We picked some buttercups. Paired with rosemary, they really brighten up my kitchen.

Maddie was so happy to be outside!

Maddie was so happy to be outside!

Pillow fight with Noah!

Pillow fight with Noah!

Spaghetti face

Spaghetti face

 

Good day!  I am exhausted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name Signs and Secret Messages

21 Feb

The past couple of days have been CRAZY  here at the Watkins’ house!  We have been so busy-but it’s all good.  Yesterday we had our usual Bible study in Sanford, then went with Bethony and the boys to the Lee County Arts Council to check out the homeschool art show displayed there.  We didn’t even know that there is a kid’s arts program there a couple of afternoons a week, so we lucked up and got make some masterpieces with the kids.  This was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon!

Maddie's sign

Maddie’s sign

Charlie's sign

Charlie’s sign

These would be so easy to make at home.  These were just pieces of wood cut to a point on one end.  The kids painted them then decorated them with stickers.  Maddie’s name is made of string dipped in Mod Podge.  So simple.  Jason told me he had a lot of scrap wood this size, so I think we’ll work on making a cute signpost for the yard.

Today Charlie wanted to start painting as soon as his feet hit the floor.   I had just so happened to be looking around on my Pinterest boards for some ideas of things to do with the kids today and saw a Valentine’s idea of writing messages on hearts in white crayon, then painting over them with watercolors (http://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/crafts/valentines-day-crafts-for-kids/#page=8).  Charlie is really into superheroes and mysteries, so I just wrote a quick message on some white paper and gave it to him to paint with his watercolors.  I told him there was a secret message written for him on the paper.  He was really into it and this was a great way to start our morning.

Working on the message

Working on the message

I love my children's hands

I love my children’s hands

Getting close

Getting close

The secret message

The secret message

I will be honest-Charlie was less than thrilled when he saw the message was just a simple “I love you” from his mother.  His reaction was similar to the little boy’s reaction in A Christmas Story when he decodes Little Orphan Annie’s secret message.

Our day just continued on from here!  I got some really cute pics of the kids laying in the living room today.  Even though they still argue over things, it is really fun and satisfying to see them playing and doing more together.

relaxation time

relaxation time

 

We are just really blessed.