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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.

 

 

 

 

Boys vs. Girls: I Love You

8 Aug

What a day (a week, rather) we are having!  We have been super busy getting ready for Vacation Bible School at my church, and thankfully have a day off today.  We are so excited to see what God is going to do in our church and community this weekend.  

Anyway, we are spending the day doing whatever we want to do.  We went to storytime this morning and came home and picked tons of veggies from the garden, and now I am canning some tomatoes and pickles while the kids are playing.  Charlie is outside torturing the cats with his spray bottle full of water and Maddie is upstairs doing who knows what. 

I just wanted to share this quick snippet of a lunchtime conversation between the kids and myself.

Maddie has been really into Barney lately.  She LOVES the “I Love You” song.  I found a YouTube video that plays it over and over and over, so I don’t have to keep starting it over for her.  Here’s the link if you are in the same situation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmpMO2dJQ6Q.  

Maddie has her own version of the song:

You wuv me,

You wuv me,

We’we a appy famawie,

With a wug, wug, wug,

An a kiss fwum you to me,

You wuv me, me, me, me, me.

 

I just love this.  Maddie can’t say the “H” sound yet, and substitutes it with a “W”. Plus, she gives the biggest hugs and just smacks her lips to go along with the words.  It is precious.  

What I most love about Maddie’s version is that she focuses on the fact that we love her, not that she loves us.  It reminds me of the Disciple John, who refers to himself as the “one who Jesus loved,” not because he was being conceited but because he just couldn’t believe that he was loved by Jesus, God’s son!  I feel that way sometimes about God’s love for me, too!

During lunch today Charlie busted out with his version of the song:

I love poots,

You love poots,

Poots, Poots, Poots, Poots, Poots, Poots, Poots,

With a great big poot,

And a pooty, pooty, poot,

Poot, poot, poot, poot, poot, poot, poot.

 

He is very special to us.

Nothing like a little love between siblings.

Nothing like a little love between siblings.

Some New Things Going on at the Watkins’ Home

15 Jul

Whew!  The past week or so has been incredibly busy for us.  Everything has been great, but I am a little relieved that we made it through and can rest a little.

We got to spend a great day today with Jill and Addison at their neighborhood pool.  Addison is growing up so fast and is just a little sweetheart.

Maddie apparently has plans to become an olympic swimmer.  I put her floaties on her today and she was off!  She was jumping off the side, going under, coming up, and swimming back to the side with barely any help from me, and sometimes (true to Madster form) would say, “Don’t help me.”  I can’t wait to see what she can do after her swimming lessons next week.

I wish I had some pics from the pool today, but the thought of taking our camera to the pool is a little daunting.

Charlie has decided to become a pro golfer.  Randy gave him Sam and Aaron’s old golf clubs and he got them out this afternoon to hit a few balls before Jason got home.  Then he and Jason spent a little time practicing.  Maybe he has a future in golf-I know that would be a dream come true for Jason!

Charlie let Maddie caddy for him!

Charlie let Maddie caddy for him!

Another exciting happening in our life is the addition of a new baby kitty (known as Hairy, Baby Kitty, Little Kitty, or CC).  I was on the phone with Mama Friday night as she was on her way home from the Benefit for Sam in Goldston (which was a huge success, by the way).  It was about 10:30 and here’s how the conversation went.

Mama: screams “Oh, no!”

Me (panicking): “What is it, Mama?”

Mama: “Oh, no!  Oh my goodness!”

Me: “Mama, what is it?  Did you wreck? What’s wrong?”

Mama: Silence

Me: “Mama, what’s wrong?” (At this point, I am about to have a heart attack)

Mama: “There’s a baby kitten in the middle of the road.  What should I do?”

Me: “What?”

Mama: “Should I bring it to your house?”

Me: “Do not bring a kitten to my house.”

Mama: “I am stopping to get it.  I’ll bring it to your house.”

Me: “No, Mama, do not bring the cat to my house. Take it to your house.”

Mama: “I am bringing it to your house.”

Me: “Mama, no.  Please do not bring it to my house.”  (I can see headlights approaching.)

Mama: “I’m outside.  Come get the kitten.”

 

So now here we are with a new pitiful little kitten.  It is small and messy and has to be bottle-fed kitty formula.  Mama will pay for this one day, I am sure.

Charlie is totally in love with this cat.  He pretends he is a cat and he really believes that the kitten can understand him.  He gets up early (really early) in the morning to feed him and sits with him snuggled up to watch his cartoons.  He says, “Can we keep the kitty for a long, long, long, long time?”

Baby Kitty likes my toes.

Baby Kitty likes my toes.

 

OK, the kitty is cute.

OK, the kitty is cute.

Charlie feeding his kitty.

Charlie feeding his kitty.

Anyway, hopefully things will calm down for us for a little while!  But, probably not…

5 Signs That We Are Turning Into Our Parents…

10 Jul

*Disclaimer: In no way am I implying that there is anything wrong with becoming our parents.  God has blessed me with wonderful parents, step-parents, and parents-in-law.  Mama, do not call me up asking, “What is wrong with being like me?”*

1.  Just yesterday, Jason yelled to the kids, “You need to either go outside or stay inside!  If you come back in the house you are putting on your pajamas and going to bed! And close the door behind you!”

2. If anyone calls our house after 9:00 p.m. we scowl and sigh and say, “Who is calling us this late?” However, we will call your tail at 7:00 in the morning without a second thought.  We just assume that no one sleeps past 6:30 anymore.

3. We called the police on the people who were setting off fireworks late at night on the beach outside our hotel.  I know, I know, that is terrible, but when you are sharing a room with a crying baby who keeps being awakened by the loud bangs, you gotta do what you gotta do.

4. My daughter (and, ok, sometimes my son) wears my heels more than I do.

5. We are considering canceling our satellite TV because the only channels we watch are Fox News and the History Channel, but we aren’t sure about that newfangled Hulu.

 

How Motherhood is Like College…

4 Jun

1.  You find yourself wearing a bathing suit and going down a slip-n-slide at 10:00 in the morning. 

In college you do things like this at random times just because you can and because you want to wear a bikini as much as possible.

I had to go down the slip-n-slide this morning to show Charlie and Maddie how to do it. I was praying the entire time that no one would walk around the house and see my in my bikini.

2. You eat lots of peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese sandwiches, ramen noodles, and macaroni and cheese (out of the blue box-not the gourmet kind).

In college, these things are cheap and easy.

As a mother, these things are cheap and easy.

3. You go to lots of parties.

College: frat parties, tailgating, hurricane parties, the list goes on.

Motherhood: birthday parties, library parties, tea parties, the list goes on.

4. You worry about exams.

This is what college is all about, isn’t it?

College didn’t prepare me for the kindergarten entrance exams!  Thank goodness I am not dealing with that yet, because I have some mommy friends who are really stressing out over this!

5. You spend a lot of time listening to other people talk about things they think are really important.

I spent thousands of hours in college listening to college professors drone on and on about different things that they thought were just so important.  Aren’t college professors so self-absorbed?

Now, I spend several hours every day listening to a 2 and 4-year old drone on and on about things like Superman, Batman, toys, legos, etc.  I am not sure what Maddie goes on about, but she does end every sentence with “okay?” and I always agree with her.  Aren’t preschoolers so self-absorbed?

6. You play lots of games.

I won’t mention the games we played in college.

As a mother, I spend a lot of time playing Candy Land (which Charlie always turns into a strange superhero game where he rescues me from Lord Licorice), Hi-Ho Cherrio, and Hide-and-Seek.

7.  You’re always late, and it is usually someone else’s fault.

Well, okay, in college it was my own fault.

Now, I totally blame the children.

8. You sometimes stay up all night.

Remember when it was nothing to stay up all night?  It just didn’t effect us one bit.

As a mother we are sometimes up at random times during the night dealing with sickness, nightmares, or loneliness.  Charlie scared the living daylights out of me at 4:00 this morning when I woke up to find him standing next to my bed staring at me. It was so creepy.

Now, being up at night makes me really grumpy.

9. You share a bathroom with a lot of people who don’t give you any privacy.

In my freshman dorm we had a huge bathroom that half of the floor shared.  Anytime we flushed the toilet we had to yell out “FLUSH” so the people in the showers could stand out of the water and not get scalded. I yelled “FLUSH” for years after that out of pure habit.

Now I see that the lack of privacy then was just preparation for being a mother.  I hardly ever use the toilet, or shower, without a little person watching me or asking me what I am doing.  A friend once told me that anytime she needs the entire family’s attention, she just sits on the toilet and everyone (including the hubs) suddenly appears!

10.  There is always a wild child or mama’s boy you try to avoid.

In college, there were certain people you tried to avoid.  The crazy kid who would end up with an eyebrow missing by the end of the night, or the grown man who didn’t know how to do his laundry or clean his toilet because his mama did everything for him.

These same people are still present now!  The crazy kid who will cut a chunk out of your child’s hair or the kid with the hovering mother.

 

College and motherhood are both wild times, aren’t they?  You just never know what to expect, but it’s so fun.

Any more comparisons between your college experience and your mothering experience?  I would love to hear them!

5 Signs That Trouble is Brewing….

29 May

5. I hear someone yell, “I’m okay!” from another room of the house.

4. Charlie says, “Stand back, Maddie!”

3. Maddie runs into the kitchen, grabs a dishtowel off the stove and runs off with it. She does this very quickly without looking me in the eye or saying a word.

2. Charlie says, “Sorry, Maddie!” or Maddie says, “Sorry, Bro Bro!” without being prompted.

1. There is peaceful silence for more than 5 seconds.

Boys vs. Girls: The Restroom

24 Apr

Hi everyone!  What a gorgeous day this has been.  Aaron spent the day with us (while Sam was at Duke getting his stem cells harvested-go Sam:)) and we got to do some fun stuff with him.  He helped Charlie and Maddie with a science experiment this morning and then we went to the park to enjoy the weather.  I walked/ran a little with the kids while Aaron finished up his schoolwork.  This afternoon we went to Aaron and Noah’s baseball game.  The kids really liked it and we are looking forward to a summer of games.

I have a little anecdote from today that those of you who know my children will find amusing.  I have always known that Charlie and Maddie are very different.  I think some of their differences are typical differences between boys and girls, but most of it is just that they have very different personalities. They are total opposites! While at the park this morning, a wonderful illustration of the differences in my children occurred.

Maddie had to use the restroom.  She did the typical thing that she does in the restroom: I pulled down her pants and undies, helped her onto the toilet, then she said, “Turn around.” Yes, she tells me to turn around.  At home she tells me to “Go away.  Close the door.” Then she goes about her business and lets me know when she is ready for my assistance.

Charlie was waiting outside the door of the bathroom.  He had to go, too.  I take him in, help him unzip, then stand there next to him while he goes.  “Look, Mommy, my pee slides off of the side of the toilet and goes into the water!” He proceeds to talk to me the entire time.  So sweet to his mommy.

This picture captures their personalities perfectly!

This picture captures their personalities perfectly!

I value both of their personalities- Charlie’s sweet and caring attitude and Maddie’s spunk and independence.  Maybe they will rub off on each other throughout the years and we’ll have 2 perfect people.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Winter Getaway

4 Mar

Whew, life has been busy for us lately!  Between Jason’s work, turning over the duplex, family obligations, and many, many other things, I have been feeling like our little family has just not been quite together.  I decided a few weeks ago that we needed to get away for a quick weekend at the beach to just enjoy each other without all of the distractions of everyday life.  Since it is still technically winter and pretty cold, I found a great resort at Myrtle Beach that features 2 indoor water parks.  While it was a little strange for us to be at the beach this time of year, we had an absolutely wonderful weekend!

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Charlie and Maddie were so excited!  We have been telling them for a couple of weeks that were were going to the beach, so they were happy that the day had finally arrived.

Charlie and Maddie were so excited! We have been telling them for a couple of weeks that were were going to the beach, so they were happy that the day had finally arrived.

It was cold but still sunny and gorgeous.  We were very cold running back and forth between the two water parks!  Luckily, all of the water was heated.

It was cold but still sunny and gorgeous. We were very cold running back and forth between the two water parks! Luckily, all of the water was heated.

There were tons of birds on the beach and floating in the water.

There were tons of birds on the beach and floating in the water.

Jason and Maddie-Jason is always so photogenic.

Jason and Maddie-Jason is always so photogenic.

We went to Broadway at the Beach Saturday night and had dinner at the Key West Grill.  There were pirates everywhere so Charlie loved it!

We went to Broadway at the Beach Saturday night and had dinner at the Key West Grill. There were pirates everywhere so Charlie loved it!

After playing at the water parks all day on Saturday, we went to Broadway at the Beach for an early dinner.  We had a wonderful meal at the Key West Grill.  Because of the time of year and the odd hour that we were eating, we were almost alone in the restaurant!  For anyone who has been out to dinner with a 2-year old and a 3-year old, you will understand that this was ideal.  My only regret is that I ordered a cup instead of a bowl of she-crab soup.  It was so good and Maddie ate half of mine!

Feeding the fish and ducks.

Feeding the fish and ducks.

Maddie was afraid of all of the seagulls that were walking around us. She refused to walk by them, so Charlie scared them all off.

Maddie was afraid of all of the seagulls that were walking around us. She refused to walk by them, so Charlie scared them all off.

 

Charlie on a T-Rex.

Charlie on a T-Rex.

Riding the cars at the "Pavilion."

Riding the cars at the “Pavilion.”

A few of the rides from the old Myrtle Beach Pavilion have been moved here.  Charlie and Maddie loved riding the cars.  Jason and I kept telling the kids, “When we were little the Pavilion…….” and finally it hit us that we were old!  Myrtle Beach has changed a lot since were were little kids.

Charlie in his new bed that Jason created for him.

Charlie in his new bed that Jason created for him.

We had such a great time this weekend.  I started to get the after-vacation blues when we got home today, then realized that I don’t technically have to go to work tomorrow and I got over it!  I am so blessed to have the husband and kids that I do, and we live a really great life.  I am so thankful for that.  Sometimes it just takes a weekend to get over life!

 

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Maddie’s 2nd Birthday Part(y) 3!!!

8 Feb

Ok, I know that this is getting ridiculous!  A 2-year old having 3 birthday parties?  It sounds ludicrous to me, also, but it just had to be done.  I had to have a party for her friends, a party for our family, and a little something on her actual birthday.  It wasn’t much, don’t worry.

She got to wear her fabulous birthday outfit to church, and was so precious even though her birthday onesie did have marker stains all over the front of it.  (I know I wouldn’t be able to get that out.)  You can see my earlier post for shopping details on her outfit if you’re interested.

We came home from church and gave her her birthday present from us: a bike!  We couldn’t decide if we wanted to get her a big-wheel or a real bike, and finally decided that since Charlie has a bike she is always trying to ride, it would just make sense to go ahead and go for it.  Don’t worry-we did get a helmet for that big head of hers, too!

Trying out the new bike!  She hasn't quite figured out how to pedal yet, but she will soon.

Trying out the new bike! She hasn’t quite figured out how to pedal yet, but she will soon.

Then, after Maddie’s favorite meal of chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese, Maddie got to blow out the candles!

Maddie was well-practiced at blowing out candles by this point, so she got them on the first try!

Maddie was well-practiced at blowing out candles by this point, so she got them on the first try!

 

So now, for a few months at least, I have a 2-year old and a 3-year old.  People always get very wide-eyed and look at me like I am a little crazy when I tell them the ages of my children!  Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and I have a similar look on my face……..