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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

29 Apr

The kids and I are sitting around waiting on some horrible weather to reach us, so we decided to get out our big bags of letters.  I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to snap some pictures for this week’s photo challenge: Letters.

We have a lot of letters to play around with, thanks to my cousin who is a kindergarten teacher!

We have a lot of letters to play around with, thanks to my cousin who is a kindergarten teacher!

 

Maddie loves digging through the letters with her feet, kind of like sand.

Maddie loves digging through the letters with her feet, kind of like sand.

 

The Madster!

The Madster!

 

And Charlie, contemplating.....

And Charlie, contemplating…..

 

....doing this to his name!

….doing this to his name!

 

Charlie got a big kick out of this word...

Charlie got a big kick out of this word…

 

...but he really like this one!

…but he really cracked up over this one!

 

It's Letter Face!

It’s Letter Face!

 

Maddie's O's.

Maddie’s O’s.

 

Nothing like a mountain of letters to pass the time!

 

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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!*

An Afternoon with Sweet Addison

24 Feb

We finally made it to Raleigh to spend some time with Jill, Alvin, and little Addison today.  Even though we have seen Addison since she has been born, this is the first time that we have been able to make it to Jill and Alvin’s house to visit. Between the kids being sick and just life in general, we just haven’t been able to make it.  Addison has changed so much since we saw her a few weeks ago.

Addison and Uncle Jason

Addison and Uncle Jason-She does look a little like Jason, I think.

Charlie giving Addison a little tickle

Charlie giving Addison a little tickle

So Maddie had to give a tickle as well

So Maddie had to give a tickle as well

Pretty girl

Pretty girl

Charlie and Maddie wanted to play with Addison and her toys.  Maddie wanted to treat her like one of her dolls, I think.

Showing Addison how her toys work

Showing Addison how her toys work

Maddie wanted to play peek-a-boo by covering Addison's head with a blanket!

Maddie wanted to play peek-a-boo by covering Addison’s head with a blanket!

Here you go, Addison

Here you go, Addison

And Maddie trying out the seat for herself

And Maddie trying out the seat for herself

We had a great visit today.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can make it back (although Jill may not want to see us for awhile:)).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson Learned. Head Deflated.

25 Apr

Today was a lesson for me, not my children. God sent me a clear message to not be prideful or too sure of my parenting abilities. It was a tough lesson to learn, too, which is why I am in bed at 8:36! Don’t judge me. I am exhausted.

The day began eerily smoothly. I got myself and everyone else dressed and out the door to Bible study on time, which is a rarity. I even had time to wash the coffee pot before we left, which NEVER happens! We had a great morning at our Bible study, and Charlie’s teacher just went on and on about how wonderful he was when I picked him up. “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it,” she said to me. I left thinking I was the best mother ever with the best children ever. Then we went to the grocery store.

The trip started out well enough. We managed to snag a car-cart and were on our way. Then Maddie decided that she wanted to stand up, fell, and busted her lip on the steering wheel. I’m talking a bloody mess in the meat section. It was then that I realized I was out of wipes. I ended up carrying a screaming baby through the bread and dairy sections while pushing the cart one handed with Charlie making incredibly loud car sounds to try to drown out Maddie. We were a hot mess, to say the least. The grocery trip didn’t get any better from there.

When we got home I was so happy to get Maddie down for her nap. She was asleep about 45 minutes when the Directv technician came to fix our satellite dish, interrupting Charlie’s quiet time on the couch.  Charlie decided to ride his fire truck through the house, which he accompanies by obnoxiously loud “WEEOOO, WEEOOO” sounds.  This, of course, wakes Maddie. 

Jason decides to come home from work early after a meeting out of town.  It has been months since he has come home early, so of course this is very exciting.  The house descends into chaos.  Charlie shoots off on his fire truck causing Maddie, who is standing on the cord he pretends is a fire hose, to fall, busting her lip again.  There is blood, screaming, whining, and general unhappiness for the rest of the afternoon.  I told Jason, who looks like he wishes he had not come home, that it is not usually like this, but I don’t think he believes me. 

Of course, my mother’s solution to all of this is that I put on lipstick.  I can’t find my lipstick because Maddie likes to take things out of drawers and deposit them in various locations throughout the house, and my lipstick can currently not be located.  Mama, when you read this, go buy me some lipstick.  I will put it on and see how that works out.