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Some Quick Pics of Our Days

6 Mar

While I have been unplugging this month, the kids and I have been having a great time.  We’re spending lots of time reading and playing and visiting with friends, and I have been taking a lot of pictures with my actual camera instead of my phone.


The kids have been doing a lot of “kindergarten” work, as Charlie calls it. This morning, he told me he was going to start raising his hand if he had something to say.  Seeing as he has never stepped foot in school or preschool or anything like it, I don’t know where he got that from!


We have been taking some naps, too!


Maddie is such a little helper! She helped me make scrambled eggs this morning.


And a little tea party to get the day started!


Our days are going very well, and I hope yours are, too.  For those of you participating in 31 Days Unplugged, I would love to hear what you’re doing now that you have a little more time on your hands!

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.






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!


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!

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!*