Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Boundaries with kids ...

Will: "Here, I'm going to serve you your snack."
Alex: "Um, that's OK; I want to do it myself."
Will: "I'm making a goal of becoming a nicer person, so you're ending my life here!"

So then we had a conversation about the importance of respecting other people's "no" without punishing them. (Thank you, Cloud and Townsend.) And how that's part of becoming a nicer person. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Snow, Sweetness, Silliness

Today was very exciting; Alex and Will had the opportunity to make a snowman for the first time in a very long time. They named this cheery little fellow "Luke Reginald."

And catching up on recent anecdotes:

February 8, 2017
"I'm graceful but I'm also impulsive. I'm glad God gave me ninja-like powers. And I'm glad for especially the help of Dad. He trains me in ninjitsu." (Bet none of you can guess which kid said this.) His brother, on the other hand, said, "Can I go to rest time early? I need to be in my room by 4:00 because that's when I'm taking my stuffed animals on their field trip." "Oh? Where are you going today?" "Pompeii."

February 14, 2017
Alex: You were mean to me when we were in Mom's belly! You were kicking my bubble!
Will: Well, you were kicking *my* bubble!

February 24, 2017
While stirring something, I mentioned that the tip of my pinky finger accidentally brushed the batter. Will said, "That's fine. Your germs aren't dirty; they're sweet, like you are." I guess I'll keep him after all.

March 7, 2017
Quotes from dinner
Will: What's the most beautiful place you've ever been to?
Alex: Hmm, I can't think of one ...
Me: Kiawah Island? Hunting Island State Park? The mountains in NC with the waterfalls?
Alex: I think it would actually be Grandma and Grandpa's house [i.e. the house I grew up in, in Indianapolis], because the trees there are really beautiful, don't you think? 

Me to Tom: What do you think we should do to celebrate our anniversary this year?
Will: I know! You could play a game of Monopoly while you babysit us!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Will and Romance

Alex: So today at recess I was playing with Ellie and Charity-
Will: So you were playing with my girlfriend, and my girlfriend's friend?
Me: So Ellie is your girlfriend?
Will: Oh yeah. Since earlier in the year.
Alex: You know you're not allowed to have a girlfriend yet, right?
(Note: This is not something we've really talked about. Because, you know, they're in 2nd grade.)
Me: Well, technically that's true. You can start dating when Dad and I decide you're ready.
Will: Well, we're not *dating.* She's just my girlfriend.
Me: Oh? What does that mean to you, that she's your girlfriend?
Will: Well, it just means we might date someday. It's like being married. But not yet.
Me: Um.
Will: And every time Ellie sees me, she blushes.
Me: (because I like to ask them questions just to see what they'll say) So how old do you think you'll be when you're allowed to date?
Will: Oh, I don't know. 18 or 12.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

And now they are 8.

First off, a shout-out to any Siestas who drop by from Beth Moore's blog! :) I am excited about our Scripture memory team this year. My verse for the second half of January:

And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.
Psalm 90:17 AMPC

That's an amplified version, so it might sound a little repetitive? But I love it. Savoring the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God. And praying he will confirm and establish the work of our hands this year!

OK, back to the post title.

Seriously. These tiny little babies:

turned 8 years old.

And for good measure, them on Christmas Eve, two weeks before their birthday:

For their birthday, I let them skip school and they had a fabulous day at the children's museum and Chuck E Cheese (they each got to pick a place) with their aunt, uncle and cousin who were visiting from Texas.

My husband was in Israel on their birthday having amazing, life-changing experiences, so we are finally doing their family birthday celebration tomorrow.

So yeah ... 8.

Parenting has been nothing like I thought it would be. Partly, I'm sure, because I NEVER imagined myself having two at once. I always imagined myself easing into motherhood all snuggled up with one peaceful baby. (I'm funny, I know.) Cherishing that time with just one before my attention was split in two or more directions; ironically, that was one thing I most looked forward to about having my first child! God had his reasons for sending my second child along for that same ride. And it's not always so bad ...

Even eight years later, though we've certainly moved past the Survival Mode of the first year or five, it can still be pretty challenging. There are a lot of medical issues in our family. Will and Alex are polar opposites. They love each other, they expertly press all of each other's (and their parents') buttons, they fight frequently, they wrestle and laugh and scream and tattle, and I'm praying that at some point, iron will sharpen iron.

In some ways, not much has changed.

There are definitely some amazing moments. Many laughs and, increasingly, deep and meaningful conversations. Alex is conscientious, a little geography professor, sweet-natured, book-loving, a born traveler, and thrives on routine and traditions. Will is "wide open," a born leader, spirited, surprisingly articulate, energetic, extroverted and thrives on attention and drama!

I look forward to seeing what the next year will bring.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Excited for a new year!

This might sound weird, but I don't get that excited about New Year's Eve ... However, I love New Year's Day. I love new beginnings and fresh starts. I know a lot of people peter out on their new year's resolutions, but over time I've become more consistent about meeting more of my goals.

I am always looking for ways to improve my health and I'm really looking forward to a new online course by Crystal Paine, aka MoneySavingMom: 15 Days to a Healthier You! It's $15 right now so hurry up and buy it if you're interested. I've done several of her online courses and never been disappointed, but one thing I really appreciate is she always offers a full refund, no questions asked, if you end up feeling like the course isn't a good fit for you.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

I love these boys.

Alex knocked on Will's door.
Will came to the door and said sternly, "Whatever you're selling me, I don't need it or I already have it."

And some pics from this fall. They are rocking 2nd grade. First time in separate classes and they've adjusted well. They also both qualified for the gifted and talented program, so now they are together one day a week after all! It's a nice balance.

 My big boys on their first day of second grade (each wearing their favorite colors):

And some of our recent adventures. 2bluedad (a pastor) was on sabbatical for three months so we managed more family outings than usual.

One great thing about 7-year-olds: They're old enough to be helpful! After our orchard trip, Alex and Will learned how to peel apples for the first time.

And a few more adventures:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

End of summer highlights

We just got back from a two-week journey to Texas. We spent some great time with family, some close friends, and really enjoyed some church and ministry visits. On the way back, we drove through flooded Louisiana (pray for them!! It was bad). 

A few photo highlights. And yes, since it was Texas in August, they spent a lot of time in the water:

Today's Anecdotes
Alex: Mom, can I play on your tablet for my reward?
Me: Sure. I'm going to be catching up on you boys' calendar, writing down what we've done recently so we can remember later.
Alex: Oh! Can I watch you do that for my reward instead?
Me: Are you serious?? Tom, did you hear that?
Tom: Sure. What's wrong with that?
Me: I'm just fascinated that he considers it a reward.
Alex: Well, I'm fascinated that you *don't* consider it a reward!
Me: OK, Will, after I cut your nails I want you to go wash your hands. And what did I ask you to do after that?
Will: Mom, do you suffer from short-term memory loss?