Tuesday, September 28, 2010
But alas, it was just no use. He sat the box down in defeat and looked up at me with a sad look on his face. I rubbed his head playfully and said "Don't worry, Bud, it was just awkward, that's all." He smiled happily and said "Yeah, I'll carry the next box!"
And I was reminded in that moment how much he wants to protect and take care of his Mommy. And I also remembered how important it is for me to let him protect and care for me right now. Like when he proudly carries two bags of groceries in on each arm. Or when he holds the front door open for me with a smile and then closes it behind me.
Some day, my little boy may grow up and have a wife and a family to protect and care for. And I am his 'practice run'. It is often said that a girl should watch how a man talks to and respects his mom, because he will treat her the same way.
I remember watching my husband when we were courting, and it was obvious that he loved his mom. He treated her, and still does, with the utmost respect. He viewed the work she did in their home as a great gift and 'calling' that his mom had. He would often say things like "Nobody makes pie like MY mom", or "Well, I know mom does it this way....", or "I remember helping mom....." And today, he treats me in the same way---with love, respect, admiration, etc, etc.
And in that moment, as I stood there watching my little man try so hard to carry that box, I saw a bit of his Daddy shining through. And let me tell you, nothing makes me happier :)
Monday, September 27, 2010
"Hey Eli, please go get started on cleaning up your messy room before dinner time."
5 minutes later "Eli, are you cleaning up your room?"
Eli: "OH, did you mean right NOW?" (As if I had been speaking French or something)
Ten minutes later: "Eli, are you cleaning up? You're not cleaning up, you're playing with Legos!"
Eli: "No Mama, I'm cleaning up, I'm just driving them each to the bucket"
Ten MORE minutes later
Eli: "Mama, Did you mean my WHOLE room? I can't do it all by myself."
Ten minutes later
Eli: "Mama, I'm done!"
Mama: "Eli, cleaning your room does not mean stuffing everything in the corners and under your bed. Now, let's try this again. Hang up your jacket. Okay, now, put your cars in the basket. Great, now, please throw the paper scraps away.......
Twenty minutes later:
Mama: "This room is finally clean!" (And I think to myself that teaching your 4 year old to clean his own room is almost as hard as pulling teeth)
Room clean up, Cosette style:
Mama: "Cosette, please go clean up your room before dinner"
Five minutes later:
Mama: "Oh, I see your room is all clean now, AND you vacuumed your carpet and organized your desk! Great work!"
Don't tell ME there's no difference between boys and girls.....
To Eli's credit, he IS getting much better at this....it's just not his natural gifting :)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
My living room currently looks like this :
But it's all good :) I can live in chaos , as long as it's only for a short amount of time!
But before I end this post, here's something weird I learned this week:
- Big white hairy caterpillars can bite your poor unsuspecting four year old when he is only trying to be their friend. Nasty thing. Funny thing was, when I tried to get rid of it for him, he was all concerned: "Be careful, Mommy, Don't hurt it!"
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I have no idea where the whole 'foolish' theme came from, but leave it up to my five-year -old first born to write a paper like this! :)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
In other words, I am, as a mom, completely and utterly the product of what I experienced in my own mother growing up. And someday, I imagine, Cosette will say the same thing, as will all my children. And I hope and pray every day that the memories they have, the lessons they learn, will be just as sweet as the ones I have from my own mom.
I was cleaning out my e-mail inbox this afternoon and found a letter that mom had sent me over five years ago, right after Cosette was born. It contained a poem-type essay that she had read somewhere. It was like hearing my mom's voice in my head all over again, so I wanted to share it with you all:
Somebody said that a child is carried in its mother's womb for nine months.>Somebody does not know that a child is carried in its mother's heart >forever.>>Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've >had>a baby.>Somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, normal is history.>Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct.>Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.>Somebody said being a mother is boring.>Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.>Somebody said if you're a "good" mother, your child will "turn out good.">Somebody mistakenly thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.>Somebody said "good" mothers never raise their voices.>Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a>golf ball through the neighbor's kitchen window.>Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother.>Somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.>Somebody said you can't love the fifth child as much as you love the first.>Somebody doesn't have five children.>Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing>questions in the books.>Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose.>Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.>Somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of>kindergarten.>Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand >tied>behind her back.>Somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies to sell cookies.>Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married.>Somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a>mother's heartstrings.>Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home.>Somebody never had grandchildren.>Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell >her.>Somebody isn't a mother.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I wanted to show you what has ended up being probably my wisest pre-Leanna purchase. Before she was born, I bought this snuggli-wrap blanket at WalMart for ten bucks. It is so nice, because it has a little pocket in the bottom that you put the babies legs and bottom half in, and then the top has two panels that fold over the babies arms and stay in place with Velcro. When all was said and done, she looked rather like a little papoose. She has slept peacefully in this thing every single night since the night we brought her home. It has given me many, many hours of most welcome sleep :)
But alas, all good things must come to an end (that's a dumb saying, by the way), so tonight begins the 'no-snuggli' trial. She has outgrown it. And the past couple of nights, I've heard her wiggling and trying to get out of it, so I don't think she likes it anymore, either. *sob*
But anyway, here it is, the best 10.00 I spent getting ready for Leanna:
And here's a picture of Eli and Leanna, mostly because I like his bare feet sticking out from under his jeans :)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Because they had put themselves there, and were just.....sitting there....being good. My boys have a lot of, um....energy, and I often find myself helping them to channel it the right way :) But this precious 'brothers' moment, it just had to be recorded.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
It was going to be a picture of our dining room table, right after school was done for the morning. You would be amazed. There was the expected pile of notebooks and books, pencils and crayons, scissors, colored pencils, glue sticks, construction paper clippings, etc. But then, there was ALSO Noah's end of the table. You see, Noah's 'school' is to play with play-dough happily while the big kids do their work. He plays with it for a while, and then he crumbles it all up and drops it, and rolls it across the table, and throws it across the floor. So this, added to the normal 'school' mess in my kitchen, made it look like a mini tornado had blown through. But honestly, there was quality learning and education going on here :)
Oh, and I might note, to my own delight, that our new house has a school room. *Contented Sigh* Pure bliss!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Today, I'm trying a little experiment. Try imagining my 'picture thought' in your head. Here it is: Imagine me picking up toys. And more toys. And then some more toys. And then, just for a change of pace, I cleaned up some legos. And then it was back to toys. Lots and lots and lots of toys, 'till I thought I was going to lose my mind.......enough said. And we don't even HAVE all that many toys! But somehow, I spent all day picking them up.......or so it seemed. Forget a bachelors degree in piano performance, or any writing skills I may have, or any other intellectual thing I've ever persued....I just picked up toys. And that's my 'picture of the day' thought :) Tomorrow will be better, I'm sure.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
You see, I am a typical first-born. I have my 'to do' lists, and I'm usually very organized and on top of things. My house is usually very clean and organized, and I know how to get four kids ready and out the door and still be at church ten minutes early. But you see, sometimes I let my 'to do' criteria rule my life a little bit too much. I don't take time to stop and 'smell the roses'. I'm working on it, I really am. I had a bit of a melt-down last night. Joel was gone for the night, and Noah was having an especially trying two-year-old evening. He was into everything. I could feel myself getting more tense as the evening went along.
So, today, we decided to 'savor the moments'. We forgot all organizing or packing for the time being and went on a family bike ride. SO glad we did!
Because there's no group of people I'd rather spend a morning with than these guys:
The soft sound of a flowing river in the background, a cute two-year old cuddled up beside you, peanut butter sandwiches.....I forgot all my aggravation of the night before and just... you know...breathed :)
Who couldn't relax in a setting like this? Looking at these two little people riding their bikes on the bike trail for the first time ever, and thinking "Wow, those are MY kids"---I wish every morning could be as nice as this!
Any guesses as to whose little toes these are? :)
Stop and savor the moment. Hear the river running behind you. Listen to the crunch of the fall leaves beneath your bike tires. Smell the 'fall smell' in the air. Watch as your kiddos ride their bikes and say 'hello' to everybody who passes. Glance over at your husband and smile, marveling again that this is your family. Live in the moment. This is the moment that God has given you, and it is far more important than any 'to do' list. Forget that you're a 'first-born', (or whatever else is holding you back), and go on, find the pleasure of enjoying the small things
Friday, September 03, 2010
Joel had the kids last night while I went to Bible Study. They were begging him to make masks for them. Actually, Eli wanted a whole tiger outfit, but Joel informed him that a mask would have to do :) Isn't he a cool Daddy? Oh, and apparently Cosette wanted a princess crown, not a mask.
My little lady's favorite sleeping position. I think she looks like a little frog with her legs like that!
And finally, Eli's sun-dial that he made. He's studying the sun in school this week, so he's been doing all kinds of 'sun' experiments. On Tuesday, we put out grapes in the sun to watch them slowly turn into raisins. But a certain little brother ate the experiment before it was finished. Fortunately, this experiment had a better turn-out :)
Thursday, September 02, 2010
.....the on-going documenting of our Scrabble games, showing Joel's won 23 and I've won 8--enough said; a note that panini sandwiches are a great quick dinner idea; areas left to clean before we move--our list is growing smaller!!; Cosette's skip-counting--it's 6's for this week; a sloppy list of school supplies left to purchase; a reminder to e-mail a friend and get my piano's serial numbers to another friend--a task I've been meaning to do for about a week now; Eli's 'words of the week'--Jesus is the Light of the World', along with his science study--the sun; a reminder to make Leanna's four-month shot appointment at the end of September, and a picture of the reading club photo that was so ironically in the paper the day of my mom's funeral. Yes, my mom is in the picture also. As you can see, our dry erase board is pure randomness , if that's a word :)
And that is our 'current life issues' in dry erase board format :) More pictures tomorrow, hopefully :)