Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
My son the king of random uttered the comment...."I want to see the temple mommy." Confused, because I have had no coffee because I overslept due to being a single mommy this week, I say something profound like, "Huh, what temple are you talking about sweetheart?"
"You know, the temple that Jesus went to in the Bible. The one that the curtain was torn in, you KNOW, THE TEMPLE mommy."
And I am sitting in traffic dealing with all the other issues that mommies must deal with in the car, like driving, thinking well, DUH, mommy. So I try to explain to him that I am not even sure that particular temple exists, but some of them do, but that they don't look the same because of their age, and that it is very far away, all the while negotiating Tuesday morning traffic.
Then it totally dawns on me that I am having this conversation with a five-year-old. Wow, I don't think I knew about the temple until I was in my twenties. And even then I don't think I really could have a decent conversation with anyone about it. I certainly didn't know until I was 30 that the curtain was torn from the top to the bottom and the significance of that.
I love that both of my kids seem to have a grasp of the gospel. They know stories from the Bible and they understand principles that took me my whole life to grasp. I take really no credit for this. I give all the credit to my wonderful church, their awesome school, and the amazing people that we have in our life. The kids have had the most wonderful Sunday School teachers, each teacher has taught them principles from the gospel that I thought they might never understand. They have also had amazing chapel instruction at school. The pastor, director at their school and the teachers do a wonderful job of teaching them concepts and making the stories real to them. So real that they actually remember them. And then what can I say about the amazing examples that we have around us. Having good Christian examples around us has helped so much. Now I said Christian, not perfect. No one is perfect and I think that it is important that kids see that you are not perfect and that you have good examples, but not perfect ones.
Their early spiritual lives have been a big priority to me. I truly believe that if we don't get kids when they are young it will be very difficult for them to accept Christ. Not impossible, but difficult. I pray everyday for my children and for the children that I come in contact with through teaching Sunday School, and friends. I pray that the Lord will make me the best example of His teaching and life that I can be. That is about all any of us can do. I am so thankful that He has given us so much and feel truly blessed that my children know who He is.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I am still taking ideas if anyone has any for the week. Is there anything else that is a must see or do while we are there? I just hope that I get to sleep in at least once!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here is where we are staying. The Polynesian. The Monorail runs right through this hotel and it has a volcano pool with a water slide. Also they have luaus there. Did I mention that I am excited? Probably more excited than the kids? Okay, so more later, but I wanted to let everyone know...we are off on a Disney adventure in a month!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I remember when my angelic toe headed boy went to sleep the night before his third birthday. He was so sweet. I kissed him goodnight, and little did I know that sometime during that 8 hours of sleep the aliens that make my life h*ll were going to come and get him only to return him on the eve of his fourth birthday. From the morning of his third birthday when he had a meltdown about getting a haircut before his party, until the morning of his fourth birthday when he awoke with a smile on his face and a skip in his step life was awful. He was a completely different child. I swear there were days that I thought I was going to kill him. His sister who turned two during this time on the other hand was so easy to deal with, angelic as a matter of fact.
Well, now I am doing it again. Here I sit hidden in my bedroom to try and get a minutes peace to finish my Bible Study for Thursday night, write a couple of blog entries for my other blog, and hopefully get to bed at a decent hour wondering when the aliens will bring back my beautiful, angelic daughter. Will I really have to wait until she is four. I am not sure I will live that long, and more importantly, will she?
In all seriousness, I love her more than anything. But she is a pistol and she knows how to push EVERY single button I have. And she is strong-willed. Boundaries are a challenge for her. I think that she thinks..."How far can I push it before they actually kill me?" And...she is just the most beautiful girl you have ever seen. And she can be the best little girl you have ever met, kind, gentle, and loving. I am counting the months until her fourth birthday...five months...ten days...two hours...
Monday, February 16, 2009
I can't wait to read it. It is a book all about motherhood and the humor involved with raising kids. She has five of her own. Three of which I have met. All of them are adorable. I miss her and wish that we lived closer. I don't know if we could be farther apart, she lives in Washington and I live in Texas. What a trek!
Anyway her name is Kersten Campbell, and you can find out all about her at her website. She also has two blogs:
http://kersten4.blogspot.com and http://motherhoodsupportcenter.blogspot.com
Her book is called Confession of an In*sane Mother. Check it out!
Congrats, Kersten! I am so proud of you for following your dream and making it a reality! You are an inspiration as a mom and a friend! Thanks for sharing yourself with us.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The order goes, Ben, Molly, and Meg. These were our friends from Gymboree. The first two years of the kids' lives they were together every Saturday morning. We all had our second babies about the same time too. I remember how big we thought they all were. Molly and Ben are just days apart. We miss the Lyons' and the Larkin's. I did see Margaret (now that she is grown up she likes to go by Margaret) and Sarah in October. We promised to email or call, but life has gotten in the way, of course. The Lyons are in the UK right now and we miss them terribly, but Andrea is wonderful about sending pictures to keep us updated. I hate when we lose touch with people that we love. I wish we could hold everyone that has touched our lives close.
We talked about ourselves, mutual friends, kids, work, the healthcare agenda, and writing. Yes, we did finally get around to talking about writing. I totally had to suppress my nature and just let things develop how they were going to, and they did beautifully.
Lots of encouragement, compliments, and constructive advice. I love it, and I am excited about the prospect of the whole thing. Now I have to get to writing and finish the Heist. I am sure that my friend who follows that blog will be tickled pink!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Back in January we had Ben tested for the gifted/talented program in our district. We really were just thinking that if he could go to a magnet school that would be really cool. So he went through the testing, and I think ticked off the diagnostician a little as well.
She did a picture vocabulary test and then asked him some "riddles". He told us that he knew the answers of the most of the riddles, but there were a few he did not know. Then at lunch he asked me if I knew what was big, pink, and got rid of mistakes. I said, an eraser. He says...that's what I thought, but erasers don't have to be pink mommy, I told her that I had an eraser at home that is a different color. (yes that is my child...and i LOVE him) Yes, Ben they can be different colors.
SO...anyway...I was sitting at my desk at work reading some copy that was making me fall asleep and the phone rings. The woman identified herself as Mrs. So and So from Hillside Academy and she was calling about Benjamin. Okay, now I know Ben is at school and the name of it is not Hillside Academy...so I am a little confused. Then she says...I am calling to schedule his appointment for the second round of testing. He passed the first round of testing. OH...now I understand. So...we have an appointment for his second round of testing on next Tuesday. Daddy is taking him to this since I was out all last week with them, and I have my second dental cleaning on Thursday morning.
On that subject...don't neglect your teeth! That is all I am going to say...not going to bore you with the gory details!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I decided that I wanted each child to have a pirate costume when they left. So I bought a yard of red material and cut it six inches wide and made sashes for all the kids. Then I got some piratey material and made drawstring bags for them to hold all their "loot". We took tubes and spray painted them black to make telescopes. Each child received these as soon as they got to the party.
Then I ended up with seven stations and they got something at each of the stations:
- Make a Flag - their very own flag for the ship
- Pirate Tattoo Parlor - tattoos, because all pirates need tattoos
- Pin the Eye-Patch on the Pirate - Eye Patch
- Pirate Face Painting - Moustache and Goatee
- Walk the Plank - plastic parrots
- Canon Ball Bowling - pirate bubbles
- Pirate Target Practice - a chance to shoot a Nerf gun (I was going to give them swords here, but with mostly boys I decided that it would probably be better to wait until the end of the party for the swords.
I also served them lunch and found some great make your own treasure maps with stickers at Oriental Trading Company for them to do while they waited for us to serve. The menu was Pirate Food - fish sticks, french fries, goldfish, and fruit snacks (fish shaped).
While the kids ate their lunch my mother in law put out the treasure hunt clues that she had written. She did such a good job. We read the first clue and we were off. The kids loved running around finding all the clues and it led to the cake. We also opened presents in there and ate the cake. I have to say that this was my favorite birthday party so far. It was a lot of work, but I think the kids had fun. Even though I did not do everything I wanted, the kids never knew and no one got bored! The house wasn't even trashed, so that is always a plus.I need to say a few words of thanks, because without these people it never would have happened. First of all, I want to say thank you to my mother-in-law, Teresa. She really got into the whole idea from the very beginning and pitched in to help with everything. Without her I would have much more to do and I probably would have just decided to let the kids play with toys for an hour and a half. She came over early and helped set-up and manned a station, took pictures handed out food, and put out all the clues that she cleverly wrote that morning.
The second person that I need to thank is my dear friend Tracy. She came over early even though she pulled a muscle in her stomach coughing and helped with everything. She and my mother-in-law made the best pirate ship ever out of Ben's bunk bed. She painted moustache's and Jack Sparrow inspired goatee's. She also single-handedly cooked fish sticks and fries for twelve hungry children and made plates for them. I could not have done it without her!
Next I want to thank the parents that manned stations. Cher, John, and Ken you guys did a great job, and I couldn't have done it without you all as well!
Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my husband. Even though you have had the flu all week you set-up the target practice station and manned it throughout the party. You also put up with me before the party, I get a little stressed and snippy. During the party, running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and after the party when I had to take a nap.
There are so many pictures that I have to split them up. It turned out to be a fairly nice day outside, not cold but a little cloudy. So we were able to set-up some stations outside. Here are the first batch of the stations.