Friday, May 29, 2009

Slow down, Father time!

How is it that my baby girl has already finished Kindergarten? How have the past 5, almost 6 years just totally flown by? How is it that she will turn 6 years old in just 2 weeks? As much as I have enjoyed her babyhood and now her childhood, I am enjoying seeing her grow. I have loved teaching her to read & am so happy when she voluntarily sits down with a book to read it herself. I am trying to convince her that cooking and baking is fun, although I seem to have my work cute out for me, she'd much rather just eat the results of my work, thats ok, I have plenty of time! Just this morning she asked me, "Mom, did you know that tadpoles grow up to be frogs?" When I answered that yes, I knew that, she replied, "Wow, you know everything!" Just keep thinking that, Brianna, and we'll be just fine!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Quips & Quotes

Brianna has been coming up with the funniest thing lately. So for my sake, and the Grandparents', I thought I'd write a few things down.

- Last week we were taking a walk & I was pushing Tyler in the stroller while she walked beside me. Tyler loves me to give the stroller a good, hard push, & then run to catch up with him. Well, one particular time I gave the push & he headed into the curb. Brianna hollered, "Quick, Mama, get your brother!" The mother-son relationship is still a little fuzzy in this household!

- It was snack time & Brianna was eating some grapes sitting on the living room floor. All of a sudden, she looks up and asks, "Can I sit on this grape?" I'm ever so glad that she gave me the opportunity to say no, since I'm not overly fond of scraping food off of our hardwood floors. She's considerate, if nothing else!

- We finished up with Kindergarten last week & instead of a party we asked her if she would like to take a little weekend trip to the zoo and Children's Museum. (We live 3 hrs. away from these places so it ends up taking an entire weekend to fit everything in.) She loves the museum so that was a definite yes, & the Zoo sounded good too. Then she asked if we would be staying at a Hotel. I told her yes & that I would try to find one with a pool so the kids could go swimming. The word 'pool' just sends her into total excitement. So, ever since then, she has been telling people, "We're going to a pool with a Hotel!" I'm sure the goggles will come in handy, everyone in Hobby Lobby thought they were great, since she INSISTED on wearing them the whole time!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Ok, so I know I'm really just an average Mom of 2 kids. I'm lucky enough to have a wonderful husband with a great job that provides for us so that I don't have to get a job. I have made the choice to home school my children. I get that I'm not the norm anymore. But I still feel like I've grown 3 horns and sprouted wings when people find out that I home school. I either get the, "Oh, you must be really smart!", or the look. Which says, "She looks normal, but must be weird." None of this really matters or certainly doesn't change my decisions, but I do find myself slightly understanding what this video is about! I'll admit it, it's funny. Even though I don't plan on having 10 children or driving a big van, I 'm guessing there will always be a stigma attached to homeschooling. And thats ok.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Today - I'm thankful

for the awesome privilege of being a mother to these precious little people! Amidst all the playing, homeschooling, cleaning, cooking, and sometimes chaos in this little yellow house of ours, I thank God that He has entrusted their lives to my care. There is not a day that goes by that I don't, at some point in the day, stop & just watch the kids. I like to catch them when they're playing or otherwise occupied by themselves, they are growing up so fast that I want to remember all the stages! This may or may not have anything to do with the fact that I've taken just over 900 photos in the last 3 weeks!

The last 2 years we have been able to visit my parents on Mother's Day, I really missed being able to be with my Mom today. Tim & I are both so thankful for the Godly examples that our Mother's have been throughout our lives, WE LOVE YOU BOTH!

Kisses for Mama from 2 awesome kids!And Finally, for all the mothers out there -

You know you're a mom when . . . .
1. You have signed a check with a crayon.
2. You wipe other kid's noses.
3. You have caught spit-up in your hand. (Guilty!)
4. You consider the person who invented the sippy cup a genius. (Um, yeah!)
5. You consider it a major triumph if you shower by noon.
6. You find yourself humming the "Rubber Duckie" song in the shower. (Or in my case, "Thomas the Tank Engine"!)
7. You have dressed your child in whatever is on top of the clean laundry pile.
8. You have considered trading your whole life savings for just one good might of sleep.
9. You see your parents in a whole new light. (For sure!)
10. You consider parenting to be the best job in the world!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Inspiration