Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Fun!
Hi there, hope you had a great Thanksgiving! We sure did! I always enjoy long stretches off with the kids and the DH. As a family, we have so much to be thankful for and I hope we never take it for granted.

On Wednesday evening, we took the kids to see The Good Dinosaur. (This was probably the only downside of the entire holiday.) We were all set to join Arlo - the good dinosaur - on a happy-go-lucky adventure, but instead the DH and I ended up with two very emotional kiddos. Without too many spoilers, this movie is heavy and should be marketed toward a more mature crowd. Even though there are a few light hearted moments, the film centers around loss. Arlo faces devastating loss several times in the movie, which ends rather abruptly.  Sure, there is closure for the adults, but not enough for the kids.

On Thursday, we had lunch with family friends in the country. This has become a tradition over the last few years. They have grandkids my kids' ages, and its always fun to watch them play together. My friends seem to have aged a lot over the past year and that really touched me. Praying we have many more Thanksgiving celebrations together.

The next day the kids helped the DH ring the bell for the Salvation Army. This is the third year they have done this. Stinky and Blinky enjoy their version of giving back and they make us incredibly proud.

Then on Saturday, we headed to the North Pole. Well, the North Pole Express at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum. Super fun! Even seven and a half-year old Stinky was amazed at the magic and gave his Christmas list to Santa. (Just last year, he was too old to believe in Santa, but that's our little secret.)

We rounded out the weekend with church and baseball. Blinky lost interest halfway though on the diamond, but was reenergized in the batting cages. Stinky played until he was sore all over, but it must have been worth it because as we were packing up, I heard him say, "Best Day Ever!"

Wherever you are, I hope you also enjoyed your celebrations.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Big Ta-Tas???

Imagine my relief when Blinky told me "those" are the straps on her dress.

Tsk! Tsk!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quote of the Week

So I've been threatening to send the kids to their great-grandmother's in Long Island for a week next summer when they're bratty. That sorts them out right quick as they know all the struggles she's facing trying to recover from Hurricane Joaquin earlier this year. Case in point, electricity has still not yet been restored on the island, which means no x-box, night light or air conditioning. The horror!

While playing together the other night, I overheard this:

Blinky: "Stinky, you know how Mom's been saying we have to go to Long Island?
Stinky: "Uh-huh."
Blinky: I'm really worried about that."
Stinky: "Don't worry, I'll take care of you."

My two may fight like cats and dogs but with that one exchange, I know they will always be there for each other. I am so grateful I got to witness that.

Monday, November 16, 2015

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I honestly believe the world in which we live has gone mad. If you've watched the news lately, you'll understand why. #Paris, #Lebanon, #Kenya, #BlackLivesMatter, where does it end? As I pour over facebook news and opinions, hatred for our fellow man has never been more apparent, thus ensuring the continuation of the vicious cycle.

As foreign implants here, the DH and I see and understand both sides of the argument, but we are of the opinion that we are in no position to hate or judge anyone. Sound radical? Around here, you bet.

What I hope to teach my children in the midst of this storm comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

It is a lesson I pray will stay with them as they grow older. That no matter what they are facing in life, they can face it head on with the knowledge that God is with them.

Blogger's Note:
I pray for Paris, but I also pray for world; the inequity, the injustice and the hate that consumes it. May we leave this world a better place for our children.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rebellious Phase

It seem 7 1/2 year-old Stinky is going through a rebellious phase. If it doesn't involve play, he's going to damned sure put up a fight, back-talking and all. He is

The DH and I have been trying to find an effective punishment for him. We pop the kids once and a while when they're really out of line, but find that it doesn't cub repeat behavior long-term. Recently, we've been taking away privileges (e.g. X-box time) and that seems to be working better, but not completely.

I've wondered if there is an underlying problem and I don't think so. He's doing well in school, has done a decent job of being sweet to his little sister (this is a work in progress) and is still engaged with his hobbies. For now, it boils down to Stinky being a strong-willed child who has always liked to push buttons. Some days we manage him pretty well (not as horrible as it sounds), but other days we fail miserably. In the words of my unsympathetic mom, "Honey, what do you expect, he's just like you." Thanks Mom.

Anyhoo, I have a plan. The weather has not been great, so Stinky has not had his usual one-hour of playtime in the sun every day. I try to make up for it with activities in the house, but his creative mind needs his overactive body to run! After school today, I think I will let the kiddos ride their scooters in the garage to work out the willies before homework. We'll see how that goes. Wish me luck.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Quote of the Week

Last Thursday, six year old Blinky decided it would be a good idea to crawl on the canvas covering over her swing set to dust off the sand she poured on it a few days earlier. As you can guess, her 55 lbs were too heavy for the covering and she fell through bruising her little body in an almost perfect straight line from thigh to forehead. It was not pretty. Thankfully it was all superficial.

The next morning, I gave Blinky's teacher a courtesy call to let her know what happened and that we would be checking Blinky out early as we were headed to the beach. (We were supposed to go for Fall Break but one kid was recovering from a stomach bug and one had just caught it.) Anyway, one of our rules for long drives is no TV for the first hour. That means we talk. I decided it was a good time to ask Blinky about her day.

Me: "Blinky, did Mrs. X ask what happened?"
Blinky: "Yes ma'am."
Me: "So what did you tell her."
Blinky: "I told her I fell through the roof while sweeping the porch."

OMG what???

DH: "Maybe you should ask your mom to watch the kids while we're in prison." [Stifled Laugh]