Wednesday, August 28, 2013


This made me laugh out loud.  In our home, this is absolutely the case.  My children RARELY wear pants. As they walk in the door, the shoes, socks, and pants fly off.  I think that's a pretty great way to live!

Monday, August 26, 2013

My First Grader

Check out Sam's face! 

I wrote down a few things this weekend that I wanted to remember forever.  That is one of the purposes of this blog.... so that I won't forget anything because my memory is horrific.  So pardon my ramblings...

Today is Saturday before you start the first grade.  I catch myself gazing at you.  At the deep blue of your eyes and the smells and sounds that you create.  I noticed that your feet are bigger than my hands.  When did that happen?  We've been up since 6ish and we have played hard with play-dough, created a store and police station, had a dance party and obstacle course, played with building blocks, and put every puzzle together twice.  Legos and building are your go-to toy of choice.  You don't lose anything and are very careful with your toys.

You will say, "Mom, come play with me" as you pull my leg to join your fun.
or "Mom LOOK!"  no, that didn't work "Look now!" "You missed it!  Look again!"
Sometimes I can feel my patience wane, but I push on to just be in the moment with you.  

I understand these times are but a instant.  I know that you won't always want to be with me, but for now you do.  I try to always stop what I'm doing to join in.  But, sometimes it's hard.

You are precious and sweet and currently in your undies.  Movie night is on and you and your bro are pilled high on the sofa with Minnie Pearl. You had ravioli and bananas, popcorn with peanut butter M&Ms and a green smoothie. You have on a t-rex, mint green shirt and striped tighty whiteys.  I'm unsure when you last brushed your teeth.  

Your bro is your bestie which I love.

What I'm struck with most, is your thoughtfulness.  You wanted me to come sit in your room while your brother napped.  You set up all my favorite toys so I would want to just be with you.  I almost cried.  There was my favorite erasers, lego guys, and squinkies all set up with such care, just for me to sit there by you.  You made space for my drink. 

You are my tender hearted, intuitive, loving, all inclusive little man whom I adore.  

I can't believe you are officially a first grader today.  Mr. N dropped you off so I wouldn't cry like the baby that I am.  Your dad and I prayed over you last night longer than normal.  I cried some more when I realized that I can't protect you every second of every day.  

For you are not mine to keep.  
I must let you off to fly.  But, man, it's tough.  I adore you my lovely.

Tight hugs, and juicy long kisses, mom

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The battle

Well, I'm back at work.  What a summer!  Why-o-why does it just seem to fly away?  Monday was my first day back, getting ready for the students next week, and while at lunch I overheard a little boy and his mom in the next stall.  My heart broke right there.  Right now my sweet mom is keeping my babies, but next week someone else will be wiping his bum and hugging my little men.  Boo.

I instantly go into a whirlwind of "should I work or not work outside the home?"  I know that most moms go through this dilemma.  I also know that most men do not understand the amount of guilt that a woman can carry.    I am well versed in guilt.

Thus, a battle ensues in my sweet brain as you can imagine.  Dear Reader, do you work?  Do you have peace about it?

This always seems to I've been praying for sweet God to give me a subtle hug that I am indeed doing what He wants me to do.  I phoned a past student, Ms. Sara to check in with her, and her number had changed.  The very next day, I got a text from her and got to speak with her.  She asked if I ever considered stopped working.....and I said yes.  Sara then proceeded to tell me that she wouldn't be alive without me.  That I changed her life and now she adores some Jesus.

Whoa mama.

Thank you Sara for answering my prayers whether you knew it or not.  I needed to know that I'm doing my Godly calling by working.  Thank you dearly.

If you normally read here, you know that I'm a science teacher of at-risk seniors trying to graduate high school and run the teen-mom group.  To get you ready for school again, I thought you might enjoy this awesome video!  I posted it to my facebook status, but since it's such a great one, thought I would double time it.  Happy, happy day to you and yours.....hugs.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Summer Update Part Two

Good morning my sweet!  Here are more photo dumps for you to catch you up quick!  We released Myrtle the turtle.  It was pretty hard for sweet Benno.  It took longer than one would think.  He kept swimming and recapturing her.  

The boys enjoyed lots of swimming, vacation bible school, pine cove camp, zoos, aquariums, museums, and just hanging out in our pjs.  Sam has established that he can fall asleep anywhere, usually with food in hand.  Ben now only takes a picture with his mouth open and I scored a new headband at Sonic.  Can anyone foresee my Halloween costume?  We think Minnie Pearl will be Wonderdog, while I'm Wonderwoman.  Whenever we wrestle now, Ben requires my headband so I have more power, not that of a "measly human."  

Enjoy your last little bit of summer!   It's almost over.  Bummer. 

Post Summer Update

I know, I know.  You think I've fallen off the face of the earth.  I haven't.  I've just been enjoying and soaking up every ounce that summer has to offer.  There was bookoos of swimming, playing, building, catching up with buds, eating yummy food, and more.  Pants were only worn if necessary, which wasn't often.  Without further adieu, here is a mini-photo dump to get you caught up.

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