Friday, November 26, 2010

Giving Thanks

Ever notice sometimes when you have so much to be thankful for, that you're less likely to act thankful? I was so cranky Thanksgiving morning, and for no good reason. Looking back, I shouldn't have let my mood get the best of me. If I really sat down and thought about it, I have pages and pages of things to be thankful for.

I mean, why be cranky when I have these three?

An early morning (and I mean early - FIVE AM!) cuddle and book.

Hot chocolate on a cool Thanksgiving morning!

J's mastering the coffee mug...sort of.

Climbing trees with cousins...

Posing with Jacob and their little place settings.

Kids table! Jeremiah "loooooooves gravy!" He ate a big piece of turkey with a lot of gravy - I guess that's what I have to do to put a little weight on him - start making gravy every day!

The 'stinky feet' game with Kris. He now loves her!

Cher and Mick hosted Thanksgiving dinner. It was great food, excellent company, and we played with the Kinect after stuffing ourselves. I am so sore this morning - my stomach muscles ache (probably from laughing so hard) and so does my shoulder - throwing a discus sure did a number on me!! If you have an x-box, I highly recommend the Kinect, Jeremiah figured it out pretty well and Shawn and I love it - I think we'll be playing it after the kids go to bed for awhile.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Is it Christmastime yet??

Jeremiah has been waking up the past few mornings asking this. And he's really sad when it isn't. He can't wait for our tree, so this morning we got down a few decorations. He has his own 'tree' now so he won't miss the big one so much.

His very own tree!

Of course, Jeremiah didn't want Sarah left out.

Just some cute pics of the kids playing with Daddy. They love this 'game.'

My pretty girl...

Here's a little video of the kids dancing to 'Iron Man' - Jeremiah is a little obsessed with the Iron Man character and pretends to be him all the time. It helps because in situations where he's afraid, he'll ask: "Iron Man is brave, isn't he?" So he pretends to be Iron Man and be brave.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Loving them when they're difficult

Last week, a friend posted a link to this blog on her Facebook. I read it over and was struck by #7) Today, the moment when I am most repelled by a child’s behavior, that is my sign to draw the very closest to that child.

I'm not a perfect mother, and I don't think anyone (no matter what you may see) is. I've been frustrated by my kids, have yelled at them, enjoy my time away from them, and feel generally overwhelmed by them, especially when they're clinging to me like their lives depend on it. But this part struck me, mainly because of one child:

Surprise, surprise. Sarah is great when we're out, she's very social, smiles and waves at everyone, laughs, plays by herself...but at home, it's a different story. She clings to my side, if I walk out her sight she cries, and her most used word is "MAMA" said very sadly. And yes, sometimes (often), I am frustrated and repelled by this behavior. I've been ignoring it for months and it doesn't seem to be working, so I'm switching tactics and am going to draw closer to her. God give me strength, because this is not my default reaction - my default is a 'suck it up and get over it' type attitude.

She's growing up so much - her vocabulary is amazing, and she tries to say almost any word you ask her to. Of course, most of her words are still baby talk, but Shawn and I both think she'll be speaking quite a bit by her 2nd birthday. It's hard to believe she's not 2 yet - she's so tall and big, she's easily in 3T for tops and bottoms.

Jeremiah is also frustrating, but on a different level. He argues with me over the most silly things, and then has the nerve to tell me he's not arguing with me! Argh. But he turns around and tells me that he loves me and gives me a hug and a kiss. And he never stops talking. For instance, this morning he woke up and has not stopped talking about his new dragon, who was in our fridge but is now gone. He loves to learn, and I feel only a little bad about not having him in preschool, only because I think he'd have a lot of fun and do well.

Just posting this blog is an exercise in patience! It's 630am and I've been interrupted I don't know how many times...even though I've been a mom for over 3 years, I'm still learning to adjust my expectations.