Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Living On Dreams & Spaghetti O's

My baby has an obsession, and that obsession is called Spaghetti O's---ABC's & Meatballs to be exact. Ask the child any time of day what she wants for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and you will be met with, "Spaghetti O's." I have to admit to caving every once in awhile and serving these bad boys up about 9am, but only after she has pushed the kitchen chair up to the pantry to get them out for me. Actually, the meatballs are all she likes, but I make her eat the ABC's cause that is the healthy, fortified part you know LOL! It's really cute to hear her with a mouthful saying, "I 'won't' mo meatballs. I do. I love skety o's."
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Friday, February 12, 2010

My Biggest Obsession...

I have been reeled in by the mindless fun and games facebook has to offer. Yes I am addicted. There was an episode of Dr. Phil recently highlighting a mom who planned her whole life around when her Farmville crops needed harvesting and planting. As pathetic as it might sound I can relate on some levels. I wouldn't call myself as addicted as that woman, but I have been a little obsessed lately. So much so that now my kids are obsessed. Ella loves to come home from school and immediately hop on the computer to check her pet.

The designers of these facebook games are genius. They take the thoughtless task of clicking a mouse and turn it into a necessary part of our day. I have to have my game time, or I feel like I have let my "farm" or "pet" down at the risk of letting my own household down, pathetic huh? But, so much eye-glazing fun.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Addie's First Week of MDO-August 2009

We had a rough first month of MDO. Addie cried everyday at drop-off. But, once we got over the initial hurdle things have gone great! So loves Ms. Terri & Ms. JoAnna. She has made alot of new friends. She tells me her best friends are Lola, Brayden, and Taylor. She makes new friends very easily now that she has been in MDO. Anywhere we go where there are other kids she has made a friend within a few minutes. She is learning so much socially & academically! She finally has her colors down, and she loves to learn new songs and nursery rhymes. She is definitely my fun-lovin, good time kiddo.

Conceptualizing God...

This is a difficult task for all of us at times but even more so for a 5-year-old. Ella's little gears have been working overtime lately trying to figure out who God is and what he is all about. It is good, but it also makes for some awkward moments. The other day when getting ready for bath time she said, "I don't want to! I don't want God to see my butt! I'm naked." Funny I know, but "Oh my!" just the same. Didn't think that was going to come out of her mouth at that moment.

Alot of her questions are no longer satisfied with yes or no answers. She wants to know more, and mommy's "yes" or "no" are only met with more questions. She really is trying to figure out how God sees everything all the time? Where is Heaven? And, why people die? That question makes me the saddest, because I don't want to believe she is old enough to need to understand those answers. When they were babies I took comfort in the fact that they didn't understand, nor need to understand those parts of life.

She is growing up, and it is forcing me to accept certain things that I would rather not accept. I know these are just the first of many questions from her, and these questions will keep getting harder and more complex. We just have to cherish the innocence of the preschool years while they are little, and accept the responsibility of teaching them as much as we can as they grow. They are ours to teach, and that is the biggest, most important job we will ever have.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Emotionally exhausted today. I feel like I could sleep for a year at this point. I just wish I could understand why some things unfold the way they do. The hardest part is trying to figure all of this out in my own head without a verbal explaination for why things have went down the way they have. Without an explaination there is no hope for change. But, maybe some people are beyond change. I know I need to just accept some things and move on, but not knowing why is the hardest obstacle in moving forward. I know that everything happens for a reason, but in the times that could apply the most are the times it seems like the biggest cliche out there.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ella's First Day of Kindergarten-August, 4th 2009

As many of you know, Matt & I struggled with the decision of whether or not to send Ella to kindergarten this school year. This was due to the fact that she was still 4-years-old when school began in August. So, this day came with even more apprehension than is normally felt by parents on the first day of school. But, I am happy to report that we just finished our 100th day of school, and Ella is doing just beautifully! She is one smart cookie, and I can't believe how much she has matured in the past few months. We can say with 100% certainty that we made the right decision sending her on. The number of opportunities and friendships she would have missed out on are just too many to count.

I will never be able to look at the pic of Ella in front of the bushes without laughing. I can still hear her saying, "Mom, why do I have to stand in front of the bushes?"

Couldn't wait to get to school. Check out the sweet new booster too!

Yeah, she really didn't need us there. We were just for show.

Ella had to tell me to leave. Ah, and the days of embarrassing my child officially began!

Best Friends Forever :)

I could never quite wrap my head around the saying, "I love you more than life itself" until I had children of my own. I am sure every parent feels the same way. This is my favorite picture of my girls in 2009. It shows the true bond that they share. Of course, they have their bad moments.. a million times a day it seems, but deep down this is how they really feel. I love my girls, and I hope they will always be there for each other. That is one of my many wishes for them. Kisses girls!