Monday, February 14, 2011

Mom! I have something to show you

Ok we have all had those moments in raising our children that we wonder "hmmm I hope this doesn't continue much longer" I am not talking about having them be the age that they are, but about wanting us to look at something that they have done.

Nancy is potty trained and she is the pro! I mean she sleeps thru the night and will be up for awhile before she even goes potty. She has a bladder of steel! When I told her that she began to cry and say "I don't want to have a bladder of steel". I tried to tell her that it is just an expression but, I digress.

So when we were potty training her it was a big deal to go poo in the potty and we would celebrate and have a great time showing everyone and then getting a small treat. Now she has been potty trained for a long time and she still asks for a treat after she goes potty. I laugh and say "does mommy get a treat everytime she goes potty?" she just looks at me like "hey you can get your own treat I have to ask" and then she says "no". So we continue on our day. However when she goes poo she will yell thru the house "Mommy I have something to show you!" and I now respond with "Is it poo? cause I have seen your poo before and don't forget to wipe" but she still insists that I come up and talk about her poo with her.

I don't mind really I think it is kind of funny and yes I will share this when she finds the man of her dreams and he comes home to meet us! Of course she will be like 30! (insert laughter here). Daddy tried showing her his poo which she responded "ewww I don't want to look at that, flush the toilet daddy".

I guess I will just have to enjoy the fun of looking at poo and talking about the color and the shape and size for awhile longer and know that she is growing up?

How about you do you have things that you wish they would outgrow quickly?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Beating the Failure Feeling

So I am struggling with being a failure as a parent. I have been trying to find the humor in the little things and have to some extent. However in the whole picture I have just felt like a ginormous failure.

You see I have discovered that I am the most selfish person around. I guess admitting the problem is the first step. Perhaps it is the fits that my children go into when ever I try to do something that I want or need to do. As long as they are doing what they want they are happy, but when it is mom's turn no way. You know that old saying "things that really bother you in other people is something that you are"

Last night I sat wallowing in my own self pitty trying to figure out what to do. I prayed and asked the Lord to forgive me for my selfish attitude and to help me change and become more like HIM. I am not sure how this will all take place but I do hope that He is successful. I just keep clinging to Philippians 1:6

In the mean time I will continue to search for the high points and times of Joy and laughter that we need to have.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's day

Well yesterday we celebrated Father's day. I like this day just to be able to recognize our dad's and how important they are in our lives. With Father's becoming less and less in being around, it is important to celebrate and encourage the ones who do.

We had fun. We went to church, and then came home and took a nap and then grilled dinner. So daddy opened his present and had a great time playing with his new pressure washer. After dinner daddy was on the phone and I was cleaning up and taking things in the house. Daddy came in and asked "Did you see what Nancy did?"
"Nope" I replied continuing to clean up.
"She came up to me on the deck and said here daddy, I looked down at it and asked 'what is it?' she said 'poop'"
He quickly chucked the poop into the woods and came inside to wash his hands. I started laughing and said "Well she wanted to give you a special gift"

This Father's day was especially special as we have been apart for a time and back together for time, but until this past week Ron has really not wanted to have anything to do with Daddy. This past week he has come to the door when daddy comes home and gives him a hug with out being asked. I know deep in my heart that, that was the best present for daddy.

What are some funny and cleaver gifts you have given to your dad? I would love to hear!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I had a conversation with my daughter the other day in the car that I have dreamed about having and can't believe that I didn't pull the car over. Has this ever happened to you? Let me fill you in on the conversation;
We are driving down the road coming home from shopping and listening to "B-I-B-L-E" by GoFish on the radio. (if you have kids and like music listen to it. It is catchy and fun). Nancy then looks up in the middle of the song and asks "Momma do you have Jesus in your heart?" "What?" I replied while turning down the radio, "Do you have Jesus in your heart?"
"Yes I do" We continued listening to the song and then when it was over she asked me why. We continued down the road almost home talking about why we need Jesus in our heart and lives.
I got home and put the kids down for a nap thinking about the conversation and thought "Why didn't I pull the car over? I should have jumped all over that like there was no time to lose?" As I sat there beating myself up I began to realize that this was not to be the last of the conversations that we would be having about this subject, and that I needed to remember to always be available to share in those moments.
Where have your heart warming and life changing conversations happened with your children? I would love to hear.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Changes have come our way

It has been a few days since my last blog. Ok, ok, a few months. Let me just fill you in on what has been going on in our family:
Late October my husband applied for a job in Virginia. We didn't hear for over a month and figured that it was not "ment to be". No worries we were happy in Seattle and enjoyed all we were active in with our church and our friends.
December he is contacted and asked to fly out for an interview. Yeah this is cool!
January he is offered the job which was a promotion in his company and we were all excited.
February 1 was his first day so we were left at home to prep the house and sell it. We did alot of the work in January but it went on the market in February.
February, March, and part of April I was a single parent trying to keep a clean house for show and praying that both of my children lived thru this time! (more on that in later blogs so stay tuned)

The most amazing thing is that with in 2 weeks of being on the market we had offers on our house. One fell thru and we were back on the market to go thru the weekend and get another offer. All of this is a God Thing. God gets all of the credit for everything that happened during that time. Yes He gets the credit for my children still being alive, and my marrage making it thru this time, and for all of the joy and laughter that I was able to enjoy during all of this.

So now that takes us to Virginia where we are calling it home. We have traded in Rain for sun and humidity, friends for strangers, and comfortable places to be to new and exciting places to be.

So stay tuned as I share some moments from our life to pass on to you and hope to bring a smile to your face.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

No my child is the smartest in the world

Ok I had to have that title just because this just gets me every time something comes up and parents have to brag. I know as parents we have every right in the world to brag and look at every little achievement as "One small step for man and one giant leap for mankind". Teaching preschool when parents would come into my class they would make comments like "They are going to start school early because they are so advanced" Then come to find out they are advanced in one area and well not doing so hot in other area's. When I would try and tell the parent that they are not getting all of the bench marks they would argue with me and tell me that I am wrong and their child is the smartest child in the history of the world. With which I want to reply "really, if they are so smart why did they have to shove a barkchip all the way up their nose to smell is and not be able to get it out?" But I hold my tongue and do my best to encourage them.

Now before my children were born I knew I would be the best parent on the planet. I had so much experience raising everyone elses children as a nanny and preschool teacher, how hard can this be? Well I am being sarcastic! I knew that I was far from perfect and that I would mess up and I started a savings account that will be just for their therapy when they get older and realized how much I really messed them up. But for now I just keep plodding away seeking God and His wisdom and hope that the good will outweigh the bad in the end. Ok I digress. So I vowed I would never be a parent that was like "Oh did you see that he clapped his hands and he is only 2 months old" or "I swear that she just counted to 10 and didn't need any help, and you know she is only 1 and a half"

All this to say that their is absolutly nothing wrong with bragging about your childs achievements and the milestones that they finally reach. I was excited and couldn't wait to tell my friends that "Ron crawled today" and he is a year. He just scooted on his bottom to get around. I have to admit this is our form of party entertainment. So bragging is good and I feel important to your child to know that "hey my mom is proud of me, and I will just go to therapy for a few years".

All this to say that sometimes we really underestimate how much our children really do understand. Ron was at the top of the stairs and I said "hey you wanna come down? Well we need to change your diaper, there is one on the floor behind you, can you get it?" Ok really I was just talking to him not expecting anything and low and behold he turned around grabbed the diaper that was a few crawls away and brought it back to me. I was a little shocked and excited. I couldn't wait to tell my friends that my child has now been trained like a dog to bring the paper to me. Ok so not really a dog but you catch my drift.

While I feel it is great and even important to brag and get all excited about your childs achievements, we don't have to come across like they are the smartest child in the world. Don't get me wrong I think all children are smart and incredibly talented and we should never short change that. We are all made in the likeness of our Creator and we need to remember that He Does Not Make Any Mistakes!

Monday, November 2, 2009

"There's people here?"

What can I say but my little girl is starting to repeat everything that is said with interest. I will be putting something on the table and she will ask "What is that?" I will say "It is a plate to put our food on" She will then respond with "It's a plate?" and everything is a question.

I have to laugh because one Sunday we were at Costco and we had the kids with us and, if you have been to costco you know that it can get really crowded on Sundays. We were walking along and shopping and stopping at samples and looking at different items. I was over checking something out and daddy was with the kids who were happy to just hang out and look at the people and samples and touch everything they can, and Nancy decides to sit down in the middle of the isle and take a break. Daddy looks at Nancy and says "Nancy you can't sit down in the isle there are people here who are trying to get around you" With that Nancy responded with "There are people here?" We had a great laugh and enjoy these moments when she is learning how her voice communicates to others.