Monday, August 31, 2009
Happy birthday sweet boy!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
This past weekend in Texas was tax-free weekend which means
extra long lines and people EVERYWHERE lots of deals to be had. I decided to buy a few pair of capris I could wear to work, not that I was sweating to death in my regular pants or anything since it is only in the lower 100s here. Of course, 3/4 of my children did not fall asleep on the way to the mall since they refuse to take naps at home they certainly wouldn't do it when it wasn't convenient for me. My 3rd son, whom I find incredibly cute and irresistible would never have thrown a fit for an entire 30 minutes because we did not let him bring his blue Power Ranger into the mall. He has way more restraint than that, nor would he have rather gone shopping with me than play in the food court playground with his daddy and brothers just to show how grumpy he was not being. His mood is not that dependent on if he gets his nap out or not, nope not my child!
He is only 3 years old and a BOY after all, so he would not have been telling me things like "I like that pair, no that pair doesn't fit you, oh lets buy the black pair", remember boys don't care about clothes at all. Boys have way more important things to care about like light saber fighting, bug catching, perfecting their burping noises, etc. Nor would he have decided he wanted to try on clothes himself, much less clothes for next summer. This child has never tried on a piece of clothing in his life, so he certainly wouldn't start now with this
enormous crowd his daddy and brothers waiting. He would not have asked me to step out of his dressing room so I wouldn't see his underwear and refuse to budge until I did so. I mean this child still asks me to wipe his bottom for him for crying out loud. Nor would he have caught me peeping in his room TWICE to make sure he was doing ok, because I would totally respect his wishes more than that. He also did not grab his shorts and try unsuccessfully to cover himself when he felt I wasn't given him enough privacy, I mean doesn't that start way closer to teenage years?
We would never stay at the mall so late that my kiddos started getting restless from being hungry nor would we try to soothe the savish beasts by feeding them Casa Ole. When the waitress only brought 2 crackers for the baby we certainly wouldn't have improvised by giving him chips when they were gone in 0.2 seconds. I would never have added salsa to the chip just to get him to stop squealing for it. I mean he is only 16 months old he does not know that it is hot and will burn him, but I most certainly do and I can outlast a 16 month old for pete's sake. So I would never have been floored when he didn't even bat an eyelash or want his water, but just begged for more. I mean that was some pretty spicy salsa, even the older 3 said it was too spicy for them to eat.
This week when I was teaching a Pre-K class for the 1st time I certainly didn't laugh out loud at a little boy when he picked his mouse up and tried to click the computer monitor with it. I mean he had been using his mouse correctly for the past 20 minutes so surely he knew you didn't actually make your mouse touch the screen where you wanted it to go. It is now a week later and I still don't get a chuckle out of his sweet innocence of doing everything very literal. I also did not stay up WAY too late typing this when I have to get up early for school tomorrow, as evident by the time stamp. Nope, not me!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Ok, didn't last too long...Brandt is now in our bed. Can't stand to listen to him cry himself to sleep.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
- My kids love their school, their friends, and their teachers. The pure excitement they have when they get up everyday and get ready to learn, even Brayden now too.
- The older 2 boys are about to start Upward soccer, where they learn to play in a Christian environment.
- The older 3 boys will be involved with Awanas at church for almost 2 hours on Sunday nights, which means
we can eat dinner in piece with just Dustin, Brennan, and myselfthey are learning God's Word and storing it in their hearts. It is amazing how quickly they pick the verses up, and how well they remember them.
- I have more patience with the boys since I only get to see them a few hours in the evenings before bedtime.
- From 7:15 to 4:30 5 days a week
I do not have to change a dirty diapermy younger 2 boys are loved on by someone who has become a very good friend of mine and who has way exceeding what I could have hoped for to watch my children. She takes such good care of them, and really loves them. I know 100% God brought us together, because I could never have done so well on my own.
- I have a few minutes in between classes where it is quiet, and I can hear myself think. It is wonderful to have a few breathers during the day when I don't have to worry about anything or anyone at that moment. It may only be 10 minutes, but I'll take it.
- 3 days a week I get to have a lunch date with my hubby. When we are togther as a family we rarely get to have a decent conversation until the kids are in bed, but during the school year we get to eat lunch just the 2 of us. This is the 1st year when it will only be 3 days instead of 5 due to my schedule, but I still am looking forward to the 3 days.
- Brayden will start speech again for his last year. I always love watching how far he comes with his speech during a school year. It is amazing to me that this is his 3rd year already with Mrs. Jones. She is amazing. He would have to be retested after 3 years, and he has done so well that he wouldn't qualify at this point.
- Once I clean my house it stays cleaner for longer than 5 minutes. With everyone out of the house from 7:15 to 4:00 everyday the kids don't have enough time to make such a huge mess so it is easier to stay on top of everything.
- I love how excited the boys get over something so simple as a new lunch box or a new pair of tennis shoes for school. Or how big it makes them feel to pack their own lunches. It is the simple things in life they seem to really appreciate.
Monday, August 17, 2009
This week my oldest 2 boys started back to school. I teach at the school that they go to so I knew I wouldn't be one of those moms weeping as they left their kids on the 1st day of Kindergarten and 1st grade. I mean anytime during the day I want to see them, I can walk right over and peer through their window. So I wouldn't have gotten all sad on the verge of tears over something so small and silly as a Big Kid Celebration at church celebrating Brayden being a big boy and leaving the preschool side nor would I have gotten sad when I had to drop Brandt off in the commons at school today instead of his classroom like the last 2 years. I mean there are 1st graders through 12th graders in there, I know that. I wouldn't have forgotten something like that and tried to drop him off in his classroom and had the matching shocked look when the teacher said he needs to go to the commons. I mean I have early morning duty in there tomorrow, surely I wouldn't forget my own child was big enough to go in there. Nope not me!
This week I also did not daydream about grocery shopping for almost 5 days before I actually went to the store. Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things, because it either involves taking lots of kids or waiting until they are in bed and I can go by myself which in turn makes it very late before I can get in bed. So I surely wouldn't have been anxiously awaiting the store on Saturday. Nor would I have spent a couple of hours cutting coupons, printing coupons, and loading e-coupons to my Kroger card. Who has that kind of time? And I certainly wouldn't have gone to 3 seperate Krogers in one day, that would be torture. It is not like Kroger's Double coupons up to $1 sale would be worth that. Or saving 81% on my shopping bill be worth the headache and time. No, I am not totally in love with coupons and saving money. Doesn't describe me at all!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Brandt's grade is small, and in fact there is only one 1st grade class this year. He is loving it, because he is with all his friends (they were split in 2 classes last year). Please pray for his teacher as there are 11 boys and only 4 girls. haha When they started in Pre-K there were 12 boys and 2 girls, so at least there are a few more girls now. 14 of these kids were here last year, and there is only 1 new student in their grade which is really strange.
Brandt sitting at his 1st real desk, the last 2 years he had tables
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Brandt and PawPaw (my dad)
Monday, August 10, 2009
This week we most certainly did not have a birthday celebration extravaganza. I mean there was Dustin's 30th birthday dinner as a family, and then his and my sister Kathryn's
they just really love each other that much they share the exact same birthay: August 6th extended family celebration, and then my nephew's 9th birthday bash, but that's a pretty typical weekend with a large family. Right?
I certainly wouldn't have let my children order vanilla ice cream in Krazy colors while celebrating their daddy, I mean if they wanted vanilla they can eat the plain jane, old fashioned, non-staining kind. Remember I don't like messy children, and I certainly wouldn't have encouraged it.
I wouldn't have added bubble bath to their bath water in hopes that it counted as soaping them off. Nor would I have given them a popscile in the tub just to avoid having a mess to clean up afterwards. Nope, Not Me!
And drinking while driving, absolutely NOT!!! Eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel at all times!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
After we were in the car for dinner he changed his mind and we ended up going to Sodolak's Beefmaster. It is a local restaurant and one of his favorites.
Daddy & Bryson
Brandt & Brayden
Bryson enjoying his ice cream
The one I took of Brandt came out blurry, but he ate his in a cup so he wasn't nearly so messy. I ate the very last bite of Bryson's and it even stained my mouth with just 1 bite. We had a really nice time and came out to it POURING down rain. It was a total shock, but much needed. Although, it never did make it to our house...BUMMER!