Wednesday, 08 May 2013
I must stop watching the news.
It sends my anxiety and helicopter parenting spiraling out of control
Too much evil.
Brooklyn loves to play in the neighborhood with all the other kids.
The rule is that unless I am outside with her, she must stay where I can see her.
She was playing a game where she had to wait on the street corner and count how fast the other kids could race around on their scooters. The problem is I could not see her and so told her she would have to wait and count where I could see her.
She of course stormed into the house all mad and upset.
Life is hard with a helicopter mom :)
Ethan's soccer games turn into a flower picking hour for Brooklyn
Saturday, 04 May 2013
Monday, 29 April 2013
Ethan played awesome at his last soccer game.
While Ethan plays Brooklyn finds whatever dogs she can
and begs me to asks the owners if she can pat them.
Anytime she sees a dog no matter where we are "she just has to pat it".
The rest of the day the kids spent begging me for a dog.
If I had land, a big mud room, and lots of free time, I too would love a dog :)
The neighborhood kids were hanging out on our front porch earlier today,
the front door was open and Ethan came to ask me
if I could get Popsicles next time I was at the grocery store, I said sure, no problem.
To which a little neighborhood boy says to Ethan
“wow Ethan you sure have a yes mom, whenever you ask your mom something she says Yes".
Ethan of course let the kid know that we say no to the big items like an IPhone..ya think.
Apparently a bunch of kids in his class own IPhones...crazy.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
So thankful for the sunshine!
With the warm sunshine out, so too are all the kids in the neighborhood.
Lately the kids all like to congregate around this tree.
The older kids climb it and the younger kids look on wishing they too could climb it.
I love watching the kids play outside and listening to all of them talk.
I try not to be a helicopter parent :) try is the key word there.
Today I even left Ethan home alone for 10 minutes
while I brought Brooklyn over to her school friends house for a play date.
He repetitively thanked me for not treating him like a baby.
As these days he quite frequently likes to remind me that he is not a baby.
As if I wasn't aware of that :)
Monday, 22 April 2013
Thank you to Papa for the beautiful Tulips he got both Brooklyn and I.
Beautiful red, pink and yellow tulips!
Fresh flowers around the house always make for happier days!
Brooklyn absolutely loves flowers and when we have them always
requests a fresh vase of them in her room.
Thank you your thoughtfulness Papa!
Daughters are like flowers, they fill the world with beauty~ Author Unknown
Friday, 19 April 2013
The kids had their schools annual science fair this week.
Brooklyn begged for us all to go as a family : ) She wanted both Michael and I present.
The moment we got there Ethan let me know he was ditching us for his friend Conner.
The pre-teen behavior is upon us whether we are ready or not.
So Brooklyn nicely gave me a tour of all the science projects.
Ethan happened to have soccer practice right after
so Brooklyn being Brooklyn went out to pick dandelions and whatever else she could find.
She has and will always be my artistic, nature loving, wild one.
This morning she came down dressed for school and Ethan took one look at her and said
"Are you crazy". I have to admit her outfit of choice was a little interesting.
Black leggings, two sparkly t-shirts, an athletic jacket, with these knee high socks.
Lets just say it was very expressive dressing.
Ethan being my Mr. Prim and Proper , not wanting to look out of place guy is a bit mortified by his wild and free spirited little sister.
She is also into wearing "all the same color" all pink, all blue, etc.
Phases are pretty darn cute but glad they are just phases : )
Brooklyn in her classroom showing me everything
Brooklyn's science project
According to Brooklyn, Fleece was the fabric least likely to absorb water
or get wet out of the different fabrics they did their experiment on
and these two together = my heart
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
When evil men plot,good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind.When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.” ~Martin Luther King Jr
Heartbreaking what has happened in Boston. My heart and prayers goes out to those suffering. Yesterday I had to sit down and talk to Ethan about it.He was hearing bits and pieces on the play ground and I wanted him to hear what happened from us rather than through other kids. How does one even begin to explain that much evil or comprehend it?
This morning, as Ethan does every morning, he grabbed Brooklyn's hand and said prayers before they headed out the door. This morning he also put his arm on her shoulder as well. Melted my mommy heart. Each day is a gift with them!
Ethan and his science board that he is presenting on today
Monday, 15 April 2013
Can't believe my boy is going to be 10 years old next month.
I seriously don't know where the years have gone!
And how can I be old enough to have a 10 year old :)
and this picture kind of sums up how he feels about me taking pictures of him
and like he likes to tell me, "Mom you are not very funny"
Totally reiterating everything I already know about myself :)
Ethan has come home from school for the past 2 years letting me know he has already done his homework on the bus.
School work comes easy to him, he is TAG (Talented and Gifted)
but with all the budget cuts , he sadly does not get challenged nearly enough.
Today I picked Brooklyn up from the bus stop and she too let me know she did her homework on the bus.
I have Ethan to thank for passing this habit on to her.
Yesterday this cutie and his dad spent all day working on his 4th grade science project.
Ethan's project has to do with re-cycling household water, I will post more on it later.
So thankful for this boy! He is going to be off to college before I know it :(
I felt bad last night, Ethan asked me to read to him before bed and
I told him I needed to read to Brooklyn first (to which he said I always read to her first, which I do since her bedtime is earlier)
I let him know I would come in to read to him as soon as I was done with her.
Well I finished reading to her around 8:15 turned her lights out and went in to read to him and he was already sound asleep. :(
Missed my time with my boy last night.
But one never ever awakens a sleeping child :)
Always kiss your children goodnight - even if they're already asleep. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
~Charles R. Swindoll
If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others. ~Haim Ginott
Saturday, 13 April 2013
He did such a great job playing!Ethan had his very first soccer game this weekend.
He did baseball for a few years and this is his first time playing soccer.
So proud of my boy!
During his game the weather went from rainy to sunny
rainy to sunny to rainy once again. Such typical Oregon weather.
Michael stopped by to visit Brooklyn at school this past week and her class was
out for recess. So he went out looking for her on the play structure and did not see her anywhere.
Then he looked out in the field and saw two little girls bending over picking dandelions.
When she saw him, she ran and jumped in his arms like she always does
and told him that her and her friend Lily were picking dandelions for their friend Angelina
who had gone to the office not feeling well.
Love my little flower picking girl, who also often picks them for me.
and the beautiful colors of spring we saw today
Thursday, 04 April 2013
For Easter we headed to the beach for some peace.
It wasn't as warm as I had hoped but the kids had a blast
Coffee from one of my favorite coffee shops, crepes for lunch
and a walk around one of my favorite beach towns was the perfect
way to spend the day!
I have been married to my hubby for 10 years. I work full time in Medical UR. I love my 2 kiddos, Psalm 139, photography, traveling, interior decorating, organizing, Clorox wipes,giving kisses and cuddles, a good book and blogs, hiking, coffee with friends. My blog is All about my kids and for my kids. Its a place to keep track of the their growth, funny things they say and do, with plans one day to turn the blog into a book for them. So if you are wondering why it might seem... All about my kids....that's intentional :)