Saturday, December 30, 2017

Third Kid

First kid: hair bow and socks match outfit, hours playing with said child pointing out every color and math and sound opportunity. #successfulparent

Third kid: doesn’t want to wear pants and is playing with a paper towel. #successfulparent

Monday, December 25, 2017

Good Parent Christmas Quiz

The Barbara Shipley “Good Parent” Christmas quiz:
If you DO NOT have a headache—2 points
If you HAVE NOT had a headache all day—4 points
If you HAVE NOT stepped on a Lego—2 points
If you DID NOT throw away instructions, directions, or piece of a present—5 points
If you dug through the trash to secure said instructions, directions or missing piece—1 point
If you or Santa remembered the batteries—4 points
If you got out of your pajamas—3 points
If you haven’t “accidentally” (on purposed) thrown out every Nerf dart you find laying on your floor—5 points
If your kids have eaten MORE THAN cookies, candy & junk food today—4 points
If you DIDN’T leave a price sticker on any of your wrapped gifts—3 points
If NO child has cried—2 points per kid
If NO adult has yelled at a child—2 points per adult
If NO one has let a curse word fly—3 points
If you HAVE cleaned up every scrap of wrapping paper-4 points
If there is NO tape stuck to any surface—3 points
If you have NOT been run over a toy being powered by a child—2 points
If your children stayed in bed past
7am—2 points
8am—3 points
9am or later—4 points
If you GOT a nap today—2 points
If your child/ren took a nap today—1 point per kid
If you watched nothing but Christmas specials on TV today—3 points
If your kids have matching pajamas—3 points
If your whole family has matching pajamas—5 points
You scored the perfect present your kid wanted—3 points
How was your Christmas?
0-10: Thank God I am not alone in this!!!
11-30: They are young and probably won’t remember it anyway
31-50: Looks like you knocked Christmas 2017 out of the park. Here’s your “better parent” sticker.
51-70: Congratulations mini Martha Stewart—I’ll send my kids to your house next year!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Our Tree, Our Home

Our first Christmas tree...on our first our first house.
Very poignant that so many people left their mark on our lives, our journey and our tree.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tobias Is 2

Our First Snow our first house.

Ordinarily I am a HUGE Snow Grinch, but I let the grumpy slide today as I enjoyed yet another "first" for us in this amazing gift of ours!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Amazing Gifts

Kids love to get presents, but the truth is that they will more quickly than you want--stop playing with or wearing them and get bored.

A few times in a lifetime, truly special gifts come along that will last them for many many years--maybe even for the rest of their lives.

Thomas and Gracie both got such gifts this Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa. 

Most people know know my father is a carpenter, but you may not know how much of a true craftsman he is.

For Thomas, a magnetic board made from an old L.G. Flint sign that will also hold his work hats.  Thomas got to work with Grandpa twice this year on the job and it was a thrill of a lifetime!

Thomas also got a Nerf arsenal "holder" made from peg board and assembled on the wall behind his room in my sewing room.

For Gracie, a massive doll house for her American Girl dolls to be able to stand and sit and play.  This is not only HUGE in the technical sense of the word, but HUGE as in a really big deal!!  I won't even shock you with how much these houses are to purchase.  The fact that Grandpa made it just for her makes it priceless anyway!

 Tobias was more than spoiled as well, especially since it will also be his birthday--but he will have to wait a few more years for that super special gift from Grandpa--this year was for the big kids.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Gracie Serves Communion

This is one of those days mamas live for.

Now that she is in 8th grade, Gracie is taking Confirmation classes at church each Sunday in preparation for joining the church in April.

 The leaders of this years group thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to allow those 8th graders to serve communion this morning.

Being overwhelmingly shy, Gracie was a nervous wreck about participating this morning, but I made her a special dress (I got to use the embroidery machine!), and she had two other friends by her side. And most importantly--she did wonderfully!