Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Want to know what I think are the best toys for kids? Rocks and sticks and leaves!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
In just two-and-a-half years dinner for two has become dinner for six. Yet by some sweet miracle the love in our house has not divided, but multiplied.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Having a houseful of babies and toddlers is taxing. But it's also decidedly funny. Here are a few examples of the weirdness going on in our home right now:
1. Counting. For some unknown reason, when the kids count out loud they say, "1, 2, 8, 11". From time to time they get the numbers correct, but inevitably it all comes back to 1, 2, 8, 11. We'll even be out somewhere and Daniel will randomly blurt out, "1, 2, 8, 11!". Always 1, 2, 8, 11.
2. Naked Running. Ok, so the
parents mom started this one. But it's part of our Bedtime Routine and I'm not touching it. Our kids go to bed very easily without crying, and I'm sure Naked Running has something to do with it. The routine is: get undressed, run naked through the house, put pj's on, stories, prayers, and bed. You leave out the Naked Running and everything else falls apart. (Clarification: No adults have ever, or ever will, run naked through our house. The KIDS do the naked running!)
3. Spicy Shoes. Last Sunday on the way to church Joe informed us he had his "Spicy Shoes" on. Then everyone had to have their "Spicy Shoes" on. Still trying to figure that one out.
4. Mommy, ask question. Joe started this as a delay tactic at naptime. He'd try to ask as many questions as possible so I had to start limiting it to one. Not really too strange, until Dan picked up on it and Dan doesn't get what a question is. So he'll say, "Mommy, ask question." Then he pauses for a few seconds and looks around trying to think of something to say. Then he just states a random fact such as "Like screwdrivers" or "Diego over" when we haven't even been watching TV.
Look for "Weird Things My Kids Say and Do, Part II" in the near future . . . !
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I can't tell you how thrilled I was to discover Project 52: Date Nights over at Simply Modern Mom. Right away I knew it was just what Billy and I needed to purposefully make time for each other each week. The keys are intentionality and simplicity. You can check out more details here, but the gist is that you dedicate a regular time each week to spend on a "date" and take turns planning a month's worth of dates. For us, the majority of these dates will be at home - we hate asking people to watch our kids because, well, we have 500 of them and anyone who babysits Baby A. has to have a clear background check on file. (So, that pretty much eliminates all of our friends and family... ha ha just kidding!) Anyway, on to the date!
I wanted to keep things exceptionally simple for our first date so that the bar wouldn't be set too high. We chose Friday nights from 9:00-10:00 or whenever Baby A. falls asleep. We drank flavored coffee and ate chocolate chip pumpkin muffins while we discussed our Goals for 2010 using these questions. (I know, I know, we were supposed to set these goals in January, but we're always, like, a month behind around here.) We discussed our goals for our marriage, family, finances, and health. Having the questions kept us focused. That is, until I fell asleep. Oops. (But Billy's used to that because I used to fall asleep at the movies all the time when we were dating.)
Overall it was an undeniable success. Taking the time for simple details (candlelight, music, the "no frumpy clothes" rule) set it apart as a date and not just another Friday night of watching TV by default. I can't wait to start planning Date #2!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
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