I really love that my children want to be outside every waking moment, and believe me they’d be out in the rain if I’d allow it. But this afternoon it was coming down pretty heavily so indoors we went and I used the opportunity to tackle the mess of the house. I told the little ones I would reward them if they gave me a bit of help.
And they were totally thrilled when I pulled out the giant marshmallows for a little indoor marshmallow roast! Our flame came from candles, as we still have tons from Hurricane Sandy.
Something fun…something different, with minimal effort and they were talking about it all night! Have you ever thought up something different and fun and totally wowed your kid(s)?
If you have children, you know this time of the year, end of school, is often very hectic. And add to that, the kids get a little haywire from the transition.
Lately we’ve been rushing around so much that it made me more able to appreciate a moment this morning.
Whenever the kids ask one of us what time it is, my husband and I, without fail, bellow, “HAMMER TIME!” and then we ALWAYS break into song.
This morning, when my son innocently asked the time, (they never seem to learn!) I responded appropriately which was followed by all 4 of us in unison screaming “U CAN’T TOUCH THIS!”.
I put on the video and everyone started dancing, followed by my son, innocently inquiring, “why is he wearing parachute pants?”
Love these moments
My 7-year-old has always expressed herself artistically. Out of all my children, she’s the one who prefers time to herself…to work on projects, do some writing, create, etc. I’m constantly finding artwork and writing around the house and in the garbage and sometimes I am wowed. I don’t even know who taught her to write poetry. I found this lying around this week:
Love is here, love is there, love is pretty much everywhere.
Love is peace, love is rest. Love can go all the way to heaven.
Love can go as far as you want it to go.
Love is reiki. Love is peace. Love is rest.
Love can spread all over the universe.
Love is the best birthday present someone could ever get.
Love is the best thing ever.
It’s a little freaky that she drew a picture of a grandma in heaven because she is very fortunate to have both grandmas in her life, but, I do love accompanying the images. :)
Are there any poets in your house?
Well the warm weather and sunshine sure has been lifting my mood, which is good, because the kids have been complete tyrants, fighting non stop it seems.
I mean there we were in the park even and they started tackling each other like ANIMALS.
So later when my son started beating on his sisters again ( I have a thing about him punching the girls, even when provoked ) he flew into a tantrum and let me have it. I know he was tired and hungry and I stayed pretty calm for once, though he did get punished.
He must have felt badly about some of the things he said and did because I was later presented with this letter which will be preserved and presented somewhere in his future!
Just a little over 2 weeks of school left
I found this in my kindergartener’s backpack last week.
She said she was sad because one of her classmate’s wouldn’t sit next to her in art.
Though I hate to think of her sad, I just love how she used art to express feelings. I told art is one great way to get her feelings out!
Do your children ever draw how they feel?
Almost one year after her twin, my 7 and a half-year old finally lost a tooth. Poor thing has been waiting and waiting as her friends and her baby sister’s friends even, have all been losing teeth while hers wouldn’t budge. She’s probably the last second grader to have not lost a tooth…until the night before last!
She was so excited and scurried to bed as I struggled to remember what we gave my son. Do you know many of our friends and peers give 20 bucks per tooth? I just think that’s excessive. So I remembered that we were doing 5 dollars for the first tooth and then 3 for every tooth thereafter. We have a stash of dollar coins for the special occasions.
She was very cool and casual in the morning as she told me the tooth fairy left her money and wondered out loud how come HER BROTHER GOT A LETTER AND SHE DID NOT. Big, huge mommy fail. If you know me you know I constantly struggle to make sure my kids are treated equally. Even when they were babies I was cognizant of when I seemed to be holding one twin more than the other and it translates into all areas. So this was a glaring oversight on my part that had to be corrected as soon as she got onto the bus!
And thankfully it was and she’s still carrying her letter around. Speaking of which, I should probably get the little one’s letter ready NOW!
Does your tooth fairy do anything special?
My little one had her 5th birthday party at the house last year and I kinda of swore I wouldn’t do a party at the house, like ever again. 6 months later big sister begged to have a pj party so that had to be done at the house and there I was again with 20 screaming girls, this time, IN the house.
Months later and the little one is insistent she wants another party at the house, this time, a wet party…water balloon, water guns, pools, sprinklers and what not. Since it’s been brutally hot on her bday Memorial Day weekend for the past several years I figure we’ll give it a go. For the past several years, that is, this year, where on Saturday May 25, her birthday when I was to have 20 6 year olds over for “sprinkler fun” it was 53 degrees outside and pouring!!! Go figure! I begged the little one to consider, a familiar standby, Chuck E Cheese party that day instead. She said no to the party but could we please go hang for a little?
So we did, just the family. But first we had our number 6 Dunkin tie dye donuts.
Then while it poured we went to Chuck E. We went bowling next and finally with what’s becoming our family tradition we had her Hibatchi birthday meal. The next day we had another Communion which was a great time.
Memorial Day arrived and the sun was glorious. It was the postponed party day and though we were down 7 children, it really turned out to be a spectacular party.
That night we went to BBQ at my husband’s golf club which was divine.
It was an outstanding weekend and I am still basking in the post kid party success! Off the hook now until double whammy of my twins in November…:)
How was your Memorial Day? Did you have crazy bad weather too?
How can it be?
I was so blessed to have had the experience of one baby after having twin babies…my little red headed “surprise” who completed the family in a way that we could have never comprehended.
My husband thinks I’m mental but I do get heavy hearted on my children’s birthdays.
I was reminded about this poem and it seemed so relevant to think about today:
On Children Kahlil Gibran
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
So beautiful…just like my 6 year old
with our newest addition to the family…
The little one had her spring concert this week and it was an absolute pleasure! Recognize the dress? Big sis wore it for her spring sing last year!!! (They request kids dress in pastels so it’s so perfect!)
I am amazed and impressed with the music teacher in the school (who looks all of 22!) with her capacity to get all the children enthused and singing the most adorable songs. This year’s theme was “silly songs” so we got to enjoy songs like “On Top of Spaghetti” and “High Hopes” which I remember learning in my elementary music class!
And of course these things are always opportunities for photo ops with mom and dad
Aren’t these kids concerts the greatest?
Though my children do not take religion classes, many of their friends had their communions over the past month, so this past weekend we found ourselves going to two communions on one day.
Being that it was Sunday late afternoon/evening of a long weekend filled with 3 soccer games, I wasn’t quite sure what the energy levels would be like or how long they would last.
Boy was I wrong to question that! I mean it probably helped that they had about 35 Shirley Temples and Cokes.
I guess they’ve never been in a situation where they could visit the bar unlimitedly before. Perhaps they were always too young to even notice the bar…but boy they made up for it that night!!!
And it was such a pleasure to see them enjoying the dance floor and all the games the DJ offered. I feel like I took one of the most adorable shots ever of my husband and the girls who all danced a slow dance beautifully together
And so after my son and I danced his dad told him he shouldn’t forget to give mom a kiss!
It was just one of those unexpected great nights.