The kids were so excited to celebrate their dad’s birthday today. We met him at the train station where he was the envy of all the other forlorn commuters when my 3 little curly hairs spotted and raced to him to tackle him in a four-way hug.
When we got home he was presented with a wonderful array of cards and gifts.
Gifts including 5 children’s library books, a few pieces of Trident gum, and a mini soccer ball.
Then we set out for a Hibachi dinner which seems to be turning into a family tradition. The kids were so excited to run in and tell the hostess that today is their dad’s birthday!
It seems to me that he got a lot of good birthday love.
Do you have any family birthday traditions?
Could my daughter have picked a harder biographical character to re-enact for school today?! (I take that back, yes she could have chosen Ruby Bridges…)
After her recent passion with Anne Frank it really was no surprise that it was who she chose to be.
So now as a family we’ve represented Amelia Earhart and Johnny Appleseed and Anne…I’m wondering what the future holds for the little one?!
Have you had to scrounge around for costumes for your school age kids? (I know I probably shouldn’t even call this a costume…it was the best we could do!)
(Editing this to add a letter she gave me after school. She said , “I need an envelope and a balloon to send this to heaven. I don’t care if she doesnt’t write back.”)
My children had the greatest time participating in an Easter egg hunt coordinated at my in-laws condo. Initially my son implied that he wasn’t going to be a part of it, giving me that too cool vibe. But as soon as the kids got to the meeting point in the lobby so began the strategizing.
They all huddled and peered out the windows as they scoped the eggs and decided what the game plan would be. While the other kids were milling about, my 3 positioned themselves up front and center by the door so when the gates opened they were the first to fly out. I snapped what I think is one of the greatest pictures of childhood…
There were about 25 kids that raced out behind them and the whole scene really choked me up watching them innocently seek out eggs within the beautiful sunny scenery!
When the hunt was over (5 minutes later!) I was able to get the kids to pose for an awesome photo with their grandma.
It was a sweet Easter…how was yours?
Over the holidays I snapped the most beautiful photo that I had forgotten about until I recently rediscovered it.
My 3 children with their 4 grandparents…all together on Christmas Day. Now I know I’m going to hear about it for writing this, but each grown up in that picture is either already 80 years old or turning 80 within the next year or two….pretty amazing huh?
I’m so grateful my kids are so close to them all.
Do your children have special relationships with a grandparent or grandparents?
I walked in on my little guys in a three way in embrace the other day. It was truly a miraculous sight!
Don’t you just love when they’re all having a love moment?!
My baby girl was having some aches and pains this past weekend which we attributed to growing pains. On Saturday night I was up with her quite a bit as she was moaning and crying that her legs were hurting. On Sunday morning she was moaning some more but before I could even think of getting out of bed I heard her brother in her room saying “Are you okay? Do you need help?” Next thing I heard him carry her out of her bed and out to our family room where he proceeded to make her comfortable and prepare breakfast for her!!!
She really couldn’t bear weight at all and it was so concerning that we took her for an xray of her ankle and thankfully she was okay. Her brother was so amazing and also really concerned about her well-being.
He is the perfect sensitive tough guy
Today the kids once again dressed so
peculiarly stylishly that I wanted to snap a photo as a follow-up to yesterday’s post.
However, I could not get them to stand still long enough without fighting about where to stand, to snap a picture. Yes you heard me. The fight was about who stands in the middle.
Have I mentioned that it is just DAY TWO of spring break and they are already driving me to insanity?
Are school break weeks longer weeks for any other moms or is it just me?!
I’m an admitted control freak when it comes to many aspects of parenting. But as long as my kids wear season appropriate and true clothing (i.e no costumes or pjs), I really give them free rein to come up with their own outfits and styles. I know many moms who dictate the children’s chosen outfits each day but unless it’s school photo day, I simply can’t be bothered and don’t care!
I never would have come up with the little one’s outfit today but I happen to think what she put together is darling right down to the bunny knee socks over the leggings!
Do you let your young children dress themselves?
Having already mentioned that my husband frequently accuses me of being a nerd because of my love of reading and the library, I have also mentioned that my daughter has become a reader too with a specific interest in biographies.
After reading every Anne Frank book she could get her hands on, when she finished her homework one day after school she electively wrote a report on her. Yes I said that correctly. While the other two rugrats scrambled to watch SpongeBob or play on the iPods, my big girl got to work on this project:
Sometimes I feel like I can’t keep up with her
Does your kid ever do anything that blows you away?
On Friday my son was home sick with the flu. Though he had been up all night he was persistent in his desire to walk his baby sister to the bus stop with me. Although it was against my better judgement I relented and allowed him. As we walked outside they immediately started walking like this, arm in arm…amazing!
Of course as I write this now with us being holed up coughing on each other for the past 4 days straight, the story is a little different! Nonetheless I’m so glad I was able to capture this special moment. I think I need to remind them of it right now .