Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Making it All Better

Last night, Thomas threw a toy across the room. He claimed he was trying to throw it into its container, but his aim was unfortunately poor and instead of landing in the bucket, it landed violently on Reagan’s hand.

Screams of pain erupted immediately from Reagan, followed quickly by screams of protest from Thomas who was found himself suddenly hauled off to preschooler perdition by his daddy.

I comforted Reagan as best I could, kissed her booboo, assured her she was not bleeding and did not need a band-aid, and eventually she calmed down. Soon after, Thomas was allowed to return, and the following conversation began:

Dad: Tell Reagan you’re sorry you hurt her.

Thomas: Sorry. (A single word thrown at her as he passed by on his way to a toy)

Dad: No, Thomas. Tell her right!

Thomas: (returned to Reagan and sat down beside her) Reagan, I’m sorry I hurt you.

Dad: Ask her if she’s okay.

Thomas: Are you okay?

Reagan: No.

Thomas: She said no!

Dad: Well, ask he if there’s anything you can do for her.

Thomas: Reagan, is there anything I can do for you?

Reagan: Well…you could give me a kiss and a hug!

And Thomas very dutifully did.

Sometimes, these kids are just too adorable! May your life be filled with hugs and kisses enough to make all your booboos better!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mad Math Skills!

Today I drew an Easter countdown on the board in our kitchen to let the kids know how many days they have to wait for Easter. (They're VERY excited about Easter!). Today it has a 9 on it. This afternoon Reagan wanted to know why it was STILL a 9! I told all the kids that the number wouldn't change until tomorrow. Then I asked if anyone knew what number it would be tomorrow if it was 1 less than 9.

There was a short pause and then Zachary answered...8!!!!!

Lucky guess or mathmatical genius?

I think you know the answer.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Best things about today:

1. Jim and the kids belting out "The Birthday Song" this morning

2. Lunch with my husband

3. Birthday love from family and friends

4. Buttercups EVERYWHERE!

5. Surprise card and candy from the kids with help from their preschool teachers

Life is good!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010


We have just finished up a super-fun visit with Aunt Jojo and her girls, Kinley and Kallen. I’m honestly not even sure when they were here last, but I know it had been over a year! We were so excited they were coming, and we had tons of fun while they were here!

They arrived Monday afternoon and stayed through Thursday. The weather was not cooperative enough to allow for much outdoor fun, so to break up the close quarters of having six kids aged four and under in the house, we went on a couple of outings.

Tuesday afternoon we took the kids to the discount movie theater to see The Princess and the Frog. It was the first trip ever to a movie theater for JonZReaTom! I was a little nervous, but hoped for a small crowd so there wouldn’t be that many people for us to disturb. We lucked out that they have a Tuesday special: popcorn for $1 and drinks for $1, so everybody got their very own popcorn which thrilled them to death! They had to share drinks though. The drinks were another first because they got Sprite. They’ve never had Sprite before, or any sodas for that matter! (How deprived are my children?!?) The “sour water,” as they called it, was a big hit, especially with Thomas who finished off his and Zachary’s, and then went hunting down the line for someone else’s drink to finish! In the end, the movie trip was a huge success! They had to be shushed a few times, but mostly their attention was held by the movie, and there were no major problems. Probably the biggest disturbance we caused was when Thomas needed to go to the potty. He and I were halfway up the aisle when Reagan started yelling after me, “Mommy! Where are you going? Mommy! Wait for me!” and raced up the aisle after us.

Wednesday we took the kids to the Children’s Museum in Oak Ridge. I had been there once before with the kids, and it was just as much fun this time! If you’ve never been and have young children, I highly recommend it! We had a blast! Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and had to take pics with my phone. I haven’t transferred those pics yet, so you’ll have to wait to see the kids playing on the big trains, in the life-size doll house, the rocketship, the castle, etc!

We also spent a lot of time at the house, enjoying family we don’t get to see nearly often enough! Here are a few shots of all the fun:


Zachary, Reagan, and Kinley-ready for bed!

DSC_2441 Reagan and Kinley having fun with Aunt Jojo

DSC_2450 Kallen, coloring with all the crayons at once

DSC_2460 Jonathan, Kinley, Reagan, Thomas, Kallen, Superman (aka Zachary)

DSC_2454 Reagan

DSC_2464 Paint brush pens for everyone!

DSC_2471 Aunt Jojo reading a story to the kids—Can you find all 7 people?


Jonathan, Thomas, Reagan, Kallen, Kinley, Zachary (Aren’t my nieces tall? Kallen is a full year younger than JonZReaTom, but taller than all the boys!)

It was just too much fun! When I get the other pictures off my camera, I’ll post them too! I hope you all had as great a week as we did!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Duck Duck Goose

Just in case you're interested, the Duck Duck Goose consignment sale is going on NOW. If you've never been, it's HUGE and there are tons of clothes, toys, etc there for children from birth to teen. There's maternity items too! I went this time last year on the last day of the sale and was amazed! The sale runs from 10-8 today (Thurs), tomorrow (Fri), Sat, and Mon (half-price day!). If you need anything for your kids and don't want to pay full price, I highly recommend this sale! Happy shopping!

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Bacon Chair

Last night Thomas walked into the kitchen and climbed into his chair at the table, saying, "I've got to sit in my bacon chair."

"Your bacon chair?" I ask.

"Yeah," he answers, "sometimes chairs are made of bacon."

Well, I just don't know what to say to that, so I just say, "Oh, I didn't know that."

Thomas decides further explanation is needed. Everyone apparently should know about bacon chairs, so he continues, "Yeah, that's where you sit when you have your notebook."

I ponder this new information. Thomas is sitting in the chair with the prized notebook he chose from the treasure chest at church that morning. A notebook...and a special chair...it sounds so familiar...

And then the lightbulb goes off! It probably has for you too! It's Blues Clues! He means THINKING chair, not BACON chair! (if you pronounce it REAL Southern, like "thankin" then it does sort of sound like bacon)

I laughed and exlained to him that he needed a thinking chair, not a bacon chair. He accepted this, but I think he may have been a little disappointed at not someday getting an actual bacon chair!

Friday, March 5, 2010

A Smile for Your Weekend

I’ve been a little absent of late. The kids each took a turn with a cold: runny noses, hacking coughs, random low-grade fevers. They were never sick enough to lie around feeling puny all day, which was a blessing, but one of them was always JUST SICK ENOUGH to keep us away from places where we would come into contact with other kids, like church and preschool. Happily, the cold has now finished its journey through my family and gone on to plague some other home, and we are beginning to return to normal.

You’d think that with all that time at home, I would have been bored and taken lots of pictures, but somehow I wasn’t and didn’t. I think this unusually cold, yucky winter (How do you people up North do it every year?!?)dampened my picture-taking spirit. I honestly can’t think of a single fun or interesting thing we did while the kids were sick. All I remember was constant nose-wiping, medicine, and laundry. There is always laundry.

BUT I PROMISED YOU A SMILE FOR YOUR WEEKEND!! The title says so. No more pouting from me! The sunshine is glorious today, and this weekend promises to be full of sun and warmth, and I intend to take full advantage of it! I hope it’s warm enough to eat lunch outside. Maybe we’ll even go to the park! I hope it’s warm and beautiful where you are too!

Here are a few pictures that ought to bring a smile to your face, even if there are still piles of snow outside your window!

DSC_2426 One day during the sickness, Zachary came across this Superman costume. We’ve had it forever, but none of the kids had ever cared to wear it. They may not have realized what it was. They talk about Superman, Batman, and Spiderman regularly, but I’m not so sure they would actually recognize the three of them were they to see a picture. After I identified this outfit as SUPERMAN, Z had to wear it and kept it on all day, much to Jonathan’s disappointment who suddenly desperately wanted to wear it too! Z was so cute in it that I had to take his picture!

Reagan wanted to be in the picture too, so I had to take one of the two of them. She was not happy about not being allowed in the first picture! She stood just off camera glaring at me and trying to sneak into the frame.


As I mentioned in a recent post, Jim found Jonathan asleep in the stuffed animal drawer one night. When he found him there again, he came for the camera before moving J back to his bed. Now we have photographic evidence to show future girlfriends and embarrass him completely. I love that he always takes his blanket with him.


Well, I hope that those pictures brought smiles to your faces! And I hope you have beautiful weather this weekend! Go out and enjoy it!