Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|Jackson's First Day of 1st Grade and Addie's First Day of Pre-K.|
|Jackson is excited to ride the bus but nervous that his whole day will be in Spanish!|
|There he goes!|
|Addie can't wait for a day filled with friends!|
|Jackson's return. The verdict: School isn't so bad!|
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
How old are you? Um, four
Where do you sleep? In my bedroom
What's your teacher's name? Lauri
What's your favorite animal? A giraffe
What's your favorite thing to wear? A dress
What's your favorite kind of ice cream? Strawberry
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
As I opened the letter, I quickly recognized it as his bus assignment. He'll be picked up down at the corner and will ride the bus to and from school daily. I was giddy as I read the letter to our boy -- he's riding the bus! Alone! To school! And back home again!
But... Oh my! Is he ready for this? (Of course he is, but am I?) I mean, what kind of parent puts their kid in a moving vehicle without seat belts, with a stranger??? Wait, do they have seat belts now? He's only 6... surely not old enough to take care of himself. Will he be scared as he boards that bus? Will he make friends? How will he know where to go when he gets to school? My baby will figure this all out, I know but there is a very large part of me that feels like I should be by his side every step of the way.
My boy is growing up, he's riding a bike and riding a school bus and I will do my best to let him open his wings without a hovering mom by his side all of the time!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Running for me has also allowed me to be a better parent. In addition to being a good example for my kids, I take time out for myself and create a time for me to think and blow off steam. I wish my body was able to cooperate a bit more and that the weather was 60 degrees year-round so that I could continue to run outside!
|Ron and Sara at Mpls. Torchlight Run|
|Sara and Diana at Mpls Torchlight Run|
|Mary and Sara at The Color Run|
|Diana and Sara at the 4th of July 4 Miler|
|The whole crew at The Warrior Dash|
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I'm reading up lately on being a better parent. At the end of a long day at work I don't always have the patience I need to be the parent I want to be. So I'm on a quest to find some helpful tools to keep in my toolkit. Random parenting thoughts:
If you want them to stop, you have to stop what you're doing, walk over to them, and tell them that. No parenting across the room. It Does. Not. Work.
I was talking to a coworker about Jackson's summer science program and how he was learning about matter. My coworker asked how he explained it and I had to say I tuned him out. Why did I tune him out? I'm sure I was busy trying to get two kids settled into dinner or something else was taking my attention, but I hate that I missed this important moment. I know I can't always give the kids my full attention but I want to be better about listening to their stories.
Addie is getting in the habit of wanting to sleep in my bed again. We seem to go through stages. Last night I decided to put my foot down. She cried in her room for 20 minutes... I went in a few times to try to calm her but left. What I should have done is what Ron did stay with her until she fell asleep. It didn't take that long and I could have avoided the 20 minutes of crying. I know I should be teaching her but really these moments are so few and far between that why shouldn't I just enjoy them. Before I know it she'll be slamming her door and telling me to leave her alone.
It's always a learning process and not always fun!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
It's possible that the weather is getting me down or maybe I've not been relaxing enough or maybe life is just taking a lot out of me. Whatever it is, it's not allowed me to enjoy things that I once did. I haven't baked a cake since Easter, I've yet to take out my sewing machine, we've had ham and cheese sandwiches two nights in a row for dinner and I'm still scrapbooking Addie's first year -- she'll be four in two months!
We are still taking time to enjoy life and the kids are having a ton of new experiences. We've taken them to the zoo, they've been in theater classes, gone to movies, gone on bike rides and eaten plenty of ice cream cones. But I've not blogged about it because I've just not been excited about blogging.
I don't want to miss recording these events so I hope to get caught up but I want my loyal readers to know why I've been MIA here for much of this year! I'm just not feelin' it. I need something new in life to get me excited again. Here's hoping I find it this summer.
Until then we are riding bikes.