Friday, February 27, 2009
But tonight I can't, I won't forget the Art of Goodnight!
Many months ago the act of bedtime became tedious, almost torture for our weary bodies and minds. The mere goal was lights out, however that could be accomplished! We had diverted from our strict routine, given into to many nightly requests and now felt the wrath of manipulation. If I hated bedtime, then I can only imagine how the wee people felt being tucked in by the Incredible Grouches!
I knew things couldn't continue the way they were. But how could we transition from day to night in a fun and loving way? And that is when I discovered the Art of Goodnight. It would of been easier had it been a book I picked up at the local library, but no such luck. This technique came to us simply by accident, some of us have perfected it better then others, but we are all just mere students.
And before tonight, our beloved bedtime rituals, yes I said beloved!, didn't carry a name. But as I sat rocking Thing #2, eating his face, feeling his arms wrap around my head, hearing the laughter bellow from his belly, the name hit me. As I cradled Thing #1 in my arms, nibbled on his nose, purred into his ear, the name stuck.
You see, the Art of Goodnight is about laughter, about love. We want our children to know how much we love them each and every night. We want them to snuggle into bed and close their eyes with a smile on their face. We want them to be happy as they drift into sleep.
Granted, some nights are about how fast teeth can be brushed, bottoms cleaned and books read. But more times then not I cherish those last few minutes of the day. A time to reflect and to laugh, to cuddle and to love.
Last night as I was about to put Char to bed we snuggled in Daddy and Mommy's bed. He looked up at me with those brilliant blue eyes, held his Lovie close, and said "Mommy, I want to snuggle everyday long", I want to snuggle "everyday long" too!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
He is so polite in his requests! Yet, they don't produce the quiet that he so longs for. Mama hushes the wee one, for a minute, maybe a minute thirty, but then the screeching begins all over.
Friday, February 20, 2009
The ability to communicate with my husband
My beautiful children
That freedom from cc debt is in sight!!
That the sun is shining
That I am getting to know more people at church
That Charlie was so helpful at lunch
That the laundry is almost done
That we are having steak tonight on our in house "date night"
That I get to spend the night with my love
That we are all healthy
The fact that God is always with me
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Despite his, "gasp" humanness (is that even a word?), he is TRULY a wonderful person and I TRULY feel blessed to have this man in my life!!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
all a buzz, building airports
long eye lashes
hand, hand, fingers, thumb, one thumb, one thumb.....
you are my sunshine
rock a bye little kitty
full, happy, life!
Mr. Ratchet was the adventurous type and always up for having fun! He was packing his suitcase, eager about his trip to Timbucktwo. In his suitcase he put some shampoo, underpants, peanut butter, and his Lovie. He then drove his little car to the airport where he got on an airplane and flew ALL the way over to Timbucktwo.
Now, Timbucktwo was mostly a jungle. And in that jungle there lived many animals. There was the fierce Lion, "RRRRRROOAAR", and there was a bird "SQQQWAK", and a monkey "Hooo, Hooo, Haaaa", and a Cow "Moooo". Now Cows don't typically live in a jungle, they usually live on a?....Farm. But not this cow, she lived in the jungle of Timbucktwo.
So, Mr. Rachet traveled all around Timbucktwo. He rode through the long rivers on a boat "vrrrrooom", around the twisty curvy trails on a donkey "he haw, he haw", and through the cities on a bouncy jeep "beep beep".
And on his adventure, Mr. Rachet stopped at a hospital to see if there were any people that he could help. The hospital was filled with people, one person had a bandage on their head, one person had a head ache and one person had diarrhea...ewwww. Well, Mr. Ratchet knew that he certainly could not help the person with diarrhea...ewwww, but then he saw something rather odd, a monkey in the hospital. The Monkey's name was Simon.
"Come here little monkey, why are you in the hospital" said Mr. Ratchet. "hoo, hoo, haaa, eeee" said the Monkey holding up his little paw. "Let me help you" Said Mr. Ratchet and he began to pull little bottles and white bandages from his black bag. He put some lotion the Simon's paw and wrapped it with a bandage. Simon felt much better. "There you go Simon, now you can go home to your family" "hhhheeee, heee, ho" said Simon looking rather sad. "Oh, you don't have any place to go? Well, you can come home with me!"
And with that Mr. Ratchet and Simon rode the bouncy jeep through the cities "Beeepp Beeeep" and rode the donkey around the twisty curvy trails, "heee haw, Heee haw" and took the long ride over the rivers of Timbucktwo by boat "vrrrrommmnn". And finally they said goodbye to the cow "Mooo", the monkey "hoooo, hooooo, ha", the bird "sqwakkkk" and the fierce lion "RRRRoooar". Lastly they boarded the plane and flew to Mr. Ratchet's house. And Simon was so happy.
I love you Char!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
"So what" you say. Stores always have sales and anyone can buy a Sunday newspaper that is full of coupons, how does that equal=FREE! Matching certain sales with certain coupons=FREE and thanks to the above blog I have gotten a bag of FREE cat food, FREE shampoo and FREE toothpaste.
Ok, so many of you probably think that I have lost my marbles for getting SO excited about a FREE bag of cat food! But it isn't the cat food that I am excited about, Sammie is, but for me it means that my wallet is fuller at the end of the day and to me that is why I get SO excited!!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
We then spent the afternoon napping, playing trains, camping, and opening Vday presents. I just love the Vday card boxes that we made with the boys. I will be saving them for years to come!
Trent and I officially celebrated Vday last night. Our great babysitter, C, was kind enough to give up her Friday night to watch the boys which afforded us the ability to have some honey time!! Trent and I went out for steaks and a trip to Target....our typical date night and we LOVE every minute of it because we are together and that is what matters!
Valentines Day is only one day a year but we need to remember to show our LOVE to those we LOVE, each and everyday!!
Happy Valentines Day!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
that tomorrow is date night with my honey
that I spent less then my budgeted amount on groceries this week!!
that the laundry is almost done
that we are all healthy
cute Valentines Day Kitty cards from Charlie
that we don't have anything planned for this afternoon
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
The Lord keps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.
I opend my Bible to this verse tonight and thought it was fitting....(let me know if you read this and think that I am writting it for you!) I find great comfort in knowing that I don't have to do this thing called life, alone! That infact I am never alone. There is a loving and watchful Father that is looking over me, always! The Lord is my "protective shade" from life and all that it throws at me and He keeps me from harm. Yes, life happens and things happen that hurt us and that we don't like. However, God is always there, we are NOT alone! I know today, that even when there is great pain, doubt, and worry in my life that all I need to do is look for the joy. Because it IS there, it is everywhere! God wants us to rely on Him, to come to Him and to let Him protect us!
The kids and I headed outside after naps for adventure and playing in the muddy, yet glorious backyard! Oh, how much we all have missed our backyard, our refuge!! In the summertime we are outside all day long and we just love it!
I played with the kids a little and then let them have at it. Doing their own thing, exploring the mud, the last bit of snow pile, the aftermath of weeks of snow and rain and uck! It is amazing to me how much garbage collects in ones yard during the winter months. And honestly I don't think any of it was from us...gross!!! But the kids didn't care and neither did I really. We were just SO grateful to be OUTSIDE and not bundled to the hilt with gloves and snow pants etc!
Charlie was ALL about the snow pile, sorry the "construction site". He thought it was great fun to put the snow in his dump truck etc. I know he can't wait for his sandbox to be up and running again!!
And Tommy, well I have to say I was impressed with how much he has changed since summer! He scaled the jungle gym and flew down that slide before I could get up from my lounging to run over and assist. As my Dad always says "He's such a big boy Momma!" Indeed he is!
It truly was almost like Heaven! And even though there is snow in the forecast for tomorrow, I simply don't care! Because today we had a glimpse of Spring!!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tommy was really the only one that would wear it for any length of time. Even though I have to confess, I think he forgot he was wearing it! Oh well, they were super cute!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Whenever I am consumed with fear, whenever I have doubt, whenever I feel out of control, I only need to remind myself that Jesus never changes. He is always loving, he is always in control and he is always with me! The world might change around me and people might enter and leave my life. However, Jesus is always there, to hold my hand and walk with me, to carry me when my legs can not take one more step. Jesus is there and in that I find comfort!
Trent is more of a husband, a friend and love, then I could of ever imagined or even hope for! He certainly is not a prince riding on a white horse, but so much more! He is kind, loving, thoughtful, a good listener, a good friend, a good love. He is funny and bright, he is passionate and relaxed. He is no drama, no no nonesense, no small talk. He is loyal and his heart is true. He is a good person! And I love him.
What makes him EVEN greater is that he is an awesome father! He is hands on, creative, ready to roll up his sleeves and change the bomb of all bomb diapers, he is fun, he is rough housing and yet not scared to tell his boys how much he loves them! He works hard for us so that I can stay home with the boys. He can't wait for them to be a little older so he can take them camping, so he can teach them how to play ball. He loves to play trains with them, he loves to cuddle and watch shows with them, he loves to read bedtime stories to them. He IS the best Daddy and oh HOW blessed are little Charlie and Tommy to have him!!
Charlie is our first born, our gift, a true Blessing from God! He is kind and sweet, he wants to please you. He is independent but loves to get "cozy" and snuggle. He is all about routine and finds comfort in things that he knows. Not much gets past him and he is constantly asking questions. He loves to sing silly songs, to learn new things, to make you laugh. He never stops from the moment he wakes up until the time his head hits the pillow. He doesn't like blueberries but LOVES peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. His favorite movie is The Polar Express and he loves to watch a little of it after naps, while sitting on Mommy's lap and drinking hot chocolate. He is our Joy! Our Charlie Bear!
Tommy is second son, another Blessing, our Star! He is the baby, the cuddeler, the attached to our hip baby! He loves to help, to clean, and hates to be dirty. He is very particular about where things go and how things are done. He is loud and opinionated, he wants what he wants when he wants it! He sweet and kind, loves to give hugs and kisses. He loves to play games, read books and play "Toot Toooooooots". From day one he has wanted to keep up with his brother, he loves his brother, he wants to be JUST like him! He is our baby, our Monkey!
My fellas are amazing! They are so much fun and I LOVE spending each day with them!! They keep me on my toes, my life busy and my heart full!!
Thank you God for my guys!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
October 11, 2006 - January 30, 2009
I don't know this little girl or her family personally. However, their story has touched me deeply. I came across Jessica and Charley's blog, http://half12.blogspot.com/, purely by accident, or was? Since coming across Tuesday's story, about 48 hours ago, this little girl and her family have brought to light two very important things to me!
I suffer from great "mommy guilt". I often question how I handled situations with the kids, was I kind to them, was I too strict, was I overbearing, did I spend enough time actually playing with them or did I obsess to much about trivial things like cleaning? It seriously can keep me up at night.
This last week Trent was out of town, I worked alot, and there was a lot on the calendar. Needless to say I was a little overwhelmed. I lost my temper with the kids, I felt kind of blue, I didn't sleep much (because Trent wasn't here), my point is that I just was out of sorts and the "mommy guilt" was in full force. I would rationalize my behaviour and say that all moms have bad moments, and yes we all do, but I KNOW that I can do SO much better. I just have to make the choice and then do it!
Then I stumbled upon little Tuesday and a post that her mother made just a few days before Tuesday went to be with the Lord. Her mom talked about how she was nursing Tuesday, remembering how she had nursed her 2 years before in that same place, the only difference was that this time her sweet child was dying.
HOW blessed am I that my two sweet children are healthy and alive!! HOW blessed am I that I can run upstairs and peak into their rooms and see two little boys soundly sleeping?! HOW blessed am I that I can feel their arms wrap around my neck and feel their little kisses on my check! HOW blessed am I get to referre their squabbles, wipe their bottoms, cook their meals, drive them to school etc. Truly, HOW blessed am I?
Tuesday has made realize just how much I have taken my children for granted and her journey has showed me a whole new perspective on life! They might not always be here and I need to make the most of each day, of each moment!
Like Tuesday, her parents seem to be very amazing people with a true love for the Lord. It is amazing the strength that they have! Their story just further cements what I know is true. That regardless of what life throws at me if I trust in Him and keep my sight upward then anything is possible. I might not understand the Plan that God has for me and I certainly don't understand why Jessica and Charley lost thier sweet little girl. But I DO believe that God will give them strength and that through Him they can find peace.
Tomorrow the Whitt family is celebrating Tuesdays short little life with "Waggie Rides" and friends and family. I will keep them in my prayers tomorrow and I hope you do to!
Let us all remember how short life is and to treat each other with love and kindness!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
For the last few months I have really wanted to start a blog. I love idea of keeping in touch with people, of writting about everyday moments that need to be "saved" somewhere other then my swiss cheese memory, and just having a place to talk about life and all the goodness that comes with it!
I have come across SO many very cool, creative and inspiring women, children and families in the "blog world". They are truly the ones that have inspired me to start this adventure! My first "real" post will be about one of them!