Funny stuff this little man says lately that I don't want to forget:
* "Sopie" (no f sound)
* "Hol me, hol me, hol me" (he still loves to be held and rocked)
* "Are der cats up der?" (he won't go upstairs by himself without asking this... often times he needs lots of convincing that if there is a cat up there, they are not going to get him. fyi... no cat has ever gotten him, he's just a little paranoid)
* "I like you." (always accompanied by a hug or kiss)
* "Tanks, Mommy! Your da best!"
* "Only if der's thunder can I get up?" (this has been our bedtime agreement lately... you can only get out of bed if there is thunder... he has been stalling like crazy at bedtime lately!)
* "It's my favwit!"
* "Oh... (little chuckle), I forgot."
* The "Shake it, baby" song. (I wish I had my old camera with the video function right now. This song is too funny. Or maybe just him singing the song is funny!)
The kids are going to Jessi's two days a week this summer. I planned on going to Target today. But... since Corey is letting me go scrapbook for 14 hours tomorrow, I thought I would stay home and get a little cleaning done. Target will still be there next week. ;)
My little bit of cleaning turned into this: * cleaning the bathrooms * vacuuming the entire house * mopping the hardwood floors * washing all the living room curtains * ironing all the living room curtains * taking down 3 sets of mini-blinds (hammers and screwdrivers were involved) * washing the toy room rug * hooking up the dvd player (we got a new tv and dvr a month ago and hadn't ever hooked it up... no Wiggies for Lawson. Sad boy. Thankful for Max and Ruby that we can dvr!) * buy a wedding gift * schedule 2 doctors appts. (one that involved a conversation with the insurance company first, the other involved a 10 minute conversation with the nurse) * back to pick up the kids by 4:00, planned supper and helped coach a t-ball scrimmage tonight.
Whew! Love that feeling of being productive! So many things crossed off my long To-Do-List today! Hoping I can be that productive scrapbooking tomorrow. I haven't done any pages since our spring break trip to the b&b.
Potty training is going incredibly well here at our house! We only had a couple cases of damp underwear yesterday before we made it to the potty. None so far today. And he's telling me when he has to go, even!
Look at this tiny hiney running around in his big boy underwear.
Getting some lunch time love from Daddy.
A little while ago when I was vacuuming this little carrot came running to find me and tell me that he had gone potty by himself. And he had! Such a big boy!
(sidenote: these are new jammies and he didn't like the monster on them... after we've torn the tags off, of course. We convinced him they were not scary... it's not a monster, it's a stink bug! Now he loves them!)
I had borrowed my mom's camera (smaller and easier to carry on a field trip to the zoo) and she needed it back for this weekend. We met in the middle (well, close to the middle... the exact middle doesn't have a Pizza Hut.) You should have heard the shrieking and the jumping around when I asked who wanted to go with me to eat pizza with Grandma!
And I heard tonight that this sweet little face, an inspiration for the song, was killed in a tragic accident. I can't imagine. My heart goes out to the family, especially the older brother. I really can't imagine.
I will miss these little people. As crazy as they've been the last few days... As frustrated as I got with some of them at field day today... I will miss them. They've been such a fun group to spend time with.
The little girl in the pink shirt and red glasses... as I walked them out after school today, I see tears streaming down her face. I've already made them all give me a huge goodbye hug before they got their little gift from me. I get the absolute best hugs on the last day of school. They have to give me a hug every Friday before they leave, but nothing compares to these hugs. Huge, squeezing me tight, holding on for a long time kind of hugs. Even from the boys.
I got more hugs and more tears when we were outside. She wouldn't even walk by herself over to her dad. She wanted me to take her.
Now I know some of these kiddos are sad to leave because school is a safer, happier place than home. Not this little girl. She goes home to a wonderful home with two fun, loving, perfect-for-her parents. So all her tears... are just because she loves me. And I know I'm not supposed to have favorites... but if I did... she would be one of them.
Thank you God, for giving me the opportunity to spend my days shaping these little lives. It is such a privilege.
(The glasses? The last few weeks of school we've been doing a "glasses check." I have 6 kids that are supposed to wear glasses. Only 3 of them actually did. We had a big poster that said, "Are your friends wearing their glasses?" and a marble jar. Random times during the day I would say, "Glasses check." Whoever was wearing their glasses got to put a marble in the jar. When the jar got filled up last week, we watched a special movie... and everyone got to wear glasses! Aren't they cute? Another teacher came in and thought we were watching a 3-D movie.)
I am wife to one, mommy to three and teacher to 22. I'm daily working towards finding the perfect balance between all the things in my life. Often times, it feels like I'm juggling rather than balancing!