"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Saturday, March 29, 2008

"Prince Charming" Moment

Both boys have inherited my "Fred Flinstone" feet. They are flat and wide....brick-like. I know, you are all jealous. I sure spend a pretty penny at Stride Rite so my boys will have shoes to fit on their bricks. Oliver needs an xtra wide, and Clayton a wide. Even at Stride Rite this year, Oliver's sweet flinstone foot would only fit into one pair of sandals they had in the store. Now that we have clarified our feet types, I can get to the real story.

Clayton has always wanted to wear flip-flops. Daddy is always wearing flip-flops, why can't he. Well, when you have "Fred Flintone" feet, you can't wear flip-flops. Fred Flinstone was always barefoot for this reason, right?? Every time we pass the flip-flop section at Old Navy or Target, Clayton wants to try them on. I humor him every year and allow him to try to cram his foot in. Well, this year we had a "Prince Charming" moment as I will call it. I wouldn't want to call my boy Cinderella, so we will just go with it. We were at Target the other day, and we passed all of the flip-flops. Low and behold, the flip-flops fit on his feet. It was as if they were made for his feet. Clayton was so excited.

Maybe the "flinstone" feet are just a part of his baby stage...kind of like losing your baby fat. Maybe Stride Rite will soon be of the past.

Warm Weather=Happy Children

I am a winter girl. I love it when the heat of the summer disappears and the cold breeze arrives. I love winter holidays, hot chili on a cold day, and jeans and long sleeves (helps cover up a few flaws). I also love getting out of my car bundled in a coat and feeling the cool breeze on my face. This worked really well for me when I was without children. But, as winter is coming to a close, I am not saddened at all this year. I am not sad to see the daily trashed house go away. This is due to stir crazy children pulling out every single toy in the play room. I am excited to not have to see a screaming face anymore when I come towards the kids with their coats. I don't know what is so bad about a coat or jacket, but I haven't had a chance for the little people to explain this to me yet.
My children are not winter people like I am. They want to be outside at all times. They want to run, play, throw balls, swim, and go fun places. The fighting stops, I hear myself saying "no, Oliver....stop, Clayton....quit it boys.....be nice.....stop throwing stuff....." less and less as the weather gets warmer. For our household, spring and summer beat my lovely winter. Will I transform into a Spring/Summer girl??? It could happen.....if I could wear jeans year round without sweating to death in the 100 degree weather. Maybe a chili cookout for the fourth of July???

Keep the juices flowin'

Clayton has never ceased to amaze me on how creative he is. Out of all the toys he has, he is usually playing with his "kids" or creating something out of boxes, sticks, paper....etc. His "kids" are all of the stuffed animals he sleeps with. I have never met someone who plays with so many stuffed animals. When I make his bed, there are literally 30 stuffed animals on the bed and he knows when one is missing. They all have names.

Other than the "kids", Clayton loves to use his creative mind to make things. He would do this all day. Today he made a bus out of boxes, complete with a steering wheel, airconditioner, and other people inside. He also made an umbrella with a stick and some paper.

I pray for the person who will be teaching Clayton next year in kindergarten. I worry that when he goes to school, someone will tell him he can't think this way, that he must think inside the box. My hope is that his kindergarten teacher and I will continue to nurture that creativity so that he will be able to think outside the box and always use his imagination. Keep the juices flowin', Clayton.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Joining the ranks

Well, I have decided to try out blogging. I have enjoyed reading and keeping up with everyone through their blogs and thought it might be fun to have my own. My sister- in- law, Rachel, has kept such a great blog of her daily life with her boys and I have loved reading it so much. I also feel that I am forgetting so many of the daily things that go on around this house full of boys. The joys, accomplishments, struggles, and events of our life are forgotten as the time goes by. I have two completed baby books. I know all of their firsts, but have forgotten all of their seconds and thirds. I don't want to forget what makes Clayton and Oliver special.

Bye, Bye Baby

Spring Break sounded like a good time to get rid of Oliver's paci. When we took Clayton's paci away, it was such an emotional stressful time (he was over three) that I thought Oliver might handle it better only being two. On Sunday morning (march 16th) all of the pacies disappeared from Oliver's world. Sunday, everything went well. We all deleted paci from our vocabulary, and searched high and low for any pacies remaining. Sunday night, sound asleep without the paci. Monday, nap without paci without a problem. Monday night, two hours of crying for the paci. I seriously thought about going through the trash for a paci, but after two heart wrenching hours, he was fast asleep. The rest of the week we had peaceful sleep with no paci.

I am so proud of him and how well he has done. I am a little saddened by the fact that the we had to let go of the biggest part of him that made him a baby still. He has really started to talk this week without it. Out with the old, in with the new.

It's a bird, it's a plane....no, it's Easter Eggs

Our church, The Springs, had the coolest event ever. We had a helicopter drop 5,000 Easter eggs from a helicopter with the Easter bunny in tow. It was an incredible day. About 400 people showed up for the event, which is 7-8 times our usual attendance. The day really turned out incredible. Thank you Lord for all your blessings!!! Waving at the Easter Bunny

Me and the Bunny

Tiny Easter Eggs falling from the sky

Daddy, Oliver and the Easter Bunny

Clayton hunting eggs

Oliver on the hunt

Sweet cousins

Church under a tent

Sweet P-sters

Gigi and cousin Noah

Helicopter Egg Drop on You Tube