Thank you God

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So in celebration of the new year and with this quote in mind…..
Thank you God for the most beautiful family. For J, as exhausting and wonderfully sweet as he can be. For E, his toddler-testing-all-limits and genuine smile of delight. For G,  her peaceful sleep and unexplored potential. For Husband, his love, trust, faith, and dedication. And for all the family and friends that support us.
Thank you God for our health-that our only worry is when the runny noses will clear up.
Thank you God for all that you do.

Happy New Year! May God bless you and yours as we enter 2012.

Recycle to create a new toy

While I was out taking G to her appointment yesterday, Husband cut a door and windows into the Power Wheels box for an impromptu play house for the boys. I felt inspired today. So I got the double stroller box and some other cardboard boxes. I “google” searched for ideas. I ended up doing a kitchen-complete with a bowl sink, stove top, and oven.

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The boys couldn’t wait for me to finish to dive into playing! First thing J did was make me pancakes. It was so cute.

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If it lasts a week I will be more than happy. I hope it will continue to spark imaginative play.

Likelihood of this

What is the likelihood of this:
J and E both napping

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And Miss G is wide awake

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Usually this happens at 5:30AM not in the middle of the afternoon. It is so quiet right now. I almost don’t know what to do with myself. I will sit here and enjoy non-diaper changing and non-feeding just simple awake time with my little one.

Not my intent

I made a personal choice almost ten years ago to give up beef. It isn’t political or because “the poor cow dies”. I still eat pork, poultry, and seafood. I just had no interest in beef anymore so it was a simple removal. Husband still eats it and I try to cook it every once in awhile.
So it was never my intent to form my kids diets to exclude beef. However just that happened. Tonight for dinner I made two lasagnas-one beef and one vegetarian. I served the kids a little of each. E ate a little of bit of each kind. J didn’t like the vegetarian sauce so he stuck with the beef one…except he very meticulously picked any speck of beef off before taking the bite. As I watched him do this, I was shocked and then realized that when I each things like chili or pizza that has beef I do the exact same thing.
Now this may be just a mimic of how I happen to eat because J will eat a hamburger if we go out to eat at a restaurant. Maybe he will eat it if I continue to put it in front of him. Maybe he won’t. Either way, it was never my intent to pass on my beef aversion.

Unpredictable but good

So I finally gave in to Husband and said ok to a rather big gift for the boys. He has been talking bugging me about getting this particular toy since we got pregnant with J. It was something he wanted as a kid but never got. He coveted his cousin’s even though it was pink and Barbie. I wanted one as a kid. But as adult when I found out the price, I figured only spoiled kids got them.
Well, and the toy is marked as 3years+ and J just barely turned 3 a few days ago.
So, back to the original intent of this post. I finally gave in and agreed that Husband and I would budget/buy the boys the Jeep Power Wheels for Christmas. We had the plans of having it all set up in the living room in front of the tree with random little gifts on the seats. Husband would bring the boys down as I took video/pictures of their reactions…
Well anyone with kids would tell you that best laid plans can be thrown out at a moments notice because of how unpredictable kids are. Our plans were thrown out. J decided that Christmas morning was a great morning to show us he was grown up enough to go downstairs without waking us up first! He managed to change out of his wet pull-up and get underwear on, push all the gifts out of the jeep, play, get cold from being just in underwear and pj shirt, and come back upstairs before he woke me up asking for clothes. To say I was a little disappointed would be understating it. Seeing his reaction was half the reason I agreed to getting it.
That all said, as unpredicted as the wake up went, I still got to see E’s reaction and both boys loved the Jeep. They spent most if not all morning climbing in and out, lining up their new collection of mini rubber duckies on the dash, and asking repeatedly to take it outside.

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j and e in jeep

So…you can call them spoiled if you want (I don’t think they are but isn’t that what all parents say). I call them blessed and happy.
I hope your holidays were filled with love and joy.

It’s a good thing I am not a neat freak

While I don’t like dirty dishes in the sink when people visit and prefer to have things in their place, I am definitely not a neat freak. I choose to build a block tower with my boys over worrying about the dust settling on the tv stand.
However, if I was ocd, this may send me over the edge of sanity:

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This is a result of one morning actually a mere 2 hours of play…and to think tomorrow we are going to be adding in more toys and wrapping paper to this mix!