You Catch It, You Keep It

You Catch It, You Keep It

Tonight after dinner, I went out to the pool to swim some laps.  About ten minutes into my swim, I ran into a friend. We get frogs around our pool a lot. It’s a Florida thing. But this sucker was big, even by Florida standards. I freaked the freak out and squealed so loud that the kids and Chris heard me from inside. Naturally, when they got out there, Bean immediately wanted to catch the frog. “Wait!” he shouted. “Let me get my trapper!” And he ran inside to get…

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Baseball Opening Ceremonies, 2015

Baseball Opening Ceremonies, 2015

Chris ordered a camera battery charger for me last week and saved my pictures. And my blog.  So, now we are back to regularly scheduled programming. Last weekend, we had Bean’s first tee ball game and Opening Ceremonies for the league.  This is his first year playing tee ball, so we were new to all of it.  And, man, it did NOT disappoint! Bean is LOVING baseball. He loves all parts – throwing, catching, batting. He likes practice and he really loved his first game. He has a great coach, and…

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An Athletic Upgrade

An Athletic Upgrade

Bean had his first tee ball practice this past Sunday, and it was pretty much as cute as you can imagine. I think Bean will like tee ball. It seems to fit his personality well. It gives him the experience of a team sport, but it has very individual components to it, too, and I think Bean does better with individual instruction and attention. Plus, we have discovered over the past year that Bean has a KILLER arm. He can throw a ball clear across our backyard and hit his…

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Hi. I’m Married to a Five-Year-Old.

Hi. I’m Married to a Five-Year-Old.

Chris has two jobs on school-day mornings. He fixes the kids breakfast while I get dressed, and he takes Bean to school after Gracie and I leave at an earlier time. Easy peasey. No big deal. A few weeks ago, Bean randomly throws out at the dinner table, “I was late for school AGAIN.” “LATE?!” I screeched. “AGAIN?!?” And Bean, being the five-year-old boy that he is, sneered and pointed his finger at Chris. “It’s his fault, Mom.” “CHRIS!” I screeched. “It’s not that big of a deal…” Chris laughed….

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He.

He.

He would rather be outside than inside on any given day. He stops playing every so often to come find me and get a snuggle. He caught a lizard by his tail and screamed like a girl when the tail broke off. He loves movies. He loves Legos. He loves superheroes. He loves God more. He is one of the smartest kids I’ve ever met. He is the only person that still talks to me regularly about my dad. He still says that dogs “woof” instead of dogs “bark.” He…

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Defending the Goal

Defending the Goal

Last week, I was sitting on the sidelines during one of Bean’s soccer practices.  He was playing goalie with some friends on his team while we waited for practice to start.  After about five minutes, this other kid from his team comes up and stands right in front of Bean and yells, “I’m the goalie now!” Eh, big deal.  In my mom mind, that doesn’t really hit to Richter scale for being mean.  Kids will be kids, after all. But Bean had an issue with this. “Hey!” he yelled.  “I’m…

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Raising Boys and Girls

Raising Boys and Girls

Y’all, my sister is having a GIRL!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for her family! Especially for Tillman. He is going to make an awesome big brother! See? His shirt even says so! Thinking about Ginny’s family this weekend has made me stop and think about my own kids. Raising a girl and a boy is very different. Potty training girls is easier than potty training boys. They use physical touch differently.  Bean shows physical affection very roughly and usually through playing.  Gracie shows physical affection by snuggling up and getting…

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Where Did My Sweet Boy Go?

Where Did My Sweet Boy Go?

The past week or so with the kids has about driven Chris and I insane.  Gracie is at a pretty decent stage right now, actually.  She is happy and loud and active and life is good.  But Bean?  Whew.  Something has hit him hard in the past few weeks. That dude has become so grumpy!  He is always complaining about something.  “But I don’t want that for dinner!”  “Gracie is annoying!”  “I don’t want to go grocery shopping!”  “Why do I have to give him a birthday present?” Mostly, I…

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If You Give a Boy a Swing Set

If You Give a Boy a Swing Set

If you give a boy a swing set, chances are he’s going to ask for you to turn the sprinklers on so he can swing in the “rain.” And if the boy gets his clothes wet while swinging with the sprinkler on, then he’s probably going to want to go ahead and play directly in the sprinkler, too. He IS already wet, you know… And if he’s already wet from the sprinkler, then he might as well put his feet in the pool… And kick…   And yell loudly… And…

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Spiders, Bugs, the Hulk, and Rain Puddles

Spiders, Bugs, the Hulk, and Rain Puddles

Lately, we’ve been dealing with something I like to call “Bean Fears.”   Topping the list of Bean Fears today are spiders, bugs, and the Hulk.  He likes the toy versions of each of these things, but is not a fan of real-life versions. Not that we see many Hulks around here.  But, according to Bean, you just never know. This past weekend, we went to a sports bar and grill with our friend, Gary, to watch the Gators basketball game.  After dinner, we were walking back to the car,…

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