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, 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

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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History Sometimes Repeats Itself

Friday afternoon, my mom came down to pick up the kids and take them to her house for the weekend.  Chris and I were overworked, overstressed, and in need of some down time with absolutely zero responsibility – including our children.  Nana to the rescue! As they were packing up to leave, we were all standing out in my front yard while Chris strapped their car seats into Nana’s van.  Mom and I were talking, Gracie was crawling around inside the van with Chris, and Bean was playing with a…

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Apple. Tree.

Last week as I was having a massive nervous breakdown about my job, Chris was also having a massive nervous breakdown about his.  He came home one night and unloaded all his frustrations and stress and worry about his job as we sat on the couch one night after the kids had gone to bed. “I just have too much on my plate,” he said.  “I feel like I’m not doing any of it well because there’s just so much of it to handle.” “You need to ask for some…

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…And Then I Beat Up That Kid

So, I have a parenting issue going on right now.  It is complex.  It is complicated.  It is multifaceted.  It is perplexing.  Such is the social life of an almost four-year-old. (sigh) Bean has two “best friends.”  One is a legit bestie.  He talks about her at home, we hang out with her family, Bean might be in love with her.  Her name is Elle and she is lovely.  The two of them fight like an old married couple, but it is all very normal, healthy behavior for their age.…

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The Once-a-Year Photo

Once a year, I want a picture with my kids.  Just once.  Just with the kids.  On Mother’s Day, when we’re all dressed up for church and looking pretty, I always ask Chris to take just one picture of me with the kiddos. Following is what happened after I made that request this year: Okay, here we go… No, wait. Bean has powdered doughnut all over his face. Okay, let’s try again without any doughnuts in the picture. Gracie really wanted her doughnut. Bean sees a lizard. And he has…

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Big Beds and Tuttle Shirts

Last night around 11:00, I went in to check on the kids before I went to bed. When I went into Bean’s room, though, he was no where to be found. And neither were the sheets on his bed, his pillow, his comforter, and all his stuffed animals. It was just his mattress laying there. He has done this before. He moves his bedding to some other part of his room and camps out there. But I checked all over his room, and he wasn’t in there. I went to…

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Preschooler Thoughts

Bean has been cracking us up lately with his little comments.  He will say some of the funniest things, but it’s not just what he says that is funny.  It’s how his mind processed information to get to those comments. We have been talking a lot about Sarah and her new baby.  So, yesterday as we were leaving the house to meet Bean’s BFF, Elle, and her mommy for a play date at Chuck E. Cheese (germy, I know, but their tokens and prize exchange are GOLD for my kids,…

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