Slowing Down the Growing Up

Slowing Down the Growing Up

Two things have happened this week that have made me want to shove my babies back in their cribs and stick a binky in their mouths.  First, Gracie went to the AR store at her school (which is where they get to spend their reading “points” they collect throughout the quarter) and came home with a tube of glittery lip gloss.  And not the chapstick kind of lip gloss that I let her use.  Like, real lip gloss.  Like, with a little sponge tip on the end and glitter in…

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Gracie’s World

Gracie’s World

I don’t know what the deal is, but Gracie Girl has been looking so much older lately.  My three chins and I don’t know how we feel about that. I think it’s because her sixth birthday is coming up at the end of March. SIX! I can’t even take it. As much as I am trying to avoid the entire event happening, Gracie has 101 ideas about how to celebrate her birthday this year. All of them involve enormous parties at our house where I am the primary mode of…

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Daddy/Daughter Dance!

Daddy/Daughter Dance!

Last Friday was the Daddy/Daughter Dance at the kids’ school.  I was initially kind of against most of it because it seemed kind of like a big deal over nothing, so we really tried to make this as low-key as possible.  She got a dress (sort of by accident, it was just a  new spring dress that we happened to get the week of the dance completely by coincidence), Chris gave her a tiny wrist corsage, and then he took her to a restaurant of her choice. She chose our…

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Gracie’s First Sleepover!

Gracie’s First Sleepover!

Before today’s post, I just want to thank you for the incredible outpouring of encouragement and support for the student I wrote about last week.  While I appreciate every offer of assistance I received, I am not able to offer medical assistance to students.  I reported his skin condition to our school nurse and she will reach out to his parents and, if necessary, to the Department of Children and Families to see about getting him the treatment he needs.  Your kindness and generosity was inspiring to me at a time when…

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Little Seeds of Thought

Little Seeds of Thought

Lately, Gracie has become very interested in babies.  Specifically, where babies come from, how they get there, and how they get out.  I think this mostly comes from the fact that she plays with baby dolls all the time, and so she always has babies and mommies on the brain.  I think it also comes from us having so many friends right now that are having babies.  I am constantly crocheting baby blankets and she is forever asking me which baby they are for. When she and Bean were smaller,…

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The Whooshie Coonin

The Whooshie Coonin

For Christmas, my mom put a whoopie cushion in one of the kids’ stockings.  It has provided hours of entertainment at our house, and might be one of the best presents they got.  Even I think it’s hysterical when one of the skinny kids sits on it and a huge, deep Ffffftttt comes out. They don’t know that you’re supposed to try and trick people into sitting on it, so they take turns blowing it up and sitting on it themselves.  Sometimes, they switch it up by blowing it up…

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How Was School Today?

How Was School Today?

After I pick the kids up from aftercare, we head home and I try to coerce them into conversations about their days while I cook dinner.  I love spending this time with them.  I learn so much about them as individuals.  Take today, for example. I asked Bean what he learned in school today.  He plopped himself down on the countertop and immediately started telling me all about this new reading log he now has to keep, and we spent some time going through books he has finished lately.  We…

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Extra-Curricu-Grrrrr’s

Extra-Curricu-Grrrrr’s

It’s that dreaded time of year when we all sign our kids up for extracurricular activities.  I’m a big fan of activities, as a whole.  I think they help build character in kids.  They teach them about being part of a team, about personal responsibility, about trying your best, about being a good sport, and all that other stuff that makes them well-rounded people. But, HOLY COW, is it a very expensive pain in the arse to get them all signed up! This year, both kids are going to be…

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