Bad Religion

Bad Religion

The other day, I was getting on to Bean for something.  I can’t remember what exactly right now, but it was probably for annoying Gracie. So, I say to him, “You’ve got one more chance to act right and then I’m taking your Legos away for the afternoon, Michael.” Without missing a beat, he replies in this snide little voice we have taken to calling ‘kinder-talk’ around our house, “God gives us as many chances as we need.  Why can’t you be more like God?” My eyes grew as wide…

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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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Raising a Kindergartener

Raising a Kindergartener

People ask often which age of raising kids has been my favorite so far.  That’s such a tough question because each age has it’s ups and downs.  Some years, yes, there are more downs than ups (anyone remember Gracie’s terrible twos????), but for the most part, there is always the good with the bad. Five years old, though.  Man, it’s rough.  Why does no one tell you that?  Maybe it isn’t that way for every child, but it is kicking the Brown House in the pants lately.  There is this…

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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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The Hardest Part of Kindergarten

The Hardest Part of Kindergarten

I was somewhat prepared for Bean starting kindergarten this year.  I read a few articles about it online, talked to some friends who had been through this before, and reminded myself that Bean was fully prepared to face this next milestone.  But nothing prepared me for the hardest part of kindergarten I have had to face. My husband. Chris is having the hardest time adjusting to Bean being in kindergarten.  I think he feels like Bean is too young or small or something to be dealing with all of this.  Of…

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When Parenting Loses It’s Patience

When Parenting Loses It’s Patience

I’ve been struggling with parenting lately.  Bean is at this age that constantly tests my patience and, if I’m completely honest, I have not exactly passed those tests.  I’ve been quick to snap at my kids, quick to anger, quick to discipline.  Sometimes those actions are needed, but sometimes I go to them because they are easier than having the patience to parent kindly. Gosh, that sounds horrible when I write it out. This Sunday, our minister gave a sermon about individualism. She talked about discovering who God calls us…

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I Try Not to Rant, But…

I Try Not to Rant, But…

Normally, I try not to use this blog to make unproductive rants about my husband or family.  True, I complain a fair bit, but I hope readers can see through that and know deep down how much I love my husband and my family.  If I blog about issues or fights we have had, I try not to do so until I have some kind of nugget of wisdom I have learned about the situation.  After all, if we aren’t learning something, then we are just wasting our time. Having…

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