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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Driving a Bandwagon

Driving a Bandwagon

Last week, Bean moved over to his new preschool class. It was not without some sadness and tears, let me tell you. But Chris and I did the best we could to support Bean as he transitioned. We tried to support his fears and anxieties, while still encouraging him to move forward. Mostly, though, we just prayed. When I picked Bean up from school on Wednesday afternoon, his teacher met me at the door with a big smile. “It was a good day,” she said warmly. “He had a really…

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Parenting Through Trembling Lips

Parenting Through Trembling Lips

A lot of parents worry about their kids.  Worry comes with the job description.  But, honestly, I haven’t consistently worried about my kids in quite a while.  Both are old enough to express their wants and needs to me, both have been doing really well in school and at home recently, and family life has seemed easy for the past few months. But this week, parenting has defeated me and I have lived in a world of worry over my kids.  I find myself stopping to pray for them all…

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Chalk, Tattle-Telling, and Volume Control

Chalk, Tattle-Telling, and Volume Control

Having kids provides hours of entertainment.  HOURS.  Especially at the ages Bean and Gracie are right now.  Bean is four and he is awesome at it.  He asks questions around the clock these days.  He wants to know how everything works, why we do anything, where we are going, who’s going to be there, what everything is…  If there is a question to be asked, Bean is going to ask it.  And while it drives me completely insane sometimes, (seriously, I think this age might be more frustrating than the…

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History Sometimes Repeats Itself

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.

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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Parenting As a Teacher

Parenting As a Teacher

The other night we went to Open House for Bean’s new preK program that he starts this week.  I knew that preK would be awesome, but I was blown away by all the things the kids would learn.  Things like reading small words, counting to 100 in 5’s, 10’s, and 20’s, counting money, how to tie his shoes, and a plethora of other really great things.  I am excited for Bean to start preK for those reasons and a lot of others, but mostly I am excited for him to…

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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

This is my last week home with the kids before they head back to daycare next week and I start my official week of preplanning at school. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I am about two seconds away from dropping my kids off at some ranch somewhere with a kindly farmer. I think they’ll be happier with wide open fields to run around in. That’s what my parents did for our family dog, Buddy, when we were in high school. My mom swears he was wagging…

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The Challenge of Four

The Challenge of Four

Bean is four.  Seems like a simple enough statement.  But that is really code for, “Bean is four and so he thinks he knows everything, he questions everything I know, and he is fairly certain that the entire world is one giant conspiracy working to keep him in the dark about everything.” Bean was a super easy baby. He totally rebuked the “terrible two’s” by being relatively easy and logical throughout them. He even glided through three with relatively few hitches. Don’t get me wrong. He has his days, and…

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