A Different Kind of Summer

In the first few weeks of summer, I quickly realized that this summer would be… different.  For one thing, Bean and Gracie are starting to separate themselves from each other in some ways.  Not that they don’t still play together all the time or not get along anymore; they are still best buddies and, thankfully, get along really well.  But their ages and genders have just now started to separate them a little bit.  For example, I signed them both up for gymnastics camp for a week because they have…

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Another Attempt at Toy Organization

Over the years, I have tried to keep our toy storage organized and somewhat contained in our house.  I don’t want to be one of those houses that looks like a toy store… or, given the wear and tear around our house, a toy dump.  I don’t want toys all over.  I want to be able to sit down on my couch or have people into my home and not have us all swimming in toys the entire time. That’s not to say there aren’t points throughout any given day…

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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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Important Conversations and a Haircut

I took Gracie to get a haircut after school today because she decided to cut huge chunks out of her own hair a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to do anything about it. To be honest, I didn’t really notice that she had cut all that much. She had this one really short clump of bangs that I noticed several weeks ago, but it wasn’t until we sat down to get her hair cut today that I realized she had several short strands all through her…

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The Merriest of Times!

Since we’re still catching up, I thought I would share some pictures from our holidays.  We had such a good two weeks with all different parts of our family!  Nothing beats a full house at the holidays! My mom and Chris’s granddad (who now lives in Orlando!  Lucky us!) came over for Christmas Eve dinner and church with us.  Christmas Eve is one of my favorite services of the year, and our church does it spectacularly.  Don’t you love this picture of our church’s sanctuary?  One of our friends took…

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It’s Under the Log

Some of my favorite conversations are the ones I have with the kids while driving around.  It’s pretty funny to hear what they think about things.  They are even getting to the age now where they have real conversations together, without me having to prompt them.  Those are even funnier. However, conversations between a kindergartener and a preschooler can spiral out of control pretty quickly… After school today, I picked the kids up from daycare and we headed over to Bean’s tee ball coach’s house to pick up his uniform.…

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A Conversation with Bean

“Police nabidab… Police nabidab…” “I think you mean, ‘Feliz navidad,’” I said. “No, it goes, ‘Police nabidab,’” he said, as he continued to sing in the backseat of my car. “Where’d you learn that song?” I asked. “Nowhere,” he replied. “Well, then how do you know the words?” “It’s just in my head,” he said. “Oh yeah?” “Yeah,” he said, nonchalantly.  “I keep lots of important stuff in there.”

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Wires Crossed

My dad’s funeral was on Saturday, so Friday evening, Chris and I sat down with Bean to talk with him a bit about what was going to happen the next day.  We didn’t want to go into too much detail because we thought that might freak his freak even more than necessary, but we did want him to know where we were going and why. “Hey, buddy,” I said lightly, “Do you remember where Granddad went?” Without even looking up from the book he was reading, Bean goes, “Yeah, he’s…

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Dinner With a Preschooler

Dinner at our house is hit or miss, but whether the kids are eating or not, it is definitely chaotic.  I always try to figure out at what point exactly the chaos kicks in.  I have no idea.  It just seems to appear out of nowhere.  Take tonight for example.  We all sat down to dinner together.  Here is a transcript of our dinner: Chris to me:  I’ve been thinking about the backyard.  I think in the spring… Bean:  WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.  I KNOW MY SEASONS, I KNOW THEM…

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A Rip-ROAR-ing Good Time

When I was asked to review the new VTech Switch & Go Dinos, I thought it would be a breeze. Send me some dinosaur transformers for Bean to play with? Are you kidding me? SIGN ME UP! The dinosaurs are actually transformers that morph into cars. Two of Bean’s favorite things in one toy. This was going to be a breeze. He loved them, and they are virtually indestructible (believe me, Bean’s tried…). Bean likes that the faces of the dinosaurs (or the windshields of the cars, depending on what…

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