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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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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Growing Up Gracie

In all the hustle and bustle of Bean Man starting kindergarten, Gracie was sort of overlooked. Well, not really. But SHE thinks she was overlooked. We made sure that with everything we celebrated for Bean, we were celebrating just as much with Gracie. Yay! You get to go into a new classroom! Yay! You get to eat lunch in the cafeteria this year! (Which was the greatest thing to happen in Gracie’s short little life so far. She tells us about the ‘cafetewia’ every day.) Yay! You get to see…

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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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Siblings and Potty Training

One of the things that has made potty training Gracie very different than potty training Bean is having Bean around.  He was sort of hanging out on the fringes for a while, just making sure Gracie wasn’t getting anything that he wasn’t getting.  He sniffed around her Skittles jar, and he talked about stickers a lot when she’d put one up on her chart.  I knew that it must be kind of hard for him to suddenly have Gracie be the center of attention for a week while we potty…

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What Makes My Heart Melt

When Gracie was a baby, she was too small for Bean to play with.  He would occasionally bring his toys over and play next to her, but that was really the extent of their relationship.  That and sneaking her pieces of cheese when she was entirely too small to have chunks of cheese in her mouth.  Almost gave me a heart attack several times. About six months ago, they went through this very frustrating time when Bean realized that Gracie was now able to play with the toys, which meant…

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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Bean and Gracie are 22 months apart in age, which has brought us both blessings and challenges.  One of the pleasant surprises has been how great the kids get along.  We were really prepared to have jealousy issues and sharing problems, but we haven’t really dealt with those.  At almost two and three years old, we thought we had made it through the roughest part of having kids so close in age. We were wrong. Gracie, as we all know, has a very strong personality.  For a long time, though,…

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School Picture Day

This past fall, the kids had school picture day.  One of the teachers suggested that we do a siblings picture, too, so I could have one of the kids together.  That sounded great, so I signed them up.  This was going to be great! Or not… So, let’s talk about this picture. a) Gracie is crying. Obviously. b) Bean has this creepy look on his face. c) Gracie is wearing her light up, hot pink shoes with her pretty little church dress. d) Bean is wearing camo shorts and Spiderman…

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