Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Public Display of Affection

Something I don't want to forget...

Saturday, I dropped off Jacob and Joseph to their soccer game early so I could take Lauren to her game which was scheduled at the same time.  Just before pulling out of the parking lot I rolled my window down and yelled to them standing next to their team.

"Bye boys, good luck on your game!"

Jacob yelled back first, "Bye Mom!"  followed by Joseph, "Bye Mom, I love you Mom!"

I wondered for a minute if he had accidentally said I love you since he was standing next to a bunch of his friends...  My heart swelled anyway.

Later that evening I brought it up when we were home.

"Joseph, did you mean to say 'I love you Mom' in front of all your friends this afternoon or did it just slip out?  I hope they didn't tease you about it after I left."

Amused, they both smiled and said...

"Why would I/should he be embarrassed about that? You're our Mom and we do love you."

I feel so grateful that the boys still tell me they love me every day, hug me in public and aren't too "cool" to publicly display their affection. I hope it will always be this way.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fight or Flight

Sometimes Jacob likes to pretend he's asleep and then scare us when we come to check on him just before we go to bed. He's a night owl and often won't fall asleep until we do.

Late last night I was taking our babysitter home when Aaron had a great idea to get him back. Jacob had gone downstairs to use the bathroom so Aaron quietly slipped into his bed and waited in the dark for him to return (with the intent to scare him). When Jacob came back to his room he closed the door (making it pitch black) then proceeded to climb into his bed. At that moment Aaron jumped out from under the covers and growled a fearsome "Raarr!!!" Jacob gasped then immediately started yelling and punching him as hard as he could. After a few moments he realized it was Aaron and sunk into his arms crying. ):

So I know it's really bad but I when Aaron was retelling the story to me later that night we both had a heck of a laugh. Aside from scaring him to death we also learned some important lessons about Jacob.

Lesson 1- Find other ways (during the daytime) to scare him because we probably scarred him for life. (I don't think he'll ever climb into his bed again without first checking to see if anyone is in it).

Lesson 2- If there really is such a thing as the "fight or flight" instinct, I know which one Jacob has. It kind of makes me proud that he didn't scream and run off. He makes me so proud to be his mother- my little man in the making.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Taco Time

When the kids are cold I like roll them up in a warm blanket them carry them over to the couch to get cozy.

I frequently hear them say......"Mama, can your roll me up like a taco?"

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Things Lauren does that make me smile...

-Pose like this when I let her know I'm going to take her picture. (I was trying out our new camera and wanted to test the lighting in this shot). She was happy to oblige.

-How she pronounces "remember." It sounds like 'B-Member.'
"Mama, B-member when I was a little girl...when I was 4?" (Something she started saying only days after turning 5.)

-The little songs she makes up when she is playing or doing things around the house, then how she gets embarrassed, (then mad) when you tell her you like her song.

-The way she hops up and down with delight every time she gets excited. She does this for a lot of things but I especially love it when she does this after seeing me put on something pretty (especially if it's a new outfit).... It's how I know that I look really nice.

-That she comes into our bed in the middle of the night at least 3 to 4 nights a week and always come over to her Daddy's side of the bed. One morning I asked her why she never came over to my side and she replied, "Because Daddy is always so nice and warm."

-The sassy way that she talks back to her brothers and refuses to be bossed around.

-The way she "decorates" her room with bouquets of artificial flowers purchased from the dollar store.

-How quickly she can trash her room but at the same time how well she plays with her toys independently.

-The grumpy face she makes when she doesn't like something someone has said or done.


The best part of Saturdays soccer game was not the goals Jacob scored... It was when he actually passed the ball to his younger brother, and then Joseph passed it back.

Oh, and when Joseph roughed up that dirty player on the other team (who was twice his size)...that was pretty cool too. He's feisty like his mama. (:

Wrestler Ben

I've always thought Ben would be a great wrestler and this year we got the chance to find out. Ben's soccer league changed the rules for his age group so we decided to try a different sport this season.

The first time I saw Ben wrestle I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. The combination of his stocky build and fiery spirit make him perfect for this sport. He fearlessly tears into his opponent muscling them to the floor with absolutely no technique. When he comes across a more seasoned wrestler (who actually knows how to use proper moves) if he can't muscle them down he'll give them a heck of a fight. (I knew that stubbornness would come in handy).

I can't wait for him to get good and actually learn some technique and wrestling moves. I have so much confidence in his potential, I think it could be the beginning of "his thing."

Monday, January 23, 2012

Snow Fun

First snow blankets the ground, I love how peaceful the world becomes.
Falling snowflakes absorb the sound, flocking the trees and grassy ground.
A picture perfect view awaits my eyes, when from my pillow I first arise.
No school today, no need to even check....The kids are so excited to get our their sleds.
After breakfast they can hardly wait, to get on their snow gear and head out to play.
Packing down the hill to speed up their ride, "don't walk across the path!" (big brother chides).
Little Lauren at the top of the hill, finds her place and weathers the chill.
Watching her brothers as they pass by, perfectly content to give up her ride.
Bundled up in big brother clothes, she looks like a marshmallow with a little pink nose.
Building jumps and 'catching air' they take turns riding, and try to be fair.
Lauren won't go without a big brother, so they jump on top, and try not to smother.
Walking up the hill she gets a free ride, thank goodness for her mountain climbing Dad.
Snowball "Target practice" while they ride the rope swing...getting pelted until the cry of Mercy.
Hot Cocoa bar, a wandering goat, building a snowman, super wet coats.
They come inside cold and tired, and warm their hands by the fire.
Endless Uno games, playing Clue, reading stories, movie reviews.
A break in routine, a needed retreat...staying home & making memories.