Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Boy Howdy Loves his Friend

Boy Howdy will tell anyone his best friend is Charlotte. She is a sweet girl who's mom is a good friend of mine. Hopefully they will be in the same Kindergarten class this fall, because I am pretty sure it will help his attendance motivation 100 fold. Boy Howdy LOVES this girl. I don't know that he thinks of her romantically, but he loves to make cards for her and, the last time we went to the park, he made a whole box of of cards and flowers to give to her. This boy. And this card (he delivered it to her this evening with the cutest grin on his face through the whole exchange). Be still my heart. In case it's not obvious, the card is a picture of them holding hands under a blue sky holding balloons. I love it. I hope this bodes well for when he gets married.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Boy Howdy Prays

I don't know what other parent's experiences are with teaching their children to pray, but for us, it's been a bit rocky. Despite our best attempts, they have not caught on to the joy of talking to their Heavenly Father the way we had hoped. But . . . they are making good steps into meaningful prayer. Boy Howdy especially has grown so much in the past month. I love hearing his pleas in behalf of himself and his family. He is so thoughtful in how he prays for his loved ones. And what's better, is that he will often ask the spokesperson for a given prayer to remember specific things in their prayer - to help Cheeks feel better, or that his owies will not hurt anymore. Hearing their sweet voices addressing our Heavenly Father has warmed this mother's heart. I am not as hip to their growing up as I thought I would be, but I do love watching them grow and mature in their understanding of spiritual things.

We are still learning though. e.g. Today, during church, Boy Howdy asked what a testimony was. I explained that a testimony is a statement of what we believe. I mentioned that I believe in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Boy Howdy said he believed in himself.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Boy Howdy Wants to Grow Up

This afternoon, the kids and I were cuddling on the couch. I was holding my little girl cutie face and her smile just intoxicated me. I can't imagine life without that little smile. I pulled her into my arms and told her that if I held on to her forever she wouldn't grow up. Boy Howdy didn't seem convinced of the idea. She has to grow up. She's going to turn 4 on her next birthday. "Nope, I told him, "if I don't let her go, then she'll stay little forever." Cheeks started squirming in my arms and Boy Howdy cheered his fate of being able to grow up, go to high school and someday be a dad (I'm still not positive that he knows of any other thing to be when he grows up and I am not about to disabuse him of it). Finally I let Cheeks go and caught the Boy in lieu of his sister. "Ha ha ha, now you can't grow up. You have to be my little boy forever," I told him. At first I'm pretty sure his cries were fake, but eventually they became very real. "But I want to go to high school!!" he wailed. With a little more convincing, I eventually let him go.

I signed Boy Howdy up for Kindergarten a few days ago, and while the experience wasn't emotional for me, it was surreal and has started me realizing just how little time I have left with them in this beautiful stage of life before everything changes forever. I'm not ready.

Cheeks sleeping at the bottom of her brother's bed. The night before, she was sleeping on the floor right next to it. I guess she loves him.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunshine Makes Everyone Happy

We have had an especially rainy, dreary winter. I know we've seen the sun in the last couple of months, but I honestly can't remember when. Thursday night I may have had a nervous breakdown PLEADING with Heavenly Father to see the sun. I've been so edgy lately with the children, I was hoping that the weather was mostly to blame, not just me being a jerk of a mother.
The next morning, Friday, started out gloomy but quickly changed to sun. I felt certain a loving Father took pity on his very emotionally fragile daughter. The sun was shining, Matthew caught an early flight home from his business trip to Michigan, we went to a park all together as a family to soak in the almost spring sun. To top it off, Matthew and I walked around downtown Salem in the early evening hours getting the most of the last remaining rays. Wonderful day!! Boy Howdy even got the rare special treat of wearing a short sleeve shirt and his sandals to the park. His cup truly runneth over.

Saturday was rainy, but this morning, we were blessed with more sunshine. We got to walk to church, and Boy Howdy was allowed ANOTHER short-sleeved shirt. He was so excited he even wanted to wear a tie. Now, the tie was about three years too short for him, but he was wearing any tie so we let it go. But it was just too entertaining not to take a picture for the future. (Especially with Cheeks and her funny little expressions)

Yay for milder temperatures, Yay for sunshine and Yay for not feeling quite so edgy.

Wonderful Stage

I know that I am blessed. Right now, at this stage in my motherhood, I am very blessed.
The babes are both in preschool two mornings a week and doesn't start until 9:30 which gives me a perfect amount of alone time without having to wake them up to get it.
They aren't yet at the extracurricular age so we don't spend time running from one activity to another.
They wake up sometime between 7 and 8 and then proceed to spend thirty minutes to an hour cuddling with me in bed while they drink their milk which Matthew has lovingly prepared for them and put on my bedside table. We often don't get out of bed until at least 8 or sometimes 9 in the morning.
They are playing more independently lately, leaving me time to tidy up and/or get other things accomplished.
We have passes to fun places around town and in Portland and the kids are good about not running off making outings much more enjoyable.
I can lie down or take a shower during the middle of the day without worrying that the children are going to run out in the street or tear apart my house.
We have no real schedule yet. We are active, but not busy and I am in love with that. I realize that in a few months when Boy Howdy starts kindergarten in the fall and the bus comes for him at 8:15 this list will basically disintegrate. So I have been relishing this very special time in my children's life for the last 6 months and will continue to do so until September when our lives change forever.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Boy Howdy's First Quilt

Boy Howdy and I were supposed to have a date to a place where children of all ages can go and create art. He was so excited (he's currently going through a very artistically creative period). But then we all got sick this week and I didn't think he was well enough to go out in public. So we stayed home. In the afternoon I showed Cheeks the fabric I bought her for her big-girl bed quilt I am going to make her. Boy Howdy looked genuinely heartbroken when I told him he couldn't help sew it. In a moment of inspiration, he and I went on a date to the basement for his first real sewing experience.
Boy Howdy picked out some material from my stash, cut, pinned, sewed, ironed and quilted his very first quilt - all square foot of it. This boy's enthusiasm was completely endearing and my mother heart melted as he exclaimed again and again that this was "the BEST DAY EVER!"

 I may not be very good at selfies. But my sweet boy is good at smiling!

He got bored with quilting after a couple of minutes, so he let me practice my free hand quilting. We put in his name and the date and some other random doo-dads. I'm curious to see what he thinks of this in twenty years.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


For Christmas my sweet, darling sister gave Matthew and I two weeks babysitting. We picked our Metaversary as a good time to use up some of our gift. Our initial thought was to rent a room on the coast' but then we remembered that we are trying to pay off our remaining student loans this year. All of a sudden, it didn't seem fiscally prudent to spend $1000 on a weekend away. But then Melissa reminded us that we didn't need to go anywhere to have a vacation. Huh - novel concept.

She picked them Friday afternoon and we will pick them up tomorrow at lunch time. We are an odd couple so we haven't been as crazy occupied as others might be, but we have gone to the temple, eaten out, seen a movie and shopped. We've also slept, not put children to bed, and enjoyed partaking of the Sacrament without monitoring a 3-year old's touching every single piece of bread or taking 20 seconds to drink a small cup of water. It has been heaven.

But here's the thing. Spending a weekend away is totally different than spending a weekend at home sans children. I have loved spending time with just my husband, and am beyond grateful to my sister and her sweet family for this opportunity. But hanging out just the two of us, makes me remember what it was like before we had children and, honestly, I like our lives better now. I love our children and while they may not be ready for me to take them away from their cousins, I am excited to pick them up tomorrow and have my babies back with me. What a wonderful weekend! I am ready to be a mama again!!