Monday, August 29, 2011

Pre-school: Year two.

Zenock started his 2nd year of pre-school last week. He loves school! I am so happy to have him back in school... This kid of mine thrives on friends, organized structure, and learning. He is so much happier when he is busy.

Who wouldn't be happy to go learn and play with their best friends.

Zenock is lucky to have seven of his best friends in his class (ALL boys and one girl.)


He tells me every school day...

"Mom, this is going to be the best day ever!"


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We are hoping his enthusiasm continues all year. =)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Letting them be little...

I'll be honest... I have been awful at updating and keeping up with blogs lately. I feel bad because I love being on the "in" and knowing what you are up to and love keeping my own "family journal" up to date. Maybe, it's because it's Summer and life has been super busy... (With what? I'm still not sure.) BUT, now we are headed into Fall and it seems like it's only going to be busier.


I do have one blog that I am addicted to and absolutely love. It is Miss Shawni's blog at 71toes. If you aren't a current reader, trust me you'll be addicted and fall in love with her as I have. Besides the qualities of my own Mother and Grandmothers, she pretty much sums up all the qualities that I want/strive to be. I know I have a long way to go to be anywhere near how awesome she is... (even though she claims she's not.)


She is always giving the BEST advice on kids. I love the Q&A post she did here. I swear every time I read she answers a question that I have been pondering about with my own children. A lot of her great ideas come from her Mom (and Dad). (Who just so happened to found "JOY school." The pre-school Zenock has been in the last two years. We love the curriculum.) She and her Mom wrote a book called, "A Mother's Book of Secrets." I've read it twice and loved every minute of it. Now if only I can remember all the good secrets within it's covers every minute I parent.



Lets not forget to mention the pictures on her blog are beautiful and just plain gorgeous.


One thing that I have learned from all my reading of her blog and book is how important it is to let your children be little. Something I so often forget and at times find myself expecting so much from a four year old. I only have so much time with these little spirits and I want to enjoy them here and now. I want to remember their sweet little faces, happy smiles, laughter, and even maybe the way they look when they are really really sad.


So when Miss Shawni said she wishes she had taken more pictures of her with her children (esp when they were babies) I knew exactly what she meant. I am always taking the pictures, but I am rarely in the pictures. So as soon as I finished reading I grabbed the camera and Kamden and took a picture. Completely random - I know. But, I so want to remember these little moments and how sweet they were as babies. I remember feeling this way with Zenock too, but now even more with Kamden. I love the sweetness of a baby and just being able to cuddle him. I don't want him to get bigger. I want him to always be little. Maybe it's because I know what stages come next, terrible two's, even worse three's, and maybe it's the sassy, stubborn, defiant attitude of a 4 year old who is telling me no, not listening when I say, "Mind your manners," jumping off the couch, pointing laser nerf guns at my visiting teachers faces while I have had a horrible no good day and want to just bury my head in the couch because I am TOTALLY embarrassed and feel like I'm failing as a Mother.


I would keep my sweet eleven month old forever.

But then I would take my 4 year old on his sweet days too.


What I'm getting at is how much I love my boys (defiant attitudes and all) and just wish they could stay little, but since they can't I want to enjoy every minute of it and just let them be little.



Shawni has a favorite quote which also happens to be one of mine. I used it in a talk I gave in church 2 years ago when we moved to Alabama and have tried really hard to remember it since I found it. It kind of sums everything up.


"But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of {my children} sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less."


-Anna Quindlen

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Some of the pictures are a little blurry, but a little of life here at the moment.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Point Mallard

School starts tomorrow and we have been trying to soak in all the Summer goodness.

A couple of weeks ago JC's work had a day event/work party out at Point Mallard... one of our favorite places to be in the Summer.

We ate good food, danced to the Jazz band (part of JC's work and they were SERIOUSLY good), jumped the waves in the wave pool, sat on the beach, played in the kiddie pools, went down the slides, and enjoyed the sun.

I love water parks. I could live there every day during the Summer. It's what Summer is all about.

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For some strange reason I thought our lives weren't busy enough this Summer... so I signed Zenock up for Fall t-ball and Soccer. Last week our schedules went a little something like this... Monday: t-ball practice. Tuesday: Soccer practice and Relief Society mtg. (part of my duties as the new 2nd counselor), Wednesday: FREE, Thursday: Soccer practice and Relief Society mtg., Friday: T-Ball, Saturday: Soccer and last minute bbq with friends.

Good Grief.
This week is pretty much the same except we add in School two days a week and an extra T-ball game. This continues through out October. Somehow in between that crazy schedule I am supposed to figure out some ideas for Super Saturday and JC is having some changes with work and will be traveling at least 1-2 weeks a month out of the next few months. I personally think single parenthood is for the birds... here's hoping I survive. I am relishing in the few moments we get to spend at home together watching a movie.

LIFE is busy.

Hope you all are taking advantage of and enjoying the last few weeks of Summer. =)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

cars.

It is amazing to me the different personalities emerging between my boys.

For example...

Zenock has a bucket full of cars, trucks, trains, etc. He never plays with them, unless a friend comes over and wants to play with them.

Kamden loves the bucket of cars. It's one of the first things he goes for in Zenock's room. He will pick up the car and spin it's wheels and just sit there happy and content with a car in his hand.

I caught him in the kitchen Sunday playing with this little police car...
He played with it for about fifteen minutes. (A lifetime for a 10 mth old.)

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Possibly my new favorite picture.

He sure makes us smile.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

July review...


We've been enjoying lots of busy fun Summer activities to keep us cool.
Pretty sure my little Zenock has been living in a swim suit for the past week or so...

Not much new to write about, so I'll just share our month of July in pictures.
(which is all you really care about...right?)

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Kamden is such a joy. I love being able to greet this happy face every morning.
I don't however love that he still gets up at least twice during the night.

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He loves to eat. We are starting to add in all sorts of food... fun for us to watch. It does take a whole lot of creativity to come up with good things for him to eat. His top two teeth have been taking forever to come in... For the last three weeks we keep saying, "tomorrow for sure." BUT, in all seriousness... tomorrow for sure. =)

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We celebrated the 24th of July... even though we don't live in Utah. We had a pizza party, JC gave the kids a 2 minute lesson on pioneers, and we did sparklers (which we saved from the 4th) with good friends. (Pretty sure our neighbors thought we were nuts saying, "Happy 24th of July!"

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We know Kamden is really excited or happy when he gives us the "squint smile." Don't you love it?! He is getting so big and wants to do everything Zenock does and play with whatever Zenock is playing with. At the moment he is ten months going on 4 1/2 years.


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We got invited to spend the day at the Botanical gardens with some fun friends. The gardens have a bunch of different splash/water areas for the kids. Perfect for hot Alabama weather!

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More squint smiles, an afternoon of wrestling with Mom, a little bored, wouldn't take naps, and too hot to play outside all equals lots of random pictures to be taken.


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We met JC for lunch last Friday (our new once or twice a month tradition), afterwards I let Zenock cool off at the splash pad/pop up jets. He loves these!

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July was a happy month for us.

Sadly, we have to start preparing for school... It starts in TWO weeks!