Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I thought it was really cute; she even sang "Awesome God." Braden took a front row seat.
Then I wondered if it is healthy that she already believes that chairs lined up, facing one man on a stage, is worship. I hope Kenny and I will be able to point her in a direction so she can read God's Word and decipher which is His Truth and which is man made rituals.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Avery has always been a big 'help' around the house, but recently her 'help' has turned into taking a few things off my list of things to do. I've always thought that kids need to do things around the house without expecting anything in return because that's just what being a part of a family means. Kenny's new advice was a bit interesting to me though because I do want her to be a hard worker and learn about how to earn money.
So, today I made a task chart. Not a chore chart....I don't like the word chore for some reason. When it was complete with things such as helping with laundry, taking dishes to sink after meals, setting the table, picking up toys, cleaning room, etc. I started to explain to her how it would work. Every time she did one of the things, she could put a sticker in the box under the days that she did them. At the end of the week we would count the stickers, and if there were a certain amount (still to be determined) then she could earn a little money to either save in her piggy bank or save to buy a little toy of some sort.
When I finished explaining, she had the normal questions, "how do we earn again?" "where do I put the stickers?" Once they were answered, I explained again the benefit and reward of earning.
This was her response.
"I don't want to save it momma."
(I suspected she wanted to buy something.)
"We need to sell it."
(Sell it? I continued to listen.)
"You know, we need to give it to other people because some people don't have things and aren't blessed like we are."
I'll let that speak for itself...
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
For me anyway.
The kids love it more than ever. I'm just tired of being completely soaked by the end of it all.
So on Monday night I decide to try a new tactic.
Start Braden's bath first.
Get him clean.
Let them play for a bit. (Small bit.)
Take Braden out, and give him to Kenny.
Let her play.
This way they both enjoy their bath alone and with each other, but it is not as stressful for me.
I say all of this to begin my story.
During the "adding Avery" stage of the process, I realize that she is gazing at Braden's "special area." I continue to watch her to see where this will go. She stops looking at him long enough to look at herself.
Finally her eyes meet mine briefly before she follows Braden as he turns his back on her.
Then it comes.
"Momma, what's that hole? I don't have one."
For some reason this is super hilarious to me. I wondered how long it would take her to notice their differences. Then hole? Weird description.
I say, "well honey, God made boys and girls differently."
(I'm trying to think of what I will say next because her newest word is "WHY?")
Luckily the 'why' is replaced with an, "oh."
"So, momma, you look like me?"
(Kenny enters the bathroom while I respond with a yes.)
"And Daddy, you look like Braden?"
I fill him in on the details. He snorts and adds, "well, sort of."
And surprisingly, the conversation is over. She's satisfied with that.
I'm preparing now for her future, probing questions that are sure to come.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Yesterday this was her newest accomplishment! I was so proud of her! She did it all by herself.
My favorite is her 'E.'
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
2. Where is your significant other? School
3. Your hair color? Gold
4. Your mother? Genuine
5. Your father? Hard-working
6. Your favorite thing? Laughing
7. Your dream last night? Disturbing
8. Your dream/goal? Heaven
9. The room you're in? Living
10. Your hobby? Art
11. Your fear? Loneliness
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Content
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you're not? Sad
15. One of your wish-list items? Home for the Holidays (I know...not one word)
16. Where you grew up? Texas
17. The last thing you did? Defrosted
18. What are you wearing? Sweats
19. Your TV? Cartoon
20. Your pet? Dead
21. Your computer? Addicting
22. Your mood? Indifferent
23. Missing someone? Parents
24. Your car? Rodeo
25. Something you're not wearing? Watch
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Your summer? Vacation
28. Love someone? Family
29. Your favorite color? Green
30. When is the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Sunday
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I went to the doctor today and weighed in at 26 pounds, 13.8 ounces, and I'm 31" tall. There were so many new things to explore in the doctor's office, and I kept everyone laughing while I grinned and ran from one side of the room to the other. I wasn't grinning as much after I had to get four shots, but mom says they will help me not get really sick. I also found out that I have an ear infection. Mom is glad to know the reason why I have been waking up screaming during the night.
I have been taking steps since I was 10 1/2 months old, but still liked to crawl more than walk until I was about 11 1/2 months old. Now I am pretty close to running everywhere. I have to go fast to keep up with Avery.
There are always bumps and bruises on my forehead and face because I do get wobbly when I'm tired.
My favorite things to play with are my blue bear, blue blanket, and any kind of ball. I do like to read books, and it's funny to try to take away anything Avery is playing with.
I have been eating table foods since I was nine months old, and I'm working on switching to milk over formula.
There are eight sharp teeth in my mouth, and I love to show them off when I smile.
I still have a very laid back personality and like to meet new people.
Daddy is proud of me because I become mesmorized when football and baseball are on TV. Momma laughs and knows exactly where I get it from.
I still take two naps a day.
Bathtime is the best! Water is so much fun to splash. Momma says I get a little carried away since the entire bathroom is soaked by the time I'm finished.
I'm still a Daddy's boy. I can be upset and squirmy with Momma, but the second Daddy walks in the door, my world is fine.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
It seems weird to me that I have not posted about this great milestone in Braden's life. I think it's because his steps started about a month ago and were pretty sporadic. It seemed like an ongoing process that I thought I would tell about when it was 'finished'.
Since he's my baby, and I seem to want to keep it that way, I haven't committed to saying that Braden is walking. I guess now that he is walking more than he is crawling, it might be time for me to take that step.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
When we got inside the gates, Kenny headed toward the barnyard animals; he knew Avery and Braden would enjoy seeing them. Of course Avery saw all the rides the minute we entered the Fairgrounds, so she had her mind set elsewhere.
Once we perused through stinky territory, we told Avery it was time to get her wristband so she could ride the rides. After waiting in that line, we were told we had to go wait in another line to sign a waiver since her arm was in a cast. So, after treking back and forth across what felt like the entire length of the park three times, we were set to ride.
Avery picked to go in fun house first. Of course she was content to go through that a million times before we reminded her that there were several other rides she could go on as well. All of the favorites from years past were chosen: the caterpillar roller coaster, balloons, merry go round, cars, motorcycles, big slide, and so much more.
We decided the height requirement had been raised this year because she was barely able to sneak on several rides that we know she rode last year. Poor Braden will just have to wait longer now to enjoy the fun that Avery enjoyed earlier.
There was a new experience that will probably be the first and last all in one. I don't remember what it was called, but it was the mini version of the ride that takes you to the top, then drops you. I was concerned that she would not enjoy it, but she said she would be fine. She looked so tiny in the big seat, and I'm sure she felt like she was a million feet up in the air. When it took her to the top, her face was happy. As it dropped, her eyes showed concern. Then as it continued to raise and lower very quickly, she started crying and screamed, "I want this ride to be over!!! Now!!!" The girl next to her was much older, and was very sweet to console her. If the ride had not ended when it did, everyone would have seen a crazy momma climbing and grabbing for her baby.
By the end of the night, Avery was pooped as was Daddy. This year he drew the short straw to have to ride all the rides. He wanted to spend the time with Avery, but he didn't want to deal with the effects of dizziness and upset stomach. I loved watching them together, and I know he had fun.
Braden was perfect little Braden the whole time. He was content to sit in his stroller and enjoy the lights and sounds, but we got him out every now and then to play. I think he enjoyed being at eye level better than knee level.
It was a night jammed full of fun and entertainment with friends and family, and we all look forward to next year!