This is the good stuff

Apr 2, 2015 by

It’s been awhile since my kids have taken over my blog post, so without further ado I present the wisdom of Olivia, age 5, and Audrey, age 3.

Relax while we drop some knowledge on yas.

Olivia: Hey, Mom. Did you know there was a guy who died and came BACK TO LIFE?!?!
Me: Um, yes. That’s Jesus. Where did you learn that?
Olivia: At school. How did he come back to life??
Me (trying to figure out how to explain Christianity on a dime): I’m not sure.
Olivia: Well, let’s find him and ask!

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Audrey: Mommy, remember when I tried cheese?
Me: Yes?
Audrey: Okay.

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Me: Liv, it’s time to put your boots on. We’re going to be late. Again.
Olivia: Awwwww, I really want to finish drawing this zombie.
Me: Zombie? What? Whatever. It’s time to go. Put on your shoes.
Olivia: Mommy, my duty is to my heart.

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Just like that

Mar 19, 2015 by

My husband and I had parent/teacher conferences for our girls earlier this week and as we sat down in the teeny tiny pre-k chairs, Audrey’s teacher asked with a smile, “So? What do you think?” And for a minute I just remembered.

About how scared Audrey had been on her first day. About how we worried for weeks if we had made the right decision by moving her from her beloved daycare to a full-day magnet preschool. About how the transition had been so much more difficult for her than it had for her sister. About how I’d – again – made the silly assumption that if it was right for one sister, it was right for the other.

And here we are, nearing the end of this first year and how this child has blossomed. She barely spoke until well after her second birthday. Now? She’s explaining how to use the DVR and telling jokes. Just like that – she’s grown up.

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Seasonal Amnesia

Mar 5, 2015 by

So… winter’s been fun, hasn’t it? I mean, lucky us! ALL THE SNOW FOR US! I feel like we all get amnesia every March and forget that winter is way longer than we’d like. It’s not usually this snowy this late in the season, but snow in March isn’t unheard of. Especially in the last few years. And yet…

I feel like I cannot take one more day of this PRECIPITATION. The snow in my yard is taller than my preschooler. Seriously. My husband had to snowblow paths around our yard (like people do for their dogs) so our children can WALK AROUND OUTSIDE. What fresh hell is this?

Even they are over it. Audrey woke up yesterday with two questions, “Is it a snow day?” When I said no, she replied, “IS IT SPRING YET?!” Sing it, sister.

This is just nonsense.

This is just nonsense.

Every year.

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Feb 12, 2015 by

I’ve been feeling like I’m too hard on my older daughter lately. I know I’ve written previously about how unequally divided my time felt, so I went back and reread it. Almost 18 months later and I could write the same post. How does this happen? How can I fix it? I promise you, sweet girl, that I don’t expect you to be anything more than just what you are. But, I find myself shouting, “You know better!” and “You’re older!” and “Please just share.” to (at) her so often. I’m cringing just thinking about it.

She takes such pride in her role as big sister. She loves nobody more on this planet than her little sister. And I so love that about her. The two of them are legitimately partners in crime and I am so grateful for that bond.

Sister love.

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Snowed In

Jan 29, 2015 by

I know the forecast for this week’s BLIZZARD OF THE CENTURY was off for many areas of the state, but it was enough to call school early Monday and cancel Tuesday and Wednesday. We got about 18 inches and record-breaking or not, it was a lot. My kids were out of their minds. Couldn’t wait to get out in it. They lasted about 10 minutes before they declared it “too deep” to play in. What is that madness?

Why did we think this would be fun?

Why did we think this would be fun?

So, there we were. Snowed in with children who did not wish to play in the snow they had so fervently prayed for. Oh, and of course, my husband and I were trying to work from home, which HAHAHAHAHAHAAOMG.

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