Wednesday, February 22, 2012

All Tied Up

I took one look at the shoes and said there was no way. There was no way I was going to be responsible for tying her shoes every day. No way would I watch her trip over constantly untied laces. I didn’t want to deal with her inevitable frustration with learning how to tie the shoes. I really didn’t want to deal with any of it.  

It took me a couple minutes to realize though that my line of reasoning didn’t really add up- that my need to keep things simple just wasn’t fair (or conducive) to her attempt at growth.  It wasn’t fair not to at least give her a chance.

So I said yes and we came home with a brand new pair of sneakers with shoelaces.  She was ecstatic and determined. I only had to remind her once as she was practicing to not give up and just keep trying.  By the tenth try she had it down. 

Wow. I couldn’t believe it. No fits, no whining just perfectly tied laces and a grin from ear to ear. I’m so proud of that girl. And I am reminded nearly every day how much I still have to learn about this whole parenting thing.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Playing Catch up

After a couple of days of struggling with the passing of my blog friend Susan- I got a sinus/ear infection. Then Lily and Martin got colds. Now they've both passed their cold onto me and I still haven't gotten the sinus/ear infection cleared up. Needless to say I've been barely keeping up with the day to day. Luckily we're kid-free this week so I should have some time to rest and recover.

Here's some other stuff we've been up to... beside's blowing our noses, popping cold medicine like candy, and hacking up our lungs:

For Valentine's Day we made home made crayons shaped like hearts. What was I thinking? It was like a weeklong project because we had to make enough for both classes (50!) and I only got one mold that held 8 at a time and I kept running out of crayons having to scrounge for more. Then I forgot to take a picture of the final product. Booo! They were attached to a little card and the girl's each signed their names. Kendra said one kid thought it was chocolate and took a bite- probably the one made out of brown crayons. Ha ha- oops! Didn't see that one coming.

This weekend we finally redeemed the Groupon to the Children's Museum I bought last February that was going to expire on Monday . They've definitely outgrown most of the exhibits there but they were entertained for several hours and I paid half price so...not too bad I think.


Check these out. The first is when we visited the Children's Museum for the first time in November 2009. It was Kendra and Lily's first official play date with Martin and myself. They are just as goofy as ever- obviously... except much bigger now! You can't even see the turtle they are sitting on in the newer picutre! Dang. How did that happen?

Another post coming shortly...Lily has some good news!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I'm in a strange state of grief. Susan passed away on Monday. I never met her or even heard her voice but she has spoken to me through her blog for the last two years. She set out to document her battle with cancer but really left us all with so much more- forever changed by her words.

I honestly can't imagine a more dedicated or courageous person. Her ability to put her struggles into words always touched me deeply.  Her love of her life, children and family shined through in every post she wrote.

Bon from Crib Chronicles said it way more eloquently than I could possibly dream of- she said "i am glad there is no more pain, for her. but it hurts me to think there will be no more words. she put so much of herself – so much beauty and thoughtfulness – into her words." She wasn't, I'm not, ready for Susan's words to stop.

That is how I feel. I don't want her story to be over. But I'm having a hard time knowing how to grieve someone I've never met.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cabin Fever

After the snow we just had to get out of the house so we decided to take the girls bowling. Lily had never been before but she did pretty well doing granny bowling and using the bumpers.  

Kendra actually managed pretty well copying what Martin and I did. She threw a couple good throws and used those bumpers a few times to get some extra pins.
Both Martin and I were extremely out of practice but did ok anyway. I don't remember it being so expensive though! My goodness!

Then we went to my youngest brother Alex's basketball game- he plays varsity at his high school. Go #50! The girls brought their pom poms and dressed in school colors. Lily was too shy but Kendra stood up and cheered quite a bit- using her newly learned cheer skills.

The next weekend the girls performed at a girl's basketball game half time. Both girls got up in front of everyone in the bleachers and did their cheer- more following the cheerleaders than actually remembering the routine- but still good. I was very proud of their courage and lack of stage fright! I would have been so nervous!

Now we're gearing up for another week. Lily finally has a long term substitute starting Monday. We've got Valentine's day parties to get coordinated and Martin is starting his busy season with more hours at work. We did have a very nice "spring preview" this weekend though- with temperatures in the mid 50's. What?!? Martin wore shorts and sandals and the girls rode their bikes at the park. Come on Spring!!!