Friday, October 11, 2013

The Happenings

Been doing a little of this and a lot of that and hardly any blogging of late, so here is a little photo dump...

Had a lot of pumpkin patch/barnyard field trip fun this week with my two oldest kiddos.  It was sweet to spend some time alone with them, and also fun to watch them interact with their friends and teachers. Spent a LOT of time on a bumpy bus.  Did I really used to ride one of those every day?  Without taking Dramamine?!

I got to be a "motor mom" at Lego's school this morning...aka gym teacher...and it was great.  I could so relate to the wild look in his teacher's eyes on a Friday morning as she suggested we take them OUTSIDE because they had a bit of energy to burn.  Been there sister.  Glad I could give her a few moments peace to make photocopies while we played with the class.

We are trying to take advantage of the dwindling nice weather by getting outside.  We went for a hike at a nearby lake, and started to do a little tree-climbing in our front yard.  We have just started to explore the forest that backs up to our property, and it looks to be a fun play-place.  Flower built a little fairy house back there yesterday, but we are hoping to get in there this weekend to scout it out and clean it up a bit before we give the kids free reign.

Flower has been begging for a haircut for weeks.  It took so long for her to GET that much hair that I hate to cut it, but she sure enjoyed the experience.  I thought he had fallen asleep while she was getting her hair shampooed, but she told me, "no, I am awake, I am just soooo relaxed!"

Another thing worth mentioning is that our Little Bee has decided she wants to join the ranks of the potty trained.  To be honest, potty training is not my favorite activity, but I will say that so far she is really taking the lead on it and I am pretty much just there to assist.  And on the bright side, I have actually cracked open a book for ME while sitting on the floor with her for extended periods of time...and it doesn't even rhyme.

The last mentionable is that I was back in touch with the mother of one of our previous Safe Families kids today.  We really like this mother- she is so in love with her kids and trying her very best to be a great mom, even though she has every reason in the world not to.  She was having a rough day, and I am so glad that she called me and we were able to chat.  Though I can't imagine the stress she is under, we have all had those days with our kids where we just need some backup or a friend to chat with for a while to lighten the mood.  As we often say around here, parenting is a team sport.  It is such a privilege to get to talk to her and see life through her eyes- I am learning so much.

So that's the "happenings" (Hubby informs me that "happenings" along with "learnings" and "asks" are the favorite corporate-speak words of the moment...I try to keep it hip around here, you know!)

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