Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sending the boys off to camp!

Well, yesterday morning we sent the boys to Camp-Wag-A-Tail at Grammie and Pop's house. The boys were so excited when they came into town on Thursday that Drake wanted to leave right then and there! But the bus rolled out at 11am Saturday morning and the boys were more than excited!

Pop painted the windows with shoe polish which added to the fun and made it extra special. Grammie and Pop have planned tons of fun activities for the boys and I know they are going to have the best time. This was Drake's face when I asked him to smile for me next to his name on the "bus" and hand prints.

Hunter was so excited about the shaving cream that Pop bought him for their shaving cream fight they are going to have. (Pop also bought them whistles to have at the lake and to wear around their necks which they had a blast with at the park on Friday...they are going to be in heaven!)

The boys giving us a thumbs up before rolling out

I had a lump in my throat as they pulled out of the driveway, but I know Grammie and Pop have planned so many fun things for the boys that they will have the best time!

As for Kyle and I, we are tremendously enjoying our "stay-ca-tion" but have already talked about how excited we are going to be to see the boys on Friday. But until then, I have so many projects I want to do that I know the time will fly!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Just to tempt you...

This is a preview of the next post I will do...from our mountain trip with my parents and my brother and his family. We got back last weekend but this week has just been a crazy one so this is a teaser:

YES...that is EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!!! A spider that caught a fish (the fish was as long as my pinky to give you a little perspective on size)!!! Inches away from where my children were playing and wading in a creek...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Today was a good day

Well, I have to document this day. We were on our weekly Target run, we had finished shopping, had been there nearly an hour and the boys did pretty well so I was getting them icees and the woman standing behind me said,
"Your children are so well behaved."

WHAT? WAS SHE TALKING TO ME!?!?!? Dirt Diver (formerly known as Drake) and Red Lightning (formerly known as Hunter...I will get to that later) had done it!! I didn't know whether to grab the woman's face and smack a big kiss on her, or look at her and say, "your kidding right crazy?"
But I was able to pick up my jaw off the floor and squeak out "that is so gracious of you to say just made me day." I think I was glowing when we walked out of Target. I really did feel like I was on top of a mountain.

I realize this is suppose to be a normalcy for us mothers, to expect our children to always be well behaved, especially in public. And I do expect them to mind me, behave and be polite, but I feel like it is not always a reality to expect a 2 yr old BOY and a 3 yr old BOY to sit quietly in a cart for an hour just looking around with their hands in their laps. So to say I was elated is beyond words.

You see, if you know me, or have read any of the posts before (which I don't blame you if you have not gotten all the way through any of them because they are always so long since I wait too long between each one to make them normal in length) then you know how silly my wild things are. The past few months in particular have been the most challenging.
I thought a 12 month old and a new baby was hard...RIGHT NOW IS WAAAAAAAAYYYYY HARDER!!!
And lately I have felt much more like the Big Bad Wolf

than a loving mother.

(sorry - that was a pretty weird picture I know)
Since I am alone with them 75% of the time, clearly the majority of the disciplining has to come from me, and recently, there has been A LOT of that. The boys have been out of preschool and Mothers Day Out for 3 weeks now and I think we all miss it a little (well maybe not Hunter. He is so happy to be in his pajamas 24 hours of the day)

I remember when little Drake would not let anyone but me hold him, and now he just seems to look at me as this stern teacher he has to look at all day every day. Did mention NEITHER ONE NAP ANYMORE ever since we gave up the pacie. WHATEVER YOU DO, LET YOUR CHILDREN HAVE THEIR PACIES UNTIL THEY ARE 30!!!!!!!!! IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!! So to say the days are long and exhausting really doesn't cover it, but they are wonderful as well...I don't think I will have too many more summers of being to be at home with my boys all day after this one.

Anyways, on Sunday I mentally had an inner pump up session. I realized I needed to make sure I spent more time praising them than telling them "No" or "Stop" or "don't do that" or "that was not nice" or "if you do that again you will be disciplined." Which is hard when all they want to do is be naked, crash things, wrestle, hurt each other and sling mud around. But I just had to make sure that was a priority. It always has been a priority for me but sometimes I get lost in the need to want to make sure my children are behaving and lose sight of how to really do it. I have noticed a big change in Hunter this week. He gives me hugs and kisses me all time. He tells me he loves me all the time. He seems to want to please a lot more now. It was weird, like a switch went off. Dont get me wrong, I am not painting a picture of perfection, but we all seem to be feeling a little better. And we somehow passed for being "well behaved" after an hour in Target.