Be Laughing Your Head Off

I just had to share this one… I saw it yesterday through Life and Photos by Andy’s blog. 

Sexy Neck and I watched it this morning and we both had tears in our eyes.  

It reiterated our thoughts on having three children, our love of homebirthing (we had two of our boys at home) as well as what bedtime looks and sounds like in our house.  

May this little ditty inspire, encourage and make you laugh til you cry. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEbZrY0G9PI&feature=player_embedded

Be A Brother Hugger (My 150th Post)

Today is the last day of Kindergarten for our first born.  What a year it has been!

Negotiating the great educational experiment of full-day every day Kindergarten. (We did half days til Christmas).  Getting to know the school culture as a parent, not just as a teacher.  Plus, having the younger brothers without their eldest brother five days per week.  Whew! 

From the very first day of school, we have been very intentional about the importance of JC saying goodbye to his younger brothers with a hug and a kiss.  I believe it helps everyone’s transition into the day.  Plus who doesn’t want to start their day off with a hug and a kiss?

Here is our last day of Kindergarten:

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HUG and a…. 

KISS! 

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Now off to line-up for school.

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Today I will leave you with one more photo: the two big boys after they went to watch their best friends’ ballet performances.  We stopped for a break to look at one of the most beautiful lakes in North America.

Be Living In Awe

I like love to control things.  I love to have everything in its place and know my schedule for the next day, even the week ahead.  But I am learning that this need to control doesn’t allow for the awesomeness of God to shine through.  I want to be living in awe.

This week, I made a small commitment to myself to notice when my spirit says “awe”.

Here are a few I want to share with you.

  • Our middle guy talking to daddy on the phone and asking, “how are you feeling Dada?”
  • Biting into a bright, red, locally grown strawberry.   Plus having them all ready and frozen to enjoy during the winter months.
  • Getting an email from a boot camp buddy saying they are thinking of me and praying for me. (Thanks Annette!)
  • See our sick little OC lying in Papa’s arms with a snotty nose.  (I guess only a mom would say “awe” over that one.)
  • My oldest last day of Kindergarten
  • A parking spot in front of the coffee shop
  • Thumb sucking
  • Baby OC getting his own water and spilling it everywhere
  • Reading great blogs from all over the world –Little Duckies, Photos by Andy, 3Monsters, FoodieGardeningClub
  • A rainbow and the boys being able to “see” the treasure
  • Colourful flowers in my mom’s hard
  • A huge worm to go along with the beautiful garden
  • My husband coming home to hugs

“Faith starts with awe…with a mixture of wonder and fear all human beings

feel toward the mystery that envelops us.”

 Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith

Be Rejected

To Reject: (OUCH)

1. to refuse to accept, consider, submit to, take for some purpose, or use

2. to refuse to hear, receive, or admit

Ok boys, here is some motherly advice.  I know in the 21st Century we have all sorts of quick and easy ways to communicate.  Awesome!

But if you are going to reject someone make an effort to do it the old fashioned way:

  • Write a letter and deliver it by hand.  Then run away really fast! (I know my shy guy could even attempt this one.)
  • Pick up the phone and talk to the person, no leaving a message sorry.
  • Better yet, pick up the phone and arrange to meet the person face-to-face.

Never send an email to reject someone, as you will see emails/text/twitter is always read with a more negative slant.  This mode of communication will harm relationships, especially those emails that are “reply all” rejection emails.  OUCH!

How you handle rejection and how you reject others (yes, it is okay to say no) will tell you alot about who you are and who other people are in your life.

Let me sit you down here in our virtual living room boys and tell you a little story.:

I dated a guy in high school.  (Yes, I know shocking! ) We dated and broke up.  (Yup, he isn’t your father.)  Nine years later… yup almost a decade.  I was teaching in a school in the boonies one hour from any type of major town.  I met a woman that was this guy in high school’s aunt.  (Yup, the world in small!)  We had broken up by communicating and we both handled the “rejection” well.  Thus, nine years later this guy’s aunt says: “I hear you are the sweetest girl!”   Yes, rejection hurts, but it is really how you handle it that counts.

Reject away with love, kindness and clear communication.

http://www.wikihow.com/Handle-Rejection 

Be Celebrating Father’s Day

“The carpenter’s hammer goes rap, rap, rap and the saw goes see saw see.”

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Do you know this Kindermusik song?

This song epitomized our Father’s Day.  It was absolutely wonderful for the boys and Sexy Neck to work together on a few projects.  Our oldest, JC, wanted to make a bike rack for the new house.  The boys got dada a fire pit for the backyard so that we could roast marshmallows.

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We also cooked muffin tin eggs for dada, I think this is something my boys could attempt on their own next year for father’s day – bread, ham, uncooked scrambled egg and shredded cheese in a muffin tin.  Pop it into a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes and viola, lunch for dada.

We also went down to “Purple Park” for a play hang on the new playground and some time at the beach.

As I watched all the children and their father’s coming to the beach, I wondered:

Is Father’s Day really another Mother’s Day?