Callie's thoughts

Callie had a homework assignment to write a list of 10 things she wondered about. This is quite a list. I didn't know she had such deep thoughts in that little head. And her ability to transition between funny and serious is just a stark reminder of her age. Here's the translation.
1.Is my mom going to have another baby?
2. Is it going to snow again?
3. Is Grandma B going to die soon?
4. Am I going to play piano like my teacher?
5. Is Carter a 3DS king?
6. Is Jack going to be in the Olympics?
7. Am I going to get braces?
8. Am I going to be a fashionista?
9. How many more days of school?
10. Are we going to see dolphins?

This is the kind of stuff that I eat up!!


Ordinary Tuesday

Have to confess, these are from a couple of weeks ago Tuesday!!


The power of play

Those 4 words stand alone. Before I became a mom I was an educator of young children and families. I have been preaching this to others all of my adult life. My kids have been at a preschool that promotes this exact motto and I have been listening to it for 7 years. I have read countless books on the importance of spending time with your children, even just 10 minutes of undivided attention a day. Sounds so easy doesn't it? But if I'm being truthful, days go by without this one on one and it slips so easily.
I can say I'm not a fan of electronics, and for me personally that's true. But my kids all own DS's and play with our i phones. When nagging starts when I'm making dinner, the TV goes on. And my kids love them all. But recently I noticed that I was really the one in charge of all this. And while it's so much easier to let them all sit peacefully and play their video games so my house can be perfectly clean and all the laundry done and put away, I don't like the feeling of going to bed and thinking I did nothing with them. And there is no benefit in learning to come up with imaginative play among each other. So I've turned everything off during dinner prep and banned them to the playroom. It's a fantastic space after all. And guess what, they have come up with very cool things to do up there. It's not all roses- I do interfere with any fighting or not nice words being exchanged, but for the most part they do great, just playing.
My next mission, to spend 30 minutes a day with the littles playing with a no battery toy. Turn off my cell phone, get down on the floor and just play. They LOVE it. I learn a lot about them and they get so much out of my attention. I really need to stick with this, for their benefit and mine. We do a ton of crafts around here but we need to incorporate play a lot more.
Today we played with magna tiles. I highly recommend this toy for imaginative play. The tiles stick no matter what and there are no directions, just build.

So now to keep it going. So I'm not the mom that doesn't practice what she preaches!


Happy Birthday Callie

Somehow my little girl went from this... to this....

to this. A 7 year old who didn't flinch when getting her ears pierced. This is what she wanted for her birthday and it was granted. (Her Mexico hairdo before I convinced her it was time to go.)

Spunky, sassy, smart, independent, and with all the knowledge in the world. Or so she thinks.

Thrilled with her rollerblades.

Her birthday dessert, cherry cobbler.

Happy 7th Birthday dear Callie. You are a true superstar and we love you.


We're Home

Remember this picture from Christmas day? We left on December 30th and had a wonderful vacation. I am planning on making a slideshow but here is a sneak peak.

The beach. We traveled with some friends and had a wonderful time. Weather in Mexico- sunny and 85 degrees.

Swinging at the snack bar.

Carter realizing the unlimited potential of strawberry smoothies.

A tired crew the first night.

Mexico rocks!

Eating meals on a swing.

The beach

And the begging for hair braids. Which in the end were very cute.

First vacation over Christmas break. First vacation in a hotel. First vacation out of the country in an all inclusive. First vacation with new friends. Overall- best vacation ever and we had an awesome time!!