A fun date night riding bikes. The Problem I have a problem with shopping sales, or maybe it is just shopping in general. ;| Yesterday I went to Target with the intention of getting an organizer for the toys in the basement. I always go in with a purpose, but as soon as I start seeing things I love, I loose sight of the goal very quickly. My cart quickly filled with four throw pillows … [Read more...] about On the Wisdom of Marriage
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This is Jane's six year old birthday photo. Her smile says it all. I was about 30 minutes late picking up Jane from school one day. 30 minutes! I know, I know...that is so late. The teachers had called me, called Cody and I think one of my emergency contacts that I had offered to help earlier that day! I was so embarrassed and shaken by the experience. I had no great excuse. I had got … [Read more...] about Learning Patience from Jane
Yesterday, Maurie was in her carseat and the babysitter was going to help her get out, but before she started she asked, "Maurie, can I help you get out of your car seat?" I was nervous about how Maurie would respond, but she said yes. Even though seconds later she changed her mind and gave the babysitter trouble, her initial response was yes. Maurie's boundaries and rights as a person had been … [Read more...] about Asking vs. Demanding
Yesterday, I was working on making dinner and Brooklyn kept crying, whining and asking to be held. I was really frustrated that she wouldn't let me work on dinner. One of the times I picked her up, she cried out in pain when I put my arm under her bum and then I realized the awful truth. She had a poopy diaper and she had likely had it for awhile. I had not smelled it, and I had not thought to … [Read more...] about Don’t Judge
Don't Waste Time Maurie had her first haircut. Her long black hair was down to the bottom of her rear. I loved to see her hair fall down her back, but it was really hard to keep untangled and was getting really damaged at the ends. I gave in and went to a cute children's hair salon. I knew I would need an expert to get her to sit still long enough to get a decent cut...picture sitting in a cool … [Read more...] about A Cut…to the Heart
This is what the good life looks like for Jane. Cody, Jane and Maurie did some backyard camping last night. I took myself out to dinner this last week. Being alone doesn't bother me, but Jane is teaching me that it is the friend sitting across from you that can make life better. Jane, in the last few days, has been teaching me about what happiness looks like. She … [Read more...] about Learning from a Social Butterfly and a Giveaway!