Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Luckily we got Abbie and Emily's haircuts in before they got sick. Holly threw up on me during the haircuts so I had to leave for a bit to get washed up. They ended up shorter than planned but still very cute.
And I had to put this picture in. Emily is the only one not sick around here. She's got way more energy and happiness than anyone else today. Good thing she's such a good TV watcher.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
And does it get any better than homemade cookies on a Sunday afternoon? Look at those happy faces. Today's treat was caramel popcorn as we sat around the table reading. We spent the afternoon visiting Grandpa at work and then came home and played with cars. I love the family time we get and the wisdom in keeping Sunday as a special day. We don't seem to find that time as easily during the week.
Maybe it's because we are busy with sports. Connor just finished up his first fun season of basketball. He was often laughing as he ran up and down the court and whenever anyone made a basket he cheered as if he had made the basket himself. Now he is playing baseball with Dad as the coach and Abbie has started up spring soccer. The kids love the time with friends and I love that they are exercising.
We are also busy celebrating fun holidays. The kids were very pleased with the treasure under the rainbow.
We also had fun attending music group performances put on by Stephanie.
Emily did awesome on her solo. Very cute.
And I found time to get a haircut. I got bangs for the first time since middle school when the goal was to make your bangs as big as possible. I'm still getting used to fixing them (down-not up like I used to) every morning but overall am happy to have a change.
Thanks to Emily for being my photographer.
This week the kids are on spring break. Normally I would use the break to adventure to different places. Not this time. I'm not sure why. I'm happy to sleep in (wishful thinking) and stay in pajamas till noon. Maybe I'm hoping the kids will find themselves transported to a different planet as they have a little extra time just to use their imagination.
Friday, March 13, 2009
When I got home and saw that in the hour that I was gone I had 5 messages I figured something was up. One message was from the school letting me know Abbie had thrown up in the classroom and was waiting in the office to be picked up. Poor Abbie. It was destined for two reasons that she would throw up yesterday morning. First of all, Stephanie had borrowed my carpet cleaner and just about every time she borrows it, someone throws up. Second, I had cursed Abbie by telling her I hoped she would throw up on the morning of March 12. I know, I'm a horrible mom. And very selfish. I was after her ticket to see the musical "Wicked" for that night and figured if she was sick I would get the ticket. Of course, it was all a joke, and I didn't really want her to get sick, but I probably got her so worked up about NOT getting sick, that she DID get sick. She missed a full day of Flop and Read and the Science Fair.
Having said that, this is officially the last time we will let KC have kittens. She's too grouchy when she's pregnant (not much different from humans)! So if you've been holding off on getting your own Bruno kitten, this is your last chance! The rest of the day was perfect. It was a sunny day. We went to Costco (I love Costco) and restocked on vegetables and fruit-I was having major withdrawals. Rick took Connor, Emily and Holly to the Science Fair while I was taught how to be a better RS president at a training meeting and Abbie got to see "Wicked" with Heather and loved it. Sad to say, but I was just as happy to sit on my couch and watch "The Office" and "30 Rock" instead of using the coveted ticket. I was glad she was able to see such an awesome performance. Even if she did start the day by throwing up.
Monday, March 9, 2009
the kids watched a movie in the waiting room. I was glad for the distraction. I tend to get a little uptight when it comes to picture taking time. That's why it rarely happens. Anyway, I was not a bit interested in the movie so I thought I'd have some fun with the kids. I pretended to cry to see if I could distract them from the movie and was so amazed with the results.
Abbie broke away from the show to repeatedly ask me, in a very stressed way, why I was crying. "What's wrong? What? Why are you crying? What!?"
Connor turned from the tv long enough to look at me and laugh and then went right back to watching the show.
Emily couldn't stand it for a minute and immediately had to come comfort me with a big hug.
My little experiment said so much about each of my kids. Abbie does not like it when people are sad but isn't sure what to do about it. Connor is often too clueless to care. And Emily does whatever she has to to make people happy. Of course, this doesn't apply every time with all of the kids, but it's pretty close.
Holly was too young at the time for the experiment to work. So I tried it on her more recently. I got a whole new reaction. She tries real hard not to smile, and then starts telling whoever is around, "Mommy's crying, Mommy's crying." Sometimes no one is around. She still just calmly states, "Mommy's crying, Mommy's crying." It cracks me up. I suppose she's a mix between Connor and Abbie.
As for myself, comforting others isn't something I was born to do. I see myself most like Abbie when it comes to that. I'm trying to be better at comforting and certainly pray for help. Part of my problem is that I so rarely cry myself. I remember being at girls camp when everyone was bawling there heads off and wondering what was wrong with me! I've come to accept that it's just how I was made. Doesn't mean I don't feel things, my tear ducts just don't overflow as much as others.
Lesson learned: some of us are just born with more compassion than others. Luckily those with less compassion have other qualities that we can't live without. It all comes back to that big puzzle and being the piece we were made to be. That's what makes a perfect picture.