Friday, February 26, 2010

Going Private

I will be going private within the next week. If you would like to be added to my list, please give me your email address so I can add you.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gordon

Oh how I love this boy! Gordon is such a sweet boy. This morning when we were eating breakfast I told them that there was no fighting on Valentine's Day, only loving and kissing. Gordon immediately got off his chair and started kissing my arm. He is my little snuggle bug. Not a day goes by when he doesn't curl up on my lap and snuggle with me.

If anyone comes to our house, Gordon will undoubtedly give them a hug. He likes to play house and is always the baby because "the baby gets to be held and rocked and loved". (I think it might also have something to do with the fact that babies don't really do anything.)

Gordon has recently started reading and is so enthralled in letters. He likes to sound out words and his favorite word to spell is "pop". We were talking about the nice things we could do for the others in our family and Gordon whispered to me, "Can I give them pop?" I told him it would be fine and now we are all finding little papers with "pop" written on them from Gordon. I love finding those papers!

We recently registered Gordon for Kindergarten. I know he is excited to go and I am sure he will be just fine. I also notice how different he is from the other boys his age. While they all want to play Star Wars or Batman, Gordon is happy to talk about Winnie the Pooh or play house and be the baby.

Hopefully the law isn't so strict that my "Touch Love Language" little boy can get a few hugs from his teacher. If not, I will be handing them out before and after school.

Hogle Zoo

During the winter, the last Wednesday of the month is free day at the zoo. We decided to go with out little play group. It was really a perfect day for us to go. Because it was colder outside, there weren't many people there. The wind wasn't blowing so the cold was easy to deal with. We got to see some baby animals which are always cuter than the adults.

I had just taught the kids about "Daniel and the Lion's Den" at church. Gordon and Ellis were very nervous that if they saw a lion it would try to eat them. They were curious as to what a lion's den would look like and were eager to see the lion. Hogle Zoo doesn't have any lions. They have a mountain lion, which we didn't see, and they have some tigers. There are two baby tigers at the zoo. I told them that the animals would be in cages, so if there were lions, they wouldn't try to eat us.

Ellis said, "Besides, we could just pray for an Angel to close their mouths." I was surprised he had really listened at all during primary.

Two Front Teeth

I think little (big) girls are super cute missing their two front teeth. Mia's front teeth were loose for a long time. Finally I asked Mia if she was ever going to pull them out. I told her that when I was younger and I had loose teeth, I couldn't leave them alone. I would always be wiggling them until finally they came out. I guess I should be happy that she hasn't been putting her fingers in her mouth... As a result Mia started wiggling her teeth and before she knew it, it came right out.

Since I love little (big) kids without their two front teeth, I encouraged her to pull her other tooth. She pulled it just in the nick of time - the top tooth is starting to come in. I really wanted to get this picture.


A little note about this picture: I put curlers in Mia's hair on Saturday night. When I woke up on Sunday she had taken all of the curlers our, put the headband in and put on Sunday clothes. She is becoming so responsible.

Scouts

Jared seems to have a love/hate relationship with Cub Scouts. Some days when he gets home, it is all he can do to hold back the tears. Others he it excited about the fun time he has had.

Last week when he came home crying and told me that he "didn't like it and wished he could stay home", I told him that I would be fine with him not going. I also said that scouts was supposed to be a fun experience and if he didn't want to go, he didn't have to. After thinking it over, he decided he would like to keep going.

The thing is they do fun things like decorate valentine cakes and make First Aid kits. He really likes that activities they do.

The problem Jared has is they always play basketball. Jared isn't very good at basketball and when asked about it he will tell you he doesn't like basketball because he is too short. Because Jared isn't very good at basketball, the other boys don't pass him the ball and he inevitable feels left out.

I bought a basketball the other day for him to take to scouts. He practiced shooting hoops and came home in a much better mood. He told me that he still doesn't like playing basketball but at least he doesn't have to ask the other boys if he can use their ball.

I told him that he could just call me when the other boys start playing basketball and I would be happy to come and pick him up. Jared said this might embarrass him.

I also told Jared that, for the rest of his life, whenever he goes to scouts they will be playing basketball. It just seems to be part of scouts.