A few days ago Claire and I talked about getting a hair cut. I told her that sometimes when people get really sick, they loose their hair. I said I thought it would be nice if we could cut off some of her hair and donate it to a little girl who lost her hair. (Locks of Love) She seemed a little confused but said, "Yeah, I guess I could do that." Later that evening, she picked up one of her Care Bears and said, "Mommy, can we give this Care Bear to that little girl too?" I wasn't thinking about the conversation we had earlier and asked her what girl she was talking about. She said "You know, the one who lost her hair!" My heart was filled with pride as I listened to my little lady tell her Daddy that we NEEDED to give this bear to that little girl because it would make her feel better. I know I am not a perfect mother. Some days I question if I am even a mediocre one! But the one thing I hope to accomplish is to raise children who are KIND. They may not be the smartest, funniest or most beautiful (although, to me they will be!) but if they are KIND I will consider my work as a mother a true success. That, and if we make it through the teenage years without knocking each other out!
Instead of a party this year for our big 3 year old, we decided to take a special trip. We left little bro behind and headed west. We went to Tulsa to see DIEGO LIVE! If you don't have kids, you wouldn't understand how exciting this was! Steph, Scot and Drew went with us and we had a blast. As you can see, the Dads really got into it too!
Nanny and Papa took Claire to her favorite places for her 3rd birthday last month. They went to Build-A-Bear and then to "Baby Red Birds" to eat dinner. (Red Robin) She picked out the Cat in the Hat and of course he had to be sporting a t-shirt and boxers as well as a lunchbox! So she will dress her stuffed animals but I can't keep clothes on the kid!! As you can see she had a great birthday with her Nanny and Papa!
Here's where I come from. I was born in Liberal, KS and moved A LOT until I started school. My Mom decided that she wanted us to start and finish in one school district. (THANKS MOM!) It was at Jeffries Elementary where I met the girls who I grew up with and who became the women I often depend on. You know who you are! I picked up a few more girls at Cherokee that became friends for life. But I would have to say the best "find" at old CJH was this tall lanky kid...Brian. Oh I knew right away he was the one! So we dated through high school and college and one summer on the Beach in Pensacola, FL he asked me to be his wife. We were married June 22, 2002 and 2 years later, had the first of our 2 children. On July 21, 2004 Claire Adeline was born. It was the most amazing thing I had ever done until September 21, 2006 when Cohen Wayne was born. I think I was put on this earth to give birth. That's the easy part.....then you have to take them home! My kids and my husband are the light of my life. They are two completely different kids so I get to enjoy the best of both worlds! I am so blessed to be able to stay at home with them. It wouldn't be possible without my wonderful husband. He works so hard so that I can stay home. We are still trying to perfect the art of living with 2 kids and one income but there is not a single person I'd rather do that with. He is an amazing Daddy and I love to watch him with our kids.
If you know me, you know my life revolves around God, my family and friends. I am blessed to live close to my family. Claire and Cohen have Nanny, Papa and Grandma Connie so close! It's wonderful (especially when Mommy and Daddy need a break!). Grandpa Ken and Grandma Debi live in New York so we don't get to see them as often as we would like. The kids are surrounded by so many people who love them. If we let everyone take them for a day....we would never see them!
When I do have down time I like to read, do crafty stuff and watch TV with Brian. Anything that is not on channels 290-300 is good for me. (Those are the kids channels and they are on all day!) We love to play outside when the weather is nice.
LIKES: a good book, bath, a good cup of coffee, just the right song, a good cry, a good laugh, saltwater taffy, spring, fall, a good Sunday morning service, a "dry night" for Claire, cream soda, getting fun stuff in the mail (the best stuff comes from New York!), Chiefs football, my parents pool, our waterfall, a clean house, having the laundry caught up, watching Cohen learn to walk!
DISLIKES: Drunk drivers, cancer, wet sheets, a dirty house, bad news, negative people, stubbing my toe, seeing one of the kids fall down, doing the Heimlich on a baby!
I was inspired by my friend Emily to create a blog. I thought this would be the best way to keep our family and friends up to date on what is going on in our household! It's also a way of recording all the wonderful blessings in my life. It is too easy to get into a rut and forget that the "everyday things" are extraordinary blessings! I hope you enjoy this little peek into our crazy little world.