Thursday, February 26, 2009

He wrote a note

One of Sam and Gabe's favorite things to do is play with their Legos. They will spend hours building space ships and boats. Then they line them up in their room like this...

Now, keep in mind, these are only a few of them. They are everywhere upstairs. While I was up there last night cleaning, I noticed a broken space ship under the couch. I picked up all the pieces and threw it in the Lego box and went on my merry way. This morning, Sam found the broken space ship and came down to my room demanding to know why I had broken it. He was so upset that his precious space ship was broken and just couldn't understand why I had put it away (where it belonged, but that's beside the point). I explained to him that it was already broken and that I found it under the couch. That didn't make him feel any better and he left the room sulking. I assumed that he had gone back upstairs to fix it. When I came out into the Living Room, I was surprised to see him at the kitchen table, drawing. I noticed that he was still sulking and asked him what he was doing. He did not reply to my question, instead, he got up out of his chair and handed me the piece of paper he had been drawing on. This is what was on it...
For those of you who do not read at the Kindergarten level, it says - "I do not like to break my Legos". I about died when I read it and then looked at his sweet face and realized that he really was upset about his broken ship. I hugged him and promised that I would never put away a broken ship again without showing it to him first and then thanked him profusely for writing me a note to let me know how he really felt. It was so sweet, I've been thinking about it all day. I'm so glad he found a constructive way to voice his feelings. I am also grateful that he was so diplomatic in the wording of the note (so like his Daddy), you'll notice he did not say "I do not like it when YOU break my Legos".
That's probably what my note would have said.

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Picture Update

This is Gabe and his friend Mitch playing outside on one of the very few nice days we've had this month. He is actually wearing a short sleeved shirt! Yes, the short sleeved shirt also happens to be part of his pj/playing outside ensemble. My little Gabe will be 4 in about a week. He has been talking non stop about his birthday party. I might have gone a little overboard on the amount of kids I invited. I want so much for him to feel special and celebrated on his special day. Luckily, the place we are having it has a lot of room and does not charge per kid! I'll be making a lot of cupcakes..."with white icing, sprinkles and plastic Batman rings".
Here is a picture of my little runaway. This is the view I see most of Luke whenever we are not in an enclosed space. He takes off and doesn't look back, thank you very much. No fear, this one. I think I will be planning play dates in locations with fences and walls involved, otherwise, I'll constantly be chasing after this cutie. The pool should be interesting this summer...

Nicole and I took all the boys to the Discovery Center. It was so much fun, but not many walls and fences! Here is one face shot I got of Luke, when he wasn't taking off to places unknown.
Here are Sam and Gabe at The Discovery Center. They really do love each other. Although, my little 6 year old is starting to think he knows a whole lot more than he really does! He's getting a tad bit bossy, but Gabe doesn't seem to mind, yet. I was looking through pictures from the past month, trying to decide what to blog with and I realized there are precious few of Sam. Seems like he is always at school when I pull the camera out. His favorite thing these days is playing in the woods behind our house with his friends. They have quite a spread of forts out there, it's a little boys paradise. He comes home with dirt in his hair and in his pockets, begging to stay out just a little bit longer. The freezing cold doesn't even seem to bother him.
I just finished reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It was so good! I can't believe I've never read it before. Neal has been traveling a lot, so I've been in survival mode, which means lots of "snacky dinners", play dates and early bedtime. I keep telling myself when the weather gets nicer I'll come out of hibernation and get the motivation to clean my house, organize the garage, do some painting projects, blog more, go on walks...but right now, I'm content to cuddle up on the couch with my warm blanket and a good book!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Funniest Show Ever...

This show is genius. Hysterical. Laugh out loud funny. I love it!
Did you all watch tonight's episode? What was your favorite part?
"I've got to make sure You Tube comes over to tape this" - Michael Scott