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Three in Elementary School

This year we now have three in Elementary School – two in Kindergarten and one in 2nd grade. Boy how time flies. They are not babies anymore. They all have distinct personalities and it’s amazing how identical twins can be so different.

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Top L – The Joker, Bottom L – Mr. Sensitive, R – The Big One

Maximus is independent and serious, always inside his own head.  He loves mommy and loves taking things apart.  Don’t leave a screwdriver around or you’ll see a table in pieces when you get home.  He is the most sensitive and his heart can break easily.  One wrong move can bring on the tears and you will hear either:  “This is the worst day ever” or “I’m going to find a new house” as he rushes away in tears.  He never misses a “hug and a kiss and a tickle” when I’m leaving him and is always available for an extra kiss.

Marcus is the joker.  He thinks everything is a joke and thinks everyone wants to play as much as he does.  He is a risk taker and is afraid of NOTHING. He will jump off the 6th step or climb the bookcase just to say he did.  He loves water and loves when older girls (8-10 years old) pay attention to him and take care of him like big sisters.  He’d be an only child if he could just so he could get all of the attention and he is the most jealous of the three.  He’s tackling Kindergarten like a pro, yet shed many tears on back to school night until he was re-assigned to the same class as  his brother.  Marcus is a natural athlete and will excel at whatever sport is presented to him.

Alexander is the oldest and doesn’t let you forget it.  He is the most easygoing and yet the most stubborn.  He is so good at math, and can read like a pro.  He can translate anything from Spanish to English and loves to show off to his brothers.  He is the perpetual big sibling always trying to “teach” his brothers how to do things yet coming across bossy.  Alexander loves to draw cartoons and is always drawing his favorite characters, looking for pictures/images on Google and drawing them himself.  He has won the Responsibility award, the Respect award and the Creativity award at his school.

I’m a proud mama and sad they’re growing up so fast, but so excited to see what’s ahead.  This is a great journey and I’m so glad I’m on it with these three.  There’s never a dull moment in my house!

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Kindergarten

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My oldest is going to Kindergarten next year.  He and I visited his new school last month, before school was out.  On the way there, I asked him, “Alexander, what do you think Kindergarten will be like?”  He said, “I really don’t know Mommy.”

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Kinder-garden.

The “trying threes” and what I’m learning this Easter

“It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people.” ~Hebrews 10: 14, The Message

Doesn’t that just sum it all up?  I’m one who wants to be perfect – I hate being a work in progress…I want to learn it, and move on.  But, until I’m with Jesus face to face, the deepest desire of my heart will not be fulfilled, as I will never be perfect on this earth.  I am forgiven and perfect in God’s sight because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, but I still struggle with sin.  I get discouraged so often because each day God teaches me something else where I feel like I’m failing – I know, in my head, that I just need to improve, but in my heart, I struggle with the question, “Why don’t I just do it right?”

Thank goodness for grace.  My salvation is not based upon what I do, my works, but on what Christ did for me on the cross.  If I love him, I’ll obey him.  I do love him, but why don’t I obey him all the time?

I see a bit of myself in one of my three year old twins, Marcus.  He’s a rule follower and hardly ever strays from the straight and narrow.  We both go into situations enthusiastically – especially if we know the rules, because we are good rule followers.  I always say, “If you give me the rules or tell me how to do it, I’ll do it right.”  That’s why this Christianity thing is so hard for me at times – I don’t always get it right and there are times or seasons where I feel like I’m always getting it wrong.  Take, for example, I have two three year olds in my house right now.  That’s enough to make any mom “get it wrong” A LOT.  If you haven’t been around young kids, now I have three, I believe it’s not the “terrible twos” so much as the “trying threes” (trying for the mom, that is).  My oldest’s first eight months of being three were like someone had taken my sweet boy and replaced him with a baby monster.  But at that eight month mark, a miracle happened, and my boy returned.  I’m not facing quite the same with the twins, but the tantrums, the lack of being able to understand reason (times two)…it’s wearing on me, and I seem to get it wrong at least once a day.  My temper rises, my voice yells – it’s almost like an out of body experience at times, where I am watching myself yell…But that’s why there’s grace.  Jesus died on the cross, knowing I’d have twin boys and knowing they’d both be three at the same time.   He didn’t do it so much to play a joke on me (although we laughed for five weeks straight when we knew we were having twins), but more to teach me lessons throughout their lives, and I think I’ll learn a lot of lessons this year of being three.

First day of school

All of the boys started preschool yesterday.  All three only go two days a week, but it’s a good start.

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Alexander was the “big boy on campus” yesterday – one of the older ones in his class (going to Kindergarten in 1 year).  Since yesterday, he won’t stop talking.  He’s wired and excited and I’m so happy!

The twins enjoyed their first day.  Mommy was more nervous than they were….but they wore themselves out big time.  We showed up to pick them up at 12:30, after lunch.  They were playing and the doors were locked at the top (I thought – most likely for my boys who always try to escape to freedom).  We were welcomed by their teacher, and stood talking with her for several minutes, observing our boys…our babies…who sure didn’t look like babies anymore.  Where did the time go.

Their teacher proceeded to tell us that today was a day of learning for all.  Different from the day before (when the twins didn’t go), they kept the doors locked all day at the top, and constantly reminded the boys where to be.  When the class went outside to play, they double-locked the gate so that the kids (Maximus) would not try to get out.  I only nodded and smiled.  She told me that they worked today to reinforce to Maximus that he could not climb on the tables, that he could not eat 9 grape halves at the same time.  I only nodded and smiled.  I commented, “The story of our life.”for the blog 2

Later that day, I was thinking about the teacher’s comments, feeling a little bad and sorry for their “behavior”.  But in all actuality, they are NOT bad boys, it’s not a discipline problem.  They are happy boys, with a lot of energy, excited about life.  They observe life from the thick of things.  They like to get their hands and bodies involved in their observations.  They aren’t ones to stand on the side and just observe….they want to participate….they want to experience all there is about life.  You can see that in the way they eat, in the way they play, in the way they smile, in the way they hug, even in the way they sleep.

So…this mama will not apologize for her good, happy, energetic boys.  She will nod and smile, drop them off two mornings a week praying for their teachers’ sanity and for her boys’ safety.  She will revel in the fact that they love life, and will never regret that they were fully involved in all that they did.

And I can see them one day, strong men, who persevere to the end with all they do.  Maximus, so focused on getting something done and doing it right, but experimenting with other options all along the way.  Marcus going into every situation with a smile, striving to do it right the first time, but having fun in the process.

Boys, go and embrace life.  Enjoy every minute and don’t let anyone ever tell you different.  for the blog 3

Forever and the earth

“Mommy?

You’re my best friend.

You’re STILL my best friend.

Forever and the earth.”

~Alexander, age 4 1/2, August 10, 2013

Eagles and balloons

Sunday morning, Alexander woke up in our bed and said:

“While I was sleeping, I was on the playground at school

And eagles came

And we had balloons on our head

And we fly”

He said this all with a smile – what a nice dream.

 

Clothes

Alexander’s new thing is saying what people and animals do and don’t do.

“Dogs don’t take a shower.  Dogs and babies take a bath.”

“Dogs don’t walk, they crawl.  Babies crawl too.”

Etc.

Saturday, he did not want to get dressed.  He started running in the house naked.

I asked him why he didn’t want to get dressed and he said,

“Dinosaurs don’t wear clothes.”

Well OK Mr. Dinosaur

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