Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Break Surprise

I have to preface this post by saying that I really think my kids have the best grandparents in the world. I know the world is filled with wonderful grandparents, but I happened to be pretty partial to the ones that love my kids so very much! They are always willing to do anything they can for my kids, they love being with them, & would honestly do anything for them. All 4 of them have spent countless hours playing with & spoiling each of them (as the parent I have at times taken issue with the spoiling aspect & tried my best to keep it at a minimum, but to be honest I am fighting a losing battle). That being said, onto the spring break surprise.

A couple of weeks ago Chris' parents kept the kids so that we could go out of town overnight. It happened to be a really pretty day, so they were all playing outside. One of my kids' favorite things to do outside is to ride their bikes, however, while they were outside my father-in-law noticed a few things going on with the bike situation. I won't go into all the details, but all 3 kids really needed new bikes. They were outgrowing the ones they had & one bike had been run over & the tire was warped. At the time no one said anything to me about it, but fast forward to yesterday morning & Chris' dad showed up wanting to get 3 new bikes for the kids! I was definitely surprised to say the least & the kids were sooo excited. This was such a sweet thing for him to do. The kids got to pick out what they wanted (with some stipulations from me), and bring them home to start having fun with them. They rode their bikes all yesterday afternoon & would have continued riding them all evening, but I had to drag them off the bikes to get to T-ball practice :0)

Thanks Daj!! We love our new bikes!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The First Sign of Spring

For me, this is one of the first signs of spring. To you it may just look like a bunch of weeds, but not to me. Some variation of this will be sitting on the corner of my kitchen sink until the end of summer, and a variation of this sat on the corner of my kitchen sink all last spring & summer and the ones before that and the ones before get the point. My sweet boys surprise me all spring and summer long by bringing me flowers, and I received my first bouquet of the season today! They are always so proud & excited to give them to me because they know I love flowers. They also have a song that is sometimes sung while presenting the flowers. It goes a little something like this, "Flowers for mommy, flowers for mommy, flowers for mommy"...once again, you get the point. The flowers aren't always the same, as I said earlier there will be different variations. Sometimes I get the purple flowers that grow out of monkey grass, sometimes they are the small white flowers (I'm not sure what they are, but they are another kind of weed), and sometimes I get the purple weed flowers that are growing like crazy right now (at least around here), and last year they started getting brave and picking roses off a rose bush I have in the backyard. Even though I have asked them not to pick the flowers off that bush, it’s hard to get upset when their response is that they just wanted me to have something beautiful :) I'm not sure how many more springs & summers I have of my sweet boys seeing flowers & wanting me to have them, but I'm so excited to see that I'll still be getting them this year!

Friday, March 13, 2009


Spring Break is finally here!! I am so excited about Spring Break this year. Just the name is exciting for me--Spring Break--its screaming winter is on its way out & spring is here. I can remember way back when before I had kids in school & spring break meant nothing to me, but ever since I've had a child in school I always look forward to spring break (and fall break, christmas break, and summer...basically anytime they don't have to go to school!). I think for whatever reason I'm even more excited this year. Even though I don't have an exciting trip planned, I just love not having to get up, get everyone ready, & get out the door. We can stay in our pjs all day if we want to, play, and just be together. I'm not exactly sure what we have planned or what we will end up doing, but regardless of what we do I'm just excited to have some family time.

I hope everyone has a great spring break...even if spring break doesn't really mean anything to you :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Is it just me?

Okay, I have to know. Is it just me or does anyone else sometimes think this whole blogging thing is kinda creepy? It's not the blogging about life & sharing it with friends & family that I find creepy. It's the part about anyone from anywhere (that has access to the internet) can find my blog & see pictures of us & read tidbits about our life. People could know things that I forget to tell my own husband. After I posted the story about the "drinking games" incident I forgot to tell Chris & he didn't know about it until he read it on my blog. I realize that isn't the most important information, and there's probably a million of these stories that I forget to tell people that are close to us. My point is that someone I don't even know could have known that my boys were playing "drinking games" at breakfast that morning & their own father didn't even know. Isn't that creepy? In some ways blogs are really good, and a great way to connect with people, but in other ways they make me a little crazy. I know that blogs can be made private, and before I created my blog I went back & forth on this (actually I'm still going back & forth on this issue). However, (and this is where I'm going to sound like a seventh grader) I just kept thinking about how many people I know who have blogs that are not private & these are reasonable people whose judgment I trust. So my thinking was that if "they" don't see the need for their blogs to be private why should I (basically the everyone else is doing it justification, & yes I'm familiar with the jumping off the bridge analogy). I also sorta felt like no one was really even going to be looking at my blog anyway because who really cares about boring old us. I'm really curious to know how people feel about this. Is it just me? Because it probably could be. I'll admit I'm a slight control freak, and part of the problem is that I can't control (and don't know) who's looking at my blog. I'm also a bit on the overprotective side when it comes to parenting, and it feels weird just putting my kids out into the world wide web for anyone to see. I'm probably over thinking it, and its all fine. But just so I it just me?