April 14, 2014

Ways to Listen to Your Mother and Consider Her Feelings

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'Tis the season for Listen To Your Mother and I'm so excited for all 32 cities to take the stage. I hope you'll be able to catch a show (or two?) 

A couple years ago Jeff interviewed the kids on the sly about ways they should listen to their mother and it was such a treat to come across it again... I had to share. Below is the list they came up with all on their own. 

Ways to Listen to Your Mother and Consider Her Feelings

Don't annoy her
Don't bother her while she's cooking
Don't wake her up unless it's an emergency
If she is resting, stay quiet
Don't insult her cooking
Don't fight over her iPhone
Listen to her the first time
Don't beg her to do something
Pay attention if she's talking
If she tries to wipe your nose, let her
Don't interrupt her while she's shooting videos
Nobody scream, nobody talk, and nobody snore
Get dressed on time
Don't argue about your homework
Try and keep my room clean no matter how many times stuffed animals spill out of Gray's bed
Never put your finger in a cupcake
Don't mess up her pillows
Make her happy
Give her art presents from school
When you are at a restaurant, do not goof around
If she tells you she wants to take a picture with you, don't grunt or groan
Go to bed
Give her kisses
Don't ask her for doughnuts, because she'll get doughnuts if she wants to
When she's going to the bathroom, never knock on the door
Don't be rowdy
Don't spend too much time on TV or iPods, especially at night 

It's fun to look back over this and see how almost every single thing up there still applies, even with the passing of time. Especially the one about my pillows. My kids will gladly tell you about my obsession with our expensive throw pillows and their proper care. 

Also, I'm totally okay with putting your finger in a cupcake it if is YOUR OWN cupcake. All other cupcakes and decorated baked goods, put your fingers away.





April 8, 2014

The Best Days Of Our Lives



Ivy wanted to sit in my lap as we watched Carter's last performance in the youth theater production this Sunday. I hoisted her up and wrapped my arms around her. She told me to stop breathing in her ear.

Tuesday is our "day off." It's actually a work day for me but  for the kids, they don't have play practice, youth center, dance, or baseball. Basically, I pick them up from school and bring them home and we stay home and it's glorious. Yesterday was Monday. It was very much not a day off. I took Ivy to dance and then went to the wrong school to pick up the wrong kids.

Crater Lake 2014
Crater Lake

My parents were here for a visit during spring break and we had a blast. Here's a couple photos I had to include because they make me happy.


This is the path we take down to the ocean.

Ivy has taken to saying "This is the best day of my life!" pretty much every day and once I almost said you say that every day but stopped myself because she's a genius.

February 21, 2014

His hair smelled like the back yard.

His hair smelled like the back yard. And he curled up so still in my arms, the recliner squeaking with every rock but I kept on, thinking any moment he'd jump up and be off. Legs hanging over the sides but he stayed. Flashess of feelings of when he was new, when he was two, and then they would slip from my reach. Holograms. Flickers of a distant memory and his lashes hit my cheek, I caught him looking up at me and back down again.
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