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When did my child get old enough to have a school picture??  Yet somehow he is.

This school picture was taken a week after he fell and hurt his chin (see this post for a picture of the damage!).  If you saw the before pictures, you can tell he’s done a lot of healing in a week!  You can barely tell…he just looks a bit dirty.  Yikes.  I hope his classmates’ parents don’t see him in the yearbook and think of him as the dirty kid.  There’s always one in the class.  I was a teacher.  I know these things.

Since the last blog post centered on Molly, I’ll make this one an update on Owen.  Let me start by saying that I love my son.  Very very much.  I’m so thankful to be his mom.  But…

The past couple of months have been rough.  Definitely the most challenging parenting we’ve faced so far.  With the age of 4 came ATTITUDE.  I feel like I am constantly correcting, disciplining, praying for patience, taking deep breaths, and then doing it all again 5 minutes later.  Owen has never been a kid who does well with transitions, and the transition to being in school 3 days a week has been tough.  And saying it’s “tough” is definitely an understatement.  He does not want to go to school…ever.  In Owen’s perfect world he would stay home 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and play with his Star Wars guys.  So getting up and leaving the house before 8am three days a week is not his idea of a good day.  In fact, things had gotten so bad that he would refuse to walk down the hall of his classroom, and I’d have to push him down the hall.  He wouldn’t throw a public fit…he’s become too shy to draw that much attention to himself in front of his classmates, but he’d drop lines like “you don’t love me” as we’d walk in.  TORTURE.  It was awful.  I want my kid to love school.  But he doesn’t.

Things are getting better.  He’s made a buddy who likes to do the same things he does.  His friend, Molly, is also into the Lion King so they often play lions on the playground together.  Here’s a picture of him with Molly that my mom took on Grandparents’ Day.  She’s a cutie, isn’t she?  No wonder Owen has already proposed to her.  (Not kidding…he really did.  Her mom emailed me and told me.  How I would have LOVED to be a fly on the wall to hear how that conversation went down.)

So…school is not awesome but getting a bit better.  At home, we’re dealing with lots of sharing issues, eye rolls, temper tantrums, back talk, disrespect…I could go on.  I’m realizing more and more how I need the Lord to guide me as I parent my children.  I do not have all the answers, and I am not a perfect parent.  I’m thankful that I have a heavenly Father who forgives me time and time again, and I pray that I can reflect that kind of love and forgiveness to my children.  I know I can’t do it by myself!

While Owen’s behavior clouds my feelings at the end of the day, I need to remmeber the sweet things he says and does.  For example, when I ask him to tell me about his day at school he responds with, “No Mommy, I want to hear about your day.  What did you do?”.  Sweet Owen is still in there…we see him every once in a while.  Please Lord, let this be a phase that we move through quickly!

 

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2 going on 16

I haven’t updated about the kids in a while and I should.  There’s a lot I could say about both of them, but tonight I’ll stick to Molly.  In a word, she’s delightful.

She has a sense of humor that is beyond her years and the vocabulary of a kindergartner when she drops words like hilarious, delicious, and congratulations in normal conversation.

She has strong opinions about fashion, demanding to wear her jeggings because they are “cute” while her black tutu skirt is “not cute”.  She’d wear her Beauty and the Beast shirt, her jeggings, and her bright red patent leather Mary Janes every day if I’d let her.  She puts together a killer outfit, doesn’t she?

She is insanely independent…something her brother is very much NOT.  She girl wants to do everything from buckling her own seatbelt in the car, to opening the door to public restrooms, to flushing the toilet (don’t even dream of flushing it for her…all hell will break lose and she’ll stand there flushing it repeatedly just to prove her point).

She is the most friendly child.  I’ve had multiple parents of children in our church nursery tell me that Molly was so sweet to their child when they came into the nursery crying.  She’s got that maternal instinct!

She has friends!  It’s ADORABLE to see her with her friends.  Girls and so different than boys.  Her buddy, Caroline, is in the nursery with her and they have giggly little conversations and save each other seats at the table during church dinners.

She is that kid that wants to pet everyone else’s dog.  Whenever she sees someone walking their dog she’ll start yelling, “Can I pet your doggy?” as loud as she can.  We have encountered these dog-petting children as we have walked Max over the years and thought they were funny…and now we’ve got one of our own.

And the girl loves to talk on the phone.  A real conversation or a pretend one…it doesn’t really matter.  She’s already a giggly girl on the phone.  I caught her on video last night, and if you listen carefully you can hear her tell “Twavis” (because she’d rather call her dad by his first name) congratulations.  She also laughs loudly and says, “That’s hilarious!” a couple of times (only she says hi-war-we-us).  I love my girly girl.

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100 years of homecoming

For 100 years Mizzou has been celebrating homecoming.  We’ve been a part of that celebration for the last 12 years.  Our kids have been a part of it for the last 4.  We headed down to Columbia last Friday night and got there in time to take the kids to Greektown to see House Decs (or house decorations if you don’t know the lingo).  The weather was awesome and the kids loved getting to hang out with their buddies, Harrison and Henry.  They had fun watching the different fraternities and sororities do skits.

Molly loved all the music and danced like crazy.

We saw Trav’s cousin, Cori, and her roommate, Amanda, at house decs and they graciously shared their popcorn with the kids.  Molly couldn’t get enough, and Owen just didn’t want to get his picture taken.

While we were wandering around Greektown on Friday, we stopped by the Pi Phi house to see all the remodeling that’s been going on.  The kids loved the house because the girls gave them cookies.  I’m not against it if Molly thinks being a Pi Phi would be pretty fun.  No pressure or anything.

And a decent family pic in front of the house.  Thanks Cori!

After we had our fill of house decs, we headed back to Abbey and Scott’s to watch the Cardinals in the playoffs.  But not before we took a quick detour through campus.  The columns at night are so so pretty.  Owen and Molly were fascinated with them…although Owen kept worrying that they were going to fall down.

Saturday morning was the big homecoming parade.  We loaded the kids in strollers and walked from Abbey’s house to campus.  (Huge perk of her location…you never have to find parking because we can walk everywhere we go!)  The big boys with their matching hats rode in one stroller:

And the little kids rode in the other:

Every year before the parade is a free pancake breakfast for alums.  We got filled up on pancakes, cider and sausage before heading out to find a spot to watch the parade.

Henry and Molly, with her goofy cheesy grin.  Crazy girl.

The parade was so much fun this year.  Last year the only word I’d use to describe the parade would have been STRESSFUL.  Molly was a crazy toddler who had no interest in sitting and watching anything.  We spent the whole time chasing her through crowds of people.  This year was SO much better.  The kids even watched a bit of the parade from the comforts of the strollers.

The kids loved the bands, the floats and the firetrucks…but mostly they loved the candy.  And the beads.

And the yoga float.  Who knew?  We were watching with amusement as a float came by with a woman sitting in a flower meditating and several other women doing yoga.  Then we looked over at Molly who had inched her way out into the street and was doing her very best to copy every move the yoga women were making.  And she was pretty good!  She took herself very seriously…until she realized she had an audience.  Then she hammed it up.  And then her brother realized that we thought she was pretty funny and tried to steal some of her attention for himself.  We captured a glimpse of this moment on video…

The kids loved watching the parade.  I loved the time to hang out and catch up with Abbey.  We didn’t go to the football game…the big reason most people go to Homecoming weekend!  But we left in time to listen to it on the radio.  A football game with Molly didn’t sound like the best use of our money!  We are headed back to Mizzou this weekend to see the Oklahoma State/Mizzou game.  We’re pumped and ready for a good game!

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I couldn’t wait to chaperone Owen’s first ever school field trip!  Being on the parent side rather than the teacher side of the field trip experience was a WHOLE lot more relaxing!  We went to Thies Farm which is a pumpkin patch about 10 minutes away from Owen’s school.  The weather had been awesome…70’s and sun…for a very long time.  It just so happened that on the day of the field trip it was rainy and chilly!  B0o! We were so thankful that the rain held off while we were at the pumpkin patch.

The pumpkin patch was basically a huge playground made of straw!  For an hour the kids got to run around and play with whatever they’d like.  Including this big spinning tire…

And this very cool rope bridge…

All the kids in Owen’s class were at school that day and we got a cute class picture on top of the hay bales.  Mrs. Dudley, the aide in his room, is on the left.  Mrs. Hauser, his teacher, is sitting right next to Owen on the right.

After playtime in the straw was over, the kids each got to take home a little pumpkin.  I got a quick picture of Owen with the 3 other boys in his classroom.

I loved my first field trip chaperoning experience.  Silly, I know, but this is one of the things I looked forward to the most when I knew I was going to stay home with my kids.  It did not disappoint!

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Lots has happened around here lately, and I’ve been a blogging slacker.  Rather than devoting a whole post to each…let’s play a little catch up.  Here are some things we’ve been up to.

1.  We went to Oklahoma to see my cousins.  We hadn’t seen them since my Grandma’s funeral two years ago.  It was great to see everyone again.

2.  I turned 31.  Yikes.

3.  We’ve been watching a lot of Cardinals baseball around here.  (And even more so now that we’re in the playoffs!)  We even took Molly to her first Cards game.  We lasted through 5 innings…with lots of help from popcorn and peanuts.

4.  We’ve been having fun with our playgroup friends.  First at Rombach’s pumpkin patch:

Then at the Science Center:

And at Chick-Fil-A:

I think that pretty much brings the old blog up to date!

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a blog post long past due

So Molly went to her first movie in JUNE (Father’s Day weekend, to be exact).  Am I a slacker or what??  I would just forget about this post and move on with life but in our family a first movie theater experience is a milestone.  For Molly’s first movie we took her to…

KUNG FU PANDA 2!!

So very girly, right?  Regardless of the appeal this movie holds for most 2-year-old girls, Molly loved it.  She sat through the entire movie on my lap (I loved the opportunity to cuddle with my girl who normally doesn’t have time for cuddles).  About an hour in she asked for popcorn.  When the popcorn arrived, she happily ate it until the movie was over.  We’d brought reinforcements if necessary (the precious paci was in my bag ready to go if the girl couldn’t keep her mouth shut), but we never had to use them.  Molly enjoyed her first movie-going experience just like any child born into our family should.

Since then she’s had two other theater experiences.  One was a free showing of Megamind that I took the kids to on a hot summer morning, and the other was Cars 2.  We have yet to see anything geared toward a female audience.  She hasn’t seemed to mind.

There.  I can check another item off my To Do list.  And this one’s been on there since June.  It’s about time.  One of these days I’ll catch up…

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