Monthly Archives: April 2008

In only a matter of minutes


This was Luke at 4:32 p.m.

This was Luke at 4:36 p.m.

Luke has a stubborn streak. I sometimes wonder if I contributed to it due to him being the second child and possibly not being quite as strict with him as with Andrew. Again…I wonder.

One minute Luke wants “this” shirt on so I put it on him. The next minute he’s ripping it off in extreme anger because he DOESN’T want it on. Huh? He wants to do EVERYTHING himself so if I even remotely touch his shoes, the door, his clothes, the tissue roll, (etc, etc) to give him a start, he screams and demands he do it himself. This is especially draining and frustrating on Sunday mornings when I prepare the kids for church by myself and, usually running late (arrrrgh, I hate being late), he wants to buckle his own car seat straps. Luke even fights me on putting his shoes on the correct feet. When I say to him, “Sweetie, your shoes are on the wrong feet. Do you want to switch them yourself?”, he shrugs and turns away, as if I never spoke. Totally ignoring me. He enjoys wearing his shoes on the opposite feet simply because (and I honestly think this) I suggested he switch them.

Now, I am ALL about letting my children be independent of my help. I love that Andrew can dress himself and that both boys can go to the bathroom without my help. I pray that I can encourage them to tackle tasks alone and be motivated to try new things without Mommy by their side. What I’m struggling with is my own frustration with my child who, sometimes, cannot be satisfied.

This all just affirms how deeply fallen my child is. A post-it note must be hanging on my heart today; a reminder that I’m a parent who is a sinner, parenting a child who is a sinner. A reminder that I’m to glorify God in my dealings with Luke. No matter how hot my blood boils regarding the tantrums from my two year old, I’m no more satisfied in my own daily wants. Don’t you know that I can throw a tantrum, too?

Watch out!

Free ice cream – Tuesday, 4/29


Just wanted to remind all of you out there that tomorrow is “Free Cone Day” at Ben & Jerry’s. Now, we went last year to this event and stood in line for about 45 minutes but there was great conversation with friends and even some live entertainment from local musicians…so it wasn’t that bad. The weather is nice and breezy here, about 78 degrees, so being outside in the line will almost be enjoyable. Try not to go between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. when school lets out since that seems to be their busiest time.

Click here for more information. Happy licking!

Feet painting


Again, the weather is too gorgeous to stay inside. While Abigail napped, I took the boys outside to do some creative painting with their feet. Directions are easy: Just dab your tootsies in the paint and march on your paper. The first two footsteps were smooth and neat. Then the colors got mixed, dirt stuck to feet, and papers started flying in the wind. Did I mention that I have a two year old? Yeah, directions not so easy.

I decided I didn’t want to throw these paintings away but couldn’t think of a way to use them. Then it came to me…..wrapping paper! We go to so many birthday parties that I’m sure we can use these feet paintings to wrap a small gift. Now, I just have to shake all the dirt off!

Anywho, I captured a few moments of our time.

Andrew is all wet


Andrew likes to have his picture taken (when in a good mood, of course). Since it’s been 80 degrees here everyday this week, we’ve taken advantage of the sunshine and water toys available to us in our back yard. After coming up from underwater, I captured these two shots of Andrew. The first is kind of cute….you know…the water stringy thing dripping from his chin is kind of nasty but, at the same time, fun. The second picture looks a little evil to me. I think the details of the water sliding down his face (especially his nose) make the picture look creepy. Anyway, they will look good in his scrapbook album!