Saturday, April 7, 2012

Pencils Rock

While serving dinner, I asked my kids (jokingly): "Ok who wants jelly on their hot dog??"

David (looking at me with a weirdo face): "Have you ever tried that before?"

Me: "Nope. But you never know until you try! It could be the best thing in the world!"

David: "The best thing I've ever had in the world so far is...families that love me. Food.... aaand pencils...."

Me: (shaking my head and giggling): "...You are just the cutest boy ever."

David: "What? I like pencils."

My son is the king of saying awesome things. He isn't even trying to be funny, he just is... which is awesome for entertaining, likable Facebook statuses ;) I just love him.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Baby Steps

This is the most organized my son's bookshelf will probably ever look...

It took me two or three hours to do this. It was horrifying. Ok not really, but kinda really. It's amazing what you'll find in your kids room if you really look. There is so much more to do in his room, the basement, my daughter's room...all over the house. But I had to start somewhere and his shelf was the worst spot. I wish I would've taken a before picture so that you could see how bad it was... Then again, I probably would've been too embarrassed to post it! Babyish books are now gone... (except for the few that will go in the Memory Box. Like Goodnight Moon and Brown Bear Brown Bear). Lots of drawings that were long forgotten have been found again :) I found probably two dozen "books" that my son has written over the years stuffed down on that bottom shelf. They are hilarious. I will probably be posting some of them on here... starting with the one about his imaginary friend...Bob.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thanks to NieNie

I know I'm not alone on this when I say - Stephanie Nielson is amazing. She is just the most inspirational woman and I just adore her blog, NieNie Dialogues. (If you haven't heard her story yet, get on over there and learn a little about what genuine strength and courage is). I look forward to reading her posts every day and I so admire her vitality and positive outlook on life after everything she has been through.

Anyway - I realized something tonight. Whenever I feel down on blogging and discouraged in my writing capabilities, I take a little visit to NieNie's blog and before long I am renewed. Now wait - I know that sounds really bad, but I do not mean that as a put-down to her. Just the opposite, actually. To sum it up - NieNie is genuine. I love that and I love that quality in blogging. If you go into the archives of her blog, you will see that she has been writing for a long, long time. Since long before her accident. And although she is immensely popular and well-known in the blogosphere now, it wasn't always that way. Yet she still wrote. Even though maybe nobody would read it, it didn't make a difference to her. She still posted about what mattered to HER. She posted from the heart. That is what blogging is about - finding what matters to you in this world, voicing your opinions, being yourself. It's ok to just say what YOU want to say, no matter how short or long. Blog for yourself, not for everyone else. Stephanie Nielson reminds me of all of those things every day when I read her posts...and in more ways than one, she keeps me inspired.

Thank you NieNie.

Monday, April 2, 2012

My eyes are falling out.

I am so miserable today


Woke up with a pounding headache that moved from one side of my head to the other throughout the day...nothing helped. Coffee... Excedrin...... water....... ibuprofen... salt...... sugar..... NOTHING. Until around dinner time that is....the headache finally went away but then the rest of me started hurting. I really hope I'm not coming down with something bad, I have no sick time left at work after this past year of health issues in my family. UGH. I just should be sleeping, but I can't yet. Somehow I'm wide awake.

My son told me tonight that one of the boys in his gym class threw a ball at his eye today. He tells me it wasn't on purpose. But, I recognized the name of the boy - it's the same kid I heard about last year who pushed my son off his scooter in gym class "just because". I got (gently) serious for a minute and made it clear to my son that if this kid is pushing him around and bullying him, he needs to tell me. He says he's not a bully, it's not like that - but he doesn't have me convinced. I am comforted by my knowledge that my son is a strong little boy who doesn't typically let anyone push him around - and he has a lot of friends who hang on his every word. He's the popular little dude in the 2nd grade...but still, when we have our Parent/Teacher conference Wednesday, I will be bringing this up with his teacher...just in case. Why can't I just home-school my kids in a bubble and never let them leave my sight? (sigh) One more thing I would've done if I had won that Mega...ok not really but a girl can dream.