Saturday, June 9, 2007

Busy Weekend

We have a very busy weekend going on around here. My son celebrated his ninth birthday with his friends last night. They went and saw Shrek the Third and loved it. I didn't think it was as bad as I heard it was going to be. So was pleasantly surprised. Tonight him and dad are going off to see the Indy Races at Texas Motor Speedway. He is really excited about it. My family is in town this weekend so naturally we are cooking or eating or cleaning the kitchen. Way to much food is in our home right now. Monday is my son's actual birthday, so we will have a small family party for him. Talk about making a birthday last all weekend. That boy is milking it for everything it's worth. Gotta love being a kid and it being your birthday.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Appreciating my Children

I don't think I as a mom fully appreciate my children enough. That is until you are suddenly surrounded by a bunch of other children that you sometimes just can't help but compare. My children are not perfect by any means. They are loud and very active. My two year old is definitely acting her age right now, but still they are my children. I am used to how they react to things and know how to handle those situations. They listen to me (most of the time) and know what they can absolutely not get away with. My children like to participate in everything. If there is something going on then they want to be in the middle of it having fun.

What brought on this sudden appreciation for my children? I am working at Vacation Bible School this week. I am helping with the games area. This should be a fun area for everyone and you wouldn't think there would be a problem. But there are always going to be some children who will do whatever they can to not be a part of the group. It's very frustrating for me and the other volunteers. We all agree that we are doing the best we can and that we can only encourage the children to participate and not get hurt feelings or become upset. But they are children after all and that is bound to happen.

Regardless, this week has brought a much greater appreciation for my children's teachers and all that they deal with throughout the year. It has also made me appreciate my children a bit more.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Free Books

Joyful Days is giving away some free books this week. Click here for the details.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Our Red Wagon

I was reminded of something the other day. Do you remember growing up having a wagon? Well I remember playing with ours, pulling it up the big hill and then racing down it with my brother and our next door neighbor, Joe. Sometimes we stopped and sometimes we flipped over or crashed. But we always had a blast doing it.

Our kids have a wagon very similar to the one I had growing up. It has been pulled around by everyone and attached to Big Wheels and bikes alike to make a trailer. Since they don't have a hill to drag it up and race down they have had to come up with their own ways to make it race around at break neck speed risking bodily injury. The other day the little kids actually talked some of the big kids into giving them a little taste of a speeding wagon. The big kids would just run as hard as they could and then when the wagon would finally outpace their running they would let it go and crash into someones yard. No one was injured and from the looks of it, everyone had a blast.

I had completely forgotten about some of the dangerous things we did with our wagon growing up until I saw the kids out playing. I can only imagine what they will come up with next and I can only hope to have a camera and first aid kit close by.