Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday

1. Christmas music on the radio
2. The joy of giving Shep his first bike for his birthday
3. Scout the dog - I love his snuggly softness
4. Feeling at home in this town (after nearly 2 years)
5. MOPS (Mothers Of PreschoolerS)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday

1. Shep's excitement over decorating the tree with us
2. Christmas crafting to Christmas music
3. A husband who puts the lights on the tree for me because I hate that part
4. IHOP pancakes for breakfast
5. Liam's adenoid removal went off without a hitch

And, it goes without saying, I am thankful today is THANKSGIVING!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Shep Turns FOUR!

Four years ago today

You have grown by leaps and bounds this year.  No more chubby toddler cheeks for you.  You are a long, lean climbing machine.  You climb anything and everything you can manage (and even some you can't, which means you get hurt a lot), including the tree you have affectionately nicknamed your "family tree."  You love to play in the yard.  Scout is your constant companion.

You are talking a lot these days.  But I wouldn't call it incessant - just a lot.  You can be quiet at times, too.  And shy around new people.  I would say you are pretty much in the middle of the introvert-extrovert scale (just like Mama).

You are full of questions, particularly about how things work and/or go together.  Pipes fascinate you and you always want to know where they lead.  You love to build with the couch cushions.  You are our little engineer (just like Daddy).

You gave up your daily nap several months ago, which has led to some increased frustration for you, especially because you are a very determined little boy when you set out to do something.  Tantrums are now a several-times-a-day occurance for you.  Your tantrums always include crying, whining, and sometimes throwing yourself on the floor and or/throwing things.  But it doesn't take long before you are your silly self again.

You go to preschool from 9-12 Tuesday and Thursday and your teachers are Mrs. Karen and Mrs. Jonna.  You have a few little friends there you talk about, which is new this year.  None of them are girls.  You are ALL boy in every sense of the word.

Once upon a time in Kindermusik 

You took swimming lessons earlier this year and go swimming at the Y every Friday while Liam is in aquatherapy.  You took your last Kindermusik class over the summer (Mama was a little sad after 3 years of classes).  You are taking art classes right now.  At home, you are beginning to develop an interest in fine motor activities like crafts and puzzles.  You also love to be read to.  But if you have a choice, you still would rather run around or wrestle someone than sit still.

Happy Birthday, Big Boy!  We love you!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday

1. Enjoying a Veggie Tales Christmas movie with Shep
2. A dear new friend who can relate to parenting a child with special needs
3. Leftover Halloween candy
4. Reading a book I choose to read (not one for school)
5. Liam starting hippotherapy (therapy on horseback)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Bucket List

1. Make a Santa Beard Christmas countdown
2. Make a gingerbread house (from a kit)
3. Bake Christmas cookies and deliver to neighbors
4. Make handprint ornaments
5. Get our tree from a "cut-your-own" farm and decorate it together
6. Go to our local transportation museum for a trainride with Santa
7. Get pictures with the mall Santa
8. Watch Christmas movies together
9. Read Christmas books every day
10. Do Advent devotions with the Jesus Storybook Bible each morning at breakfast
11. Make bow print art
12. Make & play with a Nativity Felt Board
13. Minivan Express night
14. Truth in the Tinsel family devotions/crafts
15. Make Fingerprint candy cane art
16. Make Christmas tree footprint art
17. Make Angel Handprint art
18. Make Thumbprint Reindeer art
19. Do Baby Jesus craft
20. Make a Handprint cut-out Christmas wreath
21. Various printable Christmas coloring pages and printable activities like this
22. Go shop for Christmas presents and enjoy the festivities at the Southern Christmas show
23. Visit Billy Graham Library to see the live nativity
24. Fill an Operation Christmas child shoebox

Will that keep us busy?  Yes, I think so.  But I am certainly allowing the flexibility to toss out some of these if we can't fit them all in.  After all, we want our Advent season to be peaceful and allow time to remember what it is all about.  My hope is that these activities will create excitement around Christ's birth and the gift that he is to us - the BEST gift of all.  Enjoy this blessed season!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Thursday

1. Breakfast with friends
2. A lazy Sunday afternoon and evening
3. Feeling heat warming the room
4. Registering for Graduation (after 6 long years of grad school)
5. Blondie Bars from Trader Joe's.  SO GOOD.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Do I Love Them the Same?

I think people wonder this sometimes.  I think so because I wondered it myself at one time.  Would I ever love Liam as much as I loved Shep?  What I felt for Shep was so fierce.  

After climbing up into the Chick-Fil-A play place recently to rescue a screaming Liam, Shep admitted he and two other little boys were pretending Liam was "the monster" and had been hitting him.  Even though I know little boys are violent and the "monster" game is typical at the play place, my blood began to boil as I imagined Liam's terror.  

How dare anyone treat my baby that way - even my other baby!  As horrific as this experience was, it is times like these that I recognize my love for Liam (and my love for Shep, for that matter, because I restrained myself from seriously injuring him).

No, I do not love my boys the same way.  But I wonder if any mother does.  Her first baby is always her first baby.  And her second baby is always her second baby.  My babies are as different as night and day and so is my love for them.  None of us love our children in exactly the same ways or for exactly the same reasons.  The important thing is not how we love them, but that we love them.

Friday, November 2, 2012

To Warm Your Heart

A blogger I follow did a wonderful post introducing some families who have adopted children with special needs.  It is a beautiful post and really shows what a blessing these children are to their families.   I know you know Liam is a blessing to us, but I want people to know we are not the only crazy people out there who adopt a child with special needs.  Go see for yourself - I promise it will make you smile.