Monday, April 6, 2015

What Does Mama Say The Most?

I've collected a few pictures of Burl and Fern in the depths of their playtime. During this pregnancy, they have quickly and easily become each other's go-to playmates. They're best friends and have quite the adventures together! I love eavesdropping into their make-believe.

Along the way, I heard something that stuck with me-what would our kids say if we asked them what we say most often? While these questions aren't my flavor, I still wanted to know. I asked them what does Mama say all the time? 

Burl: You don't say something all the time. You laugh a lot.
Fern: You say "I love you."

Well, let me just say that was the best thing I could hear right now. While I'm unable to keep up the pace I usually like to do; while I'm resting more than chasing and wrestling; and while I'm passing out more "Mama can't" than I like to; it's nice to hear that I laugh and say I love you more than anything else. 
I hope that's true. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Burl's First Pocket Knife

Burl has been five years old for a nearly a month. John and I have talked about how he is definitely not a toddler anymore but a full out kid. It's always special to me to see how simple children's birthday wishes are...he wanted blueberry muffins for breakfast and cheetos/hot dogs/blackberries for dinner. 

He didn't ask for any gifts. Well, he wanted a pocket knife for his birthday but we explained that he was not old enough for one quite yet. However, his buddy who is 4 1/2 years old has one, so we secretly decided that we would get him one. He also got a new ninja turtle shirt, a remote control car, and, of course, the pocket knife:

His response was great! He was so happy! It's been a month now, and he still tells us, "thank you for getting me my own pocket knife," which sleeps beside him in the bed every night. For as much as he loves his pocket knife, his parents love giving it to him even more. (and we're excited that he's had no accidents yet!) 

These days the best words he can hear are, "Burl, want to do some pocket knifing?" It's the fastest response that we get out of him because those are the words of his dreams. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Birthday Bowling

I couldn't download these pictures fast enough. We've had a fun day celebrating Burl's 5th birthday, but the highlight was watching the kids bowl. 

Burl asked if we could come back everyday and even skip naps. He was a wild man.

We got the hyper version of Fern where she was extremely expressive, loud, and so excited about everything. She literally high-fived everyone after each bowl. She celebrated every pin knocked down. On top of that she could barely get the ball down the lane-we actually watched the ball bounce off a pin one time. She thoroughly enjoyed herself and that was great to watch. 

Even though we were an hour past bedtime, it was totally worth it. These kids were entertained and ENTERTAINING. I just hope I got enough pictures of them...(wink)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Burl's First Chop

Winter (combined with my pregnancy) has kept us indoors more than we're used to, so we are doing ALL THE THINGS we can in our house. Recently, I let Burl play with knives...

Ok, playing with knives is a much looser way of describing what I really did. I let Burl chop with my chef's knife during dinner prep a few nights ago. When time and energy allows, I love to involve the kids in cooking, and chopping was a big step for us. He was so careful and I was so proud. It was very exciting to see how well he did with this-it felt like such a milestone, up there with first steps or first smiles. I guess I could call it his first chop. 

And just for good measure, I looked up one of my all time favorite pictures of cooking with baby Burl:

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