Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
My kids are alike in many ways.
Despite being of the opposite sex, and nearly three years apart in age, they share many of the following traits:
They are affectionate.
They love music.
They are sensitive.
They possess a strong sense of family.
They are loyal.
They are competitive.
They are thoughtful.
They love to argue with each other.
They are stubborn.
They can be picky eaters.
They are athletic.
They love going to the movies.
They are confident.
They are sweet.
They love to have the last word.
They love animals.
They are empathetic.
They have a razor-sharp sense of humor.
One significant difference between J & K …how they form and define friendships.
Katie makes friends fast, easily, and with nearly anyone her age…or younger or older, for that matter. She seems to find a common bond with someone in a crowd. She has no problem going into new social situations not knowing ANYONE…and will emerge at the end with a new name to talk about, a story about someone new, whom she has bonded with in even the smallest of ways. I marvel at this quality, because it’s not something I possess. In this way, she is a lot like Jamie, I think. He is at ease in any crowd, and feels comfortable talking to anyone, no matter how much or little they have in common. I think I have gotten better in this area, but I still generally sit in wonder at how easy it is for the two of them.
Jordan is a little more guarded about who he lets in. He is selective and extremely loyal in his friendships. He doesn’t really need a LOT of them. He has friends he has had since Kindergarten, and that suits him just fine...he doesn’t seem to need any more. And, in his words, “boys my age can be so immature, Mom”. The friends he has now, they have passed his litmus test…the test of time…through 6 years of elementary and one year of middle school.
We took the kids to a Ft. Myers Miracle baseball game a few weeks ago…and two of Jordan's close friends came along. These are two sweet boys, twins whom I taught in Kindergarten 6 years ago…and today, they are still the same good, sweet, polite kids... just a little more grown up. I just adore these boys, and I love that Jordan has such a close bond with them. So it was just good to see the three of them have a great time that night...
We sat over third base...and one of the players tossed a ball right to Jordan...and he was thrilled, to say the least...
Before long, they all had one...
When we first got there (after a 35 minute drive), it was all rainy (ruh-roh)...
but then we saw this...
Kate still wasn't impressed. This girl did NOT want to be there. She was throwing a serious pout fest.
The following picture is the best she could give me, when I ordered her to "SMILE".
She warmed up later, after a hot dog and soda...
To watch the game, the boys found a patch of grass at the bottom of a hill...
It's so funny what Florida kids will do when they FINALLY find a hill, just like kids do up North...it's the same everywhere...
Yes, I asked them to pose for this picture, and so glad I did...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Two stories about getting braces…one funny, the other…well, I don’t know, you decide.
1) Funny Story:
When the issue of cost came up, Jordan seemed concerned. Like we might just lose our entire net worth over straightening his teeth. It was so cute. As in his way, he stewed about this for a day or two. Then, as we were walking into Wal-Mart one day, he asked,
“Mom, are braces expensive?”
Me: “They can be”
J: “Like how much, over a thousand?”
Me: “Oh, yeah. I think mine cost 3 thousand, and that was a loooong time ago.”
J: (saying nothing, just looking concerned)
Me: “Don’t worry, hon, we will be fine. And they have payment plans, so it all works out. …And you’re worth it” (shooting him a smile with a reassuring back pat)
J: (more silence)
We continued our shopping in Wal-Mart. I forgot all about it, until the ride home:
Me: “Yeah babe.”
J: “Even though braces cost a lot, is it OK if we don’t get the painful plan for me?”
Me: “huh?” (trying to process)
J: “Yeah you said they have PAINFUL plans, and I don’t think I want that one, even if it’s cheaper…ya know, I’m just sayin'…”
Me: (trying to suppress laughter, shock, and utter adoration for this boy, all in one moment) “Oh, no, honey…NO…I said they have PAYMENT plans, not PAINFUL plans...”
J: “Oh...thank GOD."
That poor child thought he was going to get the painful kind of braces, just to save his parents a few bucks. Needless to say, this is now a solid running joke in our house.
2)“I don’t Know How To Feel About This” Story:
So the orthodontist is looking over Jordan’s teeth. She is telling him to open, close, pulling his lips all around, and verbally giving her notes to her assistant who is typing away.
Ortho: “Yep, he’s ready”
Me: “What about his baby teeth, what happens when the rest fall out?”
Ortho: “He doesn’t have any baby teeth”
Me: “What?? I thought for sure he had some” (pretty certain she must just be mistaken)
Jordan: "Nope, they are all gone." (looking pretty happy with himself, like he just made a home run)
Me: “but you just lost one the other day…”
Jordan: “That was Katie, Mom.”
Questions with no answers…
How could my baby have NO BABY TEETH?
How could I not know this?
How could I have let this momentous occasion slip by, without snapping the appropriate photos, and perhaps sliding a few extra bucks under his pillow?
And where IS that last tooth!? WHAT KIND OF MOTHER AM I!!!
Now THAT, I have documented. :)
Sigh. He really is growing up. But I do love the person he is becoming.
In honor of his LAST baby tooth lost, and also in the name of self redemption... I dug through my picture files and found his FIRST tooth ever lost...and got to work.
Monday, July 21, 2008
There is so much in this life to be happy about. This is especially clear to me after a relaxing, FUN, giggle-filled weekend with my Mom and sisters.
So...today I am grateful for...
-a great girls weekend
-sisters who are my best friends
-sharing wine while we get ready
-toasting before the first sip
-admiring my sisters' mothering
-a "fun" Mom who loves her daughters like no other
-a hotel that holds so many special memories
-the lobby with the beautiful scents, stone fireplace, and super shiny wood floors
-napping in the hammock
-phone calls from home
-finding a new favorite restaurant
-telling stories about my kids to people that love them as much as I do
-the waiter who was a "future Jordan"
-getting away from it all
-yummy chicken wraps
-two kids that make me so happy and proud I could literally burst
-a capable husband who loves spending time with his kids alone
-deciding to go down the lazy river
-bringing lots of books and magazines to girls weekend and not reading a word because we talked the whole time
-my beautiful new lens, a surprise gift from my family
-a dad who just wants his girls to be happy
-feeling happy, content, and oh-so-lucky for being born into the family that I did. :)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Mother and daughter having a REALLY good time, but we can't smile because our green masks will crack and start to itch:
You know how you read some books, and you know you will always have a tiny piece of it in your heart? I call them heartprint books. This book is one of those books for me. It's about two lifelong friends who met in Kindergarten and are now in their fifties. Lots of names/dates/references to the Ohio area, so anyone from there would really like it.
As I read about the two of them in Kindergarten, I wondered if any friends will meet like that in my class this year? And how many already have? :)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This is my girl last night. It was during Reading Time. I was supposed to be reading, but I couldn't take my eyes off her. So I snapped this picture.
The silk jammies. The pillow placed behind her back for extra comfort. The freshly showered hair held back by her eye guard, that she will later slide down over her face when she sleeps. Her favorite monkey blanket carefully smoothed over her. The place by her feet is where she hopes the cat will settle.
Then......... this morning, I walked by her room to peek at her sleeping, and saw this laid out on her floor:
Apparently we have a big day planned. :)
Monday, July 14, 2008
I miss these kids. I miss how cute they are. I miss how they interact with J&K. I miss how much they change each time I see them. I miss the sense of family we all feel when we are together. I miss how they are amazed by our dog and cat. I miss their funny expressions. I miss how they remind me of a time gone by when J&K were that young. I miss how my kids suddenly become role models in their presence, and rise to the occasion.
I miss how they look up to J&K as if they possess hero status. I miss how they bring a youthful innocence to our time together. I miss how my kids don't fight when they are around. I miss how they smile. I miss their chubby cheeks and toddler voices. I miss how they still need help doing the littlest things.
I miss how when we all meet again, it's like we were never apart.
It's natural. It's cousins. It's FAMILY.
I miss these kids.
Friday, July 11, 2008
My pride for Jordan swelled after I learned that he overcame a VERY rough first hole (5 putt) at the beginning of the tournament. In the past, this turn of events has caused occasional bad moods, negative self talk, crossed arms, and frustrating conversations with Jamie as they traveled in the golf cart to "find his ball". Over time, these behaviors have gradually faded... and he has learned patience, maturity, and true golf ettiquette.