Thursday, November 25, 2010

We are Thankful For...

We just finished a delicious (if I do say so myself!) Thanksgiving dinner here in TX.  Donny and Grandpa are watching the Cowboys play, the kids are watching "Snow Paws", and I am here blogging with you before I finish mapping out my shopping plan for tomorrow!  (I actually just posted another one too so be sure to scroll down!)
We wanted to let you know that we are so thankful for YOU, among other things.  The kids made little place cards for the kitchen table this morning and then we each took time to tell what we were thankful for.

Here's a little snippet of our thankfulness...

 Olivia Jade, 7 1/2
 "I am thankful for fishes, you guys, and so many other things." 
(Not sure where the 'fishes' came from?!)

 Boston Franklin, 4 1/2
 "I'm thankful for my monster truck, Olivia, and my toys."

 "I am so thankful for all the blessings that God has given us."

 "I am thankful for the health of family, a good job, making new friends and keeping old friends, a good house, a fun family, and Mommy." 

 Grandpa, 90
 "I am most thankful for family in Texas and for good neighbors.  I have so many more things to be thankful for.  I have relatively good health too."

(Don't let that little angel look on the left fool just can't see his tail feathers that make him a little turkey!)

Thanksgiving Feast!

Boston was so excited last week to have me attend his Thanksgiving Feast at his school.  The three 4-year old classes sang songs, told the "Thanksgiving Story", and sat with their guests for a small feast.  Boston was a complete ham for the video camera I brought.  He was so proud of his first "on stage performance!"

All of the parents were made "head dresses."  I was so lucky to be able to wear such a lovely construction paper Pilgrim bonnet while eating with my little Indian.  :)

Boston made this cute little turkey and that morning before school, we made g-free apple pancakes, mini pumpkin muffins, and popcorn to bring so that he could have the same feast food as his peers. He loved it all!

To wrap us a sweet Mommy & Son Day, Boston's dinner prayer brought me to tears.  He said, "Dear Jesus, thank you for this food and thank you that Mommy could come to my feast.  Amen."  For a mama who has always wanted to do the things that "stay-at-home-moms" get to do, that prayer was another confirmation that we are so blessed and are in God's palm.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Terrbile Injustice...

I'm ashamed to say it. Donny and I have committed a terrible injustice when it comes to our children. I was unaware of it until I took them outback today to play a bit of baseball. Olivia has been playing kickball at school so I thought, "Oh there are similarities, this should be easy." WRONG! I laughed so hard for an hour that I almost...well, you get the picture. :) Now, mind you, both our kids have gloves, and we have bats, and balls. We have played catch and had them practice hitting for years. I guess, however, that we have never really tried to play an actual game. Probably because it's hard to play with just 4 people. Even harder with just 3, let me now tell you from this afternoon's experience. Especially when only one of those players understands the rules! At the beginning, Boston was up to bat, Liv was in the field, and I was the pitcher. I had the where-with-all the have them hit AWAY from the pool but that was where my wisdom stopped. As the "game" went on: Bos was calling "Stripe one, Stripe two,...", Liv was running the bases carrying the bat, Boston carried first base with him as he ran, Liv hit the ball (an awesome hit) HARD right into my gut, Bos had his glove on upside down, Liv was standing at home plate in a ballet stance as she tried to hit, Bos was running around "the outfield" showing off his new Cars underpants, Liv was pitching to me so high that I felt as though she thought I was a giraffe, Boston was "relieving himself" in right field, the ball knocked a branch off a banana tree and a light bulb off a solar light in the garden, Liv "tagged Boston out" while I was holding the get the picture!!! All that said though, there was never one argument, one time of drama or tears, one moment of throwing something in frustration, one unkind word muttered or yelled. It was an absolutely perfect afternoon! And to top it off?? It was sunny and almost 80 degrees out! So, yes, the kids need work on how the game of baseball is played, but overall, I see the afternoon as a total success. We had fun, we laughed with each other, we came in with dirty hands and knees, and we can't wait to play again another afternoon. Who cares if we don't really know how to play? I bet we had more fun in an hour than many of those "professional" teams do in an entire season. PLAY BALL!