Friday, June 25, 2010
There is a reason why the human body needs sleep.
We all need a chance to turn off our brains, and our bodies, at the end of a day.
And we parents, need our kids to need sleep. I know I do.
Is it bad that I get that excited, butterfly feeling when I tuck the last of my kids in bed?
Tonight Tom and Tyler are gone until late, so I put the three girls to bed earlier than usual (we had a long day at the pool).
And I had a beautiful, peaceful, productive couple hours alone.
I really do love my kids when they are awake...
But they are sure angelic when they are snoozing.
Now, speaking of sleep...I need more of it. Good night.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I guess the muggy humidity, the sunscreen application, and the redirecting Ansley from running into the street is not that refreshing...but other than that, it's great. My kids can't get enough of it.
Here is Tessa showing one of her new skills. She found out that back walkovers are easier outside, with the help of the slight decline on the front lawn.
Tyler is in the background displaying some of his talents, whistling and apple-eating, but not at the same time:). That kid can eat whole apples, down to the seeds, like nothing--and 4 or 5 per day sometimes! I don't have the stamina for that. (he reminds me a little of Uncle Ed with these traits, don't you think, sibs?)
This one has taken up residence under our deck, and is working on (at least) her second round of eggs this season. Amazingly we haven't scared her away yet with our stalking and peeping.
We even got to watch her last group of babies as they left the nest and learned to fly. Very sweet.
I love this image...the hungry little babes with their mouths gaping upward. (at our temporary housing when we moved here last August)
Ah, summer, we are loving you.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
They are acceptable obsessions, but I'm noticing they can also turn disastrous. When Ansley wants to be read to, she's not very subtle. She will come at the nearest family member and chuck the books in their direction, ready or not. It really doesn't feel good to have a board book thrown at your chin or eye.
As for the bottles, many experts agree that a toddler of 15 months shouldn't still be getting their milk that way...but I'm not worried about that...whatever. The disastrous part is that this toddler just discovered she is able to open the fridge and reach her gallon of the white stuff (saying "bobble, bobble" all the way). THAT could be a problem.
Eventually she'll have to kick one of these habits.
Friday, June 11, 2010
But truly, I think kids need unstructured time...a chance to almost get bored, so they are driven to dream up creative play activities. That happened this winter when we were home for several snow days. One morning I found my older three in these get-ups, and they reluctantly revealed that they were...spies--shhhh.
They were slinking around the house...very stealth.
I heard Tyler advising the girls, "Keep a stern look, and only talk when necessary."
I am hoping for lots more play like this during the summer, minus the heavy wool coats.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I am excited for many more musical memories in our home.