Monday, September 1, 2014

Kids Were Here | September

Somehow it's September!  Seriously, where did the summer go?  I can still feel the insanely frigid temps from January.  How can Fall be just around the corner?!!  Man, I blink and the year is almost gone!

Anyway, this summer has been busy as always...full of 4-H activities, a small vacation, home improvements, and endless searching for the dog who's become more skilled at disappearing than Houdini himself.  The fair went well, my kids all turned another year older, and school's back in session.

And now it's September!


Even though I have a THOUSAND stories that I would like to share (mostly so I don't forget), I'll save them for another time.  Trust me, there's some whoppers to tell...yeah, the fair happened.  Need I say more?  One day I will become a pro at the fair...I will, I say, I WILL!

I'll leave you instead with what my children leave behind after an afternoon at the park.

Why was there a random toy tractor and trailer sitting on the playground equipment?  I do not know.
How did those tiny toys make it from our toy room to the park without me knowing?  I do not know.
Where does our little boy conceal the tiny treasures that he acquires throughout the day?  I do know that...deep in his pockets!  Yep, he's the boy who fills his pockets with slimy, squished worms, gooey cookies, and random Legos.  You should see what I find in our laundry on a daily basis!  Too bad I can't seem to find his missing Kindle!

Apparently, my children believe shoes are overrated...although one child wasn't completely on board with that idea.  Yeah, he decided he only needed to discard of one shoe.  
He didn't want to conform completely.  He's an individualist!

To see more of what children leave behind, visit the wonderful Rachelle's blog.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Kids Were Here | July

I would like to start off by saying...please ignore the image quality of the following pictures.  They were all taken with my lovely phone, which might just be the very first smartphone ever invented!  It's not the best, but it's the one I use most often.  So here's to embracing the grain!  

Now off to some of the shenanigans we see on a normal basis around here!

Not sure why, but only one child will eat a strawberry Poptart.  Granted, it takes the other children a couple bites into the pastry (can you actually call a Poptart a pastry?) before they realize it's the dreaded STRAWBERRY flavor!  So...instead of finishing it, they give it to their mother whom they know will eat it since the last thing she wants to do is waste money!  (Even though she wasn't the tiniest bit hungry!)

 Then, there's the window sill that constantly displays random toys.

Finally, we have the toy that's been completely dismantled to the point of being unrecognizable and unrepairable, which was all accomplished without any tool whatsoever!  Seriously, how does one do that?!   All of that "stuff" is supposed to reside inside that sweet little "fake" hamster!  And no, this is not the first toy that has fallen to the hands of a certain two year old, and I'm sure it won't be the last!

Around here we have a four year old who is constantly repairing and building things...seriously, he's about four steps away from constructing his own John Deere tractor from scratch!  Then, there's the two year old who is completely opposite and destroys every last thing...all of which I never thought possible!  How 'bout a little yin and yang, y'all?!

Anyway, if you were able to get past all of those wretched images above, I applaud you!  Now to soothe your eyes, continue on the Kids Were Here journey by visiting the amazing Lisa!  I'm sure you'll be glad you did! (Click here for Lisa's blog.)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Kids Were Here | June

It's officially SUMMER!!!!!  Okay, not "officially" as in what the calendar says, but "officially" as in school's out and the temps are amazing!!!!!  With this past winter being anything but ideal, I welcome warm air and sunny skies with open arms...guessing most people do!

When the weather outside is wonderful and warm around here, off go the electronics and on go the creative minds!  Granted, I receive a bit of resistance as the younger members of this household aren't always excited about putting down their mind-absorbing electronics, but it's GREATLY needed!  Fresh air does wonders for the soul!

With outdoor adventures, comes a bit of mud and dirt.  Who am I kidding?!  A LOT of mud and dirt!  You know it's summer around here when you see these kids getting much needed two to three baths every single day!  Whenever it's warm, the garden hose is turned on!  When the hose is turned on, the dirt becomes their playground!  Their playground, in turn, becomes one giant pit of gooey, messy, dirty MUD!  My favorite thing...only not all!  But who cares as long as the kids are happy and having fun!

So hello amazing weather!  Please stick around for a long, long time for we have a countless supply of water guns, slip-n-slides, and water toys that yearn to be used by little ones.  I welcome games of cops and monsters, let's make a mud castle, and even the occasional let's torment mommy with the water gun!

80 degree temps...oh, how I've missed you!

Please continue on to Jenn's blog so you can see more of what our kids have been concocting on your  Kids Were Here tour!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Kids Were Here | May

This past week was a bit rough.  Earlier in the week, we had to say good-bye to a family who meant so much to so many.  It was difficult to see him go, but we know that he's in a better place looking down on all of us.

As the week continued on and resumed to the craziness of every day life, there were moments that caused me to step back and take in all that life has to offer.

It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle.  Appointments here.  Dance lessons there.  Arguments between children that need resolved.  Dinner that needs to be cooked.  Laundry to be washed.  Socks to be folded.  Bills to be paid.  And a child's wound that needs mended.

It's easy to get worn down and exhausted...hoping for a moment of peace.  A time to let out a sigh.  A time to unwind.  Turn off the mind for one little instance.  Relax.  Breathe.

Then, that moment happens.

The moment that causes time to stand still.

The moment like no other.

The moment you want to cherish forever.

The moment when nothing else matters.

Just when you think you can take no more...

A sweet little boy approaches you.  With his hand held out, he turns over his palm to revel a fist full of ragged dandelions.  He graciously looks up at you with his adoring brown eyes and says "I picked deese fowers for you, mommy. Aren't they the most boo-ti-ful fowers you ever seen?"  

Worried that he most likely stained his hands and possibly clothes while picking these weeds, you lay the dandelions down and grab a wash cloth.  Before you can check for evidence that dandelions leave behind, the amazing little boy reaches into his coat pocket and lays another bouquet of dandelions on the counter.

He becomes concerned and urges you to quickly get a cup full of water for his "perty fowers".

As you fill one small vase with the two bundles of weeds, you hear the said child declare "That's not going to work."

You glance over your shoulder and notice the gracious child holding yet another bouquet of dandelions.  The puzzled look on your face causes the boy to whisper that he has more.  Looking down you realize that, in fact, each of his pant pockets are stuffed with these yellow weeds.

As you hold more dandelions in your hand than a thousand acres has ever seen, the sweet boy embraces you with a gentle hug and says "I picked all deese fowers for you 'cause I love you tis much." 

That moment when nothing else matters.

That moment when your heart is full and overflowing.

That moment you never want to forget.

That moment you'll cherish forever.

It's the little things that matter most.

Continue on to Shauna's blog and see the little things that children leave behind...showing us that "Kids Were Here."  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kids Were Here | April

Wowzers!  It's April!  Yay for April!!

Even though the weather doesn't feel the most "spring-like", the change in season has officially's SPRING, y'all!!  I'm beyond ready for flip-flops and shorts...not to mention warm, beautiful sunshine and the outdoors!!!!  Oh, how I miss being outside and enjoying do the little ones!

Almost every day I hear "Can we go on a nature walk?" or "Can we go to the state fair?"...which is typically followed by a gasp as a four-year old looks outside and shouts in despair "It's Christmas AGAIN!"  Snow = Christmas around here.  This is bringing a whole new outlook regarding the whole "Christmas in July" thing.


Thankfully, we did see a day where temperatures broke the 60 degree mark!  It was wonderful...although I thought I might just melt due to the extreme "heat"!  Pretty sure my blood is as thick as tar right now.

Anyway, it's time to share the memories left behind by our little rascals.  If you've followed along for the past few months, you may recognize the cabinet pictured below.  See the cute little cowboy boots sweetly tucked away in there?  Well, our two-year old wears those pretty much night and day...many times he has to wear them to bed, but whatever works, right?  I don't fight such things anymore.  The beauty of being the third child.

So for many, many days I searched high and low for those boots.  The said two-year old begged for his boots, but they were nowhere to be found.  How does one lose decent sized BOOTS...both pairs even?!  Well, leave it to the mischievous child to place his beloved keepsakes in his own little treasure chest...and then, forget!  Yeah, I so should've checked there first.

 And, I'm not certain if every child does this, but you won't find a juice box around here that doesn't have a half-chewed on straw.  Granted, most of the time the straw is no longer in the juice box, and juice is covering most of the living room floor, but that was difficult to capture in one single photo.
 Then, there's the issue of ice cream in this house.  Seriously, my kids (and possibly the Mr.) eat their weight in ice cream!  It's CRAZY, y'all!  So once a week I stock up on countless gallons of ice cream only to be given the evil eye by healthy mothers and cashiers at the grocery store!  People...I have no choice in the matter!  It gets insanely ugly around here if there isn't any ice cream...and trust don't want to see that!

So when I see yet another empty container of ice cream in the sink, I know it's nearing my time to hit the store!
 Finally, there's a new being that's come to live with us.  His name is "Mr. Tato Head".  And Mr. Tato Head is quite the hit with the little four-year old.  Granted, he sees no humor in rearranging him and placing one arm here and one arm there like his older sister does.  However, he does believe that Mr. Tato Head grows his mustache out the top of his nose, and his little brother thinks that ears are overrated!

Kids...gotta love 'em!

So continue on the Kids Were Here journey and visit Rachelle's blog by clicking here!  I'm sure you'll be glad you did!

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