Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Last night, I was picking up the house after my rowdy kids had gone to bed (oh how I loth the pick-up)and I stumbled upon Ace's 3rd grade journal. , I immediately began reading it cover to cover. I went from being mad that he just left it out in the way and never puts his stuff away to missing my little boy before he could write! I was tearing up as I was reading and seeing the progression he has made in sentence structure and grammar. He even showed excellent vocabulary! I was half shocked that I didn't know how well that he could write! His actual handwriting improved as well!!! Where have I been? I see him each day and know he is growing(theoretically) but this was an overall growth.....right there in front of me.Where did my 4 year old go??? I miss him.......but am also excited to see where he will go!

After putting it away in his keepsake box, I saw the trail of used band-aid wrappers from the bathroom. I knew it was Tank by the dirty hand prints on the counter sink. I teared up again. Why? Well, I knew that I had left the band-aids out from the night before which covered his skinned knees.Those of which he acquired during his bike riding without training wheels (a sign). However, I couldn't remember any new use for any. I didn't see any boo-boos that day. It occurred to me that he must've took care of it himself. I didn't hear crying (that I remember).He didn't need a kiss or a hug from me. HE would not even let me put him down 0-21 months old. Every time I went to put him down or hand him, off, SCREAMING would ensue. As happy as I was to see that go, I am now regretful that I don't have that anymore!OK, maybe not that sad.But, my Binky toting baby boy is gone!! He is becoming so self-efficient. Time needs to stand still.....

I glanced down to pick up the remaining wrapper and saw Q's little potty. We have several but he uses this one solely. It was the same one that Tank would never use when he was potty training. Q is in intensive potty training now and  I hardly have a minute to reflect at how amazing that is . Just 2 years ago he was a preemie and I could not even see potty training in the future, as he had all these tubes and monitors going. As horendous potty training is, it is such a mile stone. No babies here!!(que more signs)

As I went to bed I reminded myself to slow down and try to enjoy these little moments when all is good in the little kids. I have heard so many times that "you will miss these ages", I roll my eyes and think "yeah right, miss the diapers,tantrums, whining, wiping noses,and car seats??!!!". Well, I think they are right!!(mostly) I was content to enjoy it and celebrate the small victories of self-efficiency!

However, I woke up to Boomer announcing that "my tooth is soooo loose". I got them ready for school and and was faced with her usual breakfast whining. Today, she had to give me reasons she could not eat regarding the hardship she was facing eating her "too hard" breakfast bar. Her tooth was hanging now. I reminded myself that this is a rite of passage and to be excited for her. But deep inside I was panicking. My baby girl was losing a tooth. And before they left for school it happened. Her first baby tooth come out. I tried I really did,but I cried. Tears streaming! How can this be?? Where has the time gone?

There are signs all around, every day in every way. They are growing and changing so fast! Even as I am typing this, Boomer is talking on the phone to her best friend. This is her first "friend" phone call. Z answered the call and a tiny voice asked for Boomer. Oh , the teenage years are going to come faster than I can fathom....the signs are here! As slow as the day-to-day goes, the years fly by! Signs, they are knocking hard and I am trying hard not to listen....

Guess What........................................................

There is a new baby coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This precious little peanut will come in late November!!! Another child in the mix!
I couldn't be more excited to see and hold this little gift!

In Mid-July we will know if we are having a ...............NEPHEW or a NIECE!!     My sister ,J, is PREGNANT!!!!!!

  She is the best Aunt any childcould ask for and she will be an awesome mom! I can't wait for my newest role as an AUNT!!She and her husband K have always helped out with our kids so we could have a little time away and we can't wait to return the favor!
K is an AWESOME uncle! All 4 of my kids adore him! Z and I know that he will be a wonderful Dad! We hope we can be as great as they are to their new baby!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

One-on-One Sunday!

We have just started a new tradition here in our house called "One-on-One Sunday". This is where one child gets to go with either Mommy or Daddy on a special trip! Today Ace went with Daddy on a bike ride on a bike steap trail and they rode to get lunch at Wendy's and had a frosty too!! Ace loved his time with his Dad!!

After they returned Tank went on a easier trail on his bike with "Z" too!!! Can't believe that he can ride without training wheels!! They rode over bridges and through the woods! He had a ball!! Only one skinned knee and one HAPPY boy that continued to talk about it for hours after!!

Next was Boomer and I. We went to the movies! It was so nice to just have one kid!!! She was soooooo happy to have special time as girls!! She got to pick where went to dinner after the movie! She picked the food court at the mall!!!! Why?? Well  because she loves soft pretzels and chocolate mocha smoothies! So off we went for a nutritional dinner, lol! Then on the way home we stopped at the park and she got my full attention!!

Finally  Z took Q on his "trip" to the playground and to get pizza!

We all had a great day!! I can't believe how fast this school year has gone!!