Monday, May 04, 2015

NINE

This past weekend, Caden and Caleb turned NINE!  This is their last year of single digit birhdays.  Hard to believe they are so grown up already. 

I planned ahead this year and we celebrated their birthday well!

Friday night after school, Camerin came to stay for the weekend with us.  After they went to sleep I put up some birthday banners for them. One, right outside their bedroom door so they'd see it first thing!

Then we had brunch of pancakes and sausages mid-morning to feed the family before heading to Caden's double header soccer games.  He played well! 

The Elinore went to Grandma's while the rest of us picked up some Star Wars balloons and headed to Acres of Fun for their birthday party! 

For the first time we threw a birthday party for them and invtied their friends from school.  We invited both of their classes from school and had about 20 kids show up to play 2 games of laser tag.  It was crazy busy and we ran late, but all the kids seemed to have a good time.

Then we headed home with some pizza and Grandma Nancy brought them over their birthday gift.  She gave them Crazy Carts; they're basically a go cart and they took them to the school parking lot and loved every minute of it.

Sunday was Ruth's baptism, which I want to write about too, but after the church service the family came back to the house for lunch, cake and some presents for the boys.  Caden finally got his mini Christmas tree he's been wanting for over a year now!  And Star Wars was a common gift theme between them.  Between their friends and family too, we are not certanly over ran with legos (as if we weren't before)!

We had a great time celebrating two very special boys and being thankful for another year of their life. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mickey

For a long time now Elinore has liked Minnie Mouse. However, she always calls her Mickey. We've told her countless times, but she's always Mickey.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The 5 Love Languages of Children


Earlier this week I finished reading  The Five Love Languages of Children.  Not too long ago I read another version of the 5 Love Languages focused on marraige.  From the first time I started reading the book years ago, to the time I finished it recently, I toyed in the back of my mind with how this applied to our children.  Then there was a chapter in the marriage book about how it applies to children, and it sealed the deal; I wanted to read this book.

I didn't devour it in the same way I did the book on marraige, but I think it may be because I already understood the concepts from having read the other version.  While I knew the concepts, this helped me apply it to children with ideas and explanations. 

The theme through the book is that each child has a primary love language that should be used and supported by the other love languages; all of the languages are important.  The languages can change over time too for individuals.  It is also important to model speaking love in all the language so the children learn multiple langauges of love to speak to help them as they grow and mature and interact with others too.  It wasn't just about loving your kids, but teaching them how to love too. 

With four kids, I still don't know their love languages.  I think two are too young to have clearly defined ones, and the boys, I haven't decided what their primary love languages is either.  For right now, I'm okay with that though.  I've focused on speaking all the love languages to my children more.  While I think my children and doing better; I'm feeling better too.  I go to bed at night less frustrated by my parenting actions of the day than in the past.  I still have bad days, we all do, but there are less because I'm more conscioud about my chioces in parenting and interacting with others. 

The other thing this book taught me, which I should have realized sooner, has nothing to do with what the authors wrote.  It has everything to do with the fact that what I'm reading, influences the way I think and interact and live my days.  What I read should be encouraging me to be a better Christian, parent, wife, etc. 

"Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life."  Proverbs 4:23

I've been learning over the last few months how the Bible is your took to know and use in your daily life, but reading this book really brought that message home.  Because I read this book, I was thinking more about how I act with my children.  If I read my Bible more, I will have that in my mind and know the Christ-like way to respond to the situations and know God's expectations of us. 

How powerful is that?  I've heard the message before, but it finally clicked. 

I'm diving into She Reads Truth again and joining them through 1 and 2 Timothy.  I'd taken a hiatus in the devotions of She Reads Truth for awhile, but I'm getting back into it and hoping it becomes routine again. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Counting

I just heard Elinore count from one to ten correctly for the first time!

Monday, April 20, 2015