December 14, 2008

Naughty or Nice

Alright, we all have heard Santa ask "so little boy/girl have you been naughty or nice this year?"...well we really got our almost 7 year old this year...and got him GOOD! I will start about a week ago to set the stage for one of the funniest moments this week.

So a week ago Saturday, in the AM, Troy and I were cleaning up our normally messy, but good, Saturday AM breakfast. He is standing at the sink and I am next to him cleaning the counters off. The boys are playing well up stairs, or so we thought... With in seconds we hear thud, thud, scream and cry. We both look over and Dylan is falling down the wooden unpadded stairs. Feet over head over feet. Troy ran to the bottom of the stairs and I was right behind him. We scooped him up and brought him to the couch to calm him down and make sure he was fine.

After a couple of minutes, he seems ok, his crying has died down a bit, and we both come down off the adrenaline rush we just went through. So we watched him all say Saturday and he was just fine. THANK GOD!

Now fast forward to Friday night, we are all at Troy's work holiday party. The boys have already sugared up, gotten balloon animals etc. and are now waiting for a quick photo op with Santa's helper! Now unknown to us, Santa's helper knows about the "stair" incident, and is prepared to use it in good faith that it might get the point across to Trevor, that Santa IS watching All. So we wait and wait and finally it is the boys turn to tell Santa's helper what they want for Christmas. They go and sit next to Santa's helper, and he asks the faithful question to Trevor "Have you been naughty or nice this year?", Trevor replies with, "I have been good"!

"oh Really?" asks Santa's helper "that is NOT what I heard".

Trevor looked at him and said "What?"

"I heard about you pushing your brother down the stairs last week"

Well let me tell you that Trevor almost lost it, the look on his face was priceless, he could not believe what he just heard. Talk about a great way to get a kid who is right on the borderline of believing in Santa and all the great things he brings.

Santa proceeded to tell Trevor to watch out cause Santa sees everything.
The next day Troy tells me about this, I did not hear the conversation between Trevor and Santa, just know it is a lengthy one, so I upload the photos and ask Trevor to come look at the photos. As we do I ask him questions about the cool photos, and then we come to the one above...So we ask what is was going in this one, knowing exactly what was said. And Trevor could not remember what was said or why he was making that face. Which we both know that is not the truth, he just does not want to tell us.
In all it made for a great memory for years to come, and one to share with his children when are are older.

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December 10, 2008

Things Kids say today 12/10/08

So last night we were able to finally break the wish bone from our post Thanksgiving Turkey! After dinner I called both boys into the kitchen and Troy helped them each grab one end of the wish bone. Thumbs together they pulled. This time around Dylan won the WISH! So we asked Dylan to make a wish, he paused and said "I wish for GOD!"

Out of the mouths of babes! We all had a good laugh, and then Trevor asked "Hey mom, did you get that on your camera!?"

The one time I do not have the camera on, there was something worth remembering! Oh well we will always have that one in our heads!

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Non Traditional Gift Giving

We have made a decision to give differently this year. We were inspired by my mother, who asked us to give less this year and was even more inspired by our church, who has been leading us in the Advent Conspiracy. As I have said to many over the past few months, I never really listened to a Sermon till I started going to SPCC, but now I take them in fully!

So over the past month there has been discussion about Spending LESS to get MORE out of Christmas ~ this is something that Troy and I have both been thinking about since September. We need to cut back this year and now we have been given such great tools to do it!

Our biggest obstacle is the boys with their wide child eyes, that those in the advertising industry are trying to attract from September to December 24th. Yes their eyes and ears are open to every NEW, Amazing, Cool, brightly colored toy, DVD, book, game and what ever else they absorb through TV Ads and circulars. But we are trying our best to explain that it is not about the STUFF, but it is about giving of your self to others.

Our almost 7 year old is getting some of it, but at the same time is worried about HOW much he will GET! This week was a challenge, we did ask him to give 1/2 of his allowance to his class, because they are raising funds to purchase an item from Heifer International . He did give in this week and we will ask him to do the same again next week, then after the holidays we will ask him to continue this so we as a family can pick a charity to save and give to.

The little guy still does not understand, so this year is simple for him. To him it is all about just opening the gifts and seeing Santa. But I have been working with him on making gifts for his grandparents, friends and for all of us in the family. Over time I am sure they will both grow to understand that it is about others and NOT all about them.

So back to my own giving....I have decided to give in new ways. From homemade Christmas ornaments, framed photographs of the children to my newest idea that was inspired by this weekends sermon. I am planning on giving to charities in Honor of each Family, I will choose charities that are close to the hearts of each family.

For my mother I will give to a charity that focuses on Breast Cancer Research, In Honor of my Father I will give to a charity that focuses on Lung Diseases. For my in-laws we will most likely pick a local charity that they support. And in honor of each of my children I will give to children in other countries through one of the many organizations that I have listed below.

But beyond all that, I will have the boys donate a few toys after the holidays, continue to donate can goods at church, tell them what the Local MOMS Club is doing to help a local family and how our community is in need. With my sons cub scout den I have also asked the boys to create Christmas cards for the Military troops who are over seas and away from their families this holiday season, they move over 50 cards and an additional 14 from another Den in our pack. Then I asked the boys to create a photo frame, take a photo and then learn to wrap the gift, then they had to choose a person who was not a family member and give it to them for Christmas.

I would also like to extend this thought process long after the holidays and maybe in the spring have our oldest put together some sort of service project through the cub scouts, church or his school.

My long term goal is to allow my children to grow as better Christians, better men and all around better members of their world. I know they are loving caring children, and I know that they are children of a commercially based world, but if we can make small changes over time, I know they will become better Christian men as they grow.

December 8, 2008

Random Thoughts

Today hubby and I got down our 11 boxes of christmas / winter decorations, and they were sitting at the top of the run up and the 6+ year old says "is that Christmas?"

Hubby replies "No, those are boxes!"

this is a a video of trevor and I being 100% silly one night with the cam on the computer!

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December 3, 2008

things kids do

Last night is a classic example of funny things kids do!

Right before dinner our three year old told me he was “tired”, so I told him to sit and eat dinner and then we will go to bed, this was at 6:00pm.

Dinner came and went, as did the fight over an after dinner treat! But he did well and ate his green beans and most of the meat balls. Hey if he would eat just one bean we would do the happy dance.

Troy and I did the typical clean up etc, while the boys continued to watch the movie they had started. We were in the kitchen for about 15 minutes, and we came in to find our almost 7 year old sitting peacefully watching the movie. But where was the little guy? I looked around, figured he was upstairs or in the bathroom causing havoc!

But as we both came back into the living room, there was this little bundle of blanket on the couch. So we both thought - LOL he is hiding on us, he he...right?
Nope this little guy had covered himself in a blanket and fallen asleep, rubber boots and all!

Needless to say he was up at 3 am! And so was I!