Wednesday, February 15, 2012

JBILY Day Part 2

Last night, Jake and I spent our evening playing Cribbage. I won :)  But now, Jake will peg any points I forget to count, which will be a lot :( 

In the past, I've put together binders of the boys artwork & mementos throughout the year. Since 2009, the only thing I managed to get done are the Valentines they receive from classmates and friends. The pages look fantastic! I would scan them for you but the dopey machine always put a line in whatever I scan.

I did do something more than just heart attack the boys walls.
I actually implemented 2 ideas from Pinterest:
30 Days of Family Dinner Questions for 5 months

During dinner, we used to have a "Let's Talk" Bucket full of topics to discuss. It was a lot of fun. Once we ran out, Liam asked me to make more. It's was bumped to the bottom of the "to do" list, a lot. He got tired of waiting, and began asking "_____, what's your highlight for today?" Such a caring, thoughtful little boy! So the bucket is refilled, and I'll also use the questions in the next item.

Traveling Notebooks -
Reminds me of the notebooks I passed around with my BFF's, Tiff and Lynz. I still have one with Belle on the cover. 

I haven't finished decorating the books, but I gave it to Kai this afternoon when he wanted to talk with me but I was too busy helping/yelling interacting with Coby to give him my attention. I handed him the book and asked him to write what he wanted to tell me. He was thrilled.

After our "chatter time" together, I sat down and read his entry. It was really great to have that extra insight into his day and feel a little closer to him, his bright and energetic spirit.  As I wrote back, I was able to say things that I forget to say when we are together. You know, all the good stuff that he does or that I feel about him. I get all caught up in the the schedule or getting things done that I don't always take the time to stop and focus, on these beautiful, special, and wonderful boys that I have been given, or to enjoy the blessing of being their mom.

I hope that they will feel like they are getting to know me better as we write back and forth, and that I will be able to make the transition from writing to saying my feelings.

I finished off my note to Kai with this question: If you could have picked your own name, what would it be?

What name would you pick for yourself?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy JBILY Day

Liam thinks today is Just Because I Love You Day, 
like on Team Umizoomi. Too cute!

The boys woke up to hearts on the walls. 
Kai's bunk wall with his 3D Tron Poster from Grammy.
Kai was not impressed with his hearts.
Liam's Bunk. He loved his hearts!
DJ's wall, shh he's sleeping
Coby's Romy Bear standing guard while he's at school. 
C: "Why we weren't have pink German Pancakes?"
M: Uh, no eggs. Sorry.

Heart Stamped Sandwiches for lunch.
Cookie cutter swished in food coloring, then stamp.
C: How'd you make the hearts on my sandwich?
 They tasted like cinnamon". 
M: Mommy Magic. 
C: There's no such thing as magic. 

I volunteered to do a game for Coby's party.  I used a BINGO generator. It suggested HEART for Valentine's, but Coby's grade has been studying Ancient Greece, so I thought it would be fun to do CUPID instead. I asked the kids to tell me what they knew about Cupid. They were so excited to share their knowledge with me. 

Interesting thing: As I called out the numbers, each group would repeat it using the same inflection I used. 

Here's what we got for each other
For Jake, walnut 3 track cribbage board to replace the
too short, plastic board he was using. 

For me, a massage and roses!!
Dinner was a joint effort:
Ring of Fire Chicken, by Alton Brown
It's Shake n Bake, and I hep'd.

Last night, I made a bunch of cute things to give out, but today was super busy, so only the folks who stopped by our house received them. Sorry, everyone else. We love you!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


L: What's in this soup Mommy?
M: Onion, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, and the kale you picked out at Walmart.
L: I wanted kale, chicken, and rice. 

M: Oh.

He ate only the kale then DJ enjoyed what was left of the soup.