Sunday, April 5, 2015

Live it Good!

I'm getting older (yeh, I said that, ha-ha) and some parts of my life I wish I could go back and do all over again.  I'm not perfect, the perfect person doesn't exist.  I recently watched a movie "About Time"  a man traveling through time, if something happened and he didn't particularly like the outcome he could travel back, make a couple of changes, or walk down memory lane with a particular person and make it EXACTLY the way that he wanted. 

Perfect, right? 

Wouldn't life be so easy and grand if we could travel back in time, fix the problems that we created, make a situation better, or love someone harder than before?   Wishful thinking, however, we can't re-do our lives, but we can start now, "start living as if we've deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of our extraordinary, ordinary lives."

I need to remember:

I CAN:

-laugh at myself and my mistakes
-find the silver lining in a dark cloud
-love unconditionally
-always say something nice
-say what I mean
-live free and live happy
-live life and live it good

I WILL:

-let laughter fill my ears as often as possible
-make a change, be the good
-love even harder
-act crazy just to get a laugh or smile out of my boys
-be kind, kindness DOES matter, even when you have to put someone in their place
-live a full life, make moments memorable
-let "J.C."  my prince of peace have my worries..... Jesus Christ.

My thoughts for the day...how can I be better, how to make my moments with my family, friends, and my life really count?  Am I really being the best that I can be, not perfect, but giving my all as a mother, a wife, and a friend?  Even then, my own personal best is all that I can be....not someone else's personal best, but just my own. 


"We are all traveling through time together, every day of our lives.  All we can do is our best and relish this remarkable ride."





(Disclaimer:  If you watch this movie, "About Time" there are several curse words, one sexual scene although it is not acted out - but implied, however, the message at the end is great.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Can I have a rewind, please?

Soon as Kindergarten began, it is now ending.  Where will our new journey take us, I'm not sure, but I am looking forward to what the future holds.  However,  as exciting as this journey may be it is truly an era of that will never be experienced again.  I can understand why most parents cry when their child begins Kindergarten and when they graduate.  I had to choke down some tears yesterday during the ceremony when the Kindergarten class started singing "One Small Voice"......that song gets me EVERY time.  It's just the innocence and tenderness of a child's voice singing.  

This morning while sitting here in the house, it's quiet and I can actually hear myself think.  I'm reflecting back on all of the memories of the boys from the time we found out we were pregnant with them and the hardship that came along with that; up until yesterdays festivities.  I will never again be able to experience the moments with the boys through out the past six years.  I only wish I could slow down time to really savor every moment all over again, because I certainly would.  

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but I'd potty train twins all over again!!!  I can remember how proud they were when they would make it to the potty on time..... to putting on big boy underwear for the first time.  Nolan actually praised me for going to the restroom one time...."Good job, Mommy!"

How can you not get a little sentimental when your children hit big milestones in their lives? 

Here are a couple of pictures from the boys Kindergarten graduation:

Wyatt starting the whole program out
 
Receiving his certificate from Mrs. Glover
 
Nolan's turn
 
Nolan receiving his certificate from Mrs. Sweat
 
Earlier in the day the boys had an end of the year party in their classrooms, below are some pics from the party.
 
Nolan..."Mommy, I look handsome!"
 
Nolan's classroom
(Mrs. Ogle his teacher pictured to the left, she wasn't feeling well, and wasn't able to attend the Kindergarten graduation, but Nolan's other teacher did, Mrs. Sweat.  I'll get an individual picture of Nolan and Mrs. Ogle tomorrow)
 
Nolan's class
 
Wyatt at his class party
 
Wyatt with his autograph puppy
 
Wyatt and his teacher Mrs. Glover
 
Nolan,Mrs. Sandra and Mrs. Sweat
(Nolan was tired and hot)
 
Nolan and his teacher, Miss Ogle
 
 
I keep thinking of a quote I read...

"I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow and each road leads you where you want to go."
 
 
May all of our future moments go EXTREMELY slow. 
 
 


Friday, September 14, 2012

Figgy Funtower

Well, it's a good morning here in the Anderson household.  Wyatt woke up to evidence that the tooth fairy had been here last night.  He couldn't have been more excited.  This excitement started last night, pretty late and way past his bedtime. 

Blake and I had bible study last night, so Blake took the boys to his Dad's house.  When Wyatt came home, he was so sleepy and ready for bed.  I put him in his bed, he slept in his top bunk and wanted me to sleep in his bottom bunk, so I did.  I wasn't in the bed more than 5 minutes when I saw a little head pop over the edge of the top bunk looking at me upside down.  In a worried and pitiful little voice Wyatt says, "Mommy, my loose tooth is pushing back even further, and I'm afraid I'm going to swallow it and not have ANOTHER tooth for the tooth fairy."    So I said, "Let's get up and check it out."  So he climbed down we went into the kitchen and I sat him on top of the island.  I looked at his loose tooth, and sure enough it was barely hanging on by a thread, so I went to the bathroom and got a cotton ball.  I told him the cotton ball will comfort his tooth, and it will feel better (I didn't lie, I knew it would feel better once it was out!).  I  only had ONE chance to be quick, yank, and remove the tooth.  One swipe and it was gone, he didn't know what hit him!   

When I showed him the tooth in the cotton, the biggest smile ran across his face.  Wyatt, "Mommy, I finally have a real tooth to give the tooth fairy!"  Me, "Yes, Wyatt!  You do, I'm so happy for you!" 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We placed the tooth in a glass of water, put it on his dresser, and went to bed.

The first tooth Wyatt didn't swallow
 
 
THE tooth
 
 
 Five minutes later I see a little head pop over the edge of the top bunk looking at me upside down.  Wyatt, "Mommy?"  Me, "Yes, Wyatt?"  Wyatt, "Thank you for making my tooth feel better, and I can't wait to see what the tooth fairy's favorite color is."  Me, "You're welcome, I'm gonna have a hard time sleeping tonight because I'm so excited that the tooth fairy is coming.  Love you."  

I told Blake to wake me up early this morning so I would have time to put the gold coin on his dresser, sprinkle the glitter, and write the tooth fairy letter, since it was so late last night.  Being the tooth fairy can be hard work.  But, it's worth every minute of it when I see the excitement on my two little boys faces and the smiles that this adventure brings.

I woke Wyatt and Nolan up for school this morning.  I asked Nolan, "Do you know that Wyatt lost a tooth last night?"  Nolan, "No Mommy, did the tooth fairy come?"  Me, "Yes, he did, go see what he left."  Nolan runs to Wyatt's dresser to see what color the water is, what color the fairy dust is, and where the fairy dust trail is located on the window sill.    (Our tooth fairy's leave a letter so we will know their name, what their favorite color is - the water is turned to the tooth fairy's favorite color once the tooth is removed by the fairy.) 

Nolan, "Wyatt, come see you fairy dust!!"  Wyatt climbs down his bunk bed ladder, and hops over to his dresser.  Wyatt, "Wow, Mommy, my water turned to purple, his favorite color is purple! And look he left a purple trail on the window!"


 
 
Tooth removed, water turned purple, letter and gold one dollar coin left behind
 
 
 
 
Opening his letter
 
Fairy dust trail on the window sill
 
I read Wyatt's tooth fairy letter to him.  His tooth fairy "Figgy Funtower" even made a point to tell him, he was so glad that Wyatt didn't swallow his tooth this time! 
 
Figgy Funtower, Wyatt's asigned tooth fairy this time
 
 
My little man with his pumpkin smile
 

We dressed for school, ate breakfast, and were running a little behind this morning due to all of the tooth fairy excitement.  But, I had one more trick up my sleeve to get more smiles.  The boys went to the truck outside with Blake, he was loading the boys when I said "Look on the handle of the truck."  I had sprinkled purple glitter on the door handle of the truck.

Truck door handle

The boys immediately started laughing and smiling.  One of them said, "That crazy Figgy, he's trying to go to school with us!"  It made me laugh.  Me, "Who knows maybe he's in here somewhere with you."  The boys started looking around the truck, Blake smiling, and the boys giggling.  That's how my morning has started out....WONDERFUL and full of HAPPINESS. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thinking about more

Our whole family has enjoyed our garden so much this year, I'm actually thinking of planting a fall garden.  Some veggies do not fair well in the hot weather and will not produce, such as my broccoli. I've already decided what I will and won't plant in next years garden.  If I plant cucumbers, I'll plant them at the end of the garden box, they definitely take over and shade other seeds around them, hindering them. 

The cucumbers are climbing right out of the box


I'll try green and bulb onion again, they didn't grow at all this year.  I was hoping to have some onions.  I won't do broccoli in the summer, I haven't had any florets bloom due to the extreme heat.  But, I can cook the broccoli leaves, which I am planning to do tonight and free up my garden.  They also seem to attract the most insects.  The insect is pretty and colorful, but eats the broccoli leaves like crazy!

Broccoli leaves


 I'm growing an organic garden without pesticides.  So the produce will not be the 'perfect' store bought produce, but it still tastes good and it's FREE.

More blooms on the Contender bush green beans, I love to see new blooms, MORE green beans coming!


 I'll add many more carrots, an assortment of peppers (hot and mild), green beans (bush - not climbers), and Bibb lettuce.  Who knew?  When you harvest the Bibb lettuce by cutting it at the base, it grows AGAIN!  What a sweet surprise.  I have more lettuce.


The second round of lettuce growing like crazy


Our very first tomato turning red


More tomatoes on their way


I'm also planning to buy some giant flower pots, place them by the front door and plant several different kinds of herbs in them, mint, basil, lavender, etc. I think not only will they be nice to see and use, but smell good as well.   Stay tuned.....I never know what I'll get myself in to!


Here's an updated pic of our garden:




"Nolan-ism" of the day.  While eating a pickle (he LOVES pickles), he popped a single seed out and handed it to me, "Mommy, save this seed I want to grow a pickle tree!"



Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cosmo Splash

Finally!  Wyatt lost his very first tooth, his tooth had been loose for a long time.  I had checked it early that day, and knew it would be gone in the next day or so.  Blake brought the boys to the movies to see "Brave", in which they absolutely loved and Blake did as well.  They brought the left over popcorn from their movie, and Wyatt began eating it again while watching TV.  

I was in another room and Wyatt came running in saying, "Mommy, I lost my tooth!"   He was smiling from ear to ear. 





Mr. Excited "I lost a tooth!"


I asked him, "Where is your tooth?"  Wyatt, "I don't know."  I was so happy for him, we were cheering and jumping up and down, and finally we went to the chair he was sitting in.  Blake took the remaining popcorn, went through the bucket checking for the tooth. 

The famous popcorn bucket


 I started looking through the creases in the chair, under the chair, and I just couldn't find it.  Me,  "How did you notice your tooth was missing?"  Wyatt, "I was just eating popcorn and popcorn seeds and noticed the hole was there and my tooth was gone."  Me, "Do you think you swallowed it?"  ----------> ENTER THE LOOK OF PANIC.  Wyatt, "You, mean I can swallow it?"  Me, "Yes, it can happen."  ----------> ENTER THE CRYING.  I tried to comfort him, he was so upset.  Me, "Wyatt, it's okay, little boys and girls swallow their teeth all of the time, it just happens sometimes.  Mommy and Daddy both swallowed teeth when we were little."  (Knowing good and well, I don't know whether I really had or not.)  Eventually Wyatt starts to settle down.  Wyatt, "Mommy, I thought I was chewing a popcorn seed and I really think I did swallow it."   He and I decided we were going to draw a picture for the tooth fairy, put a piece of rice in the glass of water for her to take instead.  We decided the piece of rice would get nice and soft, and the fairy could take it with him or her as a snack. 

Wyatt posing with his "false tooth" (the rice, he HAD to pose with something)


So that's what we did, Wyatt drew a very detailed picture of himself in bed with his tooth and the tooth fairy was sprinkling dust on him from above.  We placed a glass of water with the piece of rice inside for the fairy. 

"The rice"  (in the bottom of the glass)


We read a book together before bedtime, Wyatt got into bed and went to sleep.  Early today Wyatt woke up around 7 am running through the house (I was already up), "The tooth fairy came, the TOOTH FAIRY CAME EVERYBODY!  Mommy, come see!  Hurry!"  So I ran into his room, he had the sweetest and most proud smile on his face.  Wyatt, "Look at my glass of water, it's orange, my favorite color!" 



The tooth fairy had taken the rice out of the glass, turned the water orange, left a letter, some green fairy dust on his dresser, window sill, and his bed.




Still half asleep but excited about his gold coin












Wyatt's tooth fairy letter read:

June 30, 2012

Dear Wyatt,

I was looking for your tooth in the glass of water and noticed a piece of rice instead.  I immediately knew that you swallowed your tooth.  Children leave my favorite snack,  a piece of rice in a glass of water (the water softens the rice so I can chew it) when his or her tooth is accidentally swallowed.  I'm sorry this happened to you, and imagine it was a big surprise for you as well.  But, don't worry accidents happen and I'm leaving you a special coin just the same. 

Well, Congratulations!  You lost your VERY FIRST tooth!  What a relief!  Loosing a tooth is a sign that you are growing up.

Please keep being a good boy and taking really good care of your teeth, so they'll stay healthy and not sick.

I left a special coin just for you.  It's a gold one dollar coin.  Enjoy!

Your assigned tooth fairy,

Cosmo Splash

Fairy Dust Color is: Graze (green)
Favorite Color is: Orange



Fairy dust on the window sill


Dust on his stuffed animal in his bed


Checking out the dust on his stuffed animal


Wyatt was completely happy with his Tooth Fairy adventure after all.    He was however a little worried that the Tooth Fairy wouldn't come if he didn't have a tooth to give.  We now have the next best pumpkin smile gracing our home.  A new milestone has been reached in the Anderson home, our little babies are little boys growing up; and way too quickly for me!