Teach Us to Number Our Days

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I wanted Benjamin to keep better track of his time. So I created a visual aid and went to print it off. And then I saw all the papers I usually tape to our Wall of Achievement. The pile was getting out-of-hand, so I looked for the tape. The tape was empty, So I hunted […]

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Multitasking Has Its Limits

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I was going to the bathroom, holding a fussy baby (you know you’ve been there), when my five year old barged in. “Your arms aren’t busy now. Now can you fix my Darth Vader?” Sometimes all you can do is stare. And then laugh. But I refuse to hot glue toys from the toilet.

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Twenty-Four Pictures of my Adorable Children.

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My Children Can’t Hear Me

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It’s been a day.  A full day of expressing frustration to my children over the fact that they Do.Not.Hear.My.Voice anymore. Your children do that, too, right?! So it had been a day like that.  Full of repeating myself a minimum of three times, and usually resorting to The Yell.  Or better yet, The Bellow (when […]

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Benjamin and the Follow-Up Questions

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I’ve noticed something about my middle child.  Every question I ask him is followed by three questions from him to “clarify” what I mean. For lunch, “Benjamin, do you want your sandwich heated up so that the meat and cheese is melty?” “But… is it not cold?” “No, it’s heated up.” “But… is it hot?” […]

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But I *Waaaaaannnnnt* It.

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Benjamin wanted to play the Clickstart game we had brought over on our last trip to the house.  I went to hook it up only to find we had left the power cord behind.  I explained all this to him, but he still proceeded with, “But I *waaaaannnnnt* to play it!” So I decided to […]

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Going Back in Time

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Ever look at your four-year-old on his birthday and wonder how that 8 pound, 13 oz bundle of helplessness transformed into the independent preschooler grinning at you from his perch on the kitchen table? I found I couldn’t believe the two were the same.  So I went back through my pictures and proved it to […]

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The Kitchen Timer Story

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Sometimes my kids do things that just make me want to cry. This afternoon, for example, Benjamin (who is almost four) threw my kitchen timer on the floor.  I didn’t see the first throw; I figured someone had simply dropped something.  I was curious when I heard the second throw.  I came in just in […]

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Benjamisms

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Here are two gems for you. I wish I could remember more. I love the words that come out of my three-year-old’s mouth. ———————————- Levi thought Benjamin had a fruit snack in his hand and tried to open it. To which Benjamin responded: “I don’t have anything. I only have blood inside my skin. That is […]

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A Record of Events (a.k.a. ramblerambleramble)

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Olivia did multiplication yesterday at breakfast.  Lunch?  Or was it today?  She was thinking while eating, then looked up and told me, “Three 2’s are 6!”  I was very proud.  And I told her so.  And then she said, “And four 2’s are 8!”  And I kissed her. Josh told Benjamin it was too muggy […]

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