Thursday, July 25, 2013

Silly, Sweet Kyle

The song "Oh, Susanna" is on a children's CD that we've been listening to in the car lately.  The songs says, "Oh! Susanna, Oh don't you cry for me, for I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee."  Kyle almost always says, "Mimi lives in Alabama!"  Sorry, Bobbles...our kids do not believe that you live in Alabama, but if they hear Arizona anywhere, they say that Bobbles lives there!  Mimi, though, lives in Alabama and the house in Huntsville is Mimi's house, not Bobbles.  :)
This morning, we babysat for a friend's little girl.  She is 19 months old.  I explained to the boys before she came that she is little and not as rough as them, so they would have to be careful around her and help me watch her.  Well, Connor was a great helper with everything and took pride in being a helper.  Kyle, though, thought that he was in charge of her.  He thought that he was the babysitter!  Every time he saw her get near the stairs, he would jump on the steps and say, "No, No!  Get down, Guy!"  Yes, he kept calling her "Guy".  If I asked him what her name was, he would say Brenna (which was her name), but when he talked to her, he called her Guy!  I kept telling him that she is not a boy, so he should at least call her Girl, but he seemed to like to call her Guy.  Silly boy.
Both of the boys are really into telling jokes lately.  Connor's jokes are usually bad and don't make much sense, but Kyle's are just off the wall.  But, he laughs and laughs at himself like he is the best stand up comic around!  I have a feeling he is going to be the class clown one day.  We'll see!
He is so proud of his new lunchbox.  He is going to go to Mother's Day Out one day a week starting next month.  He is so excited to go to "school" like Connor.  I'm afraid he's going to be really upset when he realizes that it is only one day that he gets to go, but that Connor will go five days.  Earlier this week, we went to Target to buy Connor's Kindergarten school supplies.  :(  So, we bought both of them  new lunch boxes.  Kyle has been so proud of his.  He has told everyone about it and keeps asking me if he can take it with him now.  So cute!
At night, when we read and pray before bed, we read and pray in Connor's bed with Connor and Daddy and then I take him to his room to sing him a couple of songs.  After we pray in Connor's room, he is supposed to hug and kiss Daddy and Connor and tell them good night.  Lately, he thinks he is so funny and he kisses Jeremy's knee before giving him a hug!  Then, he wants to kiss Connor's knee and they spend the next two minutes wrestling in the bed!  Kyle loves Connor so much and LOVES to make him laugh!  And, I absolutely LOVE watching them laugh together!
Kyle has become such a "Mama's Boy".  He has always been much more attached to me than Connor ever has been, but lately, it has been worse.  He does great if I'm not around, but if he knows that I'm in the house, he wants me to do everything for him...change his diaper, carry him up the stairs (he can walk himself), put his pajamas on him at night, put him to bed, brush his teeth, etc.  I constantly hear, "Mommy, Mommy do it!"  I'll take it though.  I love that he is so attached to me!
Connor has recently started calling me "Mom" and Jeremy "Dad" sometimes.  He still says "Mommy" and "Daddy" most of the time, but more and more, I am hearing Mom and Dad.  I HATE IT!  It makes him sound so grown up and I don't want him to grow up!  But, what has made it so much worse is that Kyle has picked up on it and has started to do it, too.  He doesn't even think about it. It just comes out as "Mom" sometimes.  I keep saying, "Who's that?  There's no Mom around here.  I'm Mommy!"  I want to be Mommy a little bit longer, especially for Kyle, but definitely for both of them.  They are only two and five!  Stop growing up!
Connor always has amazed me with his memory and now Kyle is starting to say things that surprise me.  Last week, we were keeping Austin and Anna Liz for a little while and the boys pulled out an airplane.  Connor said to Austin, "That's the airplane you gave me for my birthday."  I wasn't surprised that Connor remembered that, but then Kyle said, "At Chick-fil-A!"  Kyle remembered that Austin had given Connor the airplane at Chick-fil-A for his birthday...6 1/2 months ago! 
Okay...I stop boring you with all my thoughts (if you've read this far!).  Kyle is just growing and learning so much lately and says some of the funniest things, so I wanted to document some of them for my benefit.  If you've read this far, I hope you've enjoyed!

Sunday, July 21, 2013


I've been reminded this week to be thankful for our health.  But, I've also been reminded of how quickly it can change. 
I've been praying for several friends or acquaintances who have had severely sick children or gave birth prematurely.  One little boy from LaGrange who has battled cancer for a couple of years passed away on Friday.  Two friends (one from high school and one from college) gave birth to their daughters prematurely last weekend.  Another friend's daughter had a bike accident a few weeks ago and spent almost two weeks in the hospital initially with severe internal injuries and then returned for about three more days last week.  Another friend is pregnant with her first child and the little girl has some heart problems.  The infant will have to have surgery within days of being born as well as future surgeries as she grows.
Over the last few weeks I have heard of so many stories like these from friends of mine.  I have prayed and prayed for these situations.  But, it has broken my heart to hear of these things.  I feel so terrible for these children, but also for these parents.  I cannot imagine how scared these parents must be as they care for their children.  I remember how scared I was when my mom went into the hospital last year when we didn't know what was wrong with her.  I can only imagine that a parent would feel even more helpless and scared!
I've been reciting the following verse in my head so much this week to help remind me to give my worries to God and not to allow them to control my thoughts. 
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
With hearing so many of these things, I could so easily sit and worry constantly about my sweet boys.  But, I try not to constantly worry.  God says to give it all to Him.  If these parents that are going through the valley can show their faith in each step of the way, I need to have faith when I'm not in the valley.
I'm also reminded in this verse to be THANKFUL.  I pray for these friends and their children and am reminded to be thankful for each of the successes, even the small ones.  I also pray for safety and protection and good health for my boys, but I am also reminded to be thankful for their current safety and health.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever."  Psalm 136:1


Birthday Party

Connor's friend Garrett had a birthday party at Reed Creek Park yesterday.  This was such a perfect party for little boys!  The guide started off by showing the kids some lizards and turtles that were in aquariums inside.  They were able to feed the turtles and hold the lizard.  After the intro, everyone headed outside for a little hike.  The guide took the kids on a scavenger hunt to look for things like bugs, fallen trees, pinecones, leaves, spider webs, fish and other outdoor things!  They were to mark off each item on the picture list that he passed out.  After the exploration, they each received a "net" to catch fish, tadpoles, and other creek creatures.  They all wore boots so that they could get as muddy as they wanted!  Connor and Kyle loved it so much!

Kyle is watching the lizard closely!  And, you can see the lizard looking back at him!

Let's hike!

Comparing their lists.

Kyle was so proud of his clipboard and list!

So cute!

The Creek!


Connor, Austin, and Garrett.

Kyle really enjoyed looking at all of the displays inside.  He studied every little thing inside of them!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Home, Home on the Range

This morning, Connor, Kyle and I were in the car and one of their CD's was playing music.  The song "Home on the Range" came on and as the song ended Kyle said, "Sunshine and Granddaddy live on da wange."  He thought that the song said "Home on LaGrange!"  So cute!

Monday, July 15, 2013

One More Cow Picture

I found this picture on our Chick-fil-A's Facebook page!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cow Appreciation Day

Today is Cow Appreciation Day!  Chick-fil-A gives away free meals to all who dress up as cows on Cow Appreciation Day.  We did it last year and had so much fun with it, so I saved all of our spots, our signs, and our hats.  The boys have been so excited about this day for a while now!  They couldn't wait to dress up today.  Connor even asked, "When is the next Cow Appreciation Day?!"
Dressing up as a cow is such a silly thing, but it is so much fun to see the kids light up when they get dressed up and when they saw me with my cow shirt.  It is so worth it!  I love that Chick-fil-A is so intentional about creating family bonding moments (like mine and Connor's Date Knight a few weeks ago)!
The first couple of pictures are just of Connor because Kyle was too busy walking around the tree trying to be a Woodpecker.  I don't know how that idea came up!

Fun times!

Phil Williamson Baseball Camp

While in LaGrange, the kids were able to play baseball with Granddaddy.  While they may not ever get to experience the original Phil Williamson Baseball Camp, they were able to have fun in the back yard with Granddaddy playing baseball!
I LOVE this picture!  And, this smile!

Love this smile, too!

At one point, I hit a few balls and the boys thought it was so funny that I could hit the ball!  Kyle was so funny because he kept cheering "Go Mommy!  Go, go Mommy!"  I loved having a cheering section!