Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy 9th Birthday, Guy!

What is it about time and children that seem to make it go by so swiftly?  I'm not sure but I know that I want to soak these kids up now so that I don't look back and wish them small again.  I want to love and enjoy them at each and every (st)age they're at.

Right now we're celebrating nine years of being parents of two and fondly remembering Guy as a baby and little boy.  He's turned into quite the courteous and kind child.  He's not too cool to play with children younger than himself, which might be one of my favorite qualities of his.  He's helpful and always willing to please.  He also has some of his parents in him too.  That darn perfectionism didn't skip a generation.  And it's very hard to convince him of something contrary to what he believes.  He doesn't want you to go out of your way for him, though he will for you.

Love this kid.


I just realized I never posted this!  Well, now we're up to 9 1/2...still love him ;)

Let it Rain

When Phill is off of work, usually at 3p on Friday, it seems our life of luxury begins.  We stay up later, play longer, eat more and just generally have a better, more restful attitude about life.  There's something about knowing the next 63 hours are all ours.

We have really loved the transition of having daddy home to work out of an office here at the house.  He gets to sleep in a bit longer, saves on gas, takes a nice 10 o'clock and 3 o'clock break with us and we all get to enjoy lunch together.  It really couldn't be going better.  

But there is a bit of a challenge when it comes to keeping it quiet.  It's never been an issue b/c when Phill gets a call we all press mute and I grab the baby and run back to her room.  I'm curious to see how it will go as Edith gets older and knows where daddy is and wants to see him and just generally gets loud.  

I'll probably take the kids to the library more...and not during her naps which is what we do now.  

On Sundays we are usually rushing around trying to get ready to make it to our church's first service.  Phill thought it started 45 minutes earlier than it does and we were all out the door with about 45 minutes to spare.  

We found a sweet little place across from the library to snap some pics. 

We're trying to make as many memories as we can with the kids.  Most are small memories like sniffing honeysuckles every chance we get and some are monumental.  Homeschool is definitely a big one.  

On days like today, while it forces most inside and causes a lot to sing it away, we wake with smiles and say let it rain!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm Not Sure I Ever Was 31

It's a good life.  It's the moments you deliberately create and the ones that are designed just for you that are out of your control that sweeten life.  How about the ones that shatter your world and make time stop?  Those can be good too.  {Funny, I wished my parents a happy anniversary yesterday and thanked them for staying together through the good and bad.  Why did I thank them for the good?  Well I really have nothing profound to stay to that except I chuckled for typing it.  ;)  }

Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.  James 3:13  

I saw this yesterday:

This made me think about how the tragedies in our lives can be turned into wisdom and that what we do for others can spawn out of those circumstances.  It's a little "circle of life" thought process.  

Back to "the moments you deliberately create."  Today the kids and I hopped in the runner and went to deliver Meals on Wheels.  It's something I used to do with my grandmother when I was a child; I have good memories of those times.  I wanted the kids to experience that type of serving as well.  So off we went to love on the older community.  I forewarned them of all the things that might happen to cause young kids to think they're funny or weird or too old.  "They might smell differently b/c of the products they use.  They might want to hug and kiss you.  They might look at you and not notice you.  They might not feel well and not act excited to see you." And the ultimate, "There is always a chance that we could walk in and find them hurt and or passed away."  Really.  And they were cool with all the above scenarios so I knew it'd be a good day.  

They were both very eager to take meals in.  And the folks/clients/friends/neighbors/whatever is PC nowadays were thrilled to see them.  One lady, Fannie, who is quite old said to me, "Well you don't look old enough to have three kids" to which I replied, "Well, I'm 31" and smiled.  Then she said, "I'm not sure I ever was 31."  That made Kyra laugh.  

They were all so pleased to see the kids.  And sure enough, we had one who couldn't wait to lay her meal aside and pull Kyra and Guy in for hugs and kisses.  And the kids happily accepted her sweet gestures and smiled in the most genuine ways.  

Today, was a deliberate day.  

Monday, August 29, 2011

There's Always So Much ..

.. on my mind but sometimes I come to the computer and I go blank.  Like if I were to start typing so much would come out that I wouldn't make since nor would I get it all out.

So since it's been a while, I think I'll simply rely on photos.

Good night.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday-Our Favorite

We fully enjoy Sundays.  Church and then a peaceful and relaxing day afterward.  Yesterday was such a lovely Sunday too.  The temps were in the 80s and the wind was a very soft breeze.  It was like a little piece of Heaven in our backyard.  Too bad the baby went down before we went out or she would have enjoyed her nap on the family blanket.  

Phill took the big kids to Compton Gardens and they went for their first bike ride in I don't know how long.  So Edith and I decided to just shoot some pics.  And this became my favorite.  In color and black & white.

Well, most of Sunday was peaceful and restful.  And then I got a wild hair to do some rearranging.  B/C that doesn't cost anything (at least not right away).  If you've been to my house then you probably remember one of our walls covered in photos.  We (mostly I) loved it for about four years.  And now it's just old.  Over the last 6 months we've been taking pictures away, using frames for other pics, and gifts, replacing one picture with one of Edie.  Anyway, we came up with a new collage and are going to put it in our kitchen/dining room area.  Here's the possible layout:

And the wall that was covered?

The dresser holds the kids' curriculum and other school items.  I love it!!  I would like to refinish the wood though...maybe a yellow like this.  

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Spaghetti Tacos, Grapes and a Tree

Yes, that's what you're seeing.  Spaghetti inside a taco shell.  And I can't tell you how long Guy has been asking me to make these, thanks to iCarly.  Thought it would be a flop, but alas the kids loved them.

Thursday night we went to the local Grape Festival and had a wonderful time.  Didn't realize it was a fair though.  Ha.  Might have prepared a bit more for that.

And in today's news...The kids were going to go with Phill to Joplin to help clean up but it turns out you had to be 13 to go.  They were bummed out.  But, we had a neighbor who lost a tree last week from the storms and thought it might be fun to go help them.  The thing with helping is that sometimes you're pouring yourself into someone with a need like the folks in Joplin, Japan, Haiti on the streets, etc...and sometimes you're doing it for yourself.  Our neighbors didn't need our help.  They had already done the heavy work.  Turns out, when I called to see if the kids could help, they were needing to leave and had a few things left to work on with the tree which made a perfect opportunity for my kids to get out there and give of their time.  We loaded up our water bottles and trekked over to help.  It's a learning experience for them.  Being helpful, generous and giving tend to be learned through experience.  We have to make sure they get those opportunities.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hello, My Name is Mrs. Krout {But You Can Call Me Mommy}

Woke up this morning and the kids were ready to start school.  And since it's not been announced yet, I suppose now is as good a time as any.  The kids are going to be home schooled this fall.  I am going to homeschool them.  They are going to be schooled .. at home.

It's a decision that took two years to make.  And it's one we're solid on, but that doesn't take away the fact that it hasn't yet been done by us and therefore I'm certain it'll be perfect and I'll make no mistakes and they're going to be brilliant.


I am a little nervous .. of the unknown, of my expectations, of others' judgements [even though I should not care what others think.  When I grow up, maybe I won't].  But at the same time there is a lot of excitement too.

And so when they asked if we could start school this morning I said yes!  We didn't just jump in and start a full day.  I suggested we do one subject just to get a feel for how it's going to go.  And it was great.  They both wanted to try math and for an hour I went to each kid's room and helped/guided them.  It was wonderful.   I felt elated and they were confident and thrilled to be students.  

The schoolmarm is ready.  Bring on the year.


Here in our land of Arkansas we enjoyed a tax-free weekend on certain items.  Clothing fell into this category and since it's back to school time we decided to get Edith a new diaper.  Smirk.

Here's the little one.

Thank you, Arkansas, for losing some tax money so that we can have a little style.
Love you.