Sunday, April 25, 2010

Just me and you kid!

My youngest child Sophie is very lucky because she gets the majority of my one-on-one time. Her older three siblings are all in school, so she gets to stay home with me while they're at school. I try to make the most of our time together because in a couple of short years she will start school too! Here is one of our recent fun outings to the Caldwell Zoo:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring Break '10

Yes I am consistently late on posting about the events of my family!!
Spring break week, Theo took off work one day so the whole family could go somewhere together. We decided to go to the Oil Museum in Kilgore, and were pleasantly surprised at how fun it was! First they take you in a room and have you watch a movie about the history of oil in East Texas, which was kinda interesting, but was not keeping the children entertained, and I began to regret our decision to spend the day here. Luckily, the kids were more interested once they were able to walk around and do some hands-on stuff! Our favorite part was the old-timey town. They had shops to look at, an old-timey theater that played a much more interesting movie about the history of the oil boom in East Texas, and an elevator ride to the center of the earth! Fun and learning was had by all!

Monday, April 19, 2010

We're bad parents?!?

We all have moments or days where we feel like we're not good parents. But sometimes your child (not meaning to) reaffirms these feelings & you wonder how could God have entrusted me with these fragile lives? My son's class had to write a story about their lives to be published. He brought it home a few weeks ago for us to proofread. I can't remember the story word for word, so I'm just gonna paraphrase it:

I woke up in the morning, turned the light on, and walked in to snore-filled living room. I said "Dad, can I watch TV?", he didn't answer. Then I screamed "Dad, can I watch TV?" Dad said "NO!". Just then my mom called out "It's time for lunch". I walked in the kitchen and asked my mom what we were having. She said "Whatever you can find!". I looked in the pantry and there was nothing in there but year-old peanut butter. I looked in the refrigerator and there was just an old sandwich. I decided to eat that. I took one bite and it wasn't very good. I just wish I had some pizza!

The End! I began to get tears in my eyes that my son chose to right this story that depicts us as such bad, uncaring parents. We talked to him about it for awhile, and I honestly think he didn't realize that there was anything wrong with it. We told him we were afraid his teacher would report us to CPS! We talked him into picking another topic. So we shredded this story and he began writing about when we went to Goblin Valley in Utah.

I can't speak for Theo, but this incident did make me think about how I am doing as a parent, I definitely think I need to work on my parenting skills!