Thursday, February 28, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Yes, we're guilty parents of pretending there's a Santa Claus - but we've always stressed the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ. Steve & I both have fond memories of believing in Santa when we were little & have enjoyed pretending like there is a Santa with our girls. I suppose I should be grateful we got to play it so long. I'm actually surprised "M" hasn't figured it out sooner since she's 8 now & a very logical thinker. On the other hand, I've always been a little concerned as to how they would react when they found out there wasn't a Santa. Would they think we lied to them? Would they be able to trust us about other things in life? Would it affect how they feel about spiritual things? Would they be really upset & cry their eyes out?! They actually took the news really well & even laughed at themselves for believing in Santa.
Then they started asking about other things we've pretended like Mrs. Claus, the elves, Rudolph, the Easter Bunny & Twinkle the Tooth Fairy. In a way it's a little sad - all that is gone in one night. It's like they aren't my little girls anymore - they know too much! After all kinds of questions and a very long discussion, they finally asked, "So does this mean Santa, the Easter Bunny & Twinkle won't bring us gifts anymore?" I said, "No - we've just always pretended like it was a game so we can keep pretending as long as you want to." They were pleased with that answer.
I also had to stress that even though we pretended with those characters, there is one thing we would not pretend about - and that is the Bible. Everything in the Bible is true. Everything really happened. God really did create the world and everything in it. He really did send Jesus to earth to be born as a human baby. He lived and died and rose again. He's in heaven and we'll be with Him, too, someday because we've asked Jesus into our hearts. He's the one true thing you can believe in. "M's" bedtime prayer tonight ended with, "Thank you God for being the one true thing we can believe in." I think they grew up tonight more than they know.
A few years ago, we decided to change our girly girlz playroom into a "dance room" since dancing is one of their very favorite things to do. Although it was a lot of work, Steve & I had so much fun working on this project. It was like a mini-version of "While You Were Out" or "Extreme Home Makeover". We sent the girls to Steve's parents for the weekend & got busy right away. The room was already painted the way I wanted it, I just added the wording and pictures around the top border. Then Steve built a stage & I painted it. He also added a ballet bar, curtains in front of the stage & rope lighting. Last, we added a rubber flooring and decorated with accessories. When the girls got home, they totally flipped out! The girls have great fun putting on family performances and shows with their friends when they come over for playdates. These are pictures of what it looks like when it's nice and clean - thus, here's my dilemma...
Yesterday, the girls told me to please not come into the dance room because they were redecorating it. Immediately, my heart started pounding and I thought, "Oh no! What are they doing to the room?!" They were having so much fun and worked on it for hours so I just let them - but not without hesitation. When they were finally ready to show me their "fine" work, I had to bite my tongue not to say anything. They said they had created their own "quiet time places". Furniture was moved and I could hardly see the floor, but they were so proud of their accomplishment. They said, "What do you think, Mom?!" I commended them on their hard work and had to leave soon after or else I would have started fixing things back to how I like them. I tried to remind myself that this is their space and that they should be allowed to decorate it however they like - to a point. If they are into "decorating" their space at ages 5 & 8, what's it going to be like when they are teenagers?! I better start praying now for the Lord to give me patience ;-)
I caught "A" today sneaking into my make-up. Luckily, I caught her just before she got into my mascara! I know it's been said many times, but kids grow up so fast right under our noses. Before I know it, "A" will be driving! Oh, I don't even want to think about that! If only I could keep her this age forever ;-) Today, she was praying before lunch - and her prayers seem to be getting longer and longer - and she was praying for her 10 usual things that she prays for but then she added, "Thank You for the food we eat to bless our bodies, trees and grass, alligators, snakes, and especially penguins. I also pray that our crab is having a good time in crab heaven. Amen." Out of the mouths of babes ;-)
Friday, February 22, 2008
The Children's Pastor at Freedom Church in Owasso and his wife, Karin, are in the process of adopting a little girl from China. In order to raise money to bring her home, Karin makes really cute custom/boutique-style girl's clothes and sells them. Some of her outfits are listed at http://www.mommasdarlins.com/ ; however, the site is new and under construction. You can also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to place an order. Be sure to check her clothes out and pass along the word!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Then, we made a heart-shaped pizza (made from a Chef Boyardee box - close enough to homemade!) and then "A" led us in a game of "pin the little heart on the big heart". As you can tell, they were tired by the end of the night. I love this picture of them sleeping. Occasionally, "A" likes to sneak in bed with her sister - if only they could stay this sweet forever!
Friday, February 15, 2008
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Catoosa, OK 74015
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
This is a great gift idea as well as a great idea for your own children. kids LOVE these boxes!!!!
You are looking at a wooden art box that has a chalkboard on one side which is personalized with a child's name and a design of your choice, the other side is a white dry-erase marker board. The chalkboard side slides open for storage and also has a carrying handle making it perfect for travel. These are great to keep the kids occupied and they can fill them with whatever they want. Buy one for home and one for the car and even one to keep at the grandparents. I can write specific sayings with the child's name. Example: "Sarah's Travel Box"
Price includes personalization, dry-erase marker, eraser, and chalk. (NOTE: supplies won't be exactly as pictured.) The dimensions of the box are: 11.5"x2"x9.75"Designs to choose from are: butterfly (blue or pink), flower (pink or purple), ladybug, airplane, dinosaur, horse, castle (purple or pink), tutu, bug, cowboy/cowgirl boots (pink or brown), sports theme, train, or car. If you have a specific design in mind email me and I will let you know if I can do that. NOTE: color's won't be exactly as pictured because each of these are hand-painted and won't be exactly alike.
Monday, February 11, 2008
A: "M", did you know Daddy is bringing home Taco Bell for dinner tonight?
M: Ooooh! I hope he brings home those smashed beans that we like!
A: Sissy! You know that beans make people toot!
M: Not smashed beans, though! Didn't you know that when they smash the beans they smash all of the ingredients out that make you toot?!
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