Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What has two thumbs and Sassy McSassypants? This girl. (Pictured here with one of her two loves.)

I am amazed every day at our 2 year old daughter. She is no longer a baby that does whatever mom says. She is a toddling one that does what she wants and nothing less. Here are some of her antics from this morning.

Exchange #1
Mommy: Parker, come on, let's get you some clothes for you to get dressed.
Parker: Um, no thanks mom. I'm fine but you go get dressed and brush your hair.

Exchange #2
Parker: Mom, can I have some juice?
Mommy: Yep, go get your cup and I'll get you some juice.
Parker: Thanks mom. (She turns to walk away and sees Cooper hijacking the puzzle she was playing with) Mom, could you do something about that?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

There is some funny stuff happening at the Vineyard in Springdale over the next few weeks. Here is a little glimpse into that funnyness. I have been lucky enough to watch some of the goings on and see how unbelievably talented the people involved are. And I CAN NOT believe how much time and energy and work goes into something like this. In any case, reserve free tickets here and come see it. I will not tell you which of my middle children asked if the guy in the hat singing was Mork from Ork.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

'Tis the Season

Christmastime is in full swing at the house of Murph. We decked some halls, trimmed a tree, greened the ... things needed greening. Busy times. I am realizing I get wound up easily and it doesn't take much. Perhaps some may say high strung. It has been absolutely nutso around here. The list is still long of things needing done but and here is my new philosophy, it'll get finished or it won't.

So my pledge for the next 6 weeks is to relax, calm down and enjoy this time. My new mantra came to me when were unpacking all of decorations and I was so afraid the kids would break something that it became very unfun for everyone. So I walked to the other room and decided it really doesn't affect one part of my life if one thing breaks, if it breaks, we will clean it up.

I am deciding to make good, fun, healthy memories and let the kids be kids instead of making them think things are more important than them. I want to encourage creativity, I do not want them to fear mommy being angry because a $3 silver star is broken. I want to encourage risk taking, I want to encourage chance taking, I want them to experiment with their lives. We will be here as a safe landing pad full of encouragement when they fail but I'd rather they risk and fail rather than be fearful, timid, or safe players.

This is of course until tomorrow when I blow a fuse.