Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just In Case...

If you doubted my earlier post about how difficult it is to get a good picture of Max, see the pictures below. 

Remember the days when your biggest worries were about spelling tests and mosquito bites?  Max is HAPPY.  He isn't embarrased to make silly faces or sing at the top of his lungs.  He never meets a stranger and would live outside...year round.  He never gives up.  He tells me he loves me many times a day.  We read together, talk, snuggle, and laugh. 
I LOVE this boy!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

I Hope it isn't Too Late!

For the last 2 years, I have been meaning to purchase and read Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson.  As Max gets older, I find myself, more and more, confused by his actions. 

Me:  "Why did you lick the brick on the side of the house?"
Max:  "I just wondered what it would taste like."

Me:  "What are you doing?!?  Why are you trying to do that???
(He had two skateboards stacked on top of each other...trying to ride them.)
Max:  "I won't get hurt if I fall.  It's not that high, Mom."

He will try anything.  He isn't scared of getting hurt. 

And the reality is, I have TWO of these creatures.

James Dobson:  "If a toddler can climb on it, he will jump off it. He careens out of control toward tables, tubs, pools, steps, trees and streets. He will eat anything but food and loves to play in the toilet. He makes "guns" out of cucumbers or toothbrushes, and likes digging around in drawers, pill bottles and Mom's purse. And just hope he doesn't get his grubby little hands on a tube of lipstick. He harasses grumpy dogs and picks up kitties by their ears. His mom has to watch him every minute to keep him from killing himself. He loves to throw rocks, play with fire and shatter glass. He also gets great pleasure out of irritating his brothers and sisters, his mother, his teachers and other children." 

This quote tells me that I have no choice but to read this book.  I know I have never met James, but apparently he knows Max and Charlie really well. 

My plan is to start this book today.  Have any of you read it?  I would love to hear your thoughts.


Friday, August 27, 2010

This is What I Get

My sister asked me a few months ago why there are not as many pictures of Max on my blog as there are of Annie and Charlie.  The answer is....I can't get him to stay still long enough!  And when I do, this is what I get.

Or this.

If I am lucky, I get this.

He often shows his love of my camera like the photo below.

Or this way.

Every once in a blue moon, I get one of these.

Max is a very busy little guy.  If I can slow him down, he thinks it is hilarious to make strange/crazy faces at the camera.  It is funny...for a few minutes.  I love how silly he is.  He makes us laugh every day.  But if you wondering why he isn't pictured as much as the other two, these are the reasons.   

I know I am biased, but he one good-looking kid!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's In The Air

Late at night (and early in the morning) there is a teeny-tiny hint of a chill in the air.  Fall is around the corner...and so is football.  Might as well start practicing now.

Of course, I would prefer them to practice outside.  Somehow I never seem to win this argument. 

All visitors are advised to be ready to "dodge" flying footballs.

There are no safe places for breakable items.

Earplugs are recommended.

And it's time to pull out my favorite napkins.

*Mary Phillips Designs*

You have been warned!

***By the way, I have been meaning to apologize for my lack of photography skills.  For the life of me, I can not figure out Diopter or the ISO speed on my camera.  I am hoping to win a new lightscoop from Shelby at http://www.bringupmadison.blogspot.com/  I know this will help with all these indoor/evening pictures!  Check it out! ***

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Money Man

Clark Howard would be proud.  At any given time, Max can tell you exactly how much money he has....to the penny.  He counts it at least once a week and writes down the total on a sticky note.

He keeps his money under lock and key...and a combination lock.  When he purchases something, he remembers exactly how much it costs and , in his head, determines exactly how much he has left.  Unlike most 7 year old children, he doesn't want to spend his money.  He would rather pass up a little toy and save up for something "worth the money." 

Don't get me wrong, he will let someone else buy that little toy for him, but he isn't going to part with his money. 

Max told me today that he "might" get married one day.  I made him promise he wouldn't move far away from me.  He assured me that he wouldn't go far.  In fact, he told me that he and his wife are going to live with us.  When I told him that he would probably want to get his own house for his family, he told me that he has to live with us.  "Mommy, you are going to need someone to take care of you and daddy when you are old and can't work anymore.  I will live with yall and pay for all your stuff."  This melted my heart.  I told him he could live with us forever. 

An hour later, when he was running wild and irritating Annie, I began to rethink "forever."  


Friday, August 20, 2010

Why Not Me?

Some people are just lucky.  Charlie is one of those people. 

He was born with them.

I spend way too much time trying to get them

Can't you just imagine them with a little Maybelline on them?  If Mack would allow it, I would certainly try it just for fun.

So jealous!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Emotional Roller Coaster

There are too many things happening at one time. 

My children are growing up.

I don't like it.

Max had his first day of second grade.

He is now on a different hall.  I can no longer stand outside his classroom door and watch him without him knowing about it.

Annie started Pre-K.  I cried.  She didn't.

She walked right in and made herself at home.  I walked to the car slowly...expecting the teacher to run after me because she was so sad that I left.

It didn't happen.

Charlie licked the icing bowl for the first time.  "More, Mama.  Now!" 
Yelling at me would not be cute, but considering his speech delay, I loved it.

Max has his first girlfriend.  I overheard him telling a friend about it.  He denied it, but it is true.  Are background checks free?

Annie will be taking ballet and tap for the first time. 

In addition to all of this, I completed my first week of school.  This is my 13th year of teaching.  I am tired.  Very tired.  Did I mention that Mack is on his way home from a 13 day work trip?  Whew.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Just For Fun

"I get a kick out of myself and that's all that matters."  Rich Lee

"I'm not bossy-I just have better ideas."  Rita Rudner

*Mary Phillips Designs*


"My house was clean last week, too bad you missed it!"

*Mary Phillips Designs*

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

She is the One...

My Sister

Jennifer is the smart one.  She is knowledgeable about the things that are most important...as well as those things that I have never taken the time to learn about.  She is the Dean of the middle school where she teaches.  The students love her.  The parents can't believe how successful their children are once they have her.  She can teach something as boring (sorry, but to me it is) as geography and make it interesting. 

Jennifer is the one that "parents" her children the way I wish I could.  She is always consistent and structured.  Her children are extremely well mannered and rarely get in trouble at school.  She manages to maintain her patience when her children are testing her. 

Jennifer is the strong one.  Not just because she is active.  She makes up her mind that she is going to do something and never gives up.  Her heart is strong.   She forgives and forgets because it is the right thing to do.    She eats a spinach salad (even though she hates it) because it is healthy for her.  She models what she wants her children to be like when they grow up.

She is the one that will beat this yucky disease.  Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease several months ago.  It makes her very tired.  She often retains water which causes her legs and ankles to swell.  Her doctors are optimistic that she will respond to the treatment and hopefully will go into remission for years (possibly 10 or more).  I am hoping for 20+. 

If anyone can tackle this, it is Jenn.  Tonight, tomorrow, and for the months to come, send up a few extra prayers for her. 

Love you, Jenn!


*Sorry for the picture quality.  I had to steal them off of her Facebook page.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Clean Up On Aisle 3

Looks can be deceiving.

This sweet and innocent face...is trouble.

I can honestly say that I have NEVER seen a child be so destructive.  If he is alone for 25 seconds, he is making a mess.  Yesterday he managed to get his hands on my toothpaste.  He smeared it on the wall, in my face powder, and all in my hairbrush.  I can fix the wall, but why must he damage things that I don't need to live without? 

Below you will see what he has done to my bedside table.  I will say, it needs some work.  But this is NOT what I had in mind.

I have no idea how he got my pack of Sharpies, but if I had to guess, I would say Annie had something to do with it. 

You may remember the pictures below.  These are the pictures taken after he got into my sunless tanner (foam).  He took off the lid and poured it down his legs...and into my carpet.  These were taken the day after he crumbled powdered donuts on the living room floor.

He had a tan for a few days.

My carpet needs to be replaced.

He is such a stinker!  Today I came into my bedroom and found him with a bottle of baby powder.  He had poured it all in his hair and all over the floor.  I made him help me clean it up.  He was so proud when he went and got the wipes to help out.  Later, I found him "cleaning" the bar in the kitchen.

I like to think that one day he will grow out of this, but I am not so sure.  He really enjoys messing with things.  He is not bad, he is just extremely curious.  Once he has made the mess, he comes to me and attempts to tell (jibber) me what has happened.  When I follow him, he will point to the mess and say "uh, oh." 

I know what you are thinking.  "Where were you during all of this?"  All of these things (and more) happened within seconds.  He moves at lightening speed.  He can open child-proofed cabinets and doors and will climb furniture to get what he wants. 

To some, he is known as "the demolisher."  To me, he is a funny, loving, sweet, cuddly tornado.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.


Friday, August 6, 2010


This world is going to combust!  It is HOT and humid beyond belief.  Walking to the mailbox causes major perspiration.  Today is a little better.  It is 94 degrees with a heat index of 104. 

104.  Seriously?  I can only imagine how it will by the end of August. 

This picture gives me a tiny bit of relief. 

Honestly, I can't wait for cooler weather.  Chilly nights, frosty mornings, and 65 degrees during the daytime. 

Until then, we will keep the AC on and try to enjoy playing outside in the mornings. 

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

10 Things

Ten Things I Love About My Job

1.  Getting at least 20 hugs before 9 am
2.  Watching my students learn to read
3.  Coming up with new ideas
4.  Writing stories about my family to teach writing to my students
5.  Hearing sweet giggles throughout the day
6.  The honesty of 6 year olds
7.  Supportive mothers that lend a helping hand
8.  Recess (an opportunity to get fresh air)
9.  Hearing "I love you, Mrs. Turner"
10.  Seeing success in struggling students

Ten Things I Dislike About My Job

1.  Leaving my house at 6:50 am
2.  Not having fresh coffee
3.  Temper tantrums (of all ages)
4.  "I can't"
5.  Tattling
6.  Transportation changes
7.  Running out of energy by lunch
8.  Paperwork
9.  Quiet moments

I started pre-planning on Tuesday.  The students start on Monday.  I have so much to do that I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep.  Starting over is always so hard.  I miss my students from the previous year....and their ability to follow my procedures without being told 15 times how to do it.  But, I get to start over.  I get to meet 20 new students.  It can be refreshing and exciting.  We can try new things together.  There is potential for it to be the best year of my career. 

The next few weeks will literally take every ounce of energy and patience I have.   Wish me luck!


Monday, August 2, 2010

The Perfect Nap

Sunday afternoon was full of rain and thunder.  Since my grass is crunchy and we have had weeks of 95+ degrees, the rain was welcomed!  I love falling asleep listening to the rain.  Charlie seems to like it, too.  He slept for 2 1/2 hours.....even with a LOT of thunder.  When I went in to wake him up, he looked so peaceful.

After I took the first picture, he decided to be bashful. 

But finally, I got that sweet smile from my well-rested buddy.

I wish I could have crawled in the crib with him.  I could seriously eat him up.