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Before A Play Date

We are heading to a play date/birthday party today. There are always things I tell my kids before we get together with other kids. Not that they listen to said advice, but I know I told them and can hold it against them while I remind them of our conversation.

Be nice and speak nice. Just be nice period. It doesn’t matter if the other kids aren’t being nice, you still be nice and if you never want to go back, we never have to!

If you don’t like the food they are offering, just say “No Thank You.” Don’t say “EEWWWWW I don’t like that, It’s so gross.” A simple No Thank You will be fine. This goes along with being nice.

Remember to flush the toilet. No one wants to see the color of your poop or have the knowledge that you failed to wipe. Just flush.

NO FIGHTING! With each other or your new friends. Again, goes with being nice and if you find that you don’t get along enough to play, we never have to go back! But you will be on your best behavior while there!

Please and Thank You go a long way and make me look good. Use those words!

Follow their rules. They are different from ours and we are at their house.

I don’t tell them all of these every single time we have a play date. They know them by now. A small reminder before we get there is all we need. I have kept it fairly simple too. I have found that one of the most important ones is that if they don’t get along with the other kids, we never have to go back! I will not make them play with other kids that they don’t get along with. That’s dumb. I choose my friends very wisely as an adult and they should too. But they still need to be nice and remember their manners.

We head out to a play date/birthday party in just a bit, I’m hoping for nice words and kind ways!

Happy Saturday My Friends

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My Beasties Have My Heart

There are days when my kids are just not nice to each other. They do whatever it takes to annoy the hell out of the other one and they are good at it! Then there are days when they play well, hold conversations with each other and show love for each other so fiercely that I sit back and revel in what I have created! Yesterday was on of those days. Where they loved each other, listened to one another and were the greatest joy to be around!

Levi gets home from school an hour before Delylah does. While we waited for her, we went over school work and the parent website so he could see what I get to see. When Delylah got home she had a picture from art class. All she cared about was that Levi saw it! Levi is taking art and loves to draw. He helped her hang her picture up in the hallway and they talked about the different kinds of art and what she was going to do next in art class!

Levi waited for Delylah to finish her homework and asked if they could go swimming together. Sometimes in the pool they are fighting over goggles, being in each others way and splashing each other in the face on purpose because that’s how you do it when you have siblings. Yesterday was not one of those days. Levi was swimming around the pool with her on his back. They were just sitting for a bit talking about random things. They were helping each other with kick boards, floaties and goggles. My heart was full just from watching them.

At dinner we do High/Lows and usually they aren’t much for table talk after that. Delylah is the talker but Levi will just ridicule her because he’s older and that makes her wrong no matter what. Last night at dinner they talked about school, their classes and friends and what they do in P.E. It was so nice just sitting there and being a part of their lovely conversation.

They do not always get along. In fact, it seems that they are like this when no one is around to witness their awesomeness! Like being rotten to each other is a show they have to keep up on so people think they don’t like each other. 5 years apart is a long time. They will never be in the same school or experience the same things. Things change so much in 5 years. But right now, at this age, they love the hell out of each other and help each other whenever the other one is in need.

I did something right!

Happy Friday My Friends

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Our Latest Visitors

We had a lovely visit with my mom and her BF. They came in on Sunday and were able to stay for a few days. We didn’t really do all that much sight-seeing. A trip to the lake. A walk through a park. Mostly we caught critters, swam and hung out at the house playing Just Dance. (Which I kicked butt at)

I did drive them around the neighborhood to show them where the deer hang out. They frequent our street and yard but just around the way there is at least 30 of them, just hanging out in a field. It’s pretty cool to go check them out. On our way to checking them we out, we found a turtle crossing the road! We stopped for a photo and helped him on his way.

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The visit wasn’t very long but we got a lot of time in together and caught a whole list of critters! When people come to visit we don’t always have to be showing them what’s around (we really don’t know all that much yet). Just enjoying each others company is sometimes way better!

Happy Thursday My Friends

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This Morning….

I didn’t think it was my alarm making that noise. I laid my head back down but only for a moment. The realization that it was mine came quickly and my day had begun! I felt like I had just fallen asleep but I know better. There were no dreams filling my head last night. Only the sounds of Delylah coughing and the animals running about as if they own the place.

I get out of my bed and walk to the  bathroom, still having a hard time believing it’s time for me to be up. Looking in the mirror I see the disheveled mess left over from last night. Splashing my face with cold water, hoping to wake myself up more and look a little better didn’t help as much as I thought it would. The water came out warm….

As I try to get my cup of coffee in me, I watch as Travis gets his things ready for another week of work. He is bright-eyed and ready to face the world this morning! Looking at him, I tell myself a few things. How did I get so lucky to have someone work so hard for us and I know other people are awake right now too, right?

When he goes to leave, Jack appears to protect us from the intruder that just opened the garage. Finding out it was Travis leaving had him excited and exhausted all at the same time. I knew all too well how the poor dog was feeling. I too had the feelings this morning. I watched as the headlights backed out of the driveway knowing that our days would be equally long.

Then I began to write….

Happy Wednesday My Friends

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