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Protected: For the Love of a White Cat October 28, 2011

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Whatnot Wednesday October 26, 2011

Filed under: whatnot — Elizabeth @ 4:06 PM

What in the world have I been doing this week?  I’ll give you a hint.  Not blogging (even though I have lots to blog about).  Not reading blogs (even though I want to know what’s going on with you all).  Not watching HGTV or having coffee with friends.  Here’s what I have been doing:

  • Itching.  And scratching.  And taking steroids.  Yes, the poison ivy I came down with 3 weeks ago is still here.  Although at this point, we’re not exactly sure it’s poison ivy.  So it might be something else…..like leprosy…..or cooties.  If this round of steroids and some antihistamines don’t clear it up, I will be going to the dermatologist about it soon.
  • Acclimating a new cat to our home.  No, we weren’t exactly in the market for another cat.  Yes, we are in love (especially the kids.  And especially me.  Okay, fine, Jason is in love too).  Meet Collin.

And while he’s still getting used to his new surroundings, I think he likes it here just fine.

  • Making a Halloween wreath…..okay fine, I think I did this last week.
  • Getting ready for a certain someone’s 5th birthday party this weekend by making party favors.  Even as I tied the string on these, I knew they would be much cuter with some colored straw in the bag, but I had to remind myself that the kids are 5, they don’t care, and it isn’t really about impressing the other moms (even though it feels that way).

    Yes, these would be the melted crayon creations

  • Also making cute decorations
  • And homemade Halloween costumes–I’ll give you a sneak peek.  This is the back of the puppy shirt……don’t you love the tail??
  • Now I’ve got to get my kid off to karate–we’re late!!!!

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Whatnot Wednesday October 19, 2011

Filed under: whatnot — Elizabeth @ 3:27 PM

  • Isaac started something new recently by telling me that I can only kiss him on “kissing days”, and all the other days are fist bump days.  His idea is to alternate every day back and forth.  I always pretend I forget when it’s a fist bump day, so when I kiss him and he freaks out, I apologize profusely and then kiss him as an apology.  This leads to a him laughing and protesting while I repeatedly kiss him and apologize.  Which works out for me because he usually gets more kisses even on fist bump day.
  • Matthew doesn’t observe these rules yet (thank goodness), but it was still extra sweet when I went to get him up the other morning and the first thing he said to me was, “Hi mom, it’s a kissing day”.
  • The fire department visited the boys’ school last week, which was hugely exciting.  So one day after school, they both climbed in the car wearing fire hats.  The hats were held under their chin by a thin, elastic string.  Isaac was holding his head away from his car seat and being very still.  He asked if I could take his hat off for him VERY carefully.  I asked him what he was so worried about and he said, “well Ms. Frazier told us {then he switched to a teacher-y voice}, kids, you had better be careful with those hats because if you pull on that string, it WILL break and then you will cry!”.
  • Isaac’s birthday party is next Saturday and he is all-set on his theme.  His theme is:  Silkie.  Yes, his blanket.  He wants silkie on his cake.  And red and green sprinkles.  Those are his only requests, so I’ve gotta make it happen.
  • Matthew has never been very fond of sandwiches.  Until now.  I accidentally bought crunchy peanut butter when we were at the beach and he loves it!  So now he asks for “peanut butter and crunchy sandwiches” for lunch.
  • Isaac was playing a game and he told me that he was going to write down a name and I had to guess it.  He gave me these hints:  she’s a girl and she LOVES her pajamas.  Shockingly–it was me.
  • Isaac has a new saying that I think might catch on:  each and single day.   (He got “each and every day” and “every single day” mixed up.)
  • Let me use it in a sentence for you:  I wish it was kissing day each and single day.

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True Colors October 17, 2011

Filed under: mama of boys,Matthew — Elizabeth @ 2:55 PM

Today after a trip to the library, I surprised the boys with a trip to a local lake to go for a walk.

We got there and sat down for a snack of pretzel sticks before heading out on our walk.

{As a side note, we learned that ducks do not eat pretzel sticks–too crunchy, I’m thinking.  But we apologized profusely and promised to bring bread next time.}

Then we headed out on our walk.  Basically, there is a walking track around the lake and that was to be our course.

The boys began to run ahead and contrary to my more “stay close to me and calm down” anal tendencies, I let them run ahead.  It was a quiet day and they wouldn’t be running out of my sight.  The next thing I know, as I was admiring some landscaping, I hear a loud shriek.  The boys were already about 1/4 of the way around the lake and Isaac had apparently tripped and landed face down on the cement.

I broke into a run, and it is amazing the thoughts you can have in such a short time.

I hope he hasn’t broken his arm.  I wonder why he isn’t getting up.  I’m going to have to carry him all the way back to the car.  Oh no….and Matthew.  This could get really bad.

You see, Matthew has made progress over the last two years, but we are still very much entrenched in some anxiety/fear-related/emotional-type issues.  To put it mildly.  We can be walking as a family through a parking lot and there can be a 20-minute tantrum over whose hand he is going to hold.  At church, if the hallway is crowded, and I get out of his line of vision (bear in mind, he is holding Jason’s hand)–complete freakout.  If a stranger speaks to him, his hands immediately go into his mouth, he freezes, and stares at the floor or hides behind me.  These are the kinds of things we are navigating with him on a daily, hourly basis.  And it’s hard.

So as I ran to Isaac, knowing I would have to carry him back, knowing there were drinks and snacks to carry, knowing Matthew might very well begin to panic and refuse to move unless I carried him as well……that made me worry.  Cause I’m a tough chick, but I can’t be carrying 70 pounds of screaming children 1/4 of the way around a walking track.  Not gonna happen.

As I knelt down by Isaac, I noticed Matthew a few yards ahead fiddling with something on the ground.  He was muttering and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing.  I picked Isaac up, trying not to get blood on our clothes, and finally realized what Matthew was doing.  He had picked up Isaac’s water bottle and had set it upright on the cement.  He was saying, “I helping Isaac.  I help.”

I said, “Matthew, I wonder if you can be mama’s superhero?  Can you carry BOTH water bottles and this bag of pretzels?”.

He answered, “yes ma’am!  I a superhero!!”.

And he carried the two water bottles and a bag of pretzels, which is much more awkward than it sounds for a 4 year old with a weaker left arm and not the greatest balance.

The load slowed him down and he never once cried that I walked quickly ahead of him, because I told him I was going to the car for band aids.  Every once in a while, I would stop and call back to make sure he was okay and I would hear him chanting, “I strong.  I strong.”.

We made it to a picnic table where I set a shrieking Isaac down while I walked the rest of the way to the car for the first aid kit.  Matthew sat down calmly on the bench and emptied all of the mulch out of his sandal, without complaint.

Sometimes I can drive myself crazy with worry about Matthew.  About how he will navigate life.  About how we can help him with the overwhelming feelings he has.  There are days I wonder what kind of teenager, what kind of man he will grow up to be.

And then I see these glimpses–the true colors of who he really is, underneath all of the hurt and fear.

My hero.


Whatnot Wednesday October 12, 2011

Filed under: whatnot — Elizabeth @ 3:50 PM

  • I have poison ivy.  Pretty much all over.  It’s on my arms, legs, hands, and all along my jawline and now I am getting some spots on my face.  So when Isaac asked me if the big red spot on my chin was poison ivy, it hurt a little to admit that no, it was a giant zit.  But I can assure you that every other oozing bump on my body is, indeed, poison ivy.
  • On our big trip to Tennessee last weekend, I called home to talk to the boys.  I told Isaac that we were in another state.  His shocked response?  “You’re in outer space?!?!?”
  • Lately if Isaac is pleased with something you are doing, he will say, “I’m going to turn you into one of my BEST friends!!”.  He told me this the other day and I said, “well, you’re already one of my best friends!”.  Then he sighed deeply and said, “my wish is true!!!!”.
  • My husband is an Auburn football fan and the boys can identify Auburn paraphernalia when they see it.  The boys know when Auburn is playing and Jason is watching them on TV.  Matthew’s will actually sit with Jason and watch for a while, but Isaac isn’t that into it.  But I took him to Piggly Wiggly on Sunday and he saw an Auburn helium balloon.  After he pointed it out to me, the manager asked him if he liked Auburn.  He said, “Oh yes, Auburn is one of my favorite TV shows!!!”.
  • In the mornings lately, Matthew points out to me that he has crazy hair and he wants me to wet it and brush it.  When we were out of town, I was talking to John (one of our friends who kept the boys) on the phone and Matthew started throwing a tantrum.  John finally figured out that Matthew was wanting him to wet his hair and comb it!
  • I’m totally fine with him saying his hair is crazy and wanting it combed.  But when he looks up at me in the mirror and says, “you hair crazy, too, mama,” that kinda crosses the line.  🙂
  • My sister is going to have her first baby!  When I told the boys, Isaac asked if it was a boy or a girl.  I said that we didn’t know yet.  He said if it’s a boy, he thought it should be named Sis.
  • When the boys get home from school, Isaac immediately forces us all to re-enact the entire school day.  First circle time, weather watchers, someone has to do the calendar.  Then saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  I asked him to say it for me, and this is what he said, “Congratulations to the flag of the United States of America.  And to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, individuals with libergins (?) and justice for all.  And now a moment of silence……..Have a nice day!”

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