We’re going to play another game of catch up. I get so behind on these posts but my OCD tendencies won’t let me skip them, and I really want to write a recap of the race I did earlier this month, so today we’re playing catch up. Lots of pictures of what we did in September and October and maybe, hopefully, I won’t get behind again. I wouldn’t hold your breath though 😉
It’s time to go back to school! I’m sitting here wondering where the summer went, it seems like it just started and it’s already mid-September. Braden is in 2nd Grade and Kenz is in Pre-K this year. It’s kind of bittersweet – this is our last “first day” at the school the kids have been at since they were infants. Next year they’ll both be in elementary school.
I have this thing with my kids, I don’t want to be a controlling mom. I want to teach them to think for themselves, to make decisions on their own. I want them to learn that their decisions and actions have consequences. I want them to grow up to be adults that can gather information about a situation, assess it all, and decide on the right course of action.
These days, I see so many articles about the “Pinterest Moms” and how too much is spent on birthday parties. These articles argue that “going overboard” teaches kids to have such high expectations for everything and how it is doing such a huge disservice to them. I’ve read how it’s more for the parents than it is for the kids, how doing anything more than slapping a “Happy Birthday” banner on the wall and ordering pizza is just showing off and some sort of status symbol, how it isn’t about the kids. You know what I say to that? Whatever! 🙂
I feel like I should have written this closer to Mackenzie’s birthday (at the end of July), when all of those “oh my gosh, my sweet baby girl is growing up so fast” emotions were going crazy. They’re still there, but I’m past feeling the tears coming on when I think about it or talk about it. It is so surreal to me that I’m the mother at all, and to have these two walking, talking, opinionated, maniacs in my house (they are so much like their father, ha!) – it blows my mind!
I’m going to go ahead and warn you – this post has some really adorable baby pictures. Like, ridiculously tiny and cute and.. well, it may just make your ovaries ache. Adam and I decided three years ago that we were not having any more babies, but this little guy is just so sweet and snuggly and it really had me thinking that maybe we should just have one more. After how the rest of the weekend went though, I was cured.. mostly.
We all know that when it comes to my kids, I am a bit overprotective. Calling it “a bit” is probably an understatement. At least I admit it though, right? One thing I haven’t talked much about here is my history with anxiety. My struggle with it has had a huge impact on the way Adam and I choose to parent our kids. When most people look at a pool, they see a fun way to spend a summer day with their family. When I look at a pool, I think of all the way my kids can get hurt, or worse.
It seems I fell off of the blogging wagon again! I seriously have a good excuse this time. Well, sort of. See, what happened was my cell phone got run over by a tram at Disney World. I know, that was a few months ago, but I promise it caused this blogging hiatus! After hanging on for a few months, my phone finally died. Like would not turn on. Totally dead.
I have this thing about birthdays – I think that for kids, they should be a big deal. We should go out of our way to make them feel so special and so loved on their big day. Thankfully both of my kids have summer birthdays so we don’t have to worry about going to school on their big day (what fun is that?!). I take the day off of work (Adam tries to, if his work schedule allows it) and we let the kids decide what they want to do, all day long. They decide where we go, what we do, what we eat, etc. They love it!
The morning after Beth & Josh’s wedding, we hopped on a plane and headed back to Jax – there was no way I was going to miss my girls first dance recital!