Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"Mommy, we're doing a mathathon at school. It's to get money for kids who lose their hair because they're so sick. They take emotherapy but it costs lots of monies. Mrs. Fletcher says we can't just use all our piggy bank monies we need to ask our friends and family to donate monies. Anyone that's older than us can donate so, like, I have 1st grade friends so I can ask them. Who else can I ask mommy?"
Haha, I didn't understand what a mathathon was until I got the papers from school. The boys get a math book that they have to complete to get the donations. They love math and it's a good motivation for them to learn. They are super excited about getting the ugly t-shirt that you get if you get $35 (each) and a backpack if you get $75 (each). Normally I'm not big into fundraisers but they have brought it up to me every day. More so than the t-shirt and backpack, they're really concerned for these sick kids and really want to help them, which is precious.
Please take a look at their webpage and, if you can, give a donation.
Monday, February 27, 2012
This is my favorite quote and I wish more parents today would recognize the importance of their role as a father or a mother. I was talking to one of the moms at the twins basketball game the other day and I asked why her husband hadn't been to any of the games. She told me he liked to go to happy hour since he gets off early on Fridays, or he likes to go to Caps games, or he likes to relax at home. I was so saddened for her son who has never had his dad come to any of his games, not because he has to work or travel, but because he is choosing something else over his family. I looked over at Parker, or should I say Coach Parker, as he is trying to get ten five year olds to understand the concept of dribbling, passing, and shooting. I felt so proud of my husband. Parker is not a perfect father, but he tries his best. His priority is his family and always has been. I'm sure there have been many times when he has wanted to skip something with his kids and relax at home or go out with friends or go to a game, but more so he wants to be there for his sons because he recognizes the importance of the role of a father in the home. I truly believe that quote from President McKay. It doesn't matter how much success you have at work, school, in the community, etc if you fail at home. YOUR FAMILY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. It is so sad to see the state of the family in our society today and I wish more men were like my husband. Jackson, Josh, and Tyce, YOU HAVE A LOVING, HARD WORKING, UNSELFISH, FUN, AND DEVOTED DADDY!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I seriously love how they will go into their dress up drawer and pull out everything they possibly can to put on. Cowboy boots, cowboy belts (to tuck their swords into), superhero capes, king clothes and crown, eye patch, pirate bandana, shields, and snow gloves. They play SO cute together, I wish I could follow them around with a video camera all day because their make believe play is hysterical and so creative. As much as I wanted girls, I have learned to love listening to two five year olds playing bad guys/good guys. I love my boys so much!!!
Friday, February 24, 2012
From the bottom left: Muzemmel, Josh, Sean, Kathryn, and Braxton
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
It was so sweet and thoughtful, I just couldn't possibly get mad. I did talk to them about checking their shoes before coming in but they felt bad enough I didn't need to say anything more. I told Jackson it was going to cost me $100 to clean up their mess, to which he replied "well then you better drive slow so you don't also have to give the policeman $100!" Hahaha, apparently Parker's ticket is still fresh in their minds. Hilarious, but he's sure right!
Monday, February 13, 2012
Here are some pics from their game last Friday. Josh is in the red shorts and Jackson is wearing blue shorts...
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Me: "Jack maybe you can pick out a new shirt today!"
Jackson: "Hmm...mommy, Josh isn't here and he would be so sad if he didn't get one. Do you think I could pick one out for him too please?"
I love that his very first thought was about his brother. SO sweet and thoughtful. So we proceed to JC Penney where we quickly find jeans (he's a size 7 slim now!) then he starts looking for a shirt. THIS is where I could see he is definitely PARKER'S SON! He found this ugly dinosaur shirt there for $12. He said he wanted to keep looking though. We then went to H&M where he found an ugly super hero shirt for $5. Then we went to Target where he found an even uglier super hero shirt for $9. Ah, the joys of boys clothes. Anyways, I told him he could choose whichever one he wanted (however, I made it clear these will be shirts that they wear only when we are home and in our cozy clothes, haha). He stood in Target for about half an hour talking to himself and trying to decide which shirt to get. That is so Parker, so indecisive and analyzes every choice. Not me, I'm quick and decisive. Then he asks me:
Jackson: "Mommy, how much monies are all the shirts?"
Me: "$12, $5, and $9."
Jackson: "Well, I really like this one, but do you have $9?"
Me: "Yes, I have $9, but that's all."
Jackson: "Gosh, I really don't want to take all your money mommy! And then will Joshy not get one?"
Me: "Honey, I think I have $9 for each of you."
His face lit up and he FINALLY decided on an ugly gray superhero shirt for him and an ugly blue superhero shirt for Josh.
When we passed the photo booth I just couldn't say no to my sweet boy so we got some silly pictures taken together.... Jackson picked the layout, because "it already says I love you at the top, just like I love you mommy!"
I love love love my sweet boy. He is such a thoughtful, sensitive, loving boy. He held my hand all through the mall and never stopped talking.
On the way home our conversation was:
Jackson: "Mommy, how do boy chickens know if the other chickens are boys or girls?"
Me: "Umm...just like you know if someone is a boy or girl!"
Jackson: "Well, its easy with people because boys have short hair and girls have long hair."
Me: "Well, I think they just know honey, they can sense it."
Jackson: "What does that mean?"
Me: "Maybe you'll have to ask daddy."
Haha, I love the way his mind works.
Can I freeze time? I LOVE AGE 5!!!
Friday, February 10, 2012
It's taken about a week to get the kids back on East Coast time. They've had a hard time getting to bed on time and waking up on time. We already miss everybody but were grateful for the fun week we had. Thanks a million mom and dad!!!!
Next visitor: my dad!! He's coming to DC for meetings next week and is going to spend a couple days with us! Yay!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The first day the guys made a sledding ramp going down the driveway and then up that little jump next to Josh... Throwing snowballs at daddy...
Tyce is on my lap while I am doing this and he is just loving looking at the pictures and telling me all about the trip. We had so much fun! One more short post to come, then I'll be done!