Thursday, January 5, 2012

Where did the time go?

Man, it's like she went to sleep for a few hours last week and woke up a toddler.

I don't have a baby anymore. So sad! Cate totally thinks she is the same age as Andrew and should be allowed to do everything that he does.

They are starting to squabble more and goof around more. Today's activity included Andrew bopping Cate's knees with a broom, her falling down in a fit of giggles, and then standing up to get bopped again. Repeat.

As we shopped for picture frames at Target today Andrew made up some game for them to play together and would get so annoyed if Cate got distracted saying hi to any random people passing by. I love how much he loves his sister!

Today he made me get out brooms for both of them so that they could do "chores."

I am finally getting more organized about the idea of doing chores... so Andrew has to...

- clear the table after meals
- help make his bed
- get himself dressed (already does this well... but we're working on matching clothes/colors and weather appropriate choices)
- put his clothes away (in hamper or in drawers)
- put away toys in the playroom/bedroom

I also let him sweep and help me with unloading the dishes sometimes too.

Any other chore suggestions for almost 4 yr olds? I cannot believe he is almost 4 either.

Today at the park he announced to a new group of kids, "Hi, I'm Andrew. I'm three!" He was really proud of himself. The other kids were ages 4-6 and I guess didn't react the way he was expecting to his age (they didn't think 3 was such a cool age). By the end of our park trip he was announcing to new kids he met, "I'm almost 4 (completely leaving out the part that he was 3)." I love how friendly and social he is.

I was just in awe of both kids today. I love them. They are remarkable. I am so blessed.

A friend and I chatted a long time today about kids and getting pregnant and how my plan for kids didn't work out the way that I wanted... yet it is perfect. I am so grateful for the increased faith I have now in how my life is supposed to go. I don't get to plan anything really (though sometimes I may think I do) and whatever plans I do have for my life are pitiful compared to what my Heavenly Father has planned for me.

Each day in this new year I have spent 5-10 minutes writing down the good things I have seen during the day. It has been amazing how moments I had forgotten will pop into my mind and I can record them. I don't write much detail, but it nice to have a quick reminder of some of the good moments I see during my day.

I am also reading this beautiful book by Emily Freeman.

Tonight I organized a bad habits bonfire with the girls I lead at church. We wrote down our bad habits from 2011 on pieces of paper and then got to burn them (there are lots of little pyros in my group)! We also made s'mores. Yum! Then we talked about starting new good habits for 2012 and wrote them down. I have so many on my list that I can't even wrap my head around all of them. I love the idea of "seeing good days." There are so many and they are flying by.

Crazy! Better head to bed so I can see more good things tomorrow. I have a feeling it is going to be an early morning!


Jenny said...

i love this way of looking at things. thanks for sharing!

Ashley said...

I would love to be one of your young women! Good work on putting Andrew to work. I go back and forth on working on that--it takes so much work to get them to work! Other jobs my kids have liked are cleaning glass with windex and a paper towel and wiping the toilet with a clorox wipe. So fun when you are almost 4!