This little piggy

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Maw-Maw: “this little piggy went too the market”

Bitty: “no!”

Maw-Maw: “this little piggy stayed home”

Bitty: “no!”

Maw-Maw: “this little piggy had roast beef”

Bitty: “no!”

Maw-Maw: “this little piggy had none”

Bitty: “no!”

Maw-Maw: “and this little piggy….”

Bitty: “nooooo!”

Followed by endless giggles as Maw-Maw tickled her!

Building such special memories daily.

-Bitty, 2 years old, February 201420140223-214902.jpg

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Old friends & king cake

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Some twenty years ago I started baby sitting a sweet little toddler down the street from our home named Donald. A regular baby sitting job for one of the sweetest little families through really all of my teen years and even after I had my own little boy. And oh how my maw-maw loved having that sweet little fella around during the years that I lived with her too! Now Donald is a grown man and happily married. How is that possible really?

Now his mom, Molly, and I stay in touch on Facebook. A few days ago Molly private messaged me to double check my mailing address. I didn’t think much of it and just gave it to her of course. This afternoon one of my neighbors knocked on our door with a package that had my name and their address. I was a bit confused because I didn’t remember ordering anything here lately. Much to my surprise and my four little monsters huge delight, Molly had mailed us a king cake along with a get well soon card for me!

I am truly thankful to be blessed with such kind hearted genuine friends all these years later! Thank you so much Molly! By the way, Buggie was the proud king cake baby finder!20140221-182229.jpg

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FaceTime, cousins, Paw-Paw, & Lin-Lin

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Tonight my lil monsters got to talk to their Paw-Paw via FaceTime as they do daily. The 600 miles between them has nothing on the bond they share. Only tonight they enjoyed chatting with my sister, their Lin-Lin. And loved being silly for an endless amount of time with my Godson, their cousin, Parker Baby. Though today he informed us he is not a baby! He’s THREE now! I can’t get over how much he looks like his mama! It’s been 15 months since we’ve seen my sister and nephews/Godson. To say we miss them would be an understatement.20140220-233606.jpg

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“20 things a mother should tell her son” blog

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I love stumbling upon these types of blogs through Facebook or Pinterest and being able to share them with my children, this one is for our only son. I think we’ve covered all of twenty of these facts, but as he is about to turn 18, a good reminder never hurts, right?

“20 Things a Mother Should Tell Her Son”

1. Play a sport. It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble. And maybe even throw or catch.

2. You will set the tone for the sexual relationship, so don’t take something away from her that you can’t give back.

3. Use careful aim when you pee. Somebody’s got to clean that up, you know.

4. Save money when you’re young because you’re going to need it some day.

5. Allow me to introduce you to the dishwasher, oven, washing machine, iron, vacuum, mop and broom. Now please go use them.

6. Pray and be a spiritual leader.

7. Don’t ever be a bully and don’t ever start a fight, but if some idiot clocks you, please defend yourself.

8. Your knowledge and education is something that nobody can take away from you.

9. Treat women kindly. Forever is a long time to live alone and it’s even longer to live with somebody who hates your guts.

10. Take pride in your appearance.

11. Be strong and tender at the same time.

12. A woman can do everything that you can do. This includes her having a successful career and you changing diapers at 3 A.M. Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

13. “Yes ma’am” and “yes sir” still go a long way.

14. The reason that they’re called “private parts” is because they’re “private”. Please do not scratch them in public.

15. Peer pressure is a scary thing. Be a good leader and others will follow.

16. Bringing her flowers for no reason is always a good idea.

17. Be patriotic.

18. Potty humor isn’t the only thing that’s humorous.

19. Please choose your spouse wisely. My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me spending time with you and my grandchildren.

20. Remember to call your mother because I might be missing you.20140217-194750.jpg

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Positive conversation hearts

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I had decided I wanted to do something special for our lil monsters this month. Starting on February 1st through Valentine’s day I decided I was going to hang a heart with a special message for each of them. Sort of like the little conversation heart candies. It turned out to mean more to Bunny than I could have imagined, as I ended up having to have a major surgery that has landed me in bed for basically this entire month. Since I knew I would be stuck in bed, I decided to hang them all the night before my surgery. I gave each of our monsters their own color heart and wrote their nicknames and dates on them and mixed them all up. I hung them on three doors in our home. Each day they were able to look for their heart for the day and see what message I had left for them. Each unique for each child. Life gets so busy and it saddens me to think we as parents can so easily caught up in parenting that I never want to risk the chance of only pointing out bad behavior. In doing this they had fourteen days in a row of positive notes full of love and some of the things about them and things they do that make us proud to be their parents. Granted it would take me a lot more than fourteen days to tell them everything about them that makes me proud to be their mama. But this is a nifty start as well as a cute Valentine’s decoration for our home to celebrate the month of love!

Some of their messages….

“You are my sunshine!”
“You are my favorite blue eyed girl!”
“I love your big brown eyes!”
“You have a big heart”
“You are always helpful”
“You are my favorite 2 year old”
“You are my favorite 4 year old”
“You are my favorite 8 year old”
“You are my favorite son” (he’s our only son)
“I love watching you skateboard!”
“I love watching you dance!”
“You are loved!”
“You are beautiful”
“You are handsome”
“I am proud to be your mama!”

And for the first night that I knew I would be in the hospital…

“I miss you!”

We all enjoyed it so much that I think this will likely become a new tradition for our little family. I adore our little monsters and love finding new ways to express it to them!20140214-154206.jpg

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Spit balls anyone?

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It’s a good thing Daddy is on his game! Buggie just snuck downstairs and got a straw out of the drawer and started tip toeing up the stairs.

Daddy: “what’s in your hand?”

Buggie: “I just needed a straw”

Daddy: “not upstairs you don’t. What’s in your other hand?”

Buggie opens her hand with a sheepish look on her face and shows him the ball of wet tissue paper in her other hand.

Daddy: 1
Buggie: 0

Spit balls anyone? -Buggie, 4 years old, February 201420140207-160203.jpg

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