Posts Tagged ‘life with boys’

School Boys!

September 5th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Oy! Today was the first day of kindergarten for my twin boys.

I dont know what the heck got into to me but I barely slept last night, I am pretty sure I woke up every hour to see what time it was! For some reason in my midnight haze I got it into my head that we would oversleep and be late the first day!

Some serious mommy jitters.

Luckily we all made it there, without incident, and the boys settled into their classrooms instantly.

Here is what I will say about sending your babies off to school for the very first time —

it’s emotionally exhausting!

I’m sure next year I will be high five-ing other parents and speed racing away from school but this year I am mostly a blubbering mess.


Woods Stories

May 16th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We went for a walk in the woods – most days from here to October could be defined by this sentence!

We brought along with us little notebooks.

Oliver decided to write stories about the things he saw.

This was story about a little tree who wanted to have more than 4 leaves!

Emmett decided to record numbers in his book. He counted 29 newts and 26 lady slippers!

We all jumped up and down to see so many Spring friends in the woods, and yes we said hello to each and every one of those 29 newts. Taking in as much as we can of that early Spring green. Simply marvelous!

Make Monster Valentines!

February 2nd, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Today we are busy making Monster Valentines.

We are using scraps of fake fur and old sweaters to cut out monster shapes. We glue our fuzzy fabric scraps onto paper hearts and add all sorts of appendages.

The kids are really having a blast glueing on googly eyes, adding horns and big teeth! These Monster Valentines are just the perfect thing for my silly monster loving boys.

Our first Valentines Day swap is hosted by our favorite local family resource blog Hilltown Families, so fun.

We got a list of families to send homemade Valentines to, and cant wait to see what everyone sends us.


Surf, Sand & Critters

January 11th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

For a winter adventure we drove 22 odd hours to New Smyrna Beach for a week by the sea. I had spent many a day at this beach as a child feasting on the 7&up, Pringle’s and deviled eggs my grandmother packed in our standard lunch. I was overcome with a fierce nostalgia for the sandy soil, native palms and spanish moss. Even the gaggy chlorinated tap water reminded me that I was in Florida – which to me had always been Grandparent Land.

We embraced the laid back lifestyle, warm ocean water and the raw oysters that were only $6 a dozen across the street at JB’s Fish Camp. Every morning I took the boys for an early morning walk on the beach to search for treasures, the shells were simply divine.  Manatee were swimming everywhere in the 72 degree waters at Blue Springs State Park. It was lovely.

This time around it was Kid Land and perfect it was.

Grow, Regress, Grow

November 27th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

Parenting children is such an interesting ….(word choice? frustrating, challenging,huge) job.

There is a desire to create a “balance” in parenting that is somehow basked in an attainable golden light. Some days are angelic, while others are a complete and utter slog. Some days fly by while others are a grind that leaves you TRYING to keep your cool till bedtime.

The little ones they test, they demand, they work their magic – which somehow seems to unravel the fabric of your being till you click your heals and wonder WHY…. did I think being a parent would be FUN!!!

As parents we help them grow, rejoice in their accomplishments and then hold onto our hats when they fritter backwards. We teach, comfort, stand firm and gently nudge. Doing our best not to go stark raving mad in the process!

We must familiarize ourselves with the constant patterns of growth and it’s less popular cousin regression.

Somehow we all missed the chapter on Regression in our fantasy pre-parenting minds. Teaching them to walk, talk, tie their shoes and bring you coffee in bed seemed to take the forefront.  In reality moving forward with new skills is the easy peesy part! The hard part is holding it all together when they decide to unlearn themselves.

The hard part is teaching yourself that the true pattern is not grow grow grow but more likely GROW, REGRESS, GROW.

And on the on those rough days my special ritual is to sneak into their rooms after they have fallen asleep. I peek in on their quiet peaceful faces.   Oh they are small, oh they are learning, & oh I love them so.

Little rascals that they are!

One Sick Boy

November 3rd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

We are a bit feverish and illin’ around here. Oddly enough a high fever and hacking cough seems to be bringing out the charm in my sick boy. As in a 3 am bedside manner that goes something like this – “Excuse me Momma, my fever is back, can you please give me some more medicine?”

I am sure the foot stomping will resume as soon as he gets his spitfire sparkle back.

In the meantime we are snuggled on the sofa in the back room and I am reading actual NOVELS while he sleeps on my chest. Four years seemed to washed away and he is again an infant in my arms with pure sweetness. Having twins I relish these moments when there is simply one childs needs to meet – these rare moments of a calm quiet house with just one boy.

Of course – waking up from 3-5 am to  care for a sick kid makes me a total wreck but reading NOVELS all day with a droopy polite child feels like a holiday.