Fight Club PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:19

Preface: I love my kids. I am thankful for my kids. And despite the frustrations, I am very glad I get to stay at home with them every day to play, snuggle and teach these sweet little boys.

That being said, they are about to make me turn in my letter of resignation and check myself into a mental hospital or something.

Not really. But they have been arguing and fighting a lot lately. So much so, that I am considering just locking them in their separate rooms all day so I don't have to deal with the yelling, arguing, toy throwing and whatnot.

Just kidding. I'm not actually considering locking them in their room. Though I would be lying if I said that the idea didn't sound downright heavenly!

But seriously. They have been arguing like crazy recently! I guess we have officially hit that stage where the little sibling is now annoying and constantly in the way, and the big brother is bossy and controlling and won't give the little brother everything he wants all the time. Which results in lots of fighting. They can't seem to play ANYTHING together for more than a couple minutes without yelling and fighting over something. Which makes me yell at them to stop yelling, and then we all end up in a gosh awful mood. Earlier this morning I actually sent them to their rooms (which made them both yell, scream and cry) until they had calmed down and could come out with a better attitude. It worked well enough, I guess. Zachariah even apologized to Micaiah for fighting with him and they have been playing decently since then. So that's a plus! But it would be nice if I could nip it in the bud before it got to the point of them yelling and screaming at each other constantly.

So here is my question to you parents of multiple children...

What do you do to keep the arguing at bay? I know it isn't completely avoidable, but what do you do to "nip it in the bud" before it gets bad? Or once it gets bad what do you do to get everyone calm and acting civilized again? The sending them to their room thing worked this time, but it's not guaranteed to work again, so I would love some other ideas/advice to help me keep my sanity! ;)

All About Z PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:54

It has been a very long time since I have had a Zachariah post, so the other day I decided to snap some pictures and do a little interview with him. :) Enjoy!


Q: How old are you?

A: Five!

Q: What is your favorite thing about being five?

A: Going to Disney World! It was just SO fun.


Q: What is your favorite thing about school?

A: Let's see ... Singing about the seven wonders of the ancient world! Hey Mom, I really want a dog. Can you please get one for me for Christmas?

Q: No. Moving on. What is something that you don't like about school?

Z: You playing that timeline video with the hand motions. It just makes me kinda nervous.

Q: What is your favorite subject?

A: Science, cause there are so many funny science names and stuff. Like nucleus, cytoplasm, vacuole, mitochondria and golgi bodies.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: For Halloween???

Q: No, silly. What do you want to DO when you grow up?

A: That is a good question. Um... I want to be a veterinarian! To take care of animals when they are sick, and I will come to their house and they will tell me if they are sick or not sick! I don't know if a cat would like that ...


Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Um, my airplane book, because I love airplanes.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Rio.

Q: Favorite tv show?

A: Charlie Brown thanksgiving. It is just SO funny!


Q: What is your favorite food/meal?

A: Hamburgers. The ones that you make, not from a restaurant. Pancakes, waffles, and rice. And corn. And cookies! And lemon bars. Is this a alot?

Q: What is your least favorite food/meal?

A: What does least favorite mean?  Me: Something you don't like. Z: Ohhhhh. Fish. Broccoli. Carrots. Cauliflower. That should be all!


Q: What do you like to do when we aren't doing school?

A: Playing outside. Swinging, and doing lots of other things outside.

Q: What is your favorite game?

A: Trouble and Sorry. I really like it when you can walk the pieces around the board.


Q: Who is your best friend?

A: Emma, Jack, Gracie. And Miah.



Outtake PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 November 2012 16:29

This past weekend we took my camera and tripod to an open-ish area and attempted to get a family picture for our 2012 Christmas card.

If anyone was wondering, the self timer button is not a good substitute for a photographer. I will never do this again. It was one of the most miserable experiences and I honestly don't think we ended up with a picture for our Christmas cards. (I'm going to see if I can salvage one, but I'm not holding my breath.) Last year we hired a photographer, and we will be hiring one again next year. I learned my lesson.

During the whole fiasco Zachariah asked if he could take one of the pictures. Because this was just meant to appease my five year old I didn't adjust any settings on the camera, so we are back lit, horribly positioned and Z has a gosh awful fake smile.  But seeing Micaiah in this picture made me laugh.out.loud.


You see, while I was showing Z which button to press, Micaiah ran over and kept saying, "Me? Me? Me?". We were in a hurry and I wanted to get this gosh awful picture taking experience behind us, so I just said something along the lines of, "No, not right now. Let's go sit down so Zachariah can take the picture, ok?" Apparently I hurt his feelings and he was NOT afraid to show it.

I keeping going back and forth between laughing my head off and melting into a giant puddle. What a pitiful little baby!!!

Anyway, just had to share. It made me laugh. :) Hope everyone is having a good start to their week!

Superheroes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:21

Last year the boys had some AWESOME Halloween costumes. Zachariah was (and still is) totally into Star Wars, so they dressed up as Darth Vader and Chewbacca. (Click here for pictures.) I was kinda wanting to go with the Star Wars theme again this year. Maybe have a little Yoda and Luke Skywalker. But Z had other plans. He took one look at the Ironman costume in Target and declared that is who he was going to be for Halloween! And being the control freak that he is, he decided on Micaiah's costume too. :P

Without further adieu, I present to you my adorable superheroes!



Hope you all have a happy (and safe) Halloween!

Two Stories PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 October 2012 12:09

Story number one:
Last week the boys were watching a DVD of several Pixar shorts. I was in the kitchen making their lunches but heard the following conversation take place.

Micaiah: Rye-Rye?

Zachariah: Yes?

Micaiah: What is dis?

Zachariah: This is Pixar! We are watching the DVD of Pixar shorts.

Micaiah: Oh. Rye-Rye?

Zachariah: Yes, Micaiah?

Micaiah: What is dis?

Zachariah: Pixar. We are watching Pixar shorts.

Micaiah: Ohhhhhh. Rye-Rye?

Zachariah: Yes?

Micaiah: What is dis?

Zachariah: Why do I have to say this a hundred times?!

Micaiah: Ummmm...

Micaiah: Rye-Rye. What is dis?

Zachariah: *sigh* It's Pixar.

Micaiah: Oh!

And repeat. They watched a half hour long DVD of the Pixar shorts and I did not EVER hear more than 30 seconds go by without that exact same conversation happening. Eventually Zachariah tuned him out and Micaiah was left to say "Rye-Rye? Rye-Rye? Rye-Rye?" a million times, and sure enough Z would tune back in and sweetly answer his questions.


Story number two:
(Preface: Sunday I came down with a cold. Daniel took off work Monday and went grocery shopping for me. He took Z with him while Micaiah was napping so that I could get a little break.)

Yesterday we were sitting down for lunch and Z looked at me and said, "So, Mom. When I am older, and you and dad are both sick at the same time, I will be glad to go to Publix for you! And I can take Micaiah!"


The reason for this post:
We have been having some issues with Zachariah recently. He won't listen to a word we say; he doesn't pay attention; he won't obey the first (or third) time; he won't speak to us with respect, and he can't seem to get a grip on his temper. I feel like we are at square one again with figuring out how to parent our child. It's discouraging and aggravating and it makes for very long days.

Sometimes I can get so angry that I lose site of the reality that he is a very sweet and loving child. I have never met a child with such a tender heart. I am constantly amazed at how sweet and thoughtful he can be and I need to do a better job of remembering that. He shows his sweet side everyday, and I need to pay closer attention to those times rather than focusing exclusively on the times when he disobeys.

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