Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Posted by Mandy at 2:51 PM
Some days I really wonder if all the teaching and training and hours spent trying to help my children do the "right thing" is wasted. I think they look at me while I talk like I am a fat hot air balloon leaking air. They hear me and know when to say "ok, mom" but I wonder if they ever really learn. And it's easy to ask why I even try or feel like I'm failing over and over. And then, in a rare moment, ever so infrequently, they surprise me - like this...
A little background: Several (like 6) weeks ago, Caden attended an all-day event with a friend. We sent Cade with some money to cover the cost of meals. As he arrived home at the end of the day, he was pennyless. In asking him what he purchased...we discovered that his friend's dad had insisted on buying his food and so Cade took the liberty to spend the money we'd sent with him on videogames at one of the restaraunts...$16 dollars worth of videogames!
I set in on one of my "lectures" and explained how disappointed I was and how much trust I'd lost in him. Later that night, Bart repeated his version of the lecture and told Cade that he would have to pay it back. Like usual, the tense moment passes, Cade's off to play and the lesson is forever lost in the black hole of my children's minds. And honestly, as time passed, even Bart and I let it go and forgot about the repayment.
Then last Sunday, (after Caden's birthday had passed where he was given some birthday money from family members) this little "gift" shows up on Bart's desk in the den.
With the note reading...
Posted by Mandy at 2:18 PM
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I don't know if you call it wimping out or getting smart...but getting a nanny this summer will go down in our book of BEST THINGS EVER!
Posted by Mandy at 12:37 AM
Our family attended the Pack Meeting in August (which is a regular occurrence since I am a den leader) where we got to see Caden awarded his Wolf merit badge. Of course there is always a little help from mom when boys earn anything in scouting...but Caden was very good about tracking his achievements and getting his requirements earned. He's off to a good start and graduating up to the Bear Den.
Cade getting his Wolf badge and 3 arrow points from the Cub Master at our outdoor/park Pack Meeting.
Beavers Baseball Game
My parents pulled together a BIG family night for everyone at the ballpark. Papa got a suite and we all enjoyed a little baseball together at the Portland Beavers game in August. The kids loved watching the game from up so high. They were also in heaven with all the food and treats their little bodies could consume.
The mascot "Lucky the Beaver" even made it up to the box for a surprise visit.
Cousins Movie Nights
Posted by Mandy at 12:03 AM
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Summer would not be complete without a trip (or two) to Black Butte Ranch. Every year I threaten to just take the kids and go live there all summer long...one of these years, I just might! Grammy and Papa's Black Butte house is our family's FAVORITE place on earth all year long, but summers there are just the BEST!
Spending hot afternoons at the pool are a given.
Our second trip in August included a few days with friends. We were quite amazed that we were able to schedule it and acutally make it work out, but even more happy to have them join us and share some great times and fun memories.
Ty and his buddy wait underneath the fountain for the big water dump.
Posted by Mandy at 10:53 PM