Tuesday, January 16, 2018

My Sweet Jaeli Jo

This girl amazes me! She is by far, my most well behaved child... But don't let that fool you, she has her moments. Today we had some one on one time and for her reward she picked a book bag because she didn't want a character anymore... too old for that I guess, but when I found out she did awesome on grades this semester, I let her pick a toy. While checking out, she asked to go sit on a bench and wait for me to be done. I said sure and as she walked over, some workers asked if she wanted a sucker. She said no and sat down to wait for me. When I was done, she came back to me and we quietly started walking past them again with their bowl of suckers. They stopped me and told me she turned them down and asked if I would be ok with her taking one. So I looked at her and she said yes she wanted one. As we walked away, she said, I wanted to make sure it was okay first. Any of the others would have just taken one, I am sure! Jaeli is always trying to do good and hates getting in trouble. Very sensitive with a big heart!

I've had many people, mostly family comment about my kids being brats or always behaving bad... It frustrates me especially since most don't have 4! Are they really that bad? I don't think so. Sure, at home they fight like crazy and can be disrespectful at times but generally they are very good around others, outside of the home. They have their moments as any kid does, but they are all great kids. Mak tends to make bad choices when she is tempted but behaves well and always wants to help. Jaeli likes to be recognized as being good, so she tries her best. Maysie loves the drama, but is very affectionate and tries to prove she can be better. Jace has the hardest time and I truly think its because he has no common sense and always gets blamed when it's not always him. Its just easier for people to blame him... The only boys he has been around are older and have never set a good example for him, so what do you expect? And I am to blame for some of it... Maybe a lot of it. He is my baby and I do spoil him and let him get away with a lot. Oh well... I'm the one who has to deal with it for most of the time, so that's on me. But he is a sweetheart if you just take the time to love him and give him a chance to open up. Its tough for him to do... And only a few get to see this side of him.  They all lie, but what kid doesn't? I can usually get Jaeli and Jace to tell the truth once I talk with them about the situation. Maysie occasionally, and Makenna never! But I think we are doing a pretty damn good job.

Back to Miss Jaeli Jo, loved my time with her sweetness today!

Jace is 8...what?

He is 8 already? Where did time go. My little man isn't little any more ;(. He had an awesome party with our family and friends kids and school friends. Great success! So many toys he doesn't need. We even had a nerf gun fight with him and his sisters one night with the lights out. They loved it!

I love my little man more than words can say, and even though he is all trouble most days, I couldn't imagine or want life without him. He sure has lived up to his nickname of trouble since day 2 when he peed in his own mouth and chocked... Scared me half to death. Ever since its a constant battle but it sure does make our lives interesting and full of great memories.

Love you buddy!

Snow Fun

The weather finally warmed up the other day and kids begged to play outside since there was still snow on the ground. I tell you what though, I am so tired of winter... So many school delays and closings. Its killing all my vacation time. But when they do get to play outside... When they don't have to do e-learning and actually enjoy a "snow day", They have a blast! One thing they love to do is build snowmen. The snow was perfect for it! Makenna even made a snowhorse! She always amazes me with her creativity, can't wait to see all the great things she will do in the future.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Christmas Fun!

We all had a great Christmas this year! Not a whole lot to say except thank you to all of our friends and family for spending time with us and for the gifts given to the children!