Monday, January 22, 2007

Drumming Discipleship

The older brother passes on his drumming skills. Good stuff!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Pearly whites

It's official: Levi has gone from gummy grin to toothy grin, although there are only two teeth as of yet and still plenty of gumminess. The funny thing is that the left top and left bottem came in together, so it's a little lop-sided! But very, very cute.

I snapped these pictures tonight during dinner. They aren't the best, but you might be able to make out the little nubs in the first two, and the third one is just for fun.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Independence All Around

We seem to have hit a stride of independence in our household recently. I write this with fear of jinxing a good thing, but then I remembered that I'm not superstitious.

Sam is a wonderful little guy; however, this three-year-old thing has been tough on all of us. He tests limits and resents our involvement one minute, then throws a fit if we try to get him to do something "grown-up" (i.e. dressing himself, using the potty) the next.

Recently I've realized how important it is for him to feel like he has a job and feel valued. How human of him! I first noticed this a few weeks ago when I appointed him my helper in setting the table. He dutifully, with much self-importance put each napkin, spoon, knife and fork at each setting. Now if I start to do it without asking him he takes over.

Today, Mike and I were in the living room when we heard Sam from the other end of the apartment yelling, "I did it by myself! I did it by myself!" We went and discovered that he had discovered his need to pee, went to the bathroom, pulled down his pants and went, and flushed -- on his own!!! This truly is progress. I had to hold back the tears.

Since then he's gone on his own again and left the house in "big boy underpants", as well as used the restroom at Costco with Dad's help. I know, probably more than you want to know, but this is my life, my blog. :)

As far as Levi goes, our sleep-training definitely paid off! He sleeps now from 6pm until 4:30, then sleeps usually until at lest 7am if not longer. SUCH a relief!

So, as my kids find their own areas of independence, I also find mine. I guess that's what parenting is all about!

Movie Star Looks

Yesterday Mike came out of the bedroom clean-shaven! After 9 years of having facial hair, usually in the form of a goatee, his face is as smooth as a baby's bum. It was a little freaky at first, but the more I see it, the better I like it. I think he looks a little like George Clooney. What do you think?

You can see Mike's thoughts on his blog.