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Monday, January 24, 2011

The Worm

Chances are if you come to our house this is how you will find my oldest child. Completely engrossed in a good book. This child has a thirst for reading and learning that I have never known. I love to read but in a different way. I read books. Alexa gets lost in them. She becomes a part of the story, rereads her favorite parts and juggles four or five different ones throughout the day.

I gave her 9 books for Christmas. She has read all of them and some of them twice. She has also read other books since then too like "The Wizard of OZ" and "Anne of Green Gables". She brought home another Nancy Drew book today as well. Six of the books I gave to her for Christmas were Nancy Drew books.

She also comes home from school and tells me how exciting her day was and how much she has learned and she is always so happy to tell me what they are working on. I love this girl and sometimes can't believe such a smart, talented beautiful girl is all mine. I love her to pieces.

*sometimes I do have to tell her to put the book away so we can do other things. Yesterday I took her shopping for some shoes and she was bummed that she didn't bring her book so she could read while we waited in lines. I told her we didn't need books while we shopped, we could chat.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It Gets Him Every Time

I know I said I was going to blog more. Why is it that life gets away from me? The babies are quite handfuls these days. When they are awake I have to be fully aware and ready for anything. Lily loves to throw things in the toilet. I found Carter's shoe in one the other day. They both love to see if they can get into Alexa's room and color themselves with as many markers they can get their hands on before someone stops them. There is never a dull moment around here.

But, this post is really about Dallin. This child loves to watch movies. He is kind of a junky if you let him. I have had to cut him off and make him earn some TV time. He now has a chore chart that he loves to check off. One of his favorite things to do is laundry and today he learned how to dust the furniture. He did his chores and read me a book so I let him watch his beloved Toy Story 3 while Alexa was at a friend's house. He tries to watch this any chance he gets.

The babies were downstairs playing so toward the end of his movie I went down to play with everyone. The movie had gotten to the point where Andy was giving away his toys and it was hard for him to do. Dallin looked at the screen and said, "why is he giving them away mom?" He had big tears in his eyes. I told him, "he needs his toys to have a new home." He shed his tears and then kept playing and then we danced to the songs of the closing credits.

I write this story here because this is a true representation of this little man. He is rambunctious, busy, stubborn and cute. But, one of his greatest qualities is his tender-heartedness. He really has a tender soul. Somedays I think his other qualities may make me scream but then he reminds me of who he really is and I hold my tongue and hug him tight.