Parenting Story

Parenting Story

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Matt and Emily got Aidan some working toy firetrucks for his recent birthday and he loves them! He and Reese drive all over the house making firetruck noises and pretending to fight fires and rescue people in need.

Randy was grilling some hamburgers the other night and went running outside to put out a grease fire. Aidan did not miss a beat and said, "My hose can't put that fire out! Uh uh!" I'm glad that he realizes the difference between real and pretend!

The other night as soon as we got home, Aidan asked me, "Mommy, where is my werererere (making firetruck noises)?" Thankfully I knew exactly what he was asking for!

Little Houdini

I happened to catch Reese doing a "magic trick" as I was passing the toy room the other day. She had stuffed several rabbits into a cabinet and had her magic wand. She waved the wand around and said, "Abra cadabra, disappear rabbits!" Then she hit the door with the wand. The door didn't close to hide the rabbits, so she said, "Didn't work! I gotta try that again." She repeated the process about 4 more times before finally closing the door with her hand. Once it was closed she said, "There, disappeared!" She finally turned around because I broke out into laughter and she laughed with me!

I told Randy the story later that night and he relayed the following story to me: Reese had a stuffed animal laying on the floor next to her and she waved her wand in the air and said, "Abra cadabra, disappear!" The animal did not disappear so she slyly kicked it out of the way and said, "It's gone!"

I don't know where this sudden interest in magic came from, but it is hillarious to see how she thinks it works!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


The kids have been fighting like crazy lately, so this cute little sign of affection proved to me that deep down they really do love each other!

The other night, Aidan was pretending that we were a family of birds from the movie "Rio."

Aidan: "Mommy will be the mommy bird, Reese can be the sweetheart, I will be the boy and daddy will be a boy."

I thought that it was so cute that Aidan called her the sweetheart and not just a girl! It was also rather hilarious that daddy is just another boy rather than a daddy. Sometimes I think that Randy takes on more of a disciplinary role than I do, so to have Aidan label him as a boy, made me think that he thinks of him more as a friend and equal, whereas calling me the mommy shows that he knows and understands my role as a caretaker. Though this may not be the truth at all because you never quite know what these kids are thinking!

Just call him Fido!

We went to Burger King for a quick dinner tonight. The kids played in the play place while Randy got our food. There were a couple of other kids playing as well and Reese was quick to start up a conversation. "I got my brother with me. He is kind of like a pet!" The other kids didn't say anything back, but I about busted a gut! I guess you could say from this comment that Reese is pretty fond of her little brother!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dancing Machines

At the end of the kids show tonight, a music video from the Fresh Beat Band came on. The kids immediately started throwing their toys to the side of the room, making room for their dance floor. As soon as most of the stuff was pushed to the sides of the room they began dancing along! I wish that I would have had my camera prepared, because they really get into it! I'm thinking that this could be a wonderful incentive for the kids to clean up at the end of the night! If they can clean up all of their toys, then they can have a few minutes of dancing to their favorite songs.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


While shopping this weekend we happened to find some Lightning McQueen slippers perfect for Aidan. I had planned to buy them some for Christmas, but they did not make the cut as the kids usually run around the house in just their underwear. I did not see them actually using the slippers and could not justify spending $10 or more for slippers. The Lightning McQueen slippers were clearanced for less than $5 for the pair, so in the cart they went. Though we tried to find something similar for Reese, the store did not have anything in her size. She was absolutely devastated, but we promised that we would keep looking while we finished our shopping.
As luck would have it, while browsing the Target dollar section, I noticed a little pink pair of slippers with hearts on them. I grabbed up a pair and immediately checked them against Reese's foot to see if they would fit. She was ecstatic and would not allow me to put them in the cart, she had to hold them. We continued on browsing the store until we found my husband. Reese immediately held up her slippers and shouted, "Daddy, look what we found! They fit me and they were cheap!" An older gentleman that was walking up behind Randy about snorted trying to hold back his laughter, and he doesn't even know my husband and how his whole family accuses him of being a total cheapskate! I guess like father, like daughter!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In Charge

Randy must have had a talk with Reese before he left for three days away from home for work. This morning when she got up she said, "Mommy, I am going to help you with the laundry and dishes. Whatever you do, I am going to help." I was so proud of her for wanting to be a big helper, but at the same time it made me sad. She is growing up so fast!