Monday, December 31, 2007

funny and true

Trust Yourself

Check out this editorial about trusting yourself as a parent. Good reminder...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


The letter is coming soon - I hope! Until then, here are some pictures from the Moore Family Christmas (12/23), Christmas Eve at GrandDad and Grandma's, and Christmas Day at home. Hope it works....

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Imagine It!

H operates the crane while B and C load balls and pull levers

Giant Tinker Toys

We spent a fun filled day of imaginative play at the Imagine It Children's Museum of Atlanta yesterday. It is such a blessing to watch as these precious boys minds grow and change so much everyday. Imaginations around here are vast and this place was a great discovery to foster some of that.
once again I cannot figure out how to format this post so that everything is not in the center...I am such a techno illiterate!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


For a lot of reasons, this quote has touched me today. I loved Mr. Rogers!!!

When I was very young, most of my heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.

Fred Rogers1928 - 2003

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Coming Soon!

It's been a week of sick at our house. We've all had winter colds making us tired and grumpy - never a fun mix with pre-schoolers. And poor B and H had a little more than the usual. A first, very painful, ear infection (B) and pneumonia that sent us to Urgent Care and the pulmonology office (H) - along with a full day of fever and vomiting (also H) have delayed my "schedule" for getting last minute Christmas tasks done. Glad to report that everyone is on the mend - but Christmas cards may not arrive before the 25th! I'd planned to write a personal note and/or send a Christmas letter about our very eventful year with these nutty boys...not happening now!! So if you have any interest in what 2007 was like in the crazy house, please check back soon - I will try and post our Christmas letter here on the blog. Not sure when but I will try for no later than the New Year (this probably means sometime next June). Wishing everyone a magical Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Much Love...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Just a follow up on Cs injury yesterday morning, it has become a source of great pride for him today. He's been asked a few times what happened to his nose (which is crazy bruised and swollen) and he has recited his version of the story with increasing gusto It seems to get a little more embellished each time. He even has hand gestures to show how his car "fyipped me over on da roof"...this makes could have been very serious injury number bazillion for C - none of which have any deterrent effect on his continued insanity. H wants to know if we can do it again today "if C wears his helmet this time"...hmm, let me see - NO!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Morning Fun

Thanks to the warmer than usual weather, we spent some time outside this morning.

The Wise Guys thought it was a brilliant plan to race down the hill in our backyard. Not on foot. That is too simple, too "normal". They were racing in ride on cars and tractors. As fast as they could possibly go, lifting their feet off the ground and letting the speed and slope take them where it may. Crashing into each other makes it all the more fun! And then we had a re-creation of Jackass ...C hit a dip at the bottom of the hill and was thrown forward and his car, with him inside, flipped completely forward and over onto the roof. I watched from the top of the hill without breathing. A moment of hesitation, and then he started screaming. Running down the hill I had the thought that I should not move him (Mama Drama) not knowing if he had injured his neck in any way. But my little scrapper wiggled himself out and upright with nothing more that a bump and bruise right between the eyes. Just a regular morning around here.

And check out his clothing selection on this fine day. Crazy kids...

More Morning Fun

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Our Little Elves

H & B (3 weeks old)

C (12 days old - he still sleeps this way!)
I cannot believe they will be 4 years old in a few weeks...sniff, sniff, boo hoo - where have my babies gone??

Good Read

Unconditional love is widely considered to be one of the most valuable gifts that parents can give their children.

Ironically, many parents set out to love their children unconditionally and then feel bad about themselves when they fall short. In other words, their self-esteem is conditional — contingent upon their success at loving unconditionally!

Some parents believe that giving selflessly to their children is proof of their unconditional love. But parental self-sacrifice is an insidious form of conditionality that diminishes both parent and child. Its true colors are exposed when the self-sacrificing parent eventually snaps and says, “How can you treat me that way after all I’ve sacrificed for you!?”

What gets us in trouble is focusing too much on what we’re doing and not enough on how we’re being.

Read more of this insightful article....

Learning, Growing, Changing

The title of this post is not about the is about me. Learning to evaluate why I am parenting the way I am, how it is affecting my children, is it necessary and /or good? Growing in my limited understanding (or lack thereof) of what it means to parent, to mother these little children. Changing (with not so much grace) my attitude, behavior, my beliefs. I get it intellectually, I really do but it is so hard to make change in the trenches. In the midst of living this crazy life, to redirect my thoughts and actions, to really be mindful of what is happening right now at this very moment is a mental effort that is sometimes exhausting and I often fail. But the reward is so great when I am true to what is right, when I am living what I believe, when I am the mother I so want to be for these incredible children who deserve nothing less than the very best I have to offer. So there's this blog that I love and this post is particularly insightful with regard to all of the above. Check it out...