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Monday, June 26th 2006

4:04 PM

Montana interrupted...

I will be writing about my Montana trip, soon, but I wanted to share a little about life around here. I’ve been trying to be more hands on in my mothering this past week and I’m seeing some progress in the obedience arena as well as overall relationships. I’m also seeing progress in my energy levels due to an increase in movement lol.

Seriously, we cannot parent our children from the chair or even worse, from another room! No, we have to be hands on guiding them and correcting as needed. So along with a firmer grip on discipline, I’m also trying to balance with loving on them. (I don’t have time right now, but I’m thinking I may expand on this topic at some point.)

Jake (3) is my biggest project right now because he has the most need for firm guidance. 8} That toddler has the energy of 50 adults and unfortunately, I only have the energy of one adult suffering from a distinct lack of energy. We’ve been working on obeying mom the first time I say something and by golly, we are getting closer. I only have to repeat myself five times now. Hehe

We’ve also had our amusing times lately. I told him the other night (while we were all studying the Bible as a family) to be quiet and not make any sound or he would be in trouble. It was amazingly quiet as we continued and I was impressed at how well Jake was obeying until I glanced over and saw him. He was crying and calling out mom, mom…only with no sound whatsoever emanating from him. It was like someone watching television with the mute button on lol. I had to quickly look away because it was hysterical. I wish you could have seen him.

He also likes to manipulate with kisses and hugs (and he is so incredibly adorable), but I make him obey first and then he can give those kisses and hugs. J I’m also learning to pick and choose battles. I’m letting him have his spazzy moments more often and I find that when I need him to settle down, he’s more apt to do it. Today, he jogged through the store ahead of me a little, but would stop and wait patiently when I asked him, too.

He also started to whine a bit while I was driving so I had him tell me when the red lights turned green. He enjoyed that and then we saw a train. I was a little early for Amber’s appointment (she is in the 90th percentile by the way for weight and length! Phew…no wonder she is heavy.), so we sat and counted boxcars. I got to 90-something and then Katrina asked me something and I lost track of where I was…arg. But he enjoyed our outing and I was less stressed.

Anyway, we still have a ways to go and I’m sure I will have more to say, but my hands are needed for a certain baby who is fussing and we are getting close to time to pick up my hubby (woooohooooo) from the airport – boy have I missed him a bunch. By the way, I had no idea this post was going to head this way. Life is funny.

One more note: my other son (6) plays wiffleball and he was first baseman at his last game. He got three outs! Yeah, Christian. I’m so proud of him, not because he got three outs, but because he really tries hard while he is out there on the field. I can’t believe he only has two games left. Crazy how time moves so swiftly.

5 More Meandering Minds.

Posted by Audra Silva:

Yes, it does take work, but it is so worth it in the end for us and for the kids. :)
Sunday, July 9th 2006 @ 9:48 AM

Posted by MInTheGap:

Our kids have trouble obeying, and we know we need to do the two things you're mentioning-- correct the first time, and get up and do it rather than directing from a chair or the other room-- but like our Pastor said, "That's work!" Thanks for the encouragement. I pray your house continues to grow in Him.
Sunday, July 2nd 2006 @ 6:33 PM

Posted by Audra Silva:

LOL, Peggy, he keeps doing it when asked to be quiet. Such a turkey.
Claire, he is quite the cutie, plus he has the longest eyelashes...women envy him lol.
Sunday, July 2nd 2006 @ 10:03 AM

Posted by Claire Andrews:

Sounds like things are going great with Jake - your common sense and your experience will bring out the best in him, and when he gets to school the teachers are going to love him!
Friday, June 30th 2006 @ 9:48 PM

Posted by A Mother's Love by Peggy:

"He was crying and calling out mom, mom…only with no sound whatsoever emanating from him. It was like someone watching television with the mute button on lol. I had to quickly look away because it was hysterical. I wish you could have seen him."

Oh my goodness! I can just picture it! LOL That is just TOO funny Audra!! LOL I'm literally LOL!
Friday, June 30th 2006 @ 1:17 PM

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