Friday, February 22, 2008

life as I know it

I have a confession to make...



It's February and it's getting a little loopy around here. Not only are these last few weeks of winter taking their toll on me, but they seem to be triggering some sort of chemical reaction in the little minds of my children as well.

I've heard from countless friends, teachers and fellow homeschoolers that February is truly a trying, in fact, the most trying month when it comes to children. So I know I'm not alone.

This is a consolation, I will admit. However, it doesn't really help to relieve any of the loopiness around here. It seems my house is filled with so much ______. You fill in the blank. Words like chaos, noise, motion, screeching, hopping, flipping, jumping. These words would fit in that blank nicely.Not to mention the little toddler attitude that has flared up oh-so intensely around here (see photos below- notice the look that says, "I can do it by myself, now step away from my toothbrush!").

But on a positive note, I am so blessed to have (in my opinion) three of the most creative and imaginative children. I honestly can admit that I have not heard the phrase, "Mom, I'm bored" at all this entire winter. This is so inspiring and brings hope to me! No matter how cooped-up we may all feel at times, there are still games to play, songs to sing, forts to build, dramas to be acted out and costumes to dress up in. Oh, the costumes. There are so many. Some cute, some scary and some that have involved varying interpretations of Davy Crockett as a geisha (see photo below, ahem). The joys of having an older sister (poor Nicolas!).

Thanks for letting me get this all out. I just know I can make it now.

6 comments:

Amanda L. said...

Oh the dressing up is hilarious! I L O V E that photo of Elias as well! What a face! Your kids are great, and fabulous, and creative. Glad we could share in them today!

Donna said...

Oh I love the pictures...I have a little 2 1/2 yr old who tells me "go away, I do it" and the look! Such a fun family!

Anonymous said...

They are getting so big! We must make a plan to visit you this spring. I'm feeling the same loopiness...just waiting for it to be spring. Bringing some pretty white tulips into the apartment helped get me through this week but I'm longing for warmer days ahead. Love you! Chrissy

Karen said...

the other piece of good news, is that it is almost over! Next week is the very last week of the hardest month with kids. Then we can move on to days with more sunshine, easter joys and then finally warmth!

HomeGrown Life said...

Karen is right! I forgot the most hopeful part of it all- it is nearly over. I always get "spring fever" very early on in the winter!

Charles & Rebecca said...

Fear not the green grass - butterflies - and colorful flowers of spring and summer are only weeks away! It will be nice to enjoy the warm spring breeze with the cheerful sounds of the children playing in the yard. Thanks for sharing the pictures, its crazy to see all of our kids and remember it wasn't long ago we were all in school together. Old ECA yearbooks always make me smile.