A Lesson Learned

Yesterday, I had an interesting afternoon. We were playing upstairs in the playroom for a while, maybe an hour or two. Then, the oldest of the house went downstairs to go to the bathroom. She asked why there was a puddle in the hallway. She opened the door to find the sink overflowing with water. The sink had been plugged and the bathroom, hallway, both kids’ bedroom closets, the basement were all covered in water!

It was a MESS!

My first reaction was to punish my son!! I knew that’s who it was. We have told him over and over not to do that. We usually catch him, but this time he forgot he left the water running. He shut the door (like I tell him too, so the baby doesn’t get in the bathroom) then innocently went upstairs to play.

Once he had realized what had happened the look on his face said it all! He was so sorry and told me over and over! He made a mistake and never meant for this to all happen!

How could I be mad? How could I yell?

He made a mistake which caused a big mess and now he needed his mom to help him!

So that’s what we did! We cleaned it up together. I told him that this is why I don’t like him plugging the sink when he washes his hands. Then he asked, “If we aren’t supposed to use the plugger then why do they make a plugger?”  I don’t know buddy! 🙂  He made a mistake and he knows what he did. He was sorry. He still wasn’t allowed to go to soccer because he had to stay and help me clean up. There are still consequences when we make mistakes. I just tried so hard not to yell, not to lecture, not to put him down. He learned from this and that’s all I want!

I kept thinking about how many times a day I make a mistake! I know what I did and I don’t need to be yelled at to make sure I don’t do it again (even though I’ve had some bosses who think that will make me learn my lesson!)  I am not perfect! I mess up ALL the time!

Because of GOD’s grace I am forgiven.  He doesn’t yell at me and put me down. He forgives over and over!

So as I try to teach my son not to plug the sink when he washed his hands because this is what could happen. He taught me SO much more! Patience and forgiveness! As I spent HOURS on cleaning up, drying out, hauling dehumidifiers, and shop vacs I just kept telling myself it was a mistake!

I want a relationship with him that he knows I am here to help him and love him no matter what he does! So this time, I feel like I got it right. “I put money in the bank for the hundred times that I will get it wrong” Hopefully he can remember the time that I was patent with him for all the times I won’t be in the future.

I love that boy!


Off to School We Go…

Last week, the middle child of the house started preschool. The week before that, the oldest of the house started kindergarten. The week before that, the baby of the house stopped bottles and nursing.

These kids are growing FAST!

I was sad to send this “little” one off to the big world of half day kindergarten.

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She asked to take this picture with me! It was so sweet! Just what a mom wants to hear before she sends her girl off to school! 🙂

I’m excited for her. A new year, new class, new teacher, new friends, and rode the bus for the first time. She is loving it already. She comes home everyday with story after story about her day! I love it!

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This little dude was a little nervous to go to school. He was going for the excited look in the picture! The poor guy was trying really hard, but told me “I’m too scared to go to school.” Man was I nervous to drop him off! I thought it was going to be a big production with tears and all. I just kept telling myself “don’t let him see my nervousness!”

Once the teacher opened the door he ran in and didn’t even look back! He walked tall and like a big boy! Exactly what I had hoped!!! So why did it make me sad? He didn’t need to give me one last hug or even say bye? He was a big boy now!

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The youngest of the house, acts like a toddler now. Running, climbing, talking, and full of personality. She is done with bottles and nursing. Doesn’t always want rocked to sleep. She isn’t our tiny little baby anymore.

She is so much fun! I love to watch her learn so much so fast! She cracks me up daily!

I can’t believe how fast they grow out of the baby stage, then go off to school, but I love to watch them grow! Every stage of childhood is new and exciting, challenging and exhausting. We have new things to learn and figure out as our kids grow. We have to grow. So, I look back and remind myself how fast these 6 years of motherhood has gone by and I’m so excited for the years to come!

I LOVE to watch my kids grow!

We are going to do our best to make these years count!


We Let Our Kids Play With Permanent Dye

One of our summer projects was tye-dying shirts. We’ve done it once before and it didn’t turn out so great, I decided to try it again. This time, it was a success!

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This time I bought a kit. I figured that should be pretty fool proof and really didn’t want to waste all those t-shirts. The kit had 3 bottles of color in it and said it did up to 8 shirts. (we cut it close with 7 shirts, but we had kids using it and they used a little more than needed! 🙂 )  I got the kit on sale for $6 and the shirts were Walmart shirts from $3-$4 each. I didn’t think that was bad for how cute they turned out and how much the kids loved them!

We had to wet the shirts then we began tying them with rubber bands. The nice thing about the kit is they have a list of examples that show you how to tie it for the different patterns. I was right…the kit was fool proof! 🙂 Then, I let the kids pick their color and start squirting!!!

I know…I may be a little nuts for allowing this!

This was obviously an outside craft and I put their shirt on plastic bags.  It was still a mess! This is why I don’t have any pictures of the process! I was more focused on helping the kids. I didn’t really want the kids colored head to toe for days! 🙂 Once they were finished dying them, we put them in plastic bags and let them soak over night. Took all the rubber bands off and washed them!

They were so excited to take the rubber bands off and see what they had made. I think that was more exciting then actually dying them!

I was pretty shocked myself that they actually turned out! 🙂

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She loves her shirt! She made it and wears it proud!


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The littlest of the house didn’t have much input in the process, but she did a great job looking cute in her new shirt.

It worked out that our neighbors had a 70’s themed party and we got to wear all of our shirts together!  The kids loved that!

Tye-dying was a success and we will be doing this again!