Three Boys and Counting

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Yikes! October 20, 2009

Filed under: Just Life,Spirited Children — threeboysandcounting @ 3:01 pm

Yikes, it’s been almost a week since I last posted something on here.  How annoying! My apologies to my loyal readers, all 5 of you! 🙂

I have no good excuse for letting my blog get so out of date, yet again, but I know it is annoying. I get annoyed when I am surfing around on my favorite blogs early in the morning or during naptime, and I can’t find new reading material. 🙂

So whats been going on? Not a whole lot. Little Harper is sick with a cold so that has been eating away at my energy, patience, and sleep! Also, we have been preparing for hubby to be gone for 5 days at a conference in Texas.  Not sure how we will all survive, but hopefully we will.

Today, a wonderful thing happened. I have been dreading today for several weeks. It is the day that had written on the calendar “9:20am Boys Flu mists/shots”.  Yes, I for some unknown reason, scheduled all 3 boys to receive their flu vaccines today at the same time all at once.  Not a big deal probably if you have laid back children, but as I’ve mentioned before, my oldest is very SPIRITED.  I have had a knot in my stomach for 3 days thinking about hauling all 3 of them in for this blessed event.  God must have known.  At about 8:30am, my husband received a phone call that he did not have to be into work until noon.  GLORY HALLELUJAH.  He graciously helped me take the kiddos to the doctor and it made my day!  Especially since he got the pleasure of pinning Lucas down (to be expected) while he received a squirt of flu vaccine in each nostril.  Avery took it like a champ (to be expected) and reported that it did not hurt at all.  Harper took the poke as any 9 month old baby does and has enjoyed a nice 3 hour nap afterward.

So that’s my life in a nutshell for the past few days. How have you been?

 

Keeping Busy October 6, 2009

Filed under: kids activities,Lucas,Spirited Children — threeboysandcounting @ 10:11 am

I have been slacking a little with keeping my spirited child busy…partly because of the demands of my now 8 month old….he is getting into everything and having tons of separation anxiety. Partly because I have been exhausted lately. And partly because I have been just plain lazy.  Lucas tends to do better when I keep him as busy as possible from task to task…probably because he doesnt’ have time to get bored and think of ways to annoy me or get into trouble!

Today, I thought I would start off just by spending a little time learning letters.  We’ll start with letter “A” since I know he is also covering that in school. I am stealing these ideas from No Time For Flashcards here (scroll down to her discovery box idea) and here. If you have never perused this web site and you have kids, you should definitely check it out. I steal tons of ideas for activities and crafts with my kids from this site!

wish me luck!

 

Spirited Children October 5, 2009

Filed under: Lucas,Mommy Monday,Spirited Children — threeboysandcounting @ 9:26 pm

I don’t know how many of you have heard the term “Spirited Child.” But Lucas DEFINITELY falls into this category.  If you have a spirited child, you know exactly what I am talking about. To quote Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child, “The word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is more. They are normal children who are more intense, persistent, sensitive, perceptive, and uncomfortable with change than other children. All children possess these characteristics, but spirited kids posess them with a depth and range not available to other children.  Spirited kids are the SUPER BALL in a room full of rubber balls.  Other kids bounce three feet off the ground. Every bounce for a spirited child hits the ceiling.”

This describes our first born EXACTLY. He is my child who demands the most of me in time, energy, patience, and pretty much everything. Most days at some point he makes me crazy, makes me want to pull my hair out.  He is incredible, and I love him, but it is often difficult to ENJOY him. I am on a mission now to find resources out there to help me parent this spirited child so that we can all enjoy him more because he truly is worth enjoying!

To start off on y mission, I am reading the above mentioned book.  I will keep you posted on our progress. To keep it real, this has come about after a difficult weekend with Lucas.  Sometimes, he actually makes me not want to stay at home. I know that is HORRIBLE  to say, but he definitely tries my patience. However, I have hope that we can find a way to tame him, without taming his spirit. 🙂