Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012

Happy Halloween! I don't know if it was all the treats I may or may not have had today (you know you borrow a few of your kids candies on Halloween, so don't deny it) but I have been on a Halloween High all evening. Halloween is such a fun holiday with little kiddos! McKay the Ninja, Benson the dinosaur, and Lily the pink elephant had pizza with the Cox cousins then went Trick-or-Treating in Nana and Papa's neighborhood. Their neighborhood goes all out! Many people handing out candy had dressed up, several gave out full-sized candy bars, and one house decorated for Christmas and had Santa and Misses Claus handing out ice cream cones. It was great! Also, it was an unseasonably warm night so we weren't even cold! No frozen toes or runny noses. It was a really fun evening. 

  Though he looks like a Ninja Turtle, he's actually a dinosaur. He was trying to tear off his costume until I told him that he wouldn't get any candy unless he wore it. After he realized he'd be getting treats, he was all smiles.

 Though he looks like a Ninja Turtle, he's actually a dinosaur. Benson loved the Halloween decorations this year. At each house we visited he would get some candy and then go from decoration to decoration looking at each He was really fascinated. One house had a skeleton that moved and sang when you pushed a button. He LOVED that house. In fact, he took a seat next to the owners (whom he'd never met) and would have been content to say there pushing the button all night if we hadn't dragged him away.
 If you look closely you can see the awesome fangs BJ carved. Once he put them on the boys wouldn't go near him...that's why he's the only one in the picture. The boys are standing just outside the frame...crying.

  Benson was particularly entertaining during Trick or Treating. He would sit in the wagon with his treat bucket as we went from one house to the next. At each house he would climb out of the wagon by himself and walk up to the door. If there were other kids in front of him, he would try to push them aside saying, "Excuse me guys. Excuse me. Benson turn." Sometimes he would grab McKay's arm and start pulling him along saying, "Come on, 'Kay!" Benson walked much more than McKay and when McKay was crashed in the wagon begging to go home, Benson was still heading up the pack, dragging his heavy candy bucket along saying, "Come on, guys"!
Once during the night a group of teenage boys walked past Benson, talking loudly. Benson stopped in his tracks and started shouting and pointing at himself saying, "Me! No shout at me, Boys! For a little guy he sure isn't afraid to speak up.
 With Nana on the Trick-or-Treat trail.
 It's a lot to take in for a tiny pink elephant! Lily spent a good deal of the night snoozing.
 But here she is awake. She looks so cute!

Nana made chocolate covered Halloween pretzels. Benson's was a mummy and McKay chose a vampire. (He's a little obsessed with vampires lately.) It was so great to be able to celebrate this holiday with our family. I'm so glad both of our families are close by to share these special times with us.

It was a wonderful evening. I walked back in the house feeling so grateful to be a mother of such darling little ones. As I rocked Lily to sleep tonight I couldn't help but thank Heavenly Father for sending such precious, sweet, fun, and delightful little ones into our lives. They make holidays meaningful and every day a joy. It was a Happy Halloween indeed.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Funny Benson

My mom called last night to relate the following incident from earlier in the day.

Benson likes to play on Nana's coffee table which holds decorative books and a porcelain figure of Christ. He was beginning to play on the table so Nana said, "I'd better move Jesus for you".
Benson said, "No Nana, I move Jesus Christ, Amen".

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom!

This year on my mother's birthday, I'm feeling a little tongue-tied.

We moved back home this summer, literally back into my parents home, and we've spent our lives here for the last 6 months. During the end of my pregnancy when I was so sick, she was here with me, caring for my boys and me too. We had a baby and there she was, at my side, cheering me on. All during this haze that is having a newborn, she has been here making meals, staying up with the baby when BJ and I were exhausted, shopping, doing laundry, and playing with McKay and Benson, helping them adjust to a new sister.

Before we lived here she would travel to visit us. At great personal expense she would come to Kentucky to spend time with us. I'm pretty sure that most of her work money went toward those trips. She knows that children's memories are short and she wanted a relationship with her grandchildren...and to help her daughter who was struggling to raise two boys far away from home.

In all the years before, she spent minutes, hours, days, and years of her life on me and my siblings. Becoming a mother has given me a deep, abiding and sacred respect for this woman who bore me. I know now that being a mother means giving your life for someone else. Mothering takes everything you have: your physical body, your energy, you plans, your time, your tears, and your heart--every bit of it.

So, saying "happy birthday" seems too trite. But I mean it. And, thank you for making happy birthdays and happy days for me and my siblings for 30 years.

Heavenly Father has taught me about love by giving me you, Mom.

I love you.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Prayer time

At the dinner table tonight, Benson was doing so good when we were preparing to pray. He had his arms folded and his eyes closed. However, when the prayer began to wax a little lengthy, he piped up, "Guys? Wake up! " Try keeping a straight face after that one!