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It takes Talent to do this ūüôā

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This past Saturday my husband was out working on somebody’s house and he decided to bring home a surprise. ¬†I was out in the backyard gathering up the tent to fold up before Hurricane Irene came our way and I came out to see what all the commotion was about.

To my surprise and HORROR…hubby (oh my lovely hubby) decided to bring home a half dead mouse.

Yup…you read that right. ¬†A Half. Dead. Mouse.

He said he saved it. I told him it was pretty much dead.  However, he was pretty adamant that he was saving it.

Then…..

He proceeded to show it to the cat….who basically just sat on the thing..not even realizing it was there.

Yah…how’s that for saving the mouse?

Hubby then proceeded to get me to look at the mouse and he was pretty adamant that I look at the mouse.

Instead…I ran into the house.

I came back out after he had backed down to hear Little E say to me:

“Mom, Daddy’s a Super Hero.”

LOL. ¬†I guess he was pretty proud of his daddy saving the mouse….even if it ended up dying about five minutes later. ūüôā

Laura

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A perfect day!

Yesterday was such a perfect day.

Not because of ¬†stuff that happened throughout the day…because nothing really spectacular happened but just because of the weather.

Ok ok I know it’s probably sad to talk about the weather on a blog…probably even lame…but hear me out.

Yesterday was the perfect day. ¬†There was just a slight breeze. ¬†It wasn’t too hot, wasn’t too cold. ¬†The sun was out with white fluffy clouds in the sky and it was relatively quiet. ¬†(If you don’t count all the kids that were playing in my yard)

It was one of those days that you just take everything in. ¬†You sit back, smell the air, soak up the sun and just realize that God has blessed you with today…and if nothing else..it’s another day that you are alive, breathing and hopefully feeling loved.

It was one of those days…that if I could have had the chance…I would have taken a blanket, a picnic basket, a pillow, a book and went to a field where I could either lay out in secret or out in the open..and just simply read, soak up everything and take a ME day.

But alas, I just settled ¬†for sitting out on my deck at the end of the night in the dark with my eyes closed and feeling the slight breeze wash over my face and just taking an “AAHHHH Moment”.

Yesterday is probably a day that I will remember for a long time.  Not because of anything great that happened, just because it was a fantastic day.

It’s one of those days that someday in the future I will smell the air and it will remind me of this day. ¬†Do you know what I mean?

Sometimes I go outside and smell the air first thing in the morning and it reminds me of some camping days, or I’ll go out at night and smell the fresh air and it will remind me of walks on the beach. ¬†Sometimes the rain will just have stopped and I’ll go outside and smell the air and it will remind me of special trips I have taken….but I think the best one is a tie between the first smell of Autumn and the first smell of Winter.

Do you know what I mean??? ¬†Haha maybe I’m just abnormal…but I love those smells and the memories that come with it.

Do you have any special days where it wasn’t anything fantastic that happened, but just a great day all the way around?

Laura

Blessing: ¬†All of the above ūüôā

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Michelle is going to kill me...but we had the best time in a long time!

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A beautiful Sunday.

We have been here for 3 years….and until this year we have yet to find a good beach that was within a thirty minute drive of us.

Now…I know…you are probably thinking “she lives on an island…how hard can that be?”

Well..let me tell you…EXTREMELY HARD.

You see…I’m picky.

I grew up on a little island where I was five minutes walking distance from the closest beach. ¬†The beautiful beautiful beautiful beach…that had SAND on it.

The beaches here…don’t have sand…they have rocks. ¬†Rocks are not fun to lay on, not fun to build sandcastles with, and not fun to have in crevices of your body. ¬†Well neither is sand…but…..

We have been searching and searching and searching for a good beach. ¬†A few weeks ago we found a great lake with some different type of sand on it. ¬†I’m not going to complain cause the water was beautiful and the sand was not made up of big rocks. ¬†Little E enjoyed playing in it….but it didn’t compare to this:

(minus the snow). ¬†This was the beach that I grew up on…beautiful beautiful beautiful beach….sand as far as the eye could see. ¬†Many special memories were made on this beach.

So I kept on searching…not giving up quite yet.

Then I saw a post from a friend on facebook and he was on a beach…and it was sandy and it was just beautiful…well not as beautiful as the picture above..but it was pretty close.

So Sunday it was nice and warm and we went out looking for the beach. ¬†I’m not sure if we found the right one or not but we ended up on a nice sandy beach and we had lots of fun. ¬†I played and built sandcastles with little E for a while and then went and laid down on our beach blanket. ¬†I closed my eyes, soaked up the sun, listened to the waves crashing on the beach, my child and husband playing, and seagulls in the distance and thought:

Life. Can’t. Get. Any. Better. Than. This.

 

Laura

Blessing: I couldn’t help but just marvel at God’s handiwork when I looked all around me. ¬†God also knew we needed a good day just to relax and have to ourselves. ¬†It was great..the whole day was a huge blessing even though we were only there for about two hours.

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This is more of an AWWW moment than a laughable moment..but still cute non the less.

Little E’s Nanny took him and his cousin down to the boardwalk to play on the playground and on the way back there was a Bride and Groom taking wedding pictures.

My mother in law said that the bride looked gorgeous and Little E went right up to her and said:

“OOOOH look Nanny a real life princess!”

Now…how cute is that?

He’s such a stud. ¬†ūüôā

Laura

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OH MY WORD!

I have been told many many times that my child is probably going to be stubborn but OH MY WORD I have finally found out for myself these past few days!

Kicking, screaming, yelling…saying things like:

“I don’t want to”

“I don’t feel like it”

“I’m too young for that” (ok that third one is kinda funny but I have to hide my smirk).

It’s like the TERRIBLE TWO’s are finally hitting us.

I mean I thought we had it bad before..but this is crazy.

So much so that Little E is not allowed on youtube to watch cars videos (this is his newest thing he likes to do…with supervision of course). ¬†Very very limited tv, lots of time outs, lots of¬†privileges¬†taken away, no new toys…etc.

I am one determined momma to nip this in the bud before I have to live with it for the next 15 years.

I know I know I’m probably not going to get my child to not be stubborn…but I can try. ¬†I can certainly let him know his behaviour is not acceptable right?

Sure I can…or at least I can put up one good fight trying. ¬†After all..I’m stubborn too. ¬†ūüôā

Another thing I have learned is that my child is very independent.

Ok this is not a new thing.  Not at all..but I have yet to share it.

My child likes things done a certain way and most times he likes to do them himself in that way.

For example.  Our bed time routine looks something like this.

Bathroom time.

Brushing teeth.

Racing daddy to turn on the night light in his room.

Jumping into bed.

Daddy praying.  Mommy praying.  Little E praying.

Singing “Jesus Loves me”

Kissing daddy good night.

Mommy reading him a story.

Little E having to reread that story…pretending that he is doing it.

Kisses for mommy…and then bed. ¬†Phew. ¬†It is quite a process.

However..if one of those things are out of line then you know it. ¬†He tells you. ¬†Also if he was supposed to do something and YOU did it for him…then he will go back and do it again…and do it himself.

For example: ¬†Hubby put him in his bed the other day. ¬†Little E got upset…said that he was supposed to do it himself. ¬†Got out of bed…and then got back in all by himself. ¬†He will also do this with his car seat. ¬†If he wants to get out of the car and you help him. ¬†He will climb back in the car…in the car seat…then climb back out of the car seat and out of the car.

So it’s just better to let him do it himself…saves a lot of grief sometimes.

Watch out world. ¬†He’s only 3 and he’s this determined.

It’s definitely going to be interesting to see what he’s like when he’s older!

Laura

Blessing: ¬†At least he’s not a follower…and he can do things on his own.

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One of our grocery stores here recently turned over from an Atlantic Superstore to a store called “No Frills”. ¬†They are supposed to be a discount grocery store and a lot of times you can get pretty good prices on things.

Amazing A’s grandparents (or so I’m told) love No Frills. ¬†Love it….I think they do all of their grocery shopping there..or most of it.

I think some of that enthusiasm has rubbed off on Amazing A.

Here’s the laughable line for today:

We were looking at a bug that appeared on my floor and Amazing A pipes up and says “Maybe it came from No Frills!”

Lol….I’m going to miss this kid when he goes to school!

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I loved this book!

When I first started reading it I just wanted to hear about the 9/11 story and how Michael and his dog, Roselle, survived. ¬†I did not want to know about all the things that Michael accomplished as a blind person when he was growing up. ¬†Nor did I want to know about the inventions out there for blind people. ¬†HOWEVER, I kept reading and I began to get to know Micahel more. ¬†The more I read his story the more I learned about blind people. ¬†Larry King said it best in the forward – “This is the story of a man blind from birth who triumphed over adversity throughout his life”.

Michael’s story about his survival during 9/11 is not a huge heroic story but a story about how teamwork is important and how trusting in others can get you through the toughest of times.

I really liked how Michael tied together the relationship between God, the Shepherd, and His sheep with a blind person and his/her guide dog. ¬†God will lead, we just have to trust in Him…much like a blind person trusts in the guide dog to not run them into things or take them into dangerous places.

Through reading this book I have learned how to treat blind people….that they are just like us. ¬†I have a deeper appreciation for them and also for their guide dogs.

A few of my favourite quotes from the book are these:

(From page 171) To fight back, we must work together or suffer from our lack of unity and compassion for others, especially those who might look or act different from us. ¬†A wise man once said that all of us have disabilities; it’s just that most of them are invisible.

Another one is from page 173:

“Sometimes the way is hard, but if you work together, someone will pass along a water bottle when you need it.”

This is a book that I would truly recommend to anybody.

I give this book 5 out of 5 lollipops.

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These days are few and far between here...so this is a reminder ūüôā

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