Monday, January 27, 2014

Maylie Monday: Bruddah

The other day I walked into Maylie's room to confiscate the iPad, and she shouts at me, "You leave my turtle alone! He's my bruddah [brother]!"

1. I had no intention of taking her turtle, so I don't know why she was so defensive about it.

2. Where in the world did she begin to think that her stuffed turtle is her brother? Um, where was I when that happened?

That girl of ours can sure make me laugh. And a side note: I won that turtle at Sea World almost two years ago. Who knew it would turn out to be one of Little Girl's favorite toys! Point Kaylyn.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

How My 2 Year Old Reminded Me of Something Important

So there we were, eating a late dinner like usual. Little Girl was once again trying to sneak her way out of bedtime by being suddenly starving at 8 o'clock. And since I had been and school all day and hadn't seen her, I let it slide.

But then instead of enjoying her sweet company, I decided to do a little homework while she ate. She commented on her food, and ate, and laughed. And then she realized I wasn't listening. She then said rather harshly, "Mama, talk to me!"

Poor girl. I had been gone all day, and all she wanted to do was talk with me while she ate her dinner. I couldn't even sit there and have a whole conversation with her without doing something else. Sure, I'm busy, but I'm not so busy that I can't put whatever I'm doing down to make time for some honest, good, quality time with my family.

For us, meals have turned into simply eating to eat. But growing up, meals were about being together. My mom made us a full, hot breakfast nearly every morning, and on numerous occasions, she referred to that as "Our time." Dinners were ate at the table, together, and no phones (or books) were allowed. When I got older, I was even able to come home for lunch most days. Meals were about connecting with each other, whether we liked it or not. And now, some of my fondest memories are over the kitchen counter.

Miss May reminded me of that tonight. Meals are times when we bond and learn about each other.

Even if it is just over a re-heated Happy Meal.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Maylie Monday: Papa's Cheerleader

My dad went to college at Florida State, so naturally he is a huge Seminoles fan. Maylie has had an inordinate amount of Florida State gear since she was born. We were especially glad to have an awesome reason for Miss May to wear a little cheerleader outfit when the Noles made it to the BCS Championship game.

Admittedly, she was not too sure about the outfit, so maybe cheerleading isn't in her future, but we managed to snag a couple cute pictures of her in it.

And not to downplay the Seminoles' talent or anything, but we're pretty sure they won since Miss May cheered them on ;)

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

TGBTL: Admiration

So last week I took a little break from The Girl Between the Lines link-up with Haley and Lauren. I just was not feeling blogging last week. It was winter break, and I was taking a break from EVERYTHING.

But anyway, I am really excited to be back again this week! This weeks topic is: share a trait or characteristic about someone else and why.

There are seriously so many people I can think of who have wonderful traits worth sharing, but since I married the guy, and I think he's kind of great, I'm going to share a trait about my husband.

I know I'm biased, but Ryan is seriously compassionate. He loves and cares for those he doesn't even know. He goes out of his way to make sure people feel loved, helped, and included. He looks for avenues of service all of the time. On top of providing service to people in a multitude of ways, Ryan also loves these people and he mourns with them for their losses and struggles. 

I admire this trait so much.

 I feel like I'm a decently good person, and I try to help out in the ways that I'm comfortable, but Ryan reaches beyond that and it inspires me to be better. I am so blessed to be able to call this man my husband and to have him as an example to me. 

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Maylie Monday: Memory

This little girl has the best memory. She doesn't forget anything. Several months ago, Maylie became obsessed with a tiger mascot at a parade. My mom and I told her the tiger went to sleep so she would stop asking where he went. She then told us she wanted to "shake a tiger awake." Fast forward a few months, and she still brings up waking up that tiger. I swear she does not forget a thing!

We went shopping and to an arcade a week or so ago. While we were walking around outside, we saw a girl getting her senior pictures done. Maylie pointed out that she was standing near this lamp post. Later, when we were walking back to our car, May kept saying "Up there! Up there!" And pointing to the lamp post. We plopped her up there, and she waited for us to take her picture.

I could not believe she remembered. What a smart little one we have.