Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
So I hired a babysitter to entertain the three older children so that I could take care of things around the house or spend the time I need to with Timothy. My new sitters are AMAZING!! I feel like they are already a part of our family, and I wanted to introduce you to them.
Please welcome Tom and Jerry to the Krajca family!!! For Micah's birthday, my mom got him a Tom and Jerry DVD. The boys are especially in love with them. Elizabeth is bother by the fact that there isn't much talking, but is still amused by the hilarious antics.
If you're a worn out mommy, who needs 85 extra minutes in a day, you might consider hiring Tom and Jerry to watch your kids.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
While snuggled up on the couch with Benjamin, watching TV, I saw a commercial for a new show. A clip from the show had an older daughter asking a very tired and frazzled looking mom, "Why did you have another kid? Wasn't three enough?"
This morning, after a busy weekend celebrating Micah's birthday, playing hostess to my in-laws, while pouring myself another cup of coffee to combat the sleepiness left over from a rough night, and while getting goo out of my son's ear, I found myself asking the same question of myself. "Wasn't three enough?"
The transition to four has, overall, been fairly smooth. I know a big part of that is because of how much older my kids are than the last time we added a new member to our family. A lot of the ease is because of the fairly easy baby that Timothy is.
Despite the overall smoothness of the transition, I've become very aware of how much one tiny person can change the dynamics of a family. I'm still adjusting to having a baby in the family again. I'm still learning what being a mommy of four young children is like. So on days like today, as I'm pouring my second cup of coffee and looking around at my house that I just can't keep clean, I think of what the very tired frazzled looking mom wittingly told her daughter, "Three kids is for quitters!"
Friday, March 19, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
3 years ago, we celebrate our sons first birthday.With family by our side, we welcomed the terrible 2's!
....in the blink of an eye, I've seen my baby turn into a little boy.
Happy birthday, Micah! You are strong, but gentle. Full of passion for life! A sweet brother. I have seen you grow up more and more each day. I pray that you will continue to grow into a godly young man, who loves the Lord with your whole heart. I love you!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Two friends of mine, Lindsey and Dayna, have started the sweetest business called Pixie Stitch Boutique. And I was blessed enough to receive gifts adorable personalized gifts for Timothy from them. Check out their blog to see all the adorable shirts, onsies, burp rags and more that they can custom make for you!
Friday, March 12, 2010
I recently came across this article. Brilliant! Enjoy the read.
Why big families are easier:
Patience. I never have to teach patience. My children know that I can’t drop everything for them if I have a baby in my arms.
Work Ethic. My children have learned to work because there are always chores to do in a small house packed with little messy lunatics. And they all learn quickly that sometimes they have to clean up a mess even though they didn’t make it.
Humility. My children have learned it’s not always their turn. They’ve accepted they can’t always get their way because other people have to get their way sometimes. They’ve learned that some children are better at certain things than they are.
Foreign language skills. You can learn a lot of Spanish by watching ten years of Dora the Explorer that you just can’t pick up in two. And now with the Diego spin off I’m practically fluent.
Laughter. The children have learned to laugh at the insane non sequiturs of younger siblings. They’ve learned that laughing just feels better when seven people are doing it along with you.
Competition. Do I really need to go into this? Everything is a competition in big families. The children compete over who reads faster, who drinks their milk faster, who gets to the bathroom first…etc. Everything is a competition and they’re all keeping score.
Balance. The floor of the front room of my home is a minefield of toys and childhood paraphernalia. Just walking through the room requires great skill and balance. I’m absolutely convinced my two year old will be a favorite for Gold on the balance beam in the 2016 Olympics. (She might have to lay off the cookies a little but I’ll deal with that later.)
Life isn’t fair. Sometimes you just give it to the baby because you want a little quiet. Not all the time. But sometimes.
Just say “No.” Being able to say “no” may be the most undervalued skill in this world. The need to be liked is pervasive. The need to be cool even more so. Having brothers and sisters teaches children to say “no” about 143 times a day. It’s a good skill.
Praying. They learn that nothing beats praying together as a family.
Nature/Nurture. Having many children has taught me that nature has a lot more to do with who my kids are than nurture. This is helpful, especially when your children misbehave you don’t have to feel bad about it. Just say “Stupid nature!!!” and blame your spouse’s genes.
Namecalling. You can occasionally call your child by the wrong name and still not be considered a terrible parent. They know who you mean just from your tone. Sometimes if you need something done you can call the wrong name and someone will still show up. That helps.
Spying. My children have learned that they can’t get away with anything. I have spies who look a lot like them who are willing to drop the dime on them for anything. Even at school I’ve got a child in just about every grade. If they do something I’ll hear. That keeps them nervous. And I like keeping my kids a little nervous.
Friendship. The children have many friends. They’ve got girly friends, crying friends, fun loving friends, consoling friends, and crazy friends. And they all have the same last name. And they’ll be there forever for each other. No matter what.
Love. I think my children have learned to love because there are others around them to love and who love them. I honestly can think of no better way to teach children to love than siblings.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
This morning, I dragged myself out of bed, ready to get a start on what I was hoping would be a great week! My sister, Shannon, has been here since last Wednesday, and is leaving early this Wednesday morning. I'm trying to prepare for life with four kids, all alone, and was hoping that today would be the start of a great week.
I got this sweet boy up..... and began changing his diaper. Then he went potty all over the place. Of course. But I wasn't going to let that little incident get to me. It was the first day of a great week!
Then he did it again AND pooped all over the place. I began to have a bad feeling about my supposedly great week.
I headed to the kitchen to make a wonderful breakfast of homemade banana muffins. I was greeted by the smell of fresh coffee, was reminded how thankful I was for my sweet husband, and got my second wind.
Apparently, my second wind came in the form of a little too much enthusiasm. While I was making the muffins, I spilled vegetable oil ALL over the kitchen floor.
I decided to tone down my enthusiastic expectations, and just make it through the morning.
Eventually, I was able to start accomplishing my goal. Breakfast was great! The playroom got cleaned! School was started! The baby was fed and changed several times!! Yay!
This afternoon, Elizabeth and I had an encounter. Not a good one! I showed her mercy and sent her to dance despite her behavior. Benjamin and Timothy were sleeping, and Micah was my big helper. I was able to do some cleaning and general picking up.
Unfortunately, while doing the picking up, I accidentaly knocked this picture off the mantle.
Is it too late to go to bed and try again tomorrow morning?