Monday, November 09, 2015

Most important person in the world

Who is the most important person in the world?

How would you answer that question?

Ellie answered it with a confident "Me!"

If you're like me, your initial response might be to think something along the lines of "Wow, that's the opposite of what I would want my child to say."  After all, shouldn't we be teaching our kids to be humble, and that they should put others before themselves?  Especially if you're a Christian family, I would think that such a response would be against everything you are trying to teach your children.

At least this is how the conversation I had with a colleague of mine went.

As for me, I couldn't be more proud of Ellie's answer.  In seeking to understand what she meant, I know that she did not mean to say that she is any more important than the next person.  Rather, what she meant to say is that it is important to believe in one's self, and to make your needs a priority.

I do not worry about Ellie treating others with kindness and respect.  She does that naturally.  And she knows that the best way to love others is to love herself first.

Personally I like the fact that she has such self-confidence.  As long as she puts her energy towards making her world a better place, I don't see why she can't be the most important person in it.

Friday, November 06, 2015

About Addie

One of the first school assignments that Addie had in Kindergarten was to decorate a piece of paper.

On one side, photos of the things that mean the most to you.  She chose a photo of the family, one of Ellie, one of her two favorite bears (Bussie & Patches) and one of the Eiffel Tower.

On the other side, anything you want your new friends to know about you.  The words say "I am a sunflower girl.  I have a bear heart and a dragon soul."

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Manitou Springs...

... always holds a special place in my heart.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Brave Addie

I love the fact that this girl doesn't let a little nervousness hold her back.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

You're still the one

We recently had a bunch of lice decide that our girls' hair would make the perfect place to establish a home for themselves and generations to come. We scrubbed our heads with the fancy schmancy shampoo, did a ton of laundry, tossed a bunch of stuffies into the garage and spent the following week nit-picking (literally). Towards the end of the week both girls were desperately missing their favorite stuffies, Bun Bun and Bussie Bear. Even after all this time, they are still so very loved.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Surprise Sleep Over

Throughout life, friends come and go. This can be a tough lesson for any child to learn, and an even tougher lesson for any adult to accept.

That being said, I am trying really hard to make an effort to allow my girls to keep in touch with their best friends, Brynn & Lylah. After all, we've known them for oh so very long!

A month or two ago I surprised the girls with a sleep over. They didn't know it was coming (I suppose that's what a surprise means) and Brynn, Lylah and myself picked up Ellie & Addie from school. Never before have I seen two girls be so excited to see old friends.

Something tells me these four will be special friends for quite some time, even if they don't go to school together anymore.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Family Portraits

I love seeing the differences in the styles of the drawings my girls made.

This is Ellie's portrait of our family in Paris, including her imaginary pet unicorn (apparently she doesn't really exist, but Ellie wishes she did). I love the absolute perfection of everyone in the image. We are all in our places. We look happy, don't you think?

This is Addie's portrait of our family. Notice the life that she has given us! Can't you just feel our personalities? Daddy is dancing and singing to the music and the girls even have their arms around each other. If you ask me, it looks like the mommy in this picture couldn't be any happier.

What do you think of the differences in styles? Are they as apparent to you as they are to me?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ellie's Drawings

Ellie's drawings still make me smile.

She knows how to make Mommie's day with thoughtful drawings representing the bond she has with her sister.  Doesn't that just melt your heart?

She has also started to draw silly photos to make us laugh.  You have to admit, you couldn't help but smile.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015