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Friday, December 30, 2011


Since Joseph started this new school year in preschool, I have only heard of mainly one friend: Alice.

Mommy, I play blocks wif Alice.
Mommy, Alice not at school today.  Her sick.
Mommy, I made dis for Alice.
Mommy, I like Alice.
Mommy, Alice ride my bus.
Joe?  Did you play with Alice today?  No Mommy, her tired, her sleep.

It wasn't until the Halloween party that I finally met Alice.  She was dressed as Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz.  She looked very festive from her blue checkered dress to her ruby red sparkling slippers.  Joe wanted to walk with Alice in the parade through the hallways of the school and he gently touched her check during snack.  I was able to capture a picture of Alice and Joe after snack, before we packed up to go home.  Joe looked enamoured.  Let me tell you, Joe adores Alice.

I recently printed out this picture for Joe to give to Alice.  I helped him write a message on a sticky note and he signed his name.  We placed the picture in the bag with other presents for him to take to school.  As Joe climbed onto the bus that morning, he dug through the bag to retrieve the picture, walked back to a sleeping Alice and gently tucked the picture into the folds of her jacket.  He left her with a pat to ensure the picture was safe and jumped into his seat.

When I arrived at the preschool holiday party, the kids were actively playing about the room with a group of parents looking on from the door.  Peeking through the crowd, I spotted Joe next to Alice, gently stroking her hair, moving the toy on the tray of her wheelchair.  He ran off to play a little then returned to Alice, using her bib to wipe her mouth, tucking her hair behind her ear, patting her under the chin.  One parent said, "Look at that boy with Alice, he is so good with her" another replied, "Yes, he is so gentle with her, so sweet".  Hand over my heart, my eyes welled up.  That's my boy.

I'm not sure how or why this boy has developed such a gentle soul towards Alice...and it really doesn't matter to me.  My heart is warmed knowing this side of my boy.

Now I need to go..I have left  these children on their own for too long...I'm afraid of what the Gentle-Alice-Adorer may be doing to his sister.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Negotiations and The Joke

Episode 1:
The Negotiator

Joe doesn't like wiping his bum.  Bribing goes a long way with this boy and it was no different this morning...

This Mama: Joe, how about 5 gummies if you wipe your bum.
That Boy: No, Mommy! You do it.
This Mama: Okay, how about 5 gummies and a quarter.
That Boy: No Mommy.    (pause)  How bout 5 gummies and 2 quarters.
This Mama: How about 5 gummies, a quarter and a trip to the Dollar Store.
That Boy: Wow! Dat Good one!

As I was writing this, that boy came dashing into the kitchen, dripping hands raised (washing hands and flushing is an unspoken expectation for the 5 gummies) with a smile circled with white crusty stuff.

This Mama:  Wait, did you brush your teeth too?
That Boy: Yeah, I goooooooooood!

Now I'm wondering if I can wear my pj's to the dollar store...

Episode 2:
Knock Knock

Joe:  (standing in my bedroom while I'm getting dressed) Ding Dong. who's there? Ding Dong, who's there?
This Mama: Joe, you waiting for someone to come in?
Joe: No Mommy, I tell a joke.     Ding Dong, who's there?
This Mama: Who's there?
Joe: I not say banana!!!!  (He falls out laughing...I'm not sure if he should quit his day job, that's all I'm sayin'.)

Monday, December 19, 2011

This Boy

saw the tractor, came in the house, donned gloves and a hat, and begged his daddy for a ride.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Our Newest Addition

It is a dream that we were not sure would be fulfilled...but after a 48 hour delivery (thanks Grandma Mac and Lisa for watching the kids), Mike and I proud to introduce our newest addition...

Joe told the guy at High's that he wanted a tractor for Christmas...guess lots of dreams have come to fruition today.

Friday, December 2, 2011


that picture is for you!  Thanks for your unending support!!