The faces behind the stories!

The faces behind the stories!
My little Loves.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Goofy Matthew...

Ok, so i don't have a picture to go with this one; but Matthew just said two super cute things that I don't want to forget! :) (I'm copy/pasting my Facebook status)

1. ‎"Hey Mama... Sharks that have two eyes that are long and separate are called Hammerheads."... I love his descriptive explanation... and how simple his "profound realizations" still are! He's almost 5, but still my BABY! :)

2. "Hey Mama, did you know I almost got my finger stuck in my brain?... I put it up in my nose and it almost got stuck, but then I got it out." LOL... Another profound truth from the mind of my almost 5 year old. He really thought it was almost stuck in his brain. :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Favorite Things for the day...

The other day, I was at a family's house for a newborn photo shoot. While there, I noticed a picture they had on their mantle of the word "Love" with their 2yr old daughter's face as the "o" in love. I wanted to give them an addition to their "love collection" by using their newborn son's feet for the "v." I REALLY enjoyed the challenge and.... well, I LOVE it! :)
Isn't that just so cute?... I had to share. (And, I want it to in my blog book to remember!) ;)

Matthew's Prayer

We were sitting down to have dinner, when Matthew asked to pray. As his little heart was sharing his requests with the Lord, he said, "And Jesus, will you please heal our house and take the spots away?" (This came just after having to take Joe to the Dr for a rash). I had him sit up on the table so I could get a picture of his little face, with our houses' "Spots" he was concerned about:
Our house has A LOT of wood, and we LOVE the knots in the wood. I had NO IDEA that Matthew thought our house was sick because of them. :) So cute!

To Steal or Not to Steal, THAT is the Question...

Well, it happened. The day came. The decision was made... you know, that decision "we all make" when we are children... To steal or not to steal. Unfortunately, my boys made the very frequent 4 and 7 yr old choice... to steal. The problem was, I did not know of either of their thievery until we were already home (2 towns over from the stores they stole from). Not only that, but it was the day before Easter, so the stores were closed the next day. Here are the things they just couldn't do with out:
When we got home, and I saw what they had... I immediately took them away and set them in a special spot, "Waiting to be returned and apologies given." They were not allowed to touch them or play with them (you have to be specific with Joe, or he'd find a way to play with it with out touching it! lol)

The best part of the story is actually that Monday. I found out that the items were stolen from two different stores (We had been on a hunt for something and went to about 5 stores)... It worked out well because each one of them had to speak to a manager on his own. Matthew's store was first.

We walked into JoAnn's fabrics and I asked for a manager. I had spoken with Matthew in the car about how he will say he is sorry, that he stole this, and he'd like to give it back. The problem was, when I put the item in his hands just before having to speak to the manager... his brain couldn't handle it and he started to squeeze it and lose concentration! LOL Then, he turned to me and said, "But Mama, I am shy." The manager stood there waiting. I told him, "Matthew, it doesn't matter if you're shy... when you made the wrong decision, you created the need to apologize and make it right." I knelt down to his level and helped him remember what to say. When he was done, his eyes were full of water and the manager was kind and thanked him for returning it and being honest.

As we were leaving that store, Joe said, "I hope the manager at my store isn't a man." I asked him why... He said, "Because Matthew's manager was so nice." Ha ha ha Without letting Joe know, I had secretly hoped Joe's manager would be a man... because he's not quite so "moved to emotion" as Matthew is and I wanted him to get just scared enough NOT to do this again.

We got to Micheal's craft store and I asked for the manager. A woman walked from the back of the store and said, "Are you the ones I am going to be talking to?" I nudged Joe. Joe stepped forward and said, "I was tempted, and I made the wrong choice, and I stole this, and I'd like to give it back. Please forgive me." I LOVED this manager. She looked at him square in the eye and said, "And you're not going to do this again, RIGHT?" Joe, still somewhat smiling, said, "No." She said, "Joe, this is VERY serious, and I don't want to have to call the police the next time I see you." Joe's smile left. HA HA HA Perfect lady, Perfect! She then changed gears and told him, while he is in her store, he can play with he items all he wants... but when Mama says no, he HAS TO leave it there. :) I loved her.

Soooo... I'm praying that the conversations Aaron and I had with them, mixed with the sheer embarrassment of having to do the returns will help them choose differently next time. 

Joe's Creativity Catches me by Surprise!

I loved seeing Joe's "Turkey Hand" today. I'm not sure if he forgot how we "usually" do it, or if he just wanted to create his own way.  I'm leaning towards the creation side, cuz he is just that kind of guy. :)