Wednesday, July 29, 2015

back in the day

Let me give a little bit of a disclaimer to start.  I have really great boys.  Yesterday, while I was taking care of a few things, Walker was playing with the baby on the bed, and Charlie was making everyone peanut butter and jelly sandwiches downstairs.  They pull weeds and put away their own laundry. They ask to be excused from the dinner table.  They still kiss me goodbye. They're fantastic.

I guess that since the majority of the time they are so well behaved and act way older than they actually are (5 and almost 4), I have really high expectations for them.  

I try and give them opportunities to serve, I try and take them to serve with me, BUT I feel like there's a certain aspect that a lot of kids have where a lack of appreciation comes out every now and then.  (The "I don't like this food" type thing makes my head SNAP.)

Our Primary presidency hosted a Pioneer Day Activity ^ this past Saturday, and it was perfectly timed.  It was inspired, for sure, and the boys came back from it and said, "It. Was. Awesome!!!"  They played games, learned how to make butter and wash their own clothes by hand, planted seeds to grow their own veggies.  What a great day for them. 

The activity opened up an ongoing conversation about how blessed we are to be living in a time and place where we have AC, food easily accessible, and mainly fun things on our daily agenda.  ........and every time I get some back lash on something, I'm quick to remind them of that. (and myself, of course, when I'm feeling kinda squirrely that day.) :)


Paige Flamm said...

I think it's so important to teach kids that! We tried having a heart to heart with our little guy a couple weeks ago about, "Some kids in Africa don't have spaghetti to eat...", it wasn't received well but I'm hoping with time, he'll get it ;)

Unknown said...

You are raising some fine Southern gentlemen! They will be grateful for all of these little life lessons one day. I know I am!

s said...

love love love! xO!


Fairy Princess Jord said...

Amazed by how amazing your boys are! It is great for kids to have experiences that help them to realize how fortunate we are. I even catch myself acting a little bratty sometimes and have to check in and remind myself how fortunate I am.

Laura Darling said...

Sounds like you're raising two gentleman! Glad they had a fun time at Pioneer Day!

rooth said...

I know we only get to see (and hear) the darling parts about your children and I truly do believe that your boys are absolute angels, but I don't forget that they're kids and have their own kid-like foibles that are absolutely appropriate for their age. You are certainly blessed to have such wonderful sons and they are as well to have such a thoughtful and loving mother

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