Wednesday, November 30, 2011
"Next week when I'm an adult, I'll charge my husband to go get me a coffee and muffin too!" Kennedy
"Mia, you can't be selfish all your life! You have to share with your sister!" Kennedy
"Relax Lincoln. Anything that you want....I'll get it!" Mia
"I'm not afraid of anything....except the dark!" Mia
"Man! I"m growing so big.....right now!" Lincoln
"I'm going to get very very mad if I go to timeout and I'm going to break your heart!" Lincoln
"I'm thankful for Dad; he tucks me in every night." Mia
"I wish I could turn time back." Kennedy
"I see the sun coming through the clouds and I think it's God's glory showing through- and the angels are returning." Kennedy
"I'm thankful that C.S. Lewis made the Narnia books." Mia
"After exercising, I'm going to throw up!" Lincoln
"I saw a dragonfly and so I piped up my courage to go and get it. He wanted to be my friend." Kennedy
"I'm thankful for Mrs. Clemson for buying me a banana at school. Everyone else had a cupcake and I can't eat them cause of my allergies and I had nothing." Kennedy
"I don't like when your muffins taste like earwax" Mia
"When no one is around and I have to obey, I feel something inside of me tell what to do- it's the Holy Spirit." Kennedy
"I'm thankful that I got sleep with my mom's blanket." Kennedy
"Why doesn't God talk to me now, like He did with Moses? I want to hear his voice now!" Mia
"I'm thankful for cake!" Lincoln
"I not a baby anymore...I'm a big boy! I'm a man!" Lincoln
"You know me, Mom! I'm an Alexander and I'm going to be okay!" Lincoln
After 15 years, does he drive me crazy? I think we both have days where we drive one another bonkers......kind of like a brother and sister. It's not mean, bitter, or full of spite. It's just 2 people living together who happen to be selfish. But yes, going to Hawaii with him and celebrating 15 years was worth it; and we are growing closer each day. I am still very attracted to him. I find his messages and dreams to be inspiring. I love our conversations. They are not filled with meaningless words and ideas of coexisting. They are words that touch and change our hearts. Conversations about changing lives, kids growing up, taking care of the less fortunate, helping our friends, and sometimes full of heated disagreements. At the end of the day.........we have learned more about one another and chosen to be on the same team. At the end of the day........he is still by best friend and I can't wait to go on another trip in 5 years!! whoot whoot!
Most of my friends thought I had gone clinically insane because we invited my in-laws to stay for 5 weeks. The most common response was "their not staying with you right........in a hotel, right?" Well, after 15 years of marriage, many vacations together and many 2 week visits in the same home.....we decided it was time to spend some more time together. The fact is, both our families live on the other side of the country. Might as well live in Africa cause none of us can afford to come see one another as often as we'd like. We can understand and appreciate how much the grandparents mean to our kids! The LOVE their grandparents and let's be honest.....grandparents are not around forever. We want our kids to soak up as much wisdom and time with their grandparents as possible. Now, I have to admit; we have amazing grandparents. Living together is not as difficult as it could be. Things are not perfect; but we pretty much respect one another's boundaries and appreicate the time together.
The visit was filled with trick or treating, craft projects, sewing together (Nanna and girls), long walks to the park, teaching kids how to ride bikes, P.F. Chang visits, bday celebrations, Christmas shopping, tree decorating, Thanksgiving cooking, snuggles in the kids' rooms, late nights of card games, hot tub talks, putting up lights, making ginger bread houses,wrestling with Pappa, reading with Nanna, and many other endless memories. One just can't put a price tag on the memories that were created last month. We will all treasure those moments forever.