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Monday, June 27, 2011

Bakri and Maddux are "DYNAMITE!"


After taking the older boys- the six and four year old, to see the Newsboys a few weeks ago, their interest in being a "rock band" has intensified. The Newsboys opened the concert with a song by Taio Cruz called "Dynamite." The boys loved it and immediately got hooked on the song. We found it when we got home and I started teaching them the piano part. Then, I was asked to contribute a song for a concert at our church where the music would be from Musicals or popular music. I asked the boys if they wanted to perform "Dynamite" and they of course wanted to. And, so it began. Here is the video of the boys performing last night. Maddux (four and a half) starts the song off with the piano part. He very cutely shakes his head to tell me he's not going to sing that part. And, when the song gets going, it is amazing. And, yes, that is their dad excitedly recording and singing along. Way to go "Capital Els!" El momma is so proud of you. We had a great time.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Trinity - AKA Princess Cupcake, Hosts her very first TEA Party to RAVE REVIEWS

Our older boys have been at VBS and gymnastics camp all week. So, I promised Trinity some girl time. And, we've delivered on that promise! Today, Miss Trinity hosted her very first tea party. She had 2 guests; one dear friend and one babydoll named Babsy. They dined on fine china given to Trinity by her Great Aunt Bubba. They drank tea (apple juice) and ate scones, crackers, cheese and delicious cupcakes from Sugarbaby's. There were many wardrobe changes throughout the morning. The girls loved dressing up. They gave each other princess names, and Trinity's was "Princess Cupcake!" During and after tea, there were numerous impromptu dance sessions. They had a wonderful time and Trinity can't wait to have another tea party!


Trinity's Tea Party


Taking care of Babsy
Babsy enjoying tea

Fun girl time


hugging

Happy Trinity- Princess Cupcake!

Let's dance!



What a wonderful morning!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Two and 1/2 Year Old Trinity Tells the Story of Trinity the Pig and the Big Bad Wolf

Trinity will be three in late September. She is our only girl and I can't even begin to describe how this little girl lights up our family. She is amazing. She's extremely verbose and observant. She is loving and cares for her babydolls like they are real and very much her responsibility.  Yesterday she told me the story of Trinity the Pig and the Big Bad Wolf. Here it is on youtube. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How does a Momma grocery shop for her Els in the Summer?

This is a question that has me a bit perplexed this afternoon. Most of the Els are finished with school and out for the Summer. The oldest has his last day of kindergarten tomorrow.

What I am wondering about is: how I will manage to get any grocery shopping done this Summer? Yes, I know I always have the option of bringing four children with me to the grocery store. And, I exercise this option when I "have" to. With this option comes a lot of work, a lot of evil looks, many "are you nuts?" looks and the occasional "I've been there" smile. I don't mind any of the responses, really, I don't. But, it is SO MUCH HARDER to take four kids to the grocery store with me than say, three kids or two kids or miracle of all miracles, I get to go A-L-O-N-E! That's a vacation. And, it's fun. If, you get to go grocery shopping alone, appreciate it. You can have a really great time talking to strangers, sampling food and buying things you don't need. Enjoy every second!
Back to my original question: How will I grocery shop this Summer?
First of all, I must realize that there are times I may head out to the grocery store and not ever get there. And, that's okay. I spend a lot of energy planning things and then even more energy being super flexible. It's a necessity of being a momma who doesn't want to be stressed all of the time. Today, in fact, I was in the car headed to the grocery store twice and twice we didn't make it there. Once, because my oldest was asleep when we picked him up from school. He's not feeling well. So, I was not going to drag him to the store when he obviously needed to be home in bed. When I planned to go earlier, we were also in the car on our way there and pulled into a parking space only to realize the car next to us was parked to close. So, I went to move the car, so I could get the kids out, nearly getting hit by another mom travelling way too fast through the parking lot in her large SUV. I looked back and Baby Leeland was asleep. So, I decided to take him home and let him nap in his crib. By the time we got home, two of my other children had woken him up. But, it was too late to go back.
Second, I may not go to the grocery store any of the weeks when I have all of my kids with me 24-7. I'll try. But, it just may not happen. I will have to plan ahead when I have the older ones in camps or VBS. So, I can have a pleasant quick trip to the grocery store with only 2 Els.

Finally, I am going to ask for help. It's the only way! My husband is amazing about shopping for me. I prefer to do it, because, honestly, I don't get as distracted and only buy what's on the list. But, he is always happy to help me and so he is probably going to have to do more of the shopping this Summer. And, I may end up with a few surprises in the pantry!

Here's to a successful Summer of cooking and eating well with the Els! And, to many happy, tantrum-free trips to the grocery store!

love,
El Momma