Monday, November 30, 2015

Why we don't stress too much about Quinn throwing a tempter tantrum...

Quinn attempted to throw a tantrum over dinner (spaghetti) tonight. He stomped his feet and crossed his arms and made a big pouty face and then dumped his plate over on the table. Then he waited for a reaction. He didn’t get any so he loudly declared he wasn’t eating anything and threw a pinch of sauce on the floor. He didn’t get a reaction again, so he loudly informed us that he had thrown sauce on the floor. Still not getting a reaction he wanted, he marched over to a kitchen counter and threw a dirty washcloth on the floor and stomped on it. That washcloth was his undoing.

I said, “Quinn, that washcloth is dirty and needs to be washed. Could you throw it in the washing machine for me?” He frowned and stomped some more, but took the washcloth to the washing machine.Then he came back and very poutily informed us that he wanted to make the washing machine go, so I asked him to take the kids’ dirty clothes down to the washing machine. He quickly complied, filled the washing machine, then I helped him measure detergent and press the go button. Then he returned to the table, cleaned up his spaghetti and most of the sauce without being asked, and ate his whole dinner.

This, my dear Quinn, is exactly why mommy and daddy don’t worry too much when you have a temper tantrum. You might make a mess and bluster a bit, but you often clean up after yourself when you’re done. :)

(And, yes, we work on teaching appropriate ways of expressing anger and frustration but those moments don't make for a funny story.)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hello, Baby Girl!

At long last, we (and you) finally get to meet our new baby!

She was born at 1:45am on November 7th, 2015. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 inches long.

Her name is Kira Elise.

Kira-- from the ancient greek related to "lady" or referencing a position of authority
Elise-- a form of Elizabeth, meaning "my God is my promise/abundance/sufficient"

The name Kira is inspired by the prayer "Kyrie Eleison" ("Lord, have mercy"). (Short version. Long version.) "Kyrie" is the masculine, direct address form of the Greek word "kyrios", which means "Lord." The feminine form is "kyria"--"lady" (link). The name Kira is actually the feminine form of the root word/name that kyrios came from, Cyrus/Kyros (link).

I love learning the origin of names, so digging through all those related words was a lot of fun for me. There are several other languages that have the name Kira in them, too, but we are going with the Greek origins because of the relation of the name to the Kyrie Eleison. In our minds, her name, though it means "lady", will also always been related to the mercy of the Lord.

Welcome to the world, our precious girl. We hope that you will be a lady of mercy and will always find strength in the presence of the Lord's mercy and sufficiency in your life.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Cute Kiddo Questions

This has been running around facebook and I decided to post it here to save it for "all time." I asked Quinn all the questions first, then Aurora later. Quinn is 3.5 years old and Aurora is 6 years old.

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Q: Stop!
A: Aurora!

2. What makes mom happy?
Q: playing and cleaning up
A: Obeying

3. What makes mom sad?
Q: not cleaning up
A: Not obeying

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Q: I don’t know. I don’t clean up, you make me laugh!
A: Jokes

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Q: You raced down your hill with cars. (He’s playing with hotwheels.)
A: Asking questions, ‘cause I don’t really know.

6. How old is your mom?
Q: so old!
A: *shrug* 20?

7. How tall is your mom?
Q: this tall (holding hands apart as far as they go)
A: I don’t know. (Can you guess?) Shorter than daddy! So I’m going to guess about 29...or is that too tall? I’m guessing 28 more of.

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Q: nothing
A: Sew and knit and crochet

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Q: You stuff! You put away clothes and also put away clothes....uh...clean up your room?
A: Look at facebook or make cake or wrap presents

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Q: For something. I don’t know.
A: Uh, making beautiful knitting stuff ‘cause you really like knitting!

11. What is your mom really good at?
Q: Help clean up with me.
A: Getting angry. (*giggle*)

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Q: Not putting these on the right places (playing with blocks)
A: Laughing

13. What does your mom do for a job?
Q: It’s something else. It what you do. It’s putting away shoes.
A: Watch me and Quinn.

14.What is your mom's favorite food?
Q: It’s chinese. It also chinese like mine!
A: You don’t have one! Cookies.

15.What makes you proud of your mom?
Q: Smile!
A: Making yummy food!

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?
Q: Twilight! (from My Little Pony)
A: A fairy…? Queen Clarion.

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Q: help clean up your room
A: We watch the Frozen movie together.

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Q: Good! Being good for a cookie.
A: We both have brown hair.

19. How are you and your mom different?
Q: SO much different!
A: You’re older than me.

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Q: So much love me!
A: You protect me.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
Q: So much like daddy!
A: That he does a lot of stuff for you.

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Q: Grocery store!
A: Krispy Kreme

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
Q: Don’t know. Is you know?
A: Uh, probably...20?