Mother’s Day is a chance to say ‘thank you’ to my mom. To thank her for carrying me under her heart and then in her arms and now in her prayers. I love you, Mom!
Mother’s Day is a chance to celebrate the gift of motherhood. It is a gift. One I don’t take for granted. Cooper and Silas, you are my treasure boys!
While I have no words of wisdom to impart on this special day, I thought I would share some links to articles that have helped, instructed, encouraged, enlightened, and comforted me on my journey of motherhood thus far. Happy Mother’s Day!
Motherhood is a Calling (and Where Your Children Rank)
Why Mom is the Most Significant Job Title You Will Ever Have
The Gospel Is the Environment for Our Parenting
Counting the Hours
For the Mamas of Preschoolers
Your Children Want You
Brave Moms Raise Brave Kids
Motherhood for the Rest of Us
You know the great thing about a guest room? It makes for handy place to dump all my clean laundry until I eventually get around to folding it. This pile just keeps growing.
On an unrelated note…aren’t these two the cutest?
Over the past two months, Stephen’s work load has significantly increased at GreenLoop IT Solutions. Working as a Sr. Field Engineer, Stephen travels all over the East Valley—Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Queen Creek—and downtown Phoenix. He installs servers, manages networks, troubleshoots viruses, and does whatever necessary to provide the IT support GreenLoop’s clients require
Because not all computer issues can be resolved during regular business hours and computer problems are notorious for taking longer than planned, Stephen often works late or on the weekends. Last month, there was a week Stephen came home late every night, worked that Saturday and Sunday, and then the next weekend too. I’m so proud of Stephen’s diligence and tenacity when it comes to solving tough computer issues, but it is hard to be without him.
Thankfully Stephen works for some pretty cool people. Last week he received an email from his boss thanking him for great job handling the recent computer emergencies. His boss told him to take me out for a nice dinner date, and GreenLoop would pay for it!
So off we went to Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse in Scottsdale, which turned out to be Stephen’s dream restaurant. After sampling some of Fogo’s incredible salad bar items, we turned our cards to green—signaling the servers that we were ready to try their amazing meat selection. Fire-roasted meats were served tableside by men dressed in Brazilian gauchos. The meats melted in our mouths. So many cuts and kinds to try. What a deliciously unique dining experience.
Thanks, GreenLoop for an unforgettable date night!
Silas Clark turned two-and-a-half today. I didn’t realize there would be such a phenomenal difference between Silas at two and Silas at two-and-a-half. He seems so grown up and like a completely different child. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with Cooper’s arrival, as Silas instantly seemed bigger compared to Baby. But, he’s also grown so much physically and mentally. His vocabulary and retained knowledge surprise us almost daily.
As Stephen commented, “I used to be able to catalog what Silas knew, but this is getting out of hand!”
Silas is learning phrases and words by leaps and bounds. He’ll attempt any word. If he can’t get all the consonants in, he’ll at least mimic the number of syllables (or maybe add a few extra syllables of his own). He knows how to correctly use words like “though” and “yet.” The other week we were in the car and Silas needed a tissue. When I told him that I didn’t have one, he replied, “Have wipes though—Cooper’s wipes.”
Here are some of Silas’s new accomplishments:
- Counting: “1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,13,17”
- Alphabet Song: “A,B,C,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z”
- Singing: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Praise Him! Praise Him!, Alphabet Song, Jesus Loves Me, My God Is So Big
- Quoting Humpty Dumpty
- Correctly labeling colors
- Reciting Bible catechism answers
- Praying before lunch
- Learning to dress himself (almost—he still gets especially tangled up in his shirts)
- Potty training (almost—I’ll spare you the specifics)
- Imaginative play: Spiderman, Ironman, Batman, Superman, Superboy, and various friends of ours. I have to be sure to call him by the correct name of whoever he’s pretending to be at the moment. He has a very specific superhero stance for all of his favorite characters—even though he’s seen only one short video of Spiderman. The other day he said to Stephen, “I want to save the day!”
- Saying phrases: “I love you,” “Happy birthday,” “Silas Clark Moody,” “Kiss this baby goodbye!,” and “Oh my goodness!“
- Drawing: the letter ‘S’, circles, and triangles. He also draws things and tells me what they are now (i.e. “brown octopus”).
- Building houses and garages out of pillows and blankets. This is the “garage” I built for him yesterday.
So before bed, I rocked this little guy of mine and sang him the lullabies I sang to him as an infant. In the darkness I said, “I love you, Silas.” He looked up at me and replied, “I love you too, Mommy.”
It was a tennis date.
Yes, Stephen and I do have a few moments of “alone-togetherness” in the middle of this precious, chaotic little-boy-world we live in. We have been gifted a monthly date night by our dear friends Ryan and Jen!
Last week Stephen and I dug out our tennis gear and hit the court for the first time in over two years. We were rather pathetic looking tennis players, but we had a blast chasing that ball as it bounced all around and over the fence.
Then we stopped by Dream Swirls for some frozen yogurt. It’s a cute little family owned place that’s new in Goodyear. So many toppings to choose from!
Eventually we found ourselves at the cheese counter in the next door grocery. Trying new cheeses is one of our favorite indulgences. What a happy night out with my love, Stephen Andrew!
Hi friends! Cooper here. You guys are always reading about The Moody Side of Life from Mommy’s perspective, but I think you need to hear from the Mini Cooper today.
Life in my corner of the crib is looking pretty good these days. I’m learning how to go to sleep on my own better, and I’m even starting to have a decent bedtime. (Although it was rather fun to hang out with Daddy and Mommy until 11:00 each night!)
Bath time is fun since I get to hang out with Mommy. Because I’m so tall (27 inches!), I’ve almost outgrown my baby bath tub.
Chewing on things is my hobby, and the best chew toys are Daddy’s fingers. Thanks, Dad!
My sit-ups are coming along, and I’m really working those muscles ‘cause I want to sit up on my own! I tried out my Bebepod seat the other day.
Since I’m the little brother, that means I have to put up with things like this. Mommy and Silas thought it was so funny. Can’t you see the glee on Silas’s face?When Mommy tries to feed me oatmeal, I love to munch on my fingers and then spread the oatmeal everywhere. It keeps me busy.
Books grab my attention these days too. While Mommy thinks books are for reading, I happen to like them best as snacks.
Mommy and I are cuddlebugs, and Daddy makes me smile. I love watching the antics of my big brother Silas. One of these days I’ll be able to play with him! He’s so silly!
All in all, I’d have to say that I love being the Mini Cooper of this house.