Saturday, February 9, 2013

Random Post For A Busy Life

Malachi started the TOT program this year at his school and he loves it. There's no competition, it's simply learning skills and also learning academics along with the skills. I think it's a wonderful program. Keeps them active and teaches them as well. Last Saturday they performed at the American Airlines Center as the pregame show to the Harlem Globetrotters. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited he was. Patience was not his strong point at this event. ;) All he wanted to do was get out on the floor where the Mavs play and he just couldn't grasp that we had to wait until it was time perform. Anyway, they did an AWESOME job. Ms. TOT (Kelley) is an amazing teacher. All the kids love her. Depending on our summer schedule will depend on basketball. But I think we will let him play this year if he wants too. Malachi is loving his pre-K class and daily continues to learn something new. The other day he asked me where I lived and I replied: Texas. Then I asked him where he lived. His reply: North America. Well alrighty then smarty pants. I'm so thankful for Ms. Lindee and Ms. Jill. 
I'm pretty sure Nick has been eaten by a basketball. It's definitely been a tough 5 months with him being gone from 7 in the morning until 7/8 at night. And the following weeks are no exception. It's time for the playoffs.  Coaches wives ya feel me??? I've been spending A LOT of time with just me and the boys. We have date nights at least twice a week, mostly because I don't wanna cook for just the three of us which would really mean myself because they wouldn't eat anyway. I've also recently joined a bootcamp. Lauren is an amazing instructor. She's so motivating and really makes you feel like you can do it even though you are about to die. She loves what she does and I think that makes a big difference. I'm really glad to be in the group and meet new people from the church. 

Since I had a scoop on Malachi, I guess I will give Lawson is spotlight. :) This little boy his an amazing go getter. He is constantly picking up on things that we say or his brother says/does. I love watching these two play together even though they have discovered the art of brotherly fights. Some of my favorite things to hear him say are: ye mam (yes mam), tank tu (thank you), mal mo (wal-mart), Chi (Malachi) it told (it's cold) pish (fish), o  k. He's definitely his own person and that's ok with me. I'm glad that they are different and the same in their own ways. I love my family and wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Color....Through the Eyes of a Child

I recently was thinking about what a lady had said to my sister-in-law in Target, I believe it was, along with  my sweet niece Grace. (see their beautiful family below. Oh, and that's my handsome nephew, Patrick.) A lady asked Callie, "Where is she from?" My sister-in-law was caught off guard so she belly. I thought that was a great answer. Probably because I would have responded with a smartelic answer and my words would not have been very kind. But it got me to thinking.                                      
Have you ever wondered why your child, my 4 year old, color their dog purple or their cat green? I mean, you know they've never seen one walking around. Or why do they color mommy red and daddy pink? Why? Because kids don't see color or at least it doesn't matter to them. They don't care that their dog is purple. They just care that mommy and daddy or their teacher think that they did a good job. So, as they get older, we teach them that they can't color the dog purple or the cat green. Those colors are not "real" colors of those animals. We teach them the way we want to see their work, their coloring's  their drawings. We teach them by seeing color. 

And sadly enough, as they get older, we teach them to see people as color. I'm white (clearly) and my husband is black. (clearly) :) Never once has my 4 year old questioned why his mommy is one color and his daddy is another color. Why? Because he doesn't care. He sees us as his mommy and daddy. Until someone makes it a "big" deal, he more than likely will never question it. We don't run our household by color, but with God and love for each other. If you want to teach your child about color, then teach them it doesn't matter. Teach them that everyone is created equal. See color through their eyes.