Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Round here.

Every once in a while, we will hear Tucker singing songs that he's making up; they're prayers, really.  We tell him that he's like King David when he does that - singing his praises to God.  Here's a quick video of him (pre-haircut) singing a mealtime prayer: Tucker singing his prayers

Lana started swim lessons a couple of months ago, and the swim team coach immediately pulled her up to swim team.  She practices an hour a day, 3 days per week, and it is an intense hour - she never stops swimming.  The first couple of weeks, her arms and legs were very sore.  This weekend is her first swim meet, and I don't know when I've seen her as excited and nervous about something.  She's swimming 2 events.

Lately, Tucker's been asking to sleep with only his boxers on.  He looks so much like a big boy when I peek in on him sleeping like that!  Thank goodness he still insists on his closet doors being closed - it reminds me he's still by little buddy.

The kids and I were walking across a parking lot headed into a store. Lana, deep in thought, finally pipes up: "hey, mommy?" "Yes?" "Were roads paved when you were a kid?"

Tucker had water in his ears after a day at the waterpark: "It feels like there are spiders in my ears."  A few days ago when he had congestion/cough: "There's something sticky in my throat, and when I try to cough it just bounces on the sticky and comes back up."  I love how he describes things.

We were at the beach one afternoon with friends we made through school, and Lana & her friend were playing with hermit crabs.  There were dozens of them crawling all over.
Lana's friend laughed and said "Look, those hermit crabs are making out!"
Her mom, knowing how innocent Lana is, quickly shushed her, and the girls moved on to playing something else.
On the way home, I asked Lana what she thought her friend meant when she said that.
Lana said, "She was talking about them crawling up and making it out of the bucket."

Tucker has also been taking swim lessons for a few months.  After a rocky start, he's very slowly making progress.  He will now jump off the side tentatively, although he won't let his head go under, and he will (frantically) swim from his teacher back to the edge.  It's big progress for my body who wouldn't even step foot into a pool (never mind the ocean) at the beginning of this past summer without clinging to me like a monkey.  I think we will just let him continue lessons through the winter so he's ready for next summer. 

Lana was chosen to be on the Battle of the Books for third grade!  She has dreamed about this for years.  I had never heard of it before, but it's kind of a big deal.  Students all over our county read selected books from a librarian-chosen list.  They spend all year long reading, studying, quizzing, and practicing.  At the end of the year, they come together and have a competition where they answer questions about what they've read.  The teams are usually composed of 4th and 5th graders, so she was beyond excited to be chosen for one of the very coveted 3rd grade spots on the team.

One of the areas where we have been intentionally parenting Tucker's heart for several years now is him being a hard worker and a team player.  Usually, it goes like this: the entire family working in the yard, Tucker taking a break for water.  Then asking everyone else if they would like water.  :)  We have been talking and praying with him about being a servant leader, and giving him opportunities to really apply what we're teaching him, and we are seeing fruit, praise God!!  He is asking us "How can I help?" instead of looking for ways to get out of work; he is working hard until a job is done, and he's not complaining while working.

Lana is still the earliest bird in the house.  When my alarm clock went off at 6:30 this morning, she was already awake in her room reading.

I walked in Tucker's room during quiet time, and he said "MOM!  You made my booty jump!"  He meant I scared him!  Ha!

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