Convos with Kiddos…

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I love reading other bloggers’ posts on the conversations they have with the kiddos in their lives. My man-friend has two really sweet boys: R is 4 years old and is a wild child. He’s very, very sweet and full of vigor. T is 6 years old. He’s super sweet as well, incredibly smart (doesn’t miss a beat) and keeps us all on our toes. I’ve tried to keep track of all the incredibly hilarious ish they’ve said, but I always forget to write it down. These are the convos that stick out the most:

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A Quote, a Poem, and a Birthday.

“Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of today. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul; it is to live in a nutshell and to count yourself the king of infinite space; it is

To see a world in a grain of sand, 
And a heaven in a wild flower, 
Hold infinity in the palm of you hand, 
And eternity in an hour.”
~  Francis Thompson,  (1913) quoting the poem
 “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake
Happy 6th Birthday 
to my nephew, Jaxson
Who took the BIGGEST breath to blow out his candle, 
and then spit on it instead. 
Ah, kids… 
; ) 
We could learn a thing or two from them.
Happy Friday!
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Don’t Forget To Play!

Remember when you were a kid?
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When your day wasn’t hectic. 
You didn’t have to work,
 pick up kids, make dinner, 
do homework, answer emails,
do laundry, etc. 
When’s the last time you went outside and played?
Make sure you take time each day to play… even if only for 15/20 minutes. 
Let loose, act like a kid! 
Kids only get about 15-30 minutes a day for recess when they’re young, but they still burst out of the school doors, run, jump, and scream for a little bit, then go back inside and focus. Do you ever wonder why you’re dead right after lunch and don’t know how you’re going to get through those last few hours at work? It’s because you haven’t had a chance to get some energy out! You SIT for hours and read/type/write. Your body is craving movement! Your mind needs a break! So find something fun to do, even if you don’t have that much time. 
It’ll help. 
Promise! 
At the Summit last weekend, we had 45 minutes before we all had to get ready for our group dinner. We could have laid around and watched tv (if we’d had tvs) but instead, a huge group of us ran to the hill, grabbed tubes, and hurled ourselves downhill OVER AND OVER again until we had to go inside to get ready. 
REAL. GOOD. FUN
So don’t forget to hit the reset button and have some fun now and then… 
*photo by Leighann Novotny
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A day for love…

Remember when you were a kid and Valentines Day just meant picking out cards for all your friends and classmates and exchanging candy? 

It wasn’t this fuss over whether or not you had a date or were alone. 
Or if you had a date, what gift to get them. 
It was just fun. 
And sweet. 
And everybody was happy. 
Let’s go back to that. 
’cause we could learn a lot from kids…
So whether you’re loving a significant other, 
a family member, 
a best friend, 
a pet, 
a child, 
or just yourself… 
Celebrate the LOVE.
Happy Valentines Day!!! 
my fave:

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Start ’em young

This video is for ALL you bloggers out there busting out babies like it’s your job.
I have no doubt that your babies will be beautiful.
Here’s some motivation to make them badass coordinated as well… from the start!
Here’s my friend Fraser’s little boy learning to ride a bike.
He was two when they filmed this.
They can do more than you think…
Booyah.
This kind of makes me want to procreate more, just so I can have a kid that will one-up his. ; )
Moral of the story:
Remember not to shelter your kids too much. They will fall down the stairs if they don’t know how to navigate them and control their body. So start ’em young (well at least when they can walk). I once had a 20 month* old that go up and down stairs like whoa, because she had to. Her room was on the 2nd floor. I also knew a 3 year old that still couldn’t do stairs because his mother never allowed him anywhere near them… Their bodies have to learn movement, so make sure they’re exposed to it!
*Oops! Sorry I left out the fact that I had kids in this whole blog experience. PSYCH! I nannied a lot when I was younger. Several families, several kids of all ages. It’s almost like I was a mom in my high-school/college years… weird.
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Mya!

Remember Christy? That baby in her preggo belly is actually baby #2. This is Mya, baby #1. She’s so fun and is going to be an awesome dancer in the future. This video is from a year ago, us trying to get her to talk a lot, her sleepy and obviously preoccupied… it’s fantastic.
Sometimes she even calls me Flashlight… I don’t have a video of that though.
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Angel Tree

The Salvation Army has one of the best donation programs for kids! It’s called the Angel Tree. It’s a program that helps local children who are in need of clothes, shoes, winter coats, and of course, toys! I had never been able to participate when I was younger (poor college kid, you know…) but now I’m able to and it’s been so much fun!

Here’s how it works, you go to the website and find an area near you to ‘adopt and angel’. It’s usually a local mall, but anyway, you pick out a child profile and sign up. Then you get to go shopping! The child’s profile will have all their sizes for you, (shirt/pant/dress/coat/shoe) and what they’d like for Christmas this year. Most of them just say ‘toy’ so it’s up to you to pick out something good. Now, you don’t have to go spend a million dollars on your angel, but they ask that you at least pick up one item of clothing and one toy. Once you’ve got all your goods, just drop them back off at the same point you adopted your angel. They take it from there!
I got Destiny, a 5 year old girl. I had a great time picking out an outfit, a pair of shoes, and some toys for her. I even found a mini bathrobe! It’s always funny to think about who this girl might be and what she’s into. I decided to go with a couple really girly toys and a couple tom-boy-ish things, just in case (’cause I was that kid).
Now, I could never find this program when I lived in San Diego so I just did Toys for Tots. (donate some dough. Every little bit helps! If you’ve got a little to spare this holiday season, please try to remember the Angel Tree. No kid should ever do without.
p.s. I had such a fun time playing Santa that I’m going to adopt another angel when I drop my things off tomorrow. This time, a boy!
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