Friday, September 25, 2009

The Good Ol' Days

I know I have been non-existent in the blogosphere, and I don't even have a good reason. I've just been lazy. We've been settling into our school routine of homework and more homework. I'm also about to take over a 2nd grade class for a teacher who is about to go on maternity leave. I'm actually pretty excited about it. It's perfect timing because I will be finished sometime before Christmas and that means before baseball season, which is when things get really crazy around our house.

I have made a new rule that the boys are not allowed to watch tv during the school week. It is amazing how much more time it gives us during the week. I mean, really, how many times can the same episode of Z%ch and Cody be so intriguing?!?!?! In the absence of regular tv, I decided to pull out our old home videos. It was a complete miracle that these movies survived our fire a few years ago. They were all together in a shoebox, in a dresser drawer. That is the ONLY reason I still have them today. What a blessing! I recently had them all transferred to DVDs, but we have never watched them. The boys are mesmerized by them, and so am I. So far, we've watched Bryce's first t-ball game, Cade learning to jump at about 18 months, and Braden's preschool Thanksgiving feast. Of course, these events were surrounded by all sorts of misc. clips of little boys acting crazy. A few things really struck me as we watched them:

1. I really loved my little house that I brought those babies home to.
2. I am still really sad that we lost that house in the fire. (Not that we would be living was tiny!)
3. I miss those preschool years. My boys have grown up WAY too fast.
4. It is amazing how you can see their personalities when they are so young.
5. My boys were really super cute babies ;)
6. They very rarely wore clothes! I swear, in 80% of the videos, they are in just diapers or underwear and sleep t-shirts. It got worse the more of them I had!

The first night we watched them, I went to bed crying. They made me so happy and so sad all at the same time. It was so much fun to see them as babies, but so sad that they are growing so quickly. It also made me long for the days when we lived in that little house. When the boys and I just hung out at home. Don't get me wrong, I know this is tunnel vision. I haven't completely forgotten how exhausting and demanding those little suckers were and how many times I had to lock myself in my closet for a minute of peace on the phone ;) But if I'm going to reminisce, I might as well remember the "good ol' days".

We have only made it through a couple of the videos and we all can't wait to see the rest! It makes me motivated to get the video camera out more often, just to catch the everyday crazy life at out house. One day all too soon, those will just be memories too.
So, since I'm reminiscing...I thought I'd share a few pics of my boys...taken, it seems, just yesterday.

And, of course, there had to be one to snap me back into reality!!! Oh yes...the good ol' days!


Keisha said...

Jennifer.. this made me cry too! I too ..recently have looked back at old pics and video.. It just seems like YESTERDAY we were at that stage in life.
But, every year of life in a blessing & I have to stay focused on that.

Your boys are the cutest little things.. course I knew they had to be cuz they are handsome little boogers now! lol! ;)

Glad to hear from you! Hope things work out with the teaching position.
Have a Great Weekend!

Deanna said...

I was wondering where you were??!! Just last night I pulled out pics of Hayden as a baby and we were looking at them. It does go by too fast. We have no tv during the week too, it helps sooo... much! You are right, they don't need to watch the same stuff over and over. The boys haven't changed a bit. Sounds like you have a great plan for subbing. Y'all have a great weekend!

Christy said...

Awwww!! I miss those days as well. They were challenging in many ways but wonderful in others. Your boys were adorable and still are. Big hugs as we all have to adjust to our new stages in life. We are too with private school and our crazy early mornings and football and hockey and mia in daycare and me working and all the crazy stuff. This is an interesting new stage-- uggg, I too long for the relaxed olden days.



Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh yeah, I know that bittersweet feeling all to well...

I look at Nick and feel so proud at the young man he has become, but it makes me sad that he is not a baby anymore.

I think your no tv rule is awesome.....and what a great thing to do as a family. My kids have always been intrigued with the videos of them as babies or little ones.

These pictures are just precious.....I can totally understand why you went to bed crying. You almost made me cry just reading.

Hope you have a great weekend and good luck with your second graders:)


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the photos.. I miss those days also.. I miss you .. but know that we are all sooo busy..
I have not been blogging as much either.. need to get things down .. this is my journal..
Sounds like the boys are doing well.
love ya..

3 Peanuts said...

I have missed you friend!!!!! RU coming to Houston anytime soon?

Love the old photos. You Look SO young with the newborn. We used to have no TV on weekdays too. I need it for KATE though:)

Kristy said...

I know exactly how you feel, looking at old pictures and movies are so bitter sweet, becaue YES they grow up soooo fast. Just wait, one day you will wake up and your baby will be 16!!!! I just can imagine where the time has gone. Your boys are just beautiful...I know you are supposed to say handsome, but they are beautiful!!

Love and blessings Kristy

a Tonggu Momma said...

We recently made this rule for the Tongginator as well - no TV on school nights... only one hour a day on the weekends. Truly, there are SO many children her age on our street and the street behind us... watching television takes away from playing with others and from spending time with me! LOL.

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