Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mimi's First Visit to Texas

This is our precious Miana Leta Marie Sturm. Isn't she a doll baby! On her first visit to Texas she was snuggled and cuddled and completely admired by all, especially Sophie. Sophie couldn't get enough of her. She told me over and over again how she wished she could have a baby sister. Sorry sister, you are all the baby sister I can handle!
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Forgiveness is Golden

I don't know if you have noticed, but my little Landry is not the skinny bean pole that I was at his age. No one tries to see if they can pick him up because he is so tiny. No one asks if he has a tapeworm. No one calls him toothpick. He has a perfectly rounded little brown belly and I, personally, think it is adorable. His skinny friends, however, are not always so kind and he has had his feelings hurt more than once in the last year.

This summer at Camp Thurman, Landry came home and told me that two of his friends, let's call them Jeff and Tom, called him fat. I said, "Landry, the next time Jeff calls you fat you tell him "I'm not fat. I am muscly and the next time you call me fat I'll use these muscles to kick your scrawny tail!" He loved it. I also made a mental note to talk to Jeff and Tom's parents and let them know that their kids weren't playing nice.

Later that week, I had a conversation with Tom's aunt.
Who had a conversation with Tom's mom.
Who had a conversation with Tom which went something like this...
"Tom, did you call Landry fat?"
"Tom, they have video cameras at Camp Thurman and if I have to I will go there and watch them. Now, tell me the truth. Did you call Landry fat?"
"No, mommy, I promise. I didn't call him anything."
"Did you stand next to someone when they called him fat?"
"No, mommy, I promise."
"We don't ever call anyone fat, do you understand? It hurts feelings. It isn't nice. We do not call people fat."
"I promise I won't, please don't hit me with that hanger. Please don't beat the tar out of me. Please, please, please..."

Well, the last part is exaggerated, but I thought the dialogue was getting boring. :)

A week later, Landry and I are having the "fat conversation" again and I told him that I spoke with Tom's aunt. He gave me a puzzling look and said, "Tom never called me fat."
"You told me he did. You said Jeff and Tom. You told me he did."
"I think I made a mistake because Tom never called me fat. Can you apologize to his mom for me?"

OH NOOOOOOO! (that is sort of what I said)

Later that night, I saw Tom's mom who told me about the conversation she had with Tom and I, in turn, told her about the conversation I had with Landry. Then I found poor Tom and told him how wrong I was and how sorry I was and would he forget the whole thing if I gave him $5. This precious boy, graciously forgave me. He just said, 'That's okay." and went on about his business.

Lesson learned, check and recheck the story. Also, there is a time when you should let your kid fight his own battles. Arm him with loving kindness, diversionary tactics and a possible snide remark and send him out to fight for himself. This may save you some face!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Butterfly's Galore

Sophie is holding her very own butterfly. We ordered a live butterfly garden from Insect Lore at www.insectlore.com . They started out as caterpillars in a cup that came with an all you can eat buffet on the bottom of it. After about a week they turned into chrysalides and then finally came out as butterflies. We hold them and chase them around the house. It has been a fascinating project. I am hoping to let them out in our garden this week so that we don't have any "lizard like" deaths again!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fruit Cakes & Fruit Salad

Look at this beautiful tropical picture. This was the view from our wrap around balcony in Fort Lauderdale, FLA. Each day we would take in the view and much to our surprise the NAKED men sunbathing at the pool in the small hotel next to ours. Naked as the day they were born. Sitting completely spread eagle tanning their apples and banana for all the world to see!

I have no comment. What could I possibly say that you aren't already thinking! I concur

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