Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pooh Bear

For many weeks now, Briggs and I have been reading the original "Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh." He enjoyed it so much and we looked forward to reading it every night together. We finished the book last week, all 344 pages. Briggs was enthralled that a father had written it for his son about all of his stuffed animals. Every night he and Rusty would curl up in the bed awaiting the next adventure. He loved all of the silliness and antics of the characters. We've even played Pooh sticks on the bridge in the woods at Uncle Scott and Aunt Sue's house. It seems that these characters have been with us for quite a while, but I was unprepared for the sadness that crept upon me when we finally reached the end. I was trying to hide a shaky voice and choking back tears as I read the last page.

"Pooh, promise me you won't forget about me, ever.
Not even when I'm a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little.
"How old shall I be then?"
Pooh nodded.
"I promise," he said.
Still with his eyes on the world Christopher Robin
put out a hand and felt for Pooh's paw.
"Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnestly, "if I-
if I'm not quite--" he stopped and tried again-
"Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?"
"Understand what?"
"Oh, nothing." He laughed and jumped to his feet. "Come on!"
"Where?" said Pooh.
"Anywhere," said Christopher Robin.

So off they went together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.

Christopher Robin was growing up, and so is my sweet little boy. If only I could make time stand still.

Maybe we should read it again.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Briggs pulls his first card

Briggs has never gotten in trouble at school, not for 96 days of school. That really is an amazingly long streak without getting anything other than a verbal correction. Until today.......

He got in the car and when I asked him "how was school today" he just said, "look in my bag." I took out his blue folder and looked at the behavior chart with stars all over it and was shocked to see "talking in the hallway line." This means he had to pull a card. But just one, as he quickly reminded me.

Quick Review of Starry Eyes Behavior System

Each day student begins on Starry Eyes card
Each card behind the starry eyes card have lessening degrees of not so starry eyes on them (about 3 or four of them)
Until you get to the pink card which has a frowny face on it
If you pull the pink card you go to the office

I don't know if any other kid has gone this long with never pulling a card, but Briggs has been very proud of his perfect record, frequently praying that others would follow in his footsteps. Maybe even a little prideful about this.

Well, not today. He was very contrite and ashamed. He told me that his brain had been thinking all day about how to tell me and would I please tell dad because he just did not think he could. we talked about the meaning of confession (telling the truth about what you did wrong) and I thought it was the perfect "teachable moment" so I added that when we confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us, He does. Before I could look up in the rear view mirror he was praying! I told him that he was forgiven and that it was over and not to worry about it anymore.

Bless his heart, he reminded me of a certain curly haired girl that got put in the corner for talking in Mrs. Holman's K5 class at Trinity Presbyterian School in 1980. She never really got over it......still remembers the way she felt standing there staring at the wall........ anyway....

I hope as the years go by and he begins to see the ugliness of his sin, that he also sees the beauty of our Savior.

"But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in (your) weakness." 2 Cor 12:9

Friday, January 9, 2009

Max and Roary, Briggs and Dog Family

A few little notes. As soon as we got home from Christmas we started slowly introducing Max to Roary in a more formal fashion... with all the flashing lights, moving parts, and roaring/burping sounds turned off. In that short time they've finally gotten closer and Max is comfortable feeding him his bone and rock ball and even operating him with the remote, some. Umm a few other Max notes. He had some shots and a checkup the other day. He was 30 lbs and 39 inches, the height being off the charts for his age. He's going through some typical two year old stuff, really defining his boundaries, but all in all still an awesome boy. Les and I joked tonight at Briggs' basketball practice after I had to get onto him to be a little more forceful in going for rebounds, etc... that Max would be the one we'd have to restrain from being too rough. He's all boy, would hit everyone in sight if he could, wants to be outside every chance he gets, and man his throwing strength and accuracy is impressive for a 2 year old. Good times.

Briggs has recently created? started? (I don't know the term) a dog family that he puts to sleep at night by the bed in addition to Rusty. First came Dad dog, then before we knew it there was Mamma dog who just happens to have a big belly from toting around a baby girl in her tummy, and then most recently there's a big bear that turns out to be Rusty's big brother. Go figure. Can't wait to see who else joins the fam. Briggs has started basketball and really likes it and for the little amount of pre-work we did, he's already one of the better kids on his team (that's not saying a WHOLE lot) but anyway he's having fun. I'll make a separate post on that after I get some pics. The last pic is Briggs with his ginormous millenium falcon that Santa brought to him in Dothan. He can barely pick the thing up, I must admit that it is pretty cool and boy is he having a blast with it.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Christmas Memories

I'm not sure where to start....

By the numbers:

Number of rides on zipline by Santa's elves: 4

Number of Elves nearly slamming into tree at 60 MPH: 2

Number of Robotic dinosaurs that scared Max to death: 2 (the one he got for Christmas and the surprise one that was at Grannie's house which was Hudson's Christmas present)

Number of times mom and dad's tv blinked during a 30 minute program: 45

Number of pieces of divinity Leslie ate over the holidays: 15+

Number of faithful observers of New Year's fireworks:4

Number of times getting the four wheeler stuck on a log: at least 4, which is one more time than I wished we did......

Number of EMT/ Firemen that came marching through the woods for a rescue: 12

Number of ambulances that were called:1

Or how about bullet points:

  • Max constantly asked about Roary (above referenced robotic dinosaur) "Where's Roary?"

  • Max thought Papa's snoring on Sunday afternoon was Roary, "IT'S ROARY!"

  • Briggs calling at 11:00 p.m. to come home from sleepover at Hudson and Eli's house because "his brain hurt."

  • Rod and Papa watching Oprah together on the blinking tv (against Rod's wishes).

  • Max riding his new electric car with no hands, ...ever.

Christmas Holidays for the Cudes: Priceless

How about a few pictures.............

Trying to take the boys picture under the tree on Christmas Eve....

Rod reading the Christmas story to the boys before bed

Trying out the zipline on Christmas morning

Driving with no hands

Sparklers on New Year's Eve