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That Brittany Spears May Be On To Something…

posted by Kelly

Not a girl, not yet a women.

You didn’t catch Brittany’s movie “Crossroads”? I can’t believe it! I am somewhat ashamed to say that a friend and I drove an hour away to go see it because we didn’t want to be seen by any students watching it in our city. Oh yes, I PAID to see Crossroads. How is that for smashing my “street cred” into a million tiny pieces. (Ryan is shaking his head at me, staring at his wedding ring wondering if it was really worth it). Cast your stones of judgment, I can take it. Is it a cheesy girl movie?…then sign me up!

All that to say…Brittany’s smash hit (cough, cough) “Not a girl, not yet a women” is hitting a little close to home with Chloe lately. She is not going off to get married, travel the globe, or enter high school, she is just….JUST…going off to preschool in a few weeks. I used to snub my nose at moms that sent their kids to preschool. I mean you only get them for five years before they officially go to school, why would I waste one day of that sending my precious babies away. Well, I changed my mind when I saw how ridiculously smart Chloe is, how social she is, and how she deeply desires to learn. Yeah, I was a former teacher and I can definitely do it myself….but I know Chloe’s personality and 6 hours a week away from mama bear is going to be good for me and for her. I know she is going to LOVE it!

(****WARNING****Obnoxious parent about to kick in….force feeding you their kids’ pictures)

Can you look at this kid and not smile?

Our little girl, Chloe Grace 33 months

Her hair is ri-DUNKulously long for her age. She has no idea how blessed she is in the follicle department.

Our little girl, Chloe Grace 33 months

So Chloe and I have started butting heads a lot lately. You know where she turns around after politely telling me “NO” to my face so I pretend to give her an elbow to the temple because it kinda satisfies the desire I have to pop her head off for being disobedient…..TMI?

Our little girl, Chloe Grace 33 monthsOur little girl, Chloe Grace 33 months

It just started a few weeks ago. She decided that if I said left, she would say right and so the game would continue. Her “timeout” spot on the floor has permanent butt prints. My favorite is when she is naughty she looks at me and says, “I better go sit in time out.” WIND.OUT.OF.MY.SAILS.

Our little girl, Chloe Grace 33 monthsOur little girl, Chloe Grace 33 months

Eventually the toddler beast takes a rest and sweet, adorable, funny Chloe emerges and my heart swells with like once again. I definitely get the saying, “I love you, but I don’t like you right now.” I have read lots and lots of books on parenting. I am actually quite the whip cracker but lately she has broken me down…I mean to tears….you just don’t want to screw up your kid and these are those moments…THIS is when you PARENT a child’s spirit….DON’T SCREW UP KELLY!!!! I know you have to meet them at every fight and stay consistent even if the record has skipped a million times that day and you find yourself saying for a million and one times, “DO NOT take toys out of your brother’s hands!” You don’t back down even when your spirit is weary from the fight. Consistency always wins. Right, RIGHT?

Our little girl, Chloe Grace 33 monthsOur little girl, Chloe Grace 33 months

So her first memory verse that she has memorized and yet conveniently forgets to apply is, “Be kind to one another.” (or she says “be kind to one an udder”) She has even told Bennett on many occasions he needed to be kinder too! I keep on keeping on, on this parenting train. Chugga chugga choo choo….up the hill and down again. It is truly the hardest and most rewarding job ever. It’s easy to screw up and yet when you nail it…it is beautiful to watch these little eternal beings blessing those around them with a loving, kind and gentle spirit.

Our little girl, Chloe Grace 33 months

(Do not judge our non-hanging, hanging swing with the mildew cushion. It is now hanging back up with a mold free butt-pad!)

Our little girl, Chloe Grace 33 months

So she will be heading out in a few weeks with a princess backback, piggy-tails blowing, and her mother’s love. It is so exciting to see her grow up and yet terrifying all at once. It reminds me how short life is and how insanely blessed we are to have two children to pour into in this lifetime. I don’t know how people raise children apart from the Lord. Prayer is ESSENTIAL for sanity and guidance. They truly are not our children and so we must live with an open hand…offering them back up to the Lord daily. It really isn’t “Terrible Two’s” There are just a few terrible moments. On the whole I definitely laugh myself through the day at the two knuckleheads we pro-created and I have the privilege of being home with.

Our little girl, Chloe Grace 33 months

I will brag on myself for one moment. I actually made the shirt Chloe is wearing.(blows a puff of hot air on fingernails and polishes them on shirt) The ironic part of it all is this shirt used to be a HUGE dress on her when she was a baby. This is the one and only time I have sewn a piece of clothing and I was heavily supervised by my mother-in-law….but I love how this dress has fit her for over two years now! She is a GIANT for her age (our kids got all of Ryan’s height)….so any piece of clothing that lasts more than a few months is a miracle!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

12 Responses

Stephanie says:

August 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Loved it Kelly! You are an inspiration in many ways! :) Thanks for sharing she is TOO precious.

Hayley Morgan says:

August 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I love the little update! :) Noah is getting to be quite demanding and somewhat disagreeable…it just started a couple weeks ago. Let’s pray its a phase, huh?! I totally get what you mean about parenting their spirits right now…I’ve been hit with the gravity of that particularly lately. Anyway, she is precious! Love the memory verse, too! Noah’s first was Luke 1:37 (Nothing is impossible with God!) :) Hope you guys are well!

Julie Nickerson says:

August 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm

You know I love these pics. I got the sneak peek on Flickr. What a GEM she is!!!

I think that it is GREAT that she is going to preschool. There are no schools around here that take 2 years old or else I would put Abel in on. I even called a few and told them he was potty trained and that he knew his alphabet and can count to twenty. :) It didn’t work. ha! Oh well…next year it is!

And yes, they aren’t “terrible” just some moments that are TERRIBLE! but you are right…for the most part it is full of belly laughs and kisses. When he falls asleep in my arms at nap time, I have been holding him a little longer knowing that each day is one less day that I won’t be able to do it much longer.

shanna says:

August 21, 2009 at 3:14 pm

love the shirt! i made those for my girls when they were smaller. love them! I hear you on the butting heads with your girl. it only gets worse. :) my girls definetly think they know way more than me and they are 4 and 5.
oh well. she’s a cutie!

Elizabeth says:

August 21, 2009 at 4:09 pm

You are awesome. Love the girl. Love the shirt. Love the photos. Love you.

Pam says:

August 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm

How great it is to be able to keep in touch this way. She is so beautiful & I love your stories.Love to all

Heather says:

August 22, 2009 at 3:49 am

Those pig tails are too cute. She’s just a little doll.

dikola says:

August 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm

tears and smiles. Will we ever meet again??!! She is SO CUTE…she and Bennett both! She looks so much older in these pictures! Pre-school will be great. I will be the Bible teacher at our church’s Mother’s Day Out program and it is wonderful for mom and kid..you are right! Your consistency will pay off. I know you’re an awesome mom…Kelly!

Aimee says:

August 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm

um so were you making fun of my kids lack of hair the whole time that we saw you, or just when you got home and saw chloe’s mop??? wow, and i thought shiloh had a bunch, i think chloe might have more and she is younger. congrats on making a decision that works for your home, it can be hard to step out and do something maybe others wouldnt. love you girl!!

kelley says:

August 24, 2009 at 9:53 am

she is so adorable! i love the vintage feel to the first few pictures; she will treasure those when she is older!! and when she is older and has grown up to be one of your best friends you will look back on these difficult moments and laugh together as i know my mom and i have! :)

jo says:

August 28, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Her long long beautiful hair, I just asked joe, “She’s 4 right?” School will be so fun, I can’t wait to see you guys again, maybe we will get to see your babies next time too! Lot’s of love! joes

Rachel says:

September 3, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I adore that dress/shirt! You go girl! I can’t believe I started reading you when I clicked on your link on the gingersnaps board on Ivillage. Back when you were Not in a day at filtering life. I can’t believe how big our gingersnaps are! Love the pictures!

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