Agree to disagree

8 12 2008

My boys are getting to the stage where they like to argue with each other and (especially in the case of the older one) with us.  If one of them says something, the other one has to take the opposite stance.  And, they will argue it steadfastly until they are blue in the face.

The younger one mostly just argues because that is what he sees from his older brother.  Often, the younger one doesn’t even know what he is arguing about.  So, I have been trying to convince the older one (the boss) that in some cases they just need to agree to disagree and let it go.  However, explaining this simple concept to my 4 year old proved to be virtually impossible.  So, I decided to wait until the next time he took up an argument with me to try to make my point.

Sure enough, a couple times over this last weekend, the boss took up a meaningless argument with me.  In both cases, I cut it off quickly and told him that we would just have to agree to disagree…that we were both entitled to our differing opinions…but that we would have to agree to disagree.

In both cases, he said, “Dad, I am the one who agrees… I agree, but you don’t agree.”

Argggg

So, the arguing continues…

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Another fun filled day

26 11 2008

Today was another adventure.

First thing this morning, I took the kids (all three) over to Nanny and Poppas for the day.  Then, my wife and I went out and did all our christmas shopping.  It took a few hours and we had to come back twice to feed the baby (she is nursing exclusively), but we managed to get nearly everyone on our list covered.

The first time we came back to feed the baby our youngest son came in and brightened up when he saw me and said “Hi, Daddy!!”.  You had to be there, but it was a nice moment :).  His older brother caught a lizard and was looking for a jar to put it in.  He fixed it up with water and some grass and spent much of the afternoon figuring out how to get it some bugs to eat.  He never did reach his goal.  The younger son got a jar and put water and grass in it and spent much of the afternoon figuring out how to get a lizard in it!  He didn’t reach his goal either.  Maybe tomorrow…

After finishing up the christmas shopping, my wife and I went out for a 5K run.  We each run several times a week, but we NEVER get to run together.  In fact, today was the first time I think.  The weather was nice and we enjoyed it.

Then, to top off the day, my parents got free tickets to the Mavs – Pacers game at American Airlines Center.  The Mavs got the victory.  We took the train there and back which is a staple of our Mavs game expeditions that the kids seem to enjoy as much as the game itself.

And, now we are home with the kids in bed.  We did manage to make our oldest son feel guilty enough about his lizard being trapped inside that jar that when we got home, he woke up enough to ask me to take the lizard out and let it go in the backyard.  We might have overdone the guilt trip just a touch.

Anyway, sorry for the scattered post.  It’s late and I wanted to get this out before heading to bed.  Here are pics taken from the game tonight.  They were taken with my phone so I am sorry about the low quality.





Boys bedtime

29 05 2008

On the nights I put my boys to bed, I pray this prayer with them:

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you for this day.  Thank you so much for all your many many blessings.  Thank you so much for little (4yrold) and little (2yrold) and little (babydueinaugust).  We love our kids soooo much…help them to know how much we love them, Lord.  Help them to know how much you love them, Lord.  Help them to grow and meet their milestones, Lord, on time.  I pray that they would remain happy, healthy, and strong.  And, Lord, above everything else, I pray that they would learn to love you and follow you and know you as their personal Lord and Savior.  And help them to show others around them your love.  Lord, I pray that they would have a good night’s sleep tonight.  Help us to all get the rest that our bodies need.  Help our boys to know that they are safe in their beds tonight.  Amen

At some point during the prayer my 4 yr old always reminds me to pray for his uncle and for whoever else may be on his mind that day and I do that or I pause while he does it himself.  And, my 2 year old usually bows his head and prays “Jesus….food….Amen”.

When I tuck my 4 yr old in bed, I always ask him the following three questions:

Do you know I love you?

Are you going to sleep tight tonight?

Are you going to have sweet dreams?

When I tuck my 2 yr old in, I always say, “You know you got a daddy who loves you?….and, I mean, I love you biiiig time, dude”.

I don’t know why this has become our routine.  But, it has, and I think we all like it.  I know I do.