Mom's Best Top Ten

As promised - the antedote to the "Mom's Worst Top Ten" list

(a bonus one) 11 - When they eat all their dinner and they like it

10 - Nap time! Even when my kids look like this I know that nap time is just around the corner. When they wake up everything will be happy again!

9 - Austin's laugh - it's contagious, I just LOVE it.

8 - Cooking with them - My kids love to cook with me. I love it too because it doesn't seem like such a chore. I think they like it so much because we are usually making cookies when they help, but they're great at peeling cucumbers and carrots, stirring, and mixing, and filling pots up with water.

These are banana bread muffins that the kids helped me make. YUM!
7 - One on One time. I love to spend time with each kid alone. It's a whole new world of insight into their little minds.
Landon came in our room last night and "hung out" with us just after the other two kids went to bed. We had a great conversation, filled with Star Wars stories, questions about life, tickles, who Landon's new best friend is at school and things like that. It just doesn't get any better.

This what Cameron and Landon built during their "one on one" time - a ferris wheel that really turns

6 - Snuggles
Austin is the best at this. He comes and snuggles all through the day. I just love it. He usually jumps in my lap and says, "snuggle Momo" the only time he calls me "Momo" (another thing Austin is great at - making up nicknames)

5 - Hearing how pretty I am!! Ha Ha I know, I know, VAIN, right?!
But seriously, I got my hair cut the other day (it's above my shoulders, the shortest it's been since Beauty School) and Landon looked at me and said how beautiful I was. Then at church the next day he was telling his friends how great my new hair cut looked - they didn't care, but Landon made sure to tell me often at least for a few days.

4 - Hearing them say how much they love me! Another self indulgent one!
It just makes it worth all the hard work when they tell me they love me.

3 - Helping them with homework, housework, or other work that's challenging to them.This may sound a little odd because it's more work for me, but helping and teachimg them to do something is so neat to watch. I love how excited they get about what their doing and the final result. I love watching Landon scratch his head trying to think of an answer to a question. Or see Austin's face when he exclaims, "look at my 'S' it's not sideways!" Or listen to Isaac point to each animal in a book and say, "woof woof".

2 - Watching them play sports
There is something special about a kid's smile after a game. They feel so proud of themselves for doing a great job. They love being part of a team. I love watching them acheive goals and get better at something. It's amazing the difference they show from the first game of the season to the last. It just makes me so proud of them. Landon is playing flag football and baseball this Spring and Summer and Austin is finally old enough for T-ball. I can't wait!

1 - Watching their unique personalities develop
Landon is turning out to be quite the social butterfly. He has lots of friends and gets along easily with kids younger and older. His confidence is improving and he's becoming a little leader. He is always the first to tell me he loves me. He is such a little peacemaker; as soon as he feels tension in the air he starts doing all the things he can think of to make things better, from telling me he loves me to rinsing off his plate and putting it in the dishwasher. He won't leave the house without his hair done or at least a baseball hat. He loves to play Wii, read, ride his bike, play sports, watch Star Wars, and play Legos

This is Landon before school. He wears his hat that way so his hair won't get messed up. He likes it flat on top and spikey in the front.

Austin is also, quit social. His friends argue about who is going to sit by him during primary. He's very diplomatic too, as seen in this conversation:
Austin, "everyone dies"
Austin's friend Josh, "no they don't. They live forever."
Austin, " Josh, yes, when people get really old they die"
Josh, "no they don't"
(yes they do, no they don't repeated repeated repeated)
Austin, "ok, Josh, fine. In your family no one dies. In my family we die when we get old. Ha Ha"
Austin can find something funny in any situation. He is constantly making us laugh. He LOVES music. During Sacrament he wants us to tell him the words a few lines ahead so he can sing the right words. During primary he's always belting out the songs. In the car he always wants the music louder. His favorites are Safety Kids, Charlotte Diamond, Hey There Delila, Hairspray soundtrack, and pretty much anything by Taylor Swift.

Austin writing his name on his Valentines - this was supposed to be a picture for #3 but it's out of order. We've been working on this for quite some time. I'm proud of him for finally being able to and wanting to write his name.

Isaac is growing up WAY too fast. I love how much he's talking lately. He still uses the sign for "more" but he says "pase" (please) and "ta-EEEE" (thank you). He loves to dance. I love it when he pokes his head around a corner and says, "Hay-Yo". I love when he puts his sweet little head on my shoulder at the end of the day and snuggles into his blankie. He will repeat almost anything you tell him to. He is fasinated with balls. He calls anything round a ball, from the freckle on my hand to the buttons on his shirt. His favorite thing to do is play catch and he always tells himself, "ga cach" (good catch). He will play "peek-a-boo" on demand. He thinks it's hillarious to turn off the TV when the big boys are watching it.
This is Zac dancing to "High School Musical" - family movie night last Sunday.


Colleen said...

You know we love your boys. They are such great kids! Very special, sweet list! Is Austin playing t-ball at the Y? Maybe he and Josh could play together! You are a great mommy, Kendra!

Robs said...

Such a cute post. I want to see your haircut! Please put a picture of it up. I bet it is so cute. I love your list.

shaina said...

You are a very sweet mom!!!

my3suns2 said...

It's great to think of the great things kids bring to your life. I love talking to my kids and hearing their take on life. It puts it all into perspective.

510Jen said...

Your such a cute mom. This was so fun to read.

shauntelle said...

i think that's why we have kids...so they can say nice stuff to us, like you're the best mom ever and you're beautiful, etc.

if only we could erase the mean things they say, huh?