6/30/17 brushing teeth and growing up…

William had a dentist appointment today. I have been reminding him for a while to use dental floss. When the kids were young they didn’t floss, I’m not sure but they may not have brushed either. I never found any dental floss in the garbage cans and one day I found Maggie standing in front of the bathroom mirror holding the toothbrush in one hand and the tube of toothpaste in the other hand looking into the mirror. Maggie is not my fashion girl so I am not sure what was more odd, that she was starring into the mirror, or that she was holding the toothbrush and tooth paste. I asked her what she was doing, she said brushing. She said brushing like this is how she always brushes…oh my. I said that she needed to put toothpaste on the toothbrush to brush, Maggie looked at her toothbrush and toothpaste and shrugged her shoulders and put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and went back to looking in the mirror. I had been expecting her to put the toothbrush into her mouth, my mistake…so we started brushing together. We brushed together after dinner each night and flossed. My hope was that they would learn the habit of brushing and like going to the dentist and not having any cavities. Then when they were older and they could decide if they would brush and floss or not, and they would choose to brush.  Now that the kids are older I am trying to let them have more freedom. We don’t brush together any more. I miss the time together. We had a lot of fun talking while everyone was getting toothpaste and trying to figure out who got to rinse first when we were done. Now we just brush separately.
There are so many things that the kids and I used to do together that we don’t do now. They did need the freedom to grow up, but I do miss the time with them. We were always going somewhere in the car, or watching library movies together and all sitting on one couch, or playing outside and on and on. Now we have less time together, the kids all have their own interests and friends and we don’t run around as a big group as much. We do have a lot of shorter times together and a lot of the time I am with one of them at a time. Two of the kids, William and Maggie don’t drive so they need rides everywhere.
I can honestly say that I am really happy about who the kids have grown up to be.

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6/19/17 driving and movies…

Beth is out driving for the first time alone today. I gave her money for gas and a few dollars to go through the drive thru at McDonald’s. I thought that she would want to get the gas and drive back home. That’s what I did. My parents gave me a few dollars to get gas and I did that and drove straight home. She didn’t feel  the same way. She wanted to be gone for an hour. An hour. I’m hyperventilating. This is her first time out driving. Couldn’t she go get the gas and come home and tell me that she is OK?
We all had lunch after church. Maggie had separated the movies. She made a pile of movies that we don’t watch any more. We needed to wait until we were all here to choose which ones to let go. The VHS will go to the Goodwill and the DVDs will go to the resale shop. The resale shop doesn’t take VHS’s any more. They take up too much room. We separated the movies and kept any that any one wanted. Each movie only needed one vote to stay. Then Beth went driving. My little girl. She still had her dress on from church and looked so grown up. I prayed over her before she left, that she would be safe and everyone around her would be safe. I also told her to remember to watch her speed and the other cars and to watch all of the things that I usually remind her of. I also took her picture of her before she left. She left in the car… I watched out the back door… The garage is in the back of the house. Then I watched out of the front door. She texted me after about a half hour from a McDonald’s that she was OK. I’m still hyperventilating.
Beth made it home OK. She had fun but looked like it was no big deal. I may need to color my hair soon. Beth had gone to get gas, then she went to McDonald’s. She went on the highway and went past a few friends houses. She did have fun. Beth looks very sure of herself when she is driving.

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6/18/17 sorting the movies and whittling…

Maggie sorted out all of the movies. She is at home all day since she is not at school any longer and is looking for a job. We had one book shelf that had movies but was positioned behind a desk. She couldn’t see all of the movies so one day while we were gone she moved the bookshelf. She also sorted all of the movies, Maggie loves to sort things. She sorted them by VHS and sorted them by ones with big plastic cases and ones with cardboard cases and ones without cases. Then she sorted the DVDs. She sorts them by adventure, romantic, series, like the Walton’s. She also sorted out all of the movies that we never watch. She wanted us to look at them and make a decision and get rid of them.We needed to wait until everyone was here to sort out movies to give away. She put them back on the bookshelf but on a separate shelf from the ones that we are keeping. When all of us are home we can all look at them.
Maggie and I went to the cemetery to get some more sticks for Maggie to whittle. There are a lot of older trees there and usually there are a lot of fallen limbs to choose from.

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5/24/16 library movies…

Choosing movies for the kids has become much more difficult since the kids are older. When they were young, they hadn’t seen any movies, so any Walt Disney type movie that I brought home was a good choice according to the kids. The kids also got library cards and sometimes we would go to four libraries and check out movies at each one. We only did this on weekends when the weather was really bad and we couldn’t go out to play. Now that the kids are older they don’t like any of my choices. My solutions has been to always take one of the kids with me when we get movies. I do like to get a PBS type movie or two, but the kids pick out the rest of them. They choose the movies and I OK the movies. It has worked out well. The kids are watching the movies again. Sometimes we do get a movie that is different than how it is described on the back of the movie and I take it out of the VCR as soon as I figure this out, but mostly we get to watch all of the movies that we bring home.
What do you watch with your kids? How do you choose?

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