Thursday, December 20, 2007

Ben you rock!!!!

Kyle and Will and mommy attended Ben's Christmas party and singing presentation this morning. And what a fantastic morning is was! Again...mommy forgot her camera! But suffice it to say that it was a huge success! Ben greeted his brothers and introduced them to everyone that would listen....and my Ben...yep...MY BEN....stood in front of 45 people and sang his songs and swayed (some danced...but least he moved around a bit) and he smiled and participated and just did an awesome job! Most importantly...Ben enjoyed being a part of his presentation and was as proud of himself as we were of him!

You have come a long way Ben. From that little man that cried and held onto my leg when I took you to school for the first time three years the perfect student today in your kindergarten class. I am one proud mommy today and every day! Thanks Ben for growing up to be such a perfect little man! This little slide show is for you! We love you sweet boy!

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Monday, December 17, 2007

I am on a roll...Merry Christmas!!

So much to say after a week of not blogging! I have added three new posts today! Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all of you!! May your next week be filled with all the joy and wonderment of a two year old and all the comfort of a thick warm blanket!! :) I love you!

You did it Kyle!!

First of all just let me admit that I am the worst parent EVER! I went to Kyle's Christmas presentation today and FORGOT my camera! that not the most horrible thing? Anyway - I need to give a big round of applause for Kyle Edward Mongold. The first Mongold EVER to stand up in front of a room full of people....perform his lines...sing his songs...with a smile on his face...never crying...never running to mommy...and hanging in till the very last song!! :) Great job did so good. You made mommy and daddy so proud today and you showed what real talent you possess! We love you guy!

And so because I don't have a photo of our hot shot on his big debut...I chose to share some other kind of funny photos of my three crazy men! Yeah...not Ben Kyle and Will...but Ben Kyle and "other" Benjamin! Playing with their Geo tracks and posing with their remote controls! They are truly a nutty threesome and are having so very very much fun with the new toy that Erica bestowed on the Mongold household! We are forever grateful for this gift and for the fun, and memories that it is creating for our little men!!

And here they are....Larry Moe and Curly!! Can you tell what one is Curly!!! :)

Seriously Kyle...just give us a normal smile!!! :) And all Benjamin wanted was for me to take a photo of the train here that is too! Here you go guys...this photo is one that only the three of you can truly appreciate!! :)

Next Year you'll make it through Will....

Will Christmas program at school began at 10am last Wednesday morning. The room was full of parents. The side door opened and all the kids filed in and stood in front of the room looking slightly nervous, but excited. Well...all but Will....HE LOOKED SCARED TO DEATH!

Soon after this photos was taken, the teacher handed all the two year olds a little baby doll wrapped in swaddling clothing. The began to sing happy birthday to Jesus. Some kids sang...some just kind of rocked back and forth...and WILL JUST STOOD LIKE HIS FEET WERE PLANTED IN CEMENT...with a look of UTTER FEAR ON HIS FACE!When the song was over...Will took his doll baby...threw it across the room..burst into tears...and ran to my lap!! :) He made it through one song...and I could not ask for more!

He got is treat bag at the end and called it a victory!! Next year your make it though Will and as for this year..thank you for making us all smile and for being such a special little "YOU"!!!

6 and a half years is too long!!!

Steve and I had a wonderful honeymoon to Mexico after our fairy tale wedding in 2001! It was a memory that we talk about all the time. Some days it feels like it was only yesterday that we were drinking "foo foo" drinks by the blue lagoon, and other times it feels like a lifetime away! None the less...we are happy and in love and we are always so excited about our life together and all that is wrapped up in it!! :)

When we found out that we would be apart for nearly 6 months in 2008, we both knew that it was time to have a little "us" time before the craziness began! We planned a weekend getaway to Wintergreen Virginia. A ski resort in the Appalachian mountains, just 4 hours from home.

Mom and dad said that they would keep tabs on the kids for the weekend and my brother offered to help them along. Three kids...three reason not to get the heck out of here and do some skiing and fun seeking away from home!

I was nervous to leave my kids and to be away from home, but I knew in my heart of hearts that all would be OK and that this time with Steve could only be a great thing! So off we headed on Friday night! And what a fabulous weekend it was! We went skiing in a virtual blizzard with about zero visibility and lots of ice! And somehow had the best time ever! I have not been skiing for over 10 years and Steve has only been skiing a few times in his life? What were we thinking?

We fell - MANY times - and we came home quite sore! But it was exciting and relaxing and fun and silly and just everything that would could have ever wanted it to be! The snow was beautiful, and we really are better skiers than we thought we would be! The food was nice and our little cottage on the mountain with a fireplace and wooded view was prefect!

Breakfast every morning at a lodge overlooking the slopes and dinner in Fancy golf course front restaurant! Coffee by the fire in the lodge and many great laughs as we watched each other pretend we were 20 again - zooming down the snow covered slopes - only to end up in a ball of white...rolling over ourselves and losing our skis as we hit the bottom! ha ha ha....oh too funny! Sorry I don't have any photos of that mess to share...your imagination will have to do here!!

Now I am hooked and we plan to take the kids back up there right after the first of the year to give them a turn at the fun that we had!! I hope they enjoy it half as much as we did!!

Thanks mom and dad and Brian for making it all possible! And thank you Erica for the wonderful bottle of wine!! It was a great trip!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A measure of Strength...

I was in the kitchen the other day and I was doing 10 different things at one time as all mom's do and Ben yells to me from the living room: "Mom...can you HELP me get my car from way back under the couch...I can't reach it!".....So I yell back...."Sure I'll HELP YOU....grab the broom and use the handle to whack it out from under the couch!"

As he walked to the broom closet slowly and quietly, he looked at me with a strange look and said, "But you said you would HELP ME?" And with as much conviction as I could muster, hidden behind my want to smile...I said, "I did HELP YOU...I told you what you needed to use to get it so you could do it by yourself."

Ben smirked and got the broom. He was able to get his car, and he cheered at his victory as it flew out into the middle of the room when smacked with the broom.

Ben, I helped you. You saw your task as impossible. You saw that train as a loss unless mommy came to the rescue. And I taught you that there was a way to get that train on your own. I taught you that you have the means to do things on your own as long as your brain is armed with the right thought process. I HELPED you to find a small glimmer of independence and I HELPED you to think outside the box, beyond what was obvious to you!

I heard a story on a show the other night that went like this:

A little boy needed to move a large rock from the top of a well so that he could get to the water below for a drink. He tried to push it and he tried to pull it...he tried to pick it up and was unsuccessful at every turn.

He called to his mother - Mommy, I can't move the rock! And she called back - Yes you can honey, God Gave you the strength to move that rock!

So the little boy tried again and again and with sweat on his brown and a very dry mouth...he looked hopeless. He called to his mother again....Mommy...will you help me move this rock?

And the mother, knowing that the rock was too big for her small son to move...walked over to the rock and with the help of her son's little hands...helped him to move it to the ground so that he could have a drink.

The little boy looked at his mother with a disappointed spirit and said, "I wish I could have moved that rock by myself...I am sorry that you had to help me. And his mother did move the rock by yourself. You used the strength God gave you to move the rock - you called me!

My point is this....this holiday season my heart is very focused on how lucky I am to have such important people in my life. Friends and family to give me strength and friends and family that I can give my strength to when needed!

In this world...we don't ever need to be alone. God gave us the power of many when he gave us friends and family. And that does not mean the power to do everything ourselves. Asking for help is just one powerful way to use God's blessings. And lending our strength and mind to our loved ones when it is needed is the gift that we have to share!

In Ben's case, using my mind to help him find a feeling of victory was the best course... and for this wonderful mother in the story - using her strength of body was just what her son needed. No matter how you use this gift...using it can make the difference in someones life!

Thank you to all of my friends and family for making me whole and for being the strength I need when my own body and mind are not enough! Thank you for being my life! And please call on me to be your strength at any or night! I am always here for you!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Happy Holiday Fun with our Special Friends

5 Years ago we met! And have shared everything about our lives with each other through the years! We were able to celebrate a holiday party with our playgroup friends last Friday night. We are missing photos of Katie and Lucas and Kyle...they were upstairs doing their own thing for a majority of the night!! Trouble i am sure...but they hid their antics well! Everyone ate drank and had merry conversation! We were missing two of our very favorite families on this special night and we missed you all terribly!

Thank you all for sharing your evening with us! All of our love this holiday season to each of you!

Monday, December 3, 2007

A bad day for Will...

So I am standing out in front of the house talking to Erica. All of our 5 boys and a few others from the neighborhood were playing so well in the Mongold Back yard. Fence was shut, but I could hear their screams of glee coming from that general direction and I could tell they were getting along famously and having a super afternoon!

At least 30 min had gone by that I had not heard anything but fun coming from our back yard. And all of a sudden I hear a small voice on the front porch go ...."Mom" soft and so "guilty" was the tone of Ben's voice as he stood in the doorway with his thumb in his mouth. I said "What up Ben...are you OK?" And he said "Yeah....but Will has black and brown all over his face." I immediately ask the question that defines the moment and gives me my inspiration to either run or walk to see what the problem is...."Is Will crying?" And in an even more timid voice Ben says, "Nope...he didn't cry...he is just dirty."

Well...that does not seem like a reason to stop my chatter in mid conversation so I tell Ben thank you for informing me of the dirt and I continue my conversation with Erica. Maybe another minute passed and we hear the squeak of my front door yet again....we both look over that direction....and this is what we saw!

YEah...whatever you are thinking....we thought it too! Did he play Santa and climb down the Chimney? Did he decide to be a little piggy and roll in some mud? What could have possibly happened to make a small two year old child look like this??????

And that is when I called for Ben to tell us the story as he watched it happen. He said:

"Well...Will was on his tummy on the swing pushing it with his legs. Benjamin and Kyle were on the teeter totter going very high right beside Will. I was using my sword to stop the teeter totter and it started swinging sideways - not straight anymore. well the teeter totter knocked Will off the swing and his face fell in the ground. But Will's feet were stuck in the swing and he couldn't get them out. Every time he tried to get his feet out his face was moving all over the ground and that is where the black and brown came from."

Oh Dear....Erica and I tried so hard not to pee ourselves laughing! I mean really...can you not picture this two year old little man...with his hips stuck in the saddle of the swing and his face in the mud....stuck like there was glue attaching him to it. Flopping around just hoping that this thrust was the one that would let his legs fall to the ground where the rest of him waited! And yet he smile when I said...Will...are you dirty! He laughed at us laughing... and after a mere wipe of the face with a baby wipe...he headed back to the swings to try it all again! I wish I were as easy going as Will!! :)