will it never end?

My boys are too old for Sesame Street. They're just at that age where Power Rangers and TMNT are looking pretty good to them. Now I'm fairly open-minded about what they watch on T.V., but I don't really like a lot of what's out there. Because of that, I love Nickelodeon. Right when the kids come home from school, on come this series of cartoons like Jimmy Neutron (who puts the cool back in genius), Fairly Oddparents (funny enough for me to watch without the kids, but makes a consistent point about making good choices), and Spongebob. How can you not love Spongebob? It makes no sense, has no sort of value structure, but it's good, clean fun. That's all it hopes to be...fun.

So it comes as no surprise that it's under attack.

It makes me sad.

the letter m

My 4 year old is having trouble identifying lower case letters, so we have been drilling at home. We got down to the letter m. After 2 days of "What does moon start with?" or "what does mouse start with?", he finally got it. He can recognize M. Here's how it played out....

"2of3, what does mouse start with?"

"M! Mom, what does angry mob start with?"


We went to the book store the other day, a special treat for us, and got a few books. The 6 yr old chose "1000 Facts About Planet Earth". So last night we settle down to read it. It starts off with the big bang theory, and the moves it the 3 eras and 11 periods in earths formation since Precambrian Time. While we're reading about the Big Bang, he asks what part of that God did. So I explain to him that some people believe in God creating the Earth, and some believe in this other way. I tell him how if God created the Earth there's a good chance there was no Ice Age, no dinosaurs, etc. And he replies that we have fossils so science must be right(which is big for him, he really believes in God). So, we get to the Quaternary Period (when humans evolve) and he asks what that means. So I start explaining evolution to him. He's totally fine until we get to the part where human evolve from other animals. He puts his hand up & says, "I did not come from monkeys! God made me!" I thought it was pretty interesting.

the boys

I imagine I will do a lot of writing about my boys, so let me tell you a bit about them. The oldest is 6. He is a gem. He is the most tender, sweet little thing you could ever hope to meet. He won't squish ants because he worries about their mothers. He keeps winning the Rocky Mtn. Optimists award for good citizen at his school. His teachers adore him. His classmates tell me he is the nicest kid in class. He loves science and math. He doesn't like to read fiction books (fake stories, he calls them) but sticks with history & science books.

The youngest is 4. Now, he is something else. People are naturally drawn to him. He is a ham. EVERYTHING is funny to him, or can somehow be turned into something funny. He has a shockingly adult sense of humor. And he really likes to curse. He loves to help, whether it be laundry or mopping or grocery shopping or if you're sad...he's right there to help out. He's the first one to tell you how great you are, or how much he likes your slippers. Did I mention he is completely random? The oddest things come out of his mouth. He is fantastic.