Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Ants Go Marching



The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck her thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two,
The little one stops to tie her shoe
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three,
The little one stops to climb a tree
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four,
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five,
The little one stops to take a dive
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six,
The little one stops to pick up sticks
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven,
The little one stops to pray to heaven
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight,
The little one stops to shut the gate
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine,
The little one stops to check the time
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten,
The little one stops to say "THE END"
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM



I love this song, have for years and years. Probably since I was a little girl and used to listen to Lake Wobegon on tape at my grandparents house. They gave me some of the tapes and Garrison Keller sang this on one of them, I listened to it every night for the longest time.

I was thinking about this song today in relation to my kids. The "little one" in the song is doing all these things that my little ones do. Time is flying by before my eyes and it is overwhelming. 

My oldest will be starting school in a few weeks, he learned how to tie his own shoes this summer. And while I am grateful for the things he is now able to do without my help it reminds me of how he is growing, how he is becoming more independent, and how short my time with him is. 

Life with little boys is always an adventure. I'm still learning to roll with it and enjoy what life throws my way. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thankful for....days 9-13

I gave myself a few days off from blogging. Not entirely intentionally. Life sometimes happens and the days get away from you. I'm still working on being intentional with my time, I think I will always have to work on it. As much as I like to accomplish things and get them off my list, sometime I would much rather relax or put it off until later.

Things I'm thankful for....

Day 9 - Stay and Play at preschool. It is so wonderful to get a little extra time to get things done with only one child at home.

Day 10 - The gym. I took a small(3 week) break from the gym. Ok, 3 weeks isn't a small break, not when you are used to going every day. But it felt great to get back. And I absolutely that we get free childcare there!

Day 11 - Its Friday. And I wasn't home at night, which means I got a break from our bedtime routine. So, I am thankful for my husband and his taking over for a night.

Day 12 - Friends. The kids and I went to a friends house with another set of friends. It is always great to get together with these great girlfriends and so much more wonderful when our kids play nicely together.

Day 13 - Bethlehem Baptist. Our kids are being taught the Bible. Jason Meyer is a wonderful preaching pastor that Casey and I throughly enjoy listening.

I'm sure there are thousands of other things that I am thankful for over the last few days. As the song says, 10,000 reasons for my heart to sing.

I will never fully know all of the good things in my life but I am looking for them each day.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thankful for.....day 8

Today was a crazy day. I had to go to the Mall of America to pick up a few items. We ventured out and ran a few errands on the way there. They were surprisingly patient on the way there but they were very excited.

We did a little shopping and bought the kids a few toys. We met up with friends for a couple of minutes. We went on rides. And we bought cookies to enjoy on the way home. It was a little crazy with all three of them on my own. They generally stay close but sometimes forget to pay attention and start to wander. Rollie is the worst, he doesn't want to be held while we are out. He always wants to run around like his brothers. Which usually is great until you need him to stay next to you.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have fun with my kids. To enjoy their being little even when it is stressful for me. I love when I am able to indulge them, with in reason since I don't do it often. I love to hear their joy.

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