Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Think I Can

Day 1 of our week with no tv resulted in Nathan trying to turn the tv on repeatedly; I had unplugged it, though. I told him that it didn't work. He looked me square in the eye and said, "Dada. Fix!" I guess even the boys know that Jeff is pretty handy. :)


This past week, I've been walking Will to school. It's only about 2 - 3 blocks away and it saves gas and I get some (much needed) exercise. We have a sit and stand stroller that I push the kids on. Will mostly walks beside me, but when we have to cross the street and walk through the parking lot, he gets on the stroller, too!

So, here I am crossing the street with three kids on the stroller. Then, to get to the parking lot, we have to go up a hill. Not a huge one, but big enough... let me tell ya. So, as I'm pushing this loaded down stroller,

Will says, "Mom, don't forget to say the words."

Me: "What words?"

Will: "I think I can. I think I can."

[Have I told you we like trains around here? Yes, I think I've covered it a few times...]

So as I push up the hill, I'm puffing, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."

Then the hill levels off and it turns to, "I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could."

And then, I let a big "Whoo. Whoo." Because, I'm proud of myself for making it up that hill and of course I needed to let off a little steam with a "WHEEESH!"

Then Will tells me, "Don't forget to puff, Mom!"

Me, out of breath: "Trust me honey, I'm puffin'!"

Will had the biggest smile on his face. He was so proud of his momma engine! :)

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Unknown said...

That is such a cute post!!!

Super B's Mom said...

"Trust me..I'm puffing...."

That's good stuff!

Way to go Little Engine! :)

Kayris said...

I love it! Once, when I was exercising and out of breath, my three year old asked if my "cardovasolar" was okay. Aren't they just like little sponges?

The Joys of having Boys said...

Way to go Momma Engine!! That was so cute. I really need to do the no T.V. thing. I am anxious to see how it goes with your family.

Kristin said...

That is too cute. I think I can!! love the stroller too!

Lulu said...

That's priceless! Keep puffing...it's worth every step!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Oh that Will...such a dear! I just love it! I bet you were puffing!

You are rocking with the no TV. Our kids always used to say everything ran out of batteries.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy you are able to do this walk to school with all the boys!!
Sounds like great family time!!!!

Andrea said...

That is too funny! They sure do keep us puffin!

Foxy5 said...

We did the no tv thing a few weeks ago. I wasn't brave enough to leave it in sight though. We moved ours to the basement. Let me tell you, that was the best thing we could have ever done. (no tv, not the basement thing. Although I think that really helped) They don't ask for it near as much since we brought it back. Our watching is very limited. And they know that without warning they could wake up one morning to find no tv!

I'm envious of your sit n' stand. I've been searching yard sales for one but no luck yet. I walk with my kids (5, 3, 1) often and the double stroller gets mighty heavy. I'll have to try chanting "I think I can" next time and see if that helps. :)

Your kids are so cute by the way. :)

4funboys said...

I LOVE it!

keep puffin...