This little boy locked his sisters and I in the garage today. His giggles betrayed the humor he found in the situation, though us on the other side of the door did not find it quite as funny. Just last week he was found outside by my sister and brother-in-law before 6am, coloring with chalk (and I now have decent baby-proofing covers for the door knobs). I’ve had to get rid of the step stools in our home, which is only a mild deterrent for him to go snacking in the wee hours of the morning for anything on the counter or within reach in the pantry. Anything he can get in to and color on, eat, dump, or disperse is fair game to him. He’s a mess, but so sweet and funny and adorable that he gets squeezed a millions times a day and his sisters antagonize him with kisses. We love him dearly. Though I need to discipline myself to waking up at or before 5:30am in order to prepare for the morning toddler tornado. Oh Calvin. The days are never, ever boring, from sunrise to sunset!
Whether you call them Lightening Bugs or Fireflies, these little bugs are much looked forward to by our family every summer. My only wish is that they weren’t also accompanied by the mosquitos and gnats. It’s a bugs paradise in our backyard, apparently. But seeing these delightfully glowing insects makes it worthwhile to stay outside till dark!
Butternut Squash and Mascarpone Fettuccine (putting my pasta roller to good use!). This photo is of my child’s plate, because I was amused at how my kids discussed the meal at the dinner table as if they were the judges and I was the contestant on some cooking show. I think we’ve watched Master Chef Kitchen and the Great British Baking Show more often than is helpful for a mom just trying different things in the kitchen. My kids take it as a challenge to hone their critiquing skills 😂 They are generally appreciative of the things I serve them, though I’m perfectly aware they’d be happy as clams with Kraft Mac and Cheese every night for dinner (honestly can’t blame them, it’s pretty darn good).
Last night I got the vacuum out to clean. Nearly 24 hours later I finally got around to finishing the job I had started and found that the vacuum had been put back at some point into the closet. Scarlet raises her eyes from the book she’s looking at on the couch and says to me, “I put it away so it wouldn’t be out forever”. I think my four year old called me out. I’m feeling judged 😂
Genny took her time coming upstairs tonight to where I was waiting to say prayers and tuck the kids in bed. I was slightly annoyed because she had been accomplishing a very simple task and it shouldn’t have taken as long as it did. However, what I came downstairs to find after putting them to bed made me 100% regret ever feeling that way 🙈 Written on toilet paper of all things (we have an incredible amount of paper in the house, so why this was the medium of choice is beyond me) was a painstakingly written and heartfelt request for tomorrow’s breakfast- I’m translating the spelling: Can we have eggs, toast Please can we Mom Please Please From Genesis Write this —— She wants me to write back either a yes or no 😂
Happy Easter! Even watching services online, the beauty and hope of this day is felt. We went outside in the mud and wind to take a family photo only to realize my camera battery died. So we trudged back and resorted to a selfie. I actually love it! Also, and my kids ate an entire chocolate bunny each, so you can imagine how ridiculous it’s getting over here. So much jumping. I love seeing family photos on Easter, so I hope everyone posts theirs!
You can’t get more 90’s than this. Bobbed hairstyles (and not the cute way), sugar mold decorations on the cake, trucker hat, floral plastic tablecloth, mustard and brown plastic pitcher for koolaid no doubt, my Dad’s Eagle River Homeschoolers t-shirt, low ceiling and paneled walls. There’s more. Oh, so much more. I love it. (Oh, that’s me in middle, the girl with the brunette bob. 😂)
The girls found sweet smelling May Apple plants this morning, and we cut a few branches off a Dogwood tree as part of our Good Friday traditions. Ah, Spring!
Little man discovered how delightful it is to make dandelion seeds fly. I was half afraid he would inhale instead of blow out seeing how close he held them to his face. I took a video just in case, but alas, he figured out how to do it correctly.
Little Women has always been a dear book to me, as I have found myself in each of the girls at various seasons of life. Now, I think I’ve settled into my role as “Marmee” (without that nickname, thankfully). “... it is a play we are playing all the time in one way or another. Our burdens are here, our road is before us, and the longing for goodness and happiness is the guide that leads us through many troubles and mistakes to the peace which is a true Celestial City. Now, my little pilgrims, suppose you begin again, not in play, but in earnest, and see how far you can get before Father comes home.” ❤️ Also, getting a decent picture is impossible. I tried.
Older sisters are tricky. They dupe their little sisters into believing they are losing each round of “rocket, paper, scissors, shoot” 😂 Have you ever played Rock, Paper, Scissors with glue? I haven’t. But it’s not a bad idea 🤔
Happy 4th Birthday to our darling daughter, Scarlet! Brent couldn’t be here to join in our celebration, but his love was felt through a letter and a flower delivery just for her! Scarlet is one-of-a-kind and our most independent one yet. About a month ago, I woke up around 6:30am to start myself a pot of coffee. Turning into the kitchen I observed this tiny little girl scooping herself out some perfectly made scrambled eggs onto a plate. She had turned the stove on, buttered the skillet, and cooked those eggs to her liking all by herself. At 3 years old. And she even remembered to turn the burner off. It was an odd moment for me, as it was pretty early yet and I was clearly not expecting to see her cooking away in the kitchen 😂 Scarlet also taught herself to ride a bike without ever using training wheels this past year, and I look forward to see what else she will surprise us with next! She’s as sweet as pie, and still has the most kissable cheeks ever. We love her to pieces!
Oh, kids. 🥰
This is the type of video that most, if not all, parents have taken of their children at some point. It’s classic. Of course it had to be shared, though I’m quite aware of how obnoxious I sound 🙄 it’s still funny though.