Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Story in Which The Boys Clean Up

Right around naptime, I went in search of my little boys, who I could hear playing happily on the porch.  I found them.  They were making a mess. (Or so it appeared to me, but I'm just the Mom, so what do I know?)

There was dirt, yes, but also some mysterious white substance which Evan was rubbing all over his Tonka dump truck as well as his little brother's hair and face.  Evan couldn't seem to articulate to me just what he was doing, but from the smell of things, I realized that it was the bar of bathroom soap that was now mashed all over the truck, porch, and toddler.

I took a picture, scolded mildly (hey, at least the mess was outside) and proceeded to be distracted by a sweet little girl with a polka-dotted, be-strawberried butt.

I was soon undistracted when Andrew showed up crying and rubbing soap in his eyes.  Poor guy... I got him  cleaned up and shipped off to bed for a nap, then sat down to nurse the polka-dotted pink one.

As I sat there on the couch, I noticed Evan making many trips back and forth between the bathroom and the porch with a washcloth.  I interrupted his diligence to ask what he was doing.  "I gittin' a soap off."  Hmmm...

After a while, I went into the kitchen in time to see him bring the dump truck through the door.  "No, Evan, I told you that's an outside truck.  It's too dirty to bring in."

And I bet you can guess what comes next.


Yes, silly Mommy.

"It's clean!" he crowed.

Am I really that slow?  It really took me that long to figure out what he was doing?  I was mystified as to why he would think to grind the bathroom soap into every nook and cranny of his dump truck, until I remembered telling him the same thing about the dirty truck belonging outside earlier this morning.

(And this one sure is sweet, but I realize that it's really only a brief matter of time until this one is joining in the messy fun.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Pink One!

Welcome to the world, baby Eleanor Carolyn!
Born at home on May 21, 12:55am, 8lbs. 6oz.

We're so glad she's finally here!
(And we do a double take every time we say "she".)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Boys in Blue

We're still baby-waiting around here.  (AURGH!)  But enough about that.

With a "few extra minutes" before we had to leave for church this morning (ah-hahahaha!  "Few extra minutes!"  Get it? It's a joke.  The pastor's wife should never be late for church.  And today, she was.)  I decided to take advantage of my boys' being in their Sunday Best for a quick photoshoot.  

Yeah, you can imagine how easy that actually was.  

Actually, it was pretty good and I ended up with some cute shots in the bunch.  Good thing I'm a fervent follower of the "spray'n'pray" theory of photography.

My handsome guys...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

About Andrew's Hat

We've had a week or more of warm, sunny, gorgeous days.  The little boys can't stand to stay in the house.  The doors are open and they're running in and out, digging in dirt and generally living it up.  It just doesn't get any better for my country boys.

Most of the time, they run out barefoot (and half-naked, as the case may be).  But Andrew is having a little trouble giving up some of the winter relics.  "Boo!  Boooooo!!"  he yells, even on the warmest days, begging for his boots and coat, because that is just What We Do Before Going Outside.

And that orange stocking cap.  It's adorable, really, and he seems to be very attached to it.  He keeps it on his head, no matter how hot he gets. I've offered him a baseball cap or a sunhat, but those simply won't do.  It has to be that orange hat.  Sometimes I'll see him take it off and wipe his brow, then he carries the hat around in his hand for a few minutes while his sweaty hair dries.  When we go someplace --the store, or maybe a friend's house-- he has to have it before we leave, and he keeps it with him the whole time, inside and out.

He's turning into a funny little toddler, and still just incredibly adorable.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Some serious new-mama-love

I have a very dear friend who visited me yesterday.  She's a mother of 9.  She's been around the block a few times.  And then some.

She came with her 6 youngest children (who entertained my children) and another friend for the purpose of getting some garden planting done for me.  They planted my cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and tomatoes-- work which would have taken me many days and a lot of back-pain misery to get done in my present state.  It was wonderful.  

I somehow failed to take pictures (doh!  What is wrong with me???) of all that, so I don't have anything to show you, but I keep looking out at my garden and sighing with happiness.  It's just wonderful.

I do have this to show you, however.  Besides all that work, and bringing lunch and supper for us all, she brought one of the most perfect baby gifts I have ever seen.


I was stunned at the thoughtful perfection.

Diapers and chocolate?  Amazing.

And He Turned 8

Jonah... my firstborn... the baby who made me a mommy... 

He had another birthday the other day!  Why does this keep happening?

We gave him a cap rifle as a gift the morning of his birthday and he carried it around all day (and every day since) and shot approximately 9,573 (give or take a few) caps over the course of the day.  He also cleaned it very meticulously between each round of caps.

He also requested a stegosaurus cake, and I humored his request to the best of my hilarious ability.

When he saw me mixing up the blue frosting, he said, "So... where's the other stuff?"

"What 'other stuff'?" I said.

"Mom.  Stegosauruses are brown."

Pardon my gaff.  Reality is not my strong point.

But he was thrilled nonetheless, and decided the a blue-green stegosaurus cake was pretty much the best ever.

I actually think it might look a little more like the love-child of a Smurf and and ROUS, but I kept that opinion to myself.

Jonah is at the age where a birthday is pretty much the epitome of  "good times" and besides counting the days for the last several weeks, he was dying to have friends over, even though I hardly have the energy for a party.  Nathan sweetly offered to make a campfire and oversee the roasting of hotdogs with some dear friends, and we all had a great time, without too much effort expended on my part.

And he blew out 8 candles... and that was that.  My baby is 8!