If Only it was Rembrandt Brand

The other day, Elijah did this:   It was one of those things that I can’t imagine when he managed to do it, and I hardly could feel mad about, so I took it as a hint and set him up with this:   And made cleanup feel like play too…   …and a little…

Carschooling

Whew! It’s been a busy day today – in a good way! It’s a day that gives me hope for next year’s “official” home school endeavors. We’ve read books – even educational ones about “heroes” like¬†Sacajawea and Nelson Mandela. We’ve done Math and Spanish games on the computer, and I was pleased to see unexpected…

Mind the Gap: An Illustrated Tour of Elijah’s Split Lip

[Yes, this has graphic lip wound pictures, but I’ll be nice and put them at the end.] Not to be outshone by the birthday boy, Elijah took a tumble from the kitchen table, right at birthday cake time. I was on the other side of the table and didn’t see most of the fall. He…

Vacay Sun

We just returned from a week-long vacation visiting our family in Florida. It was a glorious time that breezed by far too quickly. I got a carload of stuff put away and all the laundry washed on the day we returned, while the boys in their joyous frenzy buzzed around playing with every toy in…

In Honor of the Venerable Thomas Crapper

Potty training is an interesting time [Ah, yes, another intellectual Mom topic]. Through three boys, I’ve tried many strategies – candy and sticker rewards, sitting them on the pot in front of the TV, leaving them bare-bottomed or cotton-clad, having “potty camp” days, buying “fun” seats, and such. I’ve toted small potties and folding toddler…

Revenge Almost Helps

While I was posting about today’s adventure, Elijah came and told me about his recent bath drama. I’m enjoying his adorable little vocabulary. Actually, Brian carried the sad little boy to me. Here is the traumatic account in the words of a two-year-old: Mom, Eeya (Ian), pour warm wadder on mine head. Me pour warm…

Stone Mountain

We had time today for a bigger adventure, so we hauled ourselves off to the nearby hill of Granite that goes 10 miles into the Earth. We’ve been to Stone Mountain many times, but that’s about all I remember of the Sky Car “tour,” other than being able to fit two school buses on the…

McIntosh Reserve

We spent our afternoon today wandering around McIntosh Reserve, in Carroll County. After church, the boys had run behind the church playground and were climbing on some rocks, so we were looking for a place the boys could do some more boulder hopping. The boys all climbed on the first stump they saw. I think…

Seeing The Light

Our 2-year-old woke up this morning, looking a little groggy and disoriented, rather like a teenager whose parent just came in clanking a pot and yanking open the curtains. Light was sneaking in through a crack in the curtains as he groggily asked, “Who turned light on?” I repeated, “Who turned the light on?” “Hmm,”…

The Milky Way

Elijah’s endeavor to increase his molar count has not resulted in the greatest time for either of us. Particularly, it makes for a less-than-idyllic breastfeeding and sleeping situation. However, I did get a good giggle in the wee hours of the morning. My arm had fallen asleep, yet again, under an 800 pound head, so…