Monday, February 1, 2010

Mini Post Monday

Well, since I know Joanna has a total conniption fit when I don't get my Mini-Post Monday actually posted on Monday, I figured I better get this done before midnight even if it kills me!  And it might, you know...but that's just how much I love Joanna.  I'm willing to risk life and limb for her by publishing on our blog.  Am I a good friend, or what? Okay, on to my week in review...

  • Andrew has a major dislike of bibs.  I finally figured out that what he doesn't like is the feel of the plastic on his neck, so I finally bought him some bibs that are like a towel with a neck hole.  I'm not thrilled about the Sesame Street theme of them, but I love that he will actually leave these ones on for a whole meal! 
  • More and more, I am getting to observe one of the benefits of homeschool that is not talked about often enough - watching my older boys actually have a relationship with their little brother.  I have had so much fun watching Aaron interact with Andrew lately.  They really know each other, and they like each other, too.  They are able to forge the beginnings of what I hope is a life-long friendship now, because Aaron is actually home during the day.  I know Aaron would still see Andrew after school and in the evenings if he was in traditional school, but it wouldn't be the same.
  • If you've been reading this blog for long, you know that the only reason I drink coffee is for the flavored creamer, and guess what I found today?  International Delights now has a CoffeeHouse Inspirations line of creamers.  I picked up Caramel Macchiato and White Chocolate Mocha today and I cannot wait to try them! 
  • An interesting side note to my last point...I have Joanna to thank for even wanting to buy Caramel Macchiato creamer!  Jo, remember when I came to visit when I was pregnant with Ethan?  I had never been to a Starbucks before that trip, but we went for a very late and long visit to a local Starbucks after Aaron and your girls were asleep.  Remember that?  I had no clue what to order, and you suggested the Caramel Macchiato, and you know what?  It is still my favorite choice there.
  • Now this is a boy who loves doing school work! 
  • And this is what happens when you take a picture of your son, discover that he is squinting (because he is smiling so big), and ask him to try it again, only this time to "open [your] eyes."  
  • Look!  We now have a working toilet in our remodeled bathroom!  The boys love it because it is one of those dual flush jobbies - you know, little flush for liquid and big flush for...  A little boy's dream come true! 
  • We also have a new light fixture. 
  • Now the remaining project is the shower tile.  We have the design planned out and sketched onto the wall.  It won't be long now!


Lawanda said...

I ***LOVE*** the pic of you taking a pic of your light!!! :D

I am with you on the homeschooling build relationships thing. My girls are very very close. :)

I love that your boys love to do school :)

I wish my girls (older girls) would still love to do school. :( algebra (which I think is so fun) is their bane :(

Joanna said...

Oh I remember that day very well indeed. With great fondness. Shoot now I think I'm going to cry.

I know exactly what you're talking about: the's like they're joined at the hips. And they take prodigiously good care of each other. They cover each other with blankets if they're sick and sit on the floor with Anna for hours playing with her. I love it!

I've been thinking of getting that caramel macchiato stuff. You have to let me know how it is. I'd have to get it after I stop being so nauseated though. I'm still drinking my coffee black these days to avoid the sugar. How sad is that?

I'm am incredibly jealous of your bathroom. I totally want to redo ours. I'll have to take a picture of the hideous bathroom I want to redo so you can see why I'm so envious. And a hearty HAHA about the toilet.

As always, love the pictures of the boys. Cute people.

Johanna said...

Oh, great I'm gong to cry, too! I think that night was when we went from being childhood friends to sisters. God is good, is he not?

Joanna said...

Yup, life would never be the same after that. It's amazing how one drink could change so much! Love you!

Persuaded said...

Love the pictures of your little guys... sooo cute!

I just wanted to chime in here and say that one of my most favorite benefits of homeschooling is the wonderful relationships that have grown between my children. They truly are good friends. My older girls confide in each other deeply, they cherish their younger siblings. My son is his sisters' staunch defender... and he will actually kiss them on occasion without having to be bribed;) My friends who have their children in school (even private Christian schools!) all struggle with their children's bickering and rivalry. Now, I am sure those kids love each other, but they are not around each other very much, and they are used to being solely with their age mates. As a result they just haven't learned to get along with and to value their siblings... so sad.

Your boys will thank you for giving them the gift of close sibling relationships♥

Johanna said...

I tried the Caramel Macchiato creamer this morning - it is really good! Tastes just like Starbucks, except I can control the level of sweetness by adding less. I always feel like theirs is just a little bit too much, you know? I recommend it!

Joanna said...

Persuaded - thanks for chiming in!

Johanna - funny, I was a the grocery store today and risked picking some up even though you had not commented on it yet because you never know when I'll get to the store again. Now I'm glad I did!!