Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A little slice of life

Last night I had a nice post in mind, about how satisfied I felt about life. I think I should have written it, so I could remind myself this morning!

Isn't it sad how quickly our mindsets change? Let me try to recreate last night....

Caleb got to go to the high school softball game with Jon. Caleb is now old enough to play on the playground with his friends, while Jon watches the game (and keeps an eye on Caleb from a distance). We definitely love our small town, and the fact that if other people are at the park, they are likely church members who we trust to keep an eye on our boy for us.

While the "big boys" were at the game, I was getting dinner ready. I was very tired yesterday, and didn't really relish the idea of making the energy-intensive meal I'd planned for the night...but I did it, anyway. It was really yummy, and I got to use these things from our garden: broccoli, lettuce, and basil. That made me VERY happy. I really hope our garden continues to do well this summer.

When the boys came back, Caleb and James went outside to play while I finished up the last bits of dinner. James isn't old enough to go out by himself, yet, but Caleb is an excellent tattle-tale, and I can trust I will know if James is doing something he's not supposed to!

As a side note, Caleb is now covered in mosquito bites, while James doesn't seem to be. Which mirrors exactly their mom and dad. I am covered in bites, while Jon--if he is--doesn't seem bothered by them.

It was finally dinner time, which consisted of the usual up-and-down routine for me. James has improved tremendously when it comes to eating, but it's still a battle! Dinner ended with James signing "potty," Jon carrying him off to the bathroom, and Caleb asking to be excused. I was left by myself to finish my dinner. That's what happens when I'm the slowest eater in the family!

As another side note, James immediately went to the bathroom once he was on the potty. Sometimes I get really excited that he is "getting it," but other days we just have lots of wet diapers. I have in my mind that eventually we'll just have dry diapers all day long, going potty every couple of hours, and I'll just starting putting him in undies. Wouldn't that be a lovely transition! Can you tell I'm not relishing the idea of a potty training boot camp?

We ended the day with prayers. James went on to bed after that, and Caleb stayed up for story time. We are reading The Hobbit now. It's been so long since I've read it, that I have no idea what is coming up next! Jon has read The Hobbit once a year for most of his life, I think, so he can explain the map, and how it all comes back into the Lord of the Rings. Must be handy having such a memory!

I love my boys. I'm sorry I have not updated about them much lately! They are both growing and learning. Caleb is starting to spell! He can sound out simple words surprisingly well! And James is getting more comfortable with walking. It's still not his primary mode of locomotion, but it's getting there!


  1. John and Ian are reading The Hobbit together right now, too! They are so cute about it, after they finish (Seth is already in bed at this point) they both have to come tell me about all the exciting parts! :-)

  2. How exciting that your garden is producing things! What did you cook?

  3. I tried to read the Hobbit, then lost the book somewhere. I think I read it long ago too, Lyd. I tried to watch the Hobbit, but had to stop for lateness and lack of Joe (wanting to watch together) TWICE!! And still only got to the Trolls. Sigh...I'm on an exciting adventure that ends halfway.


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