Thursday, May 23, 2019

Awards

This week has been filled with end-of-school-year activities.
We are SO EXCITED for Summer break!
We've got some exciting things in the works.

We attended the boys' awards ceremonies this week.
It is always so fun for me to see them interact with their peers and teachers in the school environment!
(Pardon all my scribbles on the pictures...I decided to keep this blog public for a number of reasons, but I try to keep personally identifiable information to a minimum.)
The boys have grown so much this year.
It's amazing to see how our kids work with different teachers and how their unique strengths benefit the boys in different ways.
Both teachers have gone out of their way to try to challenge the boys, and for that I am incredibly grateful!



 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Chocolate Chips and Yogurt

The other day Benson and Maxwell went missing.
After a quick search of the house I found them hiding in the food storage closet,
chowing down on chocolate chips, which were spilled all over the floor around them.

"Benson spilled them!" Maxwell quickly reported.
"Did you open them?" I asked him.
"Benson spilled them!" he said again, insistently.
"But did you open them?"
"Yes, and then Benson spilled them," he finally admitted.
Nothing like a little teamwork.

A few days later Maxwell set his yogurt down where Benson could get it.
Unbeknownst to me, in the few minutes of quiet as I put groceries away,
Benson was happily eating Maxwell's yogurt, then spilled it and smeared it all over the floor,
then stepped and sat in it,
then walked through the house leaving little yogurt-prints all over.
I picked him up to wash him off without realizing his backside was covered in yogurt, too,
so I ended up with a lovely yogurt covering as well.
I walked over to Maxwell's tricycle, which had migrated inside and was surrounded by yogurt.
Once again, nothing like a little teamwork.

I have a feeling these two are going to give me a lot of adventures as they grow.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Dear Apprentice


Today I was cleaning up the back patio
and there, in the midst of rain boots and outside toys,
was a wrinkled paper on which was written the following:

Dear Apprentice,
I got your message.
Viro broke from my Encase spell. He killed Emus.
Viro is coming for you. Only safe place is Mount Magitron.
Stay safe,
Talmage the Great

The boys seriously come up with the most epic games.
When I was young I loved to play make-believe, and my sisters and I would play for hours in our made up roles.
These days I find it really difficult to imagine so effortlessly.
And, to be honest, I don't find it very fun. I struggle to "get into it."
I'm so glad the boys have each other to play with.

Another gem I found from Talmage:
If only this actually happened!!

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Simplest Things

One of the beauties of having young children is that they find joy in the simplest things.
I was reminded of that again today as we dropped off our recycling.
Our town doesn't have curbside recycling pick-up,
so every week or two I load it all up and we take it to the drop-off dumpsters.
Lincoln and Maxwell love to help me unload it.
Their excitement about the big metal stairs that lead up to the dumpster opening is almost tangible.
Their concentration as they carefully drop boxes and papers into the dark, gaping mouth of the dented metal box is evident on their faces.
Stretching on their tiptoes to drop our trash into the dark cavern that towers above their heads must seem like an enchanting mystery to them.

To me, it's just a simple task--part of the daily grind.
It's even a hassle at times.

But when I take a step back and see those little moments through the eyes of my children,
my joy and contentment increase drastically.


After we dropped off the recycling, we headed to one of our favorite parks.
I took special note of Maxwell's shock and then the enormous smile that spread itself across his face when he found an especially big stick.
I delighted as Lincoln coaxed me to climb to the top of the hill with him to enjoy the spectacular view, where we could even see the swing we had been sitting on moments before! His reverential awe made it seem as though we were standing on top of one of the world's great peaks instead of a gentle rise 100 yards from the playground.
I took in the way Benson teetered and tottered down the sloped path, trying desperately not to lose his balance while simultaneously jerking his hand away from mine in independence when I tried to help him.
We raced our sticks under a bridge, tossing them into a stagnant trickle in a drainage ditch.
Their anti-climactic speed made no difference to Lincoln when his stick emerged first on the other side.

There is something about being outside that grounds me, as a mother.
When I am away from spilled milk and dirty laundry,
from traffic jams and advertisements,
from papers to be signed and bills to be paid and customer service numbers to be called,
my soul is calmed and I am at peace.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Chocolate for Breakfast


Is it strange that many mornings we eat chocolate in some form for breakfast?

I've learned a lot of ways to make nutritious food taste more like a treat.
(A little chocolate goes a long way!)
But that's not necessarily a good thing.
In our house of, ahem, selective eaters, it means that probably about half of my kids' calories come from the following foods, combined in various forms:
peanut butter
oatmeal
cocoa
milk
ground flaxseed
bananas
honey
protein powder
applesauce
chocolate chips

(Note the striking absence of vegetables...)

Those are pretty much our stand-by foods--at least for snacks.
Some of our usual breakfast recipes:
Breakfast Cookies (I use applesauce instead of a banana and chocolate chips instead of raisins.)
Oil-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (I add a handful of chocolate chips...are you seeing a theme here?)
Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal (I leave off the powdered sugar glaze)

Cereal fills my kids up for approximately 7 minutes so we try to go for heftier breakfasts.
What are some of your favorites?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mother's Day


Mother's Day included:
-yummy breakfast made by Sam
-gift of beautiful music
-stunning bouquet of my favorite white lilies and white roses
-sweet words, written and spoken
-"free music and hugs booth," created by Wesley (free deliveries, too!)
-homemade Guru's cilantro-lime quesadillas, also made by Sam
-Talenti gelato
-talking to my mom
-leading the Primary kids in sweet songs
-perfect weather
-everyone humoring me for a 2-minute photo shoot in front of the house
-news of my grandfather's passing
-researching flights to Utah (ultimately decided not to fly out)

All in all, it was a beautiful day. Being a mom is really, really hard sometimes and it's nice to take some time to reflect on the importance of that role and my gratitude for the influence the moms in my life have had on me.
I was glad for the chance to think more on my grandpa, too, and the lasting legacy he left behind.
I am going to miss his laugh, his wit, his ready smile, and the bright twinkle in his eye.
I'm so grateful we got to see him at Christmas time.
His influence is eternal!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Just in Case You Were Wondering


Just in case you woke up this morning thinking to yourself,
"I wonder what crazy thing Kaitlyn's boys did today..."
I thought I would satisfy your curiosity.

Evidently, at some point in the night,
one of the boys (no one knows who)
needed to use the potty and, not really being awake,
thought one of the Lego storage drawers was the toilet.
!!!!!

Talmage shouted down to me in the morning,
"Mom! Someone went potty in the Lego box! I thought it was water, so I licked it, and it tasted salty!"
Sure enough, upon further investigation, the putrid smell of urine overwhelmed me and the Legos got a bath.

And that concludes today's episode of Random Events with 5 Boys.
Join us next time for "What Happens When a Sippy Cup of Milk is Left in a Backpack for 2 Weeks and Then Leaks!"
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