1. Boys are drawn to dirt. And when an almost 2 year old has a runny nose, and he rubs his face every few minutes with his dirt covered hands, he soon looks like he has a 5:00 shadow with facial stubble. It is hard not to chuckle every time he turns your way.
2. Younger brothers will ALWAYS want to sit next to their older brother, even if the older brother does not want him there. Get used to it Gress, everywhere you go, you will have a sidekick!
3. Mcree now thinks every grocery store gives free cookies. The second he gets in the cart he says, “cooooookie?” THANKS Publix for “always being a pleasure to shop in.” Your motto fits you well.
4. After almost 13 years, Mera STILL has digestive issues. I thought she was just odd all this time until today I read that German Shepherds are known to have those problems. Maybe I would have given her more grace all these years if I really thought it was in her genes!
5. I am not sure if 5 year old boys are all sweet (since I only have one I have no idea) but Gress is always telling me what a beautiful mommy I am. He notices when I wear a dress, or I do something different with my hair. He hugs me and tells me how much he loves me. Love this kid.
6. Speaking of hair, I just french braided my hair. It’s probably been over 5 years since I have done that. I feel 5 years younger! 🙂 Okay not really!
7. I usually make up my mind to do a project and then I jump into it with little preparation. I don’t have time to fool with gathering the supplies and getting everything set up. Radford often makes fun of me and reminds me of my “paper mache” butterfly days when I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning creating a humongous butterfly to hang on our screen porch in Iowa. Yes, I admit when I want to get my craftiness on there is no ramp up, it is just full on go for it. This weekend I decided to redo a bench we have. I actually took the time to gather the supplies and knew exactly what I was going to do. But somehow Rad always gets dragged into my projects. I needed a sander, and eye wear, and a respirator, and gloves, and then help after one sander was smoking, and then another run to Home Depot for other products, and then to the store for something else and I kept having to wash off my skin from the chemical burns that were happening. Let’s just say my asian inspired bench that somehow arrived in my possession many years ago, has about 12 layers of primer and paint on it. NOT what I was expecting. This was my trial run to see if I could really redo the boys dresser (that has about 6 times the surface wood that this bench does). Because little people were hungry and covered in dirt, the bench had to wait for it’s final touches until another day. Yes, it makes me cringe just a bit that I can’t finish it in one sitting.
8. I got to see a glimpse into my friends heart this weekend. She is a joyous person…one of the things I love about her. But it wasn’t until she introduced me to a homeless man she witnessed to time and again many years ago that I got to see another side of her heart. It was so beautiful to see her heart for this man.
9. I love our Saturdays! We pick up or amazing vegetables from the farmers each Saturday morning at the park, and then we have soccer for Gress, followed by a session of the kids running crazy in the fountains at the park, and then this Saturday some hang out time with the farmers. Life is great!
10. I never thought I would hear Rad say that this rental house is his favorite house he has lived in since we have been married. Not even Decatur? Wow that one was so precious! But we have both come to really realize what matters in our home. And I have to say, living with less stuff (yes minus the overflowing attic and garage that have yet to be purged..out of sight out of mind), we actually have really gotten to be purposeful about family time and the things that matter. It is the life that is happening inside the home that matters. Love that thought!! It has made us evaluate 100% what is next for our living situation. Don’t worry, we won’t be coming your way via motor home anytime soon..although that sure does sound adventurous.