Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Weekend Y'all!

It's been a strange week...Monday night The Engineer took Little Bit to get her siblings from the Grands...and left me ALL BY MYSELF IN MY OWN HOUSE!!! That's the first time I've been ALONE in my house in months. It was really wonderful! REALLY. REALLY. REALLY. WONDERFUL. I love my babies, but oh, that alone time was a precious treat.

I've been under the weather and Little Bit's got a runny nose and is cutting at least one molar and so we skipped Bible Study Wednesday. It's just been a strange week.

We worked on some craft projects. Little Bit mostly ate her crayons. (Mom, those are the PRANG crayons you and Dad gave me for my birthday when I was a little girl - remember? They were "real artists crayons!" I always thought there was something magical about them. They're pretty special to me. Still.) 

Sister cranked out some homeschool work...we've said goodbye to Anne - she's waiting on the bookshelf for a few years - and we have eagerly welcomed Stuart Little.

We made a few collages. 

Little Man made two robots. Can you tell he's looking a tad bulky in that shirt? He dressed himself. Should you have peaked beneath those stripes, you would have found a golden colored sweater handmade by The Engineer's grandmother. It buttons down the front. Little Man put it on upside down. And then layered the stripes atop. 

We used "bleeding" tissue paper. It was a blast to work with. 

Sister made a "funeral scene." I'm not exactly sure what that's about.

One of the dogs left a wet yellow blob on the rug. By the time I realized what it was, it had soaked in pretty good. Little Man got the magnifying glass to further investigate. I wouldn't recommend it.

This little diva found Sister's purse, hung it around her own neck, and INSISTED on carrying that toy phone in hand. All. Morning. Long. Hee hee. 

I snapped this photo after diner and was struck by just how precious and beautiful life is. The messes. The fussy, teething baby. The days and nights of sometimes seeming monotony, and yet that is so much of what life is! So while I readied children for bed, and pulled covers up beneath chins, and whispered sweet goodnights, I tried to really look, to really see it all. And to hide it away in my heart. To savor now and in the days and weeks and months and mostly, in the years to come.

Let me introduce you to my new best friend. I found him on the shelf at Publix. Let me tell you, he will greatly motivate your little ones to consume not one, not two, but THREE bowls of soup. He is also quite capable and will likely motivate your six year old to spell and your three year old to pick out every number and letter he can identify. 

I can only think of one downside. He keeps the entire family's heads down and conversation will be limited to, "I found an 'e!' Do you need an 'e?'" "No, that's okay. I have an 'e' - oh wait, I just ate it. Yes, pass the 'e!'"

Happy weekend, y'all! 


  1. Home alone... I'm green with envy!!! What a treat!

    You (and your precious, creative, happy children) make me smile. Happy weekend to all of you!

  2. Precious children. CUTE idea with the alphabet noodles!

  3. FUN FUN FUN post!

    Oh will TREASURE all these memories...and your photos...WONDERFUL!!
    *Love* the one of little man investigating...too cute...such a boy!

    Have a wonderful weekend too!


  4. Oh how wonderful! It is one thing to go away by yourself, but another thing to be left alone at home without anyone. Ood! That is the only word I can think of. I don't know what to do. I usually end up scrapbooking a little. Did you do anything fun?

    Your table settings are incredible! I usually do paper plates when I can.

    Your baby and Lily would get alone soooo well with their little purses and cell phones, jabbering away. Maybe one day they will be pen pals!

    Andrew and your little man could someday be pen pals, too. Andrew is five, maybe in first grade he will start writing.

    What a sweet and satisfying picture of your hubby and Little Bit.

    Life looks good, and you look good! Keep enjoying the gifts that God has given you.

    (We got a letter in the mail last night. I can't wait to give it to Jess this morning. She will write one today, I'm sure!)

  5. I just love it when you say, "Y'all" :)
    We don't get that much around here.
    Love this post and pics.
    Have a good weekend yourself!

  6. The little man investigating the blob was HILARIOUS! He is too precious. And your baby girl is just edible, snotty nose and cutting molars included. :)

    So glad you got some alone time. I know how much you must need that with homeschooling. AND your table is beautiful--Hannah and I polished some silverware today so we can start using it more regularly! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  7. You are such an encouragement to me. I needed to read this today and be reminded of how wonderful life truly is. Thanks!

  8. Home alone! Oh what a treat.
    Glad you had some time to yourself.

    All the crafting looks so fun! I really look forward to the day my children are old enough to draw, color, paint, etc. S. Small will not color - has zero interest. I keep re-introducing it every few weeks to see if he is interested Maybe one day.

    I love the last picture with your alphabet soup and wine (its good for your heart!)

  9. Oh, J! You just made me smile SO big. I love how you can take a clip out of your day and repeat it on here with such richness to warm my heart! Happy Weekend to you too!

  10. Oh btw! I looked closely at the first pic you took of yourself in the mirror... Your hair is SO cute, but it looks a bit different than when I last saw you! Did you cut it? Or was it pulled up? Please-do tell! I am VERY curious! :)

  11. Love the diva picture with the purse and the phone. She's well on her way!

    We had a wonderful time visiting friends of ours who have an almost three year old and a six month old this weekend. They were so fun, but can be so exhausting! I'm not sure that I can imagine running after them every!

  12. So glad you got some alone time!!!