My sweet guy is sick today. I don’t like it when he is sick, obviously, but I do enjoy the extra cuddles. He was talking to his daddy earlier this afternoon and said “Well, thanks for calling. I need to go. Momma wants to hold me.” Of course I do and my heart is smiling to hear you say those words. His manners on the phone are almost impeccable now. We have been working on them over the past month. He used to say “Yes, what do you need” when he answered the phone. He is turning into a little gentleman. Last week at lunch his Mimi, my mom, was saying she was having a bad hair day. He piped up immediately with “I think your hair looks good Mimi”. He really is such a sweet-hearted boy.
Next fall he will be going to Kindergarten, and I am still not sure what direction we want to go with his education. We have been doing homeschool pre-k this year and we have both enjoyed it. I feel like it has been going well, but that is only by my measurement. Nothing official. I like the thought of doing homeschool, especially if we have a million kids like we want to. I would be able to play school everyday like I did as a little girl. Instead of dolls and stuffed animals I could teach real people. My real little people. It would be awesome if we could find some vintage desks for them to sit in while I teach them everything there is to know. But that’s where it gets a little intimidating. I would be responsible for the education of my children. Gulp. What if they ended up being idiots? Is that hung on me? Bleh. There’s also the social aspect. I don’t want them to be awkward in social situations. Of course, if we have a million kids they would have plenty of social opportunities.
All kidding aside, we are thinking and praying about it. It is a lot to take on, and once they got past elementary school math my dad (who helped me through high school math) would have to step in! The part of it that excites me the most is that I would get more time with them everyday. The time is already going by with lightening speed. Yesterday Brooks was born and now he is five? What happened? I always hear others say it goes by fast, but nothing prepares you for it. Now that we have Noah it seems to go even faster, if that is possible. Soon we will blink and be old and grey! The second thing that excites me is that same thing that is also daunting: I get to teach them everything! It will be fun to go on nature walks and look up leaves we have found and find creative ways to learn math and actually do everything instead of looking at it in a classroom. I read a quote a while back that I really liked. I read it on a homeschooling blog a couple of months ago (sorry I don’t have the reference):
“Think about the typical school. Much of what they do and learn is about the life that they would be living if they weren’t in school. I’m not saying that’s bad, but you are giving them the actual experiences in your home. You have the luxury of getting to go to the farm and see the sheep, or plant the actual plant in the actual garden, or make real bread. “
I really like that. Of course, I am not knocking public school. I graduated from public school. Each family has to determine what is best for their particular situation. I am leaning towards homeschool for the time and enrichment it will bring to our lives. I know it is not for everyone. It may not be for us! We will continue to pray about it and seek His direction.
I don’t know anyone personally who is homeschooling. Online it appears there are many people who do. Do you have any thoughts on homeschooling versus public school?
Last week was a life-giving, restful, joyful week. We took full advantage of the wonderful weather to be outdoors. We went on picnics, hikes in the woods, and nature walks. We took afternoon naps, we played with new birthday toys, and we talked about Jesus and what it means to ask Jesus into your heart.
God has been stirring in us a desire to live our lives for Him, simply and with intention. To fill our boys with contentment, love for others, wisdom and knowledge, creativity, and self-reliance.
I am excited about what God is doing and will do in our family.
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.
Last month we had a little impromptu photo shoot sitting on Brooks’ bed. They were both in a good mood and we had just come home from meeting Mimi and Poppa for lunch. You can’t really tell, but their shirts say “Captain Adorable”. Below are some of the outtakes, and this is a pretty typical set of what I get when I try to get a picture of the two of them. One of them will look and smile, but the other will look silly or look away. They will look at each other and start wrestling, or they will look at each other and yell, which is their favorite thing to do. It amazes me how in cahoots they are with each other, even though Noah is so little and four years younger than Brooks. They make me laugh and smile every day, and I am so thankful for them.
Homemade applesauce is surprisingly one of the more time consuming baby foods to make. It takes a while to peel and core all the apples. Once the prep work is done, though, putting it together is quick and easy, especially when you use a slow cooker!
You will need:
Apples, various colors and kinds (8–12)
Teaspoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Cinnamon (optional – would only use with older babies)
I made my applesauce using a slow cooker, but you can also make it on the stove top or in the oven. I use the slow cooker because you can start it in the morning and it is ready at the end of the day (and your house smells wonderful).
First, peel and core your apples. I used several different kinds of apples and also a couple of pears. Add in lemon juice and brown sugar (and cinnamon if using). Stir around to coat. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring ever so often. Applesauce will be mushy when done. Transfer to a blender or food processor to reach desired texture.
Once cooled, store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or spoon into ice cube containers to freeze.
To get the standard applesauce texture, don’t process too much! I figured this out the first time I made it. If you process it for too long it doesn’t have the texture of applesauce. It was still fine to use and tasted good, but the rest of the family didn’t want to eat it because it was smooth and didn’t look “right”. I forced them to eat it anyway!.
These are general guidelines that our family has followed with our children and based on talking with our family doctor. Please consult your healthcare provider or nutritionist and do what is best for your family and situation!
The boys are having the best time this summer swimming and playing in the sprinkler. I was trying to get a few pictures of them in their suits and Noah would not stop sticking his tongue out.
Brooks loves Noah so much he can’t keep his hands off of him. He is always hugging him and trying to wrestle with him. He made up his own word to call him. I’m not sure of the spelling – Jzujzey? It sounds like he is saying a “J” and a “Z” at the same time with an uzzy at the end, but in place of the z’s its the “J” and “Z” sound again. Anyway… I asked him what it meant and he said “it means kiss and hug”. Could he be any sweeter? He amazes me every day!
Brooks is not alone in his adoration. Noah gives it right back. They are always right beside each other, and no one can make Noah laugh like Brooks can. I am excited to watch their relationship grow as Noah gets older.
My heart is bursting with thankfulness to the Lord for these two boys. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalms 127:3