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Monday, August 27, 2012

A Week of Firsts


Last week we had 3 big firsts with the little guy.



First, he started preschool – and loved it.  He’s only going 2 days a week, but that’s enough to give him some extra enrichment and preserve my sanity.  I bow to homeschoolers!  You guys Rock. It.  Out.

His first day included a reptile show.  I got there in time to see the massively huge and chill-inducing albino boa constrictor.  Let’s just say I’m not a big fan of the creepy crawlies in the world – but I don’t want to pass that along.  I even took him to an aquarium!  Any longtime friend of mine will tell you that is earth-shaking.  I should write about it some time.

Third, he got his first bee sting while we were at the playground on Friday.  Ann Voskamp-style, I thanked God for it.  We were very close to a pediatrician’s office and the fire department and there was no allergic reaction.  There are certain things you just can’t know until they happen.  We were at a very good place for that to happen.  

It hurt him.  

He didn’t know what had happened, and it even took me a while to find the spot.  He whimpered for a second, brushed it off and was playing again in a matter of seconds.  This is the kid who didn’t flinch when having stitches removed from his forehead.



I know you’re thinking I can’t count.  Where’s the second thing?  Well, I wanted to save the biggest for last.  I think I have a budding muralist on my hands.  

While engrossed in several Five Minute Friday contributions, the living room became an art studio.  I had no idea what was happening with 2 crayons on the other side of the office wall.  This was happening:



Apparently the larger is of himself with my sister’s family.  All five of them stand happily head and legs side-by-side.  This is roughly 6’ wide and 4’ high.  To the side of the television we have a lovely portrait of Daddy!  He’s probably thrilled that this shows no need for change in diet or exercise.  It’s just a smiling head and two legs.  Not sure why I didn’t make the cut.  But hey, that’s just one less thing to have to clean off the wall.  Have I mentioned that we rent this house?

Thankfully these are washable crayons and should come off just fine.  I'll follow it up with a magic eraser.  I’m adding that to the hydrogen peroxide and paper towels that should come with every little boy.  It was only a matter of time.  Luckily, all sharpies are safely out of reach, unless he is determined to keep on growing.

So just thought I would share a little of our life with you.  What’s going on in your world that’s caught you by surprise lately?

8 comments:

  1. So glad he is loving preschool! That's awesome. And the aquarium?!!! That's huge! Proud of you.
    Great perspective on being thankful for the bee sting.
    For us- Ethan read 3 books to me this morning without too much complaining. Yay! And today I start work to change Lindsay's room into my office. Excited!
    I love the Fall- so ripe with new beginnings!

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    1. Go Ethan!! Poor Lindsay - will she have to sleep under the desk now?? :) I can't believe I never told you about the aquarium. I took him to the Shedd with our mom's group. It was huge! New stuff for you too with Gibson, right?

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    2. No, Lindsay gets the closet! :) Ha, ha!
      The Shedd- perfect place to go!!!
      And yes, lots of firsts for Gibsy coming up. We plan to go to the Play Museum often. He is so excited- especially to play in the "sand" when no one else is around.

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    3. What iis it about sand? Max thought beach volleyball was the best Olympic sport becasue of all the sand, the swimsuits and no water.

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  2. You should have seen the mess that was the kids' room before I painted over the whole thing when we moved (they were 5, 5, and 4). I was ALWAYS finding crayons and... artwork.

    Magic Erasers were my friends.

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    1. Oh, whoever invented the Magic Eraser should definitely get a Nobel Prize!

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  3. What a joy! (even the artwork, right? ) :)
    And I can't believe how long it took me to purchase the magic eraser. I don't know what I had against this brilliant addition to my life! who would have ever thought there could be so much joy in a sponge?!?

    (loved your 1st, 3rd, 2nd......thanks for the smile today!)

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    1. I know, sadly some red remains and we will have to repaint. I don't think I mentioned we are renters. :( Oh, well.

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