Joshua, the Super Bowl, and the skateboard trampoline trick

Today marks the very first time, in our 11 years of marriage, that our family is watching the Super Bowl.  
  Why are we doing this?
   Joshua learned about it at school, and he decided that it’s a really important thing for us to do.  He has begged us all week to let him watch the ENTIRE Super Bowl tonight.  He’s been rather insistent. 
  Weird.   He’s never shown interest in watching sports before.  
Good news!  His team is winning.  I really thought he’d be “watching” it by walking around the house doing everything but watching it, but actually he is watching the whole game.  Very surprising.
  This was one of those weekends where you go from one event to the next event to the next event, so we didn’t really get any rest or accomplish anything.    We did get to spend time with good friends, though, so that’s always great.
  “The Great Clean Out” has been on hold.  First, there was snow week.  Then this week JD was sick, and the boys were out of school yet again.
  Meanwhile, the kids have pretty much restored the basement to disorder.  Hopefully, we will get that put back together during the next commercial break.   Joshua turned two different giant rubbermaid bins upside down to create a “table tennis” table.  All three boys have been playing ping-pong a LOT.
  When Crystal Paine (author of the book that inspired my “Great Clean Out”) said that you should hire a babysitter to get this done, she was not kidding.  At this rate, the clean out will take me a year or two. Ugh.
  Seahawks just got another touch down.  Joshua is celebrating.
 These two are getting to be really cute buddies already.  
Yesterday I was feeding the baby, and Dan, attempting to climb up in my lap, said, “Oooh.  Baby’s milk?”
  I said, “Yes, he’s drinking milk from me.”
  Dan replied, “his coffee??”
  Haaa!  It does contain a percentage of coffee, Dan, good observation…..
  Then Daniel asked, with his mouth open WIDE like a bird, “Me try??”
  Nooooo, Dan.  No, no.  I don’t breastfeed almost-three-year-olds!

The bigger boys are doing great too, and Joshua continues to improve at basketball.  It’s his favorite sport to play.  Kids’ sports take up a significant amount of time, so we have a new rule that if you want to play a sport on a team, you have to prove how much you love it by practicing it at home.  If we see that you are practicing hard for a sport, then we will consider signing you up for it.
Caleb is determined to play soccer again.
Last year he could have been on the standing- there- team, so we are really making him prove it.

Joshua has no interest in spring sports, so he is jumping, care-free, on the trampoline.
Tonight, before the Super Bowl started, I looked out my window and saw Joshua…..on a skateboard, jumping on the trampoline.  The skateboard actually seemed to stay under his feet with each jump.  It was all rather odd.  Being the boy mom that I am,  I just took a pic and let him carry on.  Thankful for safety nets!!!

Shout out to my friend MABBY for scoring me a baby bath chair as well as a bag of his size baby clothes!  THANK YOU, MABBY!!!  They were so happy to get to take a bath together!

 Caleb and JD:  reading buddies.  Those books are super easy, so Caleb reads them over and over again.  I have to constantly convince him to try new books.

I just thought these were so sweet, I couldn’t pick just one to share!!
This Week’s Goals:
1.  Great Clean Out Project:  Go through each cabinet and drawer of the kitchen!
2.  Call Jamie to ask her questions about home-schooling with babies around.   (just in case we go that route)   Done!
3.  Finish reading How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) by Ruth Soukup
4.  Get 2 loads of laundry done/day.
5.  Line up childcare for my upcoming Alabama trip.  I’m going to see a certain new baby as well as visit my parents!!
6.  30 minutes of exercise each day.  I have got to get back on track!!!
7.   Reading the Bible Through in a Year.  (I’ve done this a few different times since I started really reading my Bible around age 13.  I highly recommend it.  I love knowing what the Bible really says, rather than just listening to what others will tell you it says.)
  This week:  Leviticus…..bleh…..
8.  Convince JD that sippy cups are his friend.
9.  Cook supper every night!!
Go Seahawks!

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