Having Happy Helpers

We had an easy week around here. Alan’s parents (aka Nonna and DaddyO) came to visit, and our house stayed nice and tidy all week. Yes, Nonna and DaddyO, that’s our new “clean”. Standards get a little lower with each child and with each added load of hobbies and homework!

I can’t tell you how sweet this was of them to come help us. Nonna wasn’t fully over her surgery (for a broken bone), but they came anyway, and we were so glad they did.

On Monday, Nonna tagged along to Classical Conversations with us, while DaddyO stayed here and ran loads of laundry ALL DAY long. Thank you, DaddyO!! Then Alan and Nonna stayed up getting it all folded and put away while I attended a class on uses for essential oils. More to come on the oil thing soon!!

Nonna’s contribution at CC (our homeschool tutoring group) is nothing to sneeze at either. She went to Caleb’s class, and that’s an emotionally difficult class to go to. He has a sweet tutor, and it’s a fun, interactive class, but we just can’t get Caleb to fully participate.  It kind of reminds me when he was in Pre-K 3, and he refused to do the Art Center, and I kept getting notes. Nowadays, Caleb lives for Art, but something about the whole CC thing greatly intimidates him, and he folds up very deeply into his shell–which is funny–because who even knew that Caleb had a shell…

It’s hard to explain. It’s not all bad. There are parts of it that he enjoys. It seems to be a confidence issue.  The introduction of the tin whistle has caused a lot of stress. This is his first year with it, while most of his classmates are returning students.

On the bright side, he has learned a TON, and I guess that’s the most important thing. He’s also made fast friends with pretty much everyone he’s met.

Caleb may or may not have embarrassed Nonna a little bit with his overuse of the phrase ‘dang it,’  at school.  I blame Mater….certainly not me…I would never, cough, ahem, cough, uh, say such a thing…..

Each week at CC, the boys are required to give a presentation. There are suggested themes for each week, but you don’t have to stay on theme. Last week was “tell about a state.” I let the boys choose a state. They BOTH chose Alabama, which surprised me a little. I thought surely one of them would choose Virginia or California, but I guess we see where their hearts truly lie!

…..and that was just Monday! On Thursday and Friday, I was able to get in full days of school without any ankle biters tearing through “sensory bins” at my feet. The school room floor is so much cleaner now!

Thank you so much, DaddyO and Nonna.

I am always telling the boys, “Many hands make light the work,” as I drag them through chore after chore that they don’t really want to do. People were made to work though, and I feel like the key to keeping this house from imploding is to teach the boys to help out a lot.

Meanwhile, it sure was nice to have backup!!!

Of course, the best part was the sleep. JD is cutting his 4 canine teeth, as we speak. He was a literal sleep monster this past week. No, really. Boy woke up multiple times every single night, and DaddyO and Nonna handled it for me.

That in itself deserves a medal.

Here are a few snapshots from their visit:

These were from the famous “17 Mile Drive” in Carmel. JD, Nonna, and I went, and it was the first time for all of us!

This is the closest most of us will probably ever get to golfing at Pebble Beach.

our tiny runner

We weren’t the only ones having fun.

DaddyO WALKED JD to the park. Yes, you read that right. I always make him ride in a stroller, so DaddyO got bonus fun points for that!

My DaddyO lets me have fun.

My DaddyO lets me have fun.

Best of all, we just enjoyed visiting with DaddyO and Nonna. It’s hard to live this far away from every single member of our family, so it’s super exciting anytime we get to squeeze in a visit!!

We are so blessed to have two sets of grandparents that visit, help, AND babysit!!! Alan and I did get to go on a date night, and we needed that so badly.

Thank you again, Nonna and DaddyO! We love you!

I told Nonna while she was here, “There’s enough work here for me to have a full staff. I could have a laundress, a cook, a housekeeper, and a tutor!” But that’s just the phase of life we are in. Isn’t it blessed?? I’d much rather be overworked than bored, don’t you agree?

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”  Colossians 3:23-24

This truly is the Lord’s work.

Ok. JD needs me. Better run.

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