Help! There’s a One Year Old in the Classroom!


 The morning hour was going extremely, unusually, unbelievably well today. No one was talking over anyone. No one was saying, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” No one hit anyone. There were no crayons in the floor. No one pooped in their pants. No one was sitting on top of the table. The room was almost silent. It was like the twilight zone.

I told the boys, “Isn’t it nice in here? Wow. School would be so easy if it could always be like this.”

They giggled and nodded.

“Of course, I don’t hear your brothers at all, so I should probably go check on them.”

I knew Daniel was downstairs watching t.v., and that accounted for the quiet and the absence of violence, but where was the crayon-eating, table-sitting, diaper clad, work destroying, drooling new student???

Then there was a knock at the door.

J.D. was outside.  ??????


Daniel covered his mouth with his hands, scrunched his eyebrows into his guilty face, and said, “Me sorry, Mommy. Me open the door. Let baby go outside. Me watch my movie. No me watch baby.”

See, today had been a little off from the start because Alan was able to stay late this morning, and I got to sleep a little. (Thank you, Honey!) Normally, we are ALL upstairs to start school, but since the littles had been playing so nicely downstairs with Daddy, I didn’t go get them when he left. It just felt so GOOD to teach two big boys with no interruptions!  So incredibly peaceful and easy and so so…

not my life.

So lesson learned…..I’ll take my Failure Mom trophy now.

Moving on…..

Did I mention that JD is our newest student here at Pacific Christian Academy? Sure, he’s been around all year, at our feet, tearing up puzzles, eating crayons, and just totting around looking for something fun to do. He was messy, but he wasn’t really disruptive.

And then he learned to climb up in chairs, climb up on top of the table, and became suddenly interested in writing. What? Eating the crayons wasn’t enough of a challenge anymore? Now he wants to scribble on people’s tests, worksheets, and occasionally still give the crayon a lick. Today he even drew on his forehead.

You can see his art work on his head and on the easel behind him. Good job, JD. Meanwhile, his Curious George coloring book is still blank, but whatever.

So this is my newest challenge. It’s so important to him, and to his safety, as seen in the “Me let baby outside” story, to be WITH us while we have class, but man oh man. This is difficult! In the first 9 weeks, he went down for a nap at 10. Now he goes down at 11, so we are readjusting. The boy is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Here are a few more JD moments:

He was really into the geology project the boys did. It was a Smithsonian kit, where the children dig the stones out of a clump of dirt. I loved the project because it kept Caleb and Joshua busy, without any need for my help!

Once JD joined their dig, they had to get creative.

“We have to put the rocks in the middle of the table, like this, so JD doesn’t get them.”

See, he does wear clothes sometimes. 😉

It’s so fun to watch these two becoming best friends. I believe it’s very important to tell small siblings constantly, “Oh, your brother is your best friend.”

“Oh, he is such a good friend. You are so lucky to have him as your best friend.”

It works.

I know it sounds crazy, but the longer I do it, the more I like it. And when things are wild, this is a verse that always brings me great comfort:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29″Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.…

Matthew 11:28-29

There have been phases where I literally chanted that to myself just to pull myself out of bed in the morning, but things are really looking up around here lately.

What do you know? I think we’re finally settled in.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Book, Movie, and Field Trip

Lula’s Chocolate Factory

I finally hit upon a CHAPTER book that the boys love enough to read, even without me. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I wish I had read it when I was a kid. It’s so good! Funny, yes, but also FULL of great life lessons.

Joshua and Caleb give it all their thumbs up.

I would love to say that I timed it on purpose to coincide with our CC group’s Chocolate Factory Tour field trip…..but no. It was just a BEAUTIFUL coincidence. 🙂

They were so excited!

Lula’s Chocolates is a family operation. We got to see them making these delicious goodies. You can buy them at any Whole Foods Grocery Store! Of course, we partook in some chocolate-y goodness while we were there. We also wore really nifty hair nets.

That’s Dan, checking out the sea salt dark chocolates. Oh my, what a wonderful combination it is!

chowing down on caramel

Don’t worry. We’re always careful about the nut thing. Isn’t it so sad that these poor boys can never eat a box of assorted chocolates, thanks to their allergies? We purchased dark chocolate sticks for all of us. The boys were VERY happy.

By the way, Lula’s ships their delicious, handmade treats to all 50 states. You can order here:

Not a bad field trip, eh? Shout out to Vanessa for organizing this!!

Don’t forget to vote for me in the big “Most Influential Blog” contest. Yesterday, I was in the top 10, but that’s a tough position to keep. You can vote once every 24 hours, and THANK YOU so much!!!!

This link will take you straight to my page of the voting:

Blog Influencers of the Year….Say Wha???

I don’t know how, and I don’t know what all their criteria is, but believe it or not, I am in the top 50.

It’s okay. You can be surprised. I am too! This is a contest. I didn’t do anything to enter it. They just picked me. Talk about a nice pat on the back. I’m going to enjoy this today, and I won’t let it bother me at all that I have 3 votes so far, while this one chick already has 51……

So this will not be mine to win. However, I’d love to make a good showing, so if you enjoy my blog at all–or just are related to me and want to help me (ha!), that’d make me really happy.

Here’s the link, if you’d like to go vote for me:

You just scroll down until you see my picture and then click on the thumbs up.

Thank you so much!

And in return, here’s a little adorable-ness to brighten your day:

He says “cheese” surprisingly well. Also, I just said the sentence, “No, JD, not the bathroom,” and he actually listened and came back. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Lord. Thank you!

Through 3 babies, I kept this dalmation costume clean. Enter Halloween 2014.  Sigh.

Joshua’s birthday dinner.  I said, “Joshua, we will have anything in the whole world you want for supper.” I was thinking to myself, “And I bet it’ll be pizza, and I won’t have to cook.  Squeal!”


Healthy boy picked this, but of course I was also proud:

This summer I gave away ALL of JD’s 18 month pants. He was so big and wearing all 24 month summer clothes, so why keep the 18 month pants?  Notice the cuffs. Now none of his pants fit. Never mind that Goodwill got 24 pairs of 18 month pants…..

Roll Tide……and thanks for voting!

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