Coloring Calvin

If making a decoupage wallpaper out of your kids coloring papers was a thing, I think we would have been supplied enough from Calvin over the past year or so to do all rooms in our house...and then some.  This kid started putting pencils and color on paper a few years and I honestly thought he'd have grown out of it by now; or at least lost some of his interest.  Not the case.  I remember William being really into coloring for awhile but I feel like it didn't last as long as Calvin has.

It's been fun watching his pictures change and they even include letters and words now that he's started reading.  The hard part?  Trying to sneak some of them into the recycle bin after we've enjoyed them for a bit.  If he finds them he's devastated that we threw away his masterpieces!  And yet, we'd be floating in paper if we'd kept them all (o;

I still probably keep far too many.  My favorites are when he cuts his pictures out with scissors so they're tiny and t…

Pumpkin Time!

Nothin' like squeezing in some last minute pumpkin carving!

Hey, at least they won't rot before Halloween...

Notes from William

For some reason, my attempts to straighten out these photos were thwarted.  Not sure why they wouldn't stay.  But, they were too good not to post.  I found them both in William's school folder.

A boy and his lawnmower

There's just some things in life that make you feel like such a big kid.  And this one does that for William.  He' grown into such a responsible little guy.  Can't quite reach the peddles very well, but he figures it out and does a great job!  I don't think you could trust many 8yr olds on a mower this large.

Fort Rules...

Never let an opportunity to take a picture of "Boy Fort posted rules" go by...
No burping or tooting?  Or making loud noises?   I guess at least they know of manners!

Happy Birthday Grandpa Terry!

Today marks Grandpa's 74th birthday.  We always enjoy the opportunity to get together with cousins in Eugene.  I'm reminded of what a great bunch of boys we have in the Gant family...And how quickly they're all growing up into young men.

The Playground of Nature

W:  "Mom, I really need to borrow your clothes basket!"
M: "What are you going to do with it?"
W: "Make a bird trap."
M: "Well, ok.  Just remember to put it back when you're done and make sure it's not all covered in dirt the next time I need to do laundry."

Hours later, I came upon this...

The boys had rigged up a bird trap complete with some wood with sap on it to attract bugs for the bird to eat as well as some rotten strawberries in case the bird wanted those too.  They had worked so hard together on this and were now patiently waiting for a bird to come close.

I love their imaginations.
I love their optimism.
I love their brotherhood.