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.

Sweet naivety

William's always thinking about things (he's always been a sit back and take it all in kinda kid) and every once in awhile he'll just start a conversation out of the blue.  I've had more and more of these lately with him and I can always tell, even though it seems so out of the blue to me, he's thought long and hard before initiating it.

W: "Mom, sometimes Lucious (one of his friends at school) says bad words."

Me: "Oh really, what are they?  You probably better spell them so we don't repeat them in front of Calvin."

W: "Um, ok...'D'...'U'...I don't think I know how to spell it."

Me: "Just whisper it in my ear."

I lean towards him and he whispers, "Duh".

I respond, "Oh...were there any other words he said?"

W: "Yeah...'S'...'T'...'U'...'P'...'I'...'D'"

Silently relieved in my mind (and trying not to chuckle outloud) that the …

William's Self Portrait

William likes to draw during free time at school...

Batman Attitude

This kid and his costume wearing and smirks...
Did you know that Batman wears an Oregon Duck beanie?

A vase full

This kid... He's always bringing me something.  I have to secretly get rid of things he gives me or I'd have a house full of "stuff" (he's gonna hate me when he's older and reads this).  Whether it be a picture he's drawn, a rock he's found, a flower he's picked, a treasure he's dug from the ground or this...a beautiful bouquet of pipe cleaners.  How my heart melted when he handed me the vase full of them.  He was beaming with pride.  Honestly, it stayed on my kitchen counter for quite awhile and proved a good conversation piece when someone would ask about it.  
I hope Calvin saw how long I left it on that counter.  It was long enough that he didn't seem to notice when I took it down.  I hope he recognized how much the time he spent making it and thinking of me meant to this Mama's heart.  I may not have kept that pipe cleaner bouquet around, but a made sure to take a picture of it.  A reminder of the love that spills over inside thi…

Calvin's in Preschool!

Today was Calvin's official first day of school.  Cascade View has a strong preschool program and we decided it would be a fun way for him to interact socially two days a week.  As excited as he was about going to "school", he surprised me at how timid he was (I think maybe just because of what he's seen from William).  Regardless, he transitioned quickly made instant friends with many of his classmates.

It starts for Calvin...Next year he'll be in Kindergarten and I can hardly believe it.  With an older brother to look up to, I feel as though he's growing up more quickly than William did.  The two of them share so much together and William's pretty excited that he now gets to share school's with Calvin.

William starts 2nd grade!!

Kudos to this kid...He has become more brave with each new school that he's had to transition into.  Although we wouldn't have intentionally planned it this way, I really think all of the transition has helped him to grow.

William will be at Cascade View Christian School in Sublimity, William's 3rd school since Kindergarten.  We committed ourselves to driving the 40min (one way) from our current location until we actually make the move to the Sublimity/Stayton area.  This way he can start off and continue through the entire year, even after we move.  And, God forbid, it's where we'll keep him for 3rd grade so he won't have to adjust to another school next year!

2nd grade...Won't be long before I'll be adding a one to the beginning of that and graduating him out of high school.  Sometimes you just want the moments to slow down a little.

What a kid William is growing up to be.  He may be timid when it comes to social situations and new environments, bu…