I created this blog specifically with Mom & Dad in mind. Even though they can't be here in Oregon to enjoy their grandchildren, I thought this would be one way to help keep them in touch. I am also glad it can be used to keep all of my friends and family in touch as well!
A vase full
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 this little guys heart.
What a proud parent moment.
Actually brings tears to my eyes when I look at these pictures again. Our struggle with William's shyness and his ability to adjust to new situations has been a tough one for us. We understand that a lot of it has to do with his personality and we're wrestled so much with how best to handle each situation that presents itself as a challenge for William and his ability cope and engage in a new environment. This moment was confirmation that he truly is growing in this area.
We were told that he would be receiving student of the month for April and when he would be receiving his award so that we knew when to be there to see it. He had know idea ahead of time. What we didn't know, was what the award was being given to him for. When they announced his name for the "Most Improved" award, my heart was beaming. You'll notice why in the description below. Not only did we, but his teacher (Mrs. Cronrath) noticed how much William im…
Today marks the beginning of our Blueberry Season this year!
If you'll take note of the date, it's SUPER early this year. Thanks to all the warm weather we've had lately, we're eating off our bushes almost a month earlier than normal. It caught me by surprise. The boys were wandering outside chomping on something and I realized it was blueberries! And they were actually blue! (They've been known to, out of pure angst for the season, take off a few blueish/purple berries and just eat past the slight bitterness)
I set out to test the berry's sugar content to make sure we could actually start the picking season and the boys could hardly keep their hands off the bushes. So, I put them to work...
Bring on the pickers! Any guesses on how many pounds we'll take away this year?!
We changed up our annual Power's family camping trip in order to make it a little more comfy and convenient for Grandpa and Grandma. What we didn't realize was that helping out Grandpa and Grandma would lead us to, what I feel, was the best spot we've ever had! I think we all agreed that from here on out, the cabin rental with tent sites was the way to go!
As always, we had a very enjoyable time with family. Times like these remind me that we don't see each other often enough (can we ever?). Life gets busy and schedules fill up which makes it hard. Now that we're looking at a full time school schedule for William starting in Sept, it's going to change the dynamic of our family a lot. I want to make sure we take every opportunity to see family when we can. Lord knows how often I miss family that doesn't live close...And that includes those in Eugene all the way down to Southern CA and all the way back up to MN.