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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Cleaning Bug Update

Date of occurrence:
August 17, 2016.

Kc got up early this morning. Much earlier then normally. Within no time he is dressed, groomed, and got all his chores done.

Me: "Wow, little man. You are on the ball today."
Kc: "You know why I got up so early, don't you?"
Me, smiling: "Yes, I do know. Okay, go ahead."

His eyes are gleaming and a big smile adorns his face as he grabs the new vacuum cleaner. He introduces it to all the rooms of the house and proudly states he did all the work for me. Well done, little man.

Again he tells Opa about the on/off switch on the handle and all the blue indicators lighting up when you turn the vacuum cleaner on. We are still baffled by his excitement and fascination with our new addition. It doesn't stop there.

When aunt A. comes to pick him up for church this evening, he tells her all about it. After getting back, he shows her the vacuum cleaner, demonstrates it for her, and insists she tries it too. We all think his elation is hilarious, but endearing.

She tries it and is sold. She enjoys it and says she would like to have a similar one.

Something tells me our oldest grandson would make a perfect salesman!

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Zoo

Date of occurrence:
August 16, 2016.

This is so much fun.

Levi and Daley are visiting the zoo and getting up close and personal with all those animals you normally get to see in a book or on TV.

The boys are having a great time and I have a slight suspicion all those unique and exotic animals do too.

They get to check out our little critters and come to the following conclusion.

Levi and Daley are one of a kind!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Cleaning Bug

Date of occurrence:
August 16, 2016.

My old vacuum cleaner gave up the ghost and after a diligent search and comparison, I found a new one online that fit the bill.

It was being delivered today after supper and I am excited. My excitement is nothing compared to Kc's; he is ecstatic and can't wait until it is assembled and he can try it out.

That will have to wait. Since it is a cordless vacuum cleaner, the battery has to be charged first. He is a little disappointed, but it doesn't prevent him from moving the new device across the floor to get a feel for it.

He loves it and can't contain his enthusiasm.
Kc: "This is awesome. Opa, look. It has the on and off switch on the handle! I can't wait until the battery is charged."

It is time for him to go to bed, but about half an hour later he gets up with the question: "Is the battery charged yet?"

We laugh. Yes, it is charged and we let our little man vacuum for just a bit. He can't get enough of it, but it is time for him to catch some z's instead of dirt and dust. Reluctantly he goes to bed.

We can't get over the fact that a 9 year old boy is so happy with a new vacuum cleaner which isn't even for him.

He must have been bitten by the cleaning bug!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Divide And Conquer

Date of occurrence:
August 15, 2016.

There is a time to work and a time to play and relax.

It may seem like all the boys do is play and relax.

Let's not forget though that a lot of energy and hard work goes into learning and growing up.

The boys sure have it all figured out. While Levi is concentrating on play, Daley is taking care of the fun part.

Yes, they divide and conquer!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Early Birds

Date of occurrence:
August 14, 2016.

It is early Sunday morning.

One would expect everyone is still in a deep slumber around 6 am, but that is not the case.

Both Levi and Daley are already 'up and running' and since they are, so is Mom.

At least our early birds are in a good mood.

Hopefully, it will stay that way! Grin.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Admiring Art

Date of occurrence:
August 13, 2016.

There is an entire chapter in Kc's scout book called 'Art Explosion'. It is geared towards bringing out the creativity in the boys and opening up their minds to all kinds of different expressions of art.

One of the requirements is to go to an art museum. That is right up my alley and today is an excellent time to pay it a visit. Kc is all up for it and bubbling with enthusiasm, because it is his first time going to a museum.

It takes us about two hours to see and admire all the paintings and wooden, glass, and ceramic sculptures. Kc loves it all and is baffled when he finds out that some of the creations are several hundred years old.

He claims there is not a specific type of art he loves most, although he heavily gravitates towards the abstract works. I don't agree with him saying he does not have a favorite, due to the following.

The museum had a special attraction: 40 speakers were set up in 8 groups in a room. A song recorded by a choir was played. Each voice in that choir was recorded separately and played back through a speaker of its own.

And here is what happened:

video

It was music to his ears!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Home Is Their Castle

Date of occurrence:
August 12, 2016.

It is summer vacation and that means taking trips and spending some time away from home.

Daley and Levi are visiting a new and different environment and get a taste of what it was like to live in a castle, or what is left of it.

It sure is exciting, but it also is a stark reminder of how blessed they are to live in the present with all the modern amenities and creature comforts.

Yes, they are happy to get out, but they will also be glad to go back home.

Home is their castle!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Eating Mudbugs

Date of occurrence:
August 11, 2016.

We have gotten in the habit of letting Kc choose what to eat for supper each Thursday. He likes to change things up, so we are not constantly stuck with pizza, mac & cheese, or burgers. He enjoys a regular home-cooked meal just as much.

We have no idea where he got it, but last week he asked what mudbugs were. We explained it to him and told him they were officially called crawfish, also know as crawdads or mudbugs.

Kc: "I have never eaten mudbugs before".
Opa: "What? Then it is time you do".

It sure is, because every self-respecting southerner has eaten mudbugs at least once in his life time and preferably more often then that. The crawfish were quickly found at our local grocery store and equally prepared.

I had my doubts if Kc would eat them, since they look like a mix between mini-lobsters and overgrown shrimp with legs, claws, and feelers sticking out every where. I was wrong.

He had no reservations when it came to picking them up, twisting their heads off and getting to the meat inside the tails.

And, as a true southerner, he sucked the heads.

Upon asking how he liked the mudbugs, his reply was clear and concise.

"They are delicious!"

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Gummy Bear

Date of occurrence:
August 11, 2016.

I wake Kc up so he can get ready for school. He rubs his eyes and says: "Good morning. I just had the funniest dream."

Of course I want to know so I ask: "Really? What was it about?"
Kc: "I dreamed you were on a team and I was on a team and we had to find a gummy bear. Someone in my team found it, but we got lost and we also lost the gummy bear. I asked who lost the gummy bear, but the person who found it said it wasn't him. So, we went back and found the gummy bear. And I ate it."

Me: "Okay. What was so funny about it?"
Kc: "That I ate the gummy bear."

Ah, now I get it. Kc loves gummy bears and I can understand how eating the found delicacy was an exciting and fun event. I better jot down gummy bears on the grocery list.

And make a dream come true!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Another Party

Date of occurrence:
August 7, 2016.

Even though Lily already had her Birthday party, we want to give her a just a small one this last weekend while all the kids are still down here.

We have a little smash cake and some presents for her and although she has no clue what is going on, she loves all the attention.

Aunt A. gives her a glow worm that plays lullabies and as soon as Lily hears the music she smiles and starts dancing by rocking to and fro.

She dives right into her cake and when Momma gets a piece to sample, Lily tells her: "Mamamama. Stop!"

She even gets angry at her and starts hitting her treat. Yup, her little cake is a smashing success in every sense of the word.

The others are making the most of their last time together.

Kc has to go back to school this week and will be staying with us.

Leo and Emmaly go with their Mom until next Friday when, after being here for two months, it is time for them to go back home again.

Time sure flies when you are having fun!

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