Thursday, April 28, 2016


It was bound to happen. With three older sibs who like to do funky things with their hair, it's not surprising that Teebs finally wanted the clippers taken to his own head. Here's the "before" shot.

Naomi snagged the camera and took pictures of Teebs and I throughout the process, starting with the parting of the hair. Outdoor salons where the hairdressers wear jammies are all the rage, just in case you wondered.

Naomi gave Teebs a little hand mirror after I finished the first side and he started cracking up. So funny!

The "after", which looks less even in pictures than in real life because that's the reality of curly hair and squirmy kids who are ready to go play. My favorite four year old is really happy with his mohawk/frohawk.

I snagged a quick picture with him before he took off to play hopscotch with Naomi and that was that. 


I'm thankful for the postal service.

What's something that you're thankful for?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Build a fort in the morning.

Color in the fort.

Create storage for things you want in the fort.

And more storage.

Smile in the fort.

Ask to show the picture you're in the process of coloring in the fort.

Buddy up in the fort.

Be serious in the fort.

Be tough in the fort.

Spend the night in the fort.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


I'm thankful for frozen Gingerich blueberries and homemade peanut butter to put in my oatmeal.

What's something you're thankful for?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


We've always had 1:00 be naps and down time in our home. Part of the reason is that I, as a mom who is home all day every day with my kids, need a break from noise, movement, and the responsibility of parenting. Part of the reason is that our napping kids need the sleep. Part of the reason is that I think it's important to teach kids how to rest, to entertain themselves quietly (without a screen in front of their face, of course). 

As they get older down time has changed from sitting on their beds with a book or the living room floor with a puzzle to being wherever they want to be and sometimes doing things with a sibling, as long as it's mellow. The bottom line is it has to be quiet, calm, and not requiring one measly second of my attention. 

Yesterday I read my Bible for a while during down time then hopped in the shower. Here's what I came out of my room to find.

Silas and Naomi were sprawled out in the shade with only magnifying glasses and twigs in the 85 degree sun as they had a contest to see who could burn through their twig first.

Devon was finishing on the trampoline, taking advantage of fresh air and shade as he finished up a book.

Teebs was sacked out in bed.

Our first two days of the week have gone well and this is part of the reason, a break in the day for everyone to rest and recharge.

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Last night was our church's annual crazy hat/hair bowling night for grade school kids. Naomi went as a participant, while Tim, Silas, and Devon went to help. Here are a few shots I took of the little Ws before he headed out for the event.

Naomi's been thinking about shaving her head again, so she had me do all but her curliest section, which is where straight-haired people would have bangs. We'll shave the rest today to make it less crazy. Silas ventured into the land of straight hair by having a part. Well, he partially (no pun intended) ventured. A part in the middle ... with fros on the side. And a goofball outfit, just for kicks. Devon opted to keep things simple and pulled a hat out of our stash of dress-up clothes.

Tim came separately and someone took a picture of all four of them at the event, which I'll add to this post later if I see it turn up. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016


I'm thankful for clean water.

What is something that you're thankful for?