Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Charmed, I'm sure

Several months ago, we were the proud owners of an ill-fated beta fish. Horribly ill-fated. Sharky lived with us for a matter of hours.  Channing managed somehow to drop an iPad on him. I'm still uncertain as to how that event played out.  Lesson learned. A fish is not the right pet for a curious, hands-on young lad such as Channing. 
Enter Charmy, the leopard gecko. She's outlasted Sharky by weeks. Both of the boys are completely mesmerized by her. They dote on her.  I've overheard Channing crooning, 'How's my little girl?' To her on countless occasions. 
Her name?  Well, that's a cute story. We got Charmy shortly after St. Patrick's Day. Leprechauns on the brain, Channing kept confusing the words leprechaun and leopard.  He was getting a leprechaun gecko.  He has a love of the cereal Lucky Charms. He calls them Charmys.  See how that worked?  Lucky Charms + leprechaun gecko = Charmy. 

She's docile.  She's tolerant of little hands that on occasion grab instead of scoop to pick her up. We have all enjoyed the show she puts on at dinner time, stalking crickets and worms with tail-shaking enthusiasm.  He's (mostly) gentle.  He's diligent about making sure she's got enough to eat and to drink.  He helps to clean her habitat to the best of his five-year-old ability.  He talks to her. He shows her all his favorite toys and holds her so she too can listen to his bedtime story. 

Maxine came to coffee this morning. Channing told her it's too bad she hasn't had a sleepover at our house so she can see Charmy eat.  He's proud of his little pet.  And I am proud of him. 

Friday, April 04, 2014

April Showers

Snow showers, that is.  BUT, on the bright side, it's actually warm enough for the boys to get out there and enjoy it.  And enjoy it, they did.  (Please excuse the orange date stamp on the photographs.  I have no idea how I turned that feature both on and off during shooting pictures outdoors this evening.)

This is just a random photo of Channing taking a picture of me taking a picture of him.  He thought it was a hilarious thing to do.  I still chuckle when I think about it.

Maxwell rarely bathes alone.  When you've got two young boys, usually it's a two-fer.  Tonight, though, while WM & Channing tossed ball around the basement, Maxwell tubbed and scrubbed solo.  It's hard to say who enjoyed the time more, Maxwell or me.  He's changing so quickly these days, and I was glad for the opportunity to freeze a few everyday moments for eternity.  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Head First

Sometimes, when you're really passionate about something, it's best to dive in head first.  Just ask Maxwell.  He literally launched himself head-long across the dining room table in an effort to dig into a plate of fresh donuts.  

The boys helped me whip up buttermilk donuts this morning.  Channing carefully, measured and stirred while Maxwell supervised. 

Maxwell was sure to remind us a dozen or so times that the donuts were in the oven and we were in for a real treat.  For eight of the ten minutes of baking time, we were made to stand there and simply stare into the hot oven.  

While he was better at making music with the sprinkles than actually putting them on the donuts, he was a very enthusiastic eater.

Channing may have gotten just a few sprinkles on the table in his effort to thoroughly coat his donuts with every.  single.  sprinkle.  we had on hand.  His enthusiasm for donut consumption rivaled that of his brother though.  

Regardless of the number of sprinkles on the donuts, the table, the floors and yes, my sweet boys, I'd say we achieved donut perfection.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Picture Perfect Pizza

Yes, phone pictures.  Again.  I'm going to stop apologizing for them now.  You'll just have to get used to it.  Sometimes, I grab the phone to snap a quick pick for Instagram and then the cuteness just continues and I share here instead of there.  Like this:

Channing announced he wanted pizza for Friday night dinner.  I gave him the supplies.  He carefully placed not one, but two foot stools alongside the kitchen island.  Max, his chin just barely reaching the top edge of the counter, happily climbed up to 'help.'  

He's oh so very helpful.  See??

And cute.  Did I mention that he's cute?  Little stinker knows it too.  Milks it for all it's worth.  Frequently.  

Picture perfect pizza, minus a slice of pepperoni Max ate as an appetizer.

I just want to gobble everything up-our cute boys and that pizza too.  Yum!!!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

This Book Is Dangerous!!

Now really, if you were a five-year-old boy, and your mom read those words off the first page of a book, wouldn't it be an instant favorite??  That is the case with Channing and Dr. Seuss' Fox In Sox.  He LOVES this book.  In our house, it's known as 'the dangerous one'.  

With February being I Love To Read Month, Channing was asked to dress up as his favorite book character for school yesterday.  So off he went, dressed as the Fox in Sox.  He was convinced his classmates would be scared of both his dangerous book and his fierce fox antics. 

Max, obviously, got a kick out of the whole thing.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


(Disclaimer:  I'm blogging from my iPad. All photos were taken with my phone.)

We escaped the bitter cold and snow at home, running as fast as we could to warmer parts.  My folks, spending a month on St. George Island, FL are as happy to have a taste of home as the boys and I are to have sun and sand. 

Max. Well, I think this kid likes the beach. He came down the boardwalk, walked out onto the expanse of sand and there he stopped. He let the salt air wash over him. He let the sound of the waves embrace him. He just stood there and milked that moment for all it was worth. And I just stood there and smiled. I smiled until my cheeks ached. 

Channing developed his love for the white sands of SGI back in 2010. We vacationed here as we celebrated my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. Funny enough, as we passed through the gate into The Plantation, he declared, 'Hey!  We've been this way before!!'  Not entirely sure of his recollection. After all he was only two-and-half. We gave it to him though, if for nothing else but his enthusiasm. 

He was giddy with excitement as he dashed in and out of the waves, kicking up both salty water and powdered sugar sand. A jelly fish was the big discovery. Papa carefully scooped it into Channing's little blue pail, where it stayed just long enough for everyone to see, before it was returned to its home. 

Max is just getting the hang of this thing called sand. At first, he sought refuge on Grandma's lap. As time passed, his curiosity traded places with his apprehension. He took great pleasure covering himself, and the rest of us I might add, with sand. 


And this. All of this. This is only day one. We have a state park on the other side of the island to explore, a lighthouse to climb and a sandcastle that 'reaches all the way past the sky' to build. It's a lot to pack into our quick visit. I'm confident though, we will return home with every item on our vacation To Do list happily completed. 

Monday, February 17, 2014


One wild and very precious life. Sophie Meredith Flynn.  Missing our bitty girl today, on her third angelversary, and every day. Every. Single. Day. 

Sunday, February 09, 2014


Well, after a long blogging break, I've got a few things to share.  Not related in any way, but worthy of a blog post nonetheless.  Purely random.

Last night, we joined a multitude of other volunteers at our church to help pack meals for Feed My Starving Children.  It was FMSC's largest event.  Ever.  In two rapidly passing hours, our team packed 31 boxes with a total of 1116 meals.  

Our scooping hands may have ached a little by the end, but our hearts were light.  

Maxwell, in his on-going effort to keep up with Channing, has discovered the joys of finger painting.  Our petite Picasso had a hard time keeping the paint out of his mouth.  It must not taste good as each time he licked his fingers, he shuddered.  Silly guy.

Channing has taken an interest in science.  He has a book of experiments that he studies with great interest and determination.  Experiments are now a source of entertainment during Maxwell's afternoon naps.  It's fun, as a mama, to watch his thirst for knowledge grow and change.  We just completed our kindergarten registration process.  I'm still reeling at the thought, Channing will be a kindergartner come fall.  Really?  

Here, he worked with static electricity, rubbing a plastic spoon on a wool glove and then making pepper 'jump' onto the spoon from the tabletop.  He found this to be 'magic.'

And, this sweet pic of WM and Maxwell just begged to be shared.  

Don't you just want to tickle those little toes?  I know I do!