What color are his eyes?

As the year is drawing to a close (much, much too quickly!!), I’ve been trying to go through and organize my pictures.  It’s been so fun to remember all the things we’ve done and remark at how the boys are growing (again– much, much too quickly!!).


In a folder from the summer, I found some pictures of the boys and I playing in the backyard on our new trampoline.  One of them really stood out to me…


I immediately loved this shot of Boots because it showcases his incredible eyes so well.

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I have never seen eyes like these before and I don’t even know what to call them.

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He’s got shades of green, yellow, brown and even blue!


Since I don’t know what to call them, I’ll just have to settle for  “absolutely wonderful”.


Just like him!

Glorious fall

We’ve had some absolutely beautiful days this fall!  And last week one of those days happened to coincide with an hour when all three of my dear boys were awake at the same time.  So I hustled us outside as fast as I could (you know–as fast as you can with three little guys, last-minute diaper blow-outs, snacks, juices, coats, boots, etc., etc.) to enjoy it!

It was gorgeous and we had a wonderful time (well–Baby may have wanted to go back to bed even before we got out the door, but after all I went through getting everyone out, we weren’t turning back).  :)

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The Ring of Fire

We had to go into the city today and the weather was quite clear.  So on the way into the city, we were able to see a volcano!  And on the way back home, we were able to see another volcano!  This was very fun for Brother, who is fascinated with volcanoes (“Volcanoes are one of my five most favorite things!”).

After seeing them, Brother asked some great questions about why there are so many near us.  And what would happen to us if one of them erupted.  I ended up telling him about the Ring of Fire and then he asked why the borders of tectonic plates make volcanoes.

When we got home, he transitioned into full blown “Ring of Fire Pretend Time”!  And he was dashing to look out the window, declaring the Ring of Fire was “lighting up”, frantically packing up all his favorite toys and evacuating from “his house” (the toy room) to “my house” (the family room) where he was safe.  And then the stairs became a volcano that we had to climb for nap time.  It was so fun! :)

After that, I knew what I had to do while everyone was napping.  Well, actually, what I wanted to do (instead of the dishes or picking up toys).  Because I love to teach and I especially love to teach my children who love to learn. :)


So, with the help of the internet (thank you, Wikipedia!), our color printer and some art supplies, Brother will now be waking up to…


… The Ring of Fire!! (the original print out)


… The Ring of Fire!! (drawn onto plate tectonics)


… and The Ring of Fire!! (taped onto our world map)


I am so grateful for the internet!  I love being able to instantly learn and teach my children about the things that interest them.

Now I’d better go take a nap (or do the dishes or pick up toys) before The Ring of Fire starts exploding again!