Home Depot (and thank you, Jill)

I’ve been working on my novel and didn’t think much about not posting here anymore until I got a comment today from Jill, letting me know she enjoyed watching our family grow and had missed my posts. I was really touched and realized I shouldn’t be so neglectful. Thank you, Jill!

I also told her I’d start posting again, so here’s a quick one about a discovery we made this month…

The Home Depot Kids Clinics!

We had heard about these free workshops for kids, but had never done one. Well, we finally decided to try it after the boys loved assembling some snowman picture frames Lowe’s randomly gave me a long time ago. The boys couldn’t be happier hammering away and we even made a few commemorative holes in the counter top. :)

Here are a few pictures off my camera of the first clinic we went to at the beginning of January. The woman who runs them was really wonderful. She told us she does them every single Saturday, so the boys have been back every Saturday since!

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First, I set up Sir Potatoes in a grocery cart with a bowl full of crustless sammies. I knew that would happily occupy him for quite some time.

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Then I partnered with Sir Brother and we got to work on his birdhouse. I kept reading the directions wrong and had to borrow a screwdriver to pry off sides, but he was such a good sport and worked so diligently.

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Daddy and Sir Boots paired up and made a wonderful team hammering away. Home Depot even gave them aprons with their names!

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This was the best shot I got of Boots’ completed project prior to painting. He was so cute with all his equipment, I just wanted to squeeze my little handyman.

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Potatoes kept chugging away on the bottomless pit. Did I mention he’d just eaten breakfast?

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Brother was so proud of his birdhouse. After this he joined Boots and they painted and painted. Then we went home and attached them to the backyard fence. We’re really hoping they get occupied this spring, but either way it’s sure fun to see them out there and hear the boys talk about how they made them.

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This little guy was so entertained just watching, I have no doubt there’s a budding carpenter in there already!

Paying their first tithes

Two sweet boys paid their first tithes today and, man, it was awesome.

Brother’s been wanting to pay it for weeks, but he’s been sick. Now that the day finally came, he wanted to fill it out with Daddy and then he held onto his envelope and slip almost the whole time until he finally gave it to the Bishop after Sacrament Meeting. He had a huge smile on his face and excitedly told everyone he met, “I’m paying a whole DOLLAR for tithing!!” as he showed them his envelope and yellow slip. People just lit up and smiled right back at him. It was just a treat- totally made our day at church!

Boots sat down to fill out his slip with Daddy, too, and he insisted on paying ALL of the money in his money jar to tithing- even his spending money and college/mission savings. What a sweetheart, I thought my heart was going burst. He had his serious look on as he bounce-walked into church with his envelope and anytime someone mentioned his tithing. After he gave it to the Bishop , he pumped the Bishop’s hand in a fierce handshake and then walked off to nursery (still wearing his serious face).

The Bishop was so great and I thought what an honor it must be to accept a child’s first tithing envelope ever. Brother did get a little confused and thought he was giving it to President Monson, but after Daddy explained it, he was okay again.

Great job, boys! You two are such good people and I loved being able to watch you today.

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Sometimes, I think my heart will burst

Raising three little monkey boys is so crazy and exhausting. But man, is it worth it when…

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… This little munchkin smiles at me with absolute joy and delight. And laughs excitedly, waves and claps his hands. And crawls around carrying a favorite little toy he’s picked up along the way.

Holy toledo, what a cutie.

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… And this adorable guy suddenly calls out to me from his crib tonight, “Mommy, I love you to da whole earf. Mommy, I’m so glad Desus took me to you.” Wow! My heart just fills up and floats right out of me.

I love you to the whole earth, too, my wonderful son. And I’m so incredibly glad Jesus took you to me, too.

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… And this little man writes a sweet note to me and puts it by my bed to help me feel better (I’ve got a never-ending cold).

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And then writes another one on his magna-doodle that totally makes my day when I find it.

I love you, too, my sweet boy.