Sunday, October 28, 2012


One of the benefits of having children is having the opportunity to smile and laugh. They're always doing or saying something that puts a smile on your face. Allan made the observation this week that he really likes babies. When I asked him why he said, "Because they always smile at me." I hope I'm never so serious about life that I can't smile or laugh at the little things. Some of the things that have brought a smile to my face recently I thought I'd share.

Our boys all sleep in the same room and each of them has their own twin bed. But you wouldn't know it most mornings! This is actually Stephen's bed.

A while back I scooped up Stephen to give him a big hug (the only one of my children I'm still able to) and he was giggling and gasping, "Stop it! You're squishing my Shadrachs!" I didn't see what the three Hebrew children had to do with it and asked him what in the world did he mean. He just kept repeating it over and over for the next several days and would point at his chest/upper abdomen in reference to his "Shadrachs". It wasn't until Daniel said, "Mom, he watched the DVD of insects and insects have a THORAX - that's what he's talking about." Makes sense!

Stephen also has the knack for hooking himself up with the most interesting contraptions! This is how he amuses himself while we're doing school.
Here his is explaining that he has a "taser, club, and a spear." Watch out people!
Another thing he does to amuse himself is sing. The other day after about three minutes of "are you sleeping, are you sleeping, are you sleeping, are you sleeping, brother John, brother John, brother John, brother John, morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing, ringing, ringing, ringing, ringing, ringing, ringing, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong." I grabbed the camera and filmed him singing it for another 2 minutes! It is terribly funny but sometimes makes you want to jump out of your skin.

Daniel not only sings, he's gotten into song writing. I wish I could have gotten the first performance of this song on video - it was actually very good. Here is the third or fourth version of the song and it's a song that really doesn't have an least not that I'm aware of.

Here's a video of the guys eating their first bite of crab sushi that Philip got me for my birthday. (it was a little spicy).

Daniel's remarks on his sushi:
Stephen enjoyed it the most:
The days are so busy sometimes that I thank God for giving me little people who make me stop or slow down while they pick a flower to put in "my net," or try to catch a lizard, or notice a pretty leaf, or a fuzzy caterpillar. My life would be much poorer if there were no little people in my life. What a blessing they are!


Making Memories 1999 said...

What a great post! I had to snicker at Stephen's reaction to the crab sushi. And "Shadrachs"? Love it! Thanks for sharing the "smiles." =)

Steph said...

Loved this post, Marianne! Especially the sushi descriptions. :)