Lauren and I were engrossed in conversation about something serious in nature when suddenly she doubled over and burst out laughing. After recovering from my initial surprise at her reaction, I turned around to discover a very naked boy (who had been previously rumored to be asleep) standing behind me, unashamed and unassuming. To say our conversation was fragmented by the interruption is an understatement. :-) Welcome to every
Before we went to bed for the night, Daddy peeled Madigan off the sheets to take him to one last potty run before bed and sent him into the bathroom so he could pull Paugie out of bed as well. He walked in to find Madigan peeing in the laundry basket of clothes. When he confronted Madigan, Madigan stated in his defense, "Daddy, I'm getting it in the basket! I didn't pee on the floor." The next morning, he had no recall on the matter. #sleepwalking
Paugie is equally comatose once asleep for the night. After managing a successful pee run, I sent him to bed while I went to the kitchen for a glass of water. Upon my return, I went back in the bathroom, turned on the lights and found Paugie sitting, head bowed, hands folded in his lap, sleeping upright on the counter top next to the sink. He was completely OUT!
I changed out the boy's pillows (because pillows can get super nasty super surprisingly fast). Kelton burst into tears and held his new pillow tightly. When I inquired about his apparent heartache, he said, "Mama, I just don't want to have to say goodbye to this beautiful and most wonderful pillow that you just gave me." I wish I could assure that you'll never have to, but alas...
This tiny human breaks into dance every time he hears a favorite song (Owl City, for example) - it's almost involuntary. His body just starts moving to the music and even though he's shy about it, he simply cannot help himself. :-)
The boys are insistent that all the pups are buckled in when in the truck and Aberdeen is always willing to comply.
Brothers who hike together stay together.
The four humans on the path ahead of me remind me that life marches ever onward, giving us boundless joy and profound challenges, simultaneously. They are my inspiration and I never want to lose sight of these moments.
That, my friends, is the picture of happiness and contentment. So, smile!
The Great Painter at it again.
A great friend and a great bunny wabbit. Note the foot... too much!
A boy loves his dog and a dog loves his boy.
Escapades in the woods have resumed for the spring!!! Happiness abounds!
Mama horse hovering for a lil' morsel of cereal bar. Super subtle.
Field planting has begun again. Argh.
What a great team!
Gumbum was out there with the rest of us putting in hours of hard, manual labor. Amazing!
Beloved Kathy, and (part of) her canine fan club. She is, also, a godsend to this family.
Rest time after a hard day's work. Note the bunny in the middle of the boy pile. Melt my heart!
Kathy's tractor and Lauren's expert tractor driving made our field management plausible! We got an entire field planted, and fertilized in hours!
And finally, on a serious note...