Yesterday we had the pleasure of Grandma and Grandpa Wheeler visiting us for dinner. The kids were very excited. J stood outside with a homemade spear (a triangle of paper stapled to a stick) and warned people to stay away because his grandparents were coming and they needed to be able to find our house. For those 10 minutes the front of our house was completely devoid of loiterers. Grandma and Grandpa found us just in time for dinner. Any guesses as to what B's first question for them was? You may have guessed it, "Do you have trains at your house?". It's a very, very important question and he received the answer he was looking for- YES! He can now safely visit Grandma and Grandpa Wheeler.....now he just needs to figure out the way to San Jose.
A few weeks ago we sat down with the boys and came up with our basic daily schedule for summer time. Because my children are early birds, our day starts at 7 AM or earlier with breakfast. After breakfast we do our morning chores- J sweeps the kitchen floor and B wipes the table. After chores we have "Learning Time". Each boy spent some time with me practicing some sign language (we use an app called "Baby Signs"). J reads on his own, I'm trying to get him to read as many chapter books as possible this summer, today he started "The Littles", he also reads one page of the Book of Mormon to me. Little B spends 20 minutes doing online preschool and I also read to him for about 20 minutes. Baby E spends this time dancing to the music from B's computer program, tending to her dollies (she likes to put them down for naps), cuddling with me and asking for "Appohs" and "Nananas" I was prepared for lots of whining and procrastinating this morning. I had done my best to prepare myself for massive amounts of cajoling. But, unexpectedly, the boys were excited to do their morning chores and learning work. YAY!
When we got home, baby E took her nap (have I ever mentioned that she is pretty much the best sleeper ever? because yeah, she is, she really, really likes to sleep) and the boys decided to spend a little of their piggy bank money on snow cones that our neighbors were selling. Today was a really hot day- close to 90 I think- and these kids really enjoyed their snow cones.