I Love You So Much and So Much {pretty, happy, funny, real} (Vol. 18)

{pretty}

My boys are turning into quite the little naturalists, which is obvious to anyone who approaches our back door.

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(I require them to leave their rocks, sticks, feathers, etc. outside. Depending on your outlook, that will make me seem either curmudgeonly or very clever.)

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When they first started leaving rocks at the door, I was annoyed, not wanting a cluttered entryway. But as their “cowections” grew, I began to warm to them.

At this point, I do believe I might actually find the collections beautiful – or {pretty}, at least.

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I certainly like what they encourage in my boys: wonder, curiosity, an eye for detail, one for beauty. They’ve begun paying more attention to the birds – not just noticing them, but identifying them too. Indeed, my four-year-old came to the back door the other day holding a dead bird, its wings splayed and stiff. “Look, Mommy! I found a dead bird skin! It even has claws!”

It was a woodpecker, which is, I think, why he’s been particularly interested in that species lately. The day after the dead one, he spotted another (living) one just outside our kitchen window. He sat for a good hour with his grandmother, perusing her birding field guide and asking her questions.

He even drew one.

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Lovely, isn’t it?

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Just one random, unrelated {pretty} — look at those curls!

{happy}

We’ve had lots to be {happy} about this week.

After losing our bees over the winter, new ones arrived.

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My oldest son “graduated” from pre-school. (This is happy! I know it is! But I keep having to remind myself that it’s not actually the saddest thing to happen to me in some time.)

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The kids’ chairs all set out with balloons looked so sweet and cheerful.

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Of course, at first the kids were too interested in the balloons to pay much attention to anything else!

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Also, there’s this child:

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Well, there are these too:

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They each make me awfully happy.

But that first one – he’s been such a lovey little love lately. I’ve been hearing “I wuv you, Mommy.” more times a day than I can count. One evening he said, “I wuv you so much and so much” and it struck me so greatly that I’ve been using it with him too.

I love you so much and so much.

Isn’t that just a joy?

Another evening he said, “I wuv you sooo much, Mommy, because you’re so beautiful.” Later it was, “You smell delicious, Mama!”

My brother pointed out to me that my boy could simply be sucking up in anticipation of my discovering some great damage he’s done, but… I don’t think so.

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{funny}

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{real}

How about for this one I tell you about meeting another blogger in {real} life?

Those of you who follow Catholic All Year may know that the Tierney family has been vacationing in the DC area for the past week. Well, when Kendra mentioned their plans on her Facebook page (including a plan to visit Annapolis), I messaged her to offer her family a tour of the Charles Carroll House. The House was the Annapolis home of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. And I just so happen to be on its Board of Trustees, so… it worked out!

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The Tierneys were lovely – and just what I expected from having read Kendra’s blog. (So, there’s authenticity for you, right?) I hope they enjoyed the visit, and that talk of plaster and paint and persecution and politics didn’t bore them too, too much. (Though we had a wonderful, knowledgeable docent, so I don’t think that’s the case!)

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One of Kendra’s boys found a soccer ball in the bushes. Perfect!

 

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I love that my boys have been able to spend time at this beautiful, special place.

I know that Kendra’s little Frankie, at least, enjoyed running around the grounds with my boys and those of my friend Betsy. She and her three met us in Annapolis for the tour (during which Betsy monitored my boys) and a playground outing. Thank you, Betsy!

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By the way, for those of you who don’t read Catholic All Year, you may (may?) be interested to know that just as I hosted the CWBN Mid-Atlantic Conference at my home a couple of weeks ago, Kendra hosted the CWBN California Conference at her home a week before that. Small world, right?

I think that’s it for me this week! Be sure to stop over to Like Mother, Like Daughter for the everyday contentment of {pretty, happy, funny, real}.

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10 thoughts on “I Love You So Much and So Much {pretty, happy, funny, real} (Vol. 18)

  1. Great pictures! My youngest tells me she loves me many random times a day, at home or in public, never to hide a mess she’s made. Enjoy the reflection of love you show them.

    • Yeah, it was neat to get to do that! (And the feathers are beautiful, aren’t they? Most were collected by the boys in the back yard, but the peacock feathers are from my grandmother’s neighbor’s peacock.)

    • We enjoyed meeting you too! Judging by the past few days, it looks like you all book-ended your trip with great weather. Glad we caught you on one of the best!

  2. There is so much cuteness in this post! Your youngest has gorgeous curls. My second son has always been curly headed. When he was a baby, we would get stopped all the time by older ladies telling us how much they loved his hair. I am glad that you got to meet up with Kendra. Very nice! 🙂

    • Thank you! We get stopped too. And a couple of weeks ago when I went up for Communion while holding the baby, our priest said, “God bless you, Curly.” 😉

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