Boys at Play

Hi friends,

This has been quite an emotional week, with the boys home for Spring Break, Scott and I had to sit them down and explain to them what happens in a natural disaster (no, God is not mad), where do all the people go swept out to sea and encourage them to think about really how precious their lives are. My heart goes out to the Japanese community, it will be a long road ahead to recovery.

It’s also forced us to think about our “emergency kit” at home – normally, we don’t really worry about this until hurricane season in the Fall. But disaster could strike any time and I need to be prepared and think through every scenario – especially since we have these two kidlets to teach.

It just so happens that I had posted a Sport Berkey Water Purifier giveaway just days before the Japanese tragedy. I can’t stress enough how important it is to either have emergency drinking water or a way to filter water to make it safe for consumption. For $29 for each Sport Berkey, it’s an inexpensive investment to have peace of mind. I don’t make a single penny off of these sales, in fact, a very very small company owned by Elma Schrock is a reseller and she’s amazing. I’m happy to support her, especially knowing that this $29 product may save lives.

We now keep one in our car and one in our emergency box.

Well, despite the tragedy engulfing Japan, we managed to fill our Spring Break with things that little boys like to do: mini golf, children’s museum, bike riding, making silly putty (the boys will make their debut post walking you step by step coming soon). I think we made the world’s first Velveeta-colored vat of silly putty.

Gardening for little boys does NOT mean tending to tomatoes. It means growing plants that resemble eyeballs, plants that bleed and carnivorous, vicious bug-eating plants.

The boys: “It’s cool mom!”
Me: “I wonder how they’d taste sauteed with garlic?”




I woke up one morning to find posters taped up all over the house. Here was one of them:

Apparently one brother served the other brother a STOP FARTING notice.

And that pretty much sums up our week.

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Comments 16

  1. Wendy W.

    Yes … and the louder it gets, the prouder they get … which will lead to farting competitions. I have no idea how long this mind-set lasts; my sons are 24 and 21, and it’s STILL going on πŸ™‚

  2. Evelyn

    ;( for Japan.How can I make silly putty, my son spring break is this week,I’m in Florida.

  3. Damaris

    Cute boys. I bet they had way more fun at home then they would have had if they were ar Disney. At least this is what I’m telling myself after bailing out of taking Enzo to Disney next week.

  4. Rowena @ Saraplicious! Kitchen

    You have such adorable boys. I miss how my kids were when they were that age – they pretty much entertained themselves with each other’s interests. Anyhow, you guys have Spring Break early. Ours is not for another month.

  5. Rowena @ Saraplicious! Kitchen

    You have such adorable boys. I miss how my kids were when they were that age – they pretty much entertained themselves with each other’s interests. Anyhow, you guys have Spring Break early. We are in FL too but ours is not for another month.

  6. Kim A

    My nephew, aged 4, loves the whole farting thing. He’s not able to make a sign about it yet, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing one within a year! And I agree with everyone else…your boys are adorable. Can’t wait to read their post.

    I also feel bad about what’s happening in Japan…I think it’s one of the worst disasters ever. I’ve already donated to Save the Children. My heart goes out to the whole country.

  7. Amber DeGrace

    Jaden, luckily my wee ones aren’t at the age where they have started asking questions (you know, the tough ones). I just get, “Cookies, please?” and “I feed Thai?”.

    Thai is the dog.

    I actually just blogged today on What To Do When … a series I’m going to do with tips on how to prepare for different natural disasters. Today I talked about putting together an emergency kit. It is so important for us to think about these things, especially as parents. We can’t just pretend it can’t happen to us. I’m happy to see you have your kit together!

    Looking forward to checking out the purifier you linked to.

  8. Sherri M

    It’s got to be a guy thing. Since I’m the only female in a home with two boys, a husband and a grandson, I know farting very well! Glad you guys had fun over the break. Mine went to Palm Beach and now vows he’s moving there when he graduates. I wished him the best…hahaha

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