Tuesday, October 17, 2017

17 October 2017

More Star Wars artwork from Nut Brown.

Monday, October 16, 2017

16 October 2017

This morning I arrived at work and found that there were frog prints in the dew on the window.  The size of the prints makes me think the frog is about the size of my hand.  Two weeks ago, we found a frog in the bathroom at home (early in the morning, when Spencer was out of town) that was about three inches long.  I want to know how it got in!  Nut Brown trapped it and took it outside - after he'd released it and re-caught it a couple times.  There is so much more life here in Florida!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

15 October 2017

Rosebud has reached the speech explosion part of verbal development.  She is willing to try all sorts of words, and surprises me with words when I don't expect it.  She was fussing at me the other night while helping with dishes, and finally said, "pun!" so I handed her the sponge and she was satisfied.  'Cookie' and 'candy' were also early entrants in her vocabulary.

Friday, October 13, 2017

13 October 2017

Bobo has this funny fascination with dental floss!  He will steal all the containers that he can find and hide them in his treasure box.  The other night he brought me two containers when he came for me to floss his teeth.  When we were done, I told him to run put them away, and when he came back to read scriptures with me, he still had them in his hand.  I said, "Go put those up, buddy!" and he said, "You're not supposed to see them!"  He's such a funny guy.

He also is very extremely verbal.  He has a huge vocabulary, and he has so much to say.  I am surprised often by how fluent he is.  He's such a sweet, sweet boy.  This move to Florida has been really hard on him - he's very lonely.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

10 October 2017

Yesterday was a federal holiday, so Mr. Brown suggested that we go to the beach for the first time.  We drove over to Jetty Beach in Port Canaveral and spent a very relaxing three hours playing the water and in the sand and eating sandy snacks.  It was a lot of fun.  It felt like time slowed way down and the three hours was very peaceful.  A nice advantage of homeschooling is that we can go to the beach randomly during the week, when it's much less crowded. 

Rosebud is definitely a water baby- she would squirm to get down when I carried her further out in the surf, because she wasn't getting enough water splashed in her face.  Once she was knocked out of my grasp as we were walking towards shore, and tumbled underwater a couple feet in front of me.  She looked up at me from under the water as I rushed to grab her, and when I got her back up, she just wanted to walk back out into the waves again.  Loves the water, doesn't mind the salt!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

7 October 2017

A comic based on actual events, Produced by Rose Pink and Nut Brown.  I love the panel where Nut Brown burps and Rose Pink says, "Ahem!"

Thursday, October 5, 2017

5 October 2017

We were invited to a pre-session brunch on Sunday morning at a friend's house, and Rose Pink and I decided to make breakfast casserole muffins - bread, sausage and cheese with beaten eggs and milk poured over it and baked.  She made a batch on Saturday afternoon, by herself.  We ended up eating those for dinner (yum) so I asked Nut Brown to make a second batch for the next morning, and he did.  In spite of greasing the muffin tins very well, it took forever to get them clean.  I spent more time scrubbing the tins than we spent making and baking them muffins!!  And I whined about it big time to Rose Pink, who thought it was a little bit funny that I was complaining so much.  So when the second batch had cooled and I'd wrapped up the muffins and put them in the fridge, I tiptoed into Rose Pink's room and told her that there was NO WAY I was going to wash those two pans tonight.  She whispered back that I had to and I said absolutely not, and I left them to 'soak'.  The next morning I washed one of the two, and then made two more pans of regular muffins also for the brunch.  That evening, Rose Pink told me that as a favor she would wash the muffin pans!  She didn't realize I hadn't washed the last breakfast casserole muffin pan but when I pointed this out to her, she gamely agreed to wash it.  It took her thirty minutes, and probably an equal amount of complaining.  Okay, less complaining than me because she is more awesome.  She and I then agreed that we were never making breakfast casserole muffins again - next time it will be a 9 x 13 pan.

Monday, October 2, 2017

2 October 2017

Mr. Brown went down to Ft. Myers this weekend as part of a cleanup crew to help with hurricane damage.  We missed him, especially because it was conference weekend!  We did have a good time watching conference and learning.  So great to hear the kids beginning to connect with what the speakers are saying.  After Tad R. Callister's talk about the Book of Mormon, Nut Brown actually turned to me and said, "I really liked that talk.  It explained everything really well."  He also made us all laugh with a remark during Jean B. Bingham's talk.  She said, "What do we do when faced with problems?  Do we turn to the Internet, or look up a how-to book?"  Nut Brown exclained, "Yes, we look in a how-to book!  It's called the Book of Mormon!"

Saturday, September 23, 2017

23 September 2017

Being the youngest means you get training in a lot of things your older siblings weren't allowed to do quite so young.  Nut Brown is enamored of a card game called Smashup at the moment, and Rosebud always wants to participate.  So she is allowed to hold her deck of cards and lay one down sometimes.  She's really remarkably patient with the limited involvement that she's allowed, and when her cards slip out of perfect alignment, she fusses in frustration and hands them to me to straighten up for her.

Monday, September 18, 2017

18 September 2017

Bobo: Papa, next time I play in your world in Terraria, I'm going to wear my "Don't Mess With The Best" shirt, because you are the best!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

17 September 2017

Nut Brown: Mom, I have to tell you something I feel really guilty about.

Mom: Okay.  I'm ready.

Nut Brown: Remember when I was scraping the tar off the floor in the bedroom in Michigan when we were getting ready to sell the house?  And remember how I found a better way to scrape it that made it so much faster?

Mom: I remember.

Nut Brown: Well, it helped to hit the scraper with something to get it unstuck.  Don't try a hammer, though, it will dig into the floor.  I know because I tried it.

Mom: Okay.

Nut Brown: So I tried something else.  I used your lotion bottle, and it broke the bottom of it.

Mom: Which lotion bottle?

Nut Brown: The big one.  The expensive kind you buy online.

Mom: The Aquaphilic?  Oh!  I didn't even notice!  Well, thank you for telling me.  I'll check to make sure it doesn't melt or leak onto anything.... Did you learn anything from that choice?

Nut Brown: No.  Nothing.

Mom: Nothing?

Nut Brown:  Well, I learned not to use stuff made out of plastic as a hammer, because it will break.  And I learned not to use expensive stuff as a hammer either because you'll feel bad if it breaks....  Wow, I know more than I think I do.

Friday, September 15, 2017

15 September 2017

Being in Florida, there are lots of bugs, and lots of bugs that bite. Nut Brown was furiously scratching some bites on his feet during scriptures last night. 

Mom: I know this is hard to believe, but if you ignore the itch, it actually stops.
Nut Brown: I know, Mom.  I learned that the cave man way.
Mom: The cave man way?
Nut Brown: I tried it for myself.  You know, because cave men didn't have anyone to teach them because they were the first ones.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

13 September 2017

A few weeks ago, I said to Nut Brown, "Can I tell you a secret?"  He said, "Yes.... wait, you love me?"  I said, "Yes!" and he said, "That's not much of a secret, Mom."

Monday, September 11, 2017

11 September 2017

Hurricane Irma passed over us after midnight last night, and it was so much wind and so much rain.  It seemed like being on the ocean, with the ebb and flow of the bands as they passed.  Mr. Brown and I played D&D while waiting for the power to go out.  It never did, so we eventually went to bed.  This morning the power was still on, and we found some branches in the yard, a couple roof leaks, and the doors blown off the big shed.  Otherwise, it's all fine, and we have nothing to complain about for our first hurricane!  The kids were relieved that it's over, especially Bobo, who has offered lots of anxious prayers lately about Hurricane Irma.