Jonah says…

“Asher, you’re my best friend.”

It’s happening. Slowly, but surely these boys are becoming brothers.

brothers in a tunnel Happy Brown HouseMelts. my. heart.

Jonah says…

“College cheese is on sale, Mom.” (AKA: Cottage Cheese)

“Look, Mom, it’s 11:25!” (Lucky guess. He adds “20” in front of all the numbers on a clock.)

clock“I’m on safari!”

Gosh, I love this silly boy!

A Reader is Born

We’ve been practicing three letter words (also known as word families) around our house for quite some time now. Honestly, Jonah just kinda started sounding them out one day…by himself. Ok, ok, so I’ve set him up for success with all of the fun things I do with him and I’ve been really strategic about things related to reading instruction. But still, the moment he started reading them on his own, I pulled out my phone and took a video. (Email subscribers, you might have to click through to see the video)

Forgive my video skills. I had Asher on one hip and forgot to turn my phone sideways to make it larger.

I love this kid, y’all. He is all kinds of awesome, but you already knew that if you’ve been around here long. Don’t you remember Leaf Family?

Also, in case you were wondering, the word family sorting activity is from the Circus Preschool Pack over at my friend Jolanthe’s blog, Homeschool Creations. It’s one of Jonah’s favorites to pull out and work on when he has a choice.

Blame it on Frosty

I investigated further into the hilarious Leaf Daddy/Pipe thing from Jonah’s Leaf Family Portrait.

Frosty the Snowman, the lovable, magical guy we all know and love is to blame. Specifically, his corn-cob pipe.

And thanks to Leaf Mommy, I got the video to load for you…she’s one smart cookie :)

Enjoy!

(Having trouble viewing the video? You can view it HERE)

Leaf Family Portrait {and commentary from Jonah}


We’ve been having a blast at the Happy Brown House with some of our favorite Fall/Leaf books, specifically Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. It’s lead to quite a few activities–most of which you can read about over at Totally Tots today!

But because I love you, dear readers, and feel like you might need a laugh just as much as I do, I will share with this gem of a picture and the “behind-the-scenes” commentary from Jonah….

Leaf Family

We’ll call this masterpiece “Leaf Family”…if you will. Jonah’s words are in bold. Mommy’s words are in fancy-shmancy brackets {’cause they’re pretty and all the bloggers use them}.  You’ll have to excuse my commentary, it’s 4:00 AM when I’m writing this, and after a sleepless night, I’m feeling a tad “testy”. I’ve finally given up on sleep since Asher will be up to eat again soon.

Leaf Mommy (far left) has big hair. {This picture was made while I was still in my “morning-glory-still-drinking-my-first-cup-of-coffee” stage and yes, I had big hair. Fresh from the bed and sticking up all over big hair. Apparently, this is how it translates on paper.}

Leaf Jonah (second from the left) has a tiny head. {I’m not sure what this was about. I thought it was supposed to be Asher, but he informed me that wasn’t the case. Maybe he’s been to see the head-shrinking tribe? That would account for the manners lost since the baby came.}

Leaf Daddy (third from the left) has a pipe. It’s one of those things that you put in your mouth and blow and smoke comes out. {Say what?!? Not only has he never seen a pipe or someone smoking one, but where in the world did this come from? Real Daddy doesn’t smoke. This led to a “smoking is bad” conversation. We’ll revisit it in the future.}

Leaf Asher (far right) has blue hair. {At this point,  that’s the least of my worries!}

By the way, I got all of this conversation on video. Classic. If I wasn’t technology-challenged when it came to my video camera, I would share it. Wonder if Leaf Mommy knows how to work a video camera?

Update: You can see the Leaf Family Video and all of Jonah’s personal commentary. Apparently, we should blame it on Frosty.

War Cry

Grafiti

And there it was, his first curse word. Spoken with the tone and inflection of an adult, but with the voice of a boy years away from puberty’s deepening. A month shy of four years old, and he’s already found a dagger in his toolbox. My mind raced to think of how to react. I was unprepared. I thought we still had time before this blow to my ears and heart. Click here to read the rest at The MOB Society

*I’m posting over at The M.O.B. Society today! I’d love it if you joined me over there! What is The M.O.B. Society? A place FOR moms of boys, BY moms of boys.

Jonah says…

Mommy: “Jonah, do you want us to get a boy or a girl from Ethiopia?”

Jonah: “I want a girl”

Mommy: “I thought you said you wanted a brother? Did you change your mind?”

Jonah: “Well…I want a boy AND a girl. We can get a whole bunch of babies, Mommy. That would be fun. Right?”

“Mommy, when we get our baby from Ethiopia, he can wear my pajamas. He can borrow my binoculars and my train, too.”