Around the Colvin Cottage: Are the Berries Ripe Yet?

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It is no secret that our family likes to eat!  My husband and I first bonded over all-you-can-eat spaghetti, our favorite family gatherings involve meals, I love to cook, and we are teaching our children the same.

One of Superhero’s favorite things to do in the summer is pick ripe berries.  I usually make something out of them: pancakes, cobblers, or just put them in smoothies.  This week has been especially warm, and Superhero Son desperately wants the berries to be ripe.

We took several walks this week and found blooms on the raspberries and blackberries.  He got all excited!  Then!  Yes, then! We stumbled upon the mulberry tree.  It is loaded!

The Mulberry Tree

The Mulberry Tree

Superhero Son is now anxiously awaiting the time when we walk to the tree and find ripe berries instead of green.

Since he was so bummed, we made black forest brownies.  They were yummy! Darling Daughter especially loved them.



Darling Daughter LOVES brownies!

Darling Daughter LOVES brownies!

We also had to relieve the heat somehow, so we pulled the crab pool and sprinkler out when my in-laws came over.  Now that June is here, school is almost out, and the temps are rising, BRING ON SUMMER!

I caught the kids off-guard with the photo.  They love their pool and sprinkler and didn't want to be disturbed.

I caught the kids off-guard with the photo. They love their pool and sprinkler and didn’t want to be disturbed.

What is your family up to this week?



Parenting Inadequacies: My Kid is Better Than Yours!


You know the way this story goes.  It happens to parents ALL THE TIME!  Someone stops you in the grocery store line, at church, or at the playground.  They ask your child’s age.  You expect a compliment on how cute they are in that outfit you picked out just for today.  Instead you get a question about a milestone.

Example A:  Saturday I was in the Target checkout line with Superhero Son and Darling Daughter.  A lady asked Darling Daughter’s age.  I explained that it was her first birthday, fully expecting her to reply, “Oh Happy Birthday, beautiful girl!”  Instead she said, “Oh!  One year old!  Can she walk?  All three of my kids were walking by their first birthday!”

Cue parental cringe!  No, she cannot walk.  My son didn’t walk until 15 months.

Example B:  I was at t-ball practice with Superhero Son.  An acquaintance that is actually a friend of a friend asked what preschool Superhero Son attends.  I explained that he doesn’t. He goes to a private sitter.  Her follow up question, with a snooty, shocked tone, “Well!  Can he write all of his letters?  Our preschool requires the three year olds to be able to adequately form all of their letters.  The four year old class will focus on writing complete sentences.  Our child is excelling!  Won’t your son fall behind?”

Again, cue parental cringe! No, he can only write a few letters.

My pediatrician is paid to tell me if my kids are behind.  I work in an elementary school. I am a certified Pk-5 teachers.  I have a masters degree in Reading Education.  I am a writing teacher.  Why do I feel inadequate as a parent?  Why do we try to “one-up” each other as parents?

I seriously doubt the Proverbs 31 woman tried to boast her parental skills.  Others probably admired her because of her confidence, not her comments about other kids falling behind.  I bet she was strong enough in her convictions to know that her children were just fine when others tried to make her feel inadequate.  She probably prayed for her children, and left the rest to God to handle.

Don’t be discouraged by others!  Don’t try to discourage others!  We are all in this parenting thing together!


Around the Colvin Cottage: Busy With Our Own Agenda

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Happy Sunday everyone!  Today is family day!  We haven’t had one in a while, so we are looking forward to some time together today.

On Tuesday, we finished t-ball!


Superhero Son is very proud of his certificate and his medal.  By Friday, he wanted to know when he could play again.  I think we may try swimming lessons next to get ready for summer.  If we get the new house we want, we will have a pool. We really need to teach him to swim before then!

We also spent a huge percentage of our time packing and moving boxes into storage.

Packing the kids' things.  Then packing the kids!

Packing the kids’ things. Then packing the kids!

I think we are almost finished getting things out of the house in preparation for house showings to prospective buyers!

The rest of my time at home was spent working on the house.  We are almost finished with the deck and porch thanks to Josh’s family and a hired painter.  Of course the kids had to help paint!

Eating in Daddy's truck.

Eating in Daddy’s truck.

We had to take a break and eat lunch yesterday.  Notice the healthy food my kids had!  At least they ate apples, too!

After all that, all we have left of cleaning!  Hopefully that will happen after we spend a little time together just relaxing!

What’s your family been up to this week?