Thursday, May 17, 2007

Out And About

Levi checking out books for his list, and Roman wondering what he was doing.
Roman wanting a book, any book.

Abram found Roman a book that you push the buttons and they make sounds. This worked like a charm, thankfully.


Sidenote: Geeesh I could NOT sleep last night. My mind would not shut down and just rest. Talk about tiring...If I wasn't already IN bed I would have gone to bed.


We had a wonderful meeting last night. To be honest, it was much better than I had expected. The day began on a very different note, so I guess I sort of expected it to end on the same one....ya know, sort of flaaaaat.

I woke up Roman from a nap, prematurely (what do they say about NEVER waking a sleeping baby?), so we could all run to Barnes and Noble. I was craving a little orange mocha, and thought it would be a good excuse to take all five boys out too. So we got the little man up, dressed, and then moved the herd out to the vehicle to head for the store. When we arrived at Barnes and Noble we went into the Starbucks section first. The six of us eyed the goodies behind the glass so long, trying to make our choices, that we had to keep signaling the other people to go ahead of us. You would have thought we were at the Geneva Convention with how long it took to decide on which cookie each one wanted. Eventually, we made it to the actual register and the ordering began. Of course, Roman was trying his triple sow cow stunts in my arms while the cookies were being shoved across the counter to me. Plus, you would have wondered if we were all wearing matching uniforms with all the looks we were getting. Hello....we are just a little family, craving a little something sweet...don't stare, just throw money people, support the Starbucks Family Fund...


I then gave the boys their mission. Each one had to find six books that they were willing to read this summer. I brought a clipboard so that the titles and authors of each book could be listed under their name. You see Den and I discussed it one night, and came up with some sense of organization and accountability for each boy. Hoping to inspire the love of reading for fun. So as the boys dispersed I took off for the safest place in the store that would endure an already weary mom that was sipping her hot delicious orange mocha (my saving grace); the children's section.


So, every once in a while, one boy would come back with a few books in hand, explain to me why he thought he may enjoy the books, and then jotted them down on the clipboard. This all sounded genius at the time, but as the minutes were ticking by I began to feel like we had been there for an eternity. For you see, Roman was testing boundaries, mentally and physically. He is normally pretty mild mannered, but not today, of course.


Eventually, we made our way out of the store only to rush home to get around for church. So as you can well understand I didn't expect meeting to be super grand. After all, I woke up the 17 month old early, and was now paying the piper.


However, church was nice. One of the most beautiful things about our size of assembly is that everyone prays for the other. You hear the sweetest words about your family going towards the Heavens, and it melts your heart. You begin to feel so much love, and you want to give back as well. Everyone prayed and the testimonies were touching too. River even joined in, and conducted the dismissal prayer.



I thought about how easy it would have been to have stayed home with my Georgie Porgie Pudding Pie, but I would have missed out. It was a great note to end the evening on. Then when church was over, we all said our goodbyes. Den and I dropped off the boys at the house, and we headed back to Barnes and Noble, for a bit. After all, I was so busy earlier that I didn't get a chance to look at any of the books that I had been longing to flip through....and ohhh....another round of orange mochas was had by both....hehehe

13 comments:

javamamma said...

Enjoyed catching up a bit. Your day out sounds...bittersweet. Coffee - sweet. A tired chap - bitter. But I'm glad you got redemption in the evening! A trip to Barnes & Noble sounds delightful, hmmm....

la bellina mammina said...

sounds like a great day! I NEVER try to wake the little one up early from his nap - imagine the price I have to pay later.....

Sunydazy said...

I know what you mean about shopping with the under 3 crowd! Especially at the bookstore!
Sounds like the day ended well! Hubby and I love to go and just sit and look through books.

ThoughtfulMom said...

It's easy enough to say "Never wake a sleeping baby," but it's another thing entirely to accomplish it. I try my best, but occasionally, it just has to be done. We stay home often because of sleeping babies, but there are some things that just have to be done.

meNmykids said...

Sounds like a great time. I'm sure that the big kids were glad you just woke him up. Glad that church was good, and starbucks twice in one day! Have a great day!

momto3blessings said...

Cute pictures! I have never heard of an Orange Mocha sounds like something I need to try though. Wish I could have met up with you yesterday but I just wasnt feeling well.

Cherrie said...

You are doing a good job keeping Starbucks in business. Maybe I should buy some stock...hehehe.. Sounds as though your day turned out very nice even if, baby was a little bit moody. I miss living in a small assembly were you feel needed. And almost a obligation to be there. In the big ones you seem to blend in if your not careful.

Lori said...

You are so organized! I love the list and being accountable - must be the teacher in me! :-)

Now I'm craving Starbucks too!!! ha!

Steff said...

That sounds like such a fun outing...I love bookstores! And now that you're living in the city I'm sure there are going to be a lot of summer reading oppurtunities at the local library. :)

Mrs.Martin said...

I am ordering an Orange Mocha next time. I have to wait until I can have sugar, so I will mow the lawn, then run to star bucks to suck down the sugary drink. You could literally be their spokesperson. I mean we need a homeschool, hip, momma woman, who is 5'10 and gorgeous, making Us want to buy their books and sip their drinks! Yep, you'd be good!

Leah said...

Oh fun! I can just imagine what fun our little guys would have pulling unlimited books off the shelves in those stores if we let them! Heheee!

That reminds me even though he's still little Ti loves to read and I want to get him signed up for the summer reading program at the library!

Great pictures too - I never would've thought of snapping some pictures at a bookstore or any store for that matter. Neat!

Nadine said...

What a great idea to get the boys excited about reading for the summer. Little Roman looked adorable reaching up for books. Orange Mocha...I love a vanilla latte myself...Starbucks a gift from God.

Sis. Lori P. said...

Trina,
I am the little librarian for our town and have brought the kids and homeschooled them there while I worked, so everyone LOVES books! Even after being at the library during the day guess where my daughter and my favorite place is to visit? Yep, the book store! Of course we get our drinky first and then head to get our favorite books and then to our private (sometimes!)little corner of the store where there are two chairs side by side! I always bring a notepad to the book store and write down everyone's interesting books and then go home and order them up on the library's website! We have a great library system. So with that in mind...check out this website www.librarything.com and have each of your older boys make their own user name. It's really fun. As they read a book have them add it to their bookshelf! Or they can choose to add all the books they own. I have one at for my PreSchool Storytime I do each week at the library too. It's really fun!