Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tornado : Trouble :: Grant : Mischeif

Life with little boys is never dull. But life with Grant is never - - - hmmmmmmmmm - - - life with Grant is to expect the unexpected. It is to expect things to happen that I would never in a million years dream of. It is to say things that I never pictured myself saying or even needing to say, for that matter. (Like, "Get the silverware out of the diaper pail!!!!" - Yip, I said that one today!!!) It is to get out of bed each morning and quickly pray, "Lord, give me wisdom and patience!" And although all moms of little boys are certainly earning their crown in heaven, I am working on earning my five carat diamond that will adorn the crown I have for sure already earned!!

For example:
1. Grant wanted to help me make melon balls for dinner the other night. I left him to it while I finished a load of laundry. I came back and found this = He had turned the cantaloupe into Melon Man. You can see Melon Man's purple bowl hat, his eyes, nose and mouth that were carved with a knife (no one was injured in the making of Melon Man - whew!), his arms (which is the melon baller spoon thingy) and his body (the second half of the cantaloupe).

2. No wonder I couldn't find my other shoe. It had been turned into a "sculpture". Now WHY didn't I think of that???


3. Looks like someone has been practicing their R's - - - on a door...


4. As I ran to answer Grant's distressed call for help two days ago, I found this = Grant hanging half way off the side of the couch wearing only his underwear. Odd? Yes. But the question soon became, "What is that in your underwear??? (You would think that would be a redundant question, but not in my house.) Is that Pete????!!!!!!!! (one of our gerbils)
Below I give you Grant's rear-end with Pete coming out the leg hole. Don't ask...

5. Grant loves to do research on the computer with whatever he is fixated on that week. This week he is into pool filters and pool vacuums. (Because what five-year-old isn't??) He has interviewed friends at church that have pools and lifeguards at the pools near our house about the filters and vacuums they are currently using. We have gone from one pool to the next solely to survey what size the filters are, what shape they are, where their locations are in the pools, and if there is also a vacuum present.
So far we have learned: A) The kiddie pools by our house have two small circular filters in the middle of the pool. B) The adult pools only have one filter which is a large square and it can only found in the center of the deep end. C) Residential pools are the only pools with vacuums. D) These vacuums can be in a circular or square shape. E) Some of these vacuums look like "freaky robots" and "wheelchairs".
And here is Grant continuing his comparison research. I really expect him to go into research when he grows up.


6. And what day wouldn't be complete without an actual model of Grant's current fascination? Well, count today as "complete": Here is a home-made "pool filter" (Duh!!! And you just thought it was a broiling pan!) He took the top of my broiling pan and placed a muffin pan underneath it (I get the broiling pan thing, but the muffin pan?? I assure you though, he chose it for a very specific reason), and viola! You've got yourself a filter for the deep end of a pool!


And for an extra laugh for the fam, I thought you would enjoy watching the scene I stumbled upon at lunch time yesterday as Rhett was eating his weenies. (Maybe I should say "as Rhett was SUPPOSED to be eating his weenies.)
Guess which one is the puppet...

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Poor Madalyn.

BTW: He did finally give her the weenie.

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8 comments:

Kory Kilgore said...

I've got to say, Amanda. As much as Grant may drive you crazy and wear you out on a daily basis, looking at some of the things he makes and seeing some of the things he's interested in, I think he is going to be one bright boy. He's seems way more intelligent than your average 5 year old especially considering he hasn't even started Kindergarten yet. Reading about his pool filter research, I said out loud, "That's amazing!" I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do with it all as he matures. He could do great things. Hang in there! :)

Danny and Heidi said...

Wow ma'am! You have your hands full. But man is that kid creative!!

Rick J said...

Get lots of copies of his autograph now so you can sell them as a retirement supplement when he is famous.

Rachel said...

Oh. my. goodness. The gerbil in the underwear!! I could sooo see those things happening in my house! Thanks for giving me a laugh tonight.

And what a super-cool Mom you are to encourage all of that research. Grant is so blessed to already know how to do all of that -- and it's only because you've nurtured that desire and provided him plenty of opportunities. Bravo!

Andrea said...

How super funny!!! That Grant is quite a little scientist/researcher/sculpter. Way to keep him busy over the summer. My favorite was the hamster in the underwear...hilarious!

Elisa said...

OMGoodness! I am laughing like a hyena at Grant! The gerbil thing is too funny!

Is this what I have to look forward to with a boy!?!?

kate m. said...

I was laughing out loud about the gerbil! I must show that to Boone tomorrow! But, I also agree with Kory that Grant is very intelligent and creative. The melon man is really cute, and his filter research is hilarious but also very smart.

Lydia said...

oh my goodness - that is hillarious! Gerbil in the underwear...Looks like you've got your hands full!