Monday, June 11, 2012


Just wanted to let you know...
That We've Found a New Place to Nest!

One year ago, a friend approached me and asked if I would ever consider writing about a variety of topics on my blog (other than our stories of our family life.)  I told her that I had never thought about it, but that I would pray about her suggestion.

Well, after a lot of prayer, procrastination and deliberation, I've decided that maybe it's time to move forward with her proposal.  All Things Bright and Beautiful was a great beginning for our family blog.  Now, we hope that you will join us, as we move on to our new home, 

The new website will cover the topics of homeschooling, health and fitness, all things related to raising boys, Faith life and the home page will include happenings with our family and anything domestic that I care to share such as cooking, fashion, music, products I love, etc.

Please, if you are a current follower of All Things Bright and Beautiful, be sure to jump on over and follow us on Sole Searching!  We welcome your comments, suggestions and stories.  You can leave them on the comment portion of the blog after each post, or contact me via email at

We are very touched by the loyalty and support of all of our readers, and hope that you will find our new site even more enjoyable to read as well as something worth sharing with others!

(Thanks to the The Background Fairy for the image of the bird envelope!)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Don't Make Me Smell 'Em!!

There comes a point in every baby boy's life when he crosses over from the realm of perfectly pure yummy baby sweetness and into the big-boy's world of unexplainable gross disgustingness.  Although that very moment is guaranteed to happen, we mothers lovingly attempt to delay the inevitable for as long as possible. Unfortunately, for me, the odds are stacked pretty high.  With five older brother around, Charlie was bound to be taken over by the power of influence sooner than later...
The warning signs came early... 

First, his unmistakable giggle floating down the hallway from the boys' bedroom sounded the alarm. The older four were having a belching contest, and Charlie thought that that was the most hilarious sound his precious little ears had ever heard.  

Next, I caught Andrew schooling Henry in the art of arm pit sound effects. Prancing around and calling himself Mr. Tooty-Pits, Henry was the center of attention. Charlie seemed to think that Henry's arm pit skills also deserved a round of giggles.

Oh, no, I thought to myself, he's only one, and yet he is still instinctively attracted to grossness!! What mysterious chromosome is responsible for their barnyard behavior??

Help me understand this, Lord. PA-Lease!
The event that sealed the deal, the point of no return back to the perfectly pure yummy baby sweetness was when Daddy decided to play "Don't Make Me Smell 'Em!" with Charlie.  
It's a game he's played with all the boys during their early toddler days.  It goes something like this:
Daddy: "Don't make me smell 'em, Charlie.  Don't you do it!"

Charlie: Chuckling, slowly raises his foot right up to Steve's nose.

Daddy:  Big, big sniff.  Loud, loud, "Peee-Yooo!!"

Giggle.  Tickle.  Repeat.
Here's a little video I took of the action.  To be honest, I cannot resist my baby's feet, stinky or not, nor could I resist giggling during this little episode!!
Are you the mother of a boy or boys who can relate to this story with a story or two of your own?  Leave a comment - I'd love to hear from you!!