You don't hear it mentioned very often, but having a teenager in the house can be down right USEFUL!
The Boy is capable of all manner of help these days! He can run a load of wash - and I mean from start to finish. He grabs clothes from all around the house, sorts by color, etc., and when there is enough, he runs them through the washer and dryer, folds and hangs them, and then puts them away!
I got VERY spoiled this summer as this was one of his main duties (when he wasn't away at camp). He also helped out with dusting, vacuuming, care of the dogs, and many more household duties.
It has been such a blessing to ask for his help and know that it will truly be HELPful!
Our look back today is a bit more lighthearted though:
This image, taken just after the start of 2nd grade for the Boy shows off one of his many creative pursuits: balloon twisting!
During this phase, he filled our home with all manner of balloon animals and structures. I loved all of the animals, of course, including the above featured octopus. But my favorites were the structures. And specifically, his "pyramid of Giza." That one led to all kinds of interpretations! He made it once with green balloons to which we then tied smaller, multicolored balloons and used it as a Christmas tree centerpiece for our Christmas Eve celebrations!
I love this aspect of Wonder Boy's personality. He likes to learn new things, to use his hands and raw materials to make something new.
I can respect that.