Yeah, But…

by Stefani on 9-August-2007

When my kid brother was little he was notorious for his “buts,” more to the point, his “yeah, buts.”

“Didn’t I ask you to clean your room?” “Yeah, but I’m not finished with this game.”
“It’s time for bed.” “Yeah, but can’t I stay up a little longer?”
“Tell Mom and Dad that I had a boy over and I’ll make sure that you never see your eighth birthday.” “Yeah but, Dad pays really well for this kind of information.”

You get the picture.

We used to tease him mercilessly about his “yeah buts”. Every time he said it we’d taunt him with things like “Oh, when did Yeahbut get here? It’s been a while since Yeahbut stopped by. How ya been, Yeahbut?”

We all have our “yeah, buts” though, don’t we?

Yeah, we homeschool, but we’re fairly normal and we don’t judge others based on their schooling choices. We’ve run into a lot of people who seem to think that their choice (be it homeschool, public or private) is right for everybody, and they feel a need to win you over. As far as we’re concerned, there are many ways to nurture thoughtful, intelligent, kind human beings. This is the right path for us, for now.

School

Yeah, he made a sling shot today, determined as all get out to “hunt down some dinner” (nice diction there, buddy), but his aim is not very good, so I didn’t have to Google “squirrel recipes”. (Hallelujah!) I am not the biggest fan of living, breathing squirrels, but I am absolutely certain that I’d rather have them alive and eating my tomatoes than dead in a stew pot. (shiver)

Sling

And speaking of “hallelujah,” you might have noticed that faith is a big part of our lives, but I don’t intend to proselytize here. (Oooh, look at her using the $5 words!) So you can stop losing sleep over that one.

Yeah, we had a lot of fun today crafting with shells that we brought home from the beach in May, but we didn’t come up with the idea ourselves. We had some inspiration from Jen of Swallowfield, who took her inspiration from Blair of Wise Craft. It’s like a little branching river of creativity, this blog business.

Making

Yeah, we’re kind of stingy with what’s left of Pop’s Peach Ice Cream, but you can find the recipe here.

Peachcream

Yeah, Daddy had his own ideas for a craft today, rubberband guns…

Hammer

Sharpshooter

Amigos

…but we’re not usually this violent, and we have pretty good health insurance, so you know I let it go. I also seized the opportunity of them all being outside to raid the ice cream with no witnesses.

“What? The ice cream’s gone? How’d that happen? Man your guns men, looks like there’s dessert theives lurking about!”

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Molly August 9, 2007 at 11:20 pm

Yeah, but rubber band guns are so much fun! Aidan’s grandpa made him one and it is a constant source of amusement. I spent my entire youth trying to convince my mom that there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Yeah, but my way’s the best.

jen j-m August 10, 2007 at 6:00 am

have you seen the dangerous book for boys yet? i think you and your family would love it if you haven’t.
i’m so glad you were inspired to make a mobile. 🙂

Heather August 10, 2007 at 6:07 am

I think I need the dangerous book for boys for my girl! What fun! Do you have instructions for how to make those rubber band guns? Is a tutorial calling out to you?! You know… with all your extra free time! Have a joyous weekend, friend.

Sarah Jackson August 10, 2007 at 6:21 am

Looks like a really fun day! We call the “yeah buts” in our house yabbuts. As in “you will go clean your room now with no yabbuts!”

And I have to totally concur on the squirrel thing. Ick.

Angela August 10, 2007 at 7:06 am

Yeah…I loved your post…but I was a little sad when I came to the end. Thanks for the morning grins.

Leigh-Ann August 10, 2007 at 8:28 am

oh woman! you are so hilarious! love!

Kris August 10, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Greetings! I stumbled upon your blog through flickr photos. Love the photos, love the bandana pants, and can’t wait to bake the bread.
Thanks for sharing & nice to meet you!
~Kris

Eren August 10, 2007 at 1:07 pm

He, he…great post. I just found our ice cream freezer this past week. Mmmm…you’re giving me great ideas for the weekend. And hopefully some time to finish those beach pants.

Stacy August 10, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Thanks for more laughs. I love that last photo of your gun-wielding boys in their cute shorts.

leslie September 19, 2007 at 6:03 am

Ha! I love it! I tried to keep the guns away from my boys for a while (not pleasing the hubby)….it is just what they do…born hunters! 🙂

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