ten on tuesday.

1. (Insert lame excuse for lack of blogging here.)

2. Yesterday a sweet church friend started a new blog documenting her life as a newlywed. Her mention of this ol’ blog as an inspiration may or may not have guilted me into dusting off the ToT today! 😉 Check out The Newlywed Novice if you’re looking for a fun new read.

3. Speaking of new reads, Ephraim and I left the library last week with a huge stack of books for the next two weeks. He’s working on the Beast Quest series and Sarah put in a request for Little Women.

4. I got three books of my own and just finished the first – The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. I recommend it. I’m still chewing on it days later and wishing my Colorado book club was still in tact so we could talk it over. It’s the kind of book that stays with you I think.

5. Our church’s vacation bible school is this week and I get to be the “story lady” once again. This week runs me ragged with VBS in the morning and work in the afternoon but I absolutely LOVE sitting in front of children again, teaching. And I’m pretty lucky to have a fabulous group of young teenagers helping me out this year. So fun. Every time I look at them and think that I met my husband at church when I was their age I chuckle. Life is funny.

6. We bought our house seven years ago from a couple that flipped it. Everything they did was lovely except the floors, which they attempted to sand and stain themselves. Almost immediately after we moved in the floors started peeling and we’ve lived with nasty, beat up floors ever since. We’re finally getting all of that repaired in a few weeks though which means…moving everything out of our house in the middle of an Alabama July! We Cobbs are so smart.

7. We’re also having our kitchen renovated just a tad which will include a little switcheroo from a center storage island that seats two (tightly) to a 3’x6′ counter height, butcher block table that seats an infinite number of children. Or eight. We’ll just see. Either way, I’m pumped!

8. In the wake of all of these house changes we decided it was time to give up the sweet woman who’s been helping us keep our house some semblance of clean over the last several years. The kiddos are getting older and we really want them to learn the skills to care for their own homes one day. So it was time. We sat down a few weeks ago and made a master list of all the cleaning jobs that need to be done each week and then each person in the family had the opportunity to volunteer for the jobs they felt they would be best at. See how I cleverly called it an “opportunity” to make it sound like a super fun option? (Insert evil laugh…)

9. Ephraim is now in charge of spraying and cleaning all the glass tables and doors in the house and Sarah is in charge of dusting and vacuuming. In addition to cleaning their own rooms, of course. On Sunday evening (our dedicated cleaning time) when I announced it was time to get the house cleaned Ephraim said, “but we just did that like three days ago!”. Welcome to life, my boy. Welcome to life.

10. For the record, I’m in charge of cleaning the kitchen and doing the laundry, while Brent has been appointed to clean bathrooms, sweep/mop floors and blare One Direction at the highest volume our speakers will allow. Certainly not our first musical choice, but a small price to pay for gaining two little people who just may prove to be productive citizens of the world one day. (Fingers and toes crossed very, very tightly.)

Happy Tuesday!

AngieJune 25, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Welcome back.

lizJune 27, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Hi, Erin,
Don’t know how far back you go to read comments, but I thought I’d leave one hear anyway. First of all, I love ToT (saw the link on facebook).
I’m totally going to get the book you love – above – just because you mentioned the club.
Finally, I love that Toby’s lil fat face is still on your blog button. Makes me know you still love me 🙂
Still Love YOU!
Liz

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