I am surprised to hear that your nephews have been acting like beans. How does one accomplish that? It seems to me that a bean's only purpose in life is to be cooked and consumed by their purchaser. Is this what Juan and Antonio goal for in life? (I assume you were speaking metaphorically, of course.) They wish only to be as those around them... one bean to another? To follow the pattern that has been created by thousands before them? As I said, this rather surprises me that they should wish to conform in this way. How wonderful for you! I imagine you will have a much easier time with them now.
It is with gratitude that I inform you that your advice on feeding William to cease his pestering has met with a degree of success! I fixed a bowl of ham and gravy with biscuits for him, which he lapped up like the canine he is. However, he has now taken to calling me an "angel" and I have not heard a single complaint! Nevertheless, it HAS only been an hour...
The way you describe your "bell" dress still strikes me as rather odd. Are not all gowns designed in the shape of a bell, more or less? As the skirt is obviously the fuller part of the ensemble? Perhaps it would be beneficial for you to sketch a drawing of it for me and enclose it in your forthcoming missive. Hoping your family is in good health,