Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
We played at the park for a little while, but I was a little sad that it has changed a lot from the huge park I remember from childhood. A few of the really big slides are gone--for safety reasons I'm sure. But Evi had a blast and Jamie was nice and content as well. We even enjoyed a self serve snow cone together thanks to the "music truck" (this is what we started calling it a few years ago so she didn't think she could get a treat from it every day on our street. It worked until this summer). It was a wonderful day, but it didn't end there.
The following week was the week of friends! Monday we watched Evi's cousins, Caleb and Ashlyn. Ashlyn and Evi are only 6 months apart in age and they have really come to adore eachother. We live over an hour away, so playdates together aren't too often, but we need some more. Wednesday Evi went to play with a friend of mine (since her kids were both sleeping, bless her), so I could go to an appointment. Thursday we set up a play date for Evi and Zoe. Zoe was away all summer, and the first sunday they saw eachother in church, they couldn't stop giggling and hugging. The funny part about getting them together is they were both a little grumpy that day! I took a picture of them both laying on the couch because they couldn't agree on an activity. Yet, they forget easily because they had a blast together at playgroup today! Then Friday we watched another friends little boy, because her childcare fell through at the last minute! Stressful for them, and it worked out really well for us.
I am actually really glad we had friends over all week, because Evi really needs to learn to share her things better. She is great in neutral territory, or in someone else's home. But we really need to work on having more kids at our house! The interesting thing is that she seems to share and play better with boys. I'm not sure how I was as a kid, but in high school, I had a few great girl friends, but a lot of guy friends. Not on purpose, that was just who I became great friends with. Hmm, could this somehow be genetic??
Thursday, August 19, 2010
(left) Evi at 3 months old (right) Jamie at 3 weeks old
(left) Evi at 5 months old (right) Jamie at 3 1/2 months old
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
He must have been waiting out there for at least an hour since I hit traffic--but it was nothing to him. He was worried about me making the drive by myself and wanted to do all that he could to bring me safely home.
What a good lesson for me from a parent, but also to make the analogy about my Father in Heaven, always watching out for me. All He wants is to bring us safely home, just like my dad did that night. We make our choices and sometimes have to find our way in the dark. But He'll always be there, we just have to look and open up to let him in. My dad always used object lessons. It's funny, because I feel like this was an object lesson for me and he didn't even have to say a word.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Last night I was looking through the Gospel Art Book with Evi so we could find pictures of Jesus. Although there are several to choose from, she was fixated on a picture of the crucifixion. She was studying it, staring at it, and asked all sorts of questions about it. She was fascinated. I explained what was happening in the picture to her and she just continued to stare, get kinda sad and ask some more questions. We tried to turn the page away after several minutes to end with a picture of Jesus with children, but she just kept wanting to go back to that one. I first felt like it was a topic that might be too complicated to explain to a 3 year old, but she wanted to know about it and I'm glad we took the time.
This morning she opened the book and asked me to help her find the page where Jesus "was hanging". And again tonight she wanted to open the book to see the picture where "Jesus got dead", and told me she was going to teach me a lesson. :)
It's refreshing to see her sweet and innocent spirit coming out like this. I could tell there was something really drawing her to that picture and I am so glad for chances to sit down as a family to learn together.