Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Back in the saddle.

Today started out a little rough. We've been staying close to home for the past week and a half, in a bit of a sickness induced slump. Today, I woke up ready to run, or fly, or just plain get outta the house. I wanted to celebrate the fact that I feel better. I wanted to go, and do something fun. But this morning I could not come up with anything to do. The kids didn't want to do the park/picnic thing, or the splash park, and I just couldn't think of any good ideas.

So we did school, and puzzles, and chickens, had lunch and took naps. And then, the ideas were a plenty. And we rocked this afternoon and evening.

We went to Barnes and Noble, which is one those ideal places, perfect for rainy or hot days. Our normal routine is to kind of move in, sit and read books, and laugh about silly things.

The kids have spending money that they save from their chores. They get to spend it on pretty much whatever they want, but I do try to encourage good choices. Today they insisted on a stuffed shark, and a stuffed cat. All I could think about was the top shelf in the playroom, that is piled high with stuffed animals, that rarely come out to play. I did the speech about "it's your money, but wouldn't you rather buy a book? We have so many stuffed animals already...", but in the end, we came home with a shark named Douglas, and a kitty named Daisy.

Bella and Grady have taken a special interest in my camera lately. As you may know, my camera is much like my 4th child. It goes everywhere with me. And I love it, and feed it, and give it a bath...

So today, I let them take a few pictures. The next three are Bella's. She walked around us, quiet and steady, photographing different angles. I told her she's hired.

I love that she got the whole mess. Sometimes I'm too quick to zoom all the background stuff out.

Then it was Grady's turn. He took five pictures of Bella's head, a shot of my rear (I'll spare you), a few of a headless Lilly, and a couple of these...

After the bookstore, we went to the pet store. This is another one of our back-up plans. We weren't in a hurry, so they all had plenty of time to see their favorites. Bella likes the bunnies, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Grady, is of course all about the fish, snakes and lizards. And Lilly loves to sit a watch the birds. She talks to them. She waves at them, and holds up her toys, to show them. She is the bird whisperer...

After that, we met my sister-in-law, Brittany, at Chick-fil-a for dinner. The children played for a little bit, actually, I take that back. Bella and Grady played, while Lilly tried on the other kids' shoes, and walked around the restaurant in shoes that were not her own... Then we carried on with our little  evening adventure .

 After that, we all went to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to share a caramel and chocolate covered apple. And since they had no little table or chairs, we sat in the trunk of my car, and made a delicious mess.Yum.

And tonight, bedtime was sweet. The little loves were tired, and so was I. We read stories, and snuggled, and carried on with our normal bedtime activities.

It's so good to be feeling better, and closer to "normal". It's so good to know that these little babes are my gift, and I get to raise them. It's so good to plan fun days for them, and enjoy our time together in the process. It's life, and it is so good.


  1. Lookin' foward to meeting Douglas and Daisy!

  2. What a fun day! Bella did a great job as a photographer in training! She has a great teacher! Love Grady snuggling his shark and Lily talking to the birds! Really enjoy watching your kids grow up! Thanks for sharing this precious time with us.

  3. I think you and I are kindred spirits, i've been known to call my camera my 3rd child. Most people don't understand and look at my funny when i say that. But you understand! =)
    Isn't it fun to see what pictures our kiddos capture with a camera? I love to see their perspective and what they think is important enough for a photo. Bella took great photos! I'd hire her too!