Saturday, August 25, 2012

A cell phone and a durl.


Our little chicks are growing up. They are losing their baby fuzz, and their feathers are coming in.

That is Molly, above with Grady, and Poppy with Bella. I know that because Bella told me so. And Bella continues to be the chick whisperer. She holds those little babies, and before you know it, their eyes are closed. And she so sweetly looks up and says, "look mama, they're sleeping".

Grady and Lilly still have some learning to do in the gentleness category. Today I looked outside, and saw Grady standing beside the pond, holding the chick above the water, "so she could see the fish"...

Our big girls still have at least another month (or two) before we will see any eggs, so we wait.

This afternoon, I was making plans to go grocery shopping, making my list, printing coupons, etc. Bella had some spending money that was burning a hole in her pocket, so she offered to go with me, and requested to take her shopping cart. She has been asking for a cell phone, and a new "durl". (I guess that is the new name for them now in our house.)  Bryan kept the littles, and the two of us had a special mama-Bella date. As we were pulling into the parking lot, the sky turned dark, the winds were blowing, and the rain was hot on our heels.

Since it was raining outside and we had no other plans, we took our time. Bella carefully scoured each toy aisle, looking for just the right toy. She only had $13 to spend, which limited her choices. She couldn't find what she was looking for, so we moved on without her items.

Usually when I take all three kids to the grocery store, it becomes a race to see how fast I can get in and out of the store, before someone has to go potty, or someone is hungry, or someone is not sharing, or everyone wants to get out of the cart and scatter... so today it was nice to just spend some quiet, alone time with my girl. We walked slowly, talked, and looked at whatever she wanted to look at. She helped me plan and shop for dinners, and fruits and veggies for snacks. She asked me over and over, "is this a healthy choice?" and that made me smile.

As we were waiting in line to pay, she checked the little toys in the lane (the ones that are intended to suck parents into buying one last thing before you exit the store). And sure enough, there were cell phones and mini Barbie princess girls. And she smiled huge smiles as she pulled out her own money, and paid the cashier. She collected her new toys, tucked her receipt into her bag,  pulled the plastic bag onto her shoulder like a purse, and proudly walked out of the store, pushing her cart full of produce. Then we talked on our cell phones to each other the whole way home.

1 comment:

  1. Love it! How nice to hear Bella's shopping musings without the quick in/out routine. Must be so warming to your heart to see how the things that are important to you are important to her too. :-)