Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Precious Kaity

I picked Kaity up yesterday at 2:00. We came over to the Beach House to play for a little while. I had gotten this baby romper/walker toy out of my shed a few weeks ago for baby Aidan. We put Paco in it for fun today. Kaity pretended Paco was our baby and gave him little rides around the front room and kitchen.
 We painted a pretty picture for Diana's birthday. Kaity was so pleased. We put together a brand new Melissa & Doug puzzle (48 piece wood Pirate puzzle) and that was fun. We also read TWO complete stories. One of the books was about a little girl, Lily, who found a big brown "puppy" that was actually a BEAR (that had run away from the zoo) out in her garden. It was a very funny little book. We also read a complete story about Peter Rabbit forgetting it was Mother's Day and trying to make her a strawberry pie with strawberries from the fox's strawberry patch. Kaity listened to both stories very engaged today--laughing and anticipating and smiling ... this is good, and shows real growth in Kaity's attention level. Thank you, Lord.
 At one point, I found out that my camera battery needed recharging; so I plugged it into the wall. Right before we left to go to the playground, I remembered my camera battery was NOT in my camera! "What if it didn't get charged enough, Kaity?" I asked. "Take a picture of me and see if it turns out," was Kaity's reply. Below is the picture. :)
 I decided to take Kaity to a playground we had never played at over at Lamoreaux Park.
 It isn't too big, but it is very colorful and there is quite enough to do there.
 Kaity did EVERYTHING.
 Kaity is SO physical, SO athletic, and quite fearless.
 And doesn't she have the sweetest little face?
 I just love her so.
 Kaity showed me how strong she is and was quite the monkey ...

 We took a little walk mid-way through our playtime over to where the fishing ponds were (in the background of this photo above). I failed to get any pictures over there; but Kaity was a real trooper and ran most of the way. We also met a little blind dog and its kind owner. Kaity got to pet the dog and we visited for awhile with the woman who owned him.

We also played school for a little while at this tiny place underneath the playground. It had a good alphabet board, etc. Kaity wanted me to be the teacher; so I was!
 Mill Creek runs right next to the playground ... so pretty.

 Dear Kaity--do you have any idea how precious you are?

 Thank you, Lord, for this little girl. Oh Father, I pray she will know and love You some day. I pray she will KNOW how deeply You love her and how you have rescued her so that she can belong to you.

 I love Monday afternoons!

PS:    I neglected to take any pictures whatsoever when the kiddos came over Saturday afternoon and evening! So I do not have a separate post for that. But I do want to chronicle that we enjoyed a nice french toasty meal, played games together, and had a good time. Emma spent the night and together we watched "Hacksaw Ridge" which was probably the most graphically violent film I have ever seen in my life. I can't believe I let Emma watch it. Except it was based on a true story and during the grossest fighting, we left the room together because we just couldn't watch any more blood and guts. We both decided, though, that the story itself was beautiful and very worth telling.

Emma and I also went to church Sunday morning. We've been studying the book of Ruth the last several weeks. Before bedtime on Saturday nights, I have been reading the book of Ruth to Emma and talking about it with her. I have so enjoyed this. Anyway, church was wonderful. We studied the story of Ruth through the eyes of Boaz this week. What a wonderful man Boaz was--so protective, a man of integrity, and so kind to Ruth. This next week, we are going to look at the story from Ruth's perspective. I am looking forward to it!

A Thursday Hodgepodge

I have a standing Thursday night date with my grandson, Brendan. I get out of work at 3:30, drive over to Acton Institute where I pick Dylan up from work, we drive over to his house and I pick Brendan up for a few hours of fun.
Some nights we drive all the way out to my Beach House; but at other times, I am too tired to make the trip there and back ... so we find stuff to do around his side of town. Sometimes I am so super tired, that I don't even make any PLAN whatsoever, but just roll with whatever happens. 
 This past Thursday night was one where I was super tired. So we drove over to Schuler Books where we can read books for free (kind of like a library) and play with beautiful toys that we don't have to pay for! We are always very very careful with this unpurchased property! Brendan and I read at LEAST 10 books--many of them Bo Willem's pigeon books and others that Brendan loves.
 We always shop their toys for future gift ideas. I found the IDEAL gift for Aidan's #1 birthday. This "Zany Zoo" is perfect. I did not take a very comprehensive picture of this cool toy, however. Mostly, I  was just photographing the name so that I could look it up on the internet and discover the cost. You see, this toy was not for sale--it was actually out for kids to play with; so that is what we did. It is made out of very nice wood, colorfully painted and had actually 5 sides of activities (if you include the top--which you must because it has very cool play things there!) 
I looked it up when I got home. I can purchase this through Target and it is actually within my budget. YES! 
 After playing at Schuler's, we were hungry. I talked Brendan in to eating over at my favorite fish place up on the Beltline, the name of which completely escapes me as I am writing ... it is right on the tip of my fingers too. Well anyway, we ate dinner there. We always have fun eating out. Brendan is a riot in a restaurant.
 Here he is checking out the underside of our table ... Brendan managed to eat his entire buttery hamburger--CULVER'S!!--the name just came to me as I typed the word "buttery" because that is their boast: buttery hamburgers! Who could resist? I do, however, because I always get their fish instead.
 After we ate, I had a hankering to drive down to the airport because I remembered when the boys were little, we used to drive just beyond the airport to a little grassy area where you could see the runways and watch the planes come and go ...
 But that area is completely blocked off now. We settled for this little grassy area in front of some local small businesses; however, not a single runway was in view. We did get to see a jet take off, but it was while we were driving and looking for a spot to park.
 After that one single jet, we did not see another one coming or going for the 20 minutes we waited.
 Waiting is always an interesting event with Brendan. He just never seems put off by waiting. You see, he is always doing something: singing, playing with his shadow, telling me a story--because he is a happy little person through and through!

 We had a splendid evening doing nothing whatsoever. Just being together was enough.
I am super blessed that way with this Little Fellow.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Aidan is a delicious roly-poly little person ... LOOK!

Ah, little Aidan--I see your big brother, Brendan in every one of these pictures! Your smile! Your dimples!
 Aidan is THREE months now (last week actually). He is SO chunky and delicious, isn't he?
 Love you, sweet baby! I can't wait to get to know you better. You are such a GIFT.

We LOVE Bear Creek

We took TWO outings over to Warren Townsend Park this weekend to cool off in Bear Creek. The first time was Saturday, late afternoon. I had Kaity and Matt with me at the time and I totally FORGOT my camera! I was SO disappointed, because those kids had such a blast in the water that day.
We invited Brendan to come Monday afternoon--the time when I always have dear Kaity. As it turns out, Matt joined us again; but this time I HAD my camera. Yay! Oh my, the antics of these children Monday afternoon. They were an absolute scream. My heart was so happy just watching and enjoying their fun. 
Kaity is just ecstatic here. She runs and plays and laughs and explores and hardly ever stops smiling and interacting. This is SO good for her. She really got into searching for and collecting different rocks from the creek bed.

 Matthew and Brendan had so much fun. Can you see them UNDER the bridge? Well, actually they were not UNDER the bridge but BEYOND the bridge just enjoying themselves hugely.
I took a few $$ store trips over the last weeks and probably spent $20 on various little boats and water squirters, etc. I added those to our "old" collection, put them all in a nice sturdy bucket and brought them all down to the creek with us. Look at Brendan's happy little face as he watches Matt. 
 We played for two hours here and had such fun. We had a water fight (naturally) with our water squirters. I made rules about NO squirting people's faces and to keep it LOW. I have never seen Brendon behave as he did ... he was actually naughty ... little sweetheart. He just wouldn't stop squirting people's faces (mostly mine). We had a little chat about it. Brendan played rougher than I've ever seen him play. Perhaps it is because I don't usually see him playing with older children. Matt and he had a lot of fun. I was glad to see Brendan hold his own. He showed me he is quite a tough little mister.
 Much of the time was spent pirating around the rocks and growling like pirates and searching for sunken treasures.

 Isn't this a gorgeous place? I know!

 One thing: Matt actually caught a cray fish that was pretty good sized too. I failed to snap his picture. Matt named him Michael and he was a delight as we watched him swim around in our bucket for a little while. We got to share him with some different children who wandered by, and got to share our water toys too. I love how kids make "instant friends", don't you?
Since the kiddos were thoroughly soaked, I suggested they play over on the playground while I gathered toys. They were something else as they climbed, chased each other, found a treasure map, and just generally whooped it up together. 

 Aren't they adorable? Grandchildren are SUCH a GIFT. I still have to pinch myself about it.

Kaity climbed this wall half a dozen times in 15 minutes. She is an excellent little climber. 
Thank you, Lord, for each one of my grandchildren. PLEASE help them to follow You! Have Your way in their hearts. Give them eyes to see you and hearts to obey You all their lives.