When the boys are away the girls will play!! Daddy and The boys spent the day at 6 flags followed with an evening at the waterpark. Janessa and I had a girls day and night party. We played puzzles, games and made cookies. Dinner was our "secret" dinner--yellow mush topped with strawberries and lots of whipped cream!
Tonight during our rock-a-bye time, I read Janessa the story of Beauty and the Beast (for the third time today). Afterwards, my very articulate 2 year old told me, in her usual continuous chatter--barely stopping to get breaths in . . .
"Mommy, you Belle. You go get dressed and then you can dance with daddy! And then (spoken with a scary voice and scrunched up nose with much emphasis) the beast comes! (resuming happy chatter) But then daddy saves you! And then you dance with daddy. Daddy is much stronger then the beast. He can't get him. He keeps us safe, right mom? The beast no get him. Mom, you Belle. Okay mom?"
Okay, Janessa, I'll be Belle if I get to dance with daddy :) and wear a beautiful dress . . . after all, she is my favorite disney princess. :)
Today was such a fantastic day. It started off with a wonderful birthday breakfast and celebration of Carson. I cannot believe my little boy is 5!
Today was also Zoo field trip day for one of my preschool classes. Last week Janessa had joined Carson and I with the other class. This time, Janessa spent the day at a friend's house and I took all three of the older boys (had them skip school to join us). It was wonderful! We have a zoo pass and have gone several times this year, but Janessa can only handle a couple of hours and I spend most of my time chasing her around. Today, on the other hand, we were able to spend the entire day there and I could just focus on wonderful learning experiences with the boys. Most of all, though, I absolutely loved spending the time with them and watching their enthusiasm for learning and feeding their curiosity. It was such a great day! We stayed until it closed for the evening (long after the rest of the preschool friends had gone home). The last few hours it felt almost as though we had the entire place to ourselves.
Some zoo highlights . . .
Getting up close and personal with two sleepy lions . . .
Passing out birthday treats while eating lunch with preschool friends
Wild Animal encounter with snakes from Africa and getting a chance to ask questions (Jaron had a ton!) and get great answers.
Getting up close and personal with the farm animals . . .
And cooling off at the end of the day in the children's we play area.
And a whole bunch more fabulous experiences we were too busy having to take pictures!
I absolutely loved spending the day with the three older boys just exploring, learning, and not worrying about getting anywhere or doing anything except just having a wonderful day together. They are such great kids and feel so blessed to be their mother.
A few weeks ago, much to the delight of the children, Jonathan set the tent up in the living room and strung it with Christmas lights. We started off our evening of festivities with a few (hilarious) rounds of darts, followed with marshmallow roasting and then reading in the tent. So much fun! Good thing too-because the next night the stomach flu hit our house hard . . . followed by scarlet fever the next week.
Two days later . . . sick in mom's bed with the flu . . . all the kids got it. Not so much fun.