The best part of the day occurred when I resolved my major issue of the day: I wanted to keep reading my new book, Portrait in Sepia, by Isabelle Allende, but I also felt massive guilt for ignoring my kids for so long. Finally, I realized the obvious: It was a beautiful day, and I could just read outside on a chair in the shade while the kids played.
We don’t have any toys or play equipment outside, and I wanted them to entertain themselves for a long time. So I instructed them to hunt for fairies. Lydia took that so seriously and for the next couple hours narrated to me all details of her fairy hunt. She was so enamored with the fairies that she’d coaxed from our magic tree that she refused to eat dinner and instead ran upstairs to have a dance party with them. During dinner, she kept showing up and asking us how we liked this article of clothing or that piece of jewelry that the fairies had bestowed on her. I think we’ll play this game every day.
This morning started with an idyllic snuggle with Lydia in bed, during which she quietly cuddled with me and her stuffed animals while I read scriptures and listened to a conference talk. Near the end of the talk, she proposed that we make bath crayons. Absentmindedly, I asked her how we’d do that. She responded by saying, “Well, you need one cup of soap, and then you add two teaspoons of water. Then you add food coloring and mash it up, and then you cut it out with cookie cutters and put it in the freezer.”
I was astonished that she had the recipe memorized (she heard it on Creative Galaxy–maybe she watched the episode too many times??), and also that it sounded so easy. So I looked the recipe up on my phone and it was true! Soap crayons sounded pretty straightforward to make. After breakfast, we all made crayons together. The girls had fun, and I had the satisfaction of feeling like a fun mom for twenty minutes.
Sadly, at the very end of the night, Abe found out that his Grandpa Forsythe passed away on Friday. His mom texted him on Friday but didn’t have Abe’s correct number, so he just found out tonight. We knew Abe’s grandpa was not doing well and feel grateful we got to Skype with him the week before he passed. Somewhere in my video files, and I have almost an hour of a video interview I did with Abe’s grandpa a couple years ago. He told me his whole life story, and I want to find that before the funeral.
We are trying to decide when and if to head over to Denver because the funeral is Monday. With our upcoming Illinois trip, Abe is going to be short on vacation days and won’t have any leftover to be with me whenever I go into labor, so we are trying to figure out how to make it all work.
Today was a really restful Sabbath.It concluded with a grand finale when we opened our freezer to discover Candace had stocked it with BYU Creamery ice creams. We ate until we were comatose, and then we headed down to the basement to watch some Living Scripture videos until bedtime.
I forgot to mention a really exciting thing that happened today. I was visiting teaching with my visiting teaching companion, and she told me about American Heritage School. It is the first viable educational option I have encountered since our move to Orem. My only complaint so far is that they don’t offer preschool!
We started out the day just visiting with Candace and her family, after which we headed over to the Provo library. Afterward, we came home for naps and homework. Then we had dinner and headed out again for errands. It was a pretty laid back Saturday, and Abe is now hard at work in the garage organizing all of our stuff. He has the phone with most of our pictures and videos from the day, but I have one picture:
Now it’s the day after, and I have Abe’s pictures from yesterday here:
We went to the tulip festival with Chelsea, Olivia, Carter and Camden today. I have so many pictures that I’ll just let them do the talking. (Plus, I have hours of homework in front of me, so it is just easier.)
I am blogging early because my online class is not letting me log in and I have been on hold for half an hour. Meanwhile, Abe and the girls are playing around in the beautiful weather outside, and I can. not. wait. until I am done with school.
In the meantime, today felt very productive. Lydia and I made cookies when she got home from school, and Mary has refused to eat nothing but cookies ever since. We told her if she didn’t eat dinner, she wouldn’t get any more cookies, but maybe she’s so full of cookies by now that she just doesn’t care. She boycotted dinner.