This morning we had planned to go to the Hogle Zoo…but since Mary stays up until midnight, we got a late start this morning. We ended up doing a Trader Joe’s run, visiting Liberty Park’s splash pad, and then having a play date with Paige, Ada, and Liv. It had been so long since the girls played together that Lydia and Ada were actually shy at first! But they had a great time. I had a great time because I got to visit with Paige, one of my favorite people.
Then we went to Kid to Kid before coming home. Abe and I went to the temple tonight and did initiatories.
Today the girls and I went to the library for new books. I also checked out an illustrated book for kids about how babies are made. Abe and I planned an FHE where we gave really simple, scientific explanations about the origins of babies. It was supposed to end in a trip to the hospital where we could tour the maternity ward, but Mary was so tired I knew she’d fall asleep en route. We skipped the hospital tour.
Abe remembers being nine years old and honestly believing that babies came out of women’s toes. (Someone told him that they came out of his mom’s bottom, and he figured the bottom of his mom was her foot.) At least our kids won’t have that problem.
Lydia has been curious about babies ever since I got pregnant and we’ve watched lots of in-utero youtube videos that follow the progression of sperm and egg into full fledged baby. Even though we talk about it a lot, she still has questions.
So Abe and I hope we’re not doing anything wrong by laying out the facts this early on. A lot of parenting stuff feels like guess work to me. Abe and I put the girls in front of Barney while we flipped through the book and tried to figure out what to include in our talk and what to leave out. It felt confusing. I also kept hoping that our kids don’t shock the neighbors or their friends by talking about how babies are made…but Lydia loved the book and took it to bed with her. So maybe that counts as success?
Anyhow, I only have one picture from today. Tonight was the first night in a long time where I expended effort on dinner…and Mary opted to skip dinner and eat a pb&j after FHE instead. Here she is lounging outside. (She was banished from eating inside since the table and floor had already been scrubbed down.)
Aside from a trip to the chiropractor, we stayed home all day. We were going to go to the temple, but our babysitter had to reschedule. It all worked out, though. Abe was up until 1 am trying to catch up on work last night, and I’m sure he’ll get more out of the temple when he’s had more sleep.
I have two pictures from today:
Lydia came up with a basketball game called “Hand in your shirt.”
1. The rules are like Horse, but if you’re the “goodest,” you get an extra shot if you miss. Since Lydia is the goodest, she always gets an extra shot.
2. Also, you have to shoot with your hand in your shirt.
3. And instead of spelling “horse,” you spell “hand in your shirt.”
4. Actually, you don’t have to spell “hand in your shirt.” If you do a good job, you win and the game is over.
While I was visiting teaching this afternoon, Summer took the girls to the park and tried to fly kites with them. We also baked cookies for Abe’s former boss because he has suffered a lot of personal losses recently. I was touched when Lydia ran to color a picture for him with lots of red “because red means happy.”
Other than that, the big event of the day was the Qualtrics summer party. We invited Chelsea and her kids to come, and we all had so much fun. Basically, Qualtrics set up a fair complete with pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, tons of giant inflatables, face painting, animal balloons, Goodwood barbecue, snow cones, cotton candy, and an amazing fireworks show at the end.
It’s crackling and booming fireworks outside as I type. All of Orem is celebrating. Happy Pioneer Day! This is Utah’s equivalent/bigger version of the Fourth of July. Our neighbors set off an incredible show in the cul-de-sac. Right in the middle of their nothing-to-snivel-at show, our neighbors down the street lit a legitimate city-park worthy firework. Our next door neighbors jeered and called it “Wyoming garbage” (because you can get fireworks in Wyoming that are illegal in Utah). Abe and I thought that term was funny.
Earlier in the day the girls and I sang Pioneer songs around the piano, and Lydia sang Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked all day long. Hearing her made me so happy.
In the afternoon I took the girls to the Pioneer Day festival in Provo.
Abe has been out of town until today, so last night I didn’t have a chance to blog. He always is so sweet about thanking me for recording our family life in the blog, and I always tell him it wouldn’t be possible without his help. Now that he’s out of town, he can see that it’s true! Blogging is so much harder when I have to do all of the nighttime routines too. Mary ended up sleeping with me, and I loved cuddling her so much I didn’t have the heart to move her after she fell asleep. I finally moved her at 6:30am this morning, but not without a lot of internal debate. I just love that little girl.
Yesterday we went to the library and the Bean Museum in the morning, and after I went swimming in the afternoon the neighbor girls came over for an impromptu playdate.
This is one of those days where I wish I had had more energy, but I guess the good news is the girls happily entertained themselves all day long. They’re clean, fed, read-to, and loved, and I’m using those data points to chase away all the guilt I feel for not having done more active parenting today.
I took this picture of Lydia with the tea party she set up:
At the end of the day, I had the girls cuddle with me in bed and we watched the illustrated narration of Rip Van Winkle on Amazon. The narrator whispered half of the story and it was hard to hear. Lydia kept asking me why there wasn’t any sound and why the pictures didn’t move…but my favorite part was sitting on my soft bed with my two sweet girls cuddled on either side. I took creative liberties and filled in the story–as best I remembered it–when none of us could understand what in the world the narrator was saying.
Today we went to IKEA to meet up with Misty and her kids for lunch. I so enjoyed seeing Misty again. I miss her.
Then this evening Chelsea and Derek brought over all of Camden and Carter’s baby clothes. We now have enough clothes to clothe Ammon twice over for a year! They stayed for dinner and afterwards the kids played outside. We all had fun. As the kids were playing, I realized I had no pictures from today, so Abe snapped one: