got to spend time talking and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Overall, it was a great vacation and one that I'm really thankful we were able to experience together!
- While praying, Maggie says, "Dear God, help us do good deeds, be servant of all, not be mad or frustrated. Amen" Wow...out of the mouth of babes.
- I asked Riley the other day how long he thought it would take the bulbs we planted by the mailbox and sidewalk to the gate to grow. He responded with 25 years and then revised his answer to 55 seconds. Love it!
- Both kids are fascinated with pretending things are invisible these days. Recently, they went the whole day pretending "Invisible Dad" was with us doing things.
- Their imaginations continue to amuse us as we are riding in the car and they like to tell us that a purple bear is following us and that we've got to hurry and get away from it.
- Maggie's phrase-of-the-month-"Huh?" She says it constantly to get you to repeat what you are saying even though most of the time she heard exactly what you said and she's just trying to stall.
- My little "Queen of Excuses" came up with a really good one a few weeks ago when I asked her to clean up her room. She said, "The bear will do it. I locked him in there and I will go back and check on him."
- When I ask Riley to help clean up a mess in the living room, his reply was, "Well, it was Maggie that was 'costing' all the trouble and got all these out."
- Riley and Callie have really been enjoying hanging out together lately and one of their favorite activities is to go to their "hideout" by the swings. Riley made the remark one day as we were walking the park together as a family that he wanted to "build a hideout on this fresh warm day."
- Riley's preschool teacher sends home a calendar each month of what they will be learning. I noticed that they'd be talking about raptors and so I asked him if he knew what those were. He answered, "Yeah, they're birds that eat meat. That would be a hawk, eagle, and falcon, right?" I think his love of the TV show Wild Kratts and his fascination with animals has made a strong impression on him! :)
- Riley is himself still a creature of habit and continues to eat one food at a time and then he'll even break down his foods into their individual parts. Tonight at supper for example, he asked for ketchup and mustard on his hot dog and then proceeded to eat the bun first, lick the condiments off, and then finally devour the hot dog. He even likes to dictate Maggie's order of eating at breakfast and lunch in particular. She's gotten so used to his rules and preferences that she will often ask him, "Riles, can we eat now?" or "Can we eat our blackberries now?" Poor girl--she is getting bossed around by every member of the household. No wonder she likes to try and boss younger kids like John Parker and Mallory every chance she gets.
- Maggie weighs about 28 pounds now and Riley weighs about 47. The other morning when Maggie was on the scale and we told her how much she weighs, she commented, "I'm getting grower and grower."
While Mom and Dad were cruising away along the coast of Florida and the Bahamas, Riley and Maggie enjoyed some action-packed days with Nan and Pap. They got to go to the movies and see Big Hero 6, bounce at Baxter's Bunch Playhouse, eat lots of cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, swim in the pool at the Aquatics Center, go to Cherry Park and hike along the trail (and almost walk to Charlotte, according to Riley), make some cupcakes, dye Easter eggs, and go shopping at Target for some special toys. Needless to say, the kids didn't miss Mom and Dad much at all...they were too busy having fun! :) We got to hang out with them a little ourselves on Thursday and Friday when we got back home and went bowling at the new Revolutions sports center that opened somewhat recently in Rock Hill. What a blessing it is to have two sets of grandparents that love on and care for our little darlings in so many special ways!