Since Riley got the opportunity to do basketball at the YMCA, we wanted to give Maggie a chance to do an activity that she enjoyed so we signed her up for a month of gymnastics at Champions. She was a bonafide Tumble Bear this month and took great pleasure in getting dressed each Tuesday and participating in the many activities that her coaches had planned for her. She has great strength and coordination and it was a joy to watch her flip, spin, tumble, point, flex, jump, and walk like a gymnast!
Riley requested this pancake bunny breakfast that he happened to see that I had pinned on Pinterest. Maggie refused to eat and wanted her usual cereal bar instead!
And now for the monthly anecdote wrap-up of "I've got to blog about that" moments:
- On Wednesday, Riley was playing baseball outside with Chris when they all came in to show me a shattered wiffle ball. I made some remark about Riley not knowing his own strength and he promptly replied, "It's not me, Mom. It's this baby (pointing to his bat that he had just nicknamed Lisa)."
- Riley turned to Chris the other day before supper and said, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Instead of eating my meatballs blank, I'm going to make a meatball sub." Too funny!
- Riley got to enjoy several popsicles as well courtesy of Maggie's soft food diet lately. He was especially grateful for them one day and made the comment, "Nothing like a nice cold treat on a hot, hot day!"
- Maggie loves to see "the boys" off in the morning as they head to school. She often gives them several kisses on their leg (Chris) or chest (Riley) and says "Goodbye boys, have a great day!" about 5 to 10 times. One day, she felt especially creative and decided to change it up to "Bye mans!" They have officially graduated I guess from boys to men!
- Riley likes to put his own spin on what he calls Chris too. Just recently, we caught him saying, "Come on, dude!"
- Maggie likes to shorten words too. So lately instead of saying the word you, she will occasionally be extra silly and change the word to ya as in "I'll get a pillow for ya."
- Here's another precious prayer from Maggie: "Thank you God. You're such a good boy...but there's some bees outside and I saw one bee. And can you help everybody? And you can help kids. Help protect me from the bees."
- Riley is starting to learn some strategies for how to handle his disappointment about losing at a game. The other night we were playing a new game that Grandmama had sent for the kids and Riley didn't really like the fact that he wasn't ahead in points. So he made the decision to stop playing for awhile and announced instead that he was "just going to supervise the game and be Maggie's coach." It seemed to work out pretty well because he celebrated exuberantly with her when she won the game minutes later!
- Chris has been watching some of the March Madness NCAA basketball games on TV and the kids like to pick which team they are cheering for. Maggie was actually pay very close attention to one particular game and said, "My team got a score twice. They're winning."
- We aren't quite sure yet if the surgery has made a difference in some of the hearing loss that Maggie has experienced. She made the statement "I can easily hear you" while Pap was here reading a book aloud to Riley last week. And then another day, Pap perhaps dozed off for a bit while holding Maggie in the leather recliner while she was watching a show. She was quick to wake him up and say, "Go some place else to snore, Pap. I can't hear TV."
- Riley was making the comment that he sure missed his "Nerth" (Nerf) gun that he used to play with. Little did he know that sometimes I put away certain toys for small periods of time and then let them make a comeback later so that they regain their novelty. Tonight was one of those nights. He was so excited to see his toy again and had a great time before bed practicing with it.
- Maggie also made an interesting comment at bedtime. Chris said something about her being so cut that he "was going to eat her up." And she adamantly stated, "You can't do that. I'm made of skin and if you eat me, you'll throw up." What a nice, pleasant, literal interpretation of that statement!