This weekend I was fortunate enough to get together with some girlfriends and stayed out until 2am (note: this is really late for a mom), and I feel much saner now and had a lot of fun. Also my friend Andrea did my hair and I loved it and I don't know why I can't work wonders like that with my straightener. But it made me feel pretty all day today and I didn't have to do any work!
I had fun teaching the children the song "Scripture Power" today in primary, and the song with all the children saying thank you to Heavenly Father in their different languages. I love my calling and have so much fun at church. I heard a message from my dad saying he loved the birthday gift I got him (Bop It), so that made me happy. Then after getting the kids lunch, Pat told me to take a nap (I'd almost forgotten what those were), and so LN and I took a nap, and it's been a while since I slept so hard and so long. I had a hard time waking up! But when I did, I saw that the boys had all cleaned the house and made me a cake, and a friend dropped dinner off for us (she didn't know it was my birthday, but I'm calling it my birthday dinner). Then tonight I got sung to on the phone by all of Pat's family, and by Steph, T and Mom, and by Jeremy, Kim and Elle belle, and lastly by Pat's Grandma Dixie. I feel so loved!! Thank you everyone!
I forgot how hard things are having a really little one. For example, we are switching her to sippy cups, but she doesn't get how to suck yet, so we're just getting her used to drinking from them first. Then we'll work on the sucking part, thereby enabling us to use the stoppers that prevent spillage that they come with. LN is also now walking everywhere and getting into everything and keeps us all very busy.
I jumped for joy last night because when we asked her to find the dog in her book of animals, she pointed to it! Now I know that she knows how to point, and what a dog is! We're so proud! (I definitely know that she knows what dog FOOD is. She thinks we put that food and water out just for her.)
I just have to say how much I love my children. Dallas and I went to an orthodontist appointment together as he'll need braces soon, and we had so much fun together. Man that kid is goofy, and he doesn't get shy in front of people too much, so in other words, the entire office thought he was goofy too. We had a lot of fun, and even though he was all jokes and smiles, as we were driving home he said, "I guess I am a little scared. It sure seems scary getting braces." What a dear sweetheart.
Samuel likes his new primary teacher. She loves the children and is a wonderful woman. He gave me lots of hugs and kisses today. Since he got his Captain Underpants book for Christmas (the first chapter book he's really ever read), he has become a voracious reader and moved on to Magic Treehouse books and lots of others. All day long this last week he is reading, it seems. He'll come out every half and hour and tell me, "Mom, I'm on the third page of chapter seven", and then the subsequent updates. Below is a picture of him when he got tired of some visitors and hid in our room to read. Pat was helping four kids from another family in our ward to make their pinewood derby cars for scouts and they were here for almost the whole day, so Sam had had enough and needed a break from the company. (He was sitting up tall in front of the window, and it was beautiful picture, but when he saw the camera he hunched down.)
Evan has just moved into a room with his little sister and so he is THE big brother in charge of her now. We're testing it to see how it works and since they both have the same bedtime it seemed to make sense. He really isn't in charge of her, he's just the oldest in the room. So good-bye to our spare bedroom. Below is a picture of a note I found under my pillow from Evan. Don't you just love his flowers?
I was washing Evan's hair while he was in the tub and as I scrubbed the shampoo into his hair, my fingers started moving really slowly, as the thought that I should never forget this moment permeated my body. I had the most tremendous feeling about how lucky I am to be a mom and have my children near me. It is the greatest thing on earth. It is not a job that people tend to praise in today's society too much, but I know I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am so glad to know the true gospel of Jesus Christ and how that has given me the direction to pursue family instead of other things like a career or nest egg first before settling down to have children or not having them at all because it's all about me. I have had some wonderful friends and wonderful experiences on this earth, and yet none of them will I value as much as my family. These moments are fleeting, while our children are small, I know. I have been told that by countless mothers.
Thanks be to my Father in heaven for the privilege of washing my son's hair, for messy girls with poopy diapers, for Sam who brushes my hair and Dallas who writes me cards telling me how much he loves me and how he'll do anything for me, and a loving husband who takes care of us all. Happy Birthday to me.