Thursday, March 8, 2018

Just Because

Just because I think this picture is so cute...
here is a daily dose of Maxwell for you.


A few other random things to note:

-Yesterday I bought grapes for the first time since probably last summer. Maxwell evidently didn't remember eating them and triumphantly held one up in the air proclaiming, "Ball!" I ate a couple to demonstrate how good they were and encouraged him to put one in his mouth, but he would just suck on it for a minute and then spit it out whole without breaking it open. To show him how it was on the inside, I broke one in half and placed a half in his mouth. He quickly realized he loved them, but now will only eat them if they are halved! He can't seem to wrap his head around the idea that he could actually eat a "ball."

-Sam was out of town for the first half of the week. Wesley cried for a good half hour before we dropped him off at the airport. I asked him why he was crying and he said, "Sometimes I have nothing to do and I want Daddy to play with me!" I told him I would play with him and he replied, "You have a baby in your tummy! So you can't do anything!" Ouch. I asked him what I couldn't do and he said, "Play sports!" Ah...no wonder my sports-loving boy thinks his mom is pretty lame at the moment when compared to his Daddy who willingly plays tackle football in the backyard.

-Speaking of baby, he seems to be doing well! The boys were giggling tonight as they watched him pushing hard against my stomach. I told them he was saying, "Let me out! Let me out! I want to meet my brothers!" and they were delighted. The doctor says he "feels like a little baby." We shall see...the midwives expected Maxwell to only be about 8 lbs (and he was over 10), but I do feel like I'm not quite as uncomfortable with this one as I was with Maxwell, although I find it rather difficult to compare pain levels from the past.

-Because Sam is the greatest, he often acts out scripture stories with the boys which greatly increases their ability to recall the stories. From a pretty epic Samuel the Lamanite to the dramatic deception of Lehonti, Sam and the boys can often be found immersed in the scriptures on Sundays. The other day Lincoln came running in all decked out in armor and said to me with great passion, "I am Nephi! Where shall I go to bu-tain food?" That little reversal of "obtain" delighted me.

-Talmage is LOVING Cub Scouts. He has really great leaders who do so much for him and his brothers are beyond jealous about all the fun activities he gets to do. He recently had to make a cake for the Blue & Gold Banquet without any female help...and since Sam had a crazy week at work, he did it essentially on his own with only verbal coaching from me. It had to fit the theme, "Chivalry is not dead," and all decorations had to be edible. He mixed up and baked the cake, made ganache to top it with, made rice krispie treats and sculpted a knight helmet out of them, and then frosted the helmet with a little help from Sam.  He was pretty pleased with his cake!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Good for my Soul


This weekend was so good for my soul...
I forget how much warm, sunshine-y weather with a light breeze breathes life into my soul.
And then Spring comes again each year and I am startled by the peace I feel as I soak in the sun's glorious rays and watch the world burst into bloom around me.

This weekend was filled with good friends at the park, family night out at Cici's pizza, another park outing, a great book, a morning with Wesley at an art class in the midst of a stunning array of gardens, frozen yogurt, sports in the backyard, two much-needed naps, friends over for dinner, beautiful testimonies, peace-giving music, Aunt Breanne's book club on FaceTime, and a Spirit-filled evening as we watched The Testaments and then read in 3 Nephi about Christ coming to visit the people in the land Bountiful.

All this was done with a backdrop of blossoming trees around every corner, showcasing their blossoms through the forests that surround us with leaves budding on the countless tree branches and grass that is beginning to turn green again.
(Side note: is it totally weird that I am filled with joy whenever I smell fertilizer? Something about that chemical blend just fills me with satisfaction and peace!)

Springtime in Tennessee is not disappointing me,
and this lovely land is feeling more like home by the minute.

Also:  Baby boy #5 is due just 6 WEEKS from tomorrow! We can do this!
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