As I have been working on my "Scrapbook" I realized that my commentary is lacking. This is because it's difficult to remember what happened a year ago. I remembered how well blogging served me in recording our Family History. Here I go. I fell off the blogging world once we moved back to the United States. Certainly, my life is not as exciting as it once was. We are not traveling to a different country on a monthly basis. However, Realizing that beauty still exists in my quiet life I hope to blog about it.
Justin is out of town this weekend at a scout camp. Whenever Justin is out of town I try to create something to do everyday. Yesterday this was making homemade ice cream. Lyndi was rewarded for staying in her bed all night. Homemade ice cream was her chosen treat. It is always much cleaner and quicker to make food by myself. Yesterday I held back those inclinations and let the girls join in. Yes, milk and cookies dirtied the kitchen. It seemed to be an enjoyable experience for the girls. Keanna and Lyndi mixed the milk like ingredients. Ayla and I smashed the cookies. Our ice cream was a success! I re-framed and only ate 2 scoops. In addition the girls learned that ice cream just doesn't appear. Although it's quite simple a little effort is required.
Our event out of the house today was going to the orthodontist. It sounds dull, I know. However, for a stay at home Mom who lives 20 minuets from town, its still an outing. All the children got out of the house for a couple hours. For some strange reason leaving the house for a couple hours seems to reboot the children. I suspect that this is a tactic that most stay at home parents have adopted.
After arriving home the girls played barbies. All 4 of the girls played barbies. This was a kind gesture on Keanna's and Ayla's part. Nothing makes Lyndi happier then to have playmates in her imaginary world. It brings me so much happiness to see the kindness my daughters have for one another. Life doesn't always look this way, but when it does I count my blessings.
Afterwards all four girls played in our swimming pool. As my darlings were searching for their googles a thought flashed through my mind. Take pictures of your lovelies. Photography is something I truly enjoy. It usually means something else goes undone maybe the dishes or laundry. Today I chose to take pictures. I am happy with my choice. I snapped a few photo's, but it was better to be outside with my girls, taking part in the experience. The three oldest dove into the pool and then worked on their water cartwheels and headstands. I'm glad I didn't miss the "booger dance." My only explanation for this was them flopping around making odd noises. Intermingled with those low toned muffles I heard many giggles and big smiles. So much better then the cleaning the kitchen or checking my Facebook feed.
It's been a good day, but we are still happy to welcome Justin home tomorrow.
PS photos to come later