I am grateful to the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for my country. Their dedication and willingness to die for this nation help me to appreciate more my home here in the United States. I admire the strength it must take to step up and serve.
Skip and Grandpa Gary, both veterans of Vietnam, were in my mind yesterday as we celebrated our Memorial Day. We attended a ward picnic with sprinklers for the children. We spent a few hours at the church house eating our picnic and enjoying the nearly 90 degree weather. Mykelle and Evan had a great time playing on the slip 'n slide and in the sprinklers while I chatted with friends and Adam played basketball. We had a nice spot in the shade but I still had to eat several ice-pops to stay cool- I couldn't help but feel bad for my family in Utah who woke up to an inch of snow on their lawns!
|Testing it out...|
|All the parents hiding out in the shade|
|Hope, Evan, John- nursery friends!|
|She was tired and just wanted her icee!|
|I am told I look very much like Jake! Sadly, I agree :)|
|See the wings on the sides? I can't calm them down no matter what I try.|
|Her eyes are getting better! The little toy is "Shnoodlebops"|
This morning I had a thought I often have when I'm with my kids... Who would have ever thought I'd be saying THAT? Mykelle had brought Shnoodlebops to the table (her McDonald's friend) and asked in her friend's voice that the friend be allowed to say the blessing. My response to Shnoodlebops: "You can't say the prayer because you have to be a person to say the prayer." And Mykee takes it in stride as if it's a completely normal thing to say. I wish I could remember all the silly things that have come out of my mouth since having kids. If you have any please post them! I know I'll think of more later...
|Notice the basketball...|
Mykee Moments: Yesterday at the picnic Mykelle had a teeny tiny bug crawling on the blanket near her. She kept moving out of its way and I told her just to squish it with her plate or napkin. She looked at me like that was the grossest thing in the world and kept eating- all while moving her legs to avoid the bug. So I quickly reached down and squished the little thing. Immediately Mykelle started complaining, "Mom! Did you just squish it?? It was my FRIEND! You squished my FRIEND!" I apologized profusely through my laughter and promised her not to squish her next little friend!
This morning Mykelle showed me that she can open up the child-proofed closet door with the medicine in it (she was so proud!). I told her she needed to be extremely careful with that closet because medicine can be dangerous if we take too much and we need to make sure Evan can't get into the closet either. She asked, "I could die?" I said, "Yes, or it could make you very sick and you could go to the hospital." "I would go to heaven and live with Jesus and Heavenly Father and live with them forever?" My response, "Yes, until I died a long time later and finally got to be with you again. I don't want that to happen though so let's be careful with the medicine." Thoughtful expression on Mykee's face and then a big smile, "Mom, guess what? Jesus said Mykelle can stay with her family and not die right now!!" Thank you, Jesus! :)