Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer Fun

It really was a day like any other, so I'm not really sure what made it such a great day for me. I should have been dead-tired, being up with Judah (and due to pregnancy) half the night. For some reason, I wasn't tired at all. I truly believe God gave me the energy I needed to have a really great day with my son.

The day started like any other, being busy around the house and getting stuff done. Then, I decided to take Judah outside to play in the kiddie pool in the backyard. We hadn't done that in a long time, so he was thrilled with it. We dragged the small slide over to the pool so he could slide into the water. I sat poolside with my feet in the water and enjoyed the beautiful morning sunshine.

(This is Judah trying on his friend Sophia's sunglasses. It was cute.)

After Judah was done with the pool, we both remained barefoot and played in the yard. I can't remember the last time I played in the grass like that. Judah wanted to swing, so I pushed him on the swings for a long time. Then, Judah wanted to play with the ball, so we kicked the ball back and forth for the longest time! It was really fun!

Naptime, for a change, was easy. After lunch, I put Judah in bed and he was out pretty quickly and slept really well. I was able to get a few things done and lay down myself for a short time.

(This is a picture of Judah's bruise on his head. He fell into a doorjamb in the hallway running from one room to the other.)

After naps and a quick afternoon snack, Judah and I played ball in the house. We kicked the ball in the living room (he can kick really really hard, too!). Then, we played catch. Judah is getting really really good at catching a ball! I'm impressed! After playing catch, it was time for baseball. Judah likes to pitch, so I batted first. Then we switched it around and he batted for awhile. Not too far into our baseball game, Jake got home. (When Jake gets home, Mama isn't so "cool" Judah was off to play ball with Dad for awhile, which is fine.)

The whole day was just full of play. It was more than what I've mentioned here. We didn't just play ball, although looking back we did that a LOT. But, Judah and I took time to play with blocks and cars and the dogs outside. We took time to read a book and toss his Froggie around a little bit. We even found some energy (only from God) to rough-house a little bit. I was able to flip him around just a little, until my belly said, "No more!"

The day ended gracefully, as only a great day like that could. Judah stayed in a wonderful mood and went down for bed quite easily. As I write all of this, the day seems simple enough, but it's a day that I will remember -- for me and Judah. It meant a lot to me to have a full day of playing with Judah and really having FUN together. It's like it was a day by which summer is defined. Look up "summer" in a dictionary and that day will be recorded there. All that was missing was a glass of lemonade and some slices of watermelon at the end of the day. But, we'll save that for another day.

(These are pictures of Judah with a box turtle that we found. He thought it was pretty cool. It was a very active turtle, too. Usually they just stay in their shells, but this one stuck it's neck out and walked around a lot. He enjoyed the turtle a lot. We set it free.)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Life Lessons

Lessons learned by Judah and his Mama: (Please feel free to learn from my mistakes!)

1. When you act like a monkey and jump on the bed, you will fall and bonk your head (or nose!).

2. If you are not paying attention when trying to open a can of beans after using an old-fashioned can-opener, you will most likely slice open your thumb or finger.

3. Investing in a SpotBot carpet cleaner is a really good thing when you have a toddler who likes to walk around with his chocolate milk in his leak-proof cup.

4. Not all "spill-proof" toddler cups are really spill-proof or leak-proof.

5. The number one rated baby gate can be figured out by a smart toddler.

6. Rocks sink when thrown into a swimming pool.

7. Little boys sink in a swimming pool; paying attention at all times is extremely important.

8. Vacuum cleaners are scary and do smoke a lot when the belt needs changed.

9. Sometimes life just isn't fair.

10. Cereal is fun to pour out onto the table and floor.

11. Cereal doesn't vacuum up with the vacuum I own.

12. Lemonade is so good in the summertime!

13. Sometimes you just need a good hug or cuddle-time, even in the middle of the night.

14. Fourth of July lesson: Smoke Bombs are a good "firework" to spend money on. They are fun to light and watch the smoke, and afterwards they are cool little "balls" to throw in the driveway.

15. It really is okay if the housework doesn't get done. Playing with my boy is just too fun and too fleeting.

16. It is okay to not be perfect. Making a mess, not getting things right the first time, and outright failing sometimes: these are ways that we learn.

17. "Jesus Loves Me" is a great song.

18. Dancing is a lot of fun.

19. Jumping off furniture is exhilarating.

20. Laughter is the best music in a home.