If you guessed playing in 33° rain, you are totally wrong.
Sunday, we took the kids to King's Pointe indoor water park. It's only $5/person on Sundays, and with a big family like ours, we take advantage of deals like that for these kinds of family outings!
I couldn't find the top to Sierra's bathing suit, so she had to borrow one of mine. It's hard to believe how much she's grown up!
Elise was nervous about going down the big slide, but after going down with Daddy, that's all she did the rest of the day. It's crazy to think our baby can go down the big slides all by herself!
Not sure what the point of a rock climbing wall in a water park is. It's so slippery, it's impossible to get very far, and if (or, should I say, "when") you fall, you don't land in water, but on thin mats.
Trevor found this just floating in the water:
Abby practicing her strokes :)
Robert came out to join me at our table after a while. I went down the yellow slide without a problem, and knew better to stay away from the green one, but going down the blue slide with Trevor was a little too twisty for my tummy. It ruined the rest of the time for me because I was so queasy, I didn't even want to think about the slides and the moving water. Such a bummer since I do like water slides of the non-twisty variety. :(
Elise was such a big girl going down the slide all by herself. Over, and over, and over, and over...
Robert had to go get her so she would come to the table to eat.
The family pizza meal may have been an awesome deal, but in all honesty, it was the grossest pizza I've ever eaten - so greasy!
Elise wasn't too sure about the clown...
Waiting in line for a balloon animal. Look how well Abby balances like a flamingo!
Trevor was the only one patient enough to wait. He chose his favorite animal, an elephant.
And he bought snacks with the five dollars he found.
The clown was singing the alphabet backwards as we were leaving. Elise was kind of enthralled with that. Caitlin wasn't so sure. She doesn't like adults in costume.
It was nice to get away for the day. Especially on such a cold and dreary day.
Summer warmth and sunshine, please hurry!
A couple of weeks ago, Abby crawled into bed with me on a Saturday morning, wanting to read to me. Robert and the other kids were already up, so it was just the two of us. I wanted to capture the special time to keep for myself, and my cell phone was the only camera within reach.
She read until we both fell back asleep.
Check out other other cell phone pictures over at iheartfaces. It's truly a great opportunity to see that it's not the camera that takes great a photo!
This year for Valentine's Day, we laid low. No dinner and a movie type date. Just lunch after Elise was dropped off at school. Which, to be honest, was perfectly fine with me.
But, there was still a celebration of sorts:
Elise finally got the last part of tying shoes down! She's been close for a few weeks, but now she's got it! And she does a good job, too. She doesn't tie the laces all loose like most kids just learning. She's got some good fine motor skills!
Had to call Daddy to tell him what a big girl she is!
Elise is so proud of herself!
After dropping Elise off at school, I went to pick up Robert for our lunch date at a little cafe-type place down the street from his store (Hub on 5th, for any locals who might wonder. They're pretty good, and I like the simple, eclectic atmosphere.). Up on the back counter, there were roses I heard the owner tell another customer that she received from her sister-in-law.
We got our drinks and took a seat. When our food came, the lady serving it put the roses on our table. I thought she was so sweet trying to give us a little Valentine's decor. After thanking her for the pretty touch to our meal, she made some comment about them being from my admirer. Even then, it took me a minute to catch on that they were for me.
I'm not a flower girl, and when I am, I love tulips. But Robert loves to give me red and white roses, and that means more to me than if he were to pick me the best tulips he could find (which he does do,too). That may sound backwards, but it's the heart behind his roses that means the most. Knowing that, to him, roses are the most meaningful flower you can give another person.
And he chooses to give his roses to me.
I did humor him with a smile, too...
My parents sent a movie night box for the kids for Valentine's Day. Actually, I think I should call it a movie marathon. Seven movies and a card game - that should keep us busy this weekend!
I think Elise was a little excited to get the candy!
Here's my short and to the point Valentine's Day message:
Marriage is not always easy, but true love DOES last forever. Because true love isn't a feeling. It isn't the happy times or those butterflies fluttering about in your stomach. It isn't gifts and nice gestures. Love is a choice. A verb. It means sacrificing, serving, letting go. Even when the other person isn't doing his/her part. And marriage will give you a lot of opportunities to practice that!
Our small group watched a Joyce Meyer video this week, and she recalled a conversation with another person in the ministry who apparently always smiles. She asked him what his weaknesses were, and he couldn't think of any off the bat because he didn't focus on the weaknesses. So, she went to his wife, asking her what her husband's weaknesses were. The wife basically said the same thing - she doesn't focus on the weaknesses. That's not to say this couple had zero weaknesses, but they didn't put their focus on them, so they didn't have an answer at the top of their head.
Robert and I have been married for 12½ years. We know we have a good, strong marriage. We know that trials will come, that we won't always see eye to eye, that we will have times of being down-right M.A.D. at each other over something, but that doesn't cause us to fear for our marriage, or run from the problem because we don't want to deal with it. It doesn't cause us to hate each other or to separate. We may not particularly like each other during the worst of times, but because we truly love each other, knowing that God is the author of our love, those times are short-lived, and we get back on track. To be honest, it's kind of a "suck it up, deal with the issue, and get over it" way of life. And it works for us.
(I know that every situation is different, so please know I'm not talking about abuse or infidelity.)
Robert isn't perfect. I know I'm far from it. But we love each other anyway. We truly are best friends. And not by accident.
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."