A few of our daily blessings around here in the past week:
1. This is the campground we were supposed to camp at this past weekend. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate. In fact, the weather basically said, "You want to camp this weekend? I'll show you how much you want to camp!" And then the weather proceeded to dump all the rain it's been holding back for the last several weeks in which it was beautiful (perfect camping weather). So, we decided not to go. I mean it's not too much fun being stuck in an extremely small camper with 4 kids for two days. No reason to risk it, if we could avoid it, know what I mean? It's been raining ever since I think... Oh wait, there was one afternoon this week where it wasn't raining. More on that later. So, here's why not going camping was a blessing.
Coincidentally, some of the McCabe cousins were coming to the zoo on Saturday, so we were able to meet them there and then they came over to the house afterwards for a visit. We don't get to visit with these guys very often, so it was a real treat to have them and so much fun. Those McCabes and Holladays are hilarious!
So, we decided to ride out to the campground to check it out on Sunday after the rain let up for a little while. Yes, we were going to camp there sight unseen. It is close to where we live, about 45 minutes away. It's a Yogi Bear campground which is supposed to be kid friendly and have lots of activities, etc. Since we were there, I had to get a quick picture. (Excuse some of these pictures. The ones that are a little blurry were taken with my phone) We let the kids out of the car for about 2 minutes. Long enough to snap a picture with Yogi and long enough to spark a serious tantrum thrown by none other than Hurricane Andrew! You can see the beginning of it here. Don't ask me what it was about, I don't remember. Take it from me, it was completely irrational and that seems to be his MO these days...Love him though, who wouldn't when...on to blessing #2
2. Yep. That's my boy. Winking at me. He has learned to wink. He can only do one eye and if he tries to do the other eye he holds it down with his fingers. Why, you ask is this a blessing. Well, I'll tell you. It's a blessing because he knows just how to charm his Mama with his little wink. I'll turn around and there he is out of the blue looking at me and winking. Or he's sitting at the table eating breakfast, catches my eye and winks. Or he walks up to me, winks his precious eye and then puts his head on my knee and says "I wuv you, Mama!" Where did he learn this stuff? I'm putty in his hands, which leads me to blessing #3.
3. It's hard to tell from the picture but that is the snowman family I drew on the driveway with sidewalk chalk on the afternoon where we had no rain. See, little man and I have this thing. We sit on the driveway and he asks me to draw him a snowman. He asks me to draw a Daddy snowman, a Mommy snowman, and a baby snowman. He is very specific and they must have eyes, noses, mouths, and "feets". Yes, "feets" So, I draw stick feet and he laughs and laughs and thinks it's wonderful. He doesn't even care that I can barely draw snowman families! And that brings me to blessing #4.
4. This little joy named Juliana, who was watching Andrew while he was watching me draw snowman families. This is her spot while we're playing outside. She is crawling everywhere, so she has to be confined to her car while we're on the driveway. So, she was watching Andrew and laughing because he was laughing. She pretty much laughs at anything and she smiles so easy. She's a happy, happy girl, but with an Irish temper, let me tell you! "We won't talk about that now. We'll talk about that tomorrow. After all tomorrow is another day" (inserting Scarlett O'Hara wisdom here). On that note, on to blessing #5.