I came home to kids still in their pj's and goofing off. Whoops. So, I got them back on track for homework, and soon enough it was time for lunch. Abishai had endeared himself to the musical learning puppy plush toy again that he got last Christmas and was hugging it. He also asked for Justin to chase him (or was it Abishai chasing Justin?) while Justin had the blue sleeping bag over his head. Keturah did it, too, and almost hit the Christmas tree. Eek! Maybe I won't put any ornaments on the tree this year because these kids are wild and dangerous!
Then lunch, naptime, a little more school time, and finally catch up on emails. Abishai woke up from his nap, they all got a snack, and then I thought Jared was outside cutting wood, so Abishai and I headed outside to join him. Jared had actually gone to run an errand, and Abiahai wanted to "go, go, go" so I scooped him up and told the other two kids that they were going to come to the playground with us (or rather they HAD to since no one else was home). Well, they didn't have much time to get dressed and out the door and well, you'll see the result in the pictures.
And yes, it was still around 55 degrees F today in Indiana. The ground was wet from yesterday's rain, but the skies were dry. Meanwhile, I've been watching our poor friends on PEI having to deal with several DAYS of being without electricity. They got a heavy, wet first snowstorm of the season and it has destroyed power lines. And then today I heard about the wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN of all places, which happens to be a favorite destination of people in Indiana for vacation. I've wanted to visit there for some time, but it will have to wait. I saw a picture of a small wedding chapel completely engulfed in flames and the "Welcome Center" sign for Gatlinburg destroyed. Meanwhile, some other friends in WY had a huge snowstorm, too, but theirs was pretty and bearable. I love weather and I love having friends all over the globe to keep track of. I wish we had snow, and again, maybe if we move to Michigan someday we'll get more. The pictures of the deep snow at the old Johnson remote cabin from Jared's childhood are great reminders of how much snow they can get up there, similar to what they get on PEI. (Can you tell I'm ready for the snow?)
And here's your Abishai cute"isms" for the day. He can say "see" and point to a light switch if he wants it turned on. He doesn't like that people get hurt on the "Home Alone" movie. He will take my hand and lead me to what he wants me to get for him. He will say something like "ice cream" when he wants a treat. He purposefully was trying to get Keturah and Justin to play with him, so he quickly went back and forth saying, "Sissy, baba, sissy, baba, sissy, baba." He can also switch it up when he's looking at them like, "Sissy, baba, Sissy, Sissy, baba, baba." Oh, and the best part of the day for Jared was when he was tickling Abishai, and Abishai signed "more" and sat in his lap for more tickles! Sweet!
|Snack time was fruit loops and cheese crackers, Abishai's choice!|
|Now whenever Abishai hears my camera go "click" he starts giving me that cheesey smile. And he knows he's cute, too. And yes, that's a Benaiah shirt. My 200+ lb boy used to fit into that little shirt. Sigh. They grow up too fast!|
|Justin, give me your best "cheesey" smile! This is what I got.|
|Abishai likes to help Daddy blow on the fire to get it started. I love how he's all into it and his feet are off the ground.|
|Abishai made a big "vroom" type sound and I had no idea why until I turned around and saw the trash truck. We don't normally get to see our trash truck because we live on the opposite side of the parking lot.|
|Abishai drove his bike all the way from the garage to the playground with just a little help in the wet grass. And he drives fast!|
|The splash pad is still fun, even in the late fall (when it's no longer running), because you can drive your bike under the sprinklers!|
|I didn't know he could do that, did you?|
|Not quite the same view as a flashback photo I saw on my facebook wall today, but pretty enough.|
|It's 55 F degrees, this kid takes off his coat AND HIS SHOES, and climbs the pole. Yup, boy from the north.|
|Is that how you climb on a playground?|
|Justin, let's play tic tac toe, Keturah said. And they did!|
|Big smiles for when Sissy pushes him on the swing.|
|Big swing for a big kid.|
|Shelf looking cloud to the north.|