We had a fun and busy weekend. Crazy. Quayd invited a new friend over on Friday evening. They ended up playing nightgames with the neighborhood kids, then joined us later at our friends'. The friend is a darling, but she's not a romantic interest. (Quayd actually knows her because she's dated Miki's older brother.) At the end of the evening, she said, "That was a fun date." I think it shocked Quayd a little because A. Dating before 16 does not happen in our family. and B. He'd not thought once that it was a date. At bedtime, he asked, "Mom, that wasn't a date, was it?" I have to admit that it hit me hard... he's not far from dating! Watching him stand in the living room at our friends' home, next to a girl, who is a junior, who drives, I thought, "NOOOOOOO! I'm sooooooo not ready!!!!" But, it's so fun to see him having fun and learning about life. Gosh, he's a cutie!
Friday night was a little wild! The kids were all going in all directions. I had a meeting, Zaylee had had a late afternoon visit with her parents, Quayd and Elizabeth, the girls were making big Saturday plans. Doug and I had plans to watch a movie with Stott and Wendy, followed by a s'more family activity with Todd and Myra and the B's. We made it through half the movie before we all loaded up to head to Todd and Myra's. We were all outside enjoying s'mores around the fire when it started pouring the rain! Myra handled that just fine with a house for of teens, tweens, kids and pre-schoolers. Oh, how she impresses me with her ability to be casual and roll with the flow! The girls, Zaylee, Quayd, Doug and I... we all had a great evening!
On Saturday morning, parents fore-warned, our new Young Womens leaders crept into the bedrooms at 6:45 to "kidnap" all of the girls in our ward for a little getting to know you breakfast. It was most definitely "come as you are" because they didn't even give them time to put in contacts. The girls had no clue what was happening, which is totally depicted here by the look on ZJ's face! She said she couldn't figure out who was tickling her feet! So fun! Our girls were all three sleeping in ZJ's bed. Zaylee rolled over and asked where they were going. "To church." She rolled back over and went back to sleep.
When I say "crept", I do mean "Crept"! Even their cute little walk was sneaky!
I say it often, we are blessed to have great leaders in our ward. These new ladies are really putting their hearts into the transition. I've not heard one negative word. ZJ: "Sister Stone is so cute. She does things just like Sister Anderson did. She conducts the meetings and makes us all happy all the time." Grace: "Zeej. That's what she's supposed to do. She's the president." (Note: I don't remember seeing "make the girls happy all the time" in the handbook. But, if that's what the girls are seeing, how awesome is that!?) They are still feeling the loss of the previous leaders, but they are quickly learning to love the new. My girls know that this change went from great to great! How lucky and blessed we are!
Zaylee loves going to Primary. I love when she washes her hands, she's supposed to wash and sing the whole ABC song, so that they are really washed. She's now replaced the ABC song with "I am a Child of God." She sings it fifty times a day! I also love that she loves the responsibilities we've given her. I'd set the dinner table on Friday so that we could eat the second she returned from her visit. "Hey!? Who set my table!?" She is adjusting to boundaries and responsibilities so well, for the most part!
Grace and Zeej had an afternoon gathering with their girlfriends. The friends were coming at 1:00. I had Zaylee go down for a nap just before the friends arrived so that the girls could have some "space". She usually goes to sleep within two minutes of lying down. However, she was still awake when the girls arrived and once she heard the girls, she couldn't go to sleep for fear of missing out on something. After quite some time, I totally thought she was sleeping... she called my name from my bed and I realized that she'd not been asleep yet. She started the softest little cry and said, "Gwammie, Gwacie is having a party and she invited all of her fwiends except me." It was heartbreaking! I explained to that little girls needed to rest before they could party. She immediately closed her eyes and slept for an hour. She woke up, just in time for the girls, who I'd told the story to, to dote all over her for the last hour of their party. She just wants to be a part of everything.
Sunday was quiet, mellow and much needed! After church, we had a nummy dinner, watched a movie with the kids, took a nap and went to bed early. ZJ and Grace were definitely coming down with something... sore throats, achey, tired. (School's been in session for two weeks...time for the colds and flus to begin, right?) We took it easy all day and it felt great!
Today, Zaylee was supposed to start school! I was told September 9 in July. She's been counting sleeps until the big day. She woke up, got dressed, took pictures and went to the school to find an empty Head Start building. I've never received any paperwork, but I'd filled out 20 some pages of info for her and received a phone call that she'd been accepted. I called for answers this morning and there have been some wires crossed somewhere. Please pass what's happening here???? Fortunately, Zaylee wasn't devastated because both girls are home in bed, coughing and barking this morning, so she was happy to come home and play with the girls. Not that they'll be doing much playing. But, the bottom line is that Zaylee is now at the top of the waiting list, but, NOT registered to begin school NEXT Tuesday! She's "on call" for school to begin. SADNESS.
Life is good. Weekends are crazy and wild, kids get sick, people make clerical errors, but life is good!
Be so busy loving your life that you have to time for hate, regret or fear.