Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Wind Fairy and Tea Parties

I am happy to report that my goal to not have electronics on when my children are around is going with a smashing success!  It probably helps that I deleted all the social media apps from my phone.  The truth is, though, I don't really miss it.  I don't really notice.  I get so caught up with the kids that the thought of checking my email, or blogs doesn't come up all that often.

This past weekend was General Conference.  I love this time of year.  It just makes me happy.  To know there is a prophet on the earth who speaks to God and speaks to the world is so comforting and reassuring.  On Friday I got to go to my mission reunion and see some people I haven't seen for a good 8 or so years.  It made me so happy to see that I wasn't forgotten.  I have a little insecurity that people forget me as soon as I leave the room.  8 years later and they still remembered!  It was wonderful.

Saturday was Keith's first soccer game of the season.  He is getting to be really good.  That boy just makes me proud all over.  He is learning to be a good sport and a team player.  Which is exactly what we hoped soccer would teach him.  We did miss a bit of Conference at the game, which was a little sad, though.  Yay for the internet and the printed word, though.  Can't wait to listen to and read the talks I missed.

During the Priesthood Session the kids and I decided to play.  We got a pizza and a new movie and went home to watch it and eat the pizza in a picnic on my bed.  Very rarely do I let them watch anything while eating, so this was a big treat for them.  We watched Rise of the Guardians and oh my goodness, what a darling little movie!  They have watched it four times since Saturday night, they like it so much.  It makes me happy, because every time we see ice patterns on the glass or frost on the grass, I have always said "Looks like Jack Frost paid us a visit." Now the kids have more of a frame of reference.  The best news of that night is that the kids were in bed and asleep by 8:30, and I was in bed by 9:00.  Dream come true!

On Sunday I was getting a little antsy.  In between session of Conference, Faye, Jeffrey and I decided to go for a walk.  It was a blustery day and so I insisted Faye bring along either a cape or a jacket.  She opted for Keith's cape.  Ten minutes into the walk, she remembered she needed to relieve herself.  We found a secluded spot far off the path, and I reminded her of what to do outside when she was in this predicament   One thing we hadn't expected, though, was the fact that she didn't remember (we need to practice this again), and she was wearing a tutu body suit type thing.  Not very friendly to outdoor latrine use.  If she was aiming for her clothes, she got spot on.  Not knowing what else to do, Jeffrey and I stripped her down to her socks and shoes, zipped the cape up around her, and headed back to the van.

It is always an adventure with Faye!

When we got home we decided to have a tea party.

Gosh, I love tea parties.

Yesterday was just a regular day.  Laundry, cleaning, etc.  There were high wind warnings, however, which was very anticlimactic.  When we went to bed, there was hardly a breath of wind.  I was expecting hurricane level winds again, like we had in 2011.  That was amazing.  Last night, meh.  Not so much.  I went to bed
half expecting to be awakened in the night by gale force winds.  I slept like a baby.  As did the kids.

This morning, however, we were surprised to see the Wind Fairy had been by for a visit and left a gift for us!  The back yard neighbor's trampoline flew over the fence (barely damaging it) and landed right by the house, not damaging that either.

It was all set up, and ready to go.  It was like a sign.  I decided to take it as a sign anyway.  We need a trampoline, if only for the kids to sleep on at night during the summer.


Susan Anderson said...

haha on the wind fairy's gift...

On a more serious note, my DIL is thinking of forbidding electronics for a month and seeing what happens at their house. I hope she does because the 5-year-old is joined at the hip to his handheld thingy.


Crystal Collier said...

LOL. I want a trampoline to magically appear in my yard!

I'm in awe of you getting your kids to bed so early. We're lucky if we can get them to stop chattering by 10. Books help. Then again, they're all a little older and convinced they don't need sleep, especially Kaily. *shaking head*

Randomlicious Memoirs said...

I love that after a busy month or whatever of not blogging I can pop on and see your posts and know that you are doing something fun and exciting with your kids! So funny about Faye! I worry so much about that when my daughter is potty trained. I won't let her out of the house in undies yet because I'm terrified she'll have to pee outside. My son was so much easier!
You guys handled it pretty well though I must say.

My son started soccer too and is getting a little better it's so fun getting to see them progress and understand things as time goes by and I do love about General conference you can watch it almost immediately after the live broadcast. Saturday we weren't able to watch conference and at night they had each talk up I could watch. Even the priesthood session was posted. So cool.

Hope your having a great week!

Emmy said...

A trampoline would be fun-- just not the neighbors that the wind blew into your yard ;)

So awesome Keith is enjoying soccer. We just recently watched Rise of the Guardians too, it was great.