Saturday, March 2, 2013

Week 9: The Zoo

This past Wednesday, Laura Sebourn brought Gretchen, Calvin and Heidi down from Oklahoma City and we all went to the zoo.  It was so much fun -- once we finally got there.

 I blame the GPS.  Seriously how could it be my fault that I drove us five miles in the wrong direction?  It's not as though I was just blindly following the instructions, despite my gut feeling that we were almost certainly headed in the wrong direction -- or maybe that is exactly what it was!  But, here's one of the reasons I love to hang out with my sister-in-law Laura, during and after our little detour, she was never stressed or upset, she just kept smiling and it didn't ruin the day.  That is a blessing and I am thankful for her.

The kids LOVE the zoo.  Ruth of course loves the elephants, Eden thought the giraffes were amazing (we even got to see a baby giraffe and it was nursing -- so cute!)  Becca just loves being outside.  She also really loved feeding the birds, she squealed and smiled and clapped, it was the best!

We spent a minute at the petting zoo where Laura and kids chatted up the zoo keepers about their chickens. We rode the carousel, we rode the train. The girls loved every minute of hanging out with their cousins.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Week 8: Becca Calling Her Sisters

Watching my little girls learn and grow is my favorite thing.  It always happens so quickly, one day what were just babbles and giggles become recognizable words; such is the case with Becca.  She has recently started to call for Eden and Ruth, especially in the mornings when I get her out of bed.  She'll say, "EeeeeDuh", "Rooooo".  It's so cute, when she says "Ruth" she purses her lips, she loves her sisters so much and they love her.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Week 7: Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday to me!  I'm a lucky girl on my birthday because Noah always bakes me a cake.  This year it was carrot cake with cream cheese frosting -- grandma Hendrickson's recipe.  Eden and Becca both thought the cake was delicious, Eden even said that she wants carrot cake for her next birthday cake.  On the other hand, Ruth flat out refused to even try the cake!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Week 6: Primary

I have the wonderful opportunity to serve in Primary.  I am thankful to spend my Sundays with sweet little ones.  I only hope I can teach them as much as they teach me.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Week 5: Sisters

Ruth has a stuffed elephant which Nana Sebourn gave her on the day of Noah's graduation from law school. This elephant is practically a member of the family.  She even has a name, Ellie.  Anyway, this past week Ellie went missing for a couple of days and Ruthie was distraught, particularly at bedtime.  The first night Ellie was missing, Ruth woke up in the night multiple times and was just generally having a hard time getting and staying asleep.  On about the fourth time she woke me up, I took her back to her bed, laid by her for a minute and then told her to please go to sleep and don't come out of her room until morning.  Well, later that night I woke up (because apparently even if my kids aren't waking me up in the night, I still wake up in the night) and decided to check on her.  I found her curled up on the top bunk next to Eden.  It was so cute I wanted to take a picture, but I didn't because it was the middle of the night and I really didn't want either of them to wake up!

On another note, since Becca has all but mastered walking, she has decided that she is just as big as her sisters and now insists on being with and doing everything that they are doing.  It's so cute to watch her follow them around and so heartwarming to see them include her (even if she does knock down their block towers an steal their Barbie dolls).

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Week 4: The Stuff Of Dreams

This past week, while the girls and I were eating breakfast (if you must know, Eden was eating Fruity Pebbles, Ruth was eating instant oatmeal, Becca was eating grits and I was drinking a diet coke.  It's true, sometimes this is exactly what breakfast looks like at our house.) Eden pipes up out of nowhere and relates the following:

"Last night I had a dream.  I was riding the Polar Express.  I was wearing a pink nightgown. I had a bucket on my head [at which point her eyes got big and opened wide, because like her mother, she is unable to hide her emotions and needed to convey exactly how ridiculous it was that she had a bucket on her head.] Oh, and Dad was with me."

Then she proceeded to laugh about just how preposterous the dream sounded now that she was recounting it at the breakfast table.  And not to be outdone, Ruth chimed in with her own nonsensical stories which she called "dreams" but which I am pretty sure came straight out of her imagination.  And so the meal turned into a competition to see who could create the silliest scenario and make the rest of us laugh.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Week 3: Baby Steps

This past week, Becca took her first unassisted steps! For at least the last month, I have been convinced that she could walk, if only she would let go of my hand.  Well, it turns out she just needed a little push from Daddy.  While I was gone to the store on Saturday, she walked.  When I got home, Noah yelled from the bedroom and told me to ask Becca to walk.  Becca was in the middle of the living room.  I said, "Becca show Mommy your walking."  She stood right up and walked to me with a gigantic grin on her face and then when she was almost to me, she threw herself into my arms.  Seriously, I thought my heart would burst.

On Sunday, Ruthie was the spotlight kid in primary.  It was only her third week in Sunbeams, but she seems to have adjusted well to the "big kid" routine of sharing and singing time.  Anyway, I was conducting (currently serving as second counselor in the primary presidency) so I got to tell all about Ruth; about how her favorite primary song is, "I am A Child of God" (which happens to be the Primary theme for 2013). And her favorite scripture story is, in her words, "When Noah saved the animals with his ark because he was a prophet".  And how her special talent that makes her unique is, "headstands" (which she happens to love to do on our couch while watching TV).  Then she stood up in front of the entire primary and told them that she knows Heavenly Father loves her because he made this beautiful earth for her. It's as though she grew up overnight.  Just last month she was a little toddler in nursery and now she's testifying eternal truths to the primary.