Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Things That Made Today A Great Day...

  • Cooperation, Imagination, and Patience.
  • Ivey was in that mood where she sounds and acts just like Carol Kane's Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooged.
  • Olive had an "ah-ha" moment in the car, when she realized that the skip counting she has memorized is the same as adding the same number multiple times, which is the same as multiplying.  
  • I found my turkey's nest the other day (across the street at the end of someone else's pasture), just as she went broody and began to set.  Now, I know where she is: eggs under her, a cage around her, food and water near her, all out there in that pasture.
  • It's a July night in Georgia, yet the air has a slight chill and there is a wonderful breeze blowing.
  • Waving at the neighbors as they drive past.
  • Olive is still insisting that everyone call her her new, self-imposed nickname, "La Pew".  "Because I poot a lot."
  • Cookies at the Cookie Company.
  •  Asa made blueberry muffins and remembered all lessons on using muffin cups and wiping droplets clean.  For the first time ever, he did not burn batter onto the pan.
  • The 17 year old bag boy at Kroger, upon witnessing how all four of my kids can all talk, simultaneously, without ceasing, even though no one is listening to each other, looked at me and said, "You have the patience of an angel."  He had the timing of one. 
  • Sitting in the quiet, praying for a friend, and feeling Ivey's come up and put her slender little hand on my shoulder until I was done.
  • Having the girls beg me to go back to the gym, where they can play in the childcare room and get their fingernails painted.
  • We have four beautiful newborn bunnies.
  • No trips to the E.R. today.
  • Ivey randomly thanked me profusely for "keeping her healthy and taking such good care" of her.
  • My boys rotated 4 loads of laundry and unloaded the dishwasher 3 times.

  • Ivey took a composition book on our errand trip today, and took pride in practicing all of her uppercase letters.
  • When we returned home, she grabbed one of my teacher guides, brought it to me, and begged me to start her homeschooling.  (Instead, I cooked dinner, praised her handwriting, and let her know we would be starting in just one week!) 
  • There is a little toy horse fence in my dining room floor, with a napkin in the center of it, with an LED book lamp shining onto a guinea egg that the girls found in the yard.  They informed me that they are hatching it, will love it like a pet, but not to worry.  "We'll still sell it."
  • Addison practicing his cello.  I really enjoyed his little practice piece of Edvard Grieg's Morning.
  • Jeff made it home for dinner. 
  • At least one of the men in my life could be interested in making my new soap molds for me. 
  • My dishwasher is running, eggs are prepped and in cartons for deliveries, temporary electric fence is rerun for a fresh new grazing area, washing machine is whirring, goat's milk is in the freezer prepping for soap-making, and it is only 1:20am.
  • A decaf latte, a quiet house, reflecting on the day, and writing about it before bed.

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