I just finished week three of having my sister’s boys. These pictures show some of the fun things we have been up to, but let me just tell you, despite these fun, smiling pictures, it has been hard. Hard for them because they miss their mom, their home, their friends, their space, their older brother. I have rules, schedules and chores they have to follow/do which I know they like and need and thrive with, but it is an adjustment. They don’t know how long they will be here and that uncertainty weighs on their minds. And their mother goes days and days without answering her phone when they so badly want to talk to her. Just breaks my heart. I love them and I love my sister and I want them to be together in a healthy happy way again. Hard for Novalie because for 11 years she has been an only child and used to her ways and space. The littlest boy, Kameron, just does not leave her side (or my side if she is playing with a friend). And she mostly handles that just fine, but having someone hang on you 24/7 is tough and she is learning how to deal with that in a nicer way then just yelling, “get away from me.” I try to involve him in other things and play games with him, but he just wants to do whatever Novalie wants to do. It is a balancing act and we are learning. Hard for Kevin who craves solitude and quiet and hard financially to take care of 3 extra kids. Hard for me for so many reasons that I don’t really need to record here. I just keep thinking…this is exactly what my dad would be doing for these boys right now and that keeps me going. I have felt closer to my dad these last 3 weeks then I think I ever have before in my life and he is only around in spirit. As I was cleaning out a room we have used for storage, a single picture was just lying behind some boxes of my dad with my brother’s 3 boys when they were younger at a waterpark. It was validation from my dad for my efforts. I have had Nephi 3:7 going through my head constantly for myself and for the boys. We are all doing hard things right now. The Lord is with us. And we will carry on.
Monday’s have turned into our chore/errand day. Novalie has tennis in the middle of the day, so it is a good day for cleaning and errands. The little boys came with me to play at the park/splash pad while Novalie had her tennis lesson. They brought their bikes and did a little bit of everything to pass the 1 1/2 hours.
This kid is a sweetheart who thinks he knows everything and has to be right and better then everyone. We are working on that because he is such a sweet kid. He loves his picture to be taken.
Frozen yogurt places sure are fun, but man alive it is expensive. Cherry Berry has kid’s cup Monday’s which is just a flat price, not by weight, so we took advantage of that. It was the boys first time being to a self-serve frozen yogurt place and they just couldn’t get over that they could have any toppings they wanted. It was funny.
We took them to our favorite “ghetto” (I call them that because they are old and under a bridge, but oh so fun) waterslides. They loved them.
Zachary had no idea that this girl was right behind him. She had to grab onto the sides to slow down or she would have plowed right into him. We laughed about it when we looked at the pictures.
Marcus is not a big fan of water related things. They had a big bouncy house slide with water spraying on it that he spent all day on. I made him go on the small waterslide with me and he said he was never doing that again!
Snow cone break. 🙂 The little guy, Kameron, was a waterslide animal! He loved it. He sometimes would go down on my lap and then sometimes I would go first and he would follow for me to catch him at the end. That is another reason we love these waterslides because they let you go down in trains and I can wait at the bottom to catch the non-swimming kids. We will definitely go again if I can find another coupon.
Oh my rainbow loom. Novalie and I made a dolphin together and then all the kids wanted rainbow loom animals. We had a couple more rainy, cold days and I spent them following You Tube videos making animals. I had sore shoulders. 🙂
Another trip to the library which sure makes this kid happy.
Swimming in my brother’s pool.
We had a couple really good down pours. Novalie, Kayla (her bff) and 2 of the boys were happy to play in the rain.
And do rain dances. Something about kids playing in summer rain makes me smile big.
We went to feed the ducks. There were several sets of babies that were just so cute.
This black duck would come right up to you and take the bread right out of your hand.
Simple things like going to feed the ducks are things that these boys just don’t do and yet it brings such simple, pure joy.
A couple of happenings that I didn’t get pictures of are: 1st the missionaries came and taught Zachary the first lesson about the Restoration. It made him happy and he is praying about what he has learned. We watched a video about the Restoration to help his understanding a day or two after the missionaries taught him. They are coming again tonight because he wants them to. 2nd is one of Novalie’s bff moved to Alabama and they had to move a day later then they planned, so Novalie got to have another all day playdate with her that made them giddy with joy. It is always hard when good friends move and she is going to miss her.
Saturday, my brother took the boys all day. Kevin got some much needed quiet solitude watching the World Cup and I got to have a shopping date with my beautiful, fun loving Sunshine T-Rex. We went to the mall and had lunch, got her some much needed skirts at Children’s Place (they were having the best sale I have ever found there….skirts were $4.00 and I had a 20% off coupon….5 skirts, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of leggings…$35). Then we went into Claire’s and I said, “I am not buying anything in here.” Then I saw a pair of earrings I really wanted and I rarely ever buy myself anything and I reasoned with myself that this is our mommy/daughter time and jewelry buying is a fun mommy/daughter thing. And it is her birthday tomorrow……ect.ect.ect. We left with 2 headbands, a necklace and 3 pairs of earrings. Fail or win.
Then we went to the pet store and got all our supplies for Novalie’s birthday present….a puppy. (whole post about that coming soon).
Then we finished cleaning out the area she is going to be in and got it all set up.
I really treasured that one on one time I got with Novalie all day Saturday. It was much needed on both our parts. I love that baby girl of mine.
Another week of summer written in the books.
We ♥ summer!