Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Quality Time

I will try to type this post with a lot less grammatical errors, but I am not making any promises :)

Last week we enjoyed Family Bible School at our church. We all had a blast and it warms my heart to hear the girls singing songs they learned at VBS.

The girls and I were so excited about this weekend. It was the first one we had gotten to spend the whole weekend with Joe in about a month and we won't have another one until 3 weeks from now, so we spent almost every second together the entire weekend. Saturday morning we got up and cleaned. We made a deal with the girls that if they keep their room clean until Grammy gets here the last week of July we will do something special. So far they are doing great, and hopefully by then it will become such a habit to keep it clean that will become less of a struggle to keep it straightened up. I am really proud of how well they are doing. They have asked everyone who has come over to see their room because it is clean. I am glad to know they take pride in it.

After cleaning we did a Fathers Day photo shoot outside. I told Joe that we were only doing it for Pap-Paw and Paw-Paw, but I did one for him too. When I had the pictures made I put "We Love Our Daddy/Pap-Paw/Paw-Paw at the top of the tree. Before I left to have them made Joe showed me which one was his favorite so this is the one he got:

Then this is the one Pap-Paw and Paw-Paw got:

And here are two more where I just kept snapping trying to get the perfect picture:

Saturday evening Pap-Paw, Uncle Ben, Aunt Tiffany, Tanner, R & C came over for a fathers day dinner with my dad. (It is our tradition to do something with our parents on another day to celebrate Mothers day and Fathers day so that we can spend quality time with our children on Mothers day and Fathers day.) We had a great time and the kids were pretty well behaved that night.

Sunday morning I got up early, as did Lollie, and she and I made Joe a special breakfast of pigs in a blanket, cinnamon rolls (his favorite), eggs, and coffee. We then set up his tray with his breakfast and his special picture, and took him his breakfast in bed. Jolie was so excited about it that she wanted to eat with him too, so I fixed her a tray (she tried very hard to convince me that her tray also needed a picture), and Josie a plate and the girls ate with Joe and watched a fishing program in bed. The girls also gave Joe the poster cards they had made for him. We made two, one from the girls, and one from Joel. I put a special poem on both of them, pictures of Joe and the kids, and then the kids colored and decorated them.
This is the poem that was in Joel's card:
My Baby Boy and Me
It's three AM, they're all asleep,
and no-one's here to see.
As we rock slowly back and forth,
My baby boy and me.
His little hand is feather light
Tucked up against my chin.
I hold his tiny hand in mine,
and stroke his baby skin.
The house about us creaks and groans,
The clock hands creep around.
He snuggles closer to me still,
And makes his baby sounds.
I love these quiet hours so much,
And cherish every one.
Store memories up inside my heart
For lonely nights to come.
All too soon he'll be grown up,
His need for Daddy gone.
But until then I still have time
For kisses and for song.
Time for quiet hours like this
With him cuddled in my arms,
Where I wish he'd always stay
Protected, safe and warm.
And yet I know the day will come
When his tiny little hand,
will be bigger than my own.
He'll grow to be a man.
But until then he's mine to love
With no one here to see.
As we rock slowly back and forth,
My baby boy and me.
...Author Unknown

And this is the poem that was in the girls' card:

A Daddy and His Daughters
A daddy and his daughters,
Walking hand in hand;
Though he isn't always with them,
They say they understand.
When he's away at work or play,
The memory of him lingers;
The two girls smile because they know,
He's wrapped around their fingers.
A slight tilt of their sweet heads,
A smile, a lowered glance;
A hug and kiss and, "Daddy please?"
He doesn't stand a chance!
In later years he will recall,
With tenderness and love;
Two charming girls, with hands in his,
Two blessings from above.

I cried when I read them both and knew they were perfect.

After breakfast we got ready and headed to church. After church we headed home for one of Joe's favorite meals: beef tips and rice and green bean casserole. We ate our yummy home cooked lunch and took naps. After naps we played outside:

Today Josie is on a field trip. They are going on a riverboat cruise and to the splash pad at Riverwalk. She was so excited about it. Jolie isn't old enough to go so as a trade-off Joe will have to do something special with her either Friday night or Saturday after he gets done working at the church. Tonight we have our Fathers Day dinner with Paw-Paw at Quint and Sheilas. Joe is the only one with plans this weekend. He has a work day at church for Saturday and a session retreat from 2-7 on Sunday, so the kids and I will have to find something to do.

Until next time....

1 comment:

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