Josie has taken to the nursery rhymes. She absolutely loves to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider and Ring Around the Rosie. She’ll just break into song every now and then. Hilarious. We visited the Grizzards this weekend and she had a blast jumping on their trampoline and doing Ring Around the Rosie. Preceeded everytime with, “Daddy. Atch me do Ring Around the Rosie”. Over and over and over again.
We had a great weekend overall. It was mighty nice to be in the mountains. We met up with the Grizzards and the Greens, minus Wendy, and took a little hike up Mount Jefferson. Maddox had fun playing with the big kids and finding a few patches of snow on the way up to throw at everyone. Hiking has become a little more stressful all of a sudden as Maddox decided he wanted to test the edge of each cliff and Josie is in absolutely no hurry at all. They enjoyed it though, each in their own way. I love getting them outside.
Back at the house the kids had fun running around outside, making movies on the iPad and just hanging around. It is fun to watch Maddox work his way into a group of kids. He’s still very cautious at the beginning. He sizes everything up and then plays along side for a bit before trying to actually enter the action. A pretty good trait I think. I like that he’s cautious at least. Josie just does her thing. She had a good time chasing the cat around and even managed to figure out how to play with it by dangling a little ball in front of its face. She made friends with good ol Baxter the dog too.
I guess I never did a Halloween update. The kids had a great time. Maddox was a Ninja and Josie an owl. She chose it herself. Told Robyn that was what she wanted to be, so Robyn made it. Turned out pretty good too! Robyn was a witch and I was a tree, you know, for the owl. We did the usual neighborhood pot luck then headed out to trick or treat. Josie jus kind of wandered around and enjoyed herself. She managed to snag a bit of candy, but wasn’t real sure about what was going on. She eventually snagged herself a ride in somebody’s wagon. Maddox, on the other hand, had this thing down. He was on a mission to get some candy.
The night almost ended in catasrophe when Maddox’s bag broke and all the candy fell out. Luckily it happened on someone’s doorstep and all was recovered. Poor guy was so distraught. He came running down the sidewalk bawling as if he was hurt. Thank goodness it wasn’t as bad as we feared and we had a backup bag. Once the candy was safe, he was off in a flash to add to it.
So there it is. The last couple of weeks. One more thing though. As we sat and watched the kids playing on the trampoline on a crisp, cool morning in the North Carolina mountains, I couldn’t help but feel incredibly thankful. These two kids are so much fun. Their laughter is infectious. I can’t get enough of it. Add to it the fact that Maddox still reaches for my hand as we walk around and Josie feels so good snuggled up on my chest in the rocking chair and I couldn’t be happier. But I also realized those days are numbered as I watched Kurt and Glenn’s kids running around. I got a little sad thinking about how fast they are growing up. Its so cliche, but so true. My little girl will be two in a couple months. Wow. Anyway, these are good times. Good kids. Good family. Its always changing, but its always good. Give thanks.
|My little Mountaineer|
|Josie’s version of hiking|
|Maddox and the big kids|
|Josie trying to figure out Savannah|
|A perfect picture of how fun the weekend was.|