Dekker and Laela were just gorgeous OUT OF THIS WORLD this morning!
My day started with me feeling very overwhelmed. Laela had a relatively short night, and I felt like a rag doll – pretty much unable to hold myself up, much less my kids. I knew we were going out in the evening, and I knew I had lots of things to remember, yet I couldn’t really pinpoint what I needed to write down and keep track of or get ready. I just felt scattered. It took a long time for me to actually surface. I threw on old sweats and a long sleeves shirt and socks, and then got Dekker out of bed. It was definitely a jammie day. Deks ate breakfast pretty well, and as soon as he was done, I brought the kids downstairs for some Glee and toys. It was definitely a tv kind of morning. Dekker had a meltdown as soon as we got downstairs, I forget why. But he finally moped his way over to my chair where I was sitting in an effort to give him space, and he reached up to me, asking “Uff?” Of course, my boy. I picked him up and cuddled right in for a few minutes while Laela slept nearby in her bouncy chair.
It was only a few minutes of cuddles before she woke and cried, and I knew she was hungry. I had made her a bottle in advance any everything, knowing it would only be a matter of time. I hate those situations where I have to end one on one time with one kid and swap for the other. I know thats part of having two kids, but Dekker cuddles don’t come around too terribly often anymore and it broke my heart thinking I might have to break his heart. I just started talking to him and pointed out that Laela was crying. He nodded. Maybe we should feed her? He nodded. Did he want to get down? “No.” Ok… So I waited another minute or so and asked if he wanted to go check on Laela. “No.” He knew. So I finally said “I think we should go see Laela” and he slid off my lap and went to her side. My big boy. I fed her while she was still in her bouncy chair, so it wasn’t like I dropped him so I could cuddle her instead. And he sat beside me the entire time on the floor. I was so amazed at him and his concern for Laela, and his desire to be involved and protective.
I felt very covered today. Let’s be honest. I felt completely exhausted, and I was grumpy all the way from yesterday evening. I didn’t have my head on straight, and I hadn’t accomplished anything. All these things were true today. Yet, I felt peaceful. I could tell that, today especially, God had me covered. Not that these things would necessarily go away. They will likely be back tomorrow. But today, I felt like God gave me a break. He helped me have a positive attitude, and feeling an even bigger, even more overwhelming LOVE for my babies. I think we would all do better in life and in our relationships if we are quicker to forgive. And I don’t just mean the big stuff, or the fights with our spouses. I mean forgiving Dekker for taking five minutes doing down the stairs, or Laela waking up the second I lay her down. These are not big things. Why do I make them so big?! So I was blessed with that kind of attitude, which really helped my day be awesome.
Brady was home by 5:30, bearing exciting things! We purchased a new and waaay better stroller off of a Facebook sale page, and it is exactly what we hoped it would be! How often does that happen?? Also, he brought stuff for making jam! Willa is coming to help me make jam tomorrow morning and after scouring my house, I had everything except fruit and sugar. Does that even make sense?! So Brady came with that as well. I warmed us all up some leftover before we hit the road at 6:00, and headed out to trick or treat in my hometown.
My kids were the cutest kids of all the kids, bar none.
We hit my parents house first, and then a few other houses of friends. We counted later and I think we only hit six houses, yet we were in town for 1.5 hours! But it was SUCH a good evening 🙂 Laela was asleep for most of it but she was the cutest little elephant anyone has ever seen. Shockingly cute. And Dekker was easily the most timid dinosaur anyone has ever seen, but once we got some candy into him, he warmed up. Plus the last house we visited had a puppy, which was a HUGE win! Also a win for us, considering we scored a box of K-Cups! Jocelyn, you win for best house tonight!!!
Laela was pretty finished by the time we were headed home, but only cried for the first ten seconds of the drive. Dekker was pumped.
He had SUCH a great time, even though he was so shy. I know they’re little, but I think both of our kids felt very loved tonight by the people they encountered. I know I could sure tell they were loved!
Even though he really didn’t want to be, Dekker is in bed. Laela is in her U-pillow, having some nudist time. Brady and I are waiting for the bath to finish running. I am anticipating eating a snack and drinking some new lemon tea while watching My Name is Earl. And then sleep, hopefully. Miss Laela needs to give in to sleep sooner than 1:00am or I’m going to gray very, very quickly.
Good night, everyone! Hope you all had a beautiful day.