Each and every morning, there are knocks on my door. My children, one by one, visit the bathroom when I am showering. Now, they have access to three other bathrooms in our house – they don’t need the facilities. They need to talk to me about one thing or another. For some time, this really bothered me and I was a bit more than testy about the constant interruptions. Could I have any solace, any privacy, any minute alone! Then…they all went away for a few days and I was alone in this big ole house and my shower was very, very quiet. There were no knocks on the door. There were no conversations from the other side of the curtain. No peeps out to see if an outfit matched – there was no need to referee. I have decided I want to hear those very distinct knocks. I want to relish each need they have through those curtains because one day, there will be no more knocks.
My children each have a very unique knock, much like their personalities, and I know who is there before they ever speak.
-Oldest Child – very hard and purposeful. The knock comes from very high on the door – he’s 6’5.
-Oldest Daughter – light knocking – “I don’t mean to bother you.”
-Middle Daughter – rhythmic happy knock – always a rhythm to her knocks. 🙂
-Youngest Daughter – quick, almost banging – “I need you now….RIGHT NOW!! ”
So now – we have fun with the knock, knock, knocking at my door. They try to fool me but rarely succeed.
Did I mention we have dancers in this family? I mean, people that can actually move to the groove, keep a beat, smile while dancing? Oh – not me but my two youngest love it. A couple of weeks ago, their annual dance recital/performance was a source of entertainment for 2 days. I do have one daughter that, like mom and dad, doesn’t particularly care for the “shimmy” or the “step-ball change”. All in all, we enjoy watching the girls dance. It’s so evident on their faces how much they love it.
One of our summer day trips with the children at church is to a theme park/water park. Yesterday was that day. We gathered around 8:00am and headed out with 49 people in tow. The trip to the park was fun with lots of laughter, singing, etc. This was our first time to this particular park and we were pleased. The water section opened first and so we spent the first hour sliding down water slides and playing chase in the lazy river. It was all good – and then the theme park opened…
Long gone are the days of riding every ride in the park. Oh no…I made it on one and then had to seriously consider passing off my little charges to another chaperone. Yuck! It wasn’t even a seriously sick ride. It was the ride that we, long ago, called the Flying Dutchman. It’s the boat that goes back and forth until you feel as though you’re going to pitch forward and fall out! Oh my. Luckily….my oldest daughter also has this problem and was already feeling the affects of the log (flume) water ride. My poor family – from the dear hubby down the line of children, we’re just not theme park thrill seekers. I have laughed for 20 years as my husband hasn’t been able to attend on these trips – and if he did, he tried very hard to keep his eyes averted from any ride that went in circles. Then, my oldest child decided, after many sick moments, that he too should just stay away. And, now my poor daughter…tsk, tsk.
What’s interesting to me is that this family actually seeks out thrilling, out-of-the-ordinary play. We really don’t sit back for much of anything. I guess all of our activities are more of the work/play variety and not the swing-my-body-to-and-fro-so-I-can-throw-up type. Oh, enough of this. I’m not feeling well.
I haven’t posted any pics of the family yet due to internet security concerns. I think I’ll venture out a bit and post a few here and there. My original purpose for this blog was to journal (somewhat) our daily lives. I’d like to have a book printed at the end of each year and I don’t think it’s going to be very interesting or fun to look through without pictures…
This picture was taken the day before the girls went to soccer camp. They have a wonderful time together!
Oh my – no air conditioning in the deep south is just NOT going to cut it! For some insane reason, I decided to stay home today with no air. I’ve been going in to my office at the church each day and coming home to a house that had remained closed all day. Oh not today – I thought I’d catch up on some laundry and bread baking. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?
On a good note, the girls have been out in the sprinkler playing and having a ball most of the day. And…we adopted a new kitten. I am terribly allergic to cats and thought I’d never have one. Now we have two. This little fella came to us out of urgent need. Friends of ours had this litter of kittens (5, I think). They live down on the lake beside a large german shephard and another dog or two. As nature would have it, the large dog found the kittens in the boat house and managed to end the lives of two baby kittens. Our friends found homes for two and we couldn’t leave the last one to live in fear of the “dog next door”! So, we now have a solid black cat (Inky) and a solid white kitty (Ice). He is cute and ever so playful. I’ll post a picture we took this afternoon of him playing in the monkey grass. We presented Ice to my youngest as her very own pet last night. She has spent the entire day with her new adoptee. She has taken him for walks, tried to bathe him (didn’t have time to Kodak that moment – the cat was in and out of the bucket so quickly), she has fed him, given him more water than he could possibly drink, and sat with him in the porch swing. I think Ice would simply like to take a “cat nap” HA!
As hot as it is, I am scheduled to bring a Pineapple Upside Down Cake to my daughter’s writing class tomorrow. I haven’t made one with my grandmother’s recipe in a very long time. I hope all goes well and the cake doesn’t end up in the floor when it’s time to flip it upside down. If everything turns out like granny’s cakes, I’ll post the recipe. She was an INCREDIBLE cook!
May post more to catch up as per my note to self. It’s too hot to do much else.
I feel so violated! Something is eating away at my two little pepper plants. Whatever creature is snacking in my mini-garden is rather greedy. Several stalks/leaves are sheared off at the base of the plant. What on earth eats red and green pepper plants! Maybe this is why I haven’t spent much time gardening before now – this is just awful!
I’d like to catch up my post/memories for the last week.
-Memorial Weekend play at the lake
-Mom’s Soccer Practice/Game against the girls soccer team.
-Daughter 2 takes standardized test.
Must go for now and begin this busy day.