This Friday felt like Saturday

Here’s how quiet time goes at our house: I shut Lydia in her room and do not go to her–unless there’s a major problem–until Mary wakes up. Usually, Mary’s nap is one or two hours. During that time, Lydia plays, sings, hoots and hollers (joyfully) and, on very rare occasions, she will call for me to help her with a puzzle. (I never respond. Guilt inevitably abounds.) Sometimes she will also tuck herself neatly in bed and take a nap.

The result is, Lydia can be very independent when she chooses to be. Today, for example, she awoke from her nap with a nosebleed, but since she also needed to pee, she immediately peed in her potty (while bleeding) and then used up all the tissues in her room in an attempt to clean her nose. After she had exhausted the tissue box, she politely knocked on the door and asked for some help. Love/guilt/delight swelled up in my heart when I saw how hard she had worked to take care of her own mess. Sweet, conscienscious thing.

Abe has been out of town and came home early today–at 11am. He was in time to help out with the play date we had this morning, and having him around made the whole day feel like Saturday. To top it off, we ended the day with a walk/jog around the canyon and a temple trip to do initiatories–two activities that we normally do on Saturdays. I feel happy (and thankful to Suzanne, Abe’s stepmom, who made our temple date possible!).

Also, I took at least fifty pictures today. The following may seem like a lot, but consider yourself spared.

I am getting better at these waterfall braids! Couldn't practice without the help of Dora the Explorer...

Couldn’t practice Lydia’s waterfall braids without the help of Dora the Explorer

Espen and Lydia water coloring. Lydia, of course, drank the water color water.

Espen and Lydia water coloring. Lydia, of course, drank the water color water.

Playing cars with Espen and our new friends, the Skardas.

Playing cars with Espen and our new friends, the Skardas.

Lydia and Espen lounging on the lawn together.

Lydia and Espen lounging on the lawn together. Could this be a shot on a college green? I think so.

Mary was sad again today. This is what she did anytime I put her down for longer than...30 seconds?

Mary was sad again today. This is what she did anytime I put her down for longer than…30 seconds? Her cry is so funny. She says “Ay-yi-yi-yi” over and over. That’s the Filipino in her.

Lydia tried on Abe's shoes.

Lydia tried on Abe’s shoes.

We spent a lot of time outside today. This was in the evening while we ate "dinner" (corn, string cheese, and an apple) on the lawn.

We spent a lot of time outside today. This was in the evening while we ate “dinner” (corn, string cheese, a banana and an apple) on the lawn.

Lydia tried to pour water from this watering can on the ground. When I told her there was no water in it, she civilly asked me to please stop talking. And then she proceeded to tell me not to come with her to her chalk (where she tried again to pour water out of the empty watering can).

Lydia tried to pour water from this watering can on the ground. When I told her there was no water in it, she civilly asked me to please stop talking. She then proceeded to tell me not to come with her to her chalk (where she tried again to pour water out of the empty watering can).

She drew the blue smiley face all by herself. Good job, Lydia!

She drew the blue “smiley face” all by herself. Good job, Lydia!

Did you know rose bushes bloom both at the beginning AND at the end of summer? I had no idea. Maybe these bushes are just super special, but they surprise and delight me every day we go outside.

Did you know rose bushes bloom both at the beginning AND at the end of summer? I had no idea. Maybe these bushes are just super special, but they surprise and delight me every day we go outside.

More roses, because I love them (and did not take enough pictures today, obviously).

More roses, because I love them (and did not take enough pictures today, obviously).

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