I have no excuses. Okay, I have one really big excuse. After letting my 2 year old play another game of starfall, this is now what my computer looks like.
So, I just don't type that much anymore. I am horrible at returning e-mails. And I have blogged once in 6 weeks. Oh, well. I'll try to get better for all 3 of you who read this blog. (Hi, Julie Oakes!!)
And also, we have all been sick. Like, really sick. Only Bennett was diagnosed with the flu, but I know we all had it. In fact, today is Day 11 of the plague that would not end and there are still plenty of lingering coughs to go around. This thing took out our family in a major way. Fevers for 9 days straight, dizziness, sneezing, fatigue... yuck!
Family members even sent flowers to cheer us up. Actually, Bennett asked if she was going to get flowers because in her words, "When you're sick you get flowers. I just know these things."
Instead of trying to recap all of January, I will just do one of my handy dandy family updates and get it all out of the way at once. Hmmm..... who should I begin with? How about the baby of the family?
Will- Oh my goodness. Has there ever been a funnier 2 year old? Ever? He is just so dang funny. His vocab is through the roof and he just loves to make silly faces and crack everyone up.
He is also a pro at tantrums. An absolute pro. He can melt down faster than any kid I have ever seen. He doesn't even need a whole second. That's for amateurs. Will can hit the ground and be in full blown come apart mode in a nanosecond. That kid is good.
But he does love his big sister so much and would spend all of his time following her if he could. They would sit for hours and just watch the trains go by.
Bennett- We are enjoying the last month of our little girl being 3. She is loving school and is learning so much. She loves to write words and is starting to sound them out to read. Just a little bit. She still loves princesses and horses. Give her an Ariel dress and a palomino and she is all set.
One thing about Bennett that I think is so unique is her imagination. She doesn't need toys. She just needs a towel, a box, and a piece of string, and she is set for hours. She has about 6 pretend horses and she writes songs to them. A new classic is her composition called, "Come back to me, Jorna." Jorna is her favorite horse today. Every time I look around Bennett is an astronaut blasting into space, a cowgirl riding Jorna across the plains, a conductor taking tickets for her magical train ride, a princess being chased by a dragon, and so much more. And of course Will is her faithful sidekick in all of her adventures. He just does whatever she tells him to do and becomes the accomplice or the foil on all of her adventures. I love this age. it is fascinating and delightful.
Here she is with her school friends having a princess playdate.
Here I am with my first director at CNC, Dr. Welton, and two of my dearest friends from college. I love Jen and Barrett so much and I miss being surrounded by artistically brilliant and just plain crazy friends.
Dr. Welton even led the group in some of our old theatre warm ups. Here he is leading a bunch of thirtysomethings in the magic ball of light. We also got to circle up and have him tell us our pre show speech always starting with, "There's magic in the theatre." I won't try to explain it. Somehow words cheapen the beauty of it, but I will always be grateful that I got to stand in one more magic circle with, "Papa."
Rob- Okay, enough about me. Moving on to the other tall redhead in the house. J. Robert is currently packing for a 9 day trip to Israel. He is going to film a DVD study companion to a book about the life of Jesus. How awesome and talented is my husband? I am excited for him and jealous of course. I would absolutely love to go along, but I think Child Protective Services might arrest me if I left the kids for that long so I guess I'll stay. Rob will get amazing footage as he always does. But we will miss him around here, that's for sure. And Bennett will miss her tea party buddy. Not Sarah Palin. Just Daddy.
I will end on an incredibly positive and joyful note. Thank you to all of you that have read this blog and prayed for my cousin Elliot and she has been battling ovarian cancer. God heard our prayers and his answer was beyond anything we could have hoped for. I'll let you read her journal here, but thank you all so much for your prayers.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20
Oh, and one last thing? Did I happen to mention that ALABAMA WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP??????? WHAT??? ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!
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