Last Saturday, Madison and I took a trip to Ashland with Grandma DeeDee. It was an early morning start, but a good “date.” We went to watch her cousins Chloe and Sophie play in their basketball leagues at a church. Although Madison didn’t really know what was exactly going on, she cheered along with Grandma and me enthusiastically most of the time, and spun around on the bench with Megan the other part of the time. At halftime of both games, there was a puppet show. I don’t think Madison has ever seen one before. She was captivated by it. It took me back to my college years on a puppet ministry team. It was a different experience being on the other side of the curtain with a child though; it made it even more worth my time serving as a puppeteer because of her excitement. After the games (in which the girls both played well), we went to their house for about an hour of fun. It was good to watch Madison develop a relationship with Megan.
Today, we had Landen come over and play with us. He and Madison play really well together, rarely arguing about anything. They tore around the house most of the morning. He was a Prince for her last time they were together, but this time (because of boy dress up clothes here) he dove right in as a princess. In order to honor my brother, I will not post the one picture I took of his little boy in a dress. I am pretty sure all the pictures I have of dressing my brothers up in all kinds of things have biased them against the picture portion of dress up.
They had other fun as well, even Ellie got in on some of it. They set up a tea party. Landen served me some delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows.
They colored together.
They made “Aggression Cookies for Children” A recipe of butter, oatmeal, flour, baking powder, and brown sugar that kids mix together with their hands, roll in balls, and then bake. Both of them had a lot of fun getting messy …. and eating the product afterwards.
It was a good morning. In a lot of ways, having an extra kid that plays so well with Madison makes my morning a lot easier because I don’t have to be the three year old playmate. It was a good morning for it since Madison was continually waking Jeremy and I up from 1:15-3:45am!! It was all types of requests, crying, and pounding, that at some point, morphed into her turning on her room light and wanting to play. It was awful! I feel horrible for Jeremy who is battling a cold and had to go to work. At least I could snag a 15 minute nap today while they slept. Ugh… let’s hope for a better night!