Sunday, November 23, 2014

all about... Linnea

I have been especially grateful for my kids lately. It has been something of a hard fall with adjustments into schooling, a rough period of sleep with Susie, and overall life transitions. We have just stumbled out of much of that, and God is meeting us with grace in the areas of discipline for the little ones and patience/compassion for me. I feel like I am seeing them with new eyes. I have my joy in parenting back. Things aren't perfect, but there sure is a lot I'm thankful for. One way I want to celebrate that is a mini series on each of my precious kiddos.

Linnea: age 5

One of the things that impresses me most about Nea is how freely she gives her love to people. She no sooner makes a new friend at church than she's off making a card to take back to her next week (or a Popsicle stick fairy wand, in some cases!). Linnea is a loyal friend and she's just very generous and thoughtful. I love the way she dreams up and creates gifts for people- cards, drawings, book marks, cut out dolls, just to name a few. She is a gift-giver. It sometimes hurts my mama-heart to think that some of these gifts may go under appreciated- but I've realized, what Linnea is putting into them is all that really matters. She is giving her love freely, like God does for us. What a treasure. I don't want to interfere with this one bit (and furthermore need to get better at mailing off her creations!).

Linnea is a quick learner and she thinks deeply about things. She likes academic work and seems to have a natural aptitude for reading and math. I think we know where she inherited each of those skills!  (Hint, the latter is NOT from me!). Her Why? questions are thoughtful and she's reflective by nature. She has a wonderfully detailed memory (again, not from me!) and is very reliable because she's so observant. I am so thankful that I get to be around her all day and experience this part of her personality. I love watching her engage with and make connections in the world around her!

Nannie (as Peter calls her-love!) is like me in that she loves tradition and repetition. She loves looking forward to something in anticipation of recreating a fun memoey, like getting our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving last year (which is the only time we've gotten it that early). Sweetie pie has a true appreciation for what is special. I bought tickets for the Nutcracker in September, and she is really looking forward to it. And by that I mean has been looking forward to it for more than a year, since I planned to take her for the first time when she was 5 (given slightly scary set elements like the Mouse King). She remembers things we've said we would do and builds them up in her mind. This also means I have to be careful about setting expectations because she can get very disappointed, but she is getting more resilient. How amazing to think about the ways she's growing up.

Linnea also loves to HELP. With cooking, laundry, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, playing with Susie, and even showing Petey how to do things or fetching him a pair of socks. She will be a great mom and homemaker one day (oh, and Google employee and ballerina, which are the two other jobs she'd mention if you asked her). She often says, Mom, I want to help you- and sometimes she surprises me by cleaning up the whole playroom as a surprise when I'm off with Susie. Girl knows how to do it!! I try to say yes 90% of the time when Linnea asks if she can help me with something because I want to include her and make her feel how much I value her, and spend that time with her, as well as teach her the skills so she can continue to help our household (sure, you can vacuum and scrub the toilet! Seriously, she loves that stuff), and later on, care for her own household!

What else? Linnea loves to tap dance in her Cinderella shoes, dress up, read/be read to color, make little books, run, jump, so obstacle courses, and play pretend trips with Petey. She loves making Susie laugh and is protective of her brother. She has a sweet, sensitive heart I want to nurture and protect. She loves Jesus and likes memorizing scripture and talking about bible stories. Wow I just love this girl and am so blessed to be her mama!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

spontaneous visit with Grandma!

She called on Monday after breakfast and said, How about today? I said, Great! and we got to see her for dinner. We had a super fun time! And how nice that Susie finally got to meet her Grandma.

There was Scrabble playing and card playing, reading lots of books, a visit to the library and lunch out, brushing of the sheepskin rug, a drive down to Snoqualmie Falls (as promised!), digging in the gravel and playing dodge ball, dragging leaves behind the house, bouncing of the baby, hide and seek, and all manner of fun. Grandma also organized our sadly cluttered laundry room shelving (Tim's tool dump + "kitchen drawer" on steroids) and some of the detritus that has redneck-ified our back stoop ever since we moved in. Undeterred by the cougars, she also took out the garbage for me- in the dark! Thanks, Grandma! We had a really fun time with you!

I got just a few pictures...hop over to Mary's blog for more.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Snoqualmie Falls and NW Railway Museum with Papa Jeff

My dad was in town for a couple of days. The kids just call him Papa, but since there's at least one other fellow in this family with that title, I thought I'd specify.

It was a gorgeous sunny but cold day. Hats and scarves came out for the first time (and are still out, brr!). We had a fun time being sprayed by the rushing waterfalls especially. Every future visitor gets a trip to the falls. We'd been there twice before, but not since moving. Had no idea it was so close!

And the Salish Lodge is right there. (Location of the swanky night away Tim surprised me with when I turned 25 and was about to pop with Linnea.) Must.go.back! I'll make a reservation for 2025.