slightly chattier (more chatty?)

I just got back from a date with my husband. Dinner and a bookstore–does it get any better than that? B&N was freezing though–I should have known. It was 90 degrees outside and 40 degrees inside. I curled up in a comfy chair and skimmed fun books. It would have been perfect if I hadn’t had goosebumps. I almost pulled my legs up inside my shirt. Almost.

Tomorrow morning we’re meeting some out-of-town extended family at the zoo. It’s supposed to be a scorcher. We have to be back by 12:00 to get Livi on the bus though, so we’ll be inside before the temp hits triple digits.(hopefully)

I had a lovely parenting moment this afternoon. Livi’s kindergarten teacher requested Ava to be in her class next year, and the kdg teachers are all doing home visits with next year’s students. So, the sweet fabulous teacher shows up and Ava runs and hides beside my desk. I had to drag her out. “Ow! You’re hurting me!” she yells. “Stop hurting me, and I’ll go!” (the humiliation is just beginning.)

She sat on my lap on the living room floor the entire 15 (20?) minutes with her head buried in my chest. She wouldn’t say a word. Hair covering her eyes, fingers in her mouth (I threatened her not to suck her thumb.) Wouldn’t answer the teacher’s questions, nodded maybe once, started sucking her thumb toward the end.

Ouch. My pride took a hit. (not the first time though, so I wasn’t shocked or anything) Is it too late to send Ava to preschool before August? When the teacher left, I about burst into tears and tried my best not to take my frustration out on Ava.

When we got back from our date, I just loved on her a lot. She hasn’t been an “easy” one to parent, but I love her with every ounce of me. And she can be an absolute joy when she wants to be. (I don’t want to hear any comments about how she’s exactly like her mother–bite your tongues!) God has big dreams for my little Ava–and my little Livi and Nina, too.

Speaking of Nina, I don’t know who came in my house when I wasn’t looking and switched out my baby for a little girl, but this is a bit much. All in the past week, she has turned into a person. She’s walking all over the place, talking up a storm, following directions, obeying (and pushing limits!), voicing her opinion (loudly!), demanding that hundreds of books be read to her each day. I know I’ve been through all this before, but man!

My mom leaves tomorrow evening. It’s been so wonderful having her here to play with the girls so I can get some writing done. They have played (and I am NOT exaggerating) hundreds of games of Guess Who, Connect Four, Dominoes, Pictionary, Uno and Dots. She loves to play games and read to them–and they eat it up. I love you, Mom. Thanks soooooo much!

That’s all for now. I have 52 mom surveys and 9 from the not-yet-moms. Keep ’em coming! (I’ll be asking some follow-up questions on my blog soon.) Did I mention your answers are SWELL?

Have a great Wednesday!

13 thoughts on “slightly chattier (more chatty?)

  1. luvmynoah

    I’m glad your mom’s been there to spend time with you all.  I’m sure she will be missed so much when she leaves.  Noah loves to play games!!!  Old Maid and Go Fish are two favorites right now.  I’m glad you two love birds had a night out on the town.

  2. kissabby

    Yeah for a date!! I have a feeling Drew and I could be in trouble because we were both the same way and got in lots of trouble.. I’m praying God will give us a little slack!!

    To answer your question, it has been so fun planning and getting ready. I don’t feel like we have done much yet because we are waiting to find out if its a boy or a girl but the anticipation is overwhelming at times!

  3. SuperGirlAmelia

    When we used to go on dates, the bookstore was our “spot.” 🙂 Hopefully we’ll get a date again, in September, when his mom comes to visit again. It’s not so easy to get out when you have 2 kiddos and no family around, can’t imagine how it is with three!! Glad you had a good time.

  4. stephaniedawnbasham

    I won’t say a word about Ava being anything like her mother, but I will say that she seems to be becoming more and more like her Aunt Stephi. 🙂

    I want to see Nina walking and talking and obeying! When are we going to do that weekend thing in Bluefield? The last weekend in June? Does that work? Another weekend?

    I love you!!!

  5. ch1pch0p

    It’s a good thing you mentioned your mom being there. Otherwise, I was about to barrage you with questions on who in the world was watching your kids during this date!

    I was also wondering why I hadn’t received any responses to my witty and wonderful survey answers.

  6. Abs7

    Don’t you hate how in the summer you have to carry a jacket with you to put on when you go inside. Some stores need to calm down with the air conditioning!

    I just wanted to tell you that your survey made me excited and terrified to have kids all at the same time.

  7. tonialynn59

    Glad you had a date night with your hubby!  Yeah for grandma’s that love to spend time with their grandchildren!  I can’t wait for grandchildren, well yes I guess I will have to!haha

  8. YoYoYoder

    I miss you all! I’m so sad I wasn’t able to come see you guys today, but I got a lot of work done, so I know I made a wise decision. Give Livi, Ava, and Nina all hugs and kisses from Aunt Betsy!! 😉

    Hi Marmie!

  9. gsowell

    I can SOOOO sympathize. We did a tour of the school the twins will go to next week. Caroline hardly spoke to the counselor or any of the teachers we met. Had her fingers in her mouth. She did manage to wait until we were in the car to tell me she doesn’t want to go to school. Ever. What? I LOVED school! I was made for school. To have my precious first-born hating it before she tries it is too much. Anyway… this comment got long!… I prayed just now for your Ava and for you. Hugs, my friend!

  10. jbnygaard

    Ava=my little Erik. And yes, he is a spitten image of me. Lovely. But I believe he is going to go FAR in life because of his stubborn little self!

    Don’t you love grandma’s?? They are sure special people!!

  11. Nixter77

    How nice to got to go on a date with your hubby 😉 Sounds swell.

    Also I know what B&N means even though I am not from the US – how clever am I?

    Looking forward to my surprise – will be there soon.

    nixie = dreaming!

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