I am challenging myself to document the authentic, in-between moments for my family. This is what our 2017 looks like . . .
I was sitting in my office and overheard the two of you talking about the chickens in our yard . . .
Anna: Oh look, they’re playing tag! The white one is “it”!
Henry: And now they’re wrestling!
Putting the garbage out is one of your favorite chores. There are 4 different bins and you keep up with the schedule better than the rest of us. I am so thankful for your willingness to help.
The winter is so long and dreary, so today I let you pick out a new little Lego set just for fun. Unfortunately, you put them together so quickly that the fun doesn’t last as long as I’d like!
You and your paper airplanes. You’ll walk into the office and open up the printer and pull out a handful of paper and get to work making paper airplanes. Never just one. Sometimes you make traditional planes, sometimes you experiment and create your own designs.
Anna – it’s hard to convince you to get outside and you have a valid complaint – it is cold and wet. You’ve created a new exercise as you launch yourself back and forth across the couch. You laugh so hard when you fly across it – I love to hear that little bird laugh of yours – so the no-jumping-on-the-couch rule has been suspended for the remainder of the winter.
Bouncy balls are always a hit!
You’re both playing in a soccer tournament this morning. For the past few tournaments, Henry, you’ve asked to be goalkeeper. You are so good at it! It is rare when a ball gets past you – and when one does, you take it very hard. But, you’re learning about the importance of teamwork and so are your teammates – one person cannot do it by himself. I love this picture of you. You stopped this ball the last few seconds of the game – you’re still a bit shocked, but your teammates are already celebrating.