9:30am, waiting for the parade to start
We enjoyed the parade this morning. It wasn’t too hot, the candy was plentiful, and Allie slept through it all. Asher was a little candy vulture; he noticed the little stray pieces of candy that others overlooked and added them to his stash. Jacob and Drew both ate candy as it came to them. The older kids collected a lot more and came home with big bags of candy. Josh felt the candy payout was bigger than Halloween. The kids enjoyed the parade, but I do think that was mostly because of the candy!
We skipped the family fun day in the park. It was 11:30 by then, the day was warming up rapidly, and I was worried about our little Allie overheating. We stopped at Lowe’s for some new (very cheap) blinds and some sprinker pipes and elbows, and then we all went out for ice cream. You can’t beat giant soft serve cones for just 50 cents each!
The kids played in the fountains next. Joshua, Maddie, Braden, and Drew all ended up absolutely soaked. Brenna and Jacob were more conservative and didn’t end up nearly as wet. Jake loves the water, but hates having wet clothes on. He was smart enough to realize that he didn’t want his shirt wet and kept reminding me, “I don’t want this shirt wet, okay?” Asher spent most of his time trying to get other people wet.
At home, Rick fixed the sprinkler pipe (we’ve had a horrible year for sprinkers!) and moved a few car seats around in the van for me. The kids cleaned up and then played in the sprinklers and then took warm baths afterwards. Even in the summer heat, they all want a warm bath after they play in the sprinklers.
In the evening, Rick took Brenna and Maddie to a ward Daddy-Daughter activity. They enjoyed pizza, games, and an outdoor movie, and had a wonderful time. The boys and I (and Allie too, of course) took advantage of our Mommy-Son time and went to Wendy’s for dinner (drive thru only to avoid a germy restaurant) and then watched a movie ourselves.
It was an enjoyable day and it wasn’t nearly as busy as it sounded like it would be when we first made our plans. We got some projects done and had some fun too and that’s the best way to spend a Saturday!
We had the chance today, though two different circumstances with two different boys, to discuss lying, obedience, and setting a good example for younger siblings. I am thankful for guidance from the spirit when it comes to these things. Parenting can be so overwhelming, especially as kids get older. I hate being so imperfect as I parent my kids (it eats me up sometimes), but I am so thankful that I don’t have to be perfect. I need to rely on the Lord and do my best to parent these children in love and righteousness. I am so thankful for these eight little people and thankful for the chance we have to be their parents! I hope they always know much we LOVE them!
I love this picture of Maddie, my beautiful, sweet, innocent brown-eyed girl! It was taken today, as we waited for the parade to start.