As I mentioned last post, this week is DWTS Finale Week – which is a big time of stress in our house. 🙂 Well, stress and anticipation because after Tuesday, Mr. M will be home for a bit on hiatus before he starts working on Bachelor in Paradise (his summer gig).
We are holding down the fort here at home. Ginger caught my mom’s cold she brought from the plane, and then it spread to Violet (3) and Ellie (3 months). I don’t know if you can tell in that top picture, but Violet was pretty miserable that day (Sunday). We had been stuck at home for days because of Ginger being sick, so then when Violet and Ellie came down with it – I was like…OH REALLY?!
I had to escape our house – I was getting serious cabin fever!
So, on Sunday I took the kids to Paprika’s old school playground, since it’s empty on the weekends. Who wants to go to a school playground on the weekend? Only homeschoolers! Ha!
There is this mural at the school and it says: Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. – Hans Christian Andersen
I could not agree more!
I love this picture (above) of Paprika and Violet together. You can tell Violet is feeling sick because she’s carrying around her Hata (that’s what we call a white cloth diaper) to clean her nose. That morning, Paprika had been SO frustrated with Violet for supposedly misplacing Paprika’s favorite fairy doll. Paprika was screaming at Violet – it was awful. My girls rarely (if ever) argue – well, except for lately Paprika and Violet.
I have been having big talks with Paprika (8) about kindness and compassion – and how Violet is just 3 years old, etc. But nothing was sticking!
Then I remembered how much Paprika loves Jesus. She seriously loves the Bible (she reads it on her own), and she’s just really a big Jesus fan. So, I sat down with her at this playground and asked her how Jesus would treat Violet. I didn’t say it in a shaming way – more just asking her what Jesus would do in this situation as a real question.
Well, I kid you not – it’s like a lightbulb went off in her head. From that moment on, she has been SO nice to Violet. When we got home from the playground, she tucked Violet into bed (since she was sick), put a movie on for her, and made her a delicious snack. It’s been really amazing! No more fights! Thanks, WWJD! 🙂
I’ve got lots more pictures to post – and more to say – soon! Right now Ellie just woke up…so boom…my blogging time is up!