LiceWatch and Mother’s Day musings

“Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.”  ~Ruth Ann Schabacker

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So it’s day 6.  Only spotted one egg today.  Gross, I know.  Can I just say that my daughter’s hair has never been cleaner nor more tangle-free than it has been the last 6 days.  I have nit-picked twice a day for 6 days and have spent some real “quality time” with Emma.  I can’t say it’s been the most enjoyable, but quality nonetheless. We have another week to spend together.  Hopefully we will have beaten those creepy little critters and can move on with our lives.  I know she’s ready.  Poor kid and what a trooper she’s been.

I had the most wonderful Mother’s Day.  My family was so good to me.  They gave me some sweet cards and they gave me an iPod nano!!  And it’s PINK!  And it came with chocolate!! Woohoo!  I am so stoked!  Love it love it! 

Anyway, we played hooky from church partly because Emma decided she wanted to cook some bacon at 10 am.  She cooked it up in the big frying pan, ALL BY HERSELF!  I am so proud of my girl, and very impressed!  Tried some and it was excellent!  Then my bestest friend Kristi called me and when I looked at the clock again it was 10:45 am and there was some bacon-eating going on and nobody was looking like they were ready to go to church–including me–considering we’d have to be there in 15 minutes  So we decided to head up to the lake and get some food on the way.  We got to the lake and rented a paddle boat.  We took turns paddling.  Got me a little workout in on Mother’s Day. 

I sat there on the back on the paddleboat thinking (because I couldn’t think while paddling) about how much I truly enjoy just hanging out with  my hubby and kids.  I looked around at the beautiful day, watched the bald eagles and hawks soaring overhead.  I closed my eyes and  breathed in deeply.  Breathed in the fresh spring air.  Listened closely and smiled to myself as Clyn and the kids made silly jokes.  I thought, “This is just the way I wanted to spend my day.”

The weather was fantastic and we had a great time.  The kids took their shoes off and waded in the (nasty) lake.  The kids gave themselves a mud hand treatment…Ewww.  People were actually swimming!! I thought they were crazy, but this is Iowa and I guess a little cold lake water doesn’t bother them.  Then we went over to the dam and walked around.  It was such a relaxing day.  We had dinner at my sister-in-law’s house.  It was delish and they are always very entertaining.  Just an overall fab day with the fam.  I am so grateful for them. A day with family. Just hanging.  Just wonderful.  It’s the simple things.

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“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”  ~John Burroughs

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