Yesterday was one of the best family days we've had in a long time. We decided that after church, we were going to go bowling. Sadie loves to bowl- but we've never taken Noah. You never know how Noah is going to react. But we were so pleasantly surprised to find that Noah loves bowling too! In fact, that boy has been down right adaptable the last couple of weeks- and that's a word I thought would never be used to describe our Noah Bear. Anyway- the kids had an absolute blast. It was so fun to watch them. They yelled and cheered for each other and were so genuinely encouraging of one another. They'd roll the ball down and then watch with such anticipation to see how many pins they could knock over. Then there were cute dances of joy and high fives all around. Plus, we were totally impressed that Noah could manuever a ball that was 23% of his body weight. (even if it did move so slowly down the lane that it nearly stopped before it hit the pins!)
When we got home, we decided to keep the fun going by making a batch of Christmas cookies. Unfortunately, Noah did a considerable amount of nose picking in the decorating process, so these cookies cookies couldn't be distributed. (Darn- we had to eat them!) There is just something so magical about having a 6 year old and a 3 year old at Christmas time. I wouldn't trade it for all the world!
Then those flour cover kids jumped in the tub. They always take baths together. Sadie informed me that there would be just enough room left in the tub to put Miles right in between her and Noah. Kamron said that if we put them in that order that our kids would look like a hamburger in a bun. (I love that man's sense of humor!) The kids have been talking about Miles a lot. I think that they sense that it won't be too much longer until he's home. Sadie totally gets the whole thing, but Noah doesn't really understand what's going on other than that there will be someone new to play with. Last night when I tucked him into bed he said something that I thought was the sweetest thing. He said, "Mama? Can we put some of our cookies we made in the mail for Baby Miles?" I wasn't sure what to say. Then he added, "We can send him a Christmas Card and he'll be so excited he can show it to his mommy!" How I wish that could be true! Oh how I love those kids!