Thomas the Builder

img_02211Each month we make our way to Home Depot (first Sat) to do a building project. The kids have HD aprons and now a dozen or so nice pins representing each project of the month. Last month it was a birdhouse with a piece of plexiglass on the back so you can attach it to your window and get a peek into the back of the box.

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A New Wrinkle to an Old Problem

The other day Lucia took a nap while Ansa took her normal mid-afternoon nap. When Ansa awoke she was rubbing Lucia’s face and being playful in a just-woke-up-sedate-kind-of-way, she began rubbing Lucia’s forehead and noticed the wrinkles. 

She told mommy, “I want some of them.”

And then she began to rub at the outer corners of her eyes and said, “Can I get some of them too?”

Lucia’s perspective and opinion about the incident was totally different than Ansa’s.

Mega, Major Boot Camp

This week is spring break. Therefore, some of our boot camp instructors took the week off and they did this also because many of the boot camper participants are traveling. However, they did give us an optional boot camp that we could attend on Monday and Thursday of this week. Any of the boot campers from all the ones that are going on could come to the Monday and Thursday ones this week.

We did this.

Normally Lucia goes to hers and I watch the kids and I go to mine and she watches the kids. But for this one week we went together. It was actually fun to do boot camp with Lucia. This is my third boot camp session and her second one. It is the first time we had one together. 

We had to take the kids with us. They had their bikes and other things to occupy themselves for the one hour of boot camp.

Last night the owner of the boot camp business, Derrick Singleton, was our instructor. He is an ex-Marine. It was awesome. He was hollering at us, running us, shouting some more and making us do all kinds of horrible things. We were sprinting with backpacks on our backs. We did step ups with 10-pound weights in our hands. Running with a boxer’s punching bag on our shoulders. We did many dips, push-ups, crunches, flutter kicks, star clusters and a dozen other combinations of exercises.

It was excruciatingly hard. It was painfully wonderful. Derrick is the real deal. I love boot camp.

Finishing the AWANA Year

Our kids have done amazingly well in the AWANA program at Southside Fellowship. They began the program in Feb, which was about six months into the AWANA year. All the other kids had worked through books, memorized many verses, received patches, jewels and other rewards.

Tristen and Haydn started at zero. They now have completed their first book and last week Tristen won the Clubber of the Month Award for the month of March. I was in Denver, a counseling trip, and Tristen called and could not contain herself. It has been a long while since I’ve seen that much ecstatic joy bubbling through the phone.

She said, among other things, “Dad, I couldn’t believe it! They called my name and I went up and they gave me the Clubber of the Month Award!” 

This daddy was rejoicing. This little girl was a puddle of gratitude.

However, I think the thing that I’ve been most encouraged with is Haydn’s ability to memorize verses. He has memorized around 40 verses in two months. And he still remembers them! It takes him 5 minutes or less to memorize it and then he is done. It is astonishing to me.

I can’t do that.

The good news is that Haydn has always had certain struggles learning and remembering, but for some reason he can remember Scripture and it takes him no time to get it done. This has been most satisfying of all.

Ansa can’t wait to begin Cubbies in August. She was not old enough for this year. You have to be three. The year will end in four weeks and then they all get to start-up in the fall. That will be great. I’m so inspired by them.

I’m one happy Poppa!