When he was small it always blessed me when older kids were kind to him. He and I talked a lot about this at Christmas in Missouri when he was around younger cousins. I so wanted him to be as kind to them as his friend Nathan and his cousin Gavin had been to him as a toddler. So seeing this protective, sweet, generous side come out with Ellison gave me so much joy. He is a great big brother, too. He puts up with a lot from his little sister - his constant shadow and wrecker of complex toy systems. "Bubba" is her favorite word and, I suspect, her favorite person.
Last night we had a social with the couples from our Sunday school class, complete with Lupe Tortilla Fajitas, a surprisingly physical game of Catch Phrase, and my personal favorite, silent football. It was very enjoyable.
After a late night, we were lucky to get to sleep past 8. Annabeth was still wide awake and talking to her teddy bears at 11:00 PM and that turned out in our favor. Curtis got us some donuts and kolaches and they were extra good. My dear friend Sabrina (of Noodles and Milk fame) and her little girl Emerson were in town and they came by for a playdate. The weather has been wonderful today, so we enjoyed the trampoline and play set in the backyard and a walk to the park.
This morning I opened up a drawer to look for a rubber band and a $50 gift card to Target dropped out of the back of the drawer and on to the floor. Awesomeness! Apparently I needed to go to Target today. I did go and found that our store has gotten brand new carts that are smooth and don't make a peep. I'm deeply ashamed that I got as excited as I did. I tried on a couple of cute headbands but the minute I put them on my head, they were no longer cute. I don't know what happened. I also got some treats and Valentines to take to a chocolate party that some of my girlfriends are throwing tonight. Can you think of anything better than a late night chocolate party with some really funny girls? Right now I cannot.
This afternoon Curtis was repairing some damaged fence boards and we were all outside with him. Before all was said and done, we had invited six neighborhood kids to play with us in our backyard with us. We loved it.
I'll leave you with this because I'm about to eat a big juicy hamburger. (I'm just going for it this weekend, y'all.) Here's a picture of Annabeth with her teddy bears at her new table. It makes me so happy.