But, the next day, I watched Lauren as she created adventures with her friend, Kiley and thought, "The Girl is Back!" She created a nightmare of a mess and was into everything yesterday. They about emptied the shed and built a swing in a tree. (The weather is becoming glorious!) She and Kiley made homemade gelatin soap and so multiple jello looking soap is firming up in my refrigerator. I am glad they told me it was soap before I swiped a bite and embarassed myself. They had stamp pads and clay out all over the kitchen table. I told Lauren we could go to lunch together this week and have a pedicure. She said, "Oh mom, Let's do CRAFTS!" I thought, "Oh, dear Lord, if I could just hack into Pinterest and blow the whole damn thing up." I guess we will be making glitter bowls this week and whatever other crazy thing Lo comes up with. I have to indulge her. I think I was the same way. Nothing against my mom, but those of you who know Nanny, there was not a possibility of her doing crafts with me growing up. Crafts were....hmmmm.....strange....and why would you make something that ends up looking made when you could find something fabulous at Nieman Marcus? Got to love her! But, crafts and playing outside are the essence of Lolo.
In the afternoon, Kiley and Lo were able to babysit themselves while I headed to the DMV with Jonathan. That is an experience in itself. He thought this was another planet and had his eyes wide open looking around as people were packed in like sardines in very bad moods. I thought maybe he should spend once a week for an hour in the DMV. It actually made me laugh. He almost had an anxiety attack and wanted to leave every 5 minutes. I explained that getting your driver's permit is a quest and there is no way we were going to abandon this mission. This kid needs to practice as much as possible. But, we ended up being the last humans standing in that DMV and they wouldn't even let him take the test he was so nervous about taking. So, I actually have to take him back today to take his dang test. We have an appointment. But, he is getting that driver's permit!
Lo is out back swinging by herself in the backyard and roaming around peeking at the flowers trying to pop up through the earth. She has this week off and is happy as a clam. We usually travel on Easter break, but we are broke, so no trips. I thought the kids would be sad, but I think Lauren is having the best week ever. She was an alter server at mass this morning and was so nervous about it. She looked scared up there, but our pastor, Father Baxter, was so kind to her. I made her take a picture with him afterwards. She thought I was a nut, but it was pretty adorable.
Tomorrow is Lolo's neurology and oncology appointment at Children's. I am writing ahead of time because I know the news will be good. I don't want to assume anything, but watching her play outside right now, she looks so healthy and well.....and happy. What a difference a year makes. God is good....all the time! Allelujah! It is easy to choose life this week. We have big, fun, crazy fun plans! We are going to hit golfballs, do crafts, bake coconut bread, hopefully see our little friend, Ollie, and maybe head to Westpoint to babysit Lo's former babysitter, Brianna's little girl, Rayna. Brianna needs your prayers....she is on bedrest until August, so we thought it might be a good idea to head out and help her. She helped me so much and after feeling my cousin angst this week, I realized....DUH!!! The Broekemeiers are like our cousins. We have more cousins.....we have just created them from love! Lauren can't wait to play with baby Rayna! In the meantime, please keep Lo (& Ollie & Cooper & Emma & Briana) in your prayers! Please pray that she has many, many, many more carefree days like today. And....you might want to stay off the roads: Jonathan will be in the driver's seat on the way out to the dentist today!