An obedience bookmark for keeps

My bookworm girl, Puppy, made this bookmark recently at Sunday School.

I loved it the moment I saw it.

I am trying my best not to dwell too much on the negative ways in which our kids sometimes respond to our instructions. It just takes up too much energy and doesn’t do anything constructive to our relationship. Love keeps no record of wrongs, Love always hopes!

So when I chanced upon this bookmark while cleaning our bookshelves last week, I paused and thought long and hard about the many times they ran about doing their work with little hands, little feet – Cheerfully. Immediately. Completely.

 

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An hour (and a bit more) in a day

7.55 am. I dropped Puppy off at school and drove Lamb and Piglet to the park for our daily morning exercise. I was bleary eyed as usual from lack of sleep but the thought of my girl, my eldest, already in her first year of preschool, made me cling on firmly to the moment with my boys – before they grew up too fast and left for school all too soon as she did.

8.00 am. We sat down on a park bench to eat our cheese-on-toast and hard boiled eggs and watched a big group of ladies doing line-dancing. There is line-dancing every day on the basketball court and the blaring music, quick stepping and twirls are always a treat for us.

This time though, I almost choked, because just as I was about to swallow some bread and sip some hot coffee, this song began blasting away –

I wanna have sex on the beach

Come on and move your body

Sex on the beach!

I had to suppress my laughter because it was really hilarious to watch some of the elderly ladies dancing to this tune with a dead-pan look on their faces. Also, I didn’t want Lamb asking me what I found funny! Too many explanations too early in the day. At the end of the song though, he give a big Whoop! and a jump and yelled, “I wanna go to the BEACH!!!!!”

I tell you, I had mixed emotions right then and there about going up to the dance instructor and asking her why she chose such a raunchy number with little kids around. But I didn’t. I looked at Lamb and my heart gave a skip just thinking how sweet and innocent he was.

8.20 am. We finished our breakfast and then had a few shots at basketball, Lamb and I, while Piglet pottered about with his own wee ball. Poor Piglet, after sometime he kept wanting to sit down and kick the ball with an outstretched foot, because he doesn’t know yet how to kick a ball while standing up.

After getting tired of the basketball court, Lamb and I ran helter skelter on the grass and played some football which got us all breathless and sweaty. I had to carry Lamb while playing to make sure he wouldn’t wander about and get a ball kicked in his face.

We then watched some guys blowing away dried leaves with a nifty machine. Lamb wanted one right away.

Piglet on the other hand got scared, so the guy went away nicely and the boys started climbing. I used to worry about Lamb climbing too quickly when he was little, but he is so sure footed.

Climbing, zipping down slides and trying out the monkey bars took just a little while.

8.45 am. We went for a walk. And picked wild flowers.

When we were warmed up, we started running on the walking track. I carried Piglet and tried not to jiggle him too much. After a couple of rounds, I felt like expiring prematurely so we stopped to watch helicopters flying overhead. I am always more amazed looking at Piglet’s little finger pointing upwards than at all the different types of helicopters we have seen flying over this park.

Then I had a nice idea that we should collect different sizes of stones to see which ones would make a bigger splash when thrown into a puddle of water.

Lesson learned: Do not stand in the opposite direction when trying to take a photo of this sort of activity. DO, if you want mud spattered all over your legs and clothes!

After examining my muddy legs and being rather disappointed that the bigger stone hadn’t made as big a splash as he had thought it would, Lamb decided that poking with a stick was a more pleasant alternative.

9.10 am. We decided to head home but got distracted by a huge ant.

What a beauty!

We squatted there just watching until Piglet wanted to grab the little dude. Time to go, I said.

Lamb simply had to do some push ups before leaving. “Just a minute”, he said. I love that my little guy has so much energy, well spent!

9.25 am. We go home. I’m so glad I had this time with my little troopers! (Besides the muddy legs and clothes ….)

Linking up with Stacey of Stacey’s Mothering Moments. (She is hosting a new link up called An Hour in A Day, and I thought it would be fun to participate. There are so many things that could happen to me in an hour, I sometimes wonder what other people do in theirs!)

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