Tonight I was editing a book report of Raleigh's. For part of her assignment, she was supposed to tell how she could relate to the character. She wrote, "I can relate to the character because I like my dad better than my mom, too." (sniffle) . . . She came into the room where I was looking over her assignment. I began smiling, and she knew why! She said, "Don't feel bad, Mom, it's just my mood right now."
A couple of months ago Raleigh was having a difficult time sleeping because she was having scary thoughts. I asked her to pull out her scriptures and read them to help her feel better and have more uplifting thoughts. She groaned, "Oh, Mom! Why do they have to be so RELIGIOUS?"
Another night Raleigh was having a meltdown at the dinner table about whether the very last taco she was supposed to be splitting with her sister was a half or a fourth of a taco. (Because it HAD to be exactly right.) Later we were practicing fractions with Madeline, and Raleigh walked by us. I said (in jest), "I bet Raleigh knows the answer to this one! What is a fourth of a taco plus a fourth of a taco??" Without missing a beat, she quipped, "A FIGHT!"
Let's not forget about our wonderful Thanksgiving! After a MOST hectic and stressful week preceding Thanksgiving, we were so thankful just to go down to my parents' house and relax. Only problem: our kids had been so stir crazy after our two-week-long lice episode (because of the nightly two-hour hair check and vacuum-everything-visible-time) that they went absolutely BERSERKO. And my cousin Drie was down for the weekend for her first visit to Georgia!! Bad timing . . . sorry, Drie! Really, they were crazy. But we were able to spend time together, and we threw Madeline a Turkey Birthday Party. Happy Birthday, Madeline! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Here was half of our birthday party gang for a round of Turkey Bowl.
Not your normal Turkey Bowl . . . we used a pumpkin and some "drumsticks." Thanks, Drie, for helping me make the drumsticks and a thousand feathers for the party.
This is our bowling ball after it hit a tree.
The turkeys took all of Madeline's presents. Luckily, they left a feather behind with a clue! Raleigh set this game up for Madeline, and she made such cute clues!
It was fitting for Madeline to have a Thanksgiving birthday because she is a naturally grateful little person. She notices things that people do for her, and she holds on to many memories and little treasures for their sentimental value. She's our lovebug.
Here we are falling asleep at the table, waiting for the boys to come home so we can start feasting!
This turkey held all of our love notes to Madeline . . .
Which she still has in safe-keeping. Happy Birthday, Madeline! We love you!
Grammy also helped the girls with a little sewing project, which was the highlight of their trip. Raleigh and Madeline gave them special names.
The competition was tough, and we are proud of you, Dal!
Some of the local guys get together each month for a little bit of competitive exercise. Dallas placed first in this month's duathlon (Run 1.5 miles, Bike 15 miles, Run 1.5 miles) and beat the record with his time: one hour and thirteen minutes. He didn't even get lost this time!
"My dad's awesome!"
In usual Raleigh-style, we held a second duathlon at home later that afternoon with Raleigh and Kensington as the sole competitors. The odds were undeniably in Raleigh's favor (hee hee), especially with the route she conceived: 3 lap run, 8 lap bike, 5 lap run, 1 lap bike, 11 lap run, 4 lap bike, 6 lap run, 5 lap bike, and on and on and on.
Raleigh took the lead . . .
Leaving those with training wheels in the dust.
Choobies geared up on her pink and purple birthday bike with a big tulle bow,
And pedaled close behind. Well, not too close.
She loved the cheering crowd!
Just look at the endurance!
Little cutie! (Notice the bike part she rigged to the front of her handlebars to make herself feel tough for the ride.)
Raleigh takes her laps seriously,
But leads her "Little Sis" in for a big finish. (They ran/biked about 85 laps less than they had planned but still had a great race!)
Here are our first and second place winners! (With their "Candy Chains" just like Daddy's Golden Chain. Love it.)
Madeline was forced by Raleigh to hold up her three fingers because she didn't want to participate but still wanted a Candy Chain. Let's just say she got third. She helped out in the cheering section.