We had another great weekend recently. I just haven’t had enough time to sit down and blog about it. April, May and June always seem to get crazy busy around here. I can tell by the number of pictures that I take!
It is interesting how sometimes Amara arrives for her visit with something very specific on her mind — like the day she arrived wanting to go to the beach. Recently she arrived and immediately wanted to ride our bikes. It was nice out so I didn’t mind but I asked her why? Her extremely logical answer was “Well we just haven’t done it in a while.” We rode bikes up and down our street for at least 5 minutes before the girls across the street heard us and came outside wanting to play. We put our bikes away and she headed off to play with two of them. Five minutes go by and the 3 of them are coming back here to play. One of them brought a box of colors but they decided to play Sorry! instead and I had to play with them to make it four players. They had me in hysterics! They got the giggles and kept pretending they couldn’t count. Trying to play any board game with a 7, an 8 and a 10 year old who have the giggles is a blast! I felt bad thought. The 7 year old just couldn’t get out of start. She kept getting the 7 card every time! After which she kept giving me the sweetest most pathetic and helpless look with her big brown eyes! It was crazy fun and I loved it. Grampy just sat in the office listening to the whole thing!
The rest of the evening was pretty typical. We ordered pizza and watched Home Alone 2. Amara had really liked the first one and asked me to get the second one. It wasn’t as good but she loved all of the antics at the end. Then it was bedtime. She had gotten a new book, the 2nd in a series and so instead of a bedtime story she read to me for a while. Grampy tried to low crawl in and scare us again but Amara sat up and looked over the edge of the bed. He got a very good scolding!
Sunday morning it got to be almost 8 AM and she was still sleeping. Grampy needed his tennis shoes out of the garage and you have to go through Amara’s room to get to the garage. We had checked on her when we got up at 6 AM and she was buried under all her covers. At 8 when I snuck in to get the shoes, she was sitting up in bed reading her book! She said she’d been reading since about 7 but came bounding out of bed. Book forgotten; we had muffins to make!
We had decided the night before to make the blueberry muffins we didn’t get made the last visit. I thought I would be smart and line the muffin tins instead of greasing them. I will not make that mistake again as they did kind of stick to the paper but they were so yummy. Richard loved them. I do love cooking with her and this time we had a supervisor, Derpy. For those of you who don’t have someone in their lives that is completely obsessed with My Little Ponies, Derpy is the most popular of the background characters and Derpy loves Muuuufffins! (I know way to much about the Ponies!) Derpy had to help Amara stir and he sat on the wire rack while they cooled. I really wish I had taken a picture of her plate with the muffin on it surrounded by Ponies!
While the muffins were in the oven and while they were cooling, Amara decided she wanted to make candles. She finally remembered to bring the candle making kit that I had gotten her for Christmas. I cleaned up the kitchen while she worked on them at the dining room table and we talked. I love these comfortable times. She really wants me to get her some more sheets of the bees wax so that she can make more candles to use as gifts. She had so much fun showing all of them to her folks when they came to pick her up. She had used a sheet of the red bees wax to make dynamite! She is going to let Mo use her dynamite at the Gold Rush Days. It will make the perfect table decoration for the General Store. For about 10 seconds she considered letting Mo sell them but decided Mo could just borrow them! I am teaching Line Dancing of all things at the Gold Rush Days Friday. As Amara would say, “Dude, that’s just wrong!” I hate country western music. It is true; we will do anything for these kids! Fortunately, it is only for Amara’s class.
Those muffins really were delicious. Amara liked them so much and was so proud she took pictures of them with her tablet and posted them on her new Pinterest account!