Every now and then she will bring he a brush and scoot back into my lap, and I love it so much. I remember brushing my mom's hair when I was little...it often led to a brush getting tangled in her hair and some having to be cut (sorry, Mom!), but I loved it so much. That would be a reason I'd grow my hair out, because I love it when people play with my hair. Anyway, I'm excited for hers to get a bit longer. All of that to say, it's about time for a post of what I want to remember...
The days run together, and while there are definite moments I do not want to repeat, there are things I never want to forget. For instance, I can do without walking into the boys room just in time to see a stuffed chair flying across the room as a weapon, but I want to remember John Paul telling me that he needs a cough drop because his leg hurts.
So here goes.
Carter: He is so full of energy! He is constantly coming up with new ideas or things to do. But, he wants me to do 100% of it with him. Which I don't. He loves creating little contraptions during naptime (when he's supposed to be napping). So far, he's made a mousetrap, a booby trap, a teeter-totter, a fort, a pulley-type system, a target practice area, etc. I don't think he must need a nap anymore, but I need the quiet time. He's also loving to dance, and is he ever eclectic! Sometimes it's so hard for me to not giggle at the things he and his siblings do. He's very intuitive and is often telling me little things that remind me of his closeness to Christ. He is very animated and likes to try to come up with a deal when I tell him no. On that note, he's also strong-willed. But, he's a helper, too! When we were sick last week, he had hot and cold towels ready, buckets by our sides and a bottle made for Genevieve. He still loves anything green, seems to prefer to do work with me, will eat noodle soup for every meal and cannot get enough sugar.
Peter: He is still determined to live in the desert someday. But, I've finally been allowed to come with him. He is so very emotional...in the sense that every emotion he has is heightened...yet he's our quieter soul. We have a special little time of going to get Allsups' burritos together (you know you love them, too). When he gets upset, he really just wants you to hug him...but not much at any other time. He's the first to share or to give up what he has if he knows it will make the other person happy. Before he naps he always asks if he can "wead a lots and lots of books" instead of sleeping. He talks in third person, and he finds beauty in everything and is quick to comment on it. He would spend all day working with his Daddy if he could, and I often find him patting the back of a crying Sophie. His big blue eyes and one dimple are gold, and he's learning to write his name which makes him so proud. He still loves red, can't tolerate dairy, and is the easiest patient when he's sick.
John Paul: He is one funny little guy! Right now he's obsessed with making sure his shirt never comes untucked. He has one pair of Levi's a size too small that he calls his "rock and roll" pants, and they're pretty much all he wears. He asks a question 100 times even if you've answered 100 times. He likes to argue. He loves candy canes, his army hat, spurs and his belt. These days, he's changing his shirt multiple times a day and is always trying to be extra funny. He and Sophie have a love/hate relationship, and while he's good to her, she really likes to tease/bully him from time to time. He loves FaceTiming RoRo (or anyone who will listen to him), and he is rarely quiet. He's mostly always smiling, except for one day last week when he thought it would be a good idea to only wear shoes and I said no. He's a tender-hearted, ornery, feisty little thing that likes to say he's angry when he really isn't and steal your hot cocoa when you aren't looking.
Sophie: She's equally independent and needy. She is one tough little girl, but she also gets her feelings hurt easily (she might come by that honestly). She loves her Daddy so much and wants me to hold her quite often. She doesn't talk much but she nods her head to show you she likes something, especially music. I hope she'll be my cellist someday. She's starting to want a bow in her hair from time to time, and she loves her shoes. But, she'll play in the dirt with the best of them. She's quite the little momma to Genevieve, and she now gives us kisses and immediately asks "un more?" to see if we want just one more. She's so proud of being potty trained, loves stealing the boys' drinks and shoes, and hates to be left out of anything. She loves nuts, "yummies" (candy) and her blanket "nonnie" - (Peter's little animal is a horse he calls "neigh neigh"- so her neigh neigh has become "nonnie"). She's our little curly-haired, spirited sweetie.
Genevieve: She's really just sweet. Right now, she just loves to be loved and she smiles every chance she gets, especially when you're talking just to her. She adores her siblings and simply loves to be
with all of us.
It's so fun how you can love them all equally yet so differently!