Before the kids got sick, we traveled to Asheboro Zoo to celebrate Rhi's b-day with the fam. It was both kids' first trip to the zoo, and they really enjoyed it. We saw tons of animals. It was a great day. Rhianwen even got to feed a giraffe!
Don't you just love that guy's earing? (Can you tell, I'm feeling really lazy tonight and am just not up to editing and cropping).
Rhainwen requested green cupcakes except for Grandaddy's. His had to be orange since he was having a birthday soon.
Happy birthday, Grandaddy!
Enjoying a little primping.
I thought this picture was cool. I had a really hard time getting pics b/c they were all of the backs of everyone's heads. This was at the otter exhibit. One of my favorites. They are just so energetic, cute, and roly-poly. Very much like Rhianwen and Alden.
And just to keep at our frantic pace, we tried out a pre-dance class with some of our friends:
A free-for-all? Perhaps, but man, did they have a blast. We are trying to decide between dance and gymnastics. Anyone have an opinion? I kind of think Rhianwen is a bouncy gymnastic type, but she does really love dancing to music. So I'm torn.
Relaxing finally, in front of the fire listening to Winnie the Pooh. It amazes me every time I read those books (the "real" versions) how much A.A. Milne knows kids!
And since we're stuck at home sick, I finally got motivated enough to do a craft using our Bible verse for the week:
Ps. 1: 1-3
1 Blessed is the manWho walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
This was fun to do and pretty easy. Everything was out of the back yard except for the ziplock bag holding the water and the box.
I've hung this project in her room. Alden made a simpler one. I appreciate having the verse right there on the wall. It's so enjoyable for me to walk in and read it for myself!
Rhianwen asks what the Bible verse means now. I've always had a hard time explaining the first part without making it sound like we need to completely avoid those who don't love God, but finally, I realized that maybe the explanation should be that the person who loves God will follow Jesus instead of the godless. I've also always had a hard time understanding delighting in the law of God (I mean do you delight in reading Leviticus?). But I realized that David is talking about Scripture, God's word to us. It's beautiful and amazing that we have such a thing! So, yes we can delight in it. John Piper has a powerful sermon on this that we watched since we couldn't go to church this past Sunday b/c of all the sickness: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/2009/4261_If_You_Believed_Moses_You_Would_Believe_Me/
So, I guess not everything about sickness is all bad. We can still learn and have fun too!
An engineer's idea of dance class. Wildly different from our video at the dance studio :)