Time to look back on another month. Another month, but just not any other month. In the past month, Lauren learned new things, said new things, witnessed new things…but by far the biggest new was moving into a new home. We have been preparing Lauren for this for several months. Talking about how she would have a new room with all of her old toys in it. We’d have a new house but with all of the same familiar furniture. We’d live in a new place, but be the same family. In addition, I’ve been preparing as well…ready for a bumpy transition but praying for a smooth one. Everyday I am amazed at what a special little girl we have. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t strive to be a better person because of her. She continues to astonish me, however, I didn’t want to expect too much. Moving is such a drastic change. I could have never predicted the outcome. Lauren has adjusted so well. She seems to really like the new flat yard, the neighborhood park and trails, and her new bedroom (she’s had absolutely no issues sleeping). We are so blessed. On occasion, Lauren has asked when we are going back to our other house and has made comments that she can’t remember what it looks like. I haven’t driven her by there yet because it might just be too soon. Next time she asks, I’ll show her some pictures. I’m still so sentimental about our other house and honestly I don’t see that changing. We have so many wonderful memories from there; it shouldn’t be any other way. And I do want Lauren to remember our lives there to, but I know sometimes you just can’t look back. So, I’m focusing her straight ahead while secretly I reflect on the past every now and then. I know I said we were the same family, but it’s not just our house that has changed…
Lauren is older…and wiser now. Here are a few words of wisdom or comic relief from the past month:
Ryan was singing a song that he didn’t know all the words to so just started humming the tune. Lauren said, “Why don’t we ask the Internet (the words). It knows a lot of stuff.” 7/5/10
“Mom, we can’t go to the pool today since it’s raining. We would get all wet.” 7/8/10
Some of Lauren’s favorite words this month: “well” starts off just about every other sentence and she’s now saying “nuts” when something goes wrong.
“I had the most amazing dream last night! It was about Boots and Dora. Well I didn’t see Dora but I think she was there. Boots was at the beach trying to make a sand castle but a crab kept trying to pinch him…and the crab was really me!! And I built him a huge sandcastle with two flags on top.” 7/10/10
LP woke me this morning saying, “Good morning mommy cat.” And she spent the next hour catching mice, rats, bugs, and lizards…and coughing up hair balls. Yes, so should have got that on video. It was quite amusing…and disturbing at the same time. At breakfast her attention quickly shifted to dinosaurs as we talked about all the things she was going to do with them when she meets them in heaven. “I will love them and hug them and ride them and climb on them. I will play chase and hide and seek with them. I can’t wait!!” She continued, “I really want the dinosaurs to visit here. Since there is a pond one can catch fish. Then I’ll take walks with them and see if they fit on the swing and not break it. I bet some of the little ones can fit and I can swing them really high. And tell him to grab some leaves from the tree to eat while he’s way up there. They could sleep here with us. The big ones could stay in the closet and the babies can sleep in the pantry.” 7/12/10
7/15; After a successful evening of toad hunting:
Lauren: “I just can’t believe that I actually caught a frog! He didn’t even pee on me! His belly was all squishy and he wasn’t slimy at all. I decided not to kiss him, Mom, because he was dirty.”
Ryan: “How will he turn into a prince then?”
Lauren: “That’s just a book daddy.”
No fairy-tales needed here. We are truly blessed. Check out our monthly photo shoot in our new neighborhood, click here.