I miss shows like 'Boy Meets World' and programs like "TGIF"... 2 hours of appropriate family fun television. Instead, now I enjoy 'Storage Wars' and sometimes the occasional 'Psych'.
Brooklyn will be 9 months old in about a week. She is just bursting with happy energy and can't stop moving. I laughed when I read a comment about her on Andrew's blog from Lindsey that said "What a happy little spaz" or something to that effect. She is absolutely nuts when it comes to moving. 3 hours at church are getting to be too much for her to handle (and us for that matter).
Right now I teach the CTR 5's. I'll tell you, going from teaching 14- 12 year olds, to teaching 8- 5 year olds... can't say that the chatter level is much different. However, they do keep me on my toes! They have funny little things to say ALWAYS. Like if they don't hear the question or don't know the answer - their answer will always be : "Because Jesus loves us".
So that keeps me busy for 2 hours on Sunday. It is good for me though, I know it. Because it just reminds me how much I have to look forward to as Brooklyn gets older. I have fun playing with her now, but how much more fun will it be when we can play board/card games together? Or she can tell me her favorite color and her thoughts on different things. I don't want any of those crack comments of "it's getting them to stop talking that is the trick" or "you just think you want that". I'm being straight-up serious. I feel like Brooklyn already has offered so much to our family, and since the day she was born I wanted to know what she was thinking behind those mysterious blue eyes. I can't help but feel like she really is here to teach me something (besides patience). I can't wait to see her flourish, and it's been fun seeing her progress so far.
I doubt she will be one of those kids that you have to push to motivate. Already she shows us that. Whenever she is "between phases")(i.e. rocking but not crawling, pulling up but not standing, walking around furniture but not walking) is the hardest times around our house. She gets so darn frustrated sometimes that her little body can't keep up with what she wants to do. We have said from the start that we got the feeling that she doesn't want to be a baby. ( I mean what newborn lifts her head to stare into her mother's eyes for the first 2 hours of her life?) She wants to be a kid: to run and play and laugh and sing. And she gets frustrated sometimes that she can't do these things yet.
I mean, the kid is a freaking miracle in the first place. She was "technically" not supposed to be born... ever. But to come into the world perfect and healthy and happy and smart... that's a freakin' miracle! :) My brother Bryan, whenever he sees her, he says "Hello Little Miracle" or "Hello Beautiful Miracle". It's fun to see him interact with her. It took a little bit of time for her to warm up to my brothers, but she LOVES them now! When they walk in the door she gets all excited and won't quit bugging me till I pick her up and we go say hello.
I wish my sisters were here. It's so hard to not have them here. I see pictures of their kids playing together and it's strange to feel joy and sadness at the same time. I love seeing their beautiful families but then it makes me miss them more. I want Brooklyn to love them beyond the pictures she sees of them and to know them first hand. I'm just not sure how to get her there ;)
Work has been completely stressful. We moved locations temporarily and will be moving again in about 2-3 months. I had no idea what we were in for. Luckily day one of the new place is behind us and it can only get better from here.
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