The girls woke up first (of course), playing and thumping around the house, gathering toys and setting up little "hide-outs"... until they got thirsty and hungry enough to barrel into our room asking loudly for some apple juice and 'frosting cereal' (Sophie's pretty serious about her daily frosted-mini-wheats). We had whole-wheat apple and flax seed pancakes instead. Saturdays deserve special breakfasts, I think. Those extra hours (before anyone has to be dressed and prepared and somewhere-other-than-home) allow for a sunny meal at the table...usually waffles, pancakes, sausage souffle, or york-shire pudding.
Maya and Sophie usually have "sleep-overs" on the weekends. We pull out the trundle bed in Maya's room and they stay up a little later, whispering silly things in the dark. Sometimes, Ryan and I listen for a while by the door, stiffling our laughter and trying to remember everything. I don't remember hardly any of their silly imaginings or conversations, but I remember the feeling of that shared moment, theirs and ours.
After our slow morning at home, we volunteered at a Symphony pre-concert event. While clowns rolled around on unicycles, making balloon animals, giant animal-costumed characters roamed around the lobby delighting (and terrorizing some) children. Pop-corn was popping, animal tattoo hand-puppets were being applied to children's hands, and I was helping children (and adults) try violins and cellos at the "Instrument Petting Zoo." Maya and Sophie loved the whole thing. It looked like spring outside the windows of the Frauenthal lobby. The Muskegon 'Snowfest' made the downtown a busy place (a rarity), street volleyball and chili cook-offs and people (sans the February winter coats) and bright tents filled the streets.
The symphony concert, though quite enchanting and beautiful, proved challenging for our 3 and 5 year olds. Maya might have done okay if she could have seen better, but with her patch covering her good eye, I doubt she could see any details from our balcony seats. Hearing the music might have also helped, but a terrible ear infection this week made her unable to hear the subtle sounds of the string section. Eventually, the dark, and the music, the exhaustion from a busy day, and my fingers 'playing' the notes on her arm put her to sleep. But both of them managed to sit relatively still and quiet through the first half. We didn't attempt the second half.
After the symphony we raced to a 'Mr. Potato Head Birthday Party' for one of our favorite three-year-olds.
By the time the house was filled with many of our closest friends, it was time to leave for church music practice and Saturday-night church. Some kind friends volunteered to keep our kids and bring them later, so they didn't have to miss the rest of the party. Which turned out to be quite the event (including a special drive-by visit from a real fire-man with his firetruck delivering fire helmets to all the children)!
At church, Ryan and I and our friends made music together (which is always good for my soul and mind), we played and sang to each other and to our creator... violin and 2 accoustic guitars...
...heal my heart and make it clean
open up my eyes to the things unseen
show me how to love like You have loved me
break my heart for what breaks yours....
...then sings my soul, my Savior, God to Thee
How great Thou art...
After church, we ate tacos at El Burrito Loco around a wild table full of children and laughter, then headed home for a late bed-time (and for me....a late-night run and some yoga, then to bed with peach tea, new pajamas, a book light, and my Conversational French book.)
This may be the start of a flourish on the blog too.... I have lots of things to post about. Lots of things to be grateful for. Did I tell you I'm going to Paris? I am. And I have lots to say about that. Stay tuned.
Or don't. It could be a long wait.