Jim is an awesome dad, and one of my favorite things about his parenting is how effortlessly he includes the kids in his weekend tasks. He’s always asking the kids to come along on his trips to Home Depot or join him on the lawn mower/snow blower. I’m so glad his approach enables the kids to absorb his extensive knowledge about cars, home improvement, dirt bike riding, etc. Here’s a picture of Jim teaching Danny the ins and outs of washing machine repair. So thankful for both Jim’s expertise and the kids’ willingness to learn!
I couldn’t find Jimmy for about 10 minutes on Friday. I frantically asked the girls to search the house again while I ran outside to keep calling his name. I finally found him behind the shed, trying to saw down trees or something like that. He’s always supposed to ask me first before going outside, but he didn’t this time. Anyway, when I dragged him back in, the girls met us at the door and said, "Jimmy! You scared us! We looked everywhere for you – even inside all the toilets!"
Danny: “On a scale of 1-10, how awesome am I??”
Danny, trying on his new shirt: “I hope I can wear this shirt for ever and ever, all the way to heaven so God can see this awesome shirt.”
Jim, leading the children’s meeting at church: “Does anybody have a Bible with them?”
Jimmy loudly announced: “Yes, there’s one beside me, but it’s useless because I can’t read.”
(This one’s not quite a quote but it cracks me up all the same…)
When I asked Jimmy to pack his backpack for an airplane flight, I expected him to include some paper, crayons and toys. Instead, he packed only the following items: Two large WWII textbooks, a safe, and a crossbow.
Becky: “When I imagine what the Garden of Eden would have been like, I imagine it was always beautiful with sunny skies.”
Susie: “I imagine it with roller coasters.”
With only a few accessories from our basement, Becky was able to transform herself into a rockstar:
and then a tech-savvy teen!
The girls had a great musical production at school, featuring classic 50’s rock and roll. They were so cute up on stage! Susie was a presenter, and Becky was a dancer. Way to go, girls!
Our friend graciously offered to help out teaching one of our Children’s Meeting messages at church. Here he is simulating a “lie detector test” with Jimmy as his test subject. One of the questions David asked Jimmy was whether he’s ever peed in our pool – I’m not sure I ever wanted to know the answer to that question!
I love how Jimmy is always looking for something to DO. He’s not one to sit around and twiddle his thumbs! A few weeks ago, we got a little snow, and so as soon as the bus dropped him off, Jimmy grabbed a shovel and started clearing the driveway. What a guy!
(You’ll notice that I took this picture from an upstairs window – I’m so glad I have men in my life who like to be out in the cold, because I’m content to stay indoors all winter long!)
Jimmy and Susie LOVE the snow!
Here’s Susie after sledding:
The kids were so glad for a few inches of the white stuff in December!
One of the kids’ favorite hobbies right now is woodworking (they’re all yours, Grandpa!). They LOVE to assemble the little pre-cut kits for birdhouses, boxes, and the like. Jimmy would rather just be given free range with any and all tools and a bunch of wood, but we try to reign him in a bit! Here are the kids putting together a kit from Home Depot with their dad:
Watch out for Danny’s aim!
I love seeing Danny’s cute tongue when he’s concentrating – he looks just like his Dad!
According to Becky’s poster, “Everyone has a secret identity! What’s yours?” Curious? Just step right up and place your feet on the indicated spaces, and let Becky’s amazing machine do the rest! I love kids’ imagination!!
This is as close as the kids are going to get to a magic carpet ride – but they don’t seem to mind! They make their own magic!