Friday, November 17, 2017

Musings From Natalie #151

Natalie sent me this email in response to me asking her what extra-curricular activity she would like to do next semester...
Hey Mom!
I have an idea. What if we invited a bunch of preschoolers (doesn't have to be yours) to come over and we could put on a play with them! Since they can't read, they could just act things out and we could do it every Friday 4:30-5:30!  It would be great for the kids and they could get early experiences with acting, dancing, etc.!
(Plus it would be so fun for me)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Deep Thoughts From Noah #85

While driving to school, Noah notices a man walking his dog....

Noah: I like dogs...but I like cats better. Dogs are kind of barbaric, you know?.
Me: Barbaric?
Noah: Yeah, they jump up on you and stuff.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Deep Thoughts From Noah #84

Noah: I don't want to go to school.
Natalie: Yeah, but Noah that's how you learn.
Noah: I wish we could all be robots...then we could just get programmed and wouldn't need to learn anything at school.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Being Present and Thankful

As a native St. Louisan one would think I'd be used to our town's yo-yo weather, however today's near 80 temps still came as a pleasant surprise. Steve and I traded our family's usual routine of attending church services, for the opportunity to relish a bonus, summer-like day at Forest Park and later enjoy Dia de los Muertos at The Missouri History Museum.

As we walked the paths and took in the kaleidoscope of color, Noah and Natalie pointed out their discoveries -- a ladybug, leaves shaped like hearts, pods filled with seeds and a willow tree perfect for climbing. I took some time to breathe, to hold hands with my husband and to Thank God for all He has given us. In those moments I felt more connected to Him than I have in weeks. A reminder that He is always present and patiently waiting to hear from us.

Yay - not too big to enjoy the Variety Wonderland playground.
It's been awhile since I've seen him smile this much.

Circus Kaput were not only talented but FAST! They created Nat's half sugar skull face in under 5 minutes.
Nat shares a colorful grin with our favorite MO Hist personality - Lindsay Newton, manager of Youth and Family programs

We enjoyed viewing the striking, eye-catching alters created to celebrate the lives of friends and family who have passed on.

Nat stands in front of an alter to celebrate Veterans

Breads and fruit and nuts are often part of the alters.

My brother's family lost their beloved, 13 year old boxer last week. Nat left Dozer a note at the pet alter.

She also wanted to remember my kitties - Bailey and Tig.