ETA: I wrote this blog last night and this is the first time I've had to sit down at the computer to add photos. This past year, life has put so much on my plate that I really do have a hard time sitting down some days. ANYWAAAAAYYYYY....
On Monday, we met Kelly and Denise for lunch and ran the last of Liza's "while I'm in Utah" errands before going back in for second haircuts. The stylist had been in a rush because she'd been double booked last week and told us to come in again, so we did after both of us had done our own hair and decided that we wanted it shorter. I took Aylabelle into the toy store while Liza got her hair recut. We found a huge giraffe in the toystore, which she fell in love with. Aylabelle has the oddest looking stuffed giraffe that was the first toy Liza and Buddy bought her. She loves it! They have season passes to the huge Phoenix Zoo and Aylabelle definitely makes the connection with her own stuffed "Bob" and she also made the connection with the giraffe in the store! Too cute!
another deep sigh...
Quayd, sadly, had to work last night. So, when Doug called on his afternoon break, we took Liza's lead for Family Home Evening. We met Doug at Willow Park for a spontaneous Subway Sandwich, chips and cookies picnic, some park time and a walk through what Logan calls it's own zoo. (In my opinion, a zoo is not a zoo without an elephant, a tiger, a zebra and a giraffe, making Willow Park a "not even close" zoo. However, they do have a bear and a monkey.) Not that it mattered, because when we were done eating, we discovered that the "not even close" Zoo was closed at 5PM. Buddy had called in the middle of our walk to the zoo and when Liza told him what we were doing, he said, "Tell Aylabelle to try to pretend it's cool." Lots of "not even close" Zoo jokes. Just for Buddy, here's Aylabelle's "Where'd it go?" photo at the closed gate of the not even close zoo. (I was telling a friend from Logan about it and they laughed, "It's not a zoo! It's a bird sanctuary!"
Aylabelle does DuckFace when she swings.
After we discovered that the park was closed, we walked through the park area and noticed the little stage and I had a spontaneous idea that we were going to have an instant talent show. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy! I grabbed the camera and started taking pictures. Oh my, we laughed! Here's our talent show, which took a total of five minutes and we laughed for half an hour.
Liza gave a "grand" piano performance on her imaginary piano. At first, she played pretty prim and proper, but then she got right into it! Too funny! If you were a "Friends" watcher, you know where we got this line, "You're good!"
ZJ was a mime.
Grace did some serious Irish Step Dancing.
Doug played his nose "harp".
I was the performance photographer.
Aylabelle even got in the fun and did "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" with her mommy.
As we finished, Liza gave a 30 second lesson that Heavenly Father has blessed us each with many talents and that it's important that we develop them and share them to serve others. All impromptu, but I'm betting we will all remember "that Family Night at Willow Park when we had the not-so talent show because the not-so Zoo was closed."
When we got home, Liza went downstairs to pack. I kept Aylabelle with me. We sat on the floor in the gallery with Dancing with the Stars on the TV in the background while she and I played with her toys for two hours. She would hear the beat of the music and dance. She loves to dance and do her little jig. The girls were downstairs in Grace's room, below me, and I could hear them all just talking and having a good time through the vent... not what they were talking about but that they were talking. The mere fact that it took two hours, I knew that they were bonding. A bit later, the girls came upstairs while Liza was finishing up and said, "Liza is the best big sister in the world." They were grinning ear to ear and just went on and on about their conversation. When I asked, "What were you all talking about?", they said, "You know, sister stuff." How grateful I am for the effort Liza has put forth over the years to be their big sister!
Quayd came in from work and was a bit jealous, he'd told his dad, that the girls had had so much time with Liza while he'd been working, so she went down and spent an hour in his room with him. She'd also helped him on Saturday night to prepare for an assignment he had for Sunday School. They had a good visit, as well. I'm sure it was hard for him to see us all doing the girly stuff all week, even though we played plenty of games to include him when he was home.
After Quayd, Liza went in and woke her dad up to visit with him for thirty last minutes. It was after eleven when we actually had some time together. Never enough moments in the day when she is here. We sat and gabbed until we were both ready to crash. Sadly, after she went to bed, I still took an hour to fall asleep, just thinking about her leaving.
To be continued....
Don't wait for the perfect moment,
take the moment and make it perfect.