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Friday, August 8, 2008

Adventures in Babysitting Day 5--A Few of My Favorite Things!  

I'm now on day 8 writing about day 5. Where has the time gone? Here are a few of my favorite experiences here:

• Seeing fire flies flitter around each evening.
• Watching isolated thunder storms pass with their sheets of rain, earth-shaking thunder, and striking lightening.
• Eating fruit, vegetables, and especially corn on the cob from local roadside stands.
• Watching the Amish work, ride their bikes, and yes, even go jogging in their traditional dress.
• See horses and buggies parked in their special parking stalls at the grocery stores.
• Looking out from the front porch and watching the sun set over farm country.
• Observing boys being boys--playing the dirt, telling "boy" jokes, laughing about eyeballs and toilets, and most of all, becoming fast friends in addition to cousins.
• Getting a glimpse into the life of someone who has a little girl--um, "princess"--for a child.
• Singing "Part of Your World" from "The Little Mermaid" at least three times a day.
• Making up actions to "Part of Your World" from "The Little Mermaid" and performing them, dance steps and all, in the handicapped stall of the local park's bathroom for said "princess."
• Talking with the Indian lady at the local Baskin & Robbins/Dunkin Donuts. Thank you for the free chocolate donuts for my 5 kids :).
• Calling the GPS "Little Lady." GPS: "Turn left in 300 yards." Me: "I don't really have an eye for telling when 300 yards is, but thanks for the heads up Little Lady. And most importantly, thanks for staying in touch with the satellite, which is so much more preferable than when--en route--you lose your connection."
• Caleb asking me to snuggle with him.
• Jacob doing push ups at the park.
• Rachel crinkling her nose when she smiles.
• Chase telling jokes--and laughing the hardest at them!
• Connor deciding he is Connor again and asking me to tickle his back.
• All of the boys deciding it isn't cool to wear shirts to bed anymore.

We are having such a great time here.

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