Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The hills are alive...

Tomorrow, we're headed to Vermont for a couple of days with A's parents at the Trapp Family Lodge (yes, of the Von Trapp Family from "The Sound of Music"), where they have their timeshare. Please pray for patience for me. I don't know what it is about A's mom, but whenever she's around, I become annoyed, cranky, sarcastic, grumpy, etc. I've prayed and prayed about it, but this particular miracle is slow-coming. I'm going to be working during our visit, but I think I'll at least have some time to enjoy the surroundings. It's truly amazingly beautiful there in the mountains.

The last week has been incredible for me - there are a lot of things moving in my life with God. I'll try to write more about those soon!

The weekend was really nice. On Friday night, our town kicked off its 200th anniversary celebration with music, birthday cake, and fireworks. We took R to the fireworks, and he LOVED it. And, watching fireworks with him made it so much more exciting and fun for A and I, too. The best part for me, though, was watching R run off to play with other kids. I love seeing him interact with other little ones. He spotted a couple of boys sitting nearby on a rock and announced to me, "I'm going to go play with them!" He headed over and asked them, "What are you doing?" Then, the three of them chatted about the fireworks, the lake, pirates, etc. and proceeded to climb up and jump off of the rock over and over again. R had lots of fun. But his favorite part of the night was seeing "TWO ICE CREAM TRUCKS!!!" parked next to each other near the field. :-)

The rest of the weekend, we spent a lot of time at home playing trains, doing puzzles, hanging out together. Heaven! We also went to the Museum of Science on Sunday because it was overcast and chilly. This time, we checked out the Butterfly Garden. Talk about seeing God all around you! The different colors, shapes, sizes of the butterflies was breathtaking. And having them fly around us and land on us was incredible. I didn't want to leave.

Freaky parenting moment of the weekend: On Sunday night, R was playing in the living room while I got his bath ready. I heard him telling A very quietly, "I'm sad. Nothing works anymore. The sky doesn't work. The trees don't work ..." He was kind of mumbling. I tried to ask him what he meant, but he just repeated himself. He did say that he was just pretending, and then he ran upstairs and was squealing with laughter and throwing toys around his room, back to his normal self. A and I just looked at each other and didn't know what to think. It was VERY strange.

Yikes - it's past 1 a.m. I've got to get to bed!


NoVA Dad said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip -- and I think the answer to what you'll need to get through the stressful times this week has already been identified in your post. The mountains are an absolute necessity for me; having been raised near them for most of my life, and living just a short drive from them now, I know that that source of relaxation is there. When things get a big edgy for you over the next few days, just look at the mountains -- they've had to endure a bit more over the years than difficult relatives, so draw your strength from them as much as you can!!

Kids do say the darndest things, and I've come to accept that I won't necessarily be able to ever figure them out. Sounds like your son might be more plugged in to what's going on in the world around him (t.v. news, things at church, etc.) and is speaking out some of what he's hearing in a way that he would understand. I'm no child psychologist, but perhaps he is sensing problems in the world and putting it into the images of trees and such to explain those problems. Just my two cents worth (which, in some instances, actually demands change for the buyer:-)

Look forward to hearing the stories about the trip when you return!!

trace said...

Stowe, VT is a favorite spot of ours. We celebrated my in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary at the Trapp Lodge 4 years ago, with a 5-course dinner in a private dining room. Good memories.

Have a great trip - get some rest!

LEstes65 said...

Oh I love that lodge! I've never been there but have always wanted to because I'm a freak for the movie. And LOVE Vermont. Have fun!

That freaky parenting moment - very interesting. R and Cai would love to hang out. Cai is all into pirates and we have our first swords in the house (made it 7 yrs with a son without a sword!). Cai wants to just have sword fights (consisting of just standing there swinging it side to side while you do the same - very benign). But Liam doesn't want to fight and Cai just can't comprehend why not. HA!

Love you...