We had lots of firsts this month. Isla had her first dentist appointment. She was pretty apprehensive about it and thought it was the doctor ( even though she loves getting checkups.) I just had to keep reminding her that they just had to check and clean her teeth and that it wasn't going to hurt. She did so well and even got to watch Frozen as they were doing it. Isla said she can't wait to go back :)
We also had the opportunity to go to Disney on Ice. Grandma Bird was so nice to buy us all tickets. Brandon had been when he was younger, but it was a first for Isla and me. We had pretty decent seats, and Isla really liked it for the most part. The princesses and Christmas time were her favorite, and she got a cute Anna doll.
Isla had her first field trip and she was so excited. They went to the library and she learned that you have to be very quiet and talk softly. She had such a good time.
Mia also had a first. It finally became nice and warm enough to go outside. So we took a walk to the park and Mia sat in the grass. She didn't know what to think at first and then just started grabbing at it and feeling it in-between her toes.I think she liked it. It brings me immense joy to see my daughters experience something new, no matter how small. I love the light that shines in their eyes, and their contagious smiles and excited faces. It makes me so happy.
My sister Annie called me up one day and asked if I might be interested in coming to stay with her. She said there is a catch however...I need you to help me with the girls while I'm at work since they are on Spring Break and Don isn't going to be here. Ok, I didn't care why or how I got there. I said Heck, yes! So the girls and I packed off and set out to Sunny Florida, or at least what I thought would be sunny Florida.
We were all so happy to be there and it was gorgeous. However the clouds soon rolled in and never really left. Then both the girls got sick, then Annie got sick. Annie kept apologizing to me but I thought, why? Why are you apologizing? I'm having a wonderful time being here and just hanging out. Yes there are things I would have liked to do but my main reason for coming was to help you, and I'm doing just that. I was able to be home with the girls while Annie had to work so she didn't have to worry about finding a sitter or calling out since she is the only hygienist for her company. We still had so much fun and even got in some sunshine.
We went to the park, the beach, Fort Caroline, and the girls and I even went to St. Augustine which is one of my favorite places I've ever been! So thank you Annie! I know you think I was just helping you out and had a boring time, but I really really loved being there and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
My simple joy was an act of complete innocence and empathy. True selflessness. And it came from my four year old. How quickly I forget how much children can teach us adults who's hearts can be stone at times. Mia was sitting and playing when she suddenly fell over and landed on her face. She started to cry and tears were streaming down her face. Isla quietly retreated to her room with a whimper. As soon as I was able to calm Mia down, I called out to Isla who I could now hear sobbing. She walked out with big crocodile tears on her cheeks and I asked her what was wrong. She so sweetly said," I'm sad because Mia is hurt and crying." I instantly felt so much love emananting from this little person and I couldn't help but start crying myself. It made me think back to times where I was full of sorrow because one of my siblings was in pain.. physically or emotionally, and how much love I feel for them. You cannot teach families to have a bond. We are eternally tied together and it is engrained in us to love each other. I saw that today. And I'm grateful.
"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give."