We got to church late, and immediately Twin 2 knew there was something wrong. Pastor was pronouncing the Invocation, and that meant we had missed the opening hymn. She looked at the large-format bulletin she prefers to use, and she saw the hymn text and music. She wanted to sing it. She didn’t get the chance, and she was upset for a good chunk of Divine Service.
After church we had a good lunch with my in-laws, and we tried feeding Twin 2 a gluten-free Sonoma “Margherita” pizza. This kind of pizza, unlike her normal flavor, doesn’t use tomato sauce, and this was also upsetting. She needs tomato sauce on her pizza, it seems.
Twin 1 figured it out.
We’ve maintained the practice of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and even the Tooth Fairy, but today she asked us point blank if that were us, and we could not lie.
She was heartbroken for a bit there, but she is over it now, and happy that she got those extra gifts even if they did come from more related people than St. Nicholas.
Yesterday I tried to make pigs-in-blanket with GF Bisquick. It hadn’t worked in the past, and it almost worked this time, but it always generates a dough that is too thick and doesn’t form thin sheets very well. There was too much batter around the franks, and the kids hated it.
A year and a day ago I posted Losing Weight — Introspective. It hasn’t felt like a year has passed since I leveled out between 235-240. Other than vacation and a couple of weeks off because I pulled or hurt something, the routine has been going fairly well. I’m still in that 235-240 range.
Last year I was working with 3-lb and 5-lbs weights; now I regularly combine a 5 and 10. There’s one exercise where I put both 10s in one hand. I should get the 15s.
I upgraded my DVDs to Tae Bo: Ripped Extreme and Tae Bo: Insane Abs. I’ve gotten some definition on the biceps and especially triceps from the Ripped Extreme, but the abs are visibly different due to working with the second DVD. Jackknifes used to be impossible, but now I can do them. I’m on the lookout for more intense DVDs that, again, don’t cost as much as P90X or Insanity. Tae Bo master Billy Blanks is putting new movies out, too. I probably ought to start working on chin-ups and/or pull-ups somehow.
I walked into the bathroom this evening, while the twins were in the shower. The first thing I saw was Twin #2 holding the shampoo bottle that I had purchased just today — upside-down, with the lid off, and with the shampoo pouring more and more outside the tub onto the bathroom floor as she shook the bottle.
There are few things I hate more than cleaning soap or detergent off of a floor. Memories of the shattered bottle of All in the laundry room pushed my volume a little more than I needed for: “What do you think you are doing?” I put said child back in the shower with her sister and headed downstairs for the paper towels, ruing the day I decided that Twin 1 was sufficient supervision for Twin 2.
I know what the calendar says, but Father’s Day comes more than once a year.
Every day I get to take my family to church, to hear that their sins are forgiven, to sing the hymns of the faith with them, and to watch them learn the Law and the Gospel…
Twin 1 Leading Off
Every day I get to watch them play sports or dance, taking what they’ve learned, overcoming any fears along the way, and succeeding…
Every day they see something good on the television or in their reading and want to mimic it, putting in their own experiences…
Every day they do what is asked, no matter how small…
Every day there’s a hug or a kiss…
…there’s a Father’s Day, and I am thankful that I get plenty.