This photo makes me all warm and weepy inside.
And while I feel ashamed that all of my Mother's goodhearted attempts to turn me into a seamstress flopped, I find consolation, joy even, in the tender feelings that accompanied a scene which included my husband teaching Eliza how to work at sixty + year old sewing machine.
I should note that this beautiful sewing machine belonged to Grandma Flegal. It was Andrew's one request when her belongings were being gifted to her posterity.
Did I know he could sew? Nope! Am I surprised that he can? Nope! Anyway, after a few you tube tutorials on how to work this particular machine, he was set. And Eliza is thrilled about it.
Why, yes. That's a paper towel they're working with. You have to start somewhere, I suppose.
I mentioned a post back that Andrew's been gone on business related travels. It feels excessive at the moment but he's in the midst of learning all about his new company which means he's attending training meetings and visiting plants where the engines are built, etc. The frequency should slow down once he's more acclimated.
The good news is, he's still a great Dad. And when he's home, he's engaged with the children. Aside from sewing paper towels together; here's what they've been up too:
A former co-worker of Andrew's invited our family down to see some of their farm animals.
"You should bring your kids!" The man encouraged. "Our miniature horse had a baby!" Are we kidding? You can't decline an offer containing that much cuteness. Sadly, I missed out as I was busy having an awesome time at a cell phone picture taking/editing class (read: I was having Ali friend time and loving it).
"Are you okay taking all of the children with you?" I asked him.
"They're good kids. Absolutely." I was surprised and pleased with his confidence. Even so, that didn't stop me from packing a bag of baby and child related essentials for their outing and putting it on the front seat of his car the night before. I've got his back.
Lucky for me, he remembered to take pictures. Here's the baby miniature horse!
HERE to see the video as I am having a hard time uploading it directly to this post. I think it's worth a look because in addition to our kids, he put his dog on one of the swings too. You don't see that everyday!
Cutie pie cousins, Ellie and Lottie
Soccer has resumed and with it has come Henry's weekly 8:00 a.m. soccer game. It's painful waking up and hauling the kids out the door so early. However, once we're there and settled, I have a total blast watching the kids play.
Sunday afternoon, we kissed Andrew goodbye once more as he set off to Indiana. Hugging him, I suddenly choked up as I had flashbacks of when I said goodbye to him when he left on his mission. Sheesh. That was hard. Remembering that chapter put it all into perspective. I can easily do a week. After all, he didn't leave me alone this time.
Forrest Flegal ~ 11 months old
Forrest's fever surfaced again after days of feeling great. He also has two super swollen teeth ready to break through his gums and a mouth full of unending drool. I hope that those teeth are the culprit to his suddenly sleepless nights and fever. Poor, sweet baby.
*Update: He's happy and healthy again. The fever is gone.
Have I mentioned that I love my kids?!
We'll see you soon, Daddy. We love you so much!
Sadly, I had to cancel my last hair cut appointment.
It's a shame that you can definitely tell.