We are blessed with a 5 year old with strong manipulative skills. Her skills are especially useful when she applies them to Pappo and Grandma. Friday afternoon, as we drove in from school, Annelise asked to run over to say hi to them. About 2 minutes later she ran back over here, bursting through the door short of breath and gasping something along the lines of, "Grandma is about to go swimming! Can I go too PUH-leeease? Where's my suit? I don't care if it doesn't still fit, I promise I won't complain! So can I? Huh, can I?" I gathered her suit, cover up and towel and in a jiffy she was on her way back over to their house.
I'm so thankful our neighbors don't mind her wearing a trail across their back yard. They're sweet that way.
A couple of hours later we got a phone call from Annelise asking to spend the night. There was even talk of swimming before breakfast Saturday morning. Who are we to refuse?
Suddenly Scott and I were left childless for an evening, thanks to her clever negotiating skills. We weren't quite sure what to do with ourselves.
So Scott mowed the yard. Then we went to Fuddrucker's.
Are you jealous?
We ended up watching Fireproof on Dish on Demand. Have you seen it? The message is really good and applicable to all marriages. If you haven't seen it, put it on your list. It's definitely worth watching with your spouse. I think practicing the Love Dare would be beneficial too, even for stable marriages, by making more of an effort to show love for your mate daily for 40 days. Most of the daily challenges are simple, but are possibly things we take for granted or don't make much an effort to practice. I'll let you in on a little secret, I'm thinking of picking up a copy just to give it a whirl. Why not? While I liked the message of Fireproof, I wouldn't feel true to my inner nitpicker if I didn't complain about the acting, which was honestly a little on the cheesy side. Sorry.
So parts of Fireproof were emotional. To top that off, we DVRd Farrah's Story and watched it later. Did y'all see that? Her story of her battle with cancer was so honest and moving. Cue more tears. Buckets. The part that got me the most was when she visited her dad and when he talked about her, because to him she wasn't Farrah the Star, she was his daughter, his little girl who was sick. So sweet and sad at the same time.
After all of this emotional TV and movie viewing on our spontaneous date night that really wasn't a date, there was only one way to soothe my frayed heart strings.