matthew and i were pretty excited to have a "honey bear" date, as gracie would say. the girls didn't bat an eye when we left, making us feel less guilty as we peeled out of the garage. we loved the new restaurant we tried and had plans to catch a movie after. we stopped for frozen yogurt to eat in the car on the way…but forty five minutes later we realized we had talked our way well past the previews. i love going to the movies, but it's become rarer and rarer for us to actually make it to see one. sometimes date nights are one of the only nights we're able to really sit down and talk uninterrupted. and while conversation steers towards the girls a least a dozen times, and we rush in to kiss them goodnight when we get home, sometimes it's nice to get us both back on the same page…and you know, flirt.
i knew when we were getting ready for church this morning that it was going to be a memorable one. matthew and i were teaching separate classes, so planning and organizing left us a little crazy to begin with. the girls had been on a roll all morning, and it didn't slow down once we walked in. maddie was loudly reading an animal book, complete with animal noises (her best is a lion…did i mention her roar is loud?) and spilled all her snacks on the floor in a matter of minutes. gracie said hi to the people sitting behind us, then happily exclaimed that she had made a new friend! there were delayed, extremely loud "amen's" and countless pleas to whisper. it's hard to get frustrated or drag them to the halls when they're happy and being generally good…but i can't for the life of me figure out how to get them to whisper! it takes an extreme amount of self control to not laugh at their antics…so maybe it's a family reverence issue we need to work on. maddie topped off our second and third hour by refusing to go to nursery. and by refusing i mean the hysterics were top notch, she knows how to put on a show. so we bagged that idea and i held her on my hip while teaching a room full of young children…because sometimes it's just the best we can do.
we took some pictures on our way home…partly as a way to release some of their pent up energy (they're not really the hold still kind of girls, so we settle for running around, giggling type of pictures). i think this was one of the few times we were dressed the whole weekend. gracie decided a couple weeks ago to teach maddie all about potty training…we thought it was just a passing fad, but much to our surprise it stuck. the girls spent all of saturday in underwear and t shirts running into the bathroom whenever maddie needed to go potty. maddie requests, "privacy!" as she shuts the door each time they go into the bathroom. matthew and i have to wait in the hall until she's done and the celebration begins. we're not sure what to make of it, but we're grateful for gracie and all her hard work!
these girls left us pretty exhausted, but feeling so overwhelmingly blessed by their quirky little personalities…and that is a great way to end a weekend.
||jackets with pockets...probably one of their most favorite things, ever.||
||wild abandoned running...always||
||yes, that's a wireless keyboard maddie is clutching. her personal computer.
she doesn't go anywhere without it. we're just going along with it, she's pretty great.||
||and one instagram (@lindseypinegar) from our date night. i'm grateful for car to
door service when it starts blizzarding right in the middle of a good date.||
I've gotten some questions about the girls coats...here are their outfit details: