Scott has recently made it a goal, to play with the children every day for at least 15 minutes. It was easier in the summer when the kids schedules were very open and free, and so we didn't have to plan or schedule it, it just happened. But now that they're back in school and they have homework and piano and activity days and scouts, play time with dad wasn't happening very often and so he's scheduling it it. If dinner is not ready when Scott gets home, he'll take them out as I finish, but if it is all ready, then once we've cleared the table, he'll take them outside for a bit. They LOVE it! And I love that they get a little bit of fun play time with dad every dad for a few minutes to lighten things up...I think it's good for me to be reminded that it's not just all work during the week, it's still mostly work, but a little fun with family every day is a very good thing. Here Scott and Charles were running to make a long catch with the football, and they wanted me to get it on slo-mo video, which I did. You can watch it just below.
Elisabeth joined Scott and Charles after a bit, and the three little girls brought some dressups outside with us, and played house.
This past week, a friend in our ward who sang in the Stake Choir with me when Elder Oaks came, asked if I'd sing a song with her for a funeral she'd been asked to sing at. I agreed and then later realized that this month was the first time I'd ever sung at a funeral and I sang at two, including my dad's. The funeral was this past Thursday morning and we sang A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief. It went well, though it was a lot higher than I'm used to singing, as I normally sing alto and both our parts were definitely soprano. I also have been suffering with allergies for the past month so I used lots of DoTerra essential oils like eucalyptus and Breathe that morning to try and help my nose stay clear; and a friend who watched Nora during the funeral, gave me some menthol on a tissue that we put in a baggie which I breathed in several times during the funeral and just before I went up which would clear my sinuses for a few minutes. I'm so grateful to Samantha and Anna for watching Jane and Nora so I could attend the funeral and sing.