Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dinosaur Museum, Date, Baby and Potty Training

We went to the dinosaur museum this week and the kids love it there as much as they always do. There's just so much fun to be had!

Derrick and I went on a date to the Arnold Friberg exhibit on Friday night while Jenna watched the kids. It was amazing! We had an audio tour and the best part was definitely when he talked about his painting of George Washington praying at Valley Forge. There was audio of Friberg saying he always wanted his paintings authentic so he made a trek to Valley Forge in the dead of winter and sketched until he could no longer feel his fingers or click his camera. I especially loved Friberg's respect for our founding fathers and their commitment to God.
There was a whole section on his work on The Ten Commandments movie. He had paintings of many scenes and one where the children of Isreal were crossing the Red Sea was especially spectacular.
I also thought it was fascinating he was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II to paint her portrait, a unique thing to happen to an American. Friberg was even given accommodations in Buckingham Palace.
After the exhibit we went to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner. It was so fun to have an awesome date downtown!

The kids are getting more excited about their sister. Brynn even hugged my belly today and told me she loved her sister. She has been saying everyday that she loves her sister and, "She wants to get out. She wants to see me." When you ask Brynn what she will do when she sees her sister Brynn says, "I'll give her a big hug and a kiss." Brynn hugs herself as she says it.
Caleb is excited too. The funny thing is that he talks about his future brother. He knows this one is a girl but he is certain that the next one will be a boy. He mentions how he will give his blankie to his brother and how the clothes he grows out of will be for his brother. For his sake I hope #4 is a boy.

Oh yeah and Brynn is now now potty trained! It took a long time and a lot of accidents but she is at the point where she always tells me when she needs to go! It feels so good to have the worst part over. She still needs help getting pants and underwear off, getting on the potty and wiping which does worry me with the baby coming but hopefully I can help her be a little more independent over the next 6 weeks.

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