Work Hard, Play Hard

I slept hard last night, worn out from a day’s adventure. It was rainy here at first, which smelled delicious from my open window and helped the kids sleep later.

I was able to do my scripture study, Pilates, paperwork, my Book of Mormon blogs for this week, and make them breakfast all before even the baby woke.

It was refreshing!

We went for a three mile hike on the mountain after breakfast, and celebrated finding our way back again by some solid playground time!

   
    

We got back to the cabin in time to  get the baby down for her morning nap while the kids did schoolwork.

Then we did an hour long cardio session, and it was maybe the funniest thing ever!

They were starving, and I made tomato soup and grilled cheese for a quick lunch to fill those tummies.
    

The baby ate some of her baby food, then signed “finish” and waved bye bye to her food. Then she signed “more” “food” “sandwich”! It was hilarious, and we laughed until we cried!  I quickly tore bits out of the middle of a sandwich, and she scarfed all of it!

 
She’s been pretty precocious this week!  She is also doing a lot of walking on all fours with her bottom up in the air.  She’s also growling and roaring all the time, and it’s pretty funny.  She’s one tough tiger!
  
After naps we went swimming, and it felt so good to play so hard physically! It’s been so long! I have already taken an alleve tonight, but wouldn’t trade our day for anything!

  

I cooked vegetable soup all day, so it was ready for us when we arrived home hungry, and the baby are that, too!

We still had some daylight, so went back to the big playground to play more until the sun set.
   
   
They were so exhausted they asked to go to bed, and naturally I let them!  There was minor drama, and some wailing, but only because they were so tired. They were not bad, just exhausted. We made it into pajamas, through prayers, and everyone tucked in without any trouble or yelling. Whew!

We played so hard! I am sore and worn out, but in a glorious way that tastes of life and strength rather than wasting away and swelling all the wrong shapes in the wrong places.  It helped me remember a time when I was strong, as if the air I breathed was the memory itself, and it nourished me in an unexpected way.

  

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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