it's been a good week.
for those of you who have been praying about my weird illness, i have had numerous tests and exams and nothing has come up, so it seems it's just a virus. and i've been feeling well for two days now, so hopefully it's gone! thanks so much for your concern fr me and mine. it was a very strange and often scary experience.
let me tell you about the best part of my last week. we went on a family bike ride to the zoo. :)
picture me: pink helmet (of COURSE i wear a helmet Cori, how could i ever look Vanessa in the face again if i didn't?), pink bike, big smile, wind in my hair (well, the hair that's not in the helmet), backpack on my back. my four year old is in front of me on his running bike, legs flying, seeking out any puddles along the way. my seven your old is on her training-wheel-free flower-dappled bike behind me, concentrating hard and calling out rules such as "okay, when mommy needs to stop she'll say "STOP" and then I'll repeat "STOP" so that daddy knows behind me that I'm stopping okay?". then Scott, my delightful man, pulling up the rear, keeping an eye on all of us (because Lord knows, any one of us could topple).
it takes us approximately 10 minutes to get from our front door to the entrance of the zoo. zutt alore! and when we do arrive the zoo is closed because of a power outage. it's open every day of the year, but we hit it the one time it's closed. ah, well, the ride was worth it. and we did get to go into the butterfly greenhouse for a picnic lunch.
which brings me to another great moment. a butterfly landed on my shoulder. i know, this is a normal occurrence in the butterfly pavilion i'm sure, but did you know that I'm afraid of moths? yes, after all my talk about overcoming fear, i let out that embarrassing tidbit of information. to my credit, i was attacked by a family of them as a child. yes, a family of moths.
so i'm standing in this greenhouse, surrounded by my nemesis' cousins and one lands on my shoulder and scott calls out "look! mommy's special!" and i say "i'm like Snow White!" (as an aside, i've always dreamed that if i were to find myself alone in a forest the woodland creatures would come and cuddle with me - birds on my shoulders, squirrels on my lap, a deer by my side....drawn no doubt by my princess-like nature and purity of heart).
secretly, i'm a little uneasy about this butterfly touching me. but then i think, maybe this is an ambassador from the moth-like nation proclaiming peace at last! maybe it's time to let go of my morbid hatred of the moth species. maybe it's whispering "can't we all just get along?". it is a white butterfly, like a little flag of surrender.
can you believe that i actually think like this? thank God for anne of green gables, she makes me feel normal.
okay, my last great thing from the week...i FINALLY finished the painting I've been working on for months. after 45 1/2 hours of work, here it is. forgive me for the crooked pic, as soon as the sun's out i'll take a better on and replace it.