There is a beautiful snow falling as the darkness descends...
I can see the snow falling through as I climb the long and winding steps up to...THE...VORTEX.
The Vortex is a pretty cool slide at the water park that we are visiting this weekend. Yes, it is true. I am sitting here in my bathing suit and flip-flops, writing to all of you.
Okay, that was not very nice...
Once a year, our family used to go to an indoor water park (when the boys were younger.) Now that Jacie has joined the family, we wanted to make sure that she had that memory as well. So we are in Chicago, enjoying the 'sunshine' and warmth of the Cove. It is great.
I thought that Jacie would really like it because it is swimming. She does but is not willing to venture out and try new things. She is very vocal about her ability to do things but when things are presented to her, she often stands behind us and refuses to participate. This is not being presented as a negative, just the coping mechanism that she uses.
She did find a place that she was comfortable with and played there for quite awhile. She likes to swim but there is not a swimming pool...per se.
There are water slides, a huge jungle gym and a lazy river. She refuses to go very far onto the jungle gym. I have wondered if she thinks that she will fall. Everything is very slippery. Perhaps because of the 250 gallons of water that drop from the bucket over the whole place every couple of minutes...
Most of the children run toward it...Jacie runs away. She is not very stable on her feet.
I did buy her a pair of water shoes that she talked her daddy out of her wearing. I was not there...
I think that tomorrow she will be more comfortable trying things. She is a very stubborn, vivacious girl with spunk but she does get scared when things change. It is difficult for her to understand everything around her so I know that she gets frightened.
At dinner tonight, she leaned over to her daddy and said, "Those people, I cannot understand them."
She then pointed at the large Spanish speaking family seated next to us.
She definitely enlarges the laughter that occurs in our family. Today, as we were driving to Chicago I asked Jared if he packed his Speedo...
She picked up on that asking everyone, "Did you bring your Peedo...?"
and "Do you want to see my Peedo...?"
She has NO clue what she is talking about which made us all laugh harder. Of course, seeing herself at the center of attention, she kept saying it.
She is such a delightful addition to our family. We are blessed every day by knowing and loving her.