The one thing that brings Will and Josh together is the building of a fort that they can play in together. Sheets, blankets, chairs, beds...whatever I can use to make a fort. They love to play together - under something. So I went today and bought a tent. For their room? Yeah....2200 square feet of home, 4 kids, a big dog and two adults...yet we found room for a Coleman tent!! :) And it is such a hit!
Josh is in the tent in this pic, but would not even come out to say cheese for the camera! They had a blast. I bought this about 4 hours before Daddy came home. so this is where we waited for him!! :)
It made such peace in our home...that Will and Josh went from the tent to play together with Mr. Potato Head!! No crying...no stealing...just playing! It was a great way to be... right before Daddy came home!
This is Will and Me...in the tent!!!
And of course...Josh can always find a door to open and shut! He knocks on it...opens it and says - Hi there!!! :) then closes it again! And we continue to wait? We were told daddy would be home at 1:00 - it is now 4pm?
About 4:30, the door opens! Finally - the moment we have all been waiting for. Everyone was so excited!! :)
Most of all - Will! He just missed daddy something fierce!! :) Called him on his pretend cell - EVERY day and left messages.
They took daddy directly upstairs to see the tent! :) Josh watched the boys jumping all over Steve...for about 5 min - he just stood and watched. Steve turned to him and said..."Hello Buddy - how are you?!?!" And josh just walked right over to him and started to crawl up his back!! ;) With a huge smile!
Steve flipped him over his shoulders to his lap - like he would with any of our kids and josh laughed out loud and would not leave Steve's lap for the next 10 min!! :)
He has loved Steve ever since! Every now and again Josh will get that concerned deer in the headlights look on his face and he will look over at me. And when I say - It's ok guy...that's daddy...remember daddy? And Josh will shake his head yes...smile and on he goes playing with Steve and the kids! Amazing!
Maybe showing him pics every dad did work? Who knows! I know that watching the other boys hug on Steve and crawl all over him also made Steve an immediately friendly person to Josh. He loves his brothers so much. AT times...I truly believe that he loves them more than me! ha ha ha...and that is OK by me right now! As long as he feels loved....it can come from any one of us and I am at peace with that!! :)
A victory of a day! We had an hour at home and headed directly to Kyle's basketball game where he played so well he scored 4 points and had a blast!! Kyle was on cloud 9! MVP and Daddy is home...could his day have been any better!
We all had a super homecoming and while daddy has to work all weekend - at least we know that he will be home for dinner today and tomorrow and then he has off Monday to Thursday to be home with us. Or at least that is the claim now. Would not be surprised if he ends up working - not his choice! But knowing we can see him at the end of the day is A-OK for us! Life is good!
Thank you from all 6 of us for your prayers and love that helped me get to this wonderful day! Whoo hoo!!