Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Helping Hands

This week has been especially characterized by helping hands.  My dear friend KZ (of Taming Insanity fame) had a doctor's appointment, so naturally I volunteered to have a solo playdate with our 4 kids.  We had a great time playing with her little Spider-man and sifting through their dress-up clothes.  Mayzie preferred the panda suit that was quite obviously 2 sizes too small for her.  


Even Evan got in with his helping hands too, bringing Mayzie her sippy cup, though he may have taken a sip or two on the way to giving it to her. 

Later in the week Annika showed her sister how to navigate a game on the iPad.  When I asked them if they wanted to go play outside, they told me, "No mama, we're having fun."  

Finally on Friday, the girls helped me pick out all this fun loot at our local farmer's market.  (Why they have it on a Friday is beyond me, but that's not the point.)

I even got to show off my beet cooking skills with some roasted beets and carrots one night, and rice pilaf with the beet greens another night.  YUMMY Summer goodness! 

I've also tried to have helping hands for my good friend who's been having a rough time because of her brain tumor.  It makes her non-functioning a couple of days a week, and I try to check on her.  I love hanging out with her when she isn't spaced out, and I love that I can help her when she's having a hard time just getting through the day.  

I can't help but have helping hands.  I love being the kind of friend that you call when you need help with something.  Andy is the exact same way.  It is in our blood.  We always say yes if we can make our hands helpful.  Funny enough, we are also the kind of people who have trouble asking for help when we need it.  So friends, if you need something, my helping hands are here for you too. 


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15 comments:

  1. Ohh I'd like to make that recipe! I'm trying to put more beets in our diet, they are so good for you.
    Seriously the too-small panda cracks me up!

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    1. I roasted them with just olive oil, salt & pepper, and it was so quick & easy. The pilaf recipe I took from Pollan's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, but I added some black beans to make it a meal. I too LOVE beets!

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  2. How wonderful that you are there for your friends! I am sure they really appreciate it.
    Love the sip cup photo! :)

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  3. Mmm...I bet my husband would like roasted beets. Do you peel them? I sure try to be helpful, too, when I can. It sounds like you're a great friend. :)

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    1. I try to be the kind of friend I would want to have around. No, I didn't peel the beets, but I'm sure you could. I just scrubbed them really well.

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  4. My little one is off on a play date right now and my friend knows when I need a break. Its like "what do I do first "game. Getting the kids of electronics is another game too. Sorry about your friend, she is lucky to have you.
    Thanks for stopping by today on my site and for the sweet comment.
    Have a great rest of the week.

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    1. Always nice to help a friend and to make new ones too. :-)

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  5. You are such a wonderful friend. I love the photo of the girls on the iPad.

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    1. They are soo addicted to that thing. I think it might be time to stop downloading games for them on it.

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  6. You are such a great friend. I really love that picture of the girls on the iPad.

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  7. Isn't it lovely to have such a friend??

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  8. What a fantastic friend you are. :) Love this post...being a good friend is so important.-Ashley

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    1. Absolutely imperative, especially if you want to keep your friends around. :-)

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