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.