We have a KID!

Today has been a funny day. Why? Because Joshua Nelson Lindeen is funny. Quite, in fact. 

I love that kid.

This evening after dinner we played hide n seek. Joshua learned this awesome game while staying with his older cousins this week. So tonight, we played a family game. First time ever that we really felt like we had a kid! I turned to Erik at one point and said, “Wait a minute–we have a KID!” Joshua would even take a turn counting “Di Doos Di Di …. ready here come!” and he turned out to be a great hider. I reveled in the joy on his face every time we found him or him us or he just jumped out of his spot, so enthusiastically engaged in the fun. We have a kid!

This morning, he drank his milk, pointed to his tummy and said, “Tummy! Milk! Gone!” and laughed. Then he pointed to the front of his diaper and said, “Milk! Gone! Haha!” and promptly went to the bathroom.

At dinner, I gave Joshua some watered down Crystal Lite as a treat. He immediately started guzzling it. We said, “Time to pray!” and he pointed his index finger at me in this new way that he does and said, “No! Wait! No Waaaaaait!” “Wait for what Joshua? It’s time to pray–we always pray before a meal.” “No, wait! Juice.” he stated matter of factly and kept right on guzzling. We tried not to laugh and prayed to thank Jesus for the juice.

Apparently I take too many pictures, because now Joshua starts to say, “No, mama. [index finger pointing included.] No mama–no picture.”

We made a gingerbread house today–or more like we decorated a pre-assembled foam house that I got at Target for $5. THANK YOU TARGET. Joshua has been carrying that thing around all day. In fact, the house had to play hide n seek with us.

Joshua loves to have me (or anyone available) draw animals based on his whims. Today it was hippos. Other days it has been giraffes, alligators, lions, bears and tigers. [{The only one I just canNOT figure out is rhinos. If someone can teach me how to draw a rhino, I’d greatly appreciate it. So would Joshua. My rhino is creepy…}] Erik was putting Joshua down for a nap this afternoon, and for whatever reason it was a struggle. He almost had him content and drifting off when Joshua sat upright in bed, eyes wide and yelled tearfully, “Hippo cubor! Hippo cubors! Daddy, Mama, hippo cubor!!!” Erik came to me, bewildered. I knew immediately–he wanted the two scrap pieces of paper that I’d drawn hippos on earlier that day. Erik got them, gave them, and Joshua went to sleep, “hippo cubors” (hippo colors) in hand.

We have a kid. He talks to us, he tests us, he loves us. He tells us stories (though we often can’t decipher, we’ve learned to nod and pause and affirm with the best of ’em), and he shares his joy with us. I’m so excited for more family hide n seek nights–it’s fun having a kid!

About kristinlindeen

I am Kristin. I am Erik's wife. I am Joshua, Rebecca, and Andrew's mom. I am known nationally as the "QBQ! Daughter" and keynote on Personal Accountability and the QBQ. I am certified in Myers Briggs and am passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better. I am John and Karen's daughter. I am sister to many, mentor to some, friend to others. Most defining, I am Christ's daughter, adopted by God--rescued and saved by grace. And almost every single day, I need to be reminded of that truth. Come say "hi" at www.QBQ.com and of course, browse the blog! I'd love to hear from you, so comment away!
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