Oh! How happy I am that J is back. Joyful and fun. Light and happy. After the discovery (on the other blog) she is back in full force.
Chrissi is visiting from Germany and cannot believe the changes in J. She does not even resemble the same child she was a year ago when Chrissi left us to go home. Chrissi didn't believe me until she saw it with her own eyes. It is something to behold.
Sunday J was able to go tubing with the big kids (11 y/o's). We were sitting out on the porch we heard a boat pulling up down at the dock and a girl saying, "stop, we've got to go get J so she can go tubing." Sweetest words this mom has ever heard. J has never been able to go tubing without screaming bloody murder in total fear. This year she aced it and had a great time. Then the other girls asked her to go with them over to G's sister's lakehouse and jump off the top of the boathouse. She had a blast. After coming back to the lakehouse she started swimming without holding her nose and jumping in without holding her nose. Monumental stuff!
Today we cooked Chrissi's famous soljanka soup. We put up a lot before she left last year and I rationed it as long as I could but we still ran out. Our freezer will be freshly stocked now since we cooked 3 stock pots full. One of the pots inadvertently received an extra dose of peppers and it will set you on fire. That's coming from someone that loves REALLY hot things. Oooooo baby! We'll be adding sour cream to that batch. ;-) J had the best time cutting and chopping the ingredients and was a huge help.
After a full morning of cooking, Chrissi took family photos while the soup simmered. My little girl is turning into such a little lady. We were all looking through the pictures together and it made my heart so happy to tell J that now she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.