Yesterday we had a fabulous time playing with the kids after dinner. Not that we don't have fun playing with the kids usually but it was particularly fun last night. Gabe was putting together a train layout. Nothing new there. His track layouts are getting more elaborate and complex and his confidence has really grown, he doesn't very often ask for assistance anymore and usually it's really just because he wants someone to play with him. He adds in lots of turns and ups and downs as well as sidings and makes sure that the trains won't get stuck in a loop. Zion was being goofy and running around with her play apron on and Rob was sitting and watching Gabe build his train while holding Gideon. I joined them, grabbed a book off the bookshelf and started to read out loud from "Pilgrim's Progress". I hadn't read about Christian's journey away from the City of Destruction in a long time. If you haven't read about it yet, I highly recommend that you do.
While I read, Gabe "baked" for us. First cookies with ice cream in the middle and then cake. He kept warning us that the pieces were big so we needed to take small bites. I thought it really cute that, when he couldn't find a knife to cut the cake (out of the toy kitchen set that is), he used the handle of the spoon that he did have instead. Way to improvise, Gabe! It was just so nice to have some fun family time. And the cake was delicious.