Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Don't Blink


You know the popular quote, "Though the days seem long, the years go fast"...or something like that? Well, my friends that are parents of little, tiny people, there are no truer words.

Yes, when we are raising up small children and they need our attention for ALL THE SECONDS of ALL THE DAYS, we just don't ever feel like bedtime will EVER COME AGAIN. We begin to believe that maybe, just maybe, we will die of exhaustion before our children are grown adults. That we will suffer a long, slow, painful death from dealing with diaper blow-outs, sleepless nights, temper tantrums, "I do it myself" demands, and a never ending search for sippy cups and pacifiers. But rest assured, my friends, it will end.

The temper tantrums end, the blow outs end, before long they really CAN "do it themselves", and soon those sippy cups and pacifiers are a thing of the past. (The sleepless nights, however? They tend to come back sometime around your oldest child's 15th or 16th birthday...and from what my friends of grown-up children tell me, they stick around forever because a mama's worry never ends.)

Before you know it, your little temper tantruming toddler will be headed off to his second year of college. Your forever sweet and kind eldest daughter will start to get all teenagery on you. Yes, pretty soon, even your "littles" are older than a lot of people's "bigs"...but, they will still be your littles. Even when they are middle schoolers, or part of the "oldest" grade in elementary school, or when they are independent 2nd graders...they are still and will always be your "littles".

I am now that mom that gazes, with slightly misty eyes, at the young mom in Target that is struggling to keep her two year old in the cart while her newborn cries hungrily and I wish that I could really, truly go back, for just a moment, and appreciate when I was that young mom. When I was tired beyond exhaustion, when I wore a permanent spit-up stain on my shirts, when my babies fit in my lap, their whole body...perfectly in my lap. Now they are all legs and arms and creeping on me in height.

Oh, how I long to pick them up and have them snuggle their little heads onto my shoulder. Wrap their little arms halfway around my neck, because that is all the farther they will reach.

My baby girl is the balm for my aching heart...she still fits well enough in my lap. Her little hand still fits perfectly in mine. I am still the center of her world and I feel like I am grasping at straws because I know, all too soon, that she too will outgrow my lap. That someday, she won't want to hold my hand. And that there will be a day when I will not be her first choice. Her best person.

So for today, I hold close to that. I cherish every snuggle, every hand hold, every tender moment my older kids oblige me with and especially those times when they grasp my outreached hand and hold on, just like they did when they were little.

Moms and dads of wee ones, I know you're tired. I know you want to cry when your two year old is melting down for the 15th time of the day. I know you think you just. can't. wait. until you can wear fancy clothes again and sleep all night and leave the diaper bag behind...but trust me when I tell you to soak this in.

Every last exhausted moment.

Inhale it.

Embrace it.

Revel in it.

Because before YOU know it too, those babies will be big and your lap will be lonely.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Valleyfair!!

How can it be three weeks since my kids came home from camp?! I can't believe 1.) That it's been that long and 2.) That I haven't posted in THREE WEEKS!! 

And I have so much to say.

Anyway, we went to Valleyfair on Tuesday. 



Anyone that's read around here for any amount of time knows this is an annual trip our family has taken since, well, I think since it opened in 1976!! I've only missed a few trips since I started going (perhaps when I was 5ish?) and hot dang, I try to move mountains to make sure I can make it! (Look! It's me! Looking old! And haggard!)


We arrive shortly after the park opens and stay until they kick us out! We leave a bit chubbier, a lot exhausted, and all sorts of happy!


This year did not disappoint...in fact, the forecast called for storms and with a morning rain shower, we practically had the park to ourselves for the whole darn day! It was awesome being able to basically walk up to a ride and have little to no wait time!


It was a fun, glorious day!


Friday, July 10, 2015

An Open Letter to My Kids At Camp...Day 6

THEY'RE BACK IN MY ARMS!!!!!!



Driving home from picking up my loves from camp...one of them (Dubya) received the "Tall Tale" award for always trying to get his friends to believe crazy stories and the other (Belle) recorded the prestigious "Camper of the Week" award, for being the all around best camper and for acing her Firearms Safety test!!)! She also received a Nalgene-style water bottle for this award!

The stories and new friendships abound...they made great connections, Belle made a friend from Costa Rica (I was right, she was with the group asking about how to say different food words in other languages!) and loved her bunk mates. Dubya also hit it off with his bunk mates!

Both kids are happy they went to camp, Dubya didn't really have any tough times, Belle said Night 2 was her toughest night, then she was fine! 

Man alive, did it ever feel good to wrap my arms around them!

Now, we head home to unpack and get ready to watch the new Minion movie at the drive-in tonight!!

My mama heart is full and happy...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

An Open Letter to My Kids at Camp...Day 5

You guys...

We are

ALMOST

THERE!!!!!!

13 hours until I can wrap my arms around your necks and kiss you and love you and call you George!!! Or, you know, like Jack said, "Yoy". (Inside family joke...)

THIRTEEN HOURS!!!!

Today, I caught a glimpse of this on the camp blog:



Seeing those genuine smiles made my heart sing!

Can not wait to see you two tomorrow...morning can't come soon enough!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

An Open Letter to My Kids at Camp...Day 4

On our way to morning activities today, I called dad and said, "ONLY TWO MORE WAKE-UPS AND WE CAN GET THE KIDS!!!"...dad asked me how old I was, poop head that he is. In other news, WE'RE ALMOST THERE, KIDS!!!

So close to having you back home...so, so close!! Eeeeeeek!!

It's like camp knows I needed to see pictures of you...so far, all the photos with campers in it have included the two of you! Sure makes my heart happy to see you in those pictures. I wonder who you've made friends with and what you're favorite thing has been so far. 

I seriously can not wait to have you guys back. To wrap my arms around you and hear all about your camp adventures. Our home just isn't quite the same without you two here...so I've decided, you can never grow up and move out, okay? We've got a nice bedroom in the basement where you can play video games all day when you're 35...how does that sound? ;)

Tomorrow should go quickly...and then, we wake bright and early to join you at camp!

I love you, my sweet kiddos, more than you will ever know.

Two wake-ups my dears, two!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

An Open Letter to My Kids at Camp...Day 3

After tonight, we will be over 1/2 way through..."over the hump", as Uncle Josh says! Dad left me this sweet note this morning...I suspect he's feeling the same way I am!



I hope today was easier for you...in fact, I hope that your worry and unease was short lived and my anxiety over your lonesome hearts was all for naught. Today I caught a glimpse of each of you on the camp blog...one of you in "class" and the other on a canoe. Gracious, sweet loves, do I pray that you are enjoying yourselves! Seeing those photos made me heart a little lighter...



(Photo creds: camp)


Gram and I did some shopping today...it was good to have my mind and body busy, I find that when I am idle for too long, I start to worry.

Funny story, at suppertime we were doing "Roses and Thorns"...my "thorn" was that not all of my kids were home. I asked your two younger siblings on a scale of 0 (not at all) to 10 (I'm lost without them) how much they missed you, they both said "10"! But then Baby Girl added, "But when they're not here, I don't really remember them." and she proceeded to let out the silliest laugh!

That little sister of yours has been the balm for my lonely heart.

Time and again, people keep reassuring me that this is a great experience for you...that even if you don't enjoy it, you will discover things about yourself (determination, resolve, perseverance) that you will be able to draw on later in life.

I love you to the moon and back times infinity times infinity...Friday will be here soon!


Monday, July 6, 2015

An Open Letter to My Kids at Camp...Day 2

Here I sit, 1:25pm, and wondering why today, of all days, is dragging by so slowly. How is it that they other days of summer flew by in the blink of an eye? Will it be this way all week?

Today has been a bit easier for me...I hope you two have found the same. The vice grip on my heart was lessened, ever so slightly, when I woke up this morning. I knew we had all made it through the night and were just that closer to seeing each other again. (Man alive, you'd think it was all summer that you guys were going to be gone, not 6 days!)

I refreshed and refreshed the camp blog until THERE IT WAS. An update. Not the camper photos I was hoping, no scouring each photo trying to search out my kiddos, but still an update. They spoke of the fun at supper time the night before, while the campers asked others how to say "food words" in different languages. I could imagine you two being a part of that conversation...oh, I can not wait to hear your stories!

People keep reassuring me that this is harder on me than it is on you and gracious, do I hope they are right. I never had a camp experience, so I can't relate to how you are feeling, but "they" say that you are having a blast. That you are kept so busy that you don't have time to be homesick. Goodness, do hope that is the truth.

Dad has also been struggling...wondering how you two are doing and hoping you are having fun. 

4 nights to go, my loves...4 nights.

Here's to having them go quickly!!


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