December 6: Being a Parent

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As I was searching for inspiration to write tonight, I placed my computer down to see what the commotion in the bathroom was.  From across the hall, my eldest daughter comes racing across the hall, dripping wet wearing only a towel.

“Mom, the water pressure dropped in my shower.”

Two seconds later I hear another shower door close and think “she is done quick!” (about my youngest daughter).  Walking into the bathroom I hear “Mom, the water just stopped.”

Two minutes of research later, I found out there is a water main break in town, a major one at that, and no update on when it will be fixed.  You can see their wheels turning…no water…how would I use the bathroom at school…how would I get water from the water fountain? The kids brains are spinning now and excitement is setting in!  So I sat back down…

And when I picked up my computer, I looked at my blog site and somehow a short post I wrote about a year ago was looking back at me.  These precious moments we have with our kids, are priceless.  Whether it is contemplating water loss to the house, solving one of life’s many childhood mysteries or watching my children learn and grow, I often become emotional – not sad – but emotional in a very joyous, loving and proud way.  These kids bring a never-ending smile to my face, sometimes so much so, a small tear trickles out.

Click here to read about my tears of joy from this time last year.

 

 

December 5 – Bedtime Antics of My 10 year old

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It is inevitable, after a long day at school, 2 hour of gymnastics practice and dinner much later than normal, we shuffle the children upstairs to begin their nighttime routine.

  • Change into pajamas
  • Brush teeth and hair
  • Crawl into bed

But somewhere between walking upstairs and putting on pajamas, my 10-year derails EVERY.NIGHT.

The simple task of getting ready for bed turns into:

  • Picking out clothes for the next day
  • Fluffing hair
  • Moisturizing hands
  • Posing in the mirror
  • Talking selfie while posing in mirror
  • Trimming nails
  • Sorting through clothes strewn on floor
  • Posing in mirror (again)
  • Putting t-shirt on
  • Putting on same pair of leg-almost-torn-off -even-though-I-bought-her-an-identical-pair-two-months-ago pajama bottoms
  • Smiling at self in mirror while antagonizing younger sister
  • Putting toothpaste on toothbrush
  • Drink of water
  • Putting toothbrush down to brush hair
  • Finally brushing teeth
  • Coconut oil treatment
  • One last hair brush
  • Off to bed
  • Drink of water

But then it gets better.  My love, my eldest daughter, my sensitive beauty, becomes Chatty Cathy!  And it is so hard to stop her from talking because this is where she opens up, where she shares about her day, but then as tonight progressed, she wanted to teach me a math lesson about mid, mean and medium.  Which led into a conversation about why school should rethink their curriculum and teach things kids REALLY need to know like…how to get yourself out of a locked closet.  “You know mom, the REAL important stuff!”

There is nothing more than I love than our bedtime rituals; while they can be frustrating at times after the kids and parents have had a long day, it is that special bonding time where we curl up together, unwind from the day and talk about some of life’s most complex issues through the lens of a 10-year old’s eyes.

And did I mention the bedtime hugs and kisses?  Simply the best.

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December 1: Let the Holidays Begin

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I am giving up writing what writing day this is…an initiative to simplify things that don’t much matter during this busy holiday season!

As a family, we try to stay true to letting each holiday have their own special time; spending Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving and not getting caught in the upcoming holiday rush.

But inevitably, it happens.  Honestly, the start of the Christmas season as always been at high noon on Thanksgiving, when Santa and Mrs.Claus make their grand appearance at the end of the  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  When the parade is over, we enjoy the rest of our day, giving thanks and eating too much, and secretly looking forward to the next day to start all of our holiday decorating.

It becomes hard to hold firm when we are constantly blasted by consumers pushing Christmas at Halloween and having children who are in awe and anticipating the season. So we do the best we can…we simply try to stay true to letting each holiday have their own special time.

But today is special on three account; it is December 1st, the Advent calendars come out and we are heading to the lightening of the National Christmas Tree.  I may be the more overtly excited of our brood, but secretly I know everyone is. We have been fortunate to see the lightening in person once before and it is magical.  Magical in the sense that we are surrounded by the holiday spirit, by the beauty of the holidays and tons of happy people!  I can’t wait for tonight…

These pictures are from 6 years ago, can’t wait to see how tonight goes!

Happy December 1st everyone!

November 30: Happy Birthday Dad

Today is a very special day.  A day to celebrate a very special man; one who has taught me well over the years, given graciously of himself and been there for me whenever I needed him.  Whether it was a shoulder to cry on or a generous laugh at one of my many gaffs, his support has been unwavering.

Holidays, vacations, baseball games, marching band, graduation for high school and college, moving out on my own, walking me down the aisle and giving birth to my children, he has been there in present or in spirit.

He has remarkable musical talents, connects with people, delivers tough messages and delivers touching messages.  He has a strong work ethic that is found in few and the desire to see the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China.

I thank you Dad for giving so much of yourself over the years to so many people.  Today is your day to celebrate and be celebrated.  Your entire family loves you with all of our hearts.

Happy 70th Birthday Dad (a.k.a. Daddy, Poppa, Grandpa and friend.)

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My Dad; after a hearty birthday meal at Rio Grande last year.