Friday, May 30, 2008

5 things I love right now...about my kids

1. Sleeping babies snuggled up together like puppies.
*I don't know why I think of puppies when I think of sleeping kids but I always see Jamie and Olivia as kind of a litter of puppies. They are always bumbling over each other, nipping at each other and then collapsing into a heap of warm little snuggly fur balls. Minus the fur.
So, the other night I put them to bed and got in the bath. I usually spend the first 30 minutes after they go to bed yelling at them to be quiet and get in their own beds. This time I poured myself a huge glass of wine (actually a plastic cup), got in the bath tub and ignored them.
When I got out I went to check on them and they were both crammed into Jamie's bed with their arms and legs all tangled together and their little mouths hanging open...snoozing away. I wanted to take a picture but I thought it might wake them up. So I just stood there for a long time so I would remember this moment forever. I will conjure it up sometime when they are 15 and 16 and totally hate me and each other.

2. Jamie's weird secret language.
*She says something to you and if you say, "What?" She repeats it back as a bunch of random jibberish. She and my dad have entire conversations of nonsense.

3. Jamie's obsession with finding beautiful things everywhere she goes.
*She always has some little treasure in her pocket. A rock, a flower, a bug, some bit of stuff off the ground that she thinks is pretty.

4. Olivia's new found love of all things scary.
* I hate scary. I hate to be scared. Where she got this...I have no idea. I have encouraged her though. I'd hate for her to go through life afraid of monsters, like I still am.

5. Olivia's nightly trip to my bed.
*Sometimes it's exhausting to wake up to a bony little butt pressed against you and a sweaty little hand tangled in your hair. But I know that some day she won't want to get in bed with me and it will be a really sad day.


Pam O. said...

Those two are so like you and Joe with your love hate relationship. The secret language has made me stop and wonder at her more than once. Hmmmm........ Love the bony butt and intwined fingers. You are right, there will come a day when you would give anything to have them crawl in bed next to you and snuggle up. Believe it or not you will even miss the bedtime drama and fighting.

Buffy said...

Oh my! After only two days of full day summer camp, you are already gushing about how much you love your kids. Nothing gives perspective like a breather. :)

Kathleen said...

I look at my 2 (damn near middle aged) daughters and still see them as toddlers. Cuddly, cute, bright with wonder. I hope it never goes away. And thank God for grandchildren!

Jann said...

ahe you are a smart one darlink! Those little "pattering feet" and "sweaty little hands" do tend to grown up and find themselves within their own room....enjoy it while you can....they are so dear and precious!
Hugs to you...

Robyn said...

One of my favourite things to do is watch the kids play when they don't know I'm looking. I love how they interact with each other and come up with their own rules to games. I like to watch them too when they are by themselves. Children are amazing, and, yes, sometimes pull-your-hair-out impossible, creatures.