Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Dear daughter:

While you were sleeping … I remembered all the things I forgot during the day:

That you’re a toddler now, your baby chub fast disappearing.

That toilet paper, toys and crumbs are fast swept up,

and so is time.

That days are long,

but years fly by.

That at worst a house unkempt is really a sign of a life well lived.

That when people ask what I’ve been up to,

“Not much, just the girls” is really a valid answer.

That potty training and self sufficiency will come,

and then I’ll miss the diapers … even the stinky ones.

Dear daughter:

While you were sleeping, it hit me:

That you make me more mad, frustrated and helpless than I ever thought I could be,

and more overwhelmingly joyful, humble and grateful than I ever deserve.

That you don’t say things like ‘mezagine’ for long.

And you roll your eyes and say ‘Mom, it’s magazine.’

That I can and will cry when you do natural things like learn to ride your bike.

That not everyone gets the incredible opportunity to hold their baby every day,

and I should do it more.

That you’re strong,

but you still need your mommy.

That you’re big, so big,

and my arms won’t always be able to contain you.

Dear daughters, while you were sleeping, I knew that:

When we’re apart,

a part of me is missing.

That God loves you way, way more than I do.

And that breaks me when I realize he loves me even more incomprehensibly than a mother’s love.

That I am your momma,

and if that’s all I ever am,

that is more than enough.

Thanks to a combination of factors, including children waking up with the sun, weeds growing in the garden, the start of summer preserving and just plain a lot going on, I haven’t hardly sat down, much less to write.

And then there was that one night while the hubby was out of town I couldn’t do anything but watch my Amazon Prime after putting the kids to bed. Which didn’t turn out to be such a bad thing, because I learned Downtown Abbey is actually DownTON Abbey. Just keeping up with the trends!

Here’s what we’ve been doing:

1. We got a new pup! She’s only been here a week, but seems like a great dog. Her name is a little up for debate still. Since she’s around two years old, she came with an existing name (Tinker Bell … which I guess is technically two names). She answers to Belle, so that’s what I’ve been calling her. Matt seems to think she answers to Tink too, but I’m not quite on board with that. Name aside, isn’t she cute?

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2. FireCracker had her first-ever haircut. She didn’t get much cut off, but did get bangs, to help keep her hair out of her eyes for summer. For a girl who likens washing her hair right up there with going to bed during a party, she did exceptionally well. We even went for a ‘special drink’ (chocolate milkshake from ‘Old McDonald’s’) afterwards.

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Apparently, you’re supposed to save a lock from your child’s first haircut … thankfully, an older lady saved the day, and nearly pounced on her hair as the stylist was sweeping it up and throwing it away. It’s safe in her baby book now (along with some blank pages … which is why I’m blogging about it now!)

3. Our first pig got butchered. It wasn’t FireCracker’s favorite one, but I still thought she might have trouble with her leaving. Especially when she asked to say bye five different times. But no worries, her final words were “Bye Pinky, I hope you taste delicious!”

And that was nothing compared to the look on her face when she realized we were going to get bacon. “I want one, two, TEN pieces of bacon.”

Ah, we must be raising her well …

4. We’ve just been out and about, enjoying the warm weather, sunshine, water, family and friends.

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photo (27)I just love the look on Smiley’s face here! And please, notice FireCracker’s dress.